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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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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Pak polity – racing backwards

So to say, in about 70 years, the political gains Pakistan’s polity has been able to make are dismal! Pessimistically, it’s NOTHING! Optimistically, it’s merely the Constitution that itself came to be agreed upon about 25 years after the country’s emergence on the map of the world. That casts a heavy doubt on the credence of Pakistan’s polity. Politically speaking, things stand in the same mould now they stood on the first day. The final verdict on the quality of the Pak polity may thus be worded: The citizens still live at …

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Malala’s Peace Prize, cynics and ashraafists

The case of 2014 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Malala Yousafzai, which she shares with an Indian Kailash Satyarthi, who has devoted himself to the cause of child slavery, may be used as a litmus test should we want to know the bent of mind of any Pakistani fellow. This will help us know whether someone is a cynic or an ashraafist or both. Ask someone what he thinks about the Nobel Peace Prize for Malala; if he tells you, ‘Please, no joking!,’ be assured that he is both a cynic and …

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