Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential elections has momentarily shifted attention away from a case of fundamental import being heard in the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
Democracy as a model of governance is so intricate that every age and territory has defined and discovered new connotations to its application, and thus the evolution in its theory and practice has extended from one century to the next.
The current status quo is a result of political inaction and lack of funding for PCRWR to conduct water preservation studies. Unfortunately, if the threat of acute water shortage is prolonged any further it would grow to rival and surpass homegrown militancy in its potential to cause harm.
Unless the issues raised above are addressed, women in this land of the pure would continue to be lynched in the garb of honour and get sexually assaulted while their perpetrators would either escape punishment by pardoning themselves or get acquitted by reason of loopholes in existing criminal justice system.
Ever since almost 17 per cent of seats in Pakistan’s directly elected legislatures were reserved for women, a pattern has emerged of women legislators performing better than their male counterparts in the national parliament and the provincial legislatures over the last 13 years.
With the threat of Imran Khan gone the worst thing to happen to Pakistan would be a PML-N that gets too comfortable to undertake the necessary reforms that the country desperately needs. It shouldn’t just be about doing better than the PPP for PML-N, it should rather be about doing better than other countries in the region. Unless that mindset doesn’t take hold, political instability will continue to define Pakistan.
In order to save his throne, Nawaz Sharif and his administration have raised the rhetoric against India considerably. India’s alleged human rights violations in the valley are now being raised at every possible forum—domestic and international. Not to be left behind, Khan has talked of showing “Nawaz Sharif how to respond to [Narendra] Modi” in the aftermath of the surgical strikes.
For his singular obsession to become Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr. Khan will need to change his agitational posture and politics and transform it into one which could help win elections through party reorganisation, rather than by empty threats which remain just that. If only his hubris allowed him, perhaps he could even learn from a young man less than half his age, who is in the process of rebuilding his mother's party.
Pakistan’s army chief is the most powerful person in the land, whether the government is civilian or military. Ashis Ray, who encountered the current incumbent in London, assesses whether he will retire without a last flourish
The significant beneficiaries — unintended perhaps — of dharna 2016 should include the militant extremists who are threatening to capture the state of Pakistan. There is no knowing how many militants, who have been openly pampered by the KP administration, were able to infiltrate the PTI caravan that was marching on Islamabad. They had a good, all-paid experience of joining a rehearsal for a possible assault on the capital. Dangerous indeed.
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