Stories about anp

Yesterday was Raza Rumi, today it could be you

I remember it was May 10, 2013 as I sat in front of my television waiting for the 9pm news bulletin. I knew what had been happening in my country for the last 20 days but I was still waiting for the news. The clock struck nine and the headlines came on, “Bomb blast in Quetta and North Waziristan – 10 killed, 15 injured.” Three political parties had been targeted by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) while the rest had been given free passage to participate in the ‘un-Islamic election’ as they liked to call the general elections to be held in that month. ...

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They said they would take care of our children in their manifestos, did they lie?

The majority of us, particularly those in the power corridors, may not remember that 2013 was declared the ‘Year of Child Rights’ in Pakistan on November 20, 2012 by the then prime minister of Pakistan while speaking at a function to commemorate Universal Children’s Day. Unfortunately, however, his government couldn’t take any tangible steps in the first two and half months of the year. 2013 was also the year of elections in Pakistan and we heard political parties share their programmes and manifestos with the masses and make commitments related to improving health, education, social protection and other social indicators. This blog is an attempt to ...

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A drama-packed election day comes to an end

The big day we have all been waiting for is finally here! The voting is over and counting has begun. We are here to keep an eye on reactions and comments  from all over Pakistan for you. Read below for minute by minute updates on what people have to say. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………                                                         END OF  LIVE UPDATES ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 11:00pm As the results pour in, talk of a strong PTI-led opposition to ‘control’ the PLM-N makes the rounds. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 10:45 pm While ...

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Elections 2013: Will the ‘injured’ parties refuse the results?

The country goes to poll on May 11, 2013 to elect the new democratic government for the next five years. The Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and Interim Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso have already assured the people of Pakistan that fair and free elections will be held. However, the ground reality might be different. Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf  (PTI) and other right-wing parties have enjoyed large public gatherings in Punjab, while other liberal political parties mainly, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Awami National Party (ANP), Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) and Baloch nationalist parties ...

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Election day tips: Be prepared, there is no separate line for the rich

I remember the days leading up to the general elections 2008 like it was yesterday. I was working as a news reporter for Dawn News based out of Karachi and the intensity of the chaos which usually forms the climate in a newsroom was building up. The channel had drafted in and trained dozens of volunteers to help tabulate the Election Day results. The creative department headed by a young and talented lady was working full throttle, churning out savvy graphics and what appeared to be Star Trek inspired tunes especially created for the occasion. Our director news, a short smurf-like character that reined terror and ...

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‘They staged it!’: From Imran Khan’s fall to the kidnapping of Ali Haider Gilani

Imran Khan fell off a forklift. We all saw the tumble and the footage of him being rushed to the hospital; we saw the blood gushing out of his head, splattered all over his forehead. My political affiliations aside, I was heart-in-mouth and worried for the health of the Captain. When I got home, still distraught, I logged into Twitter to see what people were saying about the incident. Along with thousands of prayers and sympathies with Khan, I was surprised to see many hate tweets too which went along the lines of this: There was already a picture circulating on social media, ...

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Death of ideology

In Pakistan, there has been a death of ideology of sorts in the wake of the elections. Day in and day out political parties, which appear to be secular – on paper at least – are targeted by insurgent elements. Out of the four provinces, three have almost no election campaigns as parties are afraid of speaking out. One side of the argument may very well be that electoral candidates ought to be provided with adequate security so that they can effectively carry out their campaigns. However, provision of security is only a part of the very complex problem. The real ...

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The politician’s manifesto

Vote for me vote for me, the beacon of peace am I, Your vote for me will make this land, rise above the sky.   To me your troubles are well-defined, They shall be solved with haste, For my upbringing was well-refined, Giving me a lovely taste.   But this is not about me, It is about the people of my land, For all the miseries that they have suffered, I extend my courteous hand.   I want to tell them urgently, Your saviour has now arrived, To put everything in place, A fine plan has he devised.   The power shortages will end, As dams will be built in a day, And for the rains to fall from above, In ...

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A SWOT analysis of Pakistan’s political parties

The following is an analysis of our political parties gauged on their Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT): Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) Strengths: PML-N has a strong following in Punjab – the largest and most powerful province in Pakistan. Furthermore, it has a great alignment with right wing groups and religious circles. Major cities of Punjab have seen tremendous development during the last five years. Weaknesses: PML-N has not been able to carry out any substantial development in remote areas and far off villages of Punjab. It has teamed up with same old faces that previously supported and strengthened a dictator’s government. Opportunities: The poor performance ...

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ANP’s struggle: ‘Watan Ya Kafan’

Watan Ya Kafan (either the country or the coffin) is a strong slogan – one that can be read on posters next to those of the Awami National Party (ANP). This slogan was born because of our country’s turbulent past and along with Azadi ya Maut (freedom or death), it can be traced back to the Hur resistance movement against British colonialism. The movement was spearheaded by the Pir Pagaras and their followers (Hurs) and it lasted for around a 108 years (1843-1951). It reached its climax when Pir Sibghatullah Shah Rashidi II rose to the title of Pir Pagara in 1922. However, this was short lived as ...

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