Tag Archives: Tahirul Qadri

Pakistan: Another Gibraltar?

Between a rock and a hard place, having burnt his boats there is no other choice for Pakistan’s opposition leader Imran Khan but to achieve his objective to obtain “by a little bit of madness” the elusive freedoms that is the right of all Pakistanis in a real democracy.

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Reforming Pakistan’s Electoral System

Fundamental reform of Pakistan's electoral process must reflect true democracy starting from the grassroots level. Whether Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri get elected or not is of no consequence, history will record their contribution as catalysts for wholesale and meaningful change.

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Pakistan’s Sharif on Course to be Undone Again

The protests in Islamabad may have left Nawaz Sharif’s government in place for now, but they have also put his politically ruinous character flaws on display for all to see. Whatever forces are actually driving the expressions of popular outrage at his government, Sharif’s third attempt at running Pakistan is increasingly going the way of his first two.

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Securing Pakistan’s Democracy?

Though some say that the army is behind the current unrest, the generals do not seem intent on taking over a direct administrative role. But if the political protagonists cannot be brought to resolve their differences through processes that show respect for democratic process, the military is unlikely to watch from the sidelines.

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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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Pakistan’s Clear and Present Dangers

The ongoing political drama in Pakistan is pushing Pakistani democracy to the limits, opening doors for a direct or a more indirect military intervention. Here are two opinions on the situation.

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No End to Pakistan’s Political Turmoil, for Now

For the moment, it is difficult to precisely predict the final outcome of Pakistan’s political turmoil. For Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s political allies in parliament, saving Pakistan’s democracy appears to be synonymous with saving the prime minister’s job — and given the situation their stance is understandable. But judged from the many other vantage points, and going beyond the current crisis, the long-term view of the rule of Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League party might be different.

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Pakistan’s High Noon at Midnight

Nobody wants democracy to be derailed but neither can democracy persist in Pakistan in its present form. The protestors in front of the country’s parliament are going nowhere unless most of their demands are met, the Sharifs must face ground reality.  These last seven days have exposed Pakistan’s present facade of democracy for what it really is, a purchasable commodity available to the highest bidder. 

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Pakistan’s Deeply Unsettled Politics

Even if the Khan-Qadri duo are eventually pushed back, Nawaz Sharif’s image has suffered irreparable damage, the result of him having picked unnecessary fights with both the influential army and his political opponents.

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Sharifs Pushing Pakistan Towards Political Crisis

If the Sharifs remain hell-bent creating problems for themselves politically, matters may well spill out of control in the streets of Pakistan. Public perceptions notwithstanding, the Army will not use that as an excuse to throw the Sharifs out. When (and if) the people decide enough is enough, the Army may simply stand by and not bail them out.

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