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Archive for August, 2012

Confronting Terrorism (Part 2)

Amendments to the Anti-terrorism Ordinance 2001 by Gen Musharraf in January 2002 included: (1) registration of religious schools (deeni madaris) bringing these under the mainstream educational system; (2) police reforms, including better training facilities and establishment of forensic laboratories, making them more effective and professional; (3) making border controls more effective by computerisation and use […]

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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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Our ‘Democratic’ Farce

Democracy is a social state in which everyone must have equal rights without hereditary or arbitrary differences of rank or privilege. In a truly democratic State, the entire population shares the same goals and objectives to realize its genuine aspirations of living in an environment of freedom and participation in government at all levels. Even […]

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Afghanistan’s Dashed Hopes

The 8th Worldwide Security Conference in Brussels organized by the EastWest Institute (EWI), one of the world’s leading think tanks, in cooperation with the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the Financial Times, in Oct 2011 focussed on (1) sharpening appreciation of the existing security dynamics in Southwest Asia with particular emphasis on Afghanistan (2) analysing […]

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The task before Fakhruddin Ebrahim

To quote my article, “Electoral Process in Bangladesh” of November 9, 2006, “It is very difficult in the third world to hold free and fair elections, the result is always contested by the loser. This has both political and economic repercussions for the State. Every regime in power uses its incumbency to tilt the elections in its favour, the normal modus operandi pre-elections is to put its own supporters to run the Local Administration and the Election Commission, making it that much easier to try any number of manipulations rigging the elections. For influencing the outcome of the vote there is nothing more potent in third world countries than using police functionaries at the street level. An honest election is only possible if supervised by a genuinely neutral administration looking after governance and affairs of the State for the period leading to elections as well as transition of authority to whoever is the winner”, unquote.

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