Tag Archives: Shahbaz Sharif

Pakistan’s Punjab Province Delivers Stunning Electoral Rebuke

Now that the election stunner is in, the most frequently asked question remains the consequences of the changed parliamentary calculus in Punjab. The first casualty of this change will be the government of Mian Hamza Sharif, whose government in Punjab has lost its majority.

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What’s Next for Pakistan After Imran Khan’s Ouster?

Like his brother Nawaz Sharif, who has been convicted of corruption and is banned from public office, Shahbaz has faced allegations of cronyism and corruption. But this is not unusual in Pakistani politics, where opposition leaders tend to face such charges.

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Defending Corruption is Anti-State and Unconstitutional

Accountability is fundamentally flawed when nepotism at the highest reaches of government and society emasculates the political will to root out corruption.

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Mindset That Rules Pakistan

Accountability and compliance with the rule of law probably should be our yardstick for this support of the opposition, instead of looking at it through the eyes of incumbent elites.

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A Burning Issue

What ignited the oil tanker inferno in Pakistan's Punjab province is irrelevant. Enough medical facilities to cope with major burn injuries at mass level is what needs urgent measures. What would Pakistan do in a nuclear event? To save lives the treating of major burns must start in the first “golden hour”, only possible with regional Burn Centers established on an emergency basis in major cities throughout Pakistan.

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The Decisive Battle

The Punjab government was disinclined to allow anyone go after the militants making up a percentage of their vote banks in the province. Operation “Raadul Fasaad”,  will have to focus without political interference where most of the extremist and militant elements are concentrated.

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RAW’s Kautilyan License

Since the news of civilian-military rift over Pakistan’s secret support to armed groups, whether right or wrong, was leaked from a meeting pertaining to national security, those leaking the information should have their “security clearance” revoked and barred from public office.

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Pakistan: Selecting Weak Teams

The Pakistan Cricket Board officials must shun their over-inflated egos and get Saeed Ajmal back in the team. On his part Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will do well by re-forming his Cabinet immediately before someone else does it for him.

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Pakistan’s Long Road to Electoral Reforms

Instead of going for an “overkill”, everyone on Pakistan’s political divide will be better off if the opposition’s “sit-inners” in Islamabad adopt the KISS (keep it simple, stupid) formula and concentrate simply on reforming the electoral system.

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Pakistan on the Edge

Those who claim to defend democracy must understand that democracy is not just numbers — it is accountability, transparency, effectiveness and justice in governance, all of which are strikingly absent from Nawaz Sharif’s agenda. Pakistan thus remains on the edge.

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