Can joint sessions of parliament counter the protests in Islamabad?

It was Bernadette Devlin, the more-than-colourful Irish socialist, who may have said it best. Famous for slapping Reginald Maudlin – an infamous Tory zombie of the time – Ms. Devlin was as famous for rebelling against the same system of … Continue reading

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Do Articles 62 and 63 require reforming?

Lurid accusations are flying between Imran Khan, the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), and the former chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary’s son, Arsalan Iftikhar. While the latter is trying to make a case against the former under the Constitution’s … Continue reading


Are we at war?

No doubt war is the world’s most gruesome business – but it is also the world’s most obvious.


Should military men be tried in civilian courts?

Everything I did, all my actions, all of the problems I had, I dedicate to God and to Chile because I kept Chile from becoming communist,’ dictator Augusto Pinochet once said. God and Chile thought otherwise, and though the general … Continue reading


Can a state-sector service provider discontinue services to specific areas?

In another reality, Abid Sher Ali, the minister of state for water and power is a role model. He is an angry young man with a lot of drive and, as his Twitter feed demonstrates, little restraint — an outlier … Continue reading


Who will the judge judges?

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Fancy Latin for “Who will guard the guards themselves?” The Romans were onto something when they thought up the question, so much so that 20 centuries later, there is still no easy answer. And half the … Continue reading


Is the Council of Islamic Ideology at all important?

It is not easy being on the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) these days. Everyone’s favourite advisory body is getting mauled by the press as breathtakingly backwards, a crew of cavemen that would find the Bronze Age too sophisticated. And … Continue reading


Why is the media giving the Taliban excessive coverage?

The media’s relationship with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) may well be as unhealthy as Pakistan’s reluctant partnership with the United States. And like any stronger power bearing down on a weaker, disunited one, this month the TTP turned on the … Continue reading

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