Do we need more committees on national security?
Ahmed Bilal Mehboob
As democracy has flourished, challenges related to political finance have also grown.
There is much ground to cover before the next general elections.
It is sad that parliamentary committees have hardly discussed the National Action Plan.
Each time an accountability crisis strikes we start looking for a new institution to address it.
Serious steps are needed to establish the sanctity of the electoral process before the next general election.
The ECP must make it easier for citizens to access the financial statements of their elected representatives.
International experience indicates a strong link between effective RTI laws and good governance.
Why do our legislators have such a shoddy record of attendance in parliament?
Successive governments have resorted to ordinances as a convenient tool of legislation.
A formal mechanism is needed for a civil-military exchange of views.
The NA-122 and NA-154 poll tribunal orders showed much that needs to be corrected.
The ECP is to blame for the poor poll management in KP.
MNAs lack the help of experts who can brief them on technical aspects of the budget.
Ownership of the election code of conduct by political parties has been weak in Pakistan.
Are drastic modifications required in the system?
The poll reform process should not be held hostage to the politics of any one group.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should have given priority to electoral reforms.
There are several areas in which immediate electoral reforms, at the heart of the current stand-off, are needed.
The ISPR press release of April 7 demonstrated the communication gap between the political and military leadership....