Tag: Provincial autonomy & new provinces

  • Takht Lahore and Saraiki Waseb – by Zulfiqar Ali

    The Commission about formation of new provinces within Punjab reinvigorated the debate. Just few months ago PML (N) initiated and Punjab assembly unanimously passed the resolution asking for creation of south Punjab and rehabilitation of Bahawalpur as province. PML (N) may have thought it had outwitted Asif Ali Zardari and PPP considering that PPP would […]

  • Pakistan’s Provinces Pandora’s Box – By Niaz Murtaza

      Does Pakistan need more provinces and if so should they be formed ethnically or administratively? These vexing questions are taxing the wits of perplexed Pakistani policy-makers today. A quick glance across Pakistan reveals several anomalies and misbalances. Punjab constitutes around 50% of its population while Balochistan covers around 40% of its landmass. Although the […]

  • Politics of recognition -by Mushtaq Gaadi

    OF all the claims for the creation of new provinces, that of the Seraiki demand has the most potentially constructive consequences for state, democracy and federalism in Pakistan. If and when a Seraiki province is carved out of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as we know it, a historic move would have been taken towards rationalising […]

  • Why Fata cannot be a province – by Ali Begum

    CHANGE is inevitable and it has to come in Fata. The area has to be brought into the national mainstream. While the FCR in the NWFP and Balochistan was replaced with the Act of 1935 in one go, the recent amendments indicate that it has been decided to bring about a gradual change in Fata’s […]

  • A Pakistani renaissance -By Mian Raza Rabbani

    The 1973 Constitution given by Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was democratic, federal and parliamentary. It had a vision of Federalism in terms of fiscal devolution, ownership of resources, participation in policy formation and collective decision making. This was a fundamental change from earlier Constitutions. Unfortunately with deliberate intent various provisions of the Constitution, in particular, […]

  • Call for the senate reforms in Pakistan

    All federations agree that federal system should be comprised of two houses of parliament; National Assembly, based on population; one citizen one vote, and other is the Senate based on territories of the states. The bicameral legislature is of vital importance in ensuring the equalization of participation for all federing units. Following are the recommendations/suggestions […]

  • Scope of constitutional provisions and space for provincial autonomy

    The Civic Education Network Pakistan organized a learning event; Constitutional Literacy Campaign, “Scope of Constitutional Provisions and Space for Provincial Autonomy” in Lahore on July 31, 2011. The 18th Amendment and the 7th National Finance Commission(NFC) Award have signficantly changed the the resource distribution criterion, ownership over natural resources and modalities of fiscal management such […]

  • Raza Rabbani: A National Hero, by Dr.Fouzia Saeed

    Senator Raza Rabbani One has mostly seen political leaders falling in the eyes of public, especially in this time and age where media puts the spotlight on too many undesirable aspects. Scandals of all sorts get attributed to them; clarifications, rebuttals, reactions, counter fights stud the blogs and Youtube sites. It is rare to see […]

  • Objectives of Pakistani Conspiracy Theorists – by Anas Abbas

    Objective 1. To denigrate Baluchistan’s resistance movements and to present a picture where the blame of all Baluch sufferings go to foreign elements even though the real culprits are the Punjabi elite and the Pakistan army for their military operations in that region. Conspiracy theories facilitate Pakistan’s establishment and Army to overshadow the following issues […]

  • 26th August: Remembering Nawab Akbar Bugti

    No single date left such a lasting impression on the society and politics of Balochistan like August 26th, 2006. It was, no doubt, “Balochistan’s 9/11”  when the province’s former governor and elected chief minister Nawab Mohammad Akbar Khan Bugti was brutally murdered by the democracy-blind military dictator, General Pervez Musharraf. Balochistan marks today (August 26th) […]

  • Reconstitution of CCI

    Last year President Asif Ali Zardari  reconstituted the Council of Common Interests (CCI) on the advice of Prime Minister, Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani under Article 153 of the Constitution. The President named Prime Minister Gilani as Chairman of the CCI. All four chief minister and four federal member are part of CCI. Prime Minister Yousaf […]

  • Provincialism in Quaid’s Pakistan? – by Tasbih Fayaz

    Unfortunately, our country has gone through loads of rampant corruption, nepotism and maladministration. Such curses always lead to complete breakdown of law and order in the state. Pakistan is undoubtedly the second largest Muslim nation in the world, yet, it is constantly being affected by people who support depravity. Every one is aware of the […]

  • Democracy in Pakistan: the chasm – by Haris Gazdar

    Source Economic and political weekly (With thanks to reader Hussain Bux Mallah for providing a link to this article) With the passing of the 18th constitutional amendment in April 2010, democratic Pakistan’s journey for political stability came within leaping distance of its destination, just as the chasm that needed to be crossed became deeper. The […]

  • Thousands of Pukhtuns celebrate the 18th Amendment and provincial autonomy in Clifton, Karachi

    From Ali Abbas Inayatullah’s facebook: While Pakistan’s bourgeouise “intelligensia” often falsely paints the Taliban as being part of “Pushtoon Nationalism”, nothing could be further from the truth! After sacrifizing thousands of lives for opposing the Taliban and loosing scores of elected leaders from the secular, nationalist Pukhtun political party, the ANP to cowardly acts by […]

  • Make new provinces only on administrative grounds?

    By Abdul Nishapuri Source: Saraiki Waseb Development Organization (SWADO) In today’s The News, I read an interesting article on the possibility of new provinces by Saleem Safi. It seems that after months and years of effectively campaigning for the case of Pakhtunkhwa, Saleem Safi has suddenly realized that “In the current scenario, the only option […]

  • Unrest among Sindhis on 18th amendment

    HYDERABAD: A group of civil society leaders has made quite a critical evaluation of 18th constitutional amendment bill and said that Sindh remained the major loser once again because neither the issue of provincial autonomy nor of natural resources was properly addressed under the package. Sindh Democratic Forum (SDF) convener Zulfikar Halepoto and former vice-chancellor […]

  • Pakistani democracy delivers — by Wajid Shamsul Hasan

    Why Pakistan needs strong institutions is amply demonstrated in recent events of monumental importance. However, these events did not get enough attention either because of indifference from analysts or their lack of comprehension about these issues. It is a tribute to democracy that, despite the challenges of security and economic downturn due to the fight […]

  • More Provinces debate…

    Dangerous games Dawn Editorial Friday, 16 Apr, 2010 Tempers in Hazara appear to be cooling after several days of violence. A general strike was called off recently, businesses are reopening and leading politicians have visited the area, ostensibly to bring matters under control. That said, the controversy surrounding the renaming of the NWFP is unlikely […]

  • In defence of the ANP and Kyber Pakhtunkhwa – by Hamid Mir

    آئیے ذرا آج اپنے گریبان میں جھانکتے ہیں۔ کیا یہ درست نہیں کہ ہم میں سے اکثر لوگوں نے خود کو مفتیان کرام اور سپریم کورٹ کے ججوں کی جگہ پر فائز کر رکھا ہے؟ جی ہاں مفتیاں کرام اور جج حضرات ثبوت حالات و واقعات کا جائزہ لیتے ہیں، گواہوں کے بیانات سنتے ہیں، […]

  • Forecast of an imminent unrest – by Nadeem Khan

    There is a real civil unrest on the horizon. We can verify the timings, immediately after the passing of 18th amendment. When the celebrations were about to take the second turn, instead we saw rallies and protests on power crisis first and soon after we saw a sudden popping up of a civil unrest on […]

  • The 18th amendment and the concurrent list! – by Cyril Almeida

    It seems that the fear of a big, powerful, overreaching federal government has driven political parties from the smaller provinces to do the only thing that seems obvious: cut its powers. ISLAMABAD: Bye-bye concurrent list, we never even got to know each other. With the concurrent legislative list set to be abolished by the 18th […]

  • Balochistan: Pakistan’s broken mirror – by Madiha Tahir

    Source: The National – via Raza Rumi Baloch children hold up nationalist posters. Photographs by Asim Hafeez for The National Islamabad’s brutal attempts to crush ethnic Baloch nationalism have met with fierce, escalating resistance – and have laid bare the strains that threaten the founding idea of Pakistan. Madiha R Tahir reports from the rallies, homes […]

  • Nawaz Sharif ne apna zameer baich diya – by Ahsan Abbas Shah

    نواز شریف نے اپنا ضمیر بیچ دِیا سید احسن عباس رضوی

  • Provincial autonomy, myths and reality – by Asif Ezdi

    Part I The News, March 22, 2010 The Parliamentary Committee on Constitutional Reform is reported to be very close to completing its task and is expected to submit its report later this week. This news has been widely welcomed because it has raised the expectation that the powers transferred to the president under the Musharraf […]

  • Shahbaz Sharif’s Taliban entreaties — by Zafar Hilaly

    We can be sure that when the Taliban do not respond positively to his entreaties, Mr Sharif will not blame the Taliban, or fate, but Musharraf, the PPP, the MQM, the Americans, the Indians, the British, the Nigerians, the Somalis, in fact everybody but the Taliban At the height of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, Yasser […]

  • Talibangate and Sharifs’ old tricks – by Cyril Almeida

    Shahbaz Sharif was saying, I get it, God, country and family is my motto, too. I feel your pain. Support me and I’ll take care of you. –Photo by AP Shahbaz Sharif’s boo-boo had everyone up in arms. Even his party folks struggled to explain it away with a modicum of believability. But nobody wanted […]

  • Assessing Zardari

    On November 22 2008, Zardari, addressing the Hindustan Times leadership summit, talked of reconciliation and promised a no-first use nuclear policy – the first time any Pakistani head of state has done so. He said, in response to a question, that Kashmir belongs to Kashmiris and, most shockingly of all: “Zardari borrowed a quote from […]

  • The NFC Award – Aik Lohar Ki

    Here are a few op-eds on the historical NFC Award, a landmark achievement of the democratic government in Pakistan. The op-eds are by: Dr Ashfaque Khan, Nazir Naji and Saleem Safi.