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THE SAUDI BAIT - TO BITE OR NOT

By amicus • Apr 5th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story

Although the PML (N) – led federal government has repeatedly stated that there are no strings attached to Saudi grant of $ 1.5 billion to Pakistan, most of the analysts find it difficult to believe that in inter-state relations such benevolence is shown without reasons. Since the Iranian Revolution of February 1979 and the inception [...]



Best Valentine Day Message in Pakistan Ever

By amicus • Feb 15th, 2014 • Category: Entertainment

Dhikr (also written as Zikr or Dzikr) is the sacred practice of remembering the Divine, a living tradition of the gnostics still carried, practiced and transmitted by the Sufis. And the practice indeed is a practice of valentine with the Real Beloved. Its the creation of a sacred moment, a moment with Hu and you, [...]



Talk about Talks

By amicus • Feb 5th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

They are big names but do not carry any influence amongst TTP. No power, messengers at best. Nothing in common.  Temperamentally poles apart.  They may not be able to come to terms with what, when where and terms of reference. For them to even evolve a structure, composition and methodology has proved to be a [...]



MUSHARRAF AND THE CONSTITUTIONAL TANGLE -II

By amicus • Jan 22nd, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

On that fateful day in March General Musharraf, (by one account ‘summoned’ and the other the CJP had sought an appointment), the then Chief Justice of Pakistan, Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry had come to his camp office in Rawalpindi and in the presence of Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz and chiefs of military-controlled intelligence agencies sought his resignation. The Chief Justice did not accept pressure and refused to resign.



MUSHARRAF AND THE CONSTITUTIONAL TANGLE

By amicus • Jan 14th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

On two facts there is no disagreement: First, on 12 October 1999, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had dismissed the Chief of Army Staff, General Pervez Musharraf, when he was about to board a PIA plane in Colombo for return journey and, secondly, the Army Generals had successfully carried out the coup to oust Nawaz Sharif before General Musharraf’s plane landed in Karachi.



Negotiating With The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan

By amicus • Oct 3rd, 2013 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

Although the All Parties Conference held on September 9, 2013, said to have discussed the whole gamut of Pakistan’s national security, its focus was primarily on the threat posed by the Tehrik-E-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

As in the past, this time again the participants of the APC by and large agreed to give peace a [...]



The Controversy Over Presidential Elections: What Went Wrong?

By amicus • Aug 4th, 2013 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

The boycott of presidential election by the Pakistan People’s Party, the Awami National Party and the Baluchistan National Party as a protest against the Supreme Court Order to advance polling date from August 6 to July 30, 2013 followed by the resignation of the Chief Election Commissioner, Fakharuddin G. Ibrahim has led to a controversy [...]



ELECTIONS 2013 AND AFTER

By amicus • May 20th, 2013 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

That general elections were held despite all odds is itself a great achievement. Things appeared too uncertain until General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani made it absolutely clear in his address at the GHQ on the occasion of the Martyrs’ Day on April 30 that “Allah willing, General Elections would be held in the country on 11th [...]



Musharraf and Charges of High Treason: A Politico-Historical Perspective

By amicus • Apr 24th, 2013 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

Between November 1988 and February 1997, the troika comprising the President, the Prime Minister and the Chief of Army Staff ruled the country, reflecting the reality of a power-equation that in practice was not very stable.

Intoxicated with what was referred to as a “heavy mandate”, given in the elections of February 1997, Prime Minister [...]



The Issue of Delimitation in Karachi

By amicus • Mar 28th, 2013 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

On November 26, 2012, a five-member Bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued an Interim Order in the Karachi Law and Order Case and simultaneously instructed the Election Commission of Pakistan that constituencies in Karachi, (2002 Delimitation Karachi Sindh) should be delimited to include mixed population in order to avoid political polarization and reduce [...]