INGOs and CSOs are not at risk of being exploited by terrorist groups the way in which charities are.
Public awareness of the new right to information law appears to be limited.
The decision to add the capital’s affairs to the interior ministry’s charge betrays a lack of comprehension.
The state is becoming more and more violent. It only issues orders and does not talk to the people.
Repressive measures are being justified in the name of security or the need to fight terrorism.
For a meaningful change in the system of governance, the new rulers need more debate — not less.
The International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances is being observed today.
The public clamour about the need for parties to democratise their functioning has started having effect.
Bureaucrats considered honest or sticklers for the rules are more often than not bypassed.
It will be necessary to devise an accountability system that is independent of government initiative.
The question now is where do we go from here?
The self-evident truth in Pakistan today is that the 2018 election has already been manipulated beyond repair.
Gen Zia’s followers have superseded him by developing a model that could be offered to the world as the ‘ideal’ poll.
An old statement from the ‘founders’ of a party that was never launched still has relevance today.
The danger in ignoring human rights reports is that the chance to apply corrective measures could be lost.
In May, there was a spurt in appearances before the commission of inquiry.
The ECP would be well advised to invite as many observers from credible organisations as possible.
Punjab University needs to be free from fissiparous trends and influences.
One hopes the caretakers and their successors in the years ahead will strengthen democratic conduct.
A youth-led movement aims to persuade election candidates to adopt a pro-people approach.