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04 Mar, 2009
Political Sense of Direction

This article dwells on fundamental issues defining a constitution especially in the context of Pakistan. It argues that constitution is never like a political document. At best, it is a theory of conduct both for individuals and institutions. In this sense, it is a moral document.


04 Mar, 2009
Packaging it Maliciously

The article, Packaging it maliciously, argues that the constitutional package brought in by the Pakistan Peoples Party at best seems to be a ploy to fizzle out the rule of law movement by creating uncertainties, confusion and useless debates hovering around the real issue, dragging the issue to an ad infinitum where it loses its force. The package is an attempt at amending the constitution maliciously. Supposedly if this package goes through the parliament in its original form, what will it achieve? Nothing of the sorts needed at this time. Will it resolve the issue of judges’ restoration to the satisfaction of the lawyers’ associations and civil society? More importantly, will it resolve the judicial crisis to the dictates of the constitution? Also, it is just unintelligible how reducing the term of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry will help reform the judiciary!


12 Jan, 2009
Defeatism - A New Factor

The article, Defeatism – A New Factor, discusses the ‘post-long march’ moment of lull in the rule of law movement. It contends that after eight years' dictatorial rule the democratic dawn has proved false.


12 Jan, 2009
Long March - The Aftermath

The article, Long March - The Aftermath, discusses that the Long March has concluded, but a number of questions still haunt the lawyers’ leaders? The most important of which is what did the Long March achieve. The article argues that can we achieve anything by protesting peacefully in a thoroughly un-civilized society of Pakistan? Or for that matter, even by un-peaceful means?


17 Dec, 2008
Political Moral Depravity

This article discusses the present politics of Pakistan Peoples Party and takess exception to an admission by one of the PPP Member National Assebly, Ms. Nafisa Shah very seriously.


17 Dec, 2008
Kenya's Stolen Election - Lessons from Zimbabwe

Kenya's opposition must challenge the disputed election results in the courts if it wants to strengthen democracy, weaken autocracy and defuse violence. Even in Zimbabwe this has shown our citizens and the world that there is still hope for that very foundation of freedom, the rule of law. Our experience applies wherever elections cannot be trusted and wherever the rule of law is shaky.


02 Dec, 2008
Government, My Foot!

The article, "Government, my foot!" argues that governments’ delivery of goods and services throughout the world has suffered a steep decline. This is more so in countries which have transformed into elitist states and where production and distribution of goods and services is heavily controlled by governments. Pakistan is one such country where government’s control has disabled both its economy and society. It presents a classic case of how a government fails its people and makes their life miserable.


02 Dec, 2008
PML (N): Enigma of Principled Politics

The article argues that though the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP)-led government in the Centre is a perfect target for criticism. However, the real target for criticism should be the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).


01 Dec, 2008
Now it is Minus PPP

This article discusses the fate of the Rule of Law movement after the betrayal of Pakistan People Party. After attempting a SWOT analysis of the movement, the article concludes that this movement is like a sieve. It is separating wheat from chaff. The latest chaff is PPP. Now the formula for the success of this movement is ‘Move on minus PPP!’


01 Dec, 2008
Beware of Collaborators!

It takes more than 25 years for our politicians to agree upon a constitution and to have it enforced, and then through the next 35 years they tried their best to betray it. Prior to 1973, we were living in the wilderness of a constitutional anarchy; after that, we are living in the wilderness of a constitutional graveyard.


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