This article was originally published in weekly The Friday Times on October 11, 2013 Beyond the grand debate on mightier political issues, broad constitutional reforms and rights violations by state institutions, Balochistan’s development and its people’s well being could have partly been ensured by strengthening democratic governance and the way governance institutions work. Amongst the … Continue reading Balochistan Assembly: a Critical View
A poem by Noon Meem Rashid (Urdu), posting here specially for Faiza Sultan Khan, with a promise to post it in Persian transcript soon! Khuda hashr mein ho madadgaar mera Ke dekhi hein mein ne Mrs. Salamanka ki aankhein Mrs. Salamanka ki ankhein Ke jin ke ufaq hein janoobi samunder ki neeli rasaa'i se aagay … Continue reading Mrs. Salamanka
Islamabad, 15 January 2013 We, the concerned citizens, human rights activists and civil society organizations, are watching with the gravest concern the fast-unfolding events in Islamabad today. It is the first time that a democratic dispensation was nearing its natural completion. We condemn the exploitation and the use of women and children as human shields … Continue reading Civil Society Gravely Concerned at Tuesday Turn of Events
With its triangular function of legislation, representation and oversight on the Executive Branch of the state, Parliament is normally considered to be the prime democratic institution to hold the governments and state institutions accountable, as well as articulate concerns on corrupt practices on behalf of citizens. In recent times, the same concern has been voiced … Continue reading Accountability of the Prime Accountability Institution: Parliament
My presentation to Speaker & members of Provincial Assembly Sindh, and a group of civil society representatives, in 2010.
Sharing with you this important document, which has left me shocked and extremely disappointed in the 'wisdom' of those who need to be the wisest. Amid all kinds of corruption allegations on politicians being pursued by the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCOP), one case got special treatment by the worthiest men of of this country … Continue reading Supreme Court and Public Accounts Committee
Below is the text of famous writing, On Compromise, by Lord John Morley of UK. I just found it in my collection of pdf documents gathered from various online & offline sources. Thought it is important to share it with today's young of this country, whose founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah once prescribed this reading … Continue reading ‘On Compromise’ by John Morley that Jinnah suggested for reading