Shehbaz Sharif, Pakistan’s new Prime Minister, has handed the ISI espionage agency screening authority over public sector appointments.
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News about the struggle for better democracy in Pakistan. Pakistan is not a functioning democracy. According to Freedom House, the government is elected but the military "continues to exercise de facto control over government policy". Also check out our section on World Democracy.
Journalists Assaulted Amid Political Transition In Pakistan
Ever since the transition started in Pakistan, journalists have faced assault and online and legal harassment according to sources.
India Arrests Two Journalists In Jammu And Kashmir
Authorities in Uttarakhand and Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir detained two journalists, Kishor Ram and Fahad Shah.
Pakistan Expands Prison Terms For Online Defamation To 5 Years
Pakistan has increased the maximum sentence for anyone accused with and convicted guilty of defamation online to five years in prison.
Has The Democratic Process Begun In Kashmir?
With the arrival of the Delimitation Commission in Srinagar, the political process in Jammu and Kashmir has begun to recover.
Pakistan Pursuing An Unrelenting Assault On Journalism
Journalists in Pakistan are fired, harassed, and assaulted for critical reporting. Instead of empathy and support, they are mocked.
On Fixing Pakistan’s Creaky Democracy
Fixing Pakistan’s creaky democracy needs being guided by Western parliamentary democracies not only in form but also in substance.
Pakistani Military Remains The Nation’s De Facto Ruler
When he ran for office, Imran Khan pledged to reform politics in Pakistan but the Pakistani army remains Pakistan’s de facto ruler.
Pakistan Social Media Shutdown Amid Protest Crackdown
Fears a radical group might use social media to perpetrate violent protests prompted the shutdown of social media platforms.
Pakistan To Ban Islamist Party After Deadly Clashes
Pakistan has moved to outlaw a hard-line political party after two police officers were killed in protests after the group’s leader was arrested.