Should we consider amnesty for corrupt politicians?

Let us get rid of the scoundrels. Conviction through the courts seems impossible. Weakness in the common law to combat white-collar crime, combined with procedural flaws has been the major cause of delays. From Ayub Khan’s EBDO (Elected Bodies Disqualification Ordinance) to Musharraf’s NRO (National Reconciliation Ordinance), nothing seems to have worked so far. Though… Continue reading Should we consider amnesty for corrupt politicians?

Administrative accountability courts must be set up

Despite conscientious efforts by every government, the administrative set up remains sluggish. For the public, it is almost impossible to get relief. In the formative years of Pakistan, senior officers responded to complaints by holding the lower staff accountable but not anymore. While the Armed Forces and Judiciary have their own internal accountability mechanisms, the… Continue reading Administrative accountability courts must be set up

Quarreling over Iqbal’s statue

Last week turned out to be very disappointing for the much revered Allama Sir Dr Muhammad Iqbal Lahori when his home built statue was unveiled at a park named after him in a town that also carries his name. The park is run by the Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA ) of Lahore, the city… Continue reading Quarreling over Iqbal’s statue

Is asking for money trail arm-twisting?

Arm-twisting of politicians was started by the first dictator in October 1958 which should now stop for all times to come. Ayub Khan’s Elected Bodies Disqualification Ordinance (EBDO) knocked out several honest political players from the arena. Those who did not surrender to the will of the usurper were punished. Hussain Shaheed Suharwardy, the ex-Prime… Continue reading Is asking for money trail arm-twisting?

Strengthening rule of law through speedy convictions & election reforms

‘Naya Pakistan’ hangs in the balance. Free and fair elections in 2023 are crucial for the country. The issue of corruption will dominate this electoral contest. The corrupt can make a comeback if their cases are not decided by the courts, in other words, the ball is in their court. The Lawyers’ Movement of 2007,… Continue reading Strengthening rule of law through speedy convictions & election reforms

PML-N’s ‘Jaag Punjab’ slogan shouldn’t be taken lightly

The Freemasons Hall of Democracy located on 33 Davis Road Lahore has produced many marvels to detract the democratic order in the country, the latest being: ‘Jaag Punjab’. In the sixties, Mujib-ur-Rehman raised a similar slogan; ‘Jaag Bengal’ and even presented his ‘six points’ to break loose from the centre, which was thousands of miles… Continue reading PML-N’s ‘Jaag Punjab’ slogan shouldn’t be taken lightly

Nawaz-Maryam & Zulfikar-Benazir father daughter duos compared

In November 1967 Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto (ZAB) launched his PPP in Lahore. During his mistrial he had wished to be buried here as he considered it the Leningrad of Pakistan. It was against his wishes that his funeral after his execution in Rawalpindi was hurriedly arranged in his native Larkana in April 1979. His first… Continue reading Nawaz-Maryam & Zulfikar-Benazir father daughter duos compared

Orderly management of decline

The Iron Lady of Great Britain, Mrs Margaret Thatcher used this term after meeting with her senior bureaucrats. Yes, they are good at maintaining order even if it leads to decline. It is this backwards movement that has been taking place in the land of the pure in the last forty years ever since the… Continue reading Orderly management of decline

How resignations can help get rid of past distortions

The Zia Pandemic of 1985 partyless elections may be finally coming to an end by the voluntary resignations of the opposition parties. Please resign as there is no other way to get rid of these ‘political bounty hunters’ who managed to capture the Parliament due to the senseless boycott by Movement for Restoration of Democracy… Continue reading How resignations can help get rid of past distortions

Human rights issues in Pakistan: Predicament of a common man

A society in which inhumanity becomes the norm is in serious turmoil. According to the great humanist: Abdul Sattar Edhi, “Humanity is the biggest religion”. All his life, he served humans; mostly downtrodden and the destitute. From burying unclaimed dead bodies or raising abandoned children, he did it all. It is mind boggling that in… Continue reading Human rights issues in Pakistan: Predicament of a common man