Niaz Nadeem

Niaz Nadeem

Niaz Nadeem is a democratic governance expert by profession and a cultural activist by passion. He is also chairperson of Islamabad-based Indus Cultural Forum, the founder of Pakistan Mother Languages Literature Festival since 2016. He tweets @niaznadeem (twitter.com/niaznadeem)

To vote or not to vote: 6 questions that need to be answered before Election Day

As General Elections are approaching, people are increasingly interested in discussing various aspects of elections. In a country that has seen martial laws most of its existence, it is indeed a good omen that slowly elections are becoming a predictable event of democratic development (touch wood) in Pakistan. The world has started excelling in the use of social media for meaningful purposes including electioneering; it’s not a bad start for Pakistan as well. There is, however, a huge class of “concerned citizens” (read: chattering class) who have started raising some questions on elections, ranging from why is there an election ...

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