Punjab may lose 7 NA seats in new constituency delimitation

Punjab’s share in the general seats of the National Assembly is likely to go down by as much as seven when a new constituency delimitation exercise is conducted in accordance with the population figures provisionally released by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics last month. Out of a total of 272 geographical constituencies, …

تبديلی آگئ ہے

سينيٹر طارق چوہدری کا کالم تبدیلی آ نہیں رہی، تبدیلی آگئی ہے۔ دھرنے کی ہر شام عمران خان اس جملے کی تکرار کرتے، وہ سامعین کی چمکتی آنکھوں، دمکتے چہروں، روشن پیشانیوں کو دیکھ کر جان گئے کہ تبدیلی آ نہیں رہی تبدیلی آگئی ہے۔ وہ جو بدل دیئے جانے …

PTI’s women

Dr. Zarqa Taimur One must wonder at the unprecedented women’s membership of the Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI). Of course, it goes without saying that they are there because they have faith in Imran Khan’s vision, in his sincerity and commitment towards the cause of a ‘Naya’ Pakistan, and contributions …

Course correction for Pakistani democracy

Ayaz Amir The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) report which forms the basis of the Musharraf treason trial would be rejected by an area magistrate (the lowest magistrate in the judicial hierarchy) in the normal course of things. And were even a half-competent high court judge be asked to examine it, …

Musharraf treason inquiry report remarkable for its omissions

After much hesitation, the prosecution in retired general Pervez Musharraf’s high treason case finally submitted the ‘inquiry report’ before the special court on Wednesday, which astounded many for its omissions instead of what it contained. Unpredictably, the report finds that Musharraf was solely responsible for imposing the 2007 emergency; those …

Musharraf and the military, Part – II

By Shehzad Chaudhry Most of the employment of the army in anti-terror operations continues under the rubric of general authorisation of force in support of the civilian government but lacks exceptional powers through newer legislation. That has denuded it of the needed legal cover for such operations. The US seeks …

Musharraf and the military, Part-I

By Shahzad Chaudhry When the Kerry-Lugar-Berman Bill was finally submitted in the US Congress in 2009 for approval, it contained two clauses that especially irked the Pakistani military. One dealt with the promotion to two-star rank and beyond within the military that the bill envisaged needed approval by Pakistan’s civilian …

I am not a traitor, says Musharraf

“I am not a traitor,” said former president retired General Pervez Musharraf in his defence once the Special Court had indicted him on charges related to imposition of emergency in the country on Nov 3, 2007. When Justice Tahira Safdar of the Balochistan High Court read out the first charge …