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FAIL-SAFE LINE OF CONSTITUTIONAL MORALITY?

The Supreme Court (SC) recently dismissed several petitions contesting the 2013 elections for various deficiencies. Interestingly just before the 2013 elections the SC ordered the defective electoral rolls to be corrected, because of time constraints the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) was instructed to go ahead with the elections, verification of voters being mandated for Karachi only. Such anomalies added to the suspicions and allegations about electoral rigging, culminating in the present protests. On Mar 19, 2014, the SC ordered the long overdue “Local Bodies” elections be completed by Aug 18, 2014, only Balochistan complied. Almost three months after that timeline has expired, feudal pressure has kept democracy from functioning at the grassroots level.

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POLITICAL PARTIES AND ANARCHY

Historically progressive, Pakistan’s bourgeoisie has compromised with imperialism and feudal/tribal elements, with almost all political parties in Pakistan run like feudal estates. The basic ingredient of any functioning democracy, the present form of elections has reduced Parliament to a mere ritual-like exercise with those elected considering power a free licence to loot, plunder and oppress the people for the next five years. To quote my article of May 5, 1995 titled ‘Direct Vote and Democracy’, “other than bad advice our political leadership depends upon “special interest groups” (and individuals) for survival once they are in office rather than on the electorate that voted them into office.”

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Fight or Unite?

Shell shock and combat fatigue are medical conditions common during violent conflict.  Anyone going through the horrifying experience of being fired upon and have six bullets lodged in his body (two of them still there) would be in a state of trauma.  Before slipping into unconsciousness at the hospital Hamid Mir made some startling allegations. […]

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Confronting Terrorism (Part 1)

Like inflation corruption has become an inescapable part of our daily lives. That Pakistan has not reached economic apocalypse because of this evil is only a miracle. One of the fundamental premises of democracy is that all transactions must be open for detailed public scrutiny, so it is hardly any surprise that the present regime […]

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