Nadeem Paracha has written an excellent article explaining the power we Pakistanis have. No doubt the NRO has taken away the immunity that was offered, but it has in no way accomplished a safer and secure Pakistan. Many argue the SC decision is a start – which it is – but it is only a baby step. We are still required to bring about the greater change for Pakistan. Our work is far from over, so let’s get cracking!
The Supreme Court’s verdict on the NRO was certainly an unprecedented event.
However, the night the verdict was announced, every famous TV anchor was jumping and hyperventilating; some almost foamed at the mouth as if struck by a strange, sudden bout of happiness. Continue reading
By: Agha Haider Raza
In the December 18th New York Times publication, an article Pakistan Ministers Are Called Before the Courts was written by Jane Perlez and Salman Masood. Though the article does state the annulment of the National Reconciliation Ordinance and the repercussions of the decision taken by the Pakistan Supreme Court, it has given an image portraying the Pakistan Army as an anti-democratic institution. Understandably the Pakistan Army is going through a turbulent phase. The army is currently engaged in a battle against militants who are adamant in bringing down the current democratic set up in Pakistan. However, one must not forget that many of these militants have grown up in the same neighborhood as the army soldiers, and regardless of allegiance, it is always difficult to take up arms against a childhood acquaintance. Continue reading
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