The executive’s unlimited powers to alter the budget after it is passed must be curtailed.
Ahmed Bilal Mehboob
The challenges of out-of-country voting are formidable in the case of a country as large as Pakistan.
Electronic voting machines may not be as marvellous as they are made out to be.
Parliament can do more than merely endorsing or criticising a military operation.
The instances of indiscipline in parliament, such as the recent scuffle, are symptoms of a major problem.
The ECP must convene a roundtable conference to bring women into the electoral rolls.
A centralised model of governance cannot work for a province as diverse and large as Punjab.
More cabinet posts may not mean improved governance.
Pakistani women on reserved seats have turned in a sterling performance in parliament.
Do we need more committees on national security?
As democracy has flourished, challenges related to political finance have also grown.
There is much ground to cover before the next general elections.
It is sad that parliamentary committees have hardly discussed the National Action Plan.
Each time an accountability crisis strikes we start looking for a new institution to address it.
Serious steps are needed to establish the sanctity of the electoral process before the next general election.
The ECP must make it easier for citizens to access the financial statements of their elected representatives.
International experience indicates a strong link between effective RTI laws and good governance.
Why do our legislators have such a shoddy record of attendance in parliament?
Successive governments have resorted to ordinances as a convenient tool of legislation.
A formal mechanism is needed for a civil-military exchange of views.