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Pakistan Democracy

Khan's Siege of Islamabad: A Catalyst for Democratization?

Mehreen Saeed | Posted 09.17.2014 | World
Mehreen Saeed

Pakistanis converging from across all social, economic, religious and ethnic backgrounds have demonstrated their desire to end the status quo style of politics.

Pakistan's Politics: A Soap Opera?

Mariam Khan | Posted 09.17.2014 | World
Mariam Khan

The basic purpose of the government and its bureaucracy is to fulfill the needs of the people they govern. The champions of democracy who are carrying out sit-ins in Islamabad, are they really giving the people their right?

Pakistan Needs Boring Democracy -- Not Mesmerizing Mutinies

Liaquat Ali Khan | Posted 08.30.2014 | World
Liaquat Ali Khan

A nation facing existential problems needs silence, not agitation; patience, not protest; cool-headed hard work, not emotional eruptions. A boring democracy has no use for rebels.

Until My Life is Written By God: One Man's Fight for Press Freedom in Pakistan

Rebecca Novick | Posted 08.23.2014 | World
Rebecca Novick

Peshawar, in the North-Western Khyber region on the edge of the country's tribal areas, has been dubbed the "terror capital" of Pakistan for good reason.

A Game of Egos

Mariam Khan | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics
Mariam Khan

2013. A year in Pakistan's history when the government and public were celebrating a successful election as for the first time ever in the nation's history. Democracy, here, is when the government is fooling the masses who have been kept under the false pretense of having the right to express themselves completely.

The Problem With Pakistani Attitude Towards USA

Raza Habib Raja | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Raza Habib Raja

It is true that the current superpower is not an angel, but the way we are viewing things has seriously affected our own welfare and virtually made us unable to self introspect.

Martin Luther King, the Beloved Community and the Socialist Idea

Obery M. Hendricks, Jr., Ph.D. | Posted 05.02.2014 | Religion
Obery M. Hendricks, Jr., Ph.D.

In King's faith-based Democratic Socialist idea and in his thoroughly humane vision of the Beloved Community that would embody it, there indeed is 'nothing which all cannot have their counterpart of on equal terms.'

Hope for a New Paradigm in U.S.-Pakistani Relations?

Prem M. Trivedi | Posted 03.29.2014 | Politics
Prem M. Trivedi

The need for a paradigm shift in the bilateral relationship appears to be an idea whose time has come within the U.S. foreign policy community. A revived U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue has the potential to launch a different kind of strategic framework.

Achieving a Better Understanding of Pakistan

Mark Kass, PhD | Posted 02.05.2014 | Books
Mark Kass, PhD

Haroon K. Ullah's work, Vying for Allah's Vote, focuses on democratization, security studies, and political party dynamics.

Why Is the Burqa a Buzzword?

Farahnaz Zahidi | Posted 10.27.2013 | World
Farahnaz Zahidi

We are honestly just as normal or as crazy as the rest of the women of the world. We laugh. We cry. We make mistakes. We are women who earn for their families and we are women who are home-makers, or we are both.

The Toxic India-Pakistan Relationship -- When Will It All End?

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 10.14.2013 | World
Siddharth Chatterjee

The issues to be discussed are numerous, daunting and will take time; whether it is Kashmir, state-sponsored terrorism, Afghanistan or water issues, India and Pakistan need to agree to sit down at a table together to hash it out once and for all.

The Burden of Identity: Why I Constantly Feel the Need to Defend Pakistan

Sarah Munir | Posted 10.02.2013 | World
Sarah Munir

And that is where the problem arises. When negative images of your country become part of a global popular culture, subconsciously guilt becomes a part of the national conscience.

The Meaning of Malala

Patrick Stephenson | Posted 09.22.2013 | Impact
Patrick Stephenson

It's been awhile since I was inspired by something, but it happened the other day. I was listening to a girl give a speech on her 16th birthday. Some ...

Politics in Pakistan -- Failed by the Feudal System

Alayna Ahmad | Posted 07.30.2013 | World
Alayna Ahmad

The recent election in Pakistan was disappointing for former cricket legend Imran Khan, the charismatic candidate for hope and change.

Polls Open In Pakistan Election

Reuters | Posted 05.12.2013 | World

By John Chalmers and Michael Georgy ISLAMABAD, May 11 (Reuters) - Pakistanis began voting on Saturday in a landmark election that will bring the fi...

Election Day in Pakistan: Will Violence Derail Democracy?

Michael Kugelman | Posted 07.10.2013 | World
Michael Kugelman

Never before has one democratically elected government handed power to another. However, recent events suggest the election could make history of a very different kind -- Pakistan's most violent ballot ever.

Former Pakistani Ruler Arrested In Connection With Judge Firings

AP | SEBASTIAN ABBOT and MUNIR AHMED | Posted 06.18.2013 | World

ISLAMABAD — Former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf vowed on Friday to fight what he called politically motivated allegations against h...

Pakistan Makes History But Can It Do It Again?

Ronak D. Desai | Posted 06.05.2013 | World
Ronak D. Desai

Given these grave challenges, Pakistan's upcoming parliamentary elections constitute a crucial test for its fragile democracy. Will the country's new government be able to address the rapidly deteriorating state of affairs in the country?

Pakistan Government Steps Down

AP | REBECCA SANTANA | Posted 05.16.2013 | World

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan's government passed a major milestone Saturday, with the parliament becoming the first democratically chosen body to finish...

Pakistani Women Scale New Heights

Kiran Nazish | Posted 04.23.2013 | World
Kiran Nazish

Eight young women from Shimshal, Hunza, lead by Karachi-based, independent filmmaker, Shehrbano Saiyid, broke several records when they conquered three peaks with temperatures dipping -10 or less, at the Karakoram Range, in Gilgit-Baltistan region.

The Alternate Narrative: Hope, Transformation, Possibility

Xenia Dormandy | Posted 03.13.2013 | World
Xenia Dormandy

Many have noted a profound belief in a new path for Pakistan that could soon be realized. It is not a question of change eventually, but of change now.

I Am Going to Pakistan Because Too Many Questions Remain About U.S. Drone Strikes

Robert Greenwald | Posted 01.14.2013 | World
Robert Greenwald

I'm going to Pakistan to investigate what life is like for those living under drones. Critical questions must be asked. Do these drone strikes make the United States any safer, or are they a prime recruitment tool resulting in more militancy?

Millions Dodging Ramadan Tax Collectors

AP | ADIL JAWAD | Posted 10.17.2012 | Religion

KARACHI, Pakistan — During the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Muhammad Tashfeen Khan does what millions of other Pakistanis do: tries to keep his...

Pakistan's Institutional Troubles

Aziz Nayani | Posted 06.30.2012 | World
Aziz Nayani

There has always been friction between the military and the elected government in Pakistan, but we now also see friction between the different components of the formal, constitutional branches of government.

Pakistan's Bhutto Dynasty Reconsidered

Saleem H. Ali | Posted 06.11.2012 | World
Saleem H. Ali

The Pakistan Peoples Party seems incapable of finding leaders outside the Bhutto clan. Why must there be a glass ceiling for leadership in the party that carries disproportionately more power?