Since independence in 1947, Islamabad has been plagued with poverty, illiteracy, foreign interference, political instability and corruption. Why are Islamabad and New Delhi enemies? Pakistanis need to be trained to think positively about their surroundings. We should learn from American and Canadian friendly relations to improve Indian and Pakistani bilateral ties. Islamabad cannot genuinely progress with its proxy war politics against India and with its involvement in the so-called US War on terrorism. It has […]
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Pakistani political candidates threatened by Taliban terror attacks. Pakistan is moving towards its tenth general elections on May 11, 2013. However, the festivities associated with elections are missing. The reason is not the disbelief in the electoral process or the political parties; at least not in the two provinces of Sindh and Khyber Pukhtunkhaw (KP) where fear among the voters by bomb blasts forces candidates to maintain a low profile. Ever since the election schedule […]
As a proud Malaysian citizen, I’d like to see corruption eradicated; a truly free-market economy; and protection for refugees and minorities. As these words are written, Malaysia will be conducting her 13th General Elections this week. As a first time voter and an amateur political observer, I am naturally excited because I’ll be exercising my right as a citizen to cast my vote for the first time and to play a part in electing the […]
Despite leading Muslim countries in ensuring political participation of women, Pakistani women lag behind men in the election process. The first constituent assembly of Pakistan in 1956 ensured female suffrage and reserved seats for women. The 1970s witnessed the appointment of the first female elected to the National Assembly; election of the first female Deputy Speaker of National Assembly; appointment of the female Parliamentary Secretary; and election of the female candidate to the general national […]
In a televised address to the nation on Sunday, Pakistan’s outgoing Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf congratulated his fellow citizens for the “historic” completion of five years of uninterrupted democracy. While the Pakistanis know that they will be voting in mid-May to elect a new government, they were still undecided who would head the caretaker administration for the next ninety days at the time of the Prime Minister’s speech. According to Pakistan’s constitution, which was […]
Do you remember Menachem Sheinkin? He was the one who originally suggested that a new city on the Mediterranean shore was named Tel Aviv in the 1920s. In modern-day Tel Aviv there is a Sheinkin Street, known to be one of the busiest and hippest places in Israel. Whether it is summer or winter, this is the part of the city that never sleeps. An Israeli version of the famous 1980s band Bananarama, made the […]
For the next decade, think tanks in the United States and Europe will be analyzing why an Islamist won the Egyptian presidential elections. To save them the trouble, I will give them the simple answer: the Egyptian voters did not vote for Mohammed Morsi as an individual or for his election platform. They did not watch his interviews to see where he stands on the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty, women, Christians, etc.