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Ch Sarwar Mysterious Role in Pakistani Politics

By Maria • Sep 23rd, 2014 • Category: Lead Story

Those who know Chaudhry Sarwar in UK, knows that during his almost 40 years in UK politics he never sided with the loosing side and always kept his stakes on both sides and emerged as beneficiary always. So it was a surprise for many, when Chaudhry Sarwar left UK and accepted a mere symbolic and [...]



Scotland’s Referendum for Independence and its Transparency

By Afshain Afzal • Sep 22nd, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

Much ahead of commencement of referendum campaigns for the independence of Scotland, US President Barack Hussain Obama along with group of European Union leaders made it very clear that they wanted the United Kingdom (UK) to stay together. Aftermath referendum, in a statement issued at Brussels, the European Commission said the Scottish vote was good [...]



Mothers of Politicians in South Asia

By Dr. Hassan Isfahani • Sep 21st, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

Nawaz Sharif’s mother, Imran Khan’s mother, Modi’s mother, Jamshed Dasti’s mother and mothers of many other politicians in South Asia make news routinely. In South Asia, there is a great deal of reverence for the mothers in society and they are always placed highest pedestal. Politicians definitely use that stature in advancing their careers too [...]



Defining Pronvice or Administrative Unit in Pakistan

By Mahboob Popatia • Sep 20th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

One of the definitions of a ‘Province’ is that it is ‘a territory governed as an administrative or political unit of a country or empire.’ As such the terms ‘province’ and ‘administrative unit’ may be inter-changeably used, taking into consideration the context in which one refers to the entity. What is important is the status [...]



Breaking the Political Impasse

By amicus • Sep 19th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

The stark reality is that the federal capital, Islamabad, is virtually under siege due to the sit-ins of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehreek. It’s now more than a month that the sit-ins began but the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz)’s government has not succeeded in resolving the crisis.
It is wary of getting the sit-ins vacated [...]



PTI Workers Fight Over Girls in Dharna

By Amna Gilani • Sep 18th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

Shazia and I are good friends for years. For long, we remained apolitical but then Shazia was bitten by the charm of Imran Khan and his slogans of change and converted to PTI. She formed an active women group in the Islamabad sector where she lived and was one of the most active supporter of [...]



The Foolish One

By Humayun Zafar • Sep 17th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

I seem to be getting goofier everyday, can’t understand and appreciate the basic revolutionary ideologies of PTI and PAT. Derailing the whole system, storming and destroying institutions which are symbols of the state and applauding to spill blood on the streets doesn’t appeal to me.
Breaking law enforcement officer’s legs might give an adrenaline rush to [...]



Implications of Creating New Provinces in Pakistan

By Mahboob Popatia • Sep 16th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

Prof. Dr. Tahir-ul Qadri, the leader of Pakistan Awami Tehreek, wants to have thirty-five provinces in Pakistan. Altaf Hussain, the Chief of Muttahida Quami Movement, has called for creating at least twenty provinces, arguing that this should be the minimum number in a country of two hundred million people.
Both demand that the creation of provinces [...]



Kaira, Hamid Gul Part of Script

By Sameer Shaharyar • Sep 15th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

Javed Hashmi keeps spilling the beans and the more he speaks the more Imran Khan drowns into the abyss of shame. Yesterday, Javed Hashmi gave more details about the ‘Sazish March’ and confirmed the role of retired generals, present chief justice and Angels in the conspiracy.
One thing which has been disclosed by the PPP sources [...]



Supreme Court and Present Political Crisis

By Mahboob Popatia • Sep 14th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

Chapter 1 of Part 11 of Pakistan’s Constitution, comprising Articles 8 to 28, deals with the fundamental rights of the citizens. Article 17 says: “Every citizen, not being in the service of Pakistan, shall have the right to form or be a member of a political party . . . .”
Obviously the right to form [...]