Saad Rasool

  • 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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  • Earlier this week, from the East Room of the White House, President Donald J. Trump, accompanied by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, announced what he called “Deal of the Century”. This was the latest U.S. plan to, ensure that “Israel will get the security it needs; ...

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  • There is a crisis of governance in Pakistan. And PTI should not shy away from accepting their responsibility in creating, and then perpetuating, this crisis. Who is really responsible for the emergence of this crisis? Is it a result of people who occupy positions of power within the government? Or ...

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  • The ongoing Iran and the United States saga has been a revealing insight into contemporary world politics. It has exposed latent interests of international powers in this region, and sounded the gong for the coming of a new Great Game in our neighborhood. And perhaps most importantly, Iran’s ...

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  • In matters of State and politics, the ‘urgent’ has an uncanny ability to crowd out the ‘important’. Stuck in the urgency of a 24-hour news cycle, based primarily on the sensationalism of partisan bickering, we often tend to lose sight of the important national and policy ...

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  • The New Year, from an astronomical perspective, is a logical fallacy. For all intents and purposes, it is just one random point in space – and each time the Earth cross that point in space (relative to the sun), we celebrate the beginning of another calendar year.This year, the New Year is ...

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  • Your Lordship: I have been advised against writing this letter. People wiser than me have pointed out that writing this letter will be, at worst contempt, and at best an exercise in futility. Be that as it may, Sir, I am writing this letter in fulfillment of a promise. A promise made to a young man ...

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  • A few weeks back, the honourable Chief Justice Asif Khosa, while addressing a gathering, imitated General Musharraf’s fists, and claimed that soon a verdict would be handed down in the former President’s treason trial, concerning the imposition of emergency on the 3rd of November, 2007. ...

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  • It is hard to make sense of the political and legal happenings in Pakistan. Especially, as these relate to the ongoing corruption cases against Sharif family, and the Bhutto/Zardari benami empire. The latest episode, in this endless saga of partisan legal battles, involves the controversy ...

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  • Hum Dekhein Gey Lazim hai ke hum bhi dekhenge Hum Dekhein Gey Nawaz Sharif is unwell. That is what his doctors and medical reports say. And the honorable Courts agree with this conclusion, justifying the grant of bail against convictions from the Accountability Court in Islamabad, and ongoing ...

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  • On Friday, Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif was granted post-arrest bail, “purely on medical grounds”, by the honorable Lahore High Court, in the NAB inquiry relating Chaudhry Sugar Mills (CSM). Simultaneously, the honorable Islamabad High Court has also granted bail to Nawaz Sharif, against ...

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  • As Maulana’s supporters sharpen their batons and do their military parades (with a guard of honor to Maulana), people have started asking who these bearded baton-wielders are, and what is their political ethos. Are they peace-loving students of Madrassas – trained primarily is matters ...

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  • Over the past few weeks, the entire nation (and its media) has been fixated on Maulana’s upcoming Azadi March, scheduled to kick-off in just 2 weeks from today. We hang onto every word said by Maulana, his deputies, his allies, and of course his adversaries (read: the government). For all ...

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  • Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman has announced his much anticipated “Freedom March”, which will commence on the 27th of this month and, after gathering crowds from all across the country, will culminate in Islamabad. For all intents and purposes, this is Maulana’s final push against a ...

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  • Not enough can be said or cherished about Prime Minister Imran Khan’s heartfelt speech at the United Nations General Assembly, on Friday. It was persuasive; it was gutsy; it was emotive; and above all, it was honest. I, for one, cannot recall the last time that a Pakistani leader – nay, ...

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  • Justice, in a constitutional paradigm, forms the bedrock of a free and peaceful society. It is the very virtue that anchors a people to the fundamental rights regime, and extends the fullest promise of democracy to the ‘tired, poor, and huddled masses, yearning to breathe free again’. ...

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  • Recurrent events of police brutality in Punjab are too painful to be recounted in detail. Even more painful is realization of the idea that those who are responsible for protecting the life and security of our citizen (i.e. the law enforcement agencies) are precisely the ones that our citizenry has ...

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  • On Friday, a three-member bench of the honorable Supreme Court of Pakistan delivered its detailed judgment in the ‘video scandal’ case of Judge Arshad Malik, along with its possible impact (if at all) on the conviction of Nawaz Sharif. This measured judgment, authored by the honorable ...

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  • On 5th of August, 2019, the myth of a secular India – inclusive of its many minorities – was finally buried by the right-wing, fascist, Hindutva government of Narendra Modi. And with this move, Indian presence in Kashmir is at par with Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories; ...

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  • The cryptic saga of no-confidence motion against Chairman Senate, Sadiq Sanjrani, and the resulting defeat of the majority parties at the hands of the minority, has punched a lasting hole in the enterprise of our democracy. More importantly, it has scripted a new charge-sheet against our ...

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  • As the centerpiece of its human sector development and poverty alleviation initiative, Imran Khan’s PTI government has been pursuing the ‘Ehsaas’ program. This program, for which the Prime Minister released a ‘policy statement’ in April of this year, claims to ...

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  • Earlier this week, on 17th of July, 2019, the International Court of Justice at The Hague rendered its judgment in the infamous Kulbhushan Jadhav case. The verdict, broadcasted live throughout India and Pakistan, granted India consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, while rejecting India’s ...

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  • The saga of Judge Arshad Malik has marked a new low in the already checkered politico-judicial history of Pakistan. It has struck an arrow through the heart of our judicial system, and lay bare an unspoken reality about the project of justice: that judicial officers, from time to time, are ...

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  • Ostensibly, an All-Parties Conference was held, earlier this week, under the auspices of Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman. Participants of this congregation – led by Maulana, who is fighting for his political survival – are trying to find some way to declare this meeting a success. And the more ...

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  • The past few weeks have been exceptionally revealing for Pakistan’s politico-legal paradigm. In the days following the month of Ramazan, Hamza Shahbaz’s cat-and-mouse game with NAB Authorities came to an end, Asif Zardari and Faryal Talpur were arrested, Altaf Hussain was apprehended ...

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  • For just a moment, it is time to put aside the rollercoaster ride that is Pakistani politics. For just this moment, let us pause the deafening noise of NAB arrests, useless political haggling, and deplorable speeches on the floor of the Parliament. If only for today, it is time to mute whatever ...

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  • The entire edifice of a constitutional parliamentary democracy rests on the premise that the parliament shall function as a conduit to translate the ‘will of the people’ into an enforceable legislative paradigm; that the people’s representatives will utilize their time and ...

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  • The audio and video clips concerning the alleged conduct of Chairman NAB, in regards to a woman who was facing investigation by NAB authorities, has taken our politico-media waves by storm. Over the past 3 days, America’s confrontation with our neighboring Iran, the election of Narender Modi ...

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  • The month of Ramzan, in Pakistan, is flush with religious sentimentality. Religious scholars grace our televisions screens all day and naat-khawa’n dazzle the nights with some of our most favourite tunes from across the ages. Office work is slow; living-room exchanges are tepid. And, ...

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