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  • Our media certainly failed to correctly reflect the gloom and the sense of insecurity that a recent terrorist attack on a Mosque-Madrassa complex in Peshawar had triggered. It surely forced most residents of Khyber Pakhtunkhawa to nervously expect another wave of terrorist attacks in their ...

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  • Murad Saeed, the youthful minister of Communications, ceaselessly bubbles with hyper energy. He is widely acknowledged for being one of the most influential ministers of the Imran government as well. Yet, it certainly is time for him to fathom that a government does not “condemn” its ...

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  • There surely come moments, even in a completely polarized society, which demand firm unity to convey a forceful message. Sadly, the national assembly of Pakistan, a forum truly reflecting the collective sentiments of our people for being a directly elected house, shamelessly failed to display an ...

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  • The Senate proceedings of Thursday clearly conveyed that the Imran government was just not willing to fathom deeply grim sides of the controversy, retired Capt. Safdar’s arrest from a hotel room of Karachi had triggered since Monday morning.  Transmitting the said message, its ministers ...

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  • Without dealing even with one item, put on the day’s agenda, the national assembly had to be adjourned Monday afternoon for the lack of quorum. During off-the-record conversation with this correspondent, one minister tried hard to spin the story that government’s handlers of the ...

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  • Parliamentary sessions would traditionally begin with the first working day of a week. We are living in interesting times, though. And the Imran government affirmed the unusual sides of confusing times by summoning the national assembly to start meeting at 4 PM Friday.  The timing coincided ...

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  • Despite the ceaseless heckling from the opposition benches that dominated the joint parliamentary sitting Wednesday, the Imran government hardly faced any significant hurdles when it came to getting a huge package of laws on multiple subjects passed, which had been rejected by the upper house of ...

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  • Rumors have been rife since Monday evening that legal wizards of the Imran government were “secretly preparing a very important law.” After quick approval of the Federal Cabinet, it would be sent to the national assembly. Suspending all rules, ensuring deep vetting of any proposed law, ...

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  • ISLAMABAD: Both of our main opposition parties, Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), are crowded with people who had been returning to the national assembly since the early 1990s. From 2008 to 2018, they took turnsin government and opposition as well.  In comparison ...

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  • In spite of being relatively young and a recent induction to Parliament, Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar of the PPP always appears too polite, if you watch his conduct in our deeply polarized environment. But he ignited a strong defiance from the opposition benches, when the PTI government seemed ...

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  • Of late, both the Imran government and the two of our main opposition parties had surprisingly been acting “mature and patriotic.” Disregarding the either/or battles, ceaselessly being waged for the past two years, they finally opted to cooperate with each other, ostensibly with ...

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  • Only the other day, the upper house of parliament had smoothly completed the process of approving laws, which the Imran government strongly felt was urgently required to get Pakistan out of the grey list of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).  Both the main opposition parties, Pakistan ...

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  • I do feel guilty for not writing about a parliamentary sitting, whenever the National Assembly or the Senate is meeting. The regret turns unbearable, if even long hours of attentive watching of the proceedings of the lower or the upper house of parliament failed to motivate writing this column. Of ...

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  • The PTI handlers of parliamentary business have certainly developed the enviable ability to smartly manage the opposition. And for another occasion Monday evening, they admirably displayed this ability. The government also succeeded in fully exposing cracks, increasingly deepening within the ...

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  • For another time, Faroogh Naseem, the federal minister of law, has firmly established that from among the 45-plus ministers, advisors and special assistants of the Imran government, he remains the one and only, equipped with aformidable capacity for softening our number-strong, and often very ...

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  • Shah Mahmood Qureshi deserved to be treated like an iconic example, if you seriously want to comprehend the art of political posturing signifying nothing. His handling of a potentially explosive issue during the national assembly sitting of Tuesdayhas brilliantly demonstrated his talent in the said ...

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  • Things certainly turned extremely ugly during the joint parliamentary sitting of previous Thursday. The manner in which a definite group of backbenchers from the PTI and the PPP shouted at each other with innuendo-laden remarks clearly dented the collective image of our parliamentarians. “Our ...

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  • President of Pakistan, Arif Alvi, has certainly set a positive precedent Wednesday by exclusively addressing a special sitting of the Senate, held to express solidarity with besieged Kashmiris, struggling to survive under a relentlessly brute occupation of India since 1947.  Previously, as the ...

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  • Ms Sherry Rehman, the journalist-turned-politician, is one of my oldest and closest friends in the present parliament. With Shahid Khakan Abbassi, I enjoy deep relations of mutual respect. At the outset of this column, one felt the need to disclose this before objectively reporting that the story ...

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  • Even after employing all possible tricks of pleading and bullying, both the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker miserably failed to maintain order in the national assembly on Wednesday. During an unusually long sitting, they also announced breaks for three times. Emissaries were used for seeking peace ...

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  • For another time, Murad Saeed, ‘the fighter minister,’ had to speak in the national assembly Monday to firmly convey the message that the Imran government was just not willing to forget and forgive, “looters and plunderers” allegedly crowding both the major opposition ...

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  • Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari scored a victory point Thursday. By invoking the right of speaking on a point of order, he took the floor to deliver a brief but hard-hitting speech. It attempted to portray Prime Minister Imran Khan failing to walk the talk and ...

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  • Like it or not, Sadiq Sanjrani, the Senate Chairman, is steadily building the reputation of a consensus builder about himself. The unanimous adoption of an amendment in the constitution by the upper house of parliament Monday, firmly affirmed his reach and influence in the said context. You require ...

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  • For the first time since the invasion of COVID-19 early this year, the National Assembly of Pakistan held a lengthy sitting Thursday, which went on and on for more than six hours. It also started with a lively ‘question hour’. Thanks to it, we had access to officially furnished data, ...

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  • I will not be able to report and comment upon the national assembly proceedings of Monday in today’s column; far more explosive and important developments took place in the Senate. But first a few lines to elaborate the background. Islamabad has a definite set of ‘palatial houses’ ...

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  • For another day, almost each member of the national assembly from Karachi took the floor to wail over the near-collapse of the system, supplying electricity to their city. Cutting across the party divide, they unanimously held the privately run K-Electric exclusively responsible for the mess. The ...

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  • The national assembly has been summoned to start another of its sessions Wednesday at 4 pm. But the government and the opposition were not sure how to go about it. The confusion must not lead you to presume that the government had no legislative agenda to deliver. A truckload of ordinances rather ...

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  • Such pain-inflicting farce can only be staged in our luckless country, which never stops projecting itself as one of the most vibrant parliamentary democracies under the sun. Our “sovereign and duly elected” national assembly has been meeting, almost nonstop, for the past two weeks. On ...

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  • Prime Minister Imran Khan has surprised many by reaching the national assembly for delivering a 67-minute-long speech Thursday. For the past two days, however, the experienced observers of our power scene certainly expected him to speak out loud. Due to numerous reasons, a feeling has gradually ...

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  • Hardly a few hours after the tragic crash of a PIA plane on May 22, 2020, Ghulam Sarwar Khan, the Minister of Civil Aviation, had begun to drop heavy hints, strongly suggesting as if the pilot was exclusively responsible for it. He kept rubbing in the same story while talking about the incident ...

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