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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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  • 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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