Ikramullah

  • TSir, your appointment as CEC was a decision taken by consensus of major parties. This was a unique distinction. They reposed full confidence and trust in you as you were a man of impeccable integrity and character. However, looking at the canvas of the recent general elections, the acting CEC ...

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  • TSuccessive governments had promised to make Pakistan a modern, democratic and progressive Islamic welfare state, according to the vision of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. It is, however, unfortunate that they failed to do so. One can say it with certainty that there was no political will to ...

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  • TSince 2004, the CIA-led drone attacks on Pakistan’s tribal areas have caused huge losses of life and property. Apparently, successive governments have strongly condemned this gross violation of the state's territorial integrity. But for the first time, it has come to light that the ...

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  • TThe fate of the 2013 elections till early this year was uncertain. The law and order situation in Balochistan, Karachi and KPK, the Lahore Badami Bagh inferno, threat of terrorism and failure of the law enforcement agencies had created an alarming situation suggestive of government’s imminent ...

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  • TOne can only understand an issue, in its comprehensiveness, by looking at the whole picture; for parts are merely deceptive. Pakistan’s political leadership after the death of Quaid-i-Azam failed to grasp what ailed the country. We went adrift, failing to determine the strategic goals of the ...

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  • TThe call by the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Rabita Committee spokesman, Raza Haroon, for an indefinite shutter-down strike in Sindh came like a bombshell. Its most alarming aspect was that trade and industrial activities, as well as transportation, remained completely paralysed. The provincial ...

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  • THad he been a Pakistani citizen, Justice Markandey Katju would have faced Article 6 of the constitution for sedition because what he has written about Pakistan and its Founding Father Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah amounts to treason. His being a foreigner and outside the jurisdiction of local ...

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  • TThe Pakistan National Forum (PNF) organised a series of meetings to discuss the various aspects of parliamentary elections, reportedly, scheduled for March 2013. The forum is represented by all segments of the civil society comprising two tiers. The first deals with common people to understand ...

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  • TUnder normal circumstances, the nation should be looking forward to the next general elections. The Parliament completes its tenure in March 2013, when a caretaker government would take over. Thus, a peaceful transfer of power should mark a happy occasion for celebration by all democratic forces. ...

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  • TThe Supreme Court judgment in Asghar Khan’s case has raised important questions about a junior army officer obeying or disobeying an unlawful command of his superior officer. A debate over the issue has been going on in both the print and electronic media. Against this backdrop, a few ...

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  • TThe Pakistan National Forum’s ‘National Security Special Committee (NSSC)’ held an urgent meeting on October 18, 2012, at Lahore. Its agenda was to review the emerging geopolitical and geostrategic trends to determine where Pakistan, especially after the Malala incident, is likely ...

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  • TAfter the fall of Dhaka, Pakistan should have changed its foreign policy. But since Pakistan was dependent on the US/West for its economic and military needs, it did not do so! On June 3, 1949, Pakistan’s first Prime Minister, Liaquat Ali Khan, for example, received an official invitation ...

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  • TAccording to Al-Jazeera, “factory fires in two major cities in Pakistan have killed at least 314 people and injured dozens more, including some who had to leap from windows to escape the flames” on September 9, 2012. Most depressing is the fact that even after a week nobody has yet ...

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  • TPakistan is fast approaching a situation where internal and external challenges have started threatening its existence. Despite this, the country’s top leaders are least bothered about discussing and resolving the issues affecting the masses. A crisis does not erupt overnight; it takes a long ...

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  • TOn August 4, the Supreme Court of Pakistan declared the Contempt of Court Act (CoCA) 2012, passed recently by Parliament, as null and void. Though several legal and constitutional experts, including some from the ruling party, had expected that some parts of the law would be struck down, the court ...

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  • TPakistan emerged on the map of the world as an independent state on August 14, 1974. Just three days before its independence, Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah addressed the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan on August 11, 1947. In his historic presidential address, the Quaid laid down the guiding ...

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  • TThe confrontation between Pakistani state institutions is unlikely to end soon, which may lead to a critical situation during the month of July. All major organs of the state, namely the executive (Cabinet), the legislature (Parliament) and the judiciary (Courts of law), besides the media, are ...

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  • TPakistan is a black hole for American aid,” said Gary L. Ackerman during a House Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee hearing, recently: “Our tax dollars go in. Our diplomats go in, sometimes. Our hopes go in. Our prayers go in. Nothing good ever comes out.” During the past decade, he ...

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  • TOn May 19, the National Security Special Committee (NSSC) of the Pakistan National Forum organised a meeting to discuss the grave internal and external challenges facing the country. A large number of distinguished guest comprising members of the civil society, intellectuals, vice chancellors, ...

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  • TAs if the prolonged hours of loadshedding and inflation, the deep political divide between PPP and PML-N and the ongoing standoff between the judiciary and the executive, were not enough to cause dismay among the people, a new wave of demonstration at various educational institutions by political ...

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  • TThe PML-N Quaid, Mian Nawaz Sharif, while briefing the media on April 27 in Lahore, declared that the office of Prime Minister has become vacant after the Supreme Court verdict in the contempt case. He said: “If we allow and accept the convicted PM and ineligible Cabinet to continue, we have ...

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  • TOn Saturday, a grand ceremony was organised in Lahore in the honour Mr Majid Nizami, Editor-in-Chief of Daily Nawa-i-Waqt. It was attended by well known personalities, besides members of the civil society. Undoubtedly, very few people are honoured as a living legend during their lifetime for their ...

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  • TThe internal and external challenges gathering on Pakistan’s horizon seem ominous. According to the latest press reports “The President continues to take shots at Sharifs” The Chairman of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party, in a public address, has dared to defy the Apex ...

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  • TRecently, a report by the Parliamentary Committee on National Security (PCNS), headed by Senator Raza Rabbani, tasked to compile recommendations for “new terms of engagement” with the US in the aftermath of Nato’s attack on the Salalah checkposts that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers ...

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  • T The ongoing energy crisis did not erupt overnight. After the Indus Basin Water Treaty (1960) with India, a formula for the division of the waters of the main rivers - Indus, Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi, Sutlej and Bias - was devised and mutually agreed upon by Islamabad and New Delhi. Also, the United ...

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  • T The intra court appeal filed by Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani against “the decision of the apex court to frame charges in the contempt case”, has been rejected by the eight-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, of the Supreme Court. In a hearing ...

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  • T February 2, 2012, will be remembered in the history of the Supreme Court of Pakistan when a seven-member bench, headed by Justice Nasirul Mulk, could indicte the country’s Prime Minister, Yousuf Raza Gilani, in a contempt of court case for not implementing its December 16, 2009, order in ...

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  • T Pakistan is undergoing a strange phenomenon of changing, even retracting, policy statements at the highest level of government, which has on several occasions led the country into embarrassing situations. This not only adds to confusion, but also provides a breeding ground for friction between ...

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  • TThe year 2011 is behind us. In the New Year, nothing dramatic is expected of the government that could constitute a break in the routine of ruling the country that it has been following. A virtual status quo will be maintained in foreign policy as well as internal policies. Nevertheless, there does ...

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  • TSince the Abbottabad raid on May 2, 2011, several events have occurred threatening not only Pakistans internal stability, but also its territorial integrity and sovereignty; the tragic incident was followed by another issue - the memo scandal or memogate and, eventually, the Nato attack on the ...

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