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04 Mar, 2009
Beyond Apex Court's Judgment

The article argues it is most unfortunate that the US and Western powers and their statesmen dogmatically believe that it is only a military government, be it that of Musharraf or any other General, that could contain terrorists and fight terrorism. This is quite a mistaken view and outrageous for the people of Pakistan. Constitutionally, the Pakistan Army is an institution that is supposed to work under a civilian set-up. Why doesn't it fight terrorism and terrorists under the aegis of a civilian government in Pakistan? That is the way to the long-term resolution of the problem of terrorism also, and that is what the present Pakistani government must heed to make the SC’s judgment a win-win situation.

04 Mar, 2009
Rule of Law's Major Domains

This article argues that providing security and protection to citizens is the ultimate objective of a state and its institutions. They are there to establish writ of the law, so that citizens are able to live in freedom and happiness. If they fail in this, they defy their very purpose.

04 Mar, 2009
Let the Heavens Fall!

This article takes up a statement of Honorable Chief Justice of Pakistan in which he said: "the Supreme Court will do justice even if heavens fall!" The article argues that his brother judges ought to follow suit and let the heavens fall.

04 Mar, 2009
Economic Progress, Stability are Key to Pakistan's Future

President General Musharraf and former prime ministers Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif all claim they should be given another chance. The question is whether any of our discredited potential leaders can see that the economic tools such as property rights (including intellectual property), lowering trade barriers and cutting corruption and bureaucracy, are their only hope of saving the country and staying in power.

04 Mar, 2009
Wisdom of a Chinese Sage: Part I

This article presents a selection of Lao Tzu' views especially on governance. Lao Tzu is considered first of the libertarian thinkers, and his thought is rated as radical libertarian creed. Wisdom is what is meant for all and for all times. It never dies or becomes irrelevant. One such example of wisdom is the writings of Lao Tzu, a Chinese philosopher. One of his aphorisms that I happened to be familiar with more than 20 years ago still inspires me. It was, "Learning consists in adding to one’s stock day by day, the principle of Tao (the way, the path) consists in subtracting."

04 Mar, 2009
Wisdom of a Chinese Sage: Part II

This article presents a selection of Lao Tzu' views especially on governance. Lao Tzu is considered first of the libertarian thinkers, and his thought is rated as radical libertarian creed.

04 Mar, 2009
The Perils of Judicial Populism - Part I

The best thing that explains the Supreme Court's (SC’s) July 20 judgment is: it is never too late to mend. As is being claimed, the judgment is historic, it is daring, it is a people's verdict, and a turning point in Pakistan's history.

04 Mar, 2009
Pakistan: A Hope on its Deathbed

This article argues that present circumstances require that the Supreme Court of Pakistan must fulfill its legal and constitutional duty to protect not only the provisions but the spirit of the Constitution also. If it does not do so and does not pave the way for the rule of the right, we will be going to have another 60 or 160 years' rule of the might in Pakistan.

04 Mar, 2009
Myth of Economic Imperialism

The article argues that the notion of economic imperialism is but a myth. Indeed, it is our own being that we need to analyze and evaluate first. For any sane person, it is quite difficult to understand how the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) force us to be exploited! How the United States or the European Union or the G-7 or the World Trade Organization (WTO) compels us to become its stooges? How can they exploit us, unless some of us are not prepared to be their partners in such endeavors? If such exploitation is taking place, we have only ourselves to blame for it -- we should take the responsibility on our own shoulders rather than blaming others.

04 Mar, 2009
An NRO for Me Also

This article pleads that the recently promulgated National Reconciliation Ordinance, which grants amnesty to public office holders only, be made available to every Pakistani.

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