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Unpalatable or Disastrous

Unpalatable or Disastrous

By Misbah Azam, Ph.D. In his interview in 1867, with St. Petersburgische ZeitungIt, the German aristocrat and statesman, Prime Minister of Prussia and first Chancellor of Germany, Otto Von Bismark described the politics as “an art of possible”. However, famous Canadian — and later US — economist, public official, the diplomat, and a leading proponent of 20th-century American liberalism, John Kenneth Galbraith disagreed. He wrote to President John F. Kennedy in 1962 that he believes that the, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Democracy, Karachi, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Parliament

Is it the Machiavellian “Incentive Structure”? – Part 2

Is it the Machiavellian “Incentive Structure”? – Part 2

By Misbah U. Azam, Ph.D. Read : Is it the Machiavellian “Incentive Structure”? – Part 1   On January 13, 2015, Dr. Moeed Yusuf, Director, South Asia Program in US Institute of Peace (USIP), shocked many democrats by writing a piece – A Rotten System — in Daily Dawn. Here what he noted, “Ever since the Zardari government took over in 2008, I have struggled to place Pakistan among the established models of democratic consolidation? I have increasingly … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Law, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Parliament, USA

Is it the Machiavellian “Incentive Structure”? – Part 1

Is it the Machiavellian “Incentive Structure”? – Part 1

By Misbah U. Azam, Ph.D. The common question in Pakistan is, “which system of governance Pakistan should adopt which will deliver to people’s demands”? Should it be the democracy, and if democracy should it be parliamentary or presidential. Should there be a military dictator who rules with iron fist with the help of political dynasties and family oligarchs. Should there be a system where the governments are nominated by the powerful military and Judiciary, which governs … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Law, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

Another attempt to derail the Democratic Process?

Malik Omaid Raza Rumi tweeted about the Lahore protests and Imran Khan’s strategy which reminds one of the 1977 PNA movement and other establishment backed efforts to derail the democratic process.   [View the story “What’s new in Naya Pakistan?” on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Democracy, Elections, History, Islamabad, Lahore, movements, Pakistan, Raza Rumi, Revolution, Storify, Twitter, Women

An open letter to Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

An open letter to Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

By Wahab Tariq Butt Dear Bilawal, I write this letter to try to share with you the sentiments of us common people after your speech on 18th October. First of all, I congratulate you for the mamonth gathering of people last Saturday, that gave the message loud and clear:Pakistan Peoples Party is not down and out. It is worth praise how you spoke against extremist mindset, establishment’s propagandas and their stooges trying to bring change through lotas. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Benazir Bhutto, Democracy, Opinion, Pakistan, People's Pakistan, Punjab, Sindh, Zardari

فیض احمد فیض کی شاعری کی کتابوں کی اشاعت کے مختلف دلچسپ مرحلے

فیض احمد فیض کی شاعری کی کتابوں کی اشاعت کے مختلف دلچسپ مرحلے

ضیاکھوکھر 1۔ میری معلومات کے مطابق فیض احمد فیض کی شاعری کا اولین مجموعہ’’ نقشِ فریادی‘‘ مکتبہ اُردو لاہورنے1941ء میں شائع کیا تھا۔ اس کے بعد دسمبر 1952ء میں جناب رؤف ملک نے ’’دستِ صبا‘‘ پیپلزپبلشنگ ہاؤس لاہور کے زیرِ اہتمام شائع کی تھی ان دنوں فیض صاحب حیدرآباد جیل میں تھے۔ پاکستان میں کسی کتاب کی رونمائی کی اولین تقریب ’’دستِ صبا‘‘ کے پبلشر رؤف ملک (پیپلز پبلشنگ ہاؤس) نے ’’دست صبا‘‘ کے حوالے سے … Read entire article »

Filed under: Benazir Bhutto, Books, culture, Democracy, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, History, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, Literature, poetry, Writers

کوئی حد نئیں صبراں دی

کوئی حد نئیں صبراں دی

ضیاء کھوکھر دکھوں کی صلیب پر مصلوب رہنے کے بعد قبر میں اتر جانے والی بیگم نصرت بھٹو یادیں اور تاثرات (نومبر۱۹۶۸ء تا اکتوبر ۲۰۱۱ء) پاکستان پیپلز پارٹی کے قیام کے کچھ عرصہ بعد 13نومبر 1968ء کو چیئرمین ذوالفقار علی بھٹو کو لاہور سے گرفتار کرلیا گیا۔ یہ وہ دور تھا جب ایوب خان کی آمریت کا سورج پوری آب وتاب سے چمک رہا تھا۔ جمہوریت کی بحالی کی تمام تحریکیں دم توڑ چکی تھیں۔ پرانی روایتی … Read entire article »

Filed under: Benazir Bhutto, Democracy, History, Lahore, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, poetry, Politics, secular Pakistan, Sindh, Women

Our misplaced faith in shortcuts

Our misplaced faith in shortcuts

By Jamal Malik I was about 14 when the ‘Marde Momin, Marde Haq’, General Zia ul Haq toppled Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s government and imposed Martial Law in the country. It was 4th April 1979, when I came out of the examination hall of Abbottabad Public School, after taking my Matric Islamiat exam that my friends and I heard that Z. A. Bhutto had been hanged. Most of my friends were Bhutto sympathizers and it was an … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Constitution, Corruption, Democracy, Economy, Egalitarian Pakistan, human rights, journalism, Judiciary, minorities, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Parliament, Politics, Religion, Revolution

The Pragmatic Liberal

The Pragmatic Liberal

Raza Habib Raja This article tries to evaluate the politician Benazir Bhutto and the way she affected her party and the Pakistani political landscape. Since the article tries to adopt a CRITICAL approach therefore it points her weaknesses besides appreciating her strengths. Cult of personality which has become somewhat of a rarity in the West is an integral part of the political culture here. Such personality cults form around Political leaders, particularly famous ones, in our part … Read entire article »

Filed under: Benazir Bhutto, Democracy

Remembering Jalib

Remembering Jalib

By Jaffer Abid “It is a spirit in opposition, rather than in accommodation, that grips me because the romance, the interest, the challenge of intellectual life is to be founding dissent against the status quo at a time when the struggle on behalf of underrepresented and disadvantaged groups seems so unfairly weighted against them.” – Edward Said Representation of the Intellectual In 1991, the eminent scholar, critic and Palestinian intellectual Edward Said gave a series of lectures … Read entire article »

Filed under: Left, Literature, poetry, Politics

“Blaming politicians alone for tarnishing democracy is actually less than half the story”- Benazir Bhutto’s interview to Herald (2000)

“Tomorrow they may decide to kill me because I know too much. But I want this on record so that one day, 10 years from now, 20 years from now, somebody goes back and says: What was happening in Quaid-e-Azam’s Pakistan?” Nearly twelve years ago monthly Herald published this interview of Benazir Bhutto (taken by Ali Dayan Hasan). This is perhaps the most revealing interview that BB gave to a local publication. In the context of … Read entire article »

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The story of PPP – 1967-2011

Riaz Ali Toori, an active member of the Pakistan People’s Party, remembers its evolution, challenges and successes We are celebrating the 45th Foundation Day of Pakistan Peoples Party through the auspices of which, proper democracy and constitution got introduced first time in Pakistan. From 1947 to 1973 we had failed to formulate an effective constitution but PPP managed it within a couple of years after taking power. We knew Democracy by its name but were unable to see its application for two and a half decades. The charismatic leader Z A Bhutto Shaheed ushered in democracy and gave us a constitution that is even now “Centre of Unity and Sovereignty” and equally sacred to all political parties and provinces. Even today PPP is strengthening democracy through policy of reconciliation under the farsighted … Read entire article »

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Benazir Bhutto and Her Politics: A Critical Evaluation

By Raza Habib Raja I remember that once Nadeem Farooq Paracha wrote that in Pakistan Bhuttos are hated in their lives by the affluent middle class and media (which is mostly the expressive medium of the same class) and then sanctified once they have met a tragic end. In lives they are branded as corrupt and only after death, and that too tragic death, has it been possible for the mainstream media to actually reflect back on them with some appreciation. Of course for the supporters any criticism on her personality, particularly after her death, is equivalent to blasphemy. Cult of personality which has become somewhat of a rarity in the West is an integral part of the political culture here. Such personality cults form around Political leaders, particularly famous ones, in … Read entire article »

Filed under: Anniversery, Benazir Bhutto, Left, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, Uncategorized

Benazir Bhutto: an iconic figure

By Tauqeer Abbas The 3rd death anniversary of a blazing fire of truth, a beauteous blossom of love, a soothing balm of peace, highly experienced lecturer, one of the best decision makers, esteemed, much-loved, daughter of the East Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto will be observed with the renewed commitment and pledge to strengthen the democratic institution in line with the vision of one of the greatest leader of this subcontinent. The daughter of Pakistan is no more with us but is a guiding star for the generations to come. It was her unprecedented determination sacrifice for nation. Her commitment towards people was spotless that she did not let her own misfortunes position in her way. Mohtarma Shaheed will always be remembered in world politics due to her political acumen and leadership qualities. History … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, Anniversery, Benazir Bhutto, Pakistan, Taliban, Terrorism

Hating Zardari

Hit and run By Shakir Husain                       The News, May 17, 2010 Whenever people ask me about the funniest Asif Zardari joke I’ve ever heard, my response is always, “That he is the most successful president in the 63 year history of Pakistan.” I can picture readers cringing, noses wrinkling, and people asking to be passed the sick bag. What makes this nauseating sensation worse for most is that if you can get past the silly grin, the last name, the face – whatever your pet Asif Zardari peeve is, you will realise it’s true. Before you abandon this piece here to go and fire off a nasty email to me and the Editor, think about this rationally by removing the last name from the presidency, and just objectively look at what the man … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan, Zardari