The use of street power has been a part of Pakistan’s political journey since its inception.
Ahmed Bilal Mehboob
The practice of promulgating ordinances runs counter to the spirit of democracy.
Settling political scores has been the real objective of accountability mechanisms in Pakistan.
Our constitutional scheme intentionally wants the treasury and the opposition to engage with each other.
A political party aspiring to power often has no idea about the real challenges of ruling.
In a surprise move, the government tried to break the deadlock unilaterally.
The most serious question about allowing dual nationals to become legislators is the possible conflict of interest.
The Assembly experienced a delay of five months and 23 days in the formation of its standing committees.
It is unfair to accuse all senators, who chose to vote against party direction, of horse-trading.
The law on defection is clear and leaves no room for ambiguity.
There are four serious flaws in the process of preparing, passing and implementing the annual budget.
Neither the presidential nor the parliamentary form of government is a guarantee against instability.
A raise in the MPAs’ salaries should be allowed.
The failure to fill the ECP vacancies can be attributed to the PM’s reluctance to talk to the opposition leader.
At the heart of a production order is people’s right to be represented in parliament by their elected lawmaker.
Parliament’s first six months will be remembered more for the bitter, ongoing feud between the PTI and the opposition.
One may argue that there is good reason for not formally inducting the judiciary into such dialogues.
With changing times and the advent of new technologies, legislatures need to reinvent themselves.
If parliamentary proceedings are to be meaningful, the leadership will have to lead by example.
The relatively small number of politicians in the NAB accountability cycle is perhaps no consolation.