The dissolution of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assemblies by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has thrown Pakistan into a great deal of political uncertainty. The general election is scheduled for later this year while the country is going through severe economic and security challenges. At a time when the government is busy cleaning the mess created by the PTI government and when the general election is scheduled for later this year, holding an election for two provincial assemblies may not be feasible. An article by Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan addresses this conundrum.
As mentioned above, the country’s security situation is fast deteriorating. The PML-N family is deeply grieved and condemns the grisly bomb blasts in a Peshawar mosque, killing over 90 people and injuring many others. As terrorism is rearing its head again in Pakistan, the PML-N-led government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, has proposed an All Parties Conference to curb the menace of terrorism. It is hoped that leaders across the political spectrum will set aside their differences and come together and agree on a coordinated strategy to fight this curse. The next issue of the magazine will cover the rise of terrorism in Pakistan.
We are also deeply grieved by the loss of veteran PML-N leader, Najma Hameed, who stood with the party through thick and thin. Her services to the party are unforgettable and her struggle for democracy is indelible. This issue pays tribute to her efforts.
The last week of January was an exciting time for the workers of PML-N as the party’s newly appointed Chief Organizer and Senior Vice-President Maryam Nawaz returned to Pakistan after a four-month absence. Her arrival revived the zeal of workers to stand up for the democratic supremacy of Pakistan and struggle against the overwhelming populism of PTI. An article explains what it means for her party and the country.
Maryam Nawaz has returned at a time when PTI leader Imran Khan’s carefully crafted façade of honesty and integrity is falling apart. One of the cases that fully exposed the PTI as being corrupt is the prohibited funding case. We present a detailed report on this case along with a performance audit of the Pakistan Democratic Movement’s eight months in power.
The 5th of February marks Kashmir Solidarity Day. We take this opportunity to assert that Pakistan has always stood for a free and fair plebiscite in Kashmir in the light of the UN Resolution of 1948. Pakistan, throughout, its history has highlighted the atrocities committed against Kashmiris by Indian armed forces and remains firm in its support of the Kashmiris.
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