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Our Rooms And Their Streets

Our rooms and their streets

Use your brain before May 11 – this meme, one of many that are doing the rounds on the Pakistani blogosphere in the run-up to the general elections, comes as…

Night Watchmen

Night watchmen

As the caretaker governments, federal and provincial, approach completion of their terms by end-May 2013, it becomes relevant to reflect on options for possible improvements to the appointment, functions and…

The Politics Of Urbanisation

The politics of urbanisation

In relatively stable societies, economics shapes politics these are places where one can meaningfully say `it`s the economy, stupid`. Even seemingly bizarre foreign policies can be related to economics as…

The Mirage Of Democracy

The mirage of democracy

Use your brain before May 11 – this meme, one of many that are doing the rounds on the Pakistani blogosphere in the run-up to the general elections, comes as…

Forebodings And Forewarnings

Forebodings and forewarnings

The elections are, at last, over and by the time this article appears, the final outcome will have emerged. As voters wended their way to polling booths, they were assailed…

Rigging And Formation Of Government

Rigging and formation of government

Pakistan Muslim league (N) has emerged as the single largest party with 123 seats requiring 13 seats to form an overall majority in the national assembly. Markets have reacted favourably…

Election Drum

Election drum

Two aspects of the General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani's speech on Martyrs' Day that remain the subject of media debate are his belief that a competent democracy that delivers real results…

Elections And The Greater Common Good

Elections and the greater common good

The most sought after event in Pakistan is on and the people of this country have great store by this event. What does it mean to the common person? Will…

A Shameless Extreme

A shameless extreme

Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani is a blunt man who does not believe in sugar-coating what he has to say in coloured phrases of shallow rhetoric. In his Martyrs’…

The Left-right Muddle

The left-right muddle

We stand, yet again, at a division – this time between the left and the right. Unable to match the momentum in the election campaigns of the PML-N and the…