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No Place For Hate In Democracy

No place for hate in democracy

It is perhaps one of the biggest ironies of Indian politics that the BJP has welcomed the Supreme Court verdict banning the use of religion and caste in politics while…

About The ‘flourishing Democracy’

About the ‘flourishing democracy’

Last week, during an interview to a TV channel when the US Ambassador in Pakistan was asked whether the US will support those who want to derail democracy in Pakistan,…

Betraying People & Democracy?

Betraying people & democracy?

Today prominent members of the cabinet as well as Punjab cabinet ministers are not only using the state's resources (our tax money) and time on defending the Prime Minister and…

Father Of The ‘modern’ Pakistani Media

Father of the ‘modern’ Pakistani media

I’ve put commas around ‘modern’ because if Pakistani television fare is modern, we’ll have to redefine the term. So modern in this context means not advanced or progressive in thought…

The Raiszadas Of Pakistani Politics

The raiszadas of Pakistani politics

To account for their overseas properties the Sharifs are peddling the line that they were always rich and that their father, Mian Muhammad Sharif, was a big industrialist before Bhutto…

The New Chorus: Democracy In Danger

The new chorus: democracy in danger

Ever since the Panama leaks engulfed the Sharifs earnest souls, in various stages of excitement, are bemoaning the threat to democracy. The way they are formulating their anxiety, they seem…

Uses Of Democracy

Uses of democracy

If the people of Pakistan are asked to make a choice between the two Sharifs, who would they vote for? My sense is that they would want to vote for…

Democracy In Distress

Democracy in distress

The PPP has had a rough year. After being excited about the Rangers ridding Karachi of terror, it soon found itself in the crosshairs, when many off the criminal leads…

The Fruits Of Democracy

The fruits of democracy

Islamabad diary Zardari and cohorts gave us democratic continuity and we all went wild and said what a wonderful thing it was. Pakistan had turned a corner and the future…