Saad Rasool

  • 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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  • 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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