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Letter from South Asia

Democracy Does the Heavy Lifting, Handle It with Care and ensuring the “writ of the state” has been a popular slogan with Pakistani elites and it almost always takes on securitybased connotations. The....

Growing Influence of the West Asian States on Pakistan the chief justice of Pakistan was revived and gaining momentum. After having been dismissed from the provincial government, the PML(N) actively....

Judicial Activism vs Democratic Consolidation in Pakistan non-judges – notably the presidential oath taken by Asif Ali Zardari before Dogar – was exempt from review. Also, importantly, the entire....

disturbance. Each of the previous three democratically-elected governments since 1991 faced opposition in the street well before the first six months of their terms, Zafar Sobhan and even the AL....

day on television, arguing that Islam did not allow such practices. Moderate/Hard Line Divide A bout two months ago, a video of a 17-year-old girl being publicly flogged by turbaned and bearded men....

Province (NWFP) government and Maulana Sufi Mohammad, leader of the Tehreek-e-Nifaz-Shariat-e-Mohammadi (TNSM) or the movement for the enforce-Haris Gazdar ment of Sharia, marked the turning point. S....

Awami League Government: So Far So Good Zafar Sobhan The central bank has tussled with the World Bank and other independent analysts on the figures for economic growth, but there seems to be a general....

The Ulema, Deoband and the (Many) Talibans the many forms of the Taliban in Pakistan and Afghanistan, subscribe to a “Deobandiform” of interpretation and practice of Islam. Some scholars even draw the....

the bargain publicly committing itself to restoring the 60 or so sacked judges. Transition’s Trap But the judges’ issue became a fly in the ointment. The PPP first dragged its feet, and then began to....

decision to negotiate a surrender of theState of Shock mutineers rather than order a storming of the headquarters compound, and no real clarity yet as to who might have been behind Zafar Sobhan the....

Criticising Democracy or Criticising Government? democracy down by not doing enough and asking it to be “impatient with democracy” so that democracy’s agenda can be completed. Others have written that....

27 December 2008, the first anniversary of the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, was not only a day for paying tributes but also an occasion to reflect on the direction Pakistan has taken over the past....