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Ahmed Bilal Mehboob

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
Eight years on

Eight years on

No one can think of undoing the 18th Amendment but an honest review is in order. Published Apr 16, 2018 07:26am
Financing poll campaigns

Financing poll campaigns

Currently, we have only nine women members elected on general seats in the National Assembly. Updated Apr 02, 2018 04:18pm
Money and politics

Money and politics

A major question left unaddressed in the Elections Act pertains to the limit on poll spending. Published Mar 06, 2018 03:31am
Poll transparency reversed

Poll transparency reversed

A basic requirement of a democratic system is transparency regarding those seeking public office. Updated Feb 20, 2018 07:47am
The march of democracy

The march of democracy

Despite the setbacks, there are many signs of a maturing democratic order. Published Feb 03, 2018 07:09am
A gulf that must be bridged

A gulf that must be bridged

The real question is how to address the worsening civil-military relations. Published Jan 05, 2018 03:04am
Critical times for parliament

Critical times for parliament

There are several parliamentary committees in the provinces which hardly ever meet in their five-year term. Published Dec 09, 2017 07:01am
Elusive consensus

Elusive consensus

The key disagreement seems to be over the scope of the proposed accountability law. Published Oct 23, 2017 07:18am
Poll law confusion

Poll law confusion

The election law became controversial right away. Published Oct 11, 2017 01:17am
Parliament & accountability

Parliament & accountability

The legislators are meant to play the most important role in strengthening accountability. Published Aug 19, 2017 07:13am
Episode or system?

Episode or system?

Accountability has a chequered history in Pakistan. Published Aug 05, 2017 07:18am
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