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Who Has Been Pakistan’s Best Ruler?

Ahead of the 70 year anniversary to mark Independence, Dawn.com asked its readers to rate past rulers of the country based on their time in power. A snapshot survey conducted online in July this year listed each ruler with a rating scale of 1 (very poor) to 5 (excellent) for respondents to vote on. The results, reflecting the views of Dawn.com’s audience, is arranged in order of best to worst ruler below. Liaqat Ali Khan came out tops, based on the average of all responses.

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Musharraf’s Massive Miscalculation

For General Musharraf, who once held all the reins of power in Pakistan, it seems a spectacle of humiliation and miscalculation, or as the BBC calls it “high drama and farce.” 

The Islamabad judges that Musharraf sought to muzzle and dismiss in 2007 now appear to have muzzled him – ultimately thwarting his aim to run for high office May 11, in what will be the first formal civilian transfer of authority in Pakistan’s history.

Read Here – Christian Science Monitor

 

Pervez Musharraf on Thursday escaped from the premises of the Islamabad High Court after the cancellation of his bail application by Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui in the judges detention case. Immediately after the bail cancellation, police tried to reach the former military ruler but he was escorted by his personal security, fleeing in his bullet-proof black four-wheeler.

Read Here – Dawn

Pakistan’s Caretaker Politician

Pakistan‘s Punjab province selects well known journalist Najam Sethi as caretaker chief minister, as the country prepares for a fresh round of elections.

Read Here – The Dawn

Will Nawaz Sharif Lead Pakistan… Again?

In the spring of 2000, Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif stood in a jail cell in Pakistan‘s notorious Attock Fort as members of the local and international press looked on. Imprisoned by the army chief he appointed, Sharif appeared utterly demoralized and even pitiful. It was a radical reversal of fortune for a man who just two years earlier had not only been prime minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan — but a democratically-elected leader with a commanding parliamentary majority who took on the military and conducted the country’s first open nuclear tests.

Read Here – The Diplomat

Why the U.S.-Pakistani Alliance Isn’t Worth the Trouble

Instead of continuing their endless battling, the United States and Pakistan should acknowledge that their interests simply do not converge enough to make them strong partners. Giving up the fiction of an alliance would free up Washington to explore new ways of achieving its goals in South Asia. And it would allow Islamabad to finally pursue its regional ambitions — which would either succeed once and for all or, more likely, teach Pakistani officials the limitations of their country’s power.

Read Here – Foreign Affairs

Of Kings And Pawns

For many decades now, civilian politicians have been little more than pawns on the chessboard of Pakistan’s politics. Their purpose has been to take the fall for the massive failures brought on by the misguided strategies of the ‘king’ calling the shots. Their manoeuvrability in the game has been the most constrained out of all the pieces on the board, they’ve been called upon to shield the heavier pieces in their own army, and to block the advance of the pieces in the opponent’s army.

But today — for the first time since this game began — a pawn on Pakistan’s chessboard has advanced and almost reached the end of its journey to the other side. If President Zardari crosses the finish line and advances into the last row of the board by completing his term, he may not become the most powerful piece on the board — but this pawn will certainly become a far heavier piece, with a far more expanded room for manoeuvre.

Read Here – Dawn

Why India Shouldn’t Worry About John Kerry’s Pakistan Tilt

Ever since President Barack Obama announced on 21 December that John Kerry would succeed Hillary Clinton as the new US Secretary of State, much has been written in the Indian sub-continental press that the 69-year-old five-time Senator from Massachusetts has a tilt towards Pakistan and won’t be India’s friend. One reason given to “prove” this argument is that Pakistan was quick to hail Kerry’s appointment while India has been eloquent in its silence. The question is: why is there so much worry about whether Kerry is pro-Pakistan or anti-India?

Before we come to a nuanced analysis of the issue, let us first flag the points over which the Indian and Pakistani commentators have labelled Kerry as a friend of Pakistan rather than India’s.

A Child Soldier in the War for Pakistan

It’s not every day that Barack Obama and Ban Ki-moon agree with the head of the Islamist group Jamaat-e-Islami or an America-bashing Pakistani politician. But Tuesday’s Taliban attack on 14-year-old activist Malala Yousafzai in Pakistan’s Swat Valley attracted universal condemnation cutting across countries and cultures.

Read Here – WSJ Opinion

The Quality Of Pakistan’s Government Will Never Be Better Than The Quality Of Its Civil Servants. More Than Other Reforms, Improving The Country’s Bureaucracy, Will Put Pakistan On The Right Course.

Read Here – Pakistan’s Briefcase Warriors – Foreign Affairs

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