Saturday, October 11, 2014

Political acuity by: Farheen Rizvi

سیاسی دور اندیشی
تحریر فرحین رضوی


بدقسمتی سے آج ہمارا ملک جس جگہ کھڑا ہے۔ وہ ہماری کوئی ایک یا 5،دس سال نہیں بلکہ روز اول سے بنائی گئی کمزور پالیسیو ں کا نتیجہ ہے۔
 نہ جانے کیا سوچ کر ہماری اندرونی اور بیرونی پالیساں مرتب کی جاتی ہیں کہ جس سے ملک یا ملکی عوام کو نہیں بلکہ حکمرانوں کا ہی فائدہ ہوتا نظر آتاہے.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Does Pakistan have a Revolutionary leader? by Baber Lodhi

The below blog is written by Baber Lodhi
If we take a look at the history of human development we'll see that a revolutionary movement driven out by Social Injustice and victimization has challenged the status quo during every age. It's worth mentioning here that not every Revolutionary movement gets success in achieving it's objectives but very few. A revolutionary leader with a clear vision and firm belief is the most important ingredient of a successful Revolution, the rest includes organization, motivation and the courage to face adversaries in the way of achieving the ultimate goal.


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Politics behind Azadi March by Kashif Hasan Syed

The below analysis on Imran Khan's Azadi march is written by Kashif Hasan Syed

On June 27th, in Bahawalpur Jalsa PTI leader Imran Khan announced Azadi march and sit-in at Blue area, Islamabad. Last year, federal capital Islamabad witnessed a similar sit-in, that time led by Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), which ended with a promise of election reforms by then PPP led government but the promise of election reforms never materialized. Imran khans sole reason for Azadi march and sit-in is that he believes elections held on May 11th 2013 were rigged. Initially he demanded investigation in four constituencies, which he alleged rigging by voter thumb verification. While speaking at Bahawalpur, Imran changed his stance from investigation of four seats to a complete audit of elections that took place in May of 2013. He further stated that it's the final round.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Why Local Government? by Kashif Hasan Syed

The article on  the need and importance of Local Government is written by
An effective local government plays a major social and economic role in a vibrant society. By definition it's the form of government that is closest to the citizen of the state. It’s a form of government where citizens resolve their grievances at local level. Its main function is to safeguard interest and wellbeing of a community. A successful local government enjoys the trust of the community and behaves like a spring board for its growth and economic uplift. Even in countries who witnessed high economic growth rate, absence of local governance made it difficult for delivery of essential services to the citizen due to distant government. Hence there is increased emphasis on decentralization and devolution for better delivery of services the state has to offer.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Pakistan’s internal security challenges beyond 2014 (Part 2) by : Kashif Hasan Syed

Part 2 of analysis by Kashif Hasan Syed

Karachi being the economic capital of Pakistan has a pivotal place in Pakistan internal security but Karachi is also a city where state has failed to provide security to life and property of its citizens, arising from street crimes, organized crimes, intolerance and extremism. The city of 20 million habitants generates 65 percent of country’s revenue and 25 percent of GDP. Despite generating bulk of Pakistan's revenue Karachi gives a look of a neglected city with crumpling infrastructure and ever growing population, bulk of which comprising of workers migrating from others provinces especially Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab. After Pakistan efforts to control home grown militancy, Karachi witnessed a substantial increase in influx of Pashtuns from KPK. Beside victims of war, came the Taliban and other extremist element fleeing the operation up North. Local Pashtun population made it difficult to identify them as they were able to gel easily in the Pashtun dominant areas of Karachi.

Pakistan’s internal security challenges beyond 2014 (Part 1) by Kashif Hasan Syed

This analysis is written by Kashif Hasan Syed

From its birth Pakistan as a nation has faced security challenges from forces within and without. During early years, Pakistan had to go to war with her neighbor India over Kashmir, her stand that Indian control of Kashmir defies the basic principles of subcontinent division. Three major wars with India took place in years 1948, 1965 and 1971. 1971 marks the unforgettable part of the nation’s history where it faced dismemberment due to failure of the military and political leadership to amicably resolve their political differences after the historic elections. The west Pakistan gave lead to Bhutto's PPP "Roti, Kapra and Makan" slogan whereas East gave lead to Mujib-ur-Rahman’s Bengali nationalism. Bhutto came at the helm of affairs of what was left of Jinnah's Pakistan as first president and civil martial law administrator. But in his tenure he introduced his own brand of Islamic socialism, giving in to Islamic opposition parties, Jamat -e - Islami and JUI in particular, with subsequent Islamization of 1973 constitution.

Reply to : East of Edgware

The below article is the rebuttal to the East of Edgware

While living in Karachi and establishing a political party to represent and take the middle class politicians to parliament, Altaf Hussain never had goal to pursuit power in Pakistan. Traditionally, in Pakistani politics, all the party leaders have goals of getting elected in the parliament and achieve the minimum position of becoming Chief Minister of the ruling area. Unlike all the politicians, Mr. Altaf Hussain never contested in any election while living in Pakistan nor did he desire any office to which he could be appointed. For breaking the tradition of dynastic politics, Mr. Hussain has always kept his family away from participating in the election in Pakistan.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Target Karachi

Politically MQM is ruling Karachi for nearly three decades.  MQM was the only political party in the political arena of Pakistan which has brought the sectarian harmony in Karachi. Before the genesis of MQM, the sectarian divide in Karachi was much visible. MQM brought the secular ideology by gathering the most educated group of people under the umbrella of Muhajir (migrants from India) nationalism. This phenomenon narrowed down the sectarian divide in Karachi and urban Sindh.