SR Writes

ARMY SURRENDERS


MEANWHILE, BACK IN THE TRENCHES By Sherry Rehman   Behind the headlines of a Presidential election, which has thrustPakistaninto a constitutional and political crises, the country continues to suffer a deadly challenge to its very survival as a functional state. While the whole nation looks to the courts for relief from the stranglehold on power

ARMY SURRENDERS


MEANWHILE, BACK IN THE TRENCHES By Sherry Rehman   Behind the headlines of a Presidential election, which has thrustPakistaninto a constitutional and political crises, the country continues to suffer a deadly challenge to its very survival as a functional state. While the whole nation looks to the courts for relief from the stranglehold on power

BEHIND THE BUGTI FRONTLINES


BEHIND THE BUGTI FRONTLINES By Sherry Rehman   Before the Gulf War created the twin menace of embedded journalism and military-led press guidelines, quality reporting from any frontline was scattered, gritty and episodic, but mostly factual if not objective. Today it is the scale of the information deficit for ordinary people and decision-makers that prompts

IN THE LINE OF HIRE


IN THE LINE OF HIRE By Sherry Rehman   When a head of state speaks, people listen. Even if the head of state has illegally wrested power to hold it for seven years, the words carry weight, both at home and abroad. Pervez Musharraf’s new venture to make friends and influence people may earn him

THE BILL THAT GOT KILLED


THE BILL THAT GOT KILLED By Sherry Rehman           Politics has been known as the art of the possible. When the regime introduced its draft of a Women’s Bill in parliament, many progressive forces that had been pushing for repeal of the infamous Hudood Ordinances imposed by Ziaul Haq on Pakistan saw an opportunity

THE CHARTER OF DEMOCRACY


The Charter of Democracy signed in London on May 14 2006 between the two mainstream political parties and its leaders has, with the exception of the military regime and its cohorts, been well received by civil society and the media. Although its significance as a modern Magna Carta for army-ruledPakistantoday lies not just in its

BUSH AND THE NEW SOUTH ASIAN ORDER


BUSH AND THE NEW SOUTH ASIAN ORDER By Sherry Rehman   / March 4 ,2006  Despite the concessions made by Parvez Musharraf for Washington , President Bush’s approach to South Asia indicates very clearly a major shift in US policy, refracted most sharply by his visit to the region. Not only has US policy de-linked India

TWENTY REASONS TO REPEAL THE HUDOOD ORDINANCES


TWENTY REASONS TO REPEAL THE HUDOOD ORDINANCES By Sherry Rehman    What are the Hudood Ordinances? The Hudood Ordinances 1979, are a collection of five criminal laws, collectively known as the Hudood Ordinances. The Offences against Property Ord deals with the crime of theft and robbery. The Offence of Zina Ord relates to the crime

The Challenge Ahead


By Sherry Rehman   Garhi Dopatta used to be a bucolic village near Muzzafarabad where its simple mountain-folk lived by breeding livestock and growing subsistence grain. After October 8, this village has been transformed into a rubble-filled quake-pit, where the stench of disease, dust and death still hangs over the hamlet like a cloud. Three

The Local Bodies Charade


When General Musharraf introduced the Local Government Ordinance in 2001, it was considered controversial to start with. The old LGO as it was known, was lumbered with structural, conceptual and poor delivery problems even though it was protected by the constitution in Article 268. One criticism leveled against it was that given the fraught experience