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  • TOf late, like the US President, our Prime Minister has also begun to start his working day by posting a provocative Tweet, denigrating his political opponents. Via a Tweet Thursday morning, he specifically targeted a specific set of politicians, who he believed get too upset when put on the Exit ...

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  • TShah Mehmud Qureshi could have broken many hearts among the zealot base of the PTI while subtly admitting on the floor of the National Assembly Wednesday that perhaps his government displayed “haste” in putting the name of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on the Exit Control List (ECL). The ...

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  • TIf you rely on social media only, Pakistan’s political scene looks extremely vigorous and viciously divided. In a normal democracy, though, parliament is the ultimate arena to fighting political battles, especially its directly elected house called the national assembly or whatever. Condemned ...

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  • TI prefer sticking to the position that five months comprise too short a period for judging the performance of a government elected for the five-year term. Yet, we have some media stars. Since years they have been vigorously promoting Imran Khan as the promised Messiah this nation kept waiting for ...

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  • TKhawaja Saad Rafique was once known as a hyper agitator in the streets of Lahore. Age has turned him mellow. And the speech he delivered after reaching the National Assembly Friday certainly showed it. His speech did not smack of defeatism, however. He rather made a lot of sense by strongly ...

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  • TI did expect some noise and agitation at parliament house Monday, but not outside of it. That too, right in front of its main gate that provides access to ministers and MNAs. Nawaz Sharif had come to parliament house to hold long meetings with PML-N parliamentarians. The obvious purpose of his ...

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  • T   Forget the windy speeches and sob stories. The one-line message from Thursday proceedings of the National Assembly is: disregarding the raw passions of its base, the PTI government finally preferred to look accommodating the opposition, “with a large heart”. The cool combo of ...

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  • TI seriously wonder if even the astonishingly fertile minds of Ionesco or Beckett could imagine the kind of absurd situations that one keeps watching, real time, on floor of the National Assembly of Pakistan these days. Tuesday is reserved for private initiatives in legislation. Member after member ...

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  • T  The PTI could finally succeed in forming its government after 22 years of nonstop struggle only five months ago. It seems having no issues with non-elected pillars of the state. Notwithstanding a plethora of funny blunders it keeps committing, the PTI government can thus afford to feel good ...

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  • T    For understandable reasons, the PML-N tries to enforce a National Assembly session on the PTI-led government, primarily to provide some relief to its leader. Shehbaz Sharif is spending time in a NAB dungeon these days, but his status of being a member of an elected house provides him ...

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  • TThe kidnapping of a serving police officer from Islamabad and eventual discovery of his tortured body at a remote village of Afghanistan have certainly triggered a volley of fear-driven questions. The PTI government has no clear and satisfactory answers to them. After wasting more than two weeks ...

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  • T  Taking advantage of its numerical edge the combined opposition, comprising multiple parties, has enforced the ongoing Senate session on the PTI Government. Doing so, the opposition members of the upper house of parliament primarily wanted to find out details of ‘comforting ...

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  • T     The PML-N members will hate to admit it. Yet the fact remains that their benches in the National Assembly Wednesday conveyed but the feeling of doom and gloom. The gloomy feeling was obviously triggered by ominous sounding remarks that Chief Justice of Pakistan passed a day ...

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  • TLike it or not, Imran Khan’s Tehrik-e-Insaf is proving to be an efficient manager of the parliamentary business even after being too new to running a government and in spite of staging absurdly comic shows in the name of austerity during its formative days. The number-strong PML-N strongly ...

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  • TIslamabad - To disappoint a sizeable crowd of thrill-seeking reporters, the secret balloting for the election of National Assembly Speaker did not spring any surprise Wednesday afternoon. Both the PTI and its opposition maintained numbers that they had been showing since holding of the ...

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  • TAge has certainly taken care of my energy. But, I did leave my home Monday morning to witness the inaugural session of the National Assembly, with the same zeal that had motivated me way back in 1985. After eight years of a merciless martial law, Gen Zia Up Haq had decided to restore parliament in ...

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