Tag: Pakistan Peoples Party

What does the Pakistan Army want now?

It’s not easy taking your problems one at a time when they refuse to get in line. Something mysterious ails the country’s president. The opposition, inside and outside parliament, is calling for early elections, ostensibly to pre-empt an army takeover. The robes seem ready to bring their gavels crashing down on the government. The rightwing…

Supreme Defiance

Zafar Qureshi can’t catch a break. Restored to his position at the Federal Investigation Agency on the orders of the Supreme Court, what was to be his first day back on the job never happened because of a bomb threat. When he was finally allowed access to his office the next day, he discovered that…

Long live the dynasty!

Political dynasties in the context of South Asia are the product of socioeconomic factors, class-based social structures, gender dynamics, and the lack of political consciousness of our masses. The institution, however, legitimizes status-quo in the society, keeps the class system intact and slows down the democratic process in the society Just last year when Pakistan…

PPP+PML (Q) = A Coalition of Shame

Today fourteen members of the PML (Q), all allies of former dictator Pervez Musharraf, joined the Pakistan People’s Party’s cabinet. This is a moment of shame for the PPP: Mr. Zardari has, true to his own shameful history, betrayed the trust of PPP workers and the general public of Pakistan by aligning himself with those…

Speechless

How does a president who has little to show for himself, his government, and his coalition partners, make a speech about achievements? President Asif Ali Zardari performed the usual ritual of rhetoric and denial in his March 22 speech to a joint session of Pakistan’s Parliament, with some prayers thrown in for good measure. Zardari…

Fight The Real Enemy

Far more dangerous than the actual acts of terrorism and violence perpetrated on Pakistanis is the fear, obvious most among those who govern us. We are all united in our conviction that suicide attacks will not cease, and that we are all in this alone. President Asif Ali Zardari and his government’s woe-is-us, rote expressions…

Salman Taseer Remembered

(From Viewpoint Online) Mumtaz Hussain Qadri smiled as he surrendered to his colleagues after shooting Salman Taseer, the governor of the Punjab, dead. Many in Pakistan seemed to support his actions; others wondered how he’d managed to get a job as a state bodyguard in the carefully screened Elite Force. Geo TV, the country’s most…

Labor Unionization in Pakistan – History & Trends

(From Pakistaniaat, Vol. 2, Issue 2) After the French Revolution, laborers in the mining industry formed a labor association as the revolution had inculcated a sense of collectivism in the masses. By that time, labor associations had no legal standing, but soon there was a mushroom growth of labor associations. These were the first labor…