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Ahmed Bilal Mehboob

Law to regulate budget

Law to regulate budget

The executive’s unlimited powers to alter the budget after it is passed must be curtailed. Published Jun 20, 2017 05:25am
Voting from abroad

Voting from abroad

The challenges of out-of-country voting are formidable in the case of a country as large as Pakistan. Updated May 27, 2017 07:26am
The case of EVMs

The case of EVMs

Electronic voting machines may not be as marvellous as they are made out to be. Published Apr 17, 2017 01:47am
Owning the fight

Owning the fight

Parliament can do more than merely endorsing or criticising a military operation. Updated Jun 21, 2017 01:52pm
Who pays for the brawls?

Who pays for the brawls?

The instances of indiscipline in parliament, such as the recent scuffle, are symptoms of a major problem. Published Feb 07, 2017 02:46am
Where are the women voters?

Where are the women voters?

The ECP must convene a roundtable conference to bring women into the electoral rolls. Updated Jan 10, 2017 10:45am
Give LGs a chance

Give LGs a chance

A centralised model of governance cannot work for a province as diverse and large as Punjab. Published Dec 27, 2016 02:15am
How many ministers?

How many ministers?

More cabinet posts may not mean improved governance. Published Dec 07, 2016 01:24am
One after another

One after another

Do we need more committees on national security? Published Oct 16, 2016 01:54am
Running the political engine

Running the political engine

As democracy has flourished, challenges related to political finance have also grown. Published Oct 10, 2016 01:58am
Parliament’s inertia on NAP

Parliament’s inertia on NAP

It is sad that parliamentary committees have hardly discussed the National Action Plan. Published Aug 30, 2016 02:07am
Is a commission enough?

Is a commission enough?

Each time an accountability crisis strikes we start looking for a new institution to address it. Updated Jul 04, 2016 09:49am
The awaited electoral reforms

The awaited electoral reforms

Serious steps are needed to establish the sanctity of the electoral process before the next general election. Published May 24, 2016 06:36am
Transparent leaders

Transparent leaders

The ECP must make it easier for citizens to access the financial statements of their elected representatives. Published Apr 26, 2016 04:41am
The right to information

The right to information

International experience indicates a strong link between effective RTI laws and good governance. Published Feb 20, 2016 01:02am
Absent from the house

Absent from the house

Why do our legislators have such a shoddy record of attendance in parliament? Published Jan 05, 2016 04:02am
The calculus of ordinances

The calculus of ordinances

Successive governments have resorted to ordinances as a convenient tool of legislation. Published Dec 15, 2015 02:03am
Whither NSC?

Whither NSC?

A formal mechanism is needed for a civil-military exchange of views. Published Nov 29, 2015 01:49am