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Pakistan: Signposts to a Populist Authoritarianism

Pakistan: Signposts to a Populist Authoritarianism

  “Democracy is in our blood.  Indeed, it is in our marrow of bones” Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah Pakistan is a product of democracy, whose freedom struggle was led by a politician heading a popular political party, rooted in the Muslim masses, whose...

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The Quality of Pakistani Democracy

The Quality of Pakistani Democracy

September 15 is celebrated every year as the International Day of Democracy to review the state of democracy in the world and uphold the principles and values of democracy. It is therefore apt to review the quality and state of democracy in Pakistan on this day....

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The State of our Democracy

The State of our Democracy

Democracy is an evasive idea, an ideal that all polities are trying to achieve but somehow fall short of. Countries in transition to a democratic rule, presumably from authoritarianism, use the term democratization to describe their journey. It would be interesting to...

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Democracy in Pakistan: Consolidation or Recession?

Democracy in Pakistan: Consolidation or Recession?

Two years ago, Pakistan completed a decade of democracy after returning to a democratic set up in 2008. For the second time in our history, a democratic period had lasted for a decade. In that year Pakistan also passed Huntington’s ‘two turnover test’. According to...

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Communicating Though Cartoons

Civic Thought