Saad Rasool

  • TSaad Rasool The events of Friday night, resulting in the arrest of Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz, mark the final drop-scene in the politico-judicial drama that has captured our national attention over the past two years, ever since ICIJ’s release of the Panama Papers. This saga ...

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  • TAfter an excruciating wait of almost a year – since the 28th July, 2017 verdict that disqualified Mr. Nawaz Sharif – the learned Accountability Court has been able to answer the one question that has haunted our politics these many months: ‘mujhe kiyon nikala’? And the ...

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  • TThe nomination process for electoral candidates for the 2018 general elections is now complete. Candidates have been finalized, and party tickets have been allocated. Notwithstanding a few pending judicial challenges, for all intents and purposes the nomination process is over, and we are off to ...

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  • TAs politics, in Pakistan, enters its home-stretch for the 2018 general elections, there is a palpable sense of nervousness across our political diaspora. And the results of the 2018 elections will depend, to a large extent, on who is able to hold his/her nerve through this fleeting season of ...

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  • TThe democratic process in Pakistan has completed its second consecutive term (ten years), for the first time in the country’s history. And even a cursory glance at the performance of the past ten years of democratic governance would reveal that something terribly disturbing rots at the heart ...

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  • TEarlier this week, the National Assembly, in its dying days, has passed a historic piece of legislation, which has been long overdue. Specifically, with the support 228 votes – to the exclusion of JUI(F) and Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party – the Parliament passed the Thirty First ...

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  • TThe agonising decline of Nawaz Sharif and his family, out of corridors of power and into the forgotten annals of history, reached its lowest point (yet) earlier this week – with Nawaz Sharif claiming that Pakistan was complicit in the Mumbai attacks. In what is being dubbed as ‘Dawn ...

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  • TThe holy month of Ramzan is upon us. This blessed month brings with it boundless benedictions, along with a wave of festivities and social gatherings. At least in Lahore, the month of Ramzan ushers in a thirty-day culture of ostentatious Iftaaris, with elaborate menus and an extravagant sense of ...

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  • TBetween claims of ‘hidden conspiracy’, ‘umpire’s finger’, and now ‘khalai makhlooq’, there is no confusion about the fact that PML(N) is in a state of war with State Institutions. In particular, the leadership of PML(N), epitomized in Nawaz Sharif and his ...

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  • TDisqualification of Khawaja Mohammad Asif, the (former) Defence and Foreign Minister of Pakistan, through judicial verdict of a three-member bench of the honorable Islamabad High Court (IHC), comes as no surprise in the post-Panama jurisprudence. Those who are trying to spin this judgment as ...

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  • TA five-member bench of the honorable Supreme Court of Pakistan has rendered its detailed judgment in the case concerning determination of the period of disqualification, under Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution (the ‘sadiq and ameen’ clause). The judgment – which has resulted in ...

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  • TPolitics, in Pakistan, is the art of making the ridiculous seem sublime. As George Orwell (whose actual name was Eric Arthur Blair) once famously said, “Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure ...

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  • TOver the past few weeks, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, has made repeated jabs at Chairman Senate, Mr. Sadiq Sinjarani, and in particular about the alleged “sale and purchase” of votes that resulted in Mr. Sinjarani being elected Chairman of Senate. These ...

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  • T23rd March, this year, was celebrated with great pomp and display of (military) might. Choreographed activities, throughout the day, were designed to send three different sets of messages: 1) to all those beyond our borders – Pakistan is a strong and resurgent nation that defends its ...

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  • TAs the ‘ship our State’ enters its final stretch in the ongoing politico-constitutional tussle between PML(N) and the honourable Supreme Court, an age-old debate has erupted anew: does scandalizing or ridiculing the honourable Court fall within the ambit of ‘contempt’? Put ...

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  • TThe Senate Election, 2017, have concluded in an eventless manner, despite months of speculative apprehensions and whispers of some undefined conspiracy. As the results get tabulated and the elected individuals take oath of their esteemed office, one has to ask: is this Senate, and its members, ...

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  • TOn Wednesday, the honorable Supreme Court of Pakistan announced its short order in the challenge to Election Act, 2017, removing Nawaz Sharif from his position as President of PML(N). To be more precise, the honorable Supreme Court declared that a person who is disqualified from being elected ...

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  • TThis week, in NA-154 Lodhra’n, PTI heavy weight Ali Tareen (read: Jehangir Tareen) lost the by-election to Syed Iqbal Shah – a candidate who did not even want to contest the election, belong to a party whose leader was appearing before NAB Court (in corruption cases) on the exact date ...

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  • TNawaz Sharif and his daughter – to the exclusion of most of the senior members of PML(N) – have been harping on their ‘Tehreek-e-Adl’, a movement for restoration of justice. Ironically, this name (Tehreek-e-Adl) is only a shade different from the name of their fiercest ...

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  • TThe contempt of court conviction, along with disqualification, of (former) Senator Nihal Hashmi, coupled with issuance of contempt notices to Daniyal Aziz and Talal Chaudhary, have sent shock waves throughout PML(N)’s team of spin doctors. At the very least, it has stunned a group of Sharif ...

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  • TPML(N)’s power show in Jaranwala, Faisalabad, on Saturday was aimed at articulating, in an unambiguous manner, the political narrative of Nawaz Sharif and his heir-apparent, Mrs. Maryam Safdar. And that narrative had three different prongs: 1) criticism of the judiciary; 2) criticism of ...

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  • TPolitics, in Pakistan, is a theatre of the absurd. It is a chaotic tale of conflicting (almost diabolical) perspectives, converging into a plot that has no beginning, middle, or end. And this chaotic saga was at display, in full bloom, at the opposition rally in Lahore earlier this week. Allegedly, ...

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  • TThere are no words to express the grief, the shock, and the anger that people of Pakistan feels at the death of Zainab Amin. There is no version of prose, or verses of poetry, that can express the pain. The facts of the case – to the extent known – are agonizingly straightforward: ...

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  • TA three-member bench of the honourable Supreme Court of Pakistan has released its detailed judgment in the Hudaibya case, dismissing NAB’s appeal against the LHC judgment dated 11th March, 2014. The honourable apex Court’s reasoning – erudite and judicious – reads as a ...

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  • TShahzeb Khan was murdered, in cold blood, on 25thDecember, 2012. Almost five years later, his murders are out of jail, and all charges against them are likely to be dropped as a result of some undisclosed “out of court settlement” between the powerful Jatois and the hapless family ...

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  • TThe speech delivered by US Vice President Mike Pence, at the Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan, earlier this week, has created a stir within the national security establishment in Pakistan. This speech – which is a reflection of President Trump’s boorish style of governance – has been ...

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  • TThree years ago, on the 16th of December, 2014, Pakistan suffered the most heart-wrenching tragedy in history of modern day terrorism; not just because 141 souls were martyred that day; not simply because of the cold-blooded nature of the attack; but because the victims were unarmed ...

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  • TJerusalem has been at the heart of Abrahamic religions, since the dawn of history in holy scriptures. All divine Abrahamic books – the Torah, the Bible, and the Quran – have references concerning Jerusalem and the children of Israel (though the Quran never mentions the name ...

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  • TAs the nation recovers from TLY’s dharnas in Islamabad and Lahore, one lamentable fact has become painfully clear: no matter who the victor was in this stand-off, the State of Pakistan was the loser. In fact, not sine the introduction of ‘Nizam-e-Adl Regulations’ in Sawat, back in ...

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  • TThe gradually increasing temperature of Islamabad’s Tehreek-e-Labbaik Ya Rasul-Allah (SAWW) has finally reached its boiling point. At the time of writing this article, government’s operation to disperse the dharna participants is underway; electronic media transmissions have been taken ...

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