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Hassan Rowhani, The New President of Iran

Hassan Rowhani, The New President of Iran

Hassan Rowhani, 64, a moderate, was declared the outright winner with 50.68 percent of votes cast in Iran’s Presidential polls held on June 14. He singularly won against the five conservative...
Can PM Nawaz take the bull by horns?

Can PM Nawaz take the bull by horns?

Pakistan on June 5, 2013 emerged triumphant in adding a new chapter to its democratic and parliamentary history, as the day marked the culmination of the process of transition of power from one...
Iran’s Presidential Race Begins

Iran’s Presidential Race Begins

Iran’s Interior Ministry has issued the Approved Official List of eight Candidates for upcoming Presidential Election to be held on June 14. Sitting President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is out of race...
Why are Government bodies such Pain?

Why are Government bodies such Pain?

More than 10 years back I went to NADRA office for my CNIC, it was my first ever visit and experience of NADRA and even at that time too (before going there) I heard lots of complaints how...
Did PTI Deliver a ‘New Pakistan’?

Did PTI Deliver a ‘New Pakistan’?

Let’s begin by juxtaposing the pre and post-election political scenarios of Pakistan with an aim to weigh the after effects of the debut entry of Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) as a...
Of Hopes and Disappointments

Of Hopes and Disappointments

The day started like one important festival in the country, 18 crore people have never been seen such excited and delighted. This is the first time country and its people showed such enthusiasm for...
Why Vote for PPP and Sassi Palejo?

Why Vote for PPP and Sassi Palejo?

Sassi has emerged to be a liberal politician belonging to PPP, contesting from Thatta PS-85 constituency, whose moderate approach and particular activism for human and women’s rights has earned her...
Our Politics: Rural and Urban

Our Politics: Rural and Urban

Unsurprisingly, the people of Pakistan are looking for change through ballets, the kind of change which can bring peace and prosperity in their lives; which can provide an equal system of education...
Election Campaigns Or Verbal Abuse?

Election Campaigns Or Verbal Abuse?

All  we see these days in the name of election campaigning is plethora of mud-slinging taunts and amusing songs by all electoral parties. What is even astonishing is the idea behind their...
My New Right- To Vote

My New Right- To Vote

It’s quite a news that voting in Pakistan is now a religious right. I don’t much know about the nuances of Shariah, hence I would refrain from commenting over it. However, I’d still like...
What Goes Around Comes Around

What Goes Around Comes Around

MQM (the biggest stakeholder of Karachi), PPP (the biggest stakeholder of Sindh), and ANP (the smallest stakeholder in Karachi) have been facing a string of deadly attacks following explicit threats...
Where are Fair Elections Needed?

Where are Fair Elections Needed?

The ongoing voter verification process in Karachi was supposed to end by Feb.11th 2013, but by the given date 0.7 million voters in all the districts have not been verified yet. The process started...
New Chinese Leadership and its Foreign Policy

New Chinese Leadership and its Foreign Policy

We in Pakistan claim China as our ‘all weather’ friend but ask anybody in the streets of Islamabad, Lahore or Karachi, who rules this friendly country and you’ll turn up a blank. Even the media...
From 2D to 3D- The Battle for Lahore

From 2D to 3D- The Battle for Lahore

With the next general elections due shortly, we will witness the most lethal and sanguinary of all political battles in Lahore. Lahore- A bastion of PML-N, challenged by PTI, has now become the...
American Elections and Pakistan

American Elections and Pakistan

Jamsheed Marker, Pakistan’s one time ambassador to the US records in his memoirs that General Zia-ul-Haq, once made a very apt observation about the impact of the American system of elections on...
The Illusion of the ‘Change’

The Illusion of the ‘Change’

Revolution has been the talk of the town with regular slogans that a Tsunami is going to sweep the country in the coming years. The general election is around the corner and the political parties...
Season of Allegations

Season of Allegations

As elections are nearing Pakistan’s power politics is showing its true colours. In the next few months there will be mud-slinging, blame games and plenty of rhetoric. Do not miss it. It is an...
Elections Argument: Fact or Fallacy?

Elections Argument: Fact or Fallacy?

Analysts seem to be bitterly divided on the elections issue. While one school is shouting hoarse the benefits it would bring to the fledgling democracy, the other is adamantly demonizing elections as...
Elections 2013- Anticipations and Realities

Elections 2013- Anticipations and Realities

With the next general elections due within a year or so every party has silently geared up its loins and are trying to promulgate their ideas to the masses. The year 2011 proved to be a turning point...