Let’s have a King
I.A. Rehman |DAWN| August 28, 2014 SINCE it is a bit too late to ask the British to relieve the people of Pakistan of the unmanageable burden of democratic governance, the best option available to us is to find a king, or an equivalent. This is the result... 
Theatre of the Absurd
Zahid Hussain |DAWN| August 27, 2014 The daily spectacle of a frothing at the mouth Imran Khan and a hysterical Tahirul Qadri performing live shows has worn down the nerves of this hapless nation. The midnight sessions invariably end with yet another... 
Fragile Democracy in Danger
Talat Masood |Express Tribune| August 27, 2014 The country is once again in the grip of grave political crises which, if remain unresolved, could have serious consequences for its integrity and stability. Clearly, Imran Khan is playing high stakes poker,... 
Missing Rules
Moeed Yusuf |DAWN| August 26, 2014 THE last fortnight has provided us an opportunity to judge how far Pakistan has come in terms of consolidating democracy. In praising the democratic progression since 2008, we seemed to have missed how obviously absent... 
Pakistan’s Velvet Marches
Ayaz Amir |The News| August 26, 2014 Islamabad diaryBoys and girls dance in the PTI rallies in Constitution Avenue, fume the clerics of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam led by Pakistan’s leading political acrobat, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, with his uncanny ability... 
A No-Talks Strategy Going Nowhere
Maleeha Lodhi |The News| August 26, 2014 The latest twist in Pakistan-India relations has received little attention in the country with the public focus fixed on the unfolding political drama in Islamabad. But this does not minimise the implications of... 
The Mask of Anarchy
Babar Sattar |DAWN| August 25, 2014 Rise like lions after slumber In unvanquishable number Shake your chains to earth like dew Which in sleep had fallen on you Ye are many — they are few Shelley is believed to have introduced the idea of nonviolent... 
Employment and Politics
Shahid Javed Burki |Express Tribune| August 25, 2014 Tens of thousands of people have camped out for days in Islamabad in response to the calls made by two political parties to protest the way the current administration is governing. Who are these people... 
The PML-N Mandate
Dr Hassan Askari |Express Tribune| August 25, 2014 Pakistan is in the grip of yet another internal political crisis. The right to rule by the PMLN has been challenged by a section of the opposition despite its much trumpeted electoral mandate. Two opposition... 
Constitutionality of PTI’s Demands?
Saad Rasool |Nation| August 24, 2014 Over the past ten days, the question dominating all political discourse is: what will happen now? Will the Prime Minister, Chief Minister as well as their respective assemblies fold under PTI’s pressure, and resign... 
Three, Two, One
Cyril Almedia |DAWN| August 24, 2014 If they can, they will. If there’s an incentive — power — and there’s opportunity — a rickety system — someone will attack. Defence — plugging the holes — is usually ex-post, after the event, because... 



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