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...

Pakistan: Phantoms of the Past or History in the Making?

May 10, 2013

As Pakistanis head to the polls, the elections could mark the first democratic transition between two elected governments in the country’s history. Background As the general elections 2013 commence, fear is mingled with hope and resilience in Pakistan. The streets of the major cities and...