Saad Rasool

  • On Friday, a 10-member bench of the honourable Supreme Court of Pakistan passed its judgment in the Justice Qazi Faez Isa’s case. The 7:3 majority judgment, authored by Justice Umar Ata Bandial, provides the “detailed reasons” behind the honourable Court’s short order in the ...

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  • Over the past week, even as Pakistani media was consumed by the abhorrent (and self-destructive) tirades of Nawaz Sharif and his cohorts, an important transformation took place in Pakistan’s ‘international narrative’, especially concerning India. Specifically, in an exclusive ...

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  • The veneer of democracy, within our ‘democratic’ parties, is gradually (but surely) being demolished by a new generation of hereditary leaders across the opposition spectrum. In particular, as the #NexGen of political leadership takes over from their respective fathers in PML(N), PPP, ...

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  • The past few weeks, in Pakistani politics, have been a revealing experience. They have lay bare the hypocrisy of our political system, and the manner in which political leaders manipulate societal sentiment for personal aggrandisement. Seen through the prism of the past some years, these events ...

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  • There is no way to put into words the grief, horror and anger that people of Pakistan feel at the indescribable rape of a woman, on the motorway in Lahore, witnessed by her kids. Depressingly, just a few days before this heart-wrenching incident, a five-year old girl, Marwah, was raped, then hit on ...

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  • The Cold War between China and the United States is being ‘fought’ at multiple fronts—in the South China Sea, in parts of the Middle East, in eastern Europe, across the Pacific, and in various ‘economic theatres’ (i.e. trade war). But the ‘warmest’ front of ...

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  • I had to travel to Karachi at the start of last week, for a few cases fixed before the honourable Sindh High Court. On Wednesday, as I was scheduled to fly back to Lahore, the floodgates of the sky opened, pouring unprecedented rain on this ill-prepared city. And, as we know from the immortal words ...

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  • History is an unforgiving court. It sits in judgment over god-kings and sprawling empires that had conquered the known world of their time. And conveniently, with the passage of time, history buries their names and obscures their memory. Even those who are remembered in the annals of history, are ...

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  • In a move that has jolted Middle East’s geopolitics, on August 13, 2020, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) decided to ‘recognise’ the State of Israel, and establish diplomatic and economic relations between the two countries. And with, in no uncertain terms, UAE has formally ...

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  • One year on from Modi’s revocation of Article 370—resulting in the illegal annexation of Kashmir and the imposition of a draconian curfew across the valley—the world seems to be waking up to the reality of BJP’s fascist Hindutva regime. A year ago, before Modi’s ...

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  • Earlier this week, India suffered a foreign policy set back of unprecedented proportions, as Iran announced that it was ‘dropping’ India from the Chabahar-Zahedan Railway line project. The importance of this news, and its relevance to Pakistan’s economic and security interest, ...

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  • Every time you think that you have seen the worst of politics in Pakistan, you are amazed to discover that there are still deeper and darker places that constitute our political diaspora. That the political framework of this country is barely cloaked in the thin veneer of slogans such as ...

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  • On Friday, the Administrative Committee of the honourable Lahore High Court—consisting of the seven senior most judges, headed by the Chief Justice—dismissed the infamous Judge Arshad Malik from judicial service. This decision of the LHC, which was all but inevitable, is being ...

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  • At the start of the coming week, on July 1, 2020, President Trump’s “deal of the century”, relating to Israel’s annexation of the settlements in the West Bank and Gaza, is scheduled to take effect. This deal, announced by President Trump in January 2020, is an uncloaked leap ...

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  • The honourable Supreme Court has passed its short-order in the Justice Qazi Faez Isa’s case. And in the aftermath, a new debate concerning the ambit of judicial accountability, and its interaction with executive authority, has erupted across Pakistan. In order to better understand the issues ...

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  • The past two decades of international policy and regional strategy have been a tremendous challenge for Pakistan. In the aftermath of 9/11, and the consequent war in Afghanistan, international powers started to view Pakistan exclusively through the lens of ‘global Islamic terror’ (to ...

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  • In the clutter of daily breaking news, political mudslinging, and the no-holds-barred social media, it is easy to lose track of what is important to us as individuals, and as a nation. It is easy to confuse the important with the irrelevant; the meaningful with the useless. So let us attempt to ...

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  • The rise of China, and the consequent loss of global American influence, has the potential to be a moment of tremendous significance in the global power structure. We seem to be living through the flux of a tectonic shift in world history. Much like the period of the two World Wars in the first ...

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  • Just as the people of Pakistan were still trying to grapple with the crippling effects of coronavirus, and the impacts of a lukewarm national policy for its curtailment, the entire nation has been shaken by the tragic crash of PK-8303, which crashed short of its final approach at Karachi airport on ...

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  • Coronavirus has exposed the frail nature of the modern state structure, all across the world. Countries that took great pride in their technology, service delivery systems, and governance matrix, have all been made to kneel – in humility – at the feet of this growing epidemic. Collapse ...

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  • Even in these extremely uncertain coronavirus times, there is one thing that can be asserted with some measure of certainty: a new war, a new Great Game, a new world order, is afoot. And in the coming months and years, South Asia, along with the Pacific, will most likely be the arena in which this ...

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  • The coronavirus epidemic, even in its nascent stages, has been recognised as the gravest public policy challenge of the post-modern era. Not since the Second World War – which effectively created the prevalent world orders – has there been any global event of such far-reaching ...

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  • Over the past several months, coronavirus has wreaked havoc across the world, denting the ego of a world drunk on its technological feats, bringing the economic engine to a halt, and extracting an immeasurable toll in human suffering. Despite all of our collective resources, science and intellect, ...

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  • The coronavirus epidemic, and its continuing spread across the globe, has exposed the brittle fabric of our modern society. As health systems and governance structures collapse throughout the most powerful countries, the hubris of the Western World is having trouble grappling with the magnitude of ...

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  • Pakistan’s fight against the spread of coronavirus is entering its most critical phase. Despite the ongoing lockdown, there have been more than 1,400 coronavirus cases confirmed across Pakistan, 12 of which have resulted in loss of life. And as had been expected, Punjab has overtaken Sindh as ...

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  • Over the past few days, the spread of coronavirus has revealed an unsettling truth: our species, and our way of life, is brittle. Despite the carefully constructed veneer of invincibility, we are a people that are only ever one disease away from falling apart. That our individual lives and ...

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  • History has a peculiar sense of inevitability. ‘Moments in history’ do not always announce themselves with the bang of gunfire, or from the podium of some political stage. Such moments creep up on us, silently, with a sense of cosmic reality that is bigger than any momentary fascination ...

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  • Each year, during the months of January – February, Bar associations across Pakistan hold elections to choose their office-bearers. And today (Saturday) is election day in the honorable Lahore High Court. This year, the bar elections (especially in Lahore) are of particular importance for one ...

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  • Earlier this month, while no one was really paying attention to the issue, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, was acquitted of all charges in the alleged corruption case concerning 437 illegal appointments (in BS-01 to BS-16), in the Gujranwala Electric Supply Company ...

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  • Growing up in the Pakistan of 1980s, a time before Cartoon Network and HBO, one of my fondest childhood memories is Maa’a waking me up in the morning for school, just as Mustansar Hussain Tarar did the morning ‘Chacha gi’ show. At the conclusion of his show, PTV aired a ...

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