ڈان‘‘ اور سیاست دان اور عام لوگ’’

[سیاسی قضیے: [5 جولائی، 2018

ویسے تو انگریزی اخبار، ’’ڈان‘‘ اشتراکیت اور اشتراکیوں کی طرف جھکاؤ رکھتا ہے، جو اپنے مقصد حصول کے لیے طاقت اور تشدد کے استعمال کو جائز سمجھتے ہیں۔ مگر لیاری میں ووٹروں نے پیپلز پارٹی کے ’’کراؤن پرنس‘‘، بلاول بھٹو زرداری کا جس طرح استقبال کیا، ’’ڈان‘‘ کو یہ انداز اچھا نہیں لگا۔ ’’ڈان‘‘ نے اس پر جو اداریہ لکھا، اس کا عنوان ہی معنی خیز ہے: سیاست دانوں کو شرم دلانا [3 جولائی، 2018]۔

اداریہ پڑھ کر اس عنوان کا مطلب یہ بنتا ہے کہ لیاری کے ووٹروں کا سیاست دانوں کو اس انداز …

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Quaid’s 11 August (1947) Address Be made Substantive Part of the Constitution

Since long, a controversy has been raging as to what kind of state Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah wanted Pakistan to be: a religious state or a secular state. Fortunately, that controversy precludes certain extremes, for instance, it is generally understood and admitted that Quaid never wanted Pakistan to be a theocratic or a socialist state. That amounts to saying that the controversy focuses mainly on whether it was an “Islamic” state or a “secular” state that Quaid may have envisioned.

That controversy has its roots in what Quaid himself said, that is, the speeches and addresses he delivered on various …

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Why taxes are not a political issue in Pakistan?

Note: I sent this piece of writing to all the newspapers one by one; none bothered to see it or use it, that I am justified to conclude!
Why taxes are not a political issue in Pakistan?
All the politics is about collecting and spending taxes; but unfortunately that reality does not translate into political issues in Pakistan.
What it translates into is power-politics pure and simple! See the arrogant issueless politics of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf; see the pseudo-development politics of Pakistan Muslim League (N); see the outdated Roti-Kapra-Makaan politics of Pakistan Peoples Party (P); see the identity-less politics of Awami

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What the political parties are doing in hospitals!

Pakistan is a criminally horrible state. Read the whole story, published in The Express Tribune on September 15, 2015:

Minister directs hospitals to remove political parties’ offices

KARACHI: Sindh health minister Jam Mehtab Dahar has directed the managements of all public hospitals in the city to remove the offices of political parties from their premises, ordering them not to take any pressure while taking action against them.

The major public hospitals, including Civil Hospital, Karachi (CHK), Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC), Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, National Institute of Child Health and National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases, until now, housed the offices

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A depoliticized Pakistan on the rampage

The pivot of politics is always seeking power, so that a political party is able, so to say, to implement its program on the basis of which it wins voters’ mandate. That’s an ideal statement of an ideal polity! In reality it doesn’t happen like that. There are betrayals, treacheries, and opportunism on the part of political parties. There is perennial interference, for instance in the case of Pakistan, by the players who are external to the political realm but are always intent upon unleashing political instability and uncertainty in the country. …

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Charter of Democracy’s half truth

As the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehreek launched this August 14 their “Azadi March” and “Inqilab March” respectively, and then undertook the Sit-Ins (Dharnas) in Islamabad; day by day it was increasingly perceived as a deadly threat to political constitutional set-up prevailing in the country. With worsening law and order situation in the capital including the fears of occupation of state buildings by the marchers, the fear of military intervention loomed large on the political horizon. However, in the face of it something very surprising took place: All the political parties …

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