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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 [...]



No Free Lunches

By Rizwan Nasar • Sep 13th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

It boggles my mind that the nation is in turmoil yet our politicians are still trying to fool the people every which way possible. First it was the terrorists who had kept up with their ruthless murder and killing of innocent before the military finally decided to go after them.
But the sad truth is that [...]



Nawaz Sharif’s Eroding Legitimacy

By Mahboob Popatia • Sep 12th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

The legitimacy of a prime minister in democratic system is dependent on two things: one, support of the majority in a parliament that has come into existence through a fair and transparent electoral process as provided in the constitution and, two, the satisfactory fulfillment by the government of the responsibilities for which it has been [...]



India and Pakistan on Jammu and Kashmir State

By Afshain Afzal • Sep 11th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

The cease fire violations along Line of Control (LoC) on Jammu and Kashmir state as well working boundary between Indian and Pakistan led to renewed tension. During the weekly talks on telephone, Directors General of Military Operations (DGMOs) of India and Pakistan’s agreed on 26 August 2014, to reduce tension.
They also agreed to hold flag [...]



Floods Will be Routine in Pakistan

By Dr. Hassan Isfahani • Sep 10th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

Exploding population, ever-increasing pollution, uncontrolled greenhouse effect, unnoticed environmental crisis are  just few of the reasons why Pakistanis should become accustomed to the floods almost every year from now. To add insult t the injury we have no dams and we are are at the outflow end of India, who is a callous neighbor and [...]



Zardari Blackmailing PMLN For Presidency

By Ali Yar Khan • Sep 9th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

Pakistan People’s Party is not doing any favor to Muslim League Nawaz by not joining the Marches of Imran Khan and Tahir ul Qadri. If you look at the proceedings of parliament, you will clearly notice that people like Khursheed Shah and Aitzaz Ahsan are promising PML-N their support for democracy, but in the same [...]



Can Floods Bring India and Pakistan Together?

By Dr. M. A. Khayal • Sep 8th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

As usual, this year again, we are unable to manage our waters. These are the waters we need so badly so that we could drink it, generate power from it, and irrigate our thirsty soils with it all year long. We simply have no storage reservoirs for this unbridled gift of nature, and as we [...]



Are We Forgetting Something in Islamabad Drama

By Afshain Afzal • Sep 7th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

Since decades, the Red Zone, which houses the Parliament House, Prime Minister House, President House, the Supreme Court building, Pak Secretariat, Foreign Embassies and other important installations, is restricted area and not open for general public. Smartly turned out Police personnel stop individuals and vehicles near the barriers to divert to other routes.
Despite government’s warnings, [...]