'Had Jinnah lived, Pakistan's political trajectory would have been different'

The Pakistan of today may have been "overwhelmed by unsavoury perceptions of it" but according to the country's leading cultural critic Nadeem F. Paracha, its founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah, was anticipating "a diverse country" where engagement between a Muslim majority and other faiths in various spheres would be able to construct a "dynamic" society and state.

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Nawaz Sharif would do well to study the past before choosing Raheel Sharif’s successor

Nawaz Sharif has the distinction of appointing four army chiefs in his three tenures as prime minister of Pakistan. The distinction is, however, dubious, since his relations with each of them have been far from happy.

The precarious status of GB

While the promises of the civilian authority have been a disappointment, a statement by the COAS during his visit to Gilgit on the subject offered a ray of hope, when he indicated that construction of a Gilgit-Skardu road was in the offing, that plans for the development of adjoining areas with China were a part of CPEC and that the Xinjiang provincial government had been tasked to work on this. Since the people of the region have a strong bond with and trust in the army, the words of the COAS were a source of assurance to the people of GB for they believe that the promises of the army chief will translate into action.


Freedom of the press

On October 11, the Government of Pakistan took another step to undermine free speech. By placing one of the country’s leading journalists on the Exit Control List (ECL) it exposed its offhand treatment of a constitutional guarantee. A guarantee provided to the press to speak without fear, write without a trembling hand and to inform without sanction.

Making decisions in Pakistan

We decide to make the Orange Train, but we cannot provide clean drinking water. We can decide to implicate the military but not the high-profile criminals cum politicians who had looted this country. We could be in the state of isolation internationally. However, that primarily emanates from our decision to keep the country unstable because of poor governance.

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