SR Writes

FORTY YEARS OF PROGRESSIVE POLITICS


Forty Years of Progressive Politics  By Sherry Rehman         A political party is best judged for its performance over time by two fundamentals. One is the voters it pulls, and the second is the policy programme it stands for. On both counts the Pakistan Peoples Party emerges as the only mainstream party inPakistanthat has

PPP AND THE POLITICS OF HOPE


PPP and the Politics of Hope  By Sherry Rehman           Today the Pakistan Peoples Party marks its fortieth year in mainstream politics. Why does this party hold a unique place inPakistan’s history, politics and social transformations? What animates its diehard support-base, and why do people seek its banner? Firstly, it is the one federal

A DECISIVE MOMENT OR THE ECP MUST ACT NOW


A Decisive Moment or The ECP Must Act Now By Sherry Rehman   Two recent developments inIslamabadstand out as significant for their public questioning of the unchecked, and therefore unnatural, hold on power by the executive inPakistan. One was more emphatic than the other, but both deserve a second glance. The fact that the Supreme

BALOCHISTAN AFTER BUGTI


Balochistan after Bugti By Sherry Rehman History and nature have one thing in common. They rarely teach lessons without bloodshed and trauma. Although we have never officially embraced it as a potentially preventable wound, one of the lessons etched like a deep scar on our body politic is the partition ofPakistan. Perhaps because of, not

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