Roedad Khan

  • In Pakistan, the Supreme Court’s historic role has been one of subservience to military dictators. Chief Justice Iftikhar broke with the past and changed that. The nexus between the Generals, corrupt rulers and the superior judiciary has snapped. An era of deference by the Supreme Court to ...

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  • Revolution, inevitably erupts when rising economic and social aspirations are not met by political institutions,” said Samuel Huntington. A fair, equitable and corruption-free tax system must be a primary objective of a democratically elected government. It is now incontestable that the ...

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  • Thar desert, a large, arid region, running along the border between India and Pakistan, the scene of a bitter war between the two countries, home of the Haris, the wretched of the earth, is once again in the news. According to newspaper reports, a large number of children, all belonging to poor ...

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  • Waziristan is once again in the cross-hare of our jet aircrafts and gunships. Daily air strikes reminiscent of World War II, killing men, women and children and destroying their mud houses, have become a tragic fact of life. While people were fast asleep, our jet aircrafts and gunships targeted ...

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  • More than 200 years ago, Alexis De Tocqueville warned that a large standing army in any country was a threat to democracy, that democracy and a large standing army were incompatible. Ever since the French Revolution all modern governments have faced the problem of relations between civilian ...

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  • In 1959, Professor Arnold J. Toynbee was invited by the Peshawar University to spend a month on the campus to deliver a series of lectures on a subject of his own choice. I was Deputy Commissioner, Peshawar. Once a week, thanks to my friend, Abu Kureshi, who was his guide and constant companion, ...

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  • “The Constitution is what the Supreme Court says it is.”– Former Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes In 1787, 39 men signed the Constitution of the United States, the longest-lasting national government on paper. But any written document, like a contract, is subject to ...

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  • Every time General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, the Chief of Army Staff, speaks, and he generally speaks on sensitive political issues, he creates confusion all around and makes thing worse for himself. As I read his incredible address at the GHQ, I could only shake my head in disbelief. Exposing seniors ...

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  • Those who hold power and shape the destiny of others should never be judged in a moment of misfortune or defeat. If seen as a corpse hung by the feet, even Mussolini could arouse some pity. They must be judged when they are alive and in power. Sometimes, once in a long while, you get a chance to ...

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