Ahmed Bilal Mehboob

Advisers, SAPMs and cabinet

Advisers, SAPMs and cabinet

There is an increasing tendency in the govt to appoint unelected cabinet-level public officials. Updated 05 Sep, 2020 07:37am
Parliamentary performance

Parliamentary performance

There are certain reasons why our legislators don’t perform the way their counterparts abroad do. Published 22 Aug, 2020 06:56am
Performance debate

Performance debate

The PTI and the government it heads have gradually moved away from publicly reporting their performance. Published 05 Jul, 2020 07:19am
Parliamentary scrutiny?

Parliamentary scrutiny?

Ironically, very few legislators seem to be aware of the passage of the PFMA. Updated 08 Jun, 2020 02:37pm
Virtual or real?

Virtual or real?

It is imperative to move with the times. Published 17 May, 2020 04:54am
The new ECP’s challenges

The new ECP’s challenges

Without restoring the credibility of the electoral system democratic governance will suffer. Updated 16 Feb, 2020 07:56am
Without due process

Without due process

It is a sad comment on the state of our democracy that the extension bills were passed without any debate. Updated 20 Jan, 2020 07:50am
Anti-government agitation

Anti-government agitation

The use of street power has been a part of Pakistan’s political journey since its inception. Updated 30 Dec, 2019 07:35am
Ordinances over the years

Ordinances over the years

The practice of promulgating ordinances runs counter to the spirit of democracy. Published 08 Dec, 2019 07:10am
Credibility of accountability

Credibility of accountability

Settling political scores has been the real objective of accountability mechanisms in Pakistan. Updated 11 Nov, 2019 07:33am
Ordinances vs democracy

Ordinances vs democracy

Our constitutional scheme intentionally wants the treasury and the opposition to engage with each other. Published 27 Oct, 2019 07:03am
Prepared for governance?

Prepared for governance?

A political party aspiring to power often has no idea about the real challenges of ruling. Updated 08 Oct, 2019 10:09am
Missing ECP members

Missing ECP members

In a surprise move, the government tried to break the deadlock unilaterally. Published 31 Aug, 2019 07:09am
The case of dual nationals

The case of dual nationals

The most serious question about allowing dual nationals to become legislators is the possible conflict of interest. Published 19 Aug, 2019 07:03am
The Assembly’s first year

The Assembly’s first year

The Assembly experienced a delay of five months and 23 days in the formation of its standing committees. Updated 11 Aug, 2019 07:25am
After the no-trust vote

After the no-trust vote

It is unfair to accuse all senators, who chose to vote against party direction, of horse-trading. Published 03 Aug, 2019 07:04am
Defection season?

Defection season?

The law on defection is clear and leaves no room for ambiguity. Published 08 Jul, 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 17 Jun, 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 12 Apr, 2019 06:43am
Lawmakers’ pay

Lawmakers’ pay

A raise in the MPAs’ salaries should be allowed. Published 29 Mar, 2019 07:05am