Iqbal Khan

  • The elections have gone well and the electoral frenzy is declining fast. The turnout was high, young people voted in large numbers and the idea of democracy seems more strongly rooted than ever before. The people have given their mandate, despite the fact that accusations of rigging persist. In ...

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  • Congratulations! The people have reposed trust in you. Welcome to the political wonderland - Pakistan 2013. Kindly remember your manifesto; those who voted for you have certainly committed it to memory. During this era of media and judicial activism, the days of short public memory are over. ...

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  • The Pak-Afghan relations have an interesting dynamics; just when there seems to be some sort of improvement, they nosedive into another crisis. Nonetheless, it is encouraging that soon after each crisis, both Islamabad and Kabul resume taking well measured steps to put ties back on track. The ...

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  • It is refreshing that all political parties are enthusiastically taking part in the forthcoming elections. One party even went overboard to approach the UNO for a trivial issue concerning the delimitation of constituencies. Moreover, thanks to concerted behind-the-scene political process and ...

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  • With each passing day, the post-election political landscape at the national level is becoming more and more predictable. Now, it is time to evolve a near consensus-based national manifesto that the post-election government should be able to pursue. Hopefully, the polls would be fair and credible, ...

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  • Afghanistan is passing through unfortunate times. Three streams of fragile transition are in progress; all in indecent haste to meet the 2014 timeline. These are in security, political and economic domains. Though political transition holds the key to success, it is the patchiest of all. The ...

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  • The commitment made by all political parties of Balochistan to participate in the upcoming elections is quite refreshing. More so, the Chief Election Commissioner’s visit to Quetta is encouraging, since he has taken various steps to address some of the issues facing prospective candidates. ...

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  • The disturbance created by the Afghan resistance groups during Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel’s first trip to Kabul and the remarks by President Hamid Karzai that US-Nato forces were helping Taliban sustain their capacity to launch attacks with an objective of prolonging their stay in ...

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