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Return of mini-viceroy?

On the heels of the last phase of indirect elections of the local government in Punjab, the governor promulgated a Punjab Civil Administration Ordinance (PCAO) in the last week of December 2016. The ordinance claims to “institute a comprehensive system of civil administration in the Punjab for efficient administration, improved …

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Constitutionality of regulatory authorities

The government’s recent move to reallocate the administrative control of five key regulatory authorities form the cabinet division to the respective line ministries has stirred a constitutional debate in the Upper House, the Senate of Pakistan. Senators from treasury and opposition benches have been opposing interpretations of the decision made …

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Features of federalism

Historically, the primary political choices related to the nature of state in Pakistan have been revolving around the questions of federalism, regional autonomy, decentralisation, ownership of natural resources and politics of multi-polarity within the context of ethno-lingual and regional diversities. Several studies have suggested that the process of state formation …

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Rediscovering Burma’s federal soul

Burma/Myanmar — traditionally titled as the “anthropologists’ paradise” — has despondently endured six decades in the perdition of politics inflamed by ethnic coercion, political repression and armed conflicts. The world’s longest conflict has resulted in untold sufferings for the people including the loss of livelihood, massive internal displacements, external migration …

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Story of a timeless moment

Hassan ki Soorat-e-haal, khali jaghain pur karo, Mirza Athar Baig’s new novel, begins with the puzzling perceptions of Hassan, drifts into the conceptions of wonderment, resolves in the narration of further perceptions, and leaves some still unresolved questions. Many streams of thoughts run parallel in the novel denying the linear …

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7 safeguards against a military takeover

As the saying goes, you cannot rebuild better unless you know how the old buildings have been erected. With some strategic calculations and miscalculations, a victory might become a defeat and a defeat victory. In some cases, time has seen ambitious heroes with a deficient sense of proportion getting buried …

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Five years after 18th Amendment

It is yet to be analysed as what would be the implications of the amendment on the delivery of critical services to the citizens and how the process of transition management could be made more informed, inclusive and result-oriented. The 18th Constitutional Amendment was unanimously passed by the Parliament and …

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Circumvention of Common Interest

The Council of Common Interests (CCI) is a constitutional body mandated not only to regulate relations between federation and provinces but also empowered to regulate and formulate policies in relation to the 18 subjects enumerated in the Federal Legislative List. The Article 153 of the Constitution of Pakistan further extends …

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Political economy of decentralisation

The lowest tier of governance is, plausibly, considered as the first tier of democracy. Nevertheless, the first tier of democracy in Pakistan has long been misappropriated as an extension of unrepresentative military-led central authority. This has been viewed as a regime strategy, which hegemonises the basic political unit (ward) by …

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Technology: options for S.Asia

Technology is popularly believed as an ‘inseparable pair’ of science. However, social theorists have demarcated a line between the science and technology. Though, the dividing line is very thin and sometimes does not make a visible distinction, however, there lies a need to understand that. Science is an attempt to …

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