Archive | October, 2015

Lara Dutta: Bollywood opening up to married actresses

Posted on 29 October 2015 by admin

Actress Lara Dutta feels Bollywood filmmakers are now scripting a variety of roles for married heroines including those who have become mothers.

Lara, 37, married Mahesh Bhupathi and has a threeyear-old daughter, Saira.

“Today there is so much work for actresses who are married or have become mothers. Filmmakers have role for everyone today. There are no stereotypical roles,” Lara told PTI.

She would be seen next in Abhishek Kapoor’s ‘Fitoor’ that stars Katrina Kaif and Aditya Roy Kapoor.

The former Miss Universe shares a good equation with the director and hence, she agreed to be part of the film.

“Gattu (Abhishek) is a good friend. My role is not in the book. Its a special role.

Most of my scenes are with Aditya and its great working with younger generation.

Lara, who made a comeback of sorts to films with actor friend Akshay Kumar starrer ‘Singh is Bliing’, is elated with the response. “I am glad the film is getting overwhelming response,” she added.

Besides, Lara will also be seen in Ekta Kapoor’s home production film ‘Azhar’, a biopic based on former Indian cricket player Mohammed Azharuddin.

“I am playing a lawyer in the film and it is too early to talk about my role… my film,” she said.

 

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Kajol in ‘comfort zone’ with ‘Dilwale’

Posted on 29 October 2015 by admin

One of Bollywood’s most loved actresses, Kajol, who will be back on the big screen with “Dilwale”, says she was in a “comfort zone” working with Shah Rukh Khan and director Rohit Shetty, and that she chose the film for its “unpredictable” element.

Asked about what made her say ‘yes’ to the film, considering that she is often quite “choosy” when it comes to selecting her movies, Kajol said: “I wanted to do something which is unpredictable…and this film is definitely not predictable. I wanted to do something that I have not done before and I really liked the role and character in this film.”

The fact that it has Shah Rukh as a co-actor and Rohit Shetty as a director made it her “comfort zone”, she said. “I think that matters a lot. I think that made a difference.”

Kajol spoke during an exclusive media interaction with select scribes at the Ramoji Film City, where the last leg of Rohit Shetty’s directorial is being shot.

Bollywood buffs are looking forward to the film, given Kajol and Shah Rukh’s roaring onscreen chemistry, a proof of which lies in films from “Baazigar” to “Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge” to “My Name Is Khan”. Together, they have made people believe in the magic of love.

The actress says working with Shah Rukh, who is also one of her closest friends in the industry, is not only a joy, but also a learning process.

Kajol was asked to describe how she and SRK have changed as individuals from the time they worked together in 1993 released film “Baazigar” till now.

A lot, she said. “I think I have changed for better and we have become better people and better actors today. As far as Shah Rukh is concerned, he is such a technically superior actor. He is one of the best actors we have today.

“Every time I work with him, I learn more and more from him. I learn more from watching him, working with him – whether it is technically or emotionally. Working with him is pleasure, joy and a learning process,” added Kajol, who promises to steal the thunder once again with her onscreen chemistry with the actor in “Dil-wale”.

The team’s cast and crew was present here for a meet-and-greet with select media persons, who were given a chance to witness the shooting of the film at Ramoji Film City.

They also gave a sneak peek into what’s in store in “Dilwale”, which is produced by Red Chillies Entertainment, via a 20-minute video footage, which suggested that there will be dollops of romance, comedy and action in the upcoming entertainer. Also featuring Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon, “Dilwale” is set to release on December 18.

 

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Soha hopes ‘Guddu Ki Gun’ changes things for hubby Kunal

Posted on 29 October 2015 by admin

Actress Soha Ali Khan is super excited about her husband, actor Kunal Kemmu’s upcoming film “Guddu Ki

Gun” and hopes the film proves to be a box office success and “changes things for him”.

“Everyone knows and admits that he (Kunal Kemmu) is a great actor. But box office success is important for everybody. And I hope that this is the one that changes things for him,” the actress said here in an interview.

Kunal made his acting debut as a child artiste in the 1990s, but his first film as a lead was “Kalyug” in 2005. In a decade-long career, Kunal only has multi-starrer films like “Traffic Signal”, “Golmaal 3″ and “Go Goa Gone”.

“Guddu Ki Gun” is an adult comedy where Kunal plays a Bihari salesman Guddu, who is a playboy and his manhood is, strangely, gold.

Soha calls it a “family film”.

“I’m excited for the film as you know the concept of this film is so unique. I hope it delivers. People want to see the film… believe it or not but it is a family film,” she added.

Directed by Shantanu Ray Chhibber and Sheershak Anand , “Guddu Ki Gun ” also stars debutante Payel Sarkar. The film is set to release October 30.

 

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The world welcomes Canada’s ‘super hot new leader’

Posted on 22 October 2015 by admin

It’s not often that a Canadian election grabs top-of-page headlines around the world. But it’s not often that a Canadian prime minister makes the kind of international waves that Stephen Harper did.

Making the election night plot even more interesting was the fact Mr. Harper’s main challenger was the son of the last (in many cases, only) Canadian prime minister many foreigners can remember the name of.

And so the fall of Stephen Harper and the rise of Justin Trudeau got more international attention than perhaps any Canadian election result before it. Britain’s The Guardian ran a Canadian election live blog throughout Monday night and early Tuesday morning. The Qatar-based Al Jazeera network held a panel discussion Tuesday looking at how the election result might alter some of the controversial foreign policies of the past nine years.

And despite having generated relatively little attention among Americans over the last couple of months, Canada’s election was front-page news in many parts of the United States on Tuesday. Both The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal led their print editions with news of the Liberals’ election win. C-SPAN, the public service political cable network, dedicated hours of airtime on Monday night to the election, most of it a direct live feed of the CBC’s coverage.

On social media, American interest in the election quickly focused on the man who will become Canada’s next prime minister. As the results rolled in, hundreds of Twitter users began posting images from Mr. Trudeau’s political past – from his charity boxing match with Canadian Senator Patrick Brazeau, to his various grooming choices over the years. (The Australian news website news.com.au had the most direct first paragraph: “The votes are in and Canada has come out of its election with a super hot new leader.”)

More substantially, there was immediate worry on pro-Israeli and pro-Ukrainian websites that their causes had lost an outspoken champion in Mr. Harper, who spent much of his government’s international capital on those two causes dearest to his heart.

Correspondingly, the election result garnered cheers from varied other corners – such as the environmental movement, and Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin – that agree on very little besides their shared dislike of Mr. Harper’s policies and style of politics.

Kremlin-controlled media could hardly contain their glee at the fall of Mr. Harper, who had fashioned himself into one of the most outspoken critics of Mr. Putin’s actions in Ukraine over the past 18 months, famously telling the Russian leader at last year’s G-20 summit that “I guess I’ll shake your hand but I have only one thing to say to you: you need to get out of Ukraine.”

Meanwhile, sources as diverse as politico.eu and Scientific American hypothesized that Mr. Trudeau, once in office, might play a more constructive role than his predecessor during the final weeks of negotiations before a global climate change summit in Paris in December. Mr. Trudeau has promised a new climate change policy, after consultations with the provinces, within 90 days of the Paris meeting.

Former U.S. vice-president Al Gore posted on his Twitter feed that “I’m hopeful tonight’s election will put Canada back in a leadership position” on the climate change file.

 “Canada’s more important than ever… [and] the ramifications of this result will be greater, in terms of the Paris climate change meeting, in terms of the approach of a G-7 country to military action in Syria, than ever before,” said Rob Marris, an MP for Britain’s opposition Labour Party who attended the Canada House breakfast, and said he was personally cheered to see an “anti-austerity party” win power in Canada.

The climate change Paris meeting will be just one in a rapid-fire series of big international gatherings that will give Mr. Trudeau an early chance to introduce himself and his government to the world.

First up will be a mid-November summit of the G-20 in Turkey, where the new Canadian prime minister will get a chance to introduce himself to Mr. Putin in his own fashion. Mr. Trudeau has also promised to end Canada’s participation in the combat mission against Islamic State, vowing to shift the government’s focus instead to the refugee crisis in the region.

The G-20 meeting will be followed by a summit of leaders from the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation group, where many will be anxious to hear whether Mr. Trudeau intends to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade agreement negotiated by the Harper government. Late November will also see a Commonwealth heads-of-government summit in Malta.

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‘This my friends, is what positive politics can do,’ says Justin Trudeau in victory speech

Posted on 22 October 2015 by admin

The Liberals are in — and Stephen Harper is stepping down as leader of the Conservative Party.

The Liberal Party is projected to form a majority government after a red tide swept key ridings in the GTA, Quebec and the East Coast.

“Sunny ways, my friends, sunny ways!” said Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau in his victory speech. “This, my friends, is what positive politics can do.”

Trudeau thanks his wife and volunteers, applauding the campaigns “positive” message.

“A positive, optimistic, hopeful vision of public life isn’t a naive dream – it can be a powerful force for change,” he said to cheers.

Trudeau graciously thanked Harper, and promised to work with the Conservative Party in the future.

“Conservatives are not our enemies, they are our neighbours,” he said.

But one person he is unlikely to work with is Harper, who stepped down as party leader, said Conservative Party national president John Walsh. Harper asked Walsh to reach out to the newly elected parliamentary caucus to appoint an Interim Leader and to the National Council to implement the leadership selection process, Walsh said.

 “We put everything on the table, we gave everything we have to give and we have no regrets whatsoever,” Harper said.

The Conservatives are poised to take the place of official opposition after winning most of the Prairies, but not without suffering brutal losses of their own — especially amongst its cabinet ministers. Former Tory finance minister Joe Oliver, and former immigration minister Chris Alexander both lost, as well as former minister of transport Lisa Raitt.

The Liberals took back most of the ground they lost in the GTA in 2011, but their success comes largely on the back of the NDP. The Liberals defeated many incumbents such as Peggy Nash (Parkdale—High Park), Craig Scott (Toronto-Danforth) and Paul Dewer (Ottawa Centre).

“Friends, from the very outset this election has been about change and tonight Canadians have turned the page on 10 long years and they reject the politics of fear and division,” Mulcair said at his rally.

“In this campaign Mr. Trudeau made ambitious commitments to Canadians and Canadians will have high expectations for their next parliament.”

In Toronto, NDP candidate Olivia Chow conceded to Liberal candidate Adam Vaughan. Chow had previously served as MP for Trinity-Spadina, but Vaughan won the riding in a by-election after Chow stepped down for run for the mayoralty in Toronto.

“We pick ourselves up from our highs and from our lows … together we continue to build our dreams, we continue to move forward,” she said in her concession speech to her supports.

Trudeau won his riding in Papineau handily. After a tight race, NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair’s won his riding of Outremont (Q.C.) against Liberal candidate Rachel Bendayan. Conservative Leader Stephen Harper won his riding of Calgary Heritage.

Elizabeth May won in Saanich-Gulf Islands (B.C.), the only seat for her party, but Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe lost to NDP candidate Hélène Laverdière in Laurier-Sainte-Marie (Q.C.).

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Justin Trudeau, Canada’s Next Prime Minister: 7 Things To Know

Posted on 22 October 2015 by admin

Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party emerged victorious in the country’s 42nd federal election on Monday, winning enough seats to form a majority government. The last time the Liberals were in power was in 2004.

Trudeau’s win ends the almost 10-year reign of Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper, who had been leading a majority government since 2011. His party first took power in 2006 from the Liberal Party.

Here are 7 things you should know about the country’s incoming prime minister:

1) His father was a pretty popular prime minister

Pierre Elliott Trudeau served as the country’s leader from 1968 to 1979 and from 1980 to 1984 (yes, Canadian prime ministers don’t have term limits.) He was ridiculously popular, to the point that “Trudeaumania” became a thing. While he served as PM, Trudeau oversaw the creation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

During this year’s campaign, the younger Trudeau rarely spoke about his father, and in his memoir says that his last name was never a reason for him to enter politics. But during a debate in late September on foreign policy, Trudeau went on the defensive after NDP leader Tom Mulcair referenced Trudeau’s father’s decision to invoke the War Measures Act during the October Crisis of 1970.

“Let me say very clearly, I’m incredibly proud to be Pierre Elliott Trudeau’s son,” he said. “And I’m incredibly lucky to be raised with those Liberal values.”

2) His eulogy for his father put him in the national spotlight

When Trudeau delivered an emotional eulogy at his father’s state funeral in 2000, it was his first major leap into the national spotlight as an adult. Speaking at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Montreal, Trudeau shared memories of his father with those in attendance and the nation at large. You can watch a video of the eulogy above.

“He loved us with a passion and a devotion that encompassed his life,” Trudeau said at the time. “He taught us to believe in ourselves, to stand up for ourselves, to know ourselves and to accept responsibility for ourselves.”

3) He likes boxing — a lot — and it’s somehow become a weird metaphor for his rise to leadership

Long before the election officially kicked off — and all the way through it — Trudeau was pummeled with a flurry of Conservative party ads that painted him as a political novice who was “just not ready.” Unlike Mulcair, who was seen as a formidable opponent due to his ruthless interrogations of Harper during the country’s Senate scandal, Trudeau was not initially regarded as a leader who could unseat Stephen Harper.

But he began to shed the underdog aura around him in 2012 when he won a charity boxing match against Senator Patrick Brazeau, a man with a black belt in karate and a build that was widely expected to crush Trudeau.

Since then, Trudeau has had plenty of photo ops and videos of himself in the ring, many being released to Canadians before he duked it out with — and sometimes outperformed — his rivals at a debate.

4) He wants to legalize marijuana and smoked it after he became a politician

A Canadian admitting to having smoked marijuana in his or her youth isn’t exactly the most shocking of revelations. But a Member of Parliament saying they dabbled with a doobie while being a sitting representative is another story. Trudeau made that admission to HuffPost Canada’s Ottawa bureau chief, Althia Raj, in 2013.

It was at his house in Montreal, outside on a patio by the pool. “We had a few good friends over for a dinner party, our kids were at their grandmother’s for the night, and one of our friends lit a joint and passed it around. I had a puff,” he told HuffPost at the time.

5) He was a teacher before jumping into politics

Though the House of Commons’ members come from all kinds of professional backgrounds, few have faced as much ridicule as Trudeau, who worked as a teacher before his foray into politics. The Conservatives attacked Trudeau’s experience in an ad released in 2013, which suggested he was unfit to serve a prime minister because he was a camp counsellor, rafting instructor, “drama teacher for two years” and an MP with a poor attendance record.

Trudeau responded in an ad that featured him sitting at a teacher’s desk. “I’m proud to be a teacher,” he says in the video. “I’m a son, but I’m also a father. And although I am a leader, I’m here to serve.”

6) He’s had his share of verbal gaffes

His father had the infamous “fuddle duddle,” and the younger Trudeau, well, he’s had a couple of strange quotes too. The 43-year-old once called a fellow MP a “piece of sh*t” (Canadian for piece of sh*t). He apologized for his “unparliamentary” language.

7) He’s very liberal with his quota of photos taken with babies

This one we can’t really explain well with words, so we’ll have to rely on photos.

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Harper To Resign As Conservative Leader After Election Defeat

Posted on 22 October 2015 by admin

Stephen Harper, the only leader the Conservative Party of Canada has ever known, is stepping down.

It just isn’t clear when.

Conservative Party president John Walsh made the announcement in a media release Monday night, shortly after Justin Trudeau’s Liberals captured a stunning majority government.

“I have spoken to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and he has instructed me to reach out to the newly elected parliamentary caucus to appoint an Interim Leader and to the National Council to implement the leadership selection process pursuant to the Conservative Party of Canada constitution,” Walsh said in the release.

The Tory leader, first elected prime minister in 2006, said it was an “unbelievable honour” to serve Canadians for nearly a decade.

“We gave everything we had to give and we have no regrets whatsoever,” he said. “Friends, how could we? We remain citizens of the best country on Earth.”

He called the election of a Liberal government a result Tories “accept without hesitation” and said he offered Trudeau congratulations on behalf of the party.

Harper also thanked his wife, Laureen, and their two children for all of their support.

“I hope you will always know that without you, none of this would be possible,” he said. “But with you, everything is.”

Harper said those who helped build the Conservative Party should feel nothing but pride.

“The disappointment you also feel is my responsibility and mine alone,” he said.

“But know this for certain, when the next time comes, this party will offer Canadians a strong and clear alternative based on our Conservative values.”

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NDP Seats Lost As Liberals Take Majority Government

Posted on 22 October 2015 by admin

The so-called “orange wave” created in Quebec and elsewhere in Canada by former NDP Leader Jack Layton went down the drain Monday night, taking much of the left-leaning party’s political strength with it.

A visibly deflated Tom Mulcair, who prevailed in a long, difficult fight for his own riding of Outremont, delivered a subdued but gracious concession speech to a few hundred supporters at Montreal’s Palais de Congres.

“With this election, Canadians have asked us all to work for them. We will not let them down,” the NDP leader said, hinting that the party will, at least during a majority Liberal government, resume its role as the conscience of Parliament.

“We will be unwavering in our pursuit of better health care for Canadians. We will stand strong in our fight against climate change and to protect our land, air and water. We will be resolute in our efforts to build a true nation-to-nation relationship with First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples.

“It’s on these priorities and many more that New Democrats will make real and lasting progress.”

The party, which had taken such pride in being elevated to Official Opposition status four years ago, saw its seat count reduced to 44 from 95 with just under 20 per cent of the popular vote.

Although disappointing, it returns New Democrats to the more traditional levels of support they saw after the 2011 campaign, when they captured 30.9 per cent of the popular vote.

How much of that implosion was due to the perception that the party had veered too far right and away from its traditional base is up for debate, although at the party’s last rally in Toronto, left-leaning supporters were handing out pamphlets and magazines to remind New Democrats who made up their constituency.

Party insiders said that despite the devastating collapse of the party’s base of support, Mulcair intends to stay on as leader.

The NDP will need all of the help it can get.

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Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau Is A Journalist, Activist, Yoga Teacher, And Justin’s Wife

Posted on 22 October 2015 by admin

Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau is an activist, TV personality and yoga practitioner, among other things.

She’s also married to Justin Trudeau, Canada’s prime minister-designate, whose Liberal Party was elected to a majority government on Monday night.

Grégoire-Trudeau was born in Montreal in 1975. She studied business at McGill before obtaining a bachelor of arts in communications at l’Université de Montreal, according to a bio.

From there, she worked as a personal shopper at Holt Renfrew and other jobs in advertising and sales, ahead of entering broadcast school.

That path brought her to a job writing copy for a news ticker (the “worst job ever,” she told Women on the Fence in 2011) before she found work as an entertainment reporter.

A fateful meeting with CTV staffers at a 2005 event helped her secure a position as a Quebec correspondent for etalk, where she favoured covering celebrities’ charity work over gossip about them.

Grégoire-Trudeau has a philanthropic streak all her own. She’s been open about her struggle with bulimia, which started when she was17 and carried on in her 20s, The Windsor Star reported in 2008.

“Anything that we didn’t have in the house, I wanted to eat,” she told the newspaper. “I was just always hungry, hungry for something that wasn’t food, it turns out.”

Grégoire-Trudeau parlayed her experience with the condition into work with an organization called Clinique BACA, which raises awareness of eating disorders.

The Quebecer has also served as an ambassador for Because I Am a Girl, a non-profit group working to end gender inequality. Other organizations she has worked with include Girls for the Cure, the Women’s Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Cancer Association and the Canadian Mental Health Association.

In 2012 she also became a yoga instructor, The Globe and Mail reported.

She loves how the practice helps people in “expanding and exploring our consciousness,” she told the blog This Mom Loves, and she delivers speeches replete with Sanskrit invocations.

She and Justin became a pair in a roundabout way, according to an interview with Women on the Fence blog. Grégoire-Trudeau had been a classmate of Justin’s brother Michel, who died in an avalanche in 1998.

Sophie and Justin hosted a charity event together in 2003. Sparks flew, but they didn’t immediately begin dating. She tried to contact him via email but he didn’t respond.

Months went by before they encountered each other — and she refused to give him his number. But he managed to find it anyway, and it wasn’t long before they became an item, marrying in 2005.

The pair has been open about the strain that political life can place on a relationship. Trudeau has said that Sophie “hates” his job sometimes, and all the criticism that can entail.

But they have learned how to cope with it together, and they’ve learned lessons they pass on to their kids, Xavier, 8, Ella-Grace Margaret, 6, and Hadrien, 1.

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INTERNAL WARS IN POLITICAL PARTIES IN PAKISTAN

Posted on 22 October 2015 by admin

Dr. Hasan Askari

 It is not possible to think of any type of democratic political order without the existence of an open and competitive party system. However, political parties are not always helpful to democracy. If these do not imbibe democratic culture and do not perform their role within a democratic framework, these can become a problem for democracy. Political parties cut both ways: a source of strength for democracy as well as a threat to democratic values and norms, depending on how political parties function, deal with their internal organizational matter, how do the mobilize people on the basis of a socio-economic program and help them to make intelligent choices for electing their leaders and opting for policy options.

 The political parties in Pakistan have invariably been personal empires of the top leaders who run it like an oligarchic political machine. Most political parties are identified with the leader and, if you exclude that leader, that party becomes a ship without a rudder. In some cases the name of the leader is part of the party’s name.

 In Pakistan, the political parties are required by law to hold internal elections. Such elections are merely a formality to fulfil the legal requirement. However, whenever a party attempts to hold open and competitive elections, it runs into serious organizational problems. The Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) held open and competitive elections in 2013-14 which caused factional conflicts, charges and counter-charges of manipulation of the elections by money and other means. The major reason is that in the absence of a democratic culture, most competing group in a political party are not willing to accept the results that go against them. Thus, open and competitive elections in the parties that lack democratic culture prove to be disruptive. The PTI has faced more internal problems after the internal elections. However, it continues to demonstrate organizational skills by holding big public meetings and its election campaign in Lahore (NA-122) was well-managed.

  The ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Group (PMLN) is in the grip of internal conflict caused by strong ego drives of some of its leaders. Some of the cabinet members have talked against one another and in the city of Faisalabad, two strong PMLN factions are up against each other in local government elections. Three major factors explain the PMLN’s internal fights. First, Nawaz Sharif runs the party in a highly government with the help of his favourte bureaucrats. Formal state institutional arrangements hardly matter to these two leaders who have created their personalized networks, if not empires. As there is hardly any regard for state-institutions and normal decision-making, several senior party leaders and federal ministers have also created their own little empires comprising select bureaucrats and political loyalists. They have also developed strong ego. Consequently, every issue is judged on the basis of personalized considerations, resulting in direct and indirect criticism of one another.

 Second, the non-transparency in electricity generation projects, especially the Nandipur issue, import of LNG, the petrol crisis early this year, and the growing pressure from the opposition and media on this issue, have caused intra-government tension and conflict; each ministry defending itself and blaming other departments for its failure or poor performance. The ministers relevant to these issues refuse to accept that there has been mismanagement in these sectors. The position of the Defense Minister (Khawaja Asif) has become redundant in Pakistan because the Prime Minister office and the Army headquarters interact directly. The Defense Minister’s reputation as being anti-military also weakens his capacity to interact with the military.

 Third, the rapid expansion of the role of the military has resulted in the loss of power by the federal government. Nawaz Sharif has conceded much space to the military which goes against his mindset of personalized government by him. The desire to become all-powerful prime minister has come in conflict with operational political and strategic realities which have led him to concede power to the military. This has saved his government from collapsing but Nawaz Sharif is perturbed by uncertain future of his government. He also faces sharp criticism by the opposition that reinforces the perception of a conspiracy against him. He hardly commands the cabinet whose meetings are held less frequently now. In such a situation the cabinet members can easily engage in personal fights. Nawaz Sharif has not shown much inclination to discipline the feuding ministers.

 The feuding ministers are not expected to resign because they do not have autonomous standing in public. If any one of them resigns, he will be pushed into wilderness. None will be welcomed in any opposition party; nor do they see this as their future. All of them will stay on in the party and continue with their personal and ego based fights. The noise and fury of the internal rifts in the PMLN will continue.

  Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) faces the gravest-ever internal crisis. This can make it totally irrelevant in the electoral politics if it did not address three inter-related crises of leadership, organization and ideology. It will have to side line Asif Ali Zardari and his sister and bring about leadership changes in the Punjab and Sindh with leaders who enjoy the confidence of the party workers. The party cannot be reorganized in the Punjab without off-loading some of its top leaders. Further, it needs to consider reclaiming its identity as the voice of the poor and the disposed.

 The by-election in NA 122 (Lahore) exposed once again the divisions and splits among the religious parties. Some stood by the PMLN while others supported Imran Khan. Interestingly enough, the religious parties that shared denominational identity with the Taliban and sympathy for militancy supported the PMLN.

 These weaknesses in the party system cannot be removed by passing a new law to regulate them. The major political parties should make “self-corrections” in their organization and political agendas and control the feuding leaders. This will increase the internal harmony of political parties and strengthen their role which will reinforce democracy in Pakistan.

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