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Aasiya Riaz
Aasiya Riaz

  • December 31, 2023

    A year of election

    The year 2023 is coming to an end as yet another rough year for Pakistan’s democracy; 2024 appears to be no better either. We finally have a...

  • November 19, 2023

    Respect the game

    PTI chief Imran Khan speaks during an interview with AFP at his residence in Lahore on May 18, 2023, and PML-N supremo and former prime minister...

  • October 21, 2023

    The three phases of elections

    The three phases of elections. The News/FileAlthough a firm date for the 12th general election in the country has not yet been fixed by the Election...

  • September 18, 2023

    Coalition of the unwilling

    Over a month after the dissolution of the 15th National Assembly of Pakistan, the constitutional requirement of appointing a date for timely general...

  • August 27, 2023

    Dysfunctional power tussle

    In Pakistan, there is never any shortage of crises given our dysfunctional and unconstitutional institutional arrangements. We are very adept at...

  • August 13, 2023

    A look at the 15th National Assembly

    With the 15th National Assembly completing its five-year term, the prospects for timely and free and fair elections to vote in the next National...

  • July 23, 2023

    The next electoral exercise

    Now that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has categorically announced the federal government’s departure upon the completion of the five-year term of...

  • June 25, 2023

    Another council

    We display a strange penchant for creating and re-creating bodies and forums and a peculiar proclivity to add to layers of bureaucracy in the name...

  • June 06, 2023

    What is the lot of citizens?

    The storm blowing up in Pakistan after the May 9 violence has not broken just yet. If anything, its severity has gathered speed. Instead of...

  • May 26, 2023

    Inconvenient truths

    Piecing together an accurate picture of reality is a demanding exercise, both in terms of hard work and in keeping with rigours required for...

  • March 12, 2023

    Principled politics, anyone?

    When on May 14, 2006 – nearly 17 years ago – the Charter of Democracy was signed between Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and Mr Muhammad Nawaz Sharif,...

  • February 20, 2023

    Our Broken Heart Syndrome

    Science has long discovered that heart break is not just emotional trauma. It has severe physiological manifestations also. This physiological...

  • February 12, 2023

    A country in mayhem

    Mayhem describes what Pakistan is facing on so many fronts. There is not even a single respite in sight. Take the economy, the worst mayhem in which...

  • February 06, 2023

    State of democracy

    A major global pronouncement on the annual global state of democracy is out. The verdict: democracy is in doldrums globally and 2022 was a...

  • January 29, 2023

    Survival of the republic

    Even though ‘Cooperation in a Fragmented World’ was this year’s theme of the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos, there is little...

  • January 22, 2023

    Amendments for devolution

    As we celebrate the fact that the second phase of local government elections in Karachi and Hyderabad divisions took place, let us pause to remind...

  • January 15, 2023

    The fault is not in our stars…

    Even though the ECP verdict on the prohibited funding case against the PTI in August 2022 took a long time coming, Pakistan has rarely seen sharper...

  • January 08, 2023

    It’s the economy, stupid

    In the recession-hit United States in the 1990s under US president George H W Bush, ‘It’s the economy, stupid’ was the catchphrase that...

  • January 01, 2023

    Democracy in 2022

    As the world gears up to celebrate another trip around the sun, there is this innate human urge to review what we experienced in the year concluded....

  • December 26, 2022

    Why are the young leaving?

    In a recent public opinion survey to gauge whether Pakistanis wish to stay in Pakistan or leave the country, the Pakistan Institute of Development...

  • December 19, 2022

    How to manage the NSC

    Given Pakistan’s political and governance history and the charring civil-military relations, there is a sense of hope and positivity linked to the...

  • December 13, 2022

    Will the young vote?

    To celebrate the anniversary of Pakistan’s first election conducted on the basis of one-person, one-vote on December 7 in 1970, the day is...

  • November 24, 2022

    Recovering from a crisis

    In a TV interview a few weeks back, former prime minister Mr Imran Khan rather disdainfully said that he was not afraid if martial law was imposed:...

  • October 04, 2022

    Welcome to a season of leaks

    ‘Tis the season of leaks – except there is nothing festive about it. Pakistanis have been given involuntary access to closed-door and hitherto...

  • September 24, 2022

    Who makes decisions in Pakistan?

    By its very essence, democracy means a system of decision-making based on citizens’ choices. Democracy takes the power of decision-making away...

  • September 18, 2022

    Where stands the National Assembly?

    The National Assembly of Pakistan is the only popularly elected federal house where 272 seats are allocated to each province and the federal capital...

  • September 10, 2022

    Dangers of populism

    Former prime minister Mr Imran Khan has said that the current government should not appoint the new army chief and has demanded that the appointment...

  • August 31, 2022

    Derailing democracy

    There is nothing mundane about Pakistan’s democracy – or, as they say, never a dull moment here. For the disciplined, however, democratic...

  • August 21, 2022

    Where do we go from here?

    The 75th anniversary of Pakistan’s independence brought with it a lot of avenues of introspection. How exactly did we achieve independence? What...

  • August 14, 2022

    Defending democracy

    Former US President Trump has termed the US to be akin to a “broken, third world country,” which has become “corrupt, at a level not seen...

  • August 05, 2022

    The vulnerabilities of online voting

    The UK’s Conservative Party is going through its internal electoral process of choosing Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s successor. The final...

  • August 03, 2022

    What next for the PTI?

    The ECP has ruled that the PTI knowingly and wilfully received unlawful funds from a number of foreign companies and foreign nationals and has...

  • July 30, 2022

    Parties, pledges and preparedness

    It is only a week or so before each general election that our political parties hurry to ‘prepare’ and issue their respective manifestos. Each...

  • July 21, 2022

    The PML-N’s loss?

    While the PML-N’s loss in fifteen out of twenty seats in the Punjab by-election has been characterized as a humiliating defeat for the party in...

  • July 14, 2022

    Constitution-makers or interpreters?

    In his dissenting note on the Supreme Court short order interpreting Article 63A of the constitution, Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhail invokes the...