December 10, 2017

Tag Archives: Nawaz Sharif

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Pakistan’s Hypocrisy Galore

The hearts and minds of many among the mighty rulers actually reside outside Pakistan, which is why they are indifferent to the plight of Pakistanis. Read More »

Doomsday Politics

Can parliament pass laws that protect the corrupt from facing accountability? Tailored to “democratic” whims for a cover up of corruption, passing Nawaz Sharif-specific amendment may or may not be contempt of court, it shows utter contempt for the people of Pakistan. Read More »

Lessons Pakistani Democrats Can Learn from Tom Price

Tom Price's resignation may mean an end to his political career, but it reinforces the trust of millions of voters in the American democracy. What can quasi democracies like Pakistan learn from this episode? Read More »

The Streets of Intimidation

Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification has a much larger impact beyond him and his family, a challenge not only to the judges but to all people of Pakistan about how they want to live their lives and to run their state. Read More »

Pakistan: Accountability Across the Board

In Pakistan judicial accountability has largely been limited to the subordinate judiciary. An independent and incorruptible judiciary can convincingly dispense justice and hold persons accountable only if it carries out self-accountability. Read More »

Morality and Misplaced Loyalty

Accountability must not be applied only to politicians, bureaucrats and ordinary citizens, keeping the corrupt in the senior military hierarchy and the superior judiciary out of the ambit of accountability is utter disloyalty to the institutions and to the state. Read More »

Panamagate: Time to Face up the Reality?

Had an issue like Panama Papers leaks confronted a leader next door in India or in Europe, he or she would have faded into history immediately. But in Pakistan, unfortunately, the ruling party is equating the inquiry into the assets of an incumbent prime minister to an attack on democracy. Read More »

Pakistan’s Forgotten Pashtoon Minority

Pakistan's Pashtoon minority, especially those belonging to tribal regions, are right in asking whether their blood is cheaper than ‘mainstream’ Pakistanis after the country's Punjabi prime minister displayed the most visible discrimination towards his own countrymen by completely ignoring the deadly bombings in Parachinar that left more than 70 ethnic Pashtoons dead. Read More »

The Qatar Crisis: A Diplomatic Curveball for Pakistan

The rift between Qatar and its Gulf neighbors may pose difficult choices for Pakistan’s foreign policy. Read More »

Debt Will Choke Pakistan

The Pakistani predicament…stuffed lions and pompous, chest-beating heroes aplenty but no real leadership. The one hope is that the pressure coming from the Panama Leaks keeps being applied so that by the time of the next elections something cracks and new forces come to the fore. Otherwise its present course, spending way beyond its means, will lead the country to disaster. Read More »