NUSRAT JAVEED

  • 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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  • On the fourth day of general discussion on budgetary proposals most speeches, delivered from both sides of the house, seemed to have reached “also-ran” stage. Although yawn-inducing, the given speeches did project certain themes, set to deepen the political divide in our country. ...

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  • During off the record, one on one meetings, Sardar Akhter Mengal has consistently been cribbing and complaining for the past nine months. Not many in Islamabad perhaps know that he and Imran Khan developed familiarity with each other during their time at the elitist Atchison College of Lahore. That ...

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  • During the second sitting of the general discussion on budgetary proposals, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari surely delivered a comprehensive and engaging speech Tuesday. The operative part of his speech clearly revealed a compassionate heart, deeply worried about the massive and multiple forms of misery, ...

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  • Khawaja Asif and Asad Umar are the most articulate representatives of their respective parties. Before switching to fulltime politics, both of them had also spent long years in serving for sectors, directly dealing with vibrant aspects of economic activity. One was thus fully justified to expect ...

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  • Modern states, for sure, are presumed to conduct their business by following well-established traditions, rules and clearly defined timelines. Since the advent of 2020, however, Pakistan has also been dealing with a panic-stirring pandemic like the rest of the world. It demands total attention of ...

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  • Many heavyweights from both sides of the house delivered engaging speeches in the national assembly Thursday.  The PTI representatives kept drumming the narrative that their government inherited an almost bankrupt economy. The previous governments of “looters and plunderers” were ...

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  • Ghulam Sarwar Khan is the minister in charge of Civil Aviation. In this capacity he is also expected to spin some feel-good stories about Pakistan’s national flag carrier, i.e., Pakistan International Airline (PIA). Speaking in the national assembly Wednesday, however, he continued to spill ...

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  • Both the government and the opposition seemed completely clueless about how to proceed with the day’s agenda, when the national assembly resumed its session Monday afternoon. Being the largest opposition party, the PML-N, was mainly responsible for the confusion we had to endure during the ...

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  • Living up to his image of being soft and friendly, the recently inducted minister of information, Shibli Faraz, delivered a speech in the Senate Thursday. It seriously attempted to transmit the message that the Imran government would welcome concrete suggestions from the opposition, with an open ...

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  • During the Wednesday sitting, a former Prime Minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbassi, delivered an example-setting speech. Without being loud and rude, he put forth some fundamental questions, which made many of us to seriously wonder whether the Imran government really had an effective-looking strategy to ...

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  • “Be prepared, we (the PTI) are coming to Sindh” was the message that Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has conveyed to Pakistan Peoples’ Party, while standing akimbo on floor of the Senate Tuesday. Transmission of this message with a thundering voice was disturbingly odd. ...

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  • The sudden surfacing of the coronavirus has indeed crippled the crisis management capacity of policy makers all over the world. To single out our government in this context would not be fair. We are dealing with a mind-boggling pandemic since late February-2020, however. It certainly furnished ...

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  • In spite of completing 18 months in the government, the PTI could yet not develop a strategy, which can establish the worth and utility of an elected parliament. It feels forced to summon the national assembly sessions, simply because the Constitution of Pakistan clearly demands that the said house ...

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  • The PTI government seems determined to prove it to the world that it has discovered a unique brand of “parliamentary democracy,” which can deliver and sustain itself, even without having a lively parliament. Without setting a substantive agenda, it keeps summoning the national assembly ...

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  • For another time, the PTI government has summoned another session of the national assembly of Pakistan Monday evening, without setting any substantive agenda for it. The obvious objective is to complete the minimum number of sittings, our constitution has fixed for this house in a parliamentary ...

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  • Employing all possible tools of the method, associated with accomplished professors of the art of diplomacy, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmud Qureshi spoke for 50 minutes in the Senate Wednesday evening. Afghanistan was the topic and he apparently felt too good about the agreement that the US ...

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  • All across the democratic world, the opposition always enforces a parliamentary session, primarily for pushing the government to a defensive corner. Rubbing in the most burning issue, agitating the mass of people, it vigorously pursues assuaging answers. Most governments in countries like Pakistan ...

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  • If a serious believer of conspiracy theories, I might not have taken much time to imagine and vigorously peddle the theory that Imran government was being deliberate to viciously demolish whatever is left regarding the prestige and relevance of an elected parliament in Pakistan. Around two weeks ...

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  • Asad Qaisar, the national assembly Speaker, suddenly turned stern after dispensing the question hour and letting a resolution passed, expressing bipartisan sympathy and solidarity with Peoples’ Republic of China, bravely dealing with Coronavirus-triggered crisis these days. Adopting the tone ...

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  • Tuesday proceedings of the national assembly have forced many to seriously question the calibre of this house. Swayed by the obsessive zeal of getting even with their opponents, speakers from both sides of the aisle certainly behaved like schoolyard bullies. The language they used was loaded with ...

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  • Of late, researchers working fulltime to collect date and analyze it for institutions like the Pakistan Statistical Bureau and the State Bank of Pakistan have consistently been projecting a depressing state of our economy. The cold date eventually forced the Imran government to guardedly admit that ...

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  • I just could not convince myself for staying put in Parliament House, when the national assembly speaker announced a 20-minute break for the evening prayer. One seriously felt cheated; for the newspapers I had read Monday morning prepared me for a “stormy sitting.” Prominently displayed ...

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  • The National Assembly of Pakistan, nowadays, seems to be a college canteen, with honourable members acting like college pranksters. Murad Saeed, the communication minister, remains the target. The moment he took the floor to answer a few questions, raised through a calling-attention notice, someone ...

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  • Parliaments in usual democracies of the world mostly focus on making laws to deal with new realities that keep developing in thriving societies. Thanks to the election of July 2018, however, we continue to endure a national assembly in Pakistan, which never stops doing things that pretend to look ...

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  • The intent, no doubt, was noble and praiseworthy. Devoting two full-sittings to exclusively discuss the issue of Kashmir, however, the national assembly of Pakistan miserably failed to formulate a comprehensive work plan, which could inspire and guide the Imran government to furnish something ...

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