Saad Rasool

  • Mr. Nawaz Sharif and his children, all of whom are accused in cases relating to money laundering, corruption, mis-declaration of assets, and abuse of official authority, have (apparently) chosen not to face the accountability courts, and instead continue living in their London properties (which are ...

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  • After more than three (painstaking) years of political and legal haggling, the honorable Lahore High Court has ordered that Justice Baqir Najafi Report be made public, and its contents be shared with the families of the victims who were mercilessly massacred in Model Town by Punjab Police, on the ...

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  • Just as our national gaze is focused on NAB references against the Sharif family, the review petition in Panama case, and Benazir Bhutto’s murder appeal… a far more pervasive and consequential struggle for the ‘heart and soul’ of our judicial system is being waged in the ...

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  • This has been a harrowing week for the legal community, particularly in Punjab. What started off, earlier in the month, as the latest episode (in a long and painful saga) of black coat barbarianism, reached fever pitch with lawyers pelting stones at the Lahore High Court building. Simultaneously, ...

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  • Thousands of years of human history bears testament to the fact that when dynasties and empires are faced with imminent decline, they resort to taking extreme measures for the sake of survival; which, in turn, accelerate their collapse. Much like Caesar’s marching on the Senate of Rome, and ...

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  • The decline of a man, his political clique, political culture, and political time, is being televised, live, across Pakistan. At the time of writing this piece, the long (and futile) journey of Mr. Nawaz Sharif, has entered into its final stages. His caravan of supporters, dwindling in parts, has ...

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  • In the aftermath of Mr. Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification by the honourable Supreme Court of Pakistan, Mr. Shahid Khaqal Abbasi was sworn in as the Prime Minister of Pakistan. He was not the first choice for a majority of his party workers and parliamentarians (although none of them would ...

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  • The honourable Supreme Court of Pakistan, on Friday, disqualified Mian Nawaz Sharif, from being member of the National Assembly, under Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution. Also, the honourable Court has decided that NAB references be filed against the former Prime Minister, and his family members, ...

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  • The three-member implementation bench of the honorable Supreme Court of Pakistan has reserved its judgment in perhaps the most publicized case in Pakistan’s constitutional history. And as the nation waits, with abated breath, for the honorable Court to render its final verdict, muted whispers ...

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  • What Dr. Shahid Masood calls ‘Operation Dhabardoos’, seems to be well under way. Braving through a barrage of criticism and character assassination, the famous Panama case JIT has submitted its final report in the honorable Supreme Court of Pakistan. And the report reads more like an ...

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  • As the JIT prepares to submit its final report to the honorable Supreme Court of Pakistan, on Monday, 10th July, 2017, there is no way to deny the palpable nervousness that surrounds our political establishment. And, in the same breath, there is no way to deny the tremendous promise (and possible ...

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  • The Panama Leaks case is about to reach its much-awaited crescendo. And for the second time, over the past one hundred days, the entire nation is looking towards the honourable Supreme Court for accountability of the most influential family in Pakistan’s politico-financial paradigm. This ...

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  • On Friday, the enemies of Pakistan launched coordinated terrorist attacks in Quetta and Parachinar (two places that have become all too familiar with the sounds and sirens of terrorism), killing 63 people and injuring dozens of others. As is now customary in the aftermath of such attacks, the ...

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  • This entire week has been consumed with speculations and talk about Mr. Nawaz Sharif and his family’s appearance before the Panama case JIT. What was meant to be a simple act of legally binding nature, has been hailed (by one side) has some great deed of personal sacrifice, and (by the other) ...

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  • There is a fantastic (true) story about Morris Dees, a civil rights lawyer in the United States who, at the peak of Martin Luther King Jr.’s movement, was defending a young African-American man, on death row, in Alabama. An all-white police department had concocted the facts to frame the ...

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  • The infamous speech of Mr. Nihal Hashmi – an abominable (former) Senator of PML-N – has lay bare the rotten core of politics in Pakistan. It has exposed that inner nerve of PML-N’s culture of governance, which rejects accountability and makes no concessions for State institutions ...

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  • This past week, leaders of almost 50 ‘Islamic’ nations met, under the leadership of Donald Trump and the frail King Salman, as part of the first “Arab Islamic American Summit”, and added their collective voice to an absolutely ludicrous battle-cry: that Iran is the ...

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  • The Dawn Leaks issue has fizzled out, almost as inexplicably as it arose. And, in the aftermath, a significant fraction of Pakistanis are still wondering what it was, why it became such a big deal, and how it disappeared without a whimper. Some claim that the Army ‘surrendered’. Others ...

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  • Earlier this week, the honourable Chief Justice of Pakistan, pursuant to the Panama Leaks judgment, dated 20th April, 2017, constituted the special bench for monitoring the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), responsible for investigating the Prime Minister and his sons, in regards to the specific TORs ...

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  • The honorable Supreme Court of Pakistan has announced its judgment in the Panama Leaks case, with two honorable judges disqualifying the Prime Minister and the other three ordering further probe, through a JIT. And, in the aftermath, no one is really sure whether to celebrate or lament the ...

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  • The barbarity of events that transpired in Abdul Wali Khan University of Mardan, against the helpless Mashal Khan, puts age-old tales of savagery and religious fanaticism to shame. Carried out in a premeditated manner by university students, the horrific scenes of Mashal Khan’s murder would ...

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  • On Tuesday last week, Syrian government of Bashar-al-Assad (or whatever is left of it), attacked the town of Khan Sheikhoun, in the rebel-held territory of Idlib Province. Alleged video footage of the attack, which soon surfaced on international media, showed women and children gasping for breath ...

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  • On Thursday, this week, 24 innocent Shias were killed, and more than 100 others injured, as a car bomb ripped through an Imambargah in Parachinar. Jamat-ul-Ahrar claimed responsibility for this dastardly attack. This is nothing out of the extraordinary; earlier in the year, on January 21st, more ...

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  • 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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