‘The VVIP but mysterious welcome’

Enduring the perpetual instability of our political structures and appearances, I often recall the opening scene of Ernest Hemingway’s masterpiece: “The Snows of Kilimanjaro.” Its hero has lost hope after many months of fighting a fatal…

‘Willingness to face fresh election’

Only an insane “optimist” would expect a national assembly to look ‘normal’, 123 members of which (out of 342) were just not willing to attend its sittings. They had rather posted collective resignations more than a month ago. Before…

Seeking ‘guidance’ from Nawaz Sharif

Atruckload of persons was inducted as ministers by the eleven-party government, replacing the government of Imran Khan in early April. But not more than three of them were present in the House when the National Assembly resumed its sitting…

Introducing an ‘unpopular budget’ next month

For being familiar with some background developments I strongly suspect that the lengthy and somewhat passionate speech, delivered by youthful Chairman of Pakistan Peoples’ Party in the National Assembly Thursday, primarily wanted to pacify…

A trigger-happy action against Imran Khan

If you go by appearances only, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif certainly wants to furnish some dignity and relevance to the National Assembly. At the outset of its first sitting Monday evening, he asked for the floor to deliver a speech to…

Absence of  BBZ, the biggest surprise

In these days of utter chaos and confusion, the recently installed government of Shehbaz Sharif urgently needs to transmit the message of stability and cohesion about itself. It also needs to intensely concentrate on the issues of…

Deputy Speaker’s zeal provided instant prorogue

Too close to my writing this column Sunday afternoon, the Supreme Court of Pakistan was reported to have taken notice of the unprecedented happenings in the National Assembly early this morning. A motion of no-confidence against Prime…

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