March 8, 2009

O democracy-Dr Farrukh Saleem

In less than a year, our democrats have proven at least four things: First, they are suicide attackers. Second, our politicians lack the maturity to run a modern coalition, parliamentary democracy. Third, our superior judiciary continues to be an extension of the executive branch. Fourth, so vicious is the craving for power that our politicians have no time to formulate policy for a country that’s on fire.

On Feb 18, 2008, the PPP got 30.6 percent of votes. Imagine; 10,606,486 Pakistani voters voted for the PPP. And now the same party has imposed a civilian martial law over 90 million residents of Punjab. In essence, more than half of Pakistan now has no democracy under the democratically elected PPP. Read More »O democracy-Dr Farrukh Saleem

Fallout from Lahore —Dr Hasan-Askari Rizvi

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hasanaskriLet there be no doubt that the violent activities of militant Islamist groups are a threat to Pakistani state and society. None of them recognises the territorial boundaries of Pakistan or its constitution and law. Nor do any of them believe in seeking mandate for their “Islamic” agenda through the electoral process

Terror hit Pakistan once again on March 3 when the visiting Sri Lankan cricket team was targeted at Liberty Square, a posh area of Lahore. The incident was the latest evidence — if evidence was still needed — of the inadequacies of the state apparatus to cope with the challenge of terrorism.Read More »Fallout from Lahore —Dr Hasan-Askari Rizvi