Since the so-called “new” documents that were going to be submitted by the Sharifs to the Supreme Court in the Panama Papers hearings, which certain sections of the media were calling “game changers”, I have been coming across images of these in social media. Since the first time I saw them, some things seemed odd. … Continue reading
The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) constituted by the Supreme Court of Pakistan to probe Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family members, including his three children, Hussain Sharif, Hassan Sharif, and Maryam Safdar-Sharif, was released today. The summary of the report (paragraph 2 of Volume-I) states that the JIT found the following: Maryam Nawaz was … Continue reading
Four references from English Literature in Justice Khosa’s judgment in the Panama Case petition filed by Imran Khan and others. Audio blog in Urdu.
Although I believe he is guilty, I think that the case against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will be difficult to establish, unless his lawyers are unable to prove that Maryam Nawaz is merely a trustee and not a beneficial owner of the properties. If she is one of the beneficial owners, and Nawaz Sharif did … Continue reading
A few days ago I came across two tweets by FAFEN, the Free and Fair Elections Network, which is a coalition of 30 NGO’s that observe elections and parliamentary affairs. Given the political turmoil stemming from overwhelming circumstantial evidence of systematic and widespread electoral fraud in the 2013 General Elections, I felt that I should … Continue reading
Some thoughts on what Civil Disobedience is and how it might work in the context of Imran Khan’s call in the Azadi March yesterday.
Surveys, predictions, analysis, estimates. It is election season and television anchors, newspaper columnists, market research firms, twitterati and the general public are becoming increasingly caught up in the frenzy. Everyone is trying to assess which political party may be able to gain a majority in parliament and form the next government. Rallies, policies, manifestos, alliances and electables … Continue reading
Do you remember hearing about the honourable Prime Minister of Pakistan, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, seeking an increase of Rs 10 billion in discretionary funds under the Peoples Work Programme II (PWP-II) because the Rs 22 billion allocated for it in the budget had already been sanctioned? Well, he’s gone ahead and spent that, too, plus an additional … Continue reading
Musa Gilani returns to Pakistan today to face charges of in the ephedrine quota case after his father, the Prime Minister, directed him to cooperate in the investigation, which has now added to the list of cases now being monitored by the Supreme Court. This is just the latest in a series of high profile … Continue reading
I recently came across a book called Capitalism’s Achilles Heel: Dirty Money and How to Renew the Free-Market System by Raymond W. Baker, who is an internationally respected authority on corruption, money laundering and foreign policy issues, and director of Global Financial Integrity, a research and advocacy organisation in Washington DC. Apart from a comprehensive … Continue reading