Ahmed Bilal Mehboob

The new ECP’s challenges

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

Without due process

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

Anti-government agitation

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

Ordinances over the years

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

Credibility of accountability

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

Ordinances vs democracy

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

Prepared for governance?

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

Missing ECP members

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

The case of dual nationals

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

The Assembly’s first year

The Assembly experienced a delay of five months and 23 days in the formation of its standing committees. Updated Aug 11, 2019 07:25am

After the no-trust vote

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

Defection season?

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

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

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

Lawmakers’ pay

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

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

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

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

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