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Young people for politics

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Aug 31, 2013. Islamabad – Young Pakistanis willing to enter active the political arena should engage in ideology-based politics and work with commitment and honesty. This was the advice Senator Raza Rabbani had for a group of 30 young aspiring politicians […]

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By-election NA-48: PTI retains NA seat, loses the PA slot

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Aug 24, 2013. Islamabad -Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) retained its National Assembly seat from the federal capital and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) added another seat to their provincial assembly tally from Rawalpindi district in the August 22 by-elections. PTI’s Asad Umar successfully […]

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By-election NA-48: People seem uninterested in electing the second time around

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Aug 23, 2013. Islamabad – Political parties and candidates failed to mobilize voters in the federal capital as the city witnessed the first-ever by-elections at one of its two National Assembly constituencies on Thursday. The turnout in Islamabad’s NA-48, the National […]

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Comment: In the absence of hope, struggle we must

This article was first published in The Express Tribune on Jun 26, 2013. I find it difficult to come up with a truthful answer to the question “How is life in Pakistan these days?” A simple “It’s complicated” does not even begin to describe the complexities of everyday life in this country. Pakistan is a […]

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Comment: I might just vote

Written before the May 2013 elections. In Rawalpindi and Islamabad, where I live and work, I see Karachi in blaring breaking news on television sets. I read about this city bleeding, some 1,500 kilometers away. But when I look around me, I see an election campaign roaring in the twin cities and I feel embarrassed […]

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By-election NA-48: No steam in the race

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Aug 18, 2013. Islamabad – The battle for urban Islamabad is turning out to be a dud, the second time around. With just two days left before the campaign deadline for the August 22 by-elections, voter mobilization in the capital’s NA-48 […]

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By-election NA-48: Anjum Aqeel gets approval from ECP

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Aug 13, 2013. Islamabad – Candidates running for the August 22 National Assembly by-elections from NA-48 will now get a say in deciding the fate of Anjum Aqeel Khan’s attempts to restore his candidacy for the elections. The Election Commission of […]

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No local govt elections in Islamabad unless law gets changed

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Jul 23, 2013. Islamabad – The urban residents of the federal capital will not have local government representation unless the federal legislature amends the city’s law for local bodies. The scope of the Capital Territory Local Government Ordinance 1979, which is […]

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UNODC country chief offers to help Pakistan fight corruption

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Jun 15, 2013. Islamabad – Days before Nawaz Sharif took oath as Pakistan’s new prime minister, he had announced that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government will not tolerate corruption and it will hold the corrupt accountable. If the new federal government […]

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Lal Masjid people tear down Musharraf posters

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Apr 13, 2013. Islamabad – A group of men and women allegedly from Lal Masjid ripped apart the election posters of former president Pervez Musharraf’s party candidate in the federal capital late on Friday. Sheikh Sajid, a supporter of Musharraf’s All […]

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