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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
On 16 March 2013, the National Assembly of Pakistan stood dissolved after completing its five-year term, which is a no small feat given the past experience.
She preferred to travel by PIA from NYC to LHR , she had choice of BOAC ,PAN AM , TWA .
The first lady hugged the PIA captain on arrival at London ,
Do you know who this PIA 707 captain was ?
He was Capt Sohleeje , later on become Director flight operation PIA .
From the archives [...]
The Federal and Punjab Governments, having no viable alternate, showed tact and restraint, in dealing with the ‘Long March’ while all the clue less, anxious and apprehensive political parties declared in clear terms that any constitutional deviation would be unacceptable. Judiciary put its weight on the side of constitutionalism and the army maintained a clear [...]
Agreement with this government is a non starter. They will be gone soon. Tahir ul Qadri couldn’t get AAZ’s signature, who will be there after this government. Come Caretaker set up and we see where this agreement stands?
On jan 17 TQ was calling Raja Ex PM. He signed agreement with Raja and Allies. To what [...]
Constitutionally, there are three situations in which the National Assembly stands dissolved:
1. “The National Assembly shall unless sooner dissolved, continue for a term of five years from the day of its first meeting and shall stand dissolved at the expiration of its term.” – Article 52.
2. “The President shall dissolve the National Assembly if so [...]
“Few individuals significantly alter the course of history. Fewer still modify the map of the world. Hardly anyone can be credited with creating a nation-state. Mohammad Ali Jinnah did all three.
Stanley Wolpert, Jinnah Of Pakistan.
“The great majority of us are Muslims. We follow the teaching of the Prophet Mohammed (may peace be upon him). We [...]
Faced with multiple challenges and crises, the state of Pakistan is passing through the most critical phase of its history since 1970-71.
The performance record of the present government is abysmally poor. But it is also difficult to be optimistic about the future.
Will the law and order situation allow the general elections to take place [...]