Saad Rasool

  • TAsia Bibi’s case has finally reached its legal conclusion. Notwithstanding the small formality of the review petition, the scope of which is very narrow (restricted only to “errors floating on the surface of the record”), the case has now been decided, in terms of our Constitution ...

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  • TWhen the Panama Leaks scandal took the world by storm, shaking the very foundations of politics in Pakistan, there was widespread criticism that ‘selective accountability’ is afoot. It was argued – primarily by PML(N) loyalists – that the revelations by ICIJ, and the ensuing ...

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  • TIn 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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  • TThe removal of Justice Shaukat Siddiqui, of the honorable Islamabad High Court, under Article 209 of the Constitution, does not come as a surprise to majority of those familiar with the specifics of the case. In fact, even before his fateful speech, there were numerous allegations against Justice ...

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  • TOver the past few weeks, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has become a focus of controversy and intrigue (even more so than it has been during its chequered history of two decades). Some fraction of the controversy is unavoidable – after all, NAB is functioning within the fold of a ...

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  • TA colleague of mine, who is still too young to have been jaded about his faith in Pakistan Cricket Team, was distraught after Pakistan exit from the Asia Cup.  He (much like countless others) had prayed for our success, and had promised to make am offering (‘mannat’) if Pakistan ...

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  • TPTI’s 100-day plan is ambitious. It spans areas concerning governance, economy, agriculture, environment, social sector reform, and national security. And, truth be told, no one expects Kaptaan to achieve all of the envisioned goals, within the first 100 days of his government. Still, it will ...

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  • T‘Karbala’ is not simply the name of a geographical place on the map of the world. In fact, on the physical plane, the place we today refer to as Karbala was called ‘Nainwa’, a small town located some 80 kilometres south of the city of Najaf. Instead, Karbala is a combination ...

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  • TIn a deeply saddening turn of events, Dr. Atif Mian, an economist of Princeton University, was forced to resign from the Economic Advisory Council (EAC), constituted to address the unprecedented economic challenges faced by Naya Pakistan. As could be expected, Dr. Mian’s removal from the EAC ...

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  • TThroughout our history, Pakistan has been consumed by (an ongoing) debate about civil-military imbalance. This argument stands on two assertions, one factual and the other circumstantial. On the factual side, the civil-military imbalance debate gets its fuel from protracted periods of military rule ...

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  • TPolitics has a weird way of distributing people into ideological camps. ‘Ideological’ here is being used as a concession to describe the different variations of love as well as hate that surrounds any popular political leader. And Imran Khan, in this regard, is perhaps the strongest ...

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  • TImran Khan has been sworn in as the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan. Put another way: Prime Minister Imran Khan (just saying that sounds surreal) has assumed the highest office in our land, and must now commence the process of building the promised #NayaPakistan. The ceremonies have now been ...

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  • TThis week, Pakistan celebrates its 71st anniversary of independence, members of a new Parliament take their respective oaths of office, a new Prime Minister will be sworn in, new cabinets will be formed (at the Federal and Provincial level), and new sense of promise and purpose will replace the ...

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  • TAs we settle our democratic nerves, in the post-election scenario, all energies (of media personnel and political operatives) have been focused on the ‘number game’ that will result in the formation of national and provincial governments. How many independents will PTI require to form ...

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  • TThe 25th of July, 2018, has ushered a new era of governance in Pakistan. To view this as a victory for one political party would be to demean the gains of this electoral process. The 2018 General Elections were not simply a victory for one man (i.e. Imran Khan) or one political party (i.e. PTI); ...

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  • TThis week, on the 25th of July, 2018, the ‘tired, poor, and huddled masses’ of our nation, yearning to breathe free, will once again be afforded their democratic right to cast their vote, and elect fresh representatives for governance. This exercise, of casting the ballot, is arguably ...

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  • 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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