Nauman Asghar

  • TIn the wake of the enactment of the twenty-first Amendment to the Constitution, the apex court was seized with three significant constitutional questions: whether the Supreme Court has the authority to declare a constitutional amendment null and void? Whether there is a basic structure to the ...

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  • TFair, free and transparent elections are an essential feature of a democratic political system. They establish the legitimacy of the system and constitute an effective tool to ascertain the will of the people.Under the Constitution of Pakistan, the Election Commission of Pakistan has been vested ...

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  • TFinally, last week, the 237-page long Judicial Commission report put to rest the allegations of 2013 elections been massively rigged and manipulated. The interior minister, Chaudhary Nisar, has rightly said that the report contains lessons for both sides. On the one hand the PTI should realise that ...

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  • TLast week, a major diplomatic breakthrough was made possible after two years of hectic negotiations between Iran and P5 plus Germany, to broker a deal on Iran’s nuclear program. The standoff between Iran and the international community is more than a decade old when then the IAEA obtained ...

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  • TIn the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, overstepping the bounds of one’s domain or authority is a common phenomenon and it manifests itself in ways more than one in daily occurrences. Because of this tendency, the line between public and private morality has blurred to a large extent. What is ...

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  • TTruth has not been considered a political virtue in any age. Politicians in any corner of the globe are not known for speaking the truth. Tall and false claims are made, political statements are issued to score points over rivals, and policy positions are subject to change depending upon whether at ...

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  • TDiversity of political forces is an element of strength for political culture while monopolization of political space by dint of force initially begets fear and ultimately leads to widespread discontent. The survival of a ‘political’ entity that has developed private militias and ...

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  • TDemocracy in any country requires a robust parliament. A democratic parliament is representative of the political will and social diversity of the population, and is effective in its legislative and oversight functions, at the national and international level. Very importantly, it should also be ...

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  • TThe idea, “democracy is the best revenge”, has recently resonated in Turkish politics when the Justice and Development Party (AKP) has lost majority in parliamentary elections held on June 7. Though it remains the largest party in the Türkiye Büyük Millet Meclisi (Grand ...

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  • TAny write-up about today’s PPP has to start with the admission of bitter reality that the party has been reduced to its bastion of rural Sindh. The steep decline in party popularity set in after 2008, when Zardari donned the mantle of leadership pursuant to the late BB’s ...

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  • TCurrently the positions in the CII are awarded to appease certain religious elements that are more radical and primeval in their approach, lacking a rationalist understanding of religion.The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) has had expertise in obfuscating the issue, which could be spelled out in ...

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  • TAccording to various estimates, 1.5 million children live on the streets in Pakistan, owing to multifarious reasons. The study reports suggest that majority of them have been forced to live homeless lives after the experience violence in household, workplace and educational institutions. These ...

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  • TFaith-based violence, in most of the instances, is actuated by the irrational fear of insecurity. The followers of a particular religion have been seen to resort to violence, in case they perceive their religion to be under attack. Religious fundamentalism can be restrained by cultivating a ...

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  • TLast week, as reported in the press, during the Supreme Court proceedings involving the matter of constitutionality of twenty-first amendment, an incidental question arose whether Pakistan could be made a secular state? If so, how? Hamid Khan, a celebrated lawyer representing different bar ...

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  • TMay 1 is celebrated as International Workers’ Day but, in Pakistan, it generally passes without highlighting labour related issues. In recent past, no government has ever come up with a serious policy to address concerns of the workers and their plight remains beyond description.Article 11 of ...

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  • TOn April 23, the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) has put out the third World Happiness Report 2015. Pakistan has been placed at the 81st spot out of 158 countries surveyed, second only to Bhutan (79) among South Asian nations. India comes in at the 117th place while ...

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  • TThe draft cyber law- Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2015- is a perfect instance of throwing the baby out with the bathwater. The bill has very rightly been denounced as ‘draconian’ and an ‘infringement on fundamental rights and civil liberties’. Through this step, the ...

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  • TThe Sindh government is run on old-fashioned, archaic lines with feudal politicians calling the shots, bureaucracy reduced to a rubber stamp and the governance indicators display abysmal performance. But, giving the devil his due, we have often witnessed the passage of progressive legislation by ...

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  • TApril 4 marked the death anniversary of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, who came to a tragic end thirty-six years ago on this day. Historians widely disagree regarding ZAB’s assessment with some eulogizing him to be Pakistan’s ‘most gifted and charismatic political leader’ while others ...

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  • TWith a peaceful presidential vote and the subsequent formation of a unity government, Tunisia has completed its successful transition to a democracy, a journey that started with the ouster of Ben Ali in the wake of the self-immolation of Mohammad Bouazizi four years ago. The success in Tunisia has ...

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  • TThere goes a story that Nazis admitted new entrants to their club only after making them pass through a hard test. The young recruits were given puppies and after passing of a certain time when they were able to develop mutual bonds of affection, the recruits were asked to strangle the animal ...

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  • TIt is better that ten guilty men go free than one innocent man suffer”, said Blackstone. But the Islamic Republic of Pakistan is a land of strange contradictions: terror charges have been dropped by the IHC in case of Mumtaz Qadri, who killed the Punjab Governor in broad daylight on the one ...

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  • TJinnah envisioned a modern, liberal and progressive state of Pakistan founded on the principles of equality, justice and fair play. He further envisaged equal treatment to all religious minorities but after sixty-seven years, the plight of minorities is beyond description. The guiding principles ...

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  • TThey say all’s fair in love and war. Frank Smedley obviously made an omission of not including politics- the ‘second oldest profession’- in his famous category. Recently the controversy surrounding the ‘selling’ of Senate tickets has come in the spotlight when half of ...

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  • TThe PPP, once proclaimed as the party of the federation, is written off today in power calculus in three provinces of the country. And dissensions within a weak political party are not something surprising. In this backdrop, the disappearance of Bilawal Bhutto from the scene after reported ...

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  • TAt the outset, two realities are in order: Karachi, the financial and commercial hub of the country, has turned into a battlefield for criminal gangs and armed group enjoying overt and covert support of mainstream political parties; ‘state’ has showed ineffectual and feckless response ...

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  • TGovernor Punjab’s resignation is a political setback for the Sharif government for sure. Chaudhary Muhammad Sarwar made a graceful exit after seventeen months in office, hinting at his new independent role on Pakistan’s political landscape. At his press conference on Jan. 29, he was ...

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  • TThe computerization of the land record system is underway in all the provinces of the country and is rightly hailed as a welcome step to bring efficiency to the land management system, improving the recovery of land revenue and eliminating corruption of the revenue staff. While the significance of ...

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  • TThe year 2014 was bad for Nigerians, and 2015 might prove even worse. According to the Council for Foreign Relations, around 10,000 people faced death in Nigeria last year at the hands of Boko Haram. During the first ten days of 2015, militants have carried out another deadly carnage in Baga ...

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  • TThe recent press reports suggest that the Indus Water Commissioners of both India and Pakistan have amicably resolved their dispute over the Baglihar Dam in a three-day meeting held on May 30 and June 01 at New Delhi. The process of filling of the dam in 2008, not being in accordance with the Indus ...

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