Media watch: All about democracy

President Zardari vows to strengthen democracy, the US voices it's support and MNAs get richer.

September 16, 2010

Media watch is a daily round-up of key articles featured on news websites, hand-picked by The Express Tribune web staff.

We know how to defend democracy, says Zardari

President Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday brushed aside the whispers about a change in the democratic set-up, saying democracy has not come as charity but was achieved after relentless struggle of the people and they know how to defend it. Asim Yasin (

US supports civilian set-up in Pakistan: Holbrooke

US Special Envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke categorically stated on Wednesday that his country supported a civilian and democratically-elected government in Pakistan. Habib Khan Ghori (

Talk of another ‘intervention’

Since the 2008 elections, the incumbents have been engulfed in one crisis or another while the anti-democratic forces are at work to destabilise this government. After nine years of rule by a military dictator, we should be glad to have a people’s representative government back in our midst. Instead, we have been giving it a hard time. (

Poorer voters, richer reps

Strangely, the high growth in the average value of a public representative’s wealth, as computed by the Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency (Pildat), has come about during the period of time of which at least a year had witnessed an acute economic crisis and an uncontrollable inflationary spiral in all goods and services. The businesses have been down, with the industrial and commercial classes justifiably complaining about ever costlier and, at the same time, vanishing power supply and other inputs, compelling them to shut down their factories and shopping centres. (

Who should welcome whom?

And that game has already begun. Pervez Musharraf has announced his return 'to be able to participate in the 2013 general election', from the platform of the yet-to-be-registered All Pakistan Muslim League, the party he would launch in London next month. But for the present government's spectacular failures, he was a forgotten person even if he had 200,000 Facebook supporters and his wannabe governors and ministers would occasionally flaunt rosy prospects of his return to hero's welcome from the self-imposed exile. (



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