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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پاکستان مسلم لیگ (ن) کو انتخابات کا بائیکاٹ کرنا ہو گا

سیاسی قضیے: یکم جولائی، 2018

پاکستان مسلم لیگ ن کیا کرنا چاہ رہی ہے، غالبا اسے بھی خبر نہیں۔ یہ کس سمت میں جانا چاہ رہی ہے، کچھ واضح نہیں۔

ہاں، اتنا تو صاف ہے کہ یہ انتخابات میں حصہ لے رہی ہے۔ اور اس کا سبب یہ ہے کہ اسے یہ گمان ہے کہ یہ انتخابات جیت جائے گی، کم از کم پنجاب میں سو سے زیادہ نشستیں حاصل کر لے گی۔

اس کا مطلب ہے کہ یہ ایک دائرے کے اندر رہ کر لڑے گی، اس سے باہر نکل کرنہیں۔

لیکن جوں جوں انتخابات قریب آ رہے ہیں، …

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اشرافیہ کی سیاست اور ’’پشتون تحفظ موومینٹ‘‘ کی سیاست

سیاسی قضیے: 15اپریل، 2018

اشرافیہ کی سیاست، بخشنے، عطا کرنے،  دینے اور دان کرنے سے عبارت ہے۔

جیسے روٹی، کپڑا اور مکان دینے کا نعرہ۔

یا پھر بلا تعطل بجلی کی فراہمی۔ یا جیسے کہ سڑکیں، پبلک ٹرانسپورٹ، وغیرہ۔

اور ایسی ہی دوسری چیزیں، جو وقت اور موقعے کی مناسبت سے اشرافی سیاسی جماعتوں کے انتخابی منشور کا حصہ بنتی ہیں۔

سوال یہ ہے کہ کیا سیاسی جماعتیں اور ان کے سربراہ یہ چیزیں لوگوں کو اپنے پیسے سے مہیا کرتے ہیں۔

اس کا صاف جواب ہے: قطعاً نہیں۔

خواہ یہ روٹی، کپڑا اور مکان ہو، یا بجلی، یا کوئی …

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Conflicts, Intra-Elite or Civil-Military: A Tract in the Politics of Deception

Note: I completed this paper in August 2017 and last revised it in October. Throughout this period, I tried to get it published somewhere but as usual and as always failed. After analyzing why the Theories of Intra-Elite and Civil-Military Conflicts are unviable, I have formulated a Theory of Constitutional Responsibility that prospectively shows a way forward out of the chronic political crisis that the state of Pakistan is mired in. 

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Normal is an illusion. What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly.
Charles Addams (Cartoonist, horror-novelist 1912-88)

On June 17 (2017), …

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Bridging The Communication Gap With PPP!

With time, disconnect with the Pakistan Peoples Party is widening. The more one listens to news and reads newspapers, the more one is convinced of the distending communication gap between the PPP and non-PPP camps. It seems both of them are talking to themselves only. Watching talk shows on TV channels, where representatives from both camps talk face to face, is an experience these days as they appear to be an exercise in monologic dialogue, without communicating a bit!
No doubt, both camps are talking quite heavily meaningfully. When Khawaja Saad Rafique, or anyone from the Pakistan Muslim League (N),

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Siege from within

When creative spirit of a nation is arrested from within, it is as vulnerable to external insinuations as is to internal machinations, and can never make any progress.
“Pakistan is under siege.”

We had enemies from the very first day. With time, the list of our enemies grew longer. So much so that today we have neighbors not friendly to us and a world all hostile to us. We are alone in a wilderness created of our own. Isn’t it Greek mythology whose gods and monsters we have resurrected in ourselves? Like

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Siege from within

When creative spirit of a nation is arrested from within, it is as vulnerable to external insinuations as is to internal machinations, and can never make any progress.
“Pakistan is under siege.”

We had enemies from the very first day. With time, the list of our enemies grew longer. So much so that today we have neighbors not friendly to us and a world all hostile to us. We are alone in a wilderness created of our own. Isn’t it Greek mythology whose gods and monsters we have resurrected in ourselves? Like

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Siege from within


When creative spirit of a nation is arrested from within, it is as vulnerable to external insinuations as is to internal machinations, and can never make any progress.
“Pakistan is under siege.”

We had enemies from the very first day. With time, the list of our enemies grew longer. So much so that today we have neighbors not friendly to us and a world all hostile to us. We are alone in a wilderness created of our own. Isn’t it Greek mythology whose gods and monsters we have resurrected in ourselves? Like

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Forsaken by the State

Note: The day Benazir Bhutto was murdered, December 27, 2007, it was the day when all the semblance of government evaporated in Pakistan; there was widespread anarchy and uncertainty; there was arson, loot, and destruction. Fear prevailed. As if the life and property of ordinary citizens of this country were forsaken by the State! Here is the Story:

Where there is no property there is no injustice.
John Locke
Regardless of the controversy whether we human beings are by nature good or bad, what is crucially required to keep our society intact is that we must be treated as free

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Crimes and the political alibi

“I am a politician; I cannot commit any crime; I am perfectly innocent!”
That is how, as we know at least in Pakistan, politicians argue. That manner of political self-defense clears the two-way traffic: criminals may become politicians; and, politicians may become criminals. Pakistanis have enough of both. And the breed is multiplying like rabbits. All the more, species belonging to other realms of social, economic, military, cultural, religious have started aping the politicians. They have learned the art of politics from them. That’s a hundred percent fool-proof method of overcoming any odds.
Also, that has rendered all the systems

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Bilawal – a political crown prince

History is replete with stories of off-springs used in order to seize and wield power. One such story has been narrated by Abdul Haleem Sharar in his excellent Urdu book, “Guzishta Lucknow” (Lucknow of the past). In its chapter on “Jang-e-Azadi aur Lucknow” (War of Independence and Lucknow), he writes: “The King, Wajid Ali Shah himself was in Calcutta, his family was in London, and . . . the conflict over the cartridges and government’s insistence suddenly caused a mutiny and from Merrut to Bengal such revolt flared up that the homes …

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