Author Amir Zia

Judiciary to the Rescue

Elections and accountability will go along in tandem

By: Amir Zia

The Case For New Provinces

For most mainstream political parties, the creation of new provinces in Pakistan is not an option at all. Nonetheless, there are some powerful voices who have been increasingly advocating this cause. Those seeking the creation of new provinces in Pakistan, believe that it would improve governance, devolve power to the grassroots level and help deal […]

By: Amir Zia

Challenge from Within

Terrorism is a global challenge, but it is the Muslim world which has suffered, and continues to suffer, the most at the hands of terrorists. Extremist mindsets and terrorist ideologies are not just spreading death and destruction in many Muslim lands, but tearing them apart, as violent non-state actors try to force regime changes or […]

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Dangerous Brinkmanship

Nawaz Sharif is out of the Prime Minister House, but the dark shadow cast by his politics keeps Pakistan seething in a cauldron of uncertainty. In fact, the Sharif factor has now become the biggest cause of continuing instability, conflict and discord in the land of the pure. The deepening polarisation in Pakistani politics is […]

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Game Over for Sharif

Is Nawaz Sharif’s unanimous disqualification, by a five-member bench of the Supreme Court on corruption charges, an attack on the country’s faltering democracy or does it strengthen the system? Is the ousted prime minister ‘struggling’ for the supremacy of Parliament, or does he just want to perpetuate his power and dynastic politics? Does holding corrupt […]

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Nerves of Steel

For Mirwaiz Mohammad Umar Farooq – one of the most prominent leaders of Indian-occupied Kashmir’s All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) – politics is not the traditional game of power, but a high-risk mission in which all the dice are loaded against him. Farooq, along with his fellow political leaders and followers want to free their […]

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The Indefatigable Khan

Imran Khan’s face has flashed across our television screens for more than four decades. First in black-and-white as he debuted for Pakistan’s national cricket team, then in vivid colour as his smiling face became the symbol for Pakistan’s historic 1992 World Cup victory. And in recent years, he has been seen live on television screens, […]

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Playing with Numbers

Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, as expected, presented an election-year oriented budget for the fiscal year 2017-18 (July-June). The budget is big on promises, but again failed to introduce the much-needed and oft-delayed reforms to address the structural problems of Pakistan’s debt-burdened economy. As usual, the budget speech set improbable targets and ignored any assessment […]

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Sharif Besieged

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has survived round one of the Panama Papers scandal in the Supreme Court of Pakistan, but his political future continues to hang in the balance, as a resurgent opposition continues to build up pressure and the trust gap widens between the civil and military leadership. In fact, the three-time elected prime […]

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Two fronts – one mission

In his first-ever interview to any media outlet, Air Chief Sohail Aman shares his thoughts and vision about the external and internal challenges faced by the country, the PAF’s modernisation plans and its efforts to acquire state-of-the-art technology. He also gives us a glimpse of how he copes with the demands of his high-pressure job. […]

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Crisis of Leadership

What is the biggest crisis or fundamental challenge facing today’s Pakistan? Many Pakistanis would cite rampant corruption responsible for most, if not all, the ills that bedevil this land of the pure. Others may moan or groan about the country’s economic troubles that are holding back the country from marching forward on the road towards […]

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Breaking the Stalemate

For any state, an internal war or conflict without an end is a worst case scenario. This aphorism remains true for Pakistan, which remains locked in a seemingly endless war against religiously-motivated terrorists for the last 17 years. The full intensity of the backlash followed the start of the US-led forces Afghan campaign on October […]

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New COAS to Finish the Job

With the promotion of General Qamar Javed Bajwa to the powerful position of Chief of the Army Staff, on November 29, a section of the mainstream media has started predicting an improvement in ‘civil-military’ ties. The routine reshuffle in the Army’s top command is also being interpreted as a good omen for Prime Minister Nawaz […]

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Leadership matters

For the “politically correct” – those who thrive on imported ideas, phrases, and expressions – it may be hard to digest that in Pakistan a man in military uniform is seen by many as the most popular and reliable public figure rather than the man, who made it to the Prime Minister House riding on […]

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In Comes Imran..

Challenging the status quo Critics call him hungry for power, others criticize him for harbouring a soft spot for the local Taliban and fascination for an archaic tribal system. But even his bitterest rivals cannot accuse him of stealing public money or of corruption – charges that haunt many top leaders of other mainstream political […]

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Resetting the system

Pakistan lacks a mechanism to hold the corrupt accountable and prevent their rise to the top   Pakistan’s fragile and flawed democracy again seems to be struggling for survival. There are questions not just over the efficiency of the entire system, but its credibility and moral authority remains at stake as well in the wake of the Panama […]

By: Amir Zia