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Pakistan Plunges in Crisis

The situation in Pakistan is becoming more chaotic with every passing day. Who is doing what, is a guessing game. One thing is for sure that no one is doing its job. The institutions though rudimentary in nature never hesitate to interfere in other’s jurisdiction. The house has lost its sovereign identity. The situation is so clouded that the country ...

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The Uprising

His mission is not to attain power but to dismantle the power of those who has invited nothing but miseries to his nation in the name of religion. Any big event is rarely engineered and put in action. It is the capturing of a moment by someone, who may or may not be in routine limelight. The present uprising of ...

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Judicial martial law

In a free season on the Constitution some people have floated the idea of imposing a judicial martial law for holding general elections in the country. Apart from being a contradiction in terms it’s also a totally meaningless concept because a martial law is martial law and a prefix or a suffix doesn’t change its character in any manner. We ...

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Rays of light where the sun sets

The world is witnessing an epoch making rise of a robust civil rights and Pakhtun Nationalist movement from the north western parts of Pakistan. More and more people, especially the middle class youth, increasingly associate themselves beyond tribal, regional, partisan, gender and class identities with the narrative of this loosely organised and inclusive uprising that calls itself The Pakhtun Tahaffuz ...

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Ambushing democracy

The brazen manipulations, corruption and intervention by intelligence agencies in the recent Senate elections has exposed the hollowed and farcical nature of the current “ republic “ which doesn’t qualify anymore to  be called even a  mere facade of democracy. On the one hand the creeping coup going on for the last few years has now culminated into a  blatant ...

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Senate election 2018

Traditionally elections for Senate , the house of federation, held every three years to elect 52 senators ( half of the total) would be held without much suspense because of its limited electoral college and predictability of the results due to the already known strength of the political parties in their respective provincial assemblies. In post Zia era the impact of the ...

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Afghan peace prospects

I asked an old afghan man that what he thinks about peace process offered by Ashraf Ghani to Taliban.  He told me, he do not see anything changing in their lives. I told him that there is something called hope, faith and optimism. He said that “I want to believe that good things can happen to Afghans. I want to ...

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Democracy under squeeze

The civil military row or to be more precise the wrangling between PML (N) led elected civilian government and the military establishment is quite open and public by now. But the dark prophesies about complete derailing of democracy, postponement of the Senate election and general election haven’t come true so far. In fact polling for the Senate election will be ...

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The volcano of Pashtun unrest

The ten days long sit-in by Pashtun youth in Islamabad in the beginning of February has been followed by powerful protests in Swat and Bajour Agency. In Swat people were protesting against security checkpoints where people have to wait in long queues and they are allegedly humiliated. People of Swat were particularly infuriated after a child died while waiting at a security ...

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Pashtuns’ parlat

In the last weeks, Islamabad witnessed an outpouring of extreme anger and fury from Pakistan’s Pashtun dominated areas. Thousands of protestors including University students, rights activists, and political workers converged at the National Press Club to condemn extrajudicial killings, disappearances of Pashtuns youth, loss of lives in landmines, forces’ arrogance on security check-posts, curfews and harassment of tribesmen on the ...

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