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Not on talking terms – Ahmed Bilal Mehboob

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THE five-member Election Commission of Pakistan is once again lacking its full strength after members belonging to Punjab and KP retired on July 26....

A toxic discourse – Ahmed Bilal Mehboob

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THE recent campaigning for the Legislative Assembly election in Azad Jammu & Kashmir has taken political confrontation to a new low. All three mainstream...

International obligations – Ahmed Bilal Mehboob

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IN this age of globalisation, nations are voluntarily giving up a part of their legislative sovereignty to supranational entities like the European Union (EU)...

Thoughts on the opposition – Ahmed Bilal Mehboob

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THERE has been frequent and sometimes harsh criticism of the PTI-led federal government for its performance and quality of governance since the beginning of...

Controversial poll reforms – Ahmed Bilal Mehboob

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ARGUABLY the most controversial package of electoral reform proposals in the history of Pakistan is halfway through the parliamentary cycle to become a law....

Test case of political finance – Ahmed Bilal Mehboob

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THE regulation of political finance (PF) offers one of the greatest challenges to democracies around the world. Political parties, elected legislators and governments can...

Cabinet or a deck of cards? – Ahmed Bilal Mehboob

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MORE than halfway into his five-year term, Prime Minister Imran Khan reshuffled his cabinet for the sixth time on April 16. This was the...

How to mismanage an alliance – Ahmed Bilal Mehboob

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THE Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), the most recent of the alliances of opposition political parties, is facing an existential threat. The ANP, one...

A price for independence – Ahmed Bilal Mehboob

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IT was simply unprecedented. Three senior ministers of the government of Pakistan addressed a press conference using the official premises of the Press...

By-election fiasco – Ahmed Bilal Mehboob

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BY-ELECTIONS do spring surprises occasionally but despite the uncertainty about individual contests, these are considered sedate affairs in a democracy as, unlike a...