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Panama and Constitutionalism: The Bottom Line

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A line of reasoning taken in defense of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif since appearance of Panama Papers has been that it is a conspiracy to undermine the civilian supremacy and democracy in Pakistan. Just when I believe the continuous civil-military power struggle is a reality, and unelected power centers have always tried to undermine the representative rule in the country; this time around, the issue cannot be framed in the said context; and below is why?
First and foremost, this time the crisis began because of a global leak that has shaken many a governments and powerful men across the globe. To say that Pakistani establishment had the sway to initiate such leak of global scale is giving it too much credence and credit. Also establishment in Pakistan has proven to be unsuccessful in shaking things decisively in recent attempts like Memogate and PTI/PAT sit-in. And no matter what spin of “establishment conspiracy” PML-N sympathizers want to give to the current episode; the reality i…

Saudi snub is not Nawaz Sharif's failure

I have always been a critic of Nawaz Sharif and his style of government. As for Panama, it is my maintained position that he should step down and clear his name before assuming any political role again. Having said that, at the snub Nawaz got in Riyadh, I believe it is a result of his reluctance to join an open assault on Iran. And so the sidelining was of a Pakistani premier who realized the social cost of taking sides in an Arab-Iran conflict for his country. What Nawaz has done, even Asif Zardari or Imran Khan would have done the same. For Pakistan's elected representatives do realize that such a conflict will be an all out social implosion of the country. For all their failures and misgivings, Pakistan's elected representatives, even someone as reckless and under debt of Saudis as Nawaz Sharif, have shown caution when making calls that can lead to social breakdown of the country. Be it playing the balancing act in Saudi-Iran conflict, or refusing to budge to the pressure …

CPEC and Pakistan’s Balance of Payments - Article for Hudson Institute

"Adding CPEC commitments will increase debt servicing by 30%-60%. Around 2020, Pakistan also has refinancing due of its US$ 1 billion Eurobonds. So, even if one ignores all of the other external debt commitments the country has piled up in the last three years, CPEC and Eurobond refinancing alone pose a major challenge for the country on the debt-servicing front." 
http://www.southasiaathudson.org/blog/2016/12/20/cpec-and-pakistans-balance-of-payments

Chilcot Report - Only severe perpetual reparations by US-UK serve justice

Chilcot report is an eyewash in which the entire blame of an error of judgement or malice is pinned on an individual. Whether Bush-Blair acted in good faith or based on malice, the fact is that they had the support of respective representative bodies, armed forces, and opinion-makers of their countries. That was not an act of a few individuals but of two states. And reports like Chilcot pin blame on individuals and absolve the states of any responsibility of the mess they create, taking focus from their cutting and running. An error of judgment or malice, the blame rests not with individuals but with US and UK and only severe perpetual reparations along with bringing the culprits serves justice. Else, it will be very easy for states around the world to create mess, find 2-3 scapegoats and cut and run.

The US is angry

Weekly article - The US is angry - http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/opinion/25-Feb-2016/the-us-is-angry - February 25, 2016

Times of Political Change?

Time of Political Change? - http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/opinion/19-Feb-2016/times-of-political-change - February 19, 2016

PIA: What is the haste?

Weekly article - PIA what is the haste? http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/opinion/11-Feb-2016/pia-what-is-the-haste - February 11, 2016

Harmony and times ahead

Rout in financial markets

Weekly article - Rout in financial markets - http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/opinion/28-Jan-2016/rout-in-financial-markets - January 28, 2016

The National Action Plan

Weekly article - The National Action Plan
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/opinion/21-Jan-2016/the-national-action-plan

"The APS attack, which followed Operation Zarb-e-Azab, the latest bout of the war on terror that also led to the Pakistan Anti-Terrorism Act 2014, was carried out not by the MQM or the Lyari gang but by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and religious fanatics. Do we need to ask who diverted national anger to an operation in Karachi that not only made the National Action Plan (NAP) politicised and controversial but also made us lose focus of the real existential threat of Islamist extremism? Is it not a valid question to be asked of the masters of our universe, both civil and in the security establishment?"

Blackening the blackouts

Weekly Article - Blackening the blackouts - http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/opinion/14-Jan-2016/blackening-the-blackouts January 14, 2016