Viqas Sheikh

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Game Changer – Pakistan’s 2018 General Election

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As a country, on paper, Pakistan stands as a giant amongst the Muslim world with immense potential to make its mark globally. 106 million there are expected to head for the voting booths on Wednesday.

The Killer (not ‘terrorist’) of MP Jo Cox

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On the 16th of June, Jo Cox, the Labour MP for Birstall in West Yorkshire, was brutally murdered in her constituency before conducting her weekly surgery. Every testament suggests that she was an honourable politician solely committed to serving her people, and a champion of the rights of the weak and oppressed within and outside of her community. Contrary to many of her peers, no doubt, she seemed to exemplify the behaviour of a true public servant. This act of (dare I say it) ‘terrorism’ was perpetrated by Thomas Mair, a deranged individual with extreme far-right links and disposition,1 who

Looking at Pakistan’s Challenges – Does Turbulence Lie ahead?

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The 11th of May was a milestone in Pakistan’s 66-year political history, with the first ever handing over of power from one democratically elected government to another. Nawaz Sharif of the Pakistan Muslim League was voted into Office for a third time in his 30-year political career. This proved to be an astounding anti-climax for millions (myself included) who were anxiously waiting for the ‘tsunami of change’ promised by Imran Khan and his revolutionist Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (Movement for Justice) Party. However, the risk-averse electorate instead chose to re-instate an experienced head in Nawaz Sharif, and have quite generously entrusted him