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18th Amendment – Fallacious Argument

18th Amendment – fallacious argument

Pakistan has a democratic government? There is no need to talk about this anymore. That devolution has taken place as a result of the 18th Amendment to the constitution. Please…

Spotlight: Rediscovering Allama Qadri!

Spotlight: Rediscovering Allama Qadri!

Now that the first and perhaps the most exciting phase of Allama Tahirul Qadri's campaign ("the 4-million March") is over, what have the people learnt from it? Well for one,…

Real People, Mere Numbers

Real people, mere numbers

Where on earth did all these people come from? The question is being asked following the winding up of Dr Qadri’s long march. And this is where the story had…

Shrinking Political Space

Shrinking political space

The speeches in praise of each other, after the four days of the ‘fake march’ exposed the reality of status quo politics today. It was insincerity at its best. In…

The Real Threat To Democracy

The real threat to democracy

It is time to celebrate. The current democratic order, which appeared to be wobbling and on the brink in the wake of Dr Tahirul Qadri’s long march and four-day protest…

Feeble But Welcome Signs

Feeble but welcome signs

Two protests of different kinds over an eight-day period helped shape the political landscape in the country in no uncertain terms. That was the past week. After the Jan 10…

Tough Lessons

Tough lessons

Watching the bizarre events in Pakistan over the last few days, I believe it is true: there are always two sides to a story, two ways of looking at the…

Dangerous Conflation

Dangerous conflation

The killing of MQM MPA Manzar Imam last week is the latest sign of the increasing overlap between sectarian violence and politics. The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the…

Save The System

Save the system

We must save the system. So agree Nawaz Sharif and Maulana Fazalur Rehman, Asif Zardari and Munawar Hassan, the Skipper, the Chaudhrys of Gujrat and the Khans of Charsadda. The…