If parliamentary proceedings are to be meaningful, the leadership will have to lead by example.
Ahmed Bilal Mehboob
The relatively small number of politicians in the NAB accountability cycle is perhaps no consolation.
Committees in any parliament are considered to be the latter’s eyes, ears and even brain.
The polls seem to indicate that voters have not been swayed by the incumbency factor.
A ruling party, like the present one, has coalition partners and they have to be kept in good humour.
The complaints of the political parties need to be seriously investigated.
International observers seldom pass judgement on the integrity of an election.
The practice is common in democracies which have yet to establish the credibility of their institutions.
An overhaul of constitutional provisions relating to caretaker set-ups was undertaken by the 18th Amendment.
Why can’t we allow the elected government to continue during the poll period in caretaker mode?
Given our past poll history, will Pakistan be able to prevent interference in the next general election?
No one can think of undoing the 18th Amendment but an honest review is in order.
Currently, we have only nine women members elected on general seats in the National Assembly.
A major question left unaddressed in the Elections Act pertains to the limit on poll spending.
A basic requirement of a democratic system is transparency regarding those seeking public office.
Despite the setbacks, there are many signs of a maturing democratic order.
The real question is how to address the worsening civil-military relations.
There are several parliamentary committees in the provinces which hardly ever meet in their five-year term.
The voters should start questioning their MPs about their attendance record.
The key disagreement seems to be over the scope of the proposed accountability law.