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Mir Adnan Aziz

Mir Adnan Aziz is a freelance contributor.

Why Pakistan Needs Judicial Independence

Written by Mir Adnan Aziz 8:28 pm

An independent judiciary is an important organ of any democracy. There are many instances in history where a weak or compromised judicial system has led to ruthless rulers and injustice. Mir Adnan Aziz calls for transparency and a thorough investigation of allegations of threats and coercion against judges in Pakistan. He emphasizes the need for the military to disengage from politics and for the establishment of a stable democratic system that prioritizes the welfare of the voting populace.
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Faith in Imran Khan

Written by Mir Adnan Aziz 9:10 pm

The nation’s in a frenzy, but the political elite could care less about the economic woes of the public. In the absence of good governance by the current political leadership, Imran Khan and his party are continually raising the hopes of a better tomorrow.
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The Dangers of Free Speech Absolutism

Written by Mir Adnan Aziz 9:09 pm

Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Lord Acton’s words can also be applicable to free speech. Mir Adnan Aziz holds that free speech absolutism—speech that knows no restrictions or limitations—has disfigured the sanctity of free speech. He makes his case by centering the piece around how Charlie Hebdo abused free speech, by continually publishing extremely offensive, and sometimes blasphemous cartoons.
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Pakistan’s Governance Implosion Syndrome

Written by Mir Adnan Aziz 8:52 pm

Mir Adnaz Aziz finds there to be discordance between the people of Pakistan and the ruling elite. Citizens are now beginning to realize that the government has never really served them. In fact, the public has been on the receiving end of the injudicious and hasty decisions of the politicians.
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Karachi, the City That Was

Written by Mir Adnan Aziz 12:47 pm

Mir Adnan Aziz points to the cause of Karachi’s decline: corruption of the ruling parties and mafias. These corrupt practices have battered and ravaged the city that had the potential and resilience. He views prudent leadership and accountability as the main determinants of Karachi’s revival. Image credits: Mustafa Hussain/The New York Times
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Imran Khan—Challenger of the Status Quo

Written by Mir Adnan Aziz 7:12 pm

Former leaders took advantage of the inchoate state, and marred Pakistan by insulating themselves. Mir Adnan Aziz considers Imran Khan’s political existence, and PTI’s unswerving influence the perfect opportunity for the citizens to resolve the pitiful state of the country themselves.
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Lords of Misrule

Written by Mir Adnan Aziz 7:04 pm

Mir Adnan Aziz discusses the blatant disregard for disaster management by the former and current governments in Pakistan. He stresses that the innumerable casualties and massive destruction caused by the recent natural disasters were certainly preventable. This gross negligence by the lords of misrule has left the people of Pakistan walking on a tightrope.
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The Myth of Secularism

Written by Mir Adnan Aziz 6:51 pm

While President Erdogan’s decision to change Hagia Sophia to a mosque has been criticised for being religiously motivated, one must also take note of the West’s use of religion in various political endeavours. Mir Adnan Aziz reveals that even in the most ‘secular’ Western democracies, several major decisions (such as the Iraq war) were based on the religious beliefs of those in power.
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The Untouchables of Pakistan

Written by Mir Adnan Aziz 7:12 pm

In a nation that had been lulled into political apathy, Imran Khan awakened the masses and brought their attention to the widespread corruption, institutional conflicts, and economic distress in Pakistan. Given the public’s unyielding support, Mir Adnan Aziz considers Imran Khan to be an important piece in the political chessboard of the country.
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Sultan Mehmed II’s Ottoman Empire Compared to Atatürk’s Secular Turkey

Written by Mir Adnan Aziz 6:50 pm

In 1453, Sultan Mehmed II conquered Constantinople, the capital city of the Byzantine Empire. The reign of the sultan saw the Ottoman Empire grow exponentially and the city become a world refuge, a center of arts, literature, and culture. Mir Adnan Aziz compares the Ottoman Empire under Mehmed the Conqueror with Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s secular Turkey. He reveals the loss of identity of the people of the once magnificent empire in the name of “westernization”.
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United with Imran Khan

Written by Mir Adnan Aziz 11:50 am

After removing Imran Khan – the former Pakistani prime minister – from power, Pakistan’s new government has adopted the very policies the PTI leader stood against. The author, Mir Adnan Aziz, notes that Pakistan has once again fallen into the hands of politicians dancing to America’s tune. He asserts that in their insatiable greed for power, these corrupt politicians have overthrown the one person who attempted to break free from the chains that bound Islamabad to Washington.
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The US-backed Regime Change in Pakistan

Written by Mir Adnan Aziz 11:47 am

The United States has freely been using regime changes as tools for subjugation. If unable to “convince” a leader to comply, the US simply has him/her removed from power. Ironically, the US Senate had to formally pass an “assassination ban” on US citizens/officials since CIA/US assassinations and coups in states run by “unfavorable” governments were becoming too frequent. The author, Mir Adnan Aziz, argues that for the US, Pakistan’s former prime minister, Imran Khan, represented one such unfavorable government. Though Pakistan is not a stranger to America’s interventionist policies, the recent regime change in Pakistan has revealed the true extent of covert American networking in the state.
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