Author Archives: Dr Hasan Askari Rizvi


Dr Hasan Askari Rizvi

No easy solution

The emphasis should be on a shared and joint action It is a positive development that the Supreme Court (SC) has stepped back from the case regarding the alleged money transactions between


Dr Hasan Askari Rizvi

Of dubious distinctions

Our democrats need to be more ‘democratic’ Pakistan is a complex country. Certain developments make people optimistic about the future but some developments cause pessimism and create a strong feeling among a


Dr Hasan Askari Rizvi

Who will rule Pakistan?

Dysfunction, apparently The decision of the Speaker of the National Assembly on May 24 that the judgment of the Supreme Court does not create the basis for disqualification of the prime minister


Dr Hasan Askari Rizvi

’Tis the season to rally

The dynamics of political gatherings in Pakistan Public rallies and meetings are integral to Pakistani politics. These are meant to display organizational skills and mobilisational capacity of the party and build psychological


Dr Hasan Askari Rizvi

Is Pakistan unmanageable?

On Pakistan’s current political drift The post-judgment politics has shown that the Supreme Court may not succeed in initiating corruption-related proceedings against President Asif Ali Zardari in Switzerland but political conflict has


Dr Hasan Askari Rizvi

Another political crisis

A new one for every new day Pakistan’s politics moves from crisis to crisis. The Supreme Court judgment on April 26, 2012, has plunged Pakistan into another political crisis. The federal government


Dr Hasan Askari Rizvi

Conflicts and more conflicts

Fissures that go deep Pakistan faces multiple domestic conflicts that weaken Pakistan as a nation-state, compromising its capacity to function effectively within its territorial limits and making it difficult to project itself


Dr Hasan Askari Rizvi

Nukes and their security

Pakistan’s are safe Pakistan is one of seven declared nuclear weapons states. It did not acquire this capability for international status, prestige or belligerent designs. Pakistan’s nuclear weapons programme is India-focused; meant


Dr Hasan Askari Rizvi

Institutional imbalance

Politicians each others’ worst enemies The key to success of democracy is the effective working of state and societal institutions and processes over a long period of time. These institutions must respect


Dr Hasan Askari Rizvi

Senate elections

Nothing much to change The long awaited election of 54 members of the Senate, the upper house of the parliament, took place on March 2, enabling the PPP to emerge as the

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