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Democracy And The People

Democracy and the people

With all the gnawing and nibbling from within, what will be left to celebrate for Pakistanis in 2018 will be the completion of terms by two consecutive democratic regimes. Something…

Constitutional Democracy

Constitutional democracy

The Islamic Republic of Pakistan is a constitutional democracy. And a constitutional democracy is a “system of government based on popular sovereignty” in which the “authority of the majority is…

Dancing With Democracy

Dancing with democracy

You hear them – the politicians – rooting for democracy all the time. Most of them do this in a theatrical style, with an utter lack of civility. Democracy is…

A Reformed Democracy

A reformed democracy

In a survey conducted by Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women University, Peshawar on voting patterns, most respondents expressed a lack of trust in politicians and the electoral process, which eventually resulted…

Crisis In A Hybrid Democracy

Crisis in a hybrid democracy

We are again witnessing intra-institutional crises and abnormalities of hybrid democracy in various countries of South Asia, including Pakistan, Bangladesh, Maldives and India. Given a heightening conflict between the executive…

Democracy First

Democracy first

There is a difference between the much-avowed claims of accountability and justice in the Panama case and the way the real story has started to shape up in the aftermath…

Why democracy?

In theory, Pakistan is a nascent democracy where for the first time in its topsy-turvy political history of governance transition from one civilian rule to another has been managed successfully.…

Democracy and the coup

Our media and politicians are waxing eloquent about how the Turkish people – the ‘awam’ – have saved and strengthened democracy. The assumption is flawed on two counts: a) that…

Defining corruption in the Pakistani context

Part - 1 Corruption is a buzz word in Pakistan. However, a broader definition of corruption than what is currently bandied about in the mainstream narratives, PTI-style, is required in…

Zia And Pakistani Christians

Zia and Pakistani Christians

You are totally mistaken if you think that Ziaul Haq – that great guardian of Muslim faith – has left a ‘glorious legacy’ for only Muslim women – a legacy…