Saad Rasool

  • Earlier this week, ambassadors from (most) Muslim countries met in Islamabad, in order to deliberate upon the fast expanding issue of blasphemous content (across the West world), being disseminated through the print and social media. For all intents and purposes, this was the first ...

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  • On the 23rd of March, 1940, a small group of Muslim political leaders gathered in a field, at the feet of Badshahi Masjid, to announce a historic resolution, which formed the basis for our independent nation state. Each year, we celebrate this occasion as ‘Pakistan Day’, in order renew ...

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  • When the 21st Constitutional Amendment was enacted, in that painful shadow of APS Peshawar tragedy, many believed (and still do) that military courts were a necessity within the context of our judicio-legal paradigm. However, a few thinking individuals argued that military courts were the answer to ...

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  • The PSL Final will be held in Lahore today. This statement, seemingly simple in text, is packed with unprecedented emotions and a stream of painful memories. Almost two decades on from the 1996 World Cup Final, which was held in Lahore amidst all the pomp, today Pakistan is having a tough time ...

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  • Over the past week, one disturbing fact has become painfully clear: our political leadership seems disinterested in countering terrorism across Pakistan. Political leaders, who are responsible for internal security – e.g. Chaudhary Nisar, Rana Sanaullah, and Murad Ali Shah, etc.) have no ...

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  • This week, the State and people of Pakistan have experienced one of the deadliest surges in extremism, over the recent years. Starting with a suicide attack in Lahore (which claimed the lives of senior police officials), and culminating with a bomb at Qalandar during the ritualistic dhamal, the ...

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  • Earlier this week, several students were injured when a brawl broke out at the campus of the University of Punjab. As University administration and law enforcement agencies tried to gain control over the violence, it was discovered (unsurprisingly) that members of the Islamic Jamiat-e-Taliba (IJT) ...

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  • The Interior Ministry, and in particular the (worthy?) Minister, has filed objections before the honourable Supreme Court of Pakistan, against observations made by Justice Faez Isa in his report concerning the August 2016 terrorist attacks on lawyers in Quetta. Without mincing too many words, the ...

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  • Over the past ten days, our national and local media waves have been abuzz with news (and video clips) of black-coated banditry; lawyers misbehaving with judges, or (better yet) starting a brawl within courtroom premises. Fortunately, with video cameras installed in most courtrooms across Punjab ...

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  • Under the framework of our constitution, the Federal, Provincial and Local Governments are responsible for ensuring the provision of fundamental and legal rights to the citizens of Pakistan. And any violations of this statutory and legal paradigm can be remedied through recourse to judicial review, ...

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  • Our Interior Minister – who, in the wake of Quetta Commission, has lost all semblance of moral authority to continue in the role of the individual responsible for internal security of Pakistan – seems intent on digging himself a deeper hole. Having already ignored the Quetta Commission ...

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  • During the last few days of the preceding calendar year, social media circulated disturbing photographs of a young female child, only ten years old, who had been visibly beaten and tortured for some inexplicable reason. Soon thereafter, the electronic media of Pakistan reported that the said girl ...

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  • In the summer of 2010, I had the privilege of observing the proceedings of a 17-member bench of the honourable Supreme Court of Pakistan, during the initial challenge to the 18th Constitutional Amendment. At a particular point, one Mr. Shahid Orakzai, during the course of his arguments, raised the ...

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  • The final phase of local government elections, across the province of Punjab, were finally concluded earlier this week. In several districts, the local government elections were a fiercely contested display of grassroots democracy, between PML-N and… well, PML-N. Not surprisingly, PML-N won ...

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  • Over the past several years, a vast fraction of our populations seems to have become convinced that the honourable Supreme Court of Pakistan shies away from placing conclusive responsibility upon individuals occupying the highest echelons of political power in our country. In fact – as ...

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  • Our entire nation has been shaken by the tragic crash of PK-661, and the death of all 48 passengers and crew on board PIA’s domestic flight from Chitral to Islamabad, reportedly owing to engine and technical failure of the plane. While the investigation has not yet been completed, all initial ...

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  • Pakistan is a country that values the tangible over the ephemeral. We are a nation that treasures sensationalism over silence; swagger over humility; and the immediate over the lasting. We celebrate Afridi’s boisterous sixer, over six crafty singles of Misbah. We glorify whimsical suo motos ...

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  • In a country like Pakistan, it is not every day that a Chief of Army Staff bids farewell, in a humble and dignified manner, upon the expiry of his term of office. Perhaps more importantly, hardly ever has there been a time when an outgoing Chief of Army Staff in Pakistan has walked into the sunset ...

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  • In a turn of events that is barely believable, the Sharif family has pulled a rabbit of out of its hat, in order to vindicate its legal stance for owning the infamous properties in London. The ruling family, this week submitted an affidavit before the honourable Supreme Court of Pakistan, authored ...

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  • When George W. Bush won his first presidential election, in 2000, he famously commented that political pundits and the media had “misunderestimated” him! Later, when he won his second term in the White House, back in 2004 against John Kerry, an iconic photograph appeared as the cover of ...

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  • The ongoing Panama Leaks issue, which has plagued our polity over the past many months, has finally graduated to its drop-scene. After months of political haggling, TOR negotiations, parliamentary proposals, and public demonstrations (culminating in the Islamabad lock-down rally), the Panama Leaks ...

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  • In a series of dreadful events, this week, the legal fraternity in Punjab found itself at loggerheads with members of the judiciary. And the consequences of this stand-off threaten to further weaken the teetering project of justice in our land. As it turns out, the instant controversy was sparked ...

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  • The past few weeks have been a roller-coaster ride in terms of Pakistan’s national security issues. In the wake of the resurgent movement in Kashmir, followed by the Uri attack, India ramped up its disingenuous rhetoric of cross-border terrorism, sponsored by state institutions in Pakistan. ...

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  • The Muslim call for prayer, Aza’an, is different from all the other monotheistic religions. It is the only call for prayer that is rendered in the human voice. Islamic scholars, spanning the course of fourteen hundred years, have argued that the Aza’an is the microcosm of the Islamic ...

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  • The Muslim call for prayer, Aza’an, is different from all the other monotheistic religions. It is the only call for prayer that is rendered in the human voice. Islamic scholars, spanning the course of fourteen hundred years, have argued that the Aza’an is the microcosm of the Islamic ...

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  • This week, while our national gaze was focused on the rising temperatures at the LoC, and the uneventful Raiwand March, the honourable Supreme Court of Pakistan delivered a landmark judgment (in the case of Ch. Muhammad Akram vs. Registrar, Islamabad High Court and others), which strikes at the ...

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  • The recent showdown between India and Pakistan – threatening to burst into a war for annihilation – at its core, seems like a Silver Screen interaction between Rajnikanth (India) and Rangeela (Pakistan). Keeping aside the nuclear launch codes (who cares about that, I mean), in the left ...

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  • All across Pakistan’s national discourse – in lavish drawing rooms, or sensational talk-shows, and even rustic street-corners – people continue to reverberate the sentiment that there exists one single solution to Pakistan’s multi-faceted problems; a sort of key that can ...

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  • In a much-anticipated (and overdue) move, the government of Punjab has authorised Rangers to participate in targeted counter-terrorism operations across the “sensitive” regions of Punjab. This move, now acknowledged by the government of Punjab, has come at the heels of ...

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  • The judiciary, within our democratic paradigm, is the final custodian of constitutionally guaranteed fundamental rights. It is the authoritative arbiter of private disputes, and the decisive check against excesses of administrative as well as legislative authorities. As such, judges (of the ...

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