Ahmed Bilal Mehboob

By-election fiasco

By-election fiasco

The ECP must be commended for taking timely, decisive and bold action. Updated 28 Feb, 2021 08:18am
Open or secret?

Open or secret?

There are concerns about ‘open and identifiable’ ballots. Published 21 Feb, 2021 07:02am
Foreign funding consequences

Foreign funding consequences

Regardless of the amount, foreign funds received from foreign nationals may render a party ‘foreign-aided’. Published 30 Jan, 2021 06:24am
Debate on ordinances

Debate on ordinances

The government’s line of thinking indicates a belief in the principle of brute majority. Published 17 Jan, 2021 06:54am
Evaluation performance

Evaluation performance

This government has moved beyond the planning stage and made the ministers’ accountability plan public. Published 26 Dec, 2020 07:27am
A risky plan

A risky plan

How will resignations affect the Senate election? Published 13 Dec, 2020 06:40am
Poll reforms, again

Poll reforms, again

The pros and cons of the PM’s proposals must be scrutinised. Published 22 Nov, 2020 07:29am
Production orders

Production orders

The PM may need to accept that legislatures are independent institutions. Published 01 Nov, 2020 06:58am
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