Dynastic politics
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Ali Khan Dear Mr. Moeed Pirzada, I enjoy your program on ARY. Recently I watched one of your guests erroneously compare dynastic politics of Pakistan with of that of USA I am not sure he was uninformed or lied intentionally to score a point. Can you please enlighten your viewer in differences between family politics in west and one practiced in Pakistan? As an overseas Pakistani living in USA, I can vouch for this that there is nothing remotely close to signing party chairmanship in a will to husband or a son. For example, Bill Clinton’s daughter is not leader of Democratic Party nor she ever had been.

If she chose to enter politics, she would have to run election locally and win. She can run for an open seat in senate or congress but she has to compete with other members of her own party in primary election first. She would need to established bona fide credentials first to run for that seat. After she wins that primary election, she would fight (for votes) again for the same seat in general election against republican and independent candidates. She would need to beat them all to win a seat in congress or senate. This is exactly what Hillary Clinton had done to win her seat as senator from NY.

Hillary Clinton completed her tenure as a state senator and ran for the presidency. She lost in primary to Obama and could not represent Democratic Party in general election. She was picked by Obama administration as secretary of state as a goodwill gesture but it was not incumbent upon anyone to appoint her for the cabinet job. By the way, John McCain also ran for the presidency against Obama and lost. His daughter did years of work as a political analyst and worked on her dad’s campaign as well and did community work for year before entering the politics. She also ran for senate seat but lost.

Name recognition is value only to a certain point, and your past deeds and policies you support carry more weight. I can send you pages on how Bush family have worked in the community for the decade and serve in governorship in Texas and Florida before being considered for top leadership job in republican party. If only signature was needed then we would still be voting for someone related to George Washington and the country would have been in worse shape than Pakistan.

Here are some stats: Empirical models have determined the share of dynastic politics in various countries: The US 6 percent; Argentina 10 percent; India 28 percent; Mexico 40 percent and the Philippines 70 percent. According to the Institute of Development and Economic Alternatives, “On average, approximately two-thirds of the elected [Pakistani] legislators …belonging to approximately 400 families” represent the spectrum of dynastic politicians (the share of dynastic politics stands at around 67 percet in Pakistan) from article:


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Moeed Pirzada is prominent TV Anchor & commentator; he studied international relations at Columbia Univ, New York and law at London School of Economics. Twitter: MoeedNj. The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Global Village Space’s editorial policy. This piece was first published in Moeed Pirzada’s official page. It has been reproduced with permission.

Moeed Hasan Pirzada is a Pakistani political commentator, geostrategic analyst, and a television news journalist. He is an anchor at Dunya News and hosts TV programs. He has interviewed many politicians around the world. Moeed Hassan Pirzada has also been a Director World Affairs and Content Head of PTV News and hosted the famous talk show Sochta Pakistan, a program that discussed national, regional, strategic, social and educational issues with politicians, analysts and policy makers. He has worked with Dunya News-TV channel as a Director World Affairs and hosted the current affairs talk show Dunya Today. He has written for Dubai-based regional paper Khaleej Times. His columns have appeared in major Pakistani papers such as Dawn, The News International, Daily Times, Friday Times and blogs. He has attended national and international conferences, seminars and policy workshops and had been a member of the Prime Minister's Education Task Force that collaborated with the British Council to produce the Next Generation Report. He has contributed policy papers to Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI) and also written several policy pieces for Pique Magazine. He is an Executive Director of Governance & Policy Advisors (GAPA) that provides consultancy services to the government institutions, development organizations and corporate bodies on issues related to media, governance, health policy, and regional peace.

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