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Pakistan

Pakistan has one of the highest homicide rates in the world, standing at an estimated 7.3 for every 100,000 people – higher than the rate for the US.

 

Even 29 years after the death of General Ziaul Haq, there is little clarity as to who was behind the incident that claimed his life.

 

We know the Panama Papers leaks weren’t a conspiracy.

 

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s proposal to place a ban on automatic weapons in the country was reportedly met with strong opposition, particularly from ministers belonging to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Balochistan, during the federal cabinet meeting.

 

The presidency was rightly returned to the status of a constitutionally ceremonial office by the 18th Amendment, but under President Mamnoon Hussain the office has drifted towards something undesirable: irrelevancy.

 

Politics in Pakistan has never been for the faint-hearted.

 

The ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s long and protracted return to Lahore may not be the most necessary or even the most sensible thing to do, but it makes one thing clear – despite the emerging divisions between the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N), Nawaz Sharif still has clout in Punjab.

 

Seventy years old today, Pakistan is a country that has achieved much. Yet, there is an undeniable need for introspection and forward thinking.

 

 

Pakistan at 70 is no longer young. Some trends have become unmistakably clear over the past few decades and they do not make for a happy tale.

 

A DIALOGUE on democracy among the institutions of the state has been proposed before and will likely be proposed again.

 


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