Aasif Shakeel

A journalist by profession who has worked in Jang Group, Aaj TV, and ARY. He is currently working as the project coordinator at Transparency International in Pakistan. Asif tweets @AasifShakeel

Who will save democracy now?

I was 15 when Musharraf toppled the elected government in Pakistan. I’m a middle class guy who grew up reading Urdu dailies. I grew up thinking that our politicians are incapable of doing anything good and that the military should govern the country exactly like it does in Myanmar. I grew up thinking that Pakistan and India can never be friends. With time, I started reading publications from different parts of the world. This made me rethink my perceptions regarding democracy. When the elected government of the Peoples’ Party returned to power in 2008, I was as happy as any other ...

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