Monday, August 11, 2014

Democratic Institutionalisation Through Constitutional Means

Imran Khan is a member of the opposition bench with 34 seats belonging to PTI in the National Assembly of Pakistan. The party is no longer a fringe rabble rousing group. They are a mainstream political force and must act accordingly. Instead of leading long marches and protests Imran needs to get strategic politically, thus raising the bar on how the PTI operate. That is work the system, through the system you were elected through. This is one of my main, above many other gripes with Imran. 

He's got 34 out of 341 seats which is a significant number to initiate a no confidence motion in the National Assembly. According to the 1971 constitution of Pakistan "A resolution for a vote of no-confidence moved by not less than twenty per centum of the total membership of the National Assembly may be passed against the Prime Minister by the National Assembly." 

Granted PTI doesn't have 20% from the seats it controls, however accordingly to the constituent makeup of the assembly it won't be difficult getting a quorum. Do the math! PTI has nearly 1/2 the votes needed. The rest can be gained, both from other opposition members and potentially a few won of the fringes of the treasury bench. 

My message to Imran and PTI inner circle is if you're serious about building the country, serious about advancing your party further in the political arena then please for god sake grow up. You're no longer that teenaged rowdy rebel group you once were. For crying out loud you've got a significant membership int he National Assembly, why not use that to your advantage?  And please dump this Maulana Qadiri. He's only going to pull you down further into trench warfare that country doesn't need at this point in time. As a nation we need responsible adult political leadership who are committed to building democratic institutions through constitutional means. 

Anyone who has an issue with a siting government has a right to address their concerns, through the available constitutional means without disrupting the normal business affairs of state and nation.

Copyright C. Abdulrahman Rafiq

Saturday, April 13, 2013

The Bar Room - Sindh High Court Bar Association, Karachi

It was a great honour to have been invited into the Bar Room of the Sindh High Court Karachi earlier today.  Upon entering the Bar Room there is a huge plack listing past and present presidents and secretaries of the Sindh High Court Bar Association.  There were many familiar names amongst whom were Barrister Hassan Ally A Rahman and his younger brother Barrister Tufail A Rahman who also served as Chief Justice for Sindh and Balochistan, and also presided upon the the Hamidurrahman commission post East Pakistans succession from West Pakistan.

It was an awe inspiring moment to walk the halls of the Sindh High Court,  step in to the Bar Room where normally only advocates of the court are allowed to enter. This room has been witness to history as it unfolded way before the formation of Pakistan. Then to read the names of my maternal grandfathers on the plack further brought the whole experiece home. 

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Monday, March 11, 2013

The Pakistan Story Told Through Lincoln The Movie

Lincoln --the movie -- an apt portrayal of a democracy's inner workings -- messy as it may seem -- through compromise righteousness ultimately wins -- benefiting the nation and its citizens in the long run.

A befitting movie to watch on the eve of when the first democratically elected government in Pakistan gets to complete its 5 year term by constitutionally relinquishing power to a caretaker government on the 15th day of March 2013.

President Lincoln had a bloody civil war -- today in a manner of speaking Pakistan is engulfed in a bloody idealogical civil war -- similar in meaning to the American Civil War.

[Post is a compilation of my tweets]

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Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas, Happy Birthday!

Merry Christmas to all and Happy Birthday Mr Jinnah - deeply sorry to how "we" have ruined and misconstrued your vision of a secular Republic Of Pakistan. A nation where the interests of all faiths, ethnicity, and cultures are secure under a single federated national umbrella. Hope someday, soon we can get it right! RIP Sir.

Cross-posting from my Facebook Status dated 25th December, 2012, Karachi
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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Can Take A Horse To Water But Can't Make Him Drink It

You'd imagine someone from a poor background earning barely enough (~$100/mon) to support a family of 7 would be glad to have access to a decent and free Government School near his home. But no, the attitude that kids will only go the best or not go is prevalent at all levels of Pakistani society.

There is one individual with 6 six kids who go for private tuitions to learn Quran. But are not going to school as the tuition and admission fee is to high. Whereas the Government School near his house is free. I cited an example of another boy who just got his Metric through that same school, and now is en-route to doing his Inter.

Seriously, makes me wonder. Here you are with an opportunity to get your 6 kids educated - okay fine it's not the best school in the world, but it's decent enough for them to atleast become literate and maybe pass their Metric, more than what you had.

Government Schools, whatever one says about them however horrible the conditions do work - kids can get an okay education, enough to help their families out of poverty. And these schools are FREE.

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Kemari Home To Soccer

Even though I grew up in Karachi , I'm always learning something new about the city such as tye famous Football (Soccer) league is from Kemari.

Kemari & Lyari areas of Karachi are home to some damn good athletes - if this were any where else probably would have qualified for Olympics

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