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Subordinating Constitution to political expediency 24.4.2015 Nation : Last Twenty Four Hours News
LAHORE - While the military rulers have been playing havoc with the constitution to prolong their tenures according to their own rules of the game, speakers of the National Assembly and some provincial legislatures have also set new records of subordinating the basic law to the expediencies of the parties they belong. The role played by various parties has also been undesirable and the ...
Election day in the UK can be anticlimactic compared with Pakistan’s – but that’s no bad thing | Kamila Shamsie 10.4.2015 Guardian: Comment is Free
My experience of the 2013 election in Pakistan was one of long waits, mild chaos and even the threat of danger. In the UK, it tends to be much less dramatic – but then elections should feel normal, not miraculous Earlier this week, just returned home from Italy, I was sifting quickly through the post that had accumulated in my absence, dividing it up into two piles – the junk that could be thrown away and everything else that I would look more closely at later – when the contents of one of the envelopes demanded my immediate, close attention. It was my polling card. I looked at all the details I already knew, and then I turned it over and read further information I knew or didn’t need to know about the rules around votes and proxy votes and postal votes . You do not need to take this card with you in order to vote, it said, as always. But I knew that on election day I would make sure I had the card with me before going to vote. Why? Not because I really thought anyone would try to stop me from voting, or ...
Pak court suspends Musharraf arrest warrant in Lal Masjid case 8.4.2015 Hindu: News
Musharraf is already facing murder charges in the case of former premier Benazir Bhutto who was assassinated in 2007. He is out on bail in the case.
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"From Bad to Worse": Hundreds Dead and 100,000 Displaced as Saudi Led-Strikes Push Yemen to the Brink 7.4.2015
The death toll in Yemen continues to rise amid a Saudi-led military campaign and clashes between Houthi rebels and forces loyal to ousted President Abed-Rabbo Mansour Hadi. The most intense violence is in the southern city of Aden, with more than 140 people reportedly killed in a 24-hour period. The United Nations says hundreds have been killed and more than 100,000 have been displaced since Saudi Arabia launched a military campaign two weeks ago. The Saudi regime has asked Pakistan to provide soldiers, heightening the possibility of a ground invasion. The International Committee of the Red Cross has warned of a dire humanitarian situation and demanded access to besieged areas. We are joined by the journalist Safa Al Ahmad, whose latest documentary, The Fight for Yemen, premieres tonight on Frontline on PBS stations nationwide. She was granted extremely rare reporting access to the Houthis as they advanced in Yemen. TRANSCRIPT: This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AARON MATÉ: We ...
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Bilawal pays tribute to ZAB 5.4.2015 Nation : Last Twenty Four Hours News
LONDON - PPP Chairman Bilawal Zardari paid glowing tributes to the party founder and Pakistan’s first democratically elected prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto on his 36th death anniversary. In his message on the eve of the anniversary, Bilawal said that world history provided little glimpses where a leader of any nation had walked proudly and gallantly to the gallows refusing to shun the ...
Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto: the forgotten villain of Balochistan 4.4.2015 Nation : Last Twenty Four Hours News
The year was 1972. The wounds of Pakistan’s breakup were fresh. For the first time in the history of the country, power was being transferred to provinces after direct elections. It was a new beginning for Pakistan. The government of National Awami Party (NAP) was in power in Balochistan. After 25 years of struggle, finally the people of Balochistan had got the right to rule their ...
Pakistan’s dictatorial past hovers around the demonic local body polls 28.3.2015 Nation : Last Twenty Four Hours News
Who would have thought that one day someone in a responsible post would ask the members of an elected National Assembly to learn ‘democratic’ ways, as far as the local body elections were concerned, from General Ziaul Haq.  Uproar followed the sudden and out of place reference to the most ‘beneficent’ of all the dictators Pakistan has had to deal with in the last six ...
APML to contest LB elections 23.3.2015 Nation : Last Twenty Four Hours News
KARACHI - Predicting 2015 year of mid-term election former military ruler Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf  on Saturday announce to contest Local bodies’ election.  Addressing the AMPL meeting in a local hotel of Karachi, former President was of the view that the country is heading towards destruction and the only good politics can save Pakistan. “My preference is still Pakistan and ...
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Altaf should improve MQM’s tainted image: Musharraf 19.3.2015 Nation : Last Twenty Four Hours News
Karachi- Former president Pervez Musharraf has urged MQM chief Altaf Hussain to take steps to improve the tainted image of his party, which has often been associated with violence, killings and extortion. In an interview, he said that no political party should be allowed to possess weapons and ammunitions, which remain the domain of security institutions. The former president said that the ...
Pak court issues bailable arrest warrant against Musharraf 10.3.2015 Hindustan Times: World
A court on Tuesday issued a bailable arrest warrant against former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf for continuously staying away from the hearing in the murder case of Lal Masjid cleric Ghazi Abdul ...
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PML-N clean sweeps in Punjab 5.3.2015 Nation : Last Twenty Four Hours News
Lahore- As many as 11 Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidates today won the Senate election from Punjab, while at least two from Islamabad. PML-N won all 11 seats of Punjab in the Senate. Raja Zaharul Haq won the technocrat seat while Professor Sajid Meer won cleric seat. Begum Najma Hameed and Ayesha Raza won the election on women seats. On the general seats, PML-N’s ...
Mush asks GB people to vote for ‘third force’ 1.3.2015 Nation : Last Twenty Four Hours News
ISLAMABAD - Stressing the need of a third political force in the country APML chairman and former president Gen(r) Pervez Musharraf has said that both PML-N and PPP disappointed the masses during their successive rule in the country and also caused irreparable damage to the democratic order through their faulty policies. Addressing a convention on Gilgit-Baltistan organised here in Islamabad on ...
Why slogans of change are more rhetorical than actual in Pakistan 22.2.2015 Nation : Last Twenty Four Hours News
‘Change’: an attractive term, which can easily fascinate the gullible ones into blind following and force the tougher ones to question their inclinations, if not totally abandon them. But the term ‘change’ is as evasive as it is old, as applied to cultural, social and political settings. Slogan of change is ominous, threatening to the existing social setups and has the ...
At His Villa, Pakistan's Musharraf Awaits Trial And Holds Court 18.2.2015 NPR News
Pakistan's former military ruler, Pervez Musharraf, faces charges of treason and murder. But in an interview with NPR, he says he has no regrets about returning to his homeland to face trial.
ISI-RAW fighting since independence must stop now: Musharraf 13.2.2015 Nation : Last Twenty Four Hours News
Islamabad- Pervez Musharraf, the former Pakistani military ruler accused of sheltering and supporting the Taliban after 2001, has called for an end to the backing of militant “proxies” in Afghanistan. In an interview with the Guardian, Musharraf admitted that when he was in power, Pakistan sought to undermine the government of former Afghan president Hamid Karzai because Karzai had ...
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ISI cultivated Taliban to counter Indian interests: Musharraf 13.2.2015 New Kerala: World News
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Musharraf: Pakistan and India's backing for 'proxies' in Afghanistan must stop 13.2.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

In interview with the Guardian, former Pakistan president voices his support for Ashraf Ghani and hints that he cultivated the Taliban

Pervez Musharraf, the former Pakistani military ruler accused of sheltering and supporting the Taliban after 2001, has called for an end to the backing of militant “proxies” in Afghanistan.

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A tale of two absurdities: the ridiculous policies of North Korea and Turkmenistan 10.2.2015 Nation : Last Twenty Four Hours News
I have lost count of the arguments I've seen coming from people trying to establish the worse form of government: atheistic or theistic. The strangest thing that I have observed is that religionists, mostly Muslims, seem to support atheistic leaders like Stalin, even more than atheists, themselves. This really does strike a chord, doesn’t it? I mean it definitely weren’t the atheists ...
The Poverty of Pakistani Ideology | Jacobin 29.1.2015 Delicious popular
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A democracy’s defense 27.1.2015 Nation : Last Twenty Four Hours News
Ever since Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf began its dharnas in mid-August, there has been a massive influx of opinions, a shift in loyalties and a confusion of concepts in the Pakistani people. There are various categories and explanations and interpretations of what has become one of the most controversial buzzword of Pakistani politics: democracy. There are many analysts and politicians whose ...
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