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Ahmed Bilal Mehboob

Defection season?

Defection season?

The law on defection is clear and leaves no room for ambiguity. Published Jul 08, 2019 07:04am
Flawed budget process

Flawed budget process

There are four serious flaws in the process of preparing, passing and implementing the annual budget. Published Jun 17, 2019 06:51am
Two faces of democracy

Two faces of democracy

Neither the presidential nor the parliamentary form of government is a guarantee against instability. Published Apr 12, 2019 06:43am
Lawmakers’ pay

Lawmakers’ pay

A raise in the MPAs’ salaries should be allowed. Published Mar 29, 2019 07:05am
Why not consult each other?

Why not consult each other?

The failure to fill the ECP vacancies can be attributed to the PM’s reluctance to talk to the opposition leader. Published Mar 18, 2019 06:33am
Production orders politics

Production orders politics

At the heart of a production order is people’s right to be represented in parliament by their elected lawmaker. Published Mar 04, 2019 06:54am
The first six months

The first six months

Parliament’s first six months will be remembered more for the bitter, ongoing feud between the PTI and the opposition. Published Feb 17, 2019 07:44am
Taking parliament seriously

Taking parliament seriously

With changing times and the advent of new technologies, legislatures need to reinvent themselves. Published Jan 21, 2019 07:09am
Beyond the PAC stalemate

Beyond the PAC stalemate

If parliamentary proceedings are to be meaningful, the leadership will have to lead by example. Published Jan 04, 2019 07:08am
Impartial accountability?

Impartial accountability?

The relatively small number of politicians in the NAB accountability cycle is perhaps no consolation. Published Dec 22, 2018 06:01am
Parliament’s first 100 days

Parliament’s first 100 days

Committees in any parliament are considered to be the latter’s eyes, ears and even brain. Updated Nov 27, 2018 04:30pm
The by-election results

The by-election results

The polls seem to indicate that voters have not been swayed by the incumbency factor. Published Oct 29, 2018 06:51am
How big should the cabinet be?

How big should the cabinet be?

A ruling party, like the present one, has coalition partners and they have to be kept in good humour. Published Oct 12, 2018 07:28am
Evolution of caretakers

Evolution of caretakers

An overhaul of constitutional provisions relating to caretaker set-ups was undertaken by the 18th Amendment. Updated Jun 10, 2018 07:14pm
Do we really need caretakers?

Do we really need caretakers?

Why can’t we allow the elected government to continue during the poll period in caretaker mode? Updated May 28, 2018 08:27am
Prospects of a fair election

Prospects of a fair election

Given our past poll history, will Pakistan be able to prevent interference in the next general election? Published Apr 30, 2018 06:55am