Pakistan: Making Sense of the Challenge Ahead

June 25, 2013

Pakistan is rife with problems. But Sharif must correct the civilian-army imbalance. For the first time in its craggy political history, Pakistan has seen a democratic transition of government conducted under a civilian watch. The new prime minister of Pakistan has assumed office for the third...

Pakistan Imbroglio: Will its Voice be Respected?

Pakistan’s new leader, Nawaz Sharif, faces acute domestic issues and a troubled relationship with the United States and Afghanistan. His solution calls for an end to US drone attacks, and the start of talks with the Taliban. By Sajjad Ashraf Nawaz Sharif, leader of the Pakistan Muslim...

Pakistan: The Uneasy Tie Between Educational Reform and Violence

May 23, 2013

Maria Khwaja examines the rhetoric of educational reform during the general election and obstacles on the ground in Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi In December, I hurriedly snapped a photo of five men at Qasim-ul-Uloom School in Karachi. Located in the ethnically volatile Orangi-town area,...

Pakistan: Calling a Spade a Spade

May 17, 2013

In its 66 years of existence, Pakistan has been far from democracy and nowhere near a beacon of Islam. In a recent Fair Observer article, Pakistan: Democracy in a Confessional State, Dr. Ishtiaq Ahmed states: “There is no denying that the erstwhile modernist Pakistani leadership tried to...

Towards a Pakistani Spring

May 16, 2013

Bilal Ahmed argues that the discourse surrounding democracy in Pakistan is flawed, and that its liberal republican articulations will come to provoke additional mobilization in future years. It was the end of January. Tahir ul-Qadri's Long March had just ended in Islamabad. There were...

Pakistan: The Task Ahead

May 16, 2013

No state can tolerate a challenge to its monopoly of power from within; in other words, a state within a state is a contradiction in terms of state sovereignty  Hopefully by the time this article is published, Pakistan would, despite the reign of terror let loose by the Taliban on the...

Pakistan: Democracy in a Confessional State

May 10, 2013

There is no denying that the erstwhile modernist Pakistani leadership tried to make Pakistan both democratic and Islamic. However, no constitutional formula could find the proper balance. The Pakistani  general election is most likely to be held as planned. After nearly 66 years, a milestone...

Pakistan Elections: Tweedledum and Tweedledee

May 10, 2013

By Masood Hasan The national election in Pakistan looks like a game of polarisation, but if democracy is meant to provide some relief and prosperity, all political parties have flopped, bottom up. The field is now wide open, and anything can happen — including a hung parliament. Thank God I am...

Pakistan: The F Word in Electoral Politics

May 10, 2013

As Pakistanis cast their ballot, Asim Jahangir and Huma Khan pose the question: Can female voters change the outcomes of the country's general elections? Pakistan is due to commence its 10th General Elections to elect the National and Provincial Assemblies. As political parties prepare to lock...

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