Saad Rasool

  • TIt is hard to make sense of the political and legal happenings in Pakistan. Especially, as these relate to the ongoing corruption cases against Sharif family, and the Bhutto/Zardari benami empire. The latest episode, in this endless saga of partisan legal battles, involves the controversy ...

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  • THum Dekhein Gey Lazim hai ke hum bhi dekhenge Hum Dekhein Gey Nawaz Sharif is unwell. That is what his doctors and medical reports say. And the honorable Courts agree with this conclusion, justifying the grant of bail against convictions from the Accountability Court in Islamabad, and ongoing ...

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  • TOn Friday, Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif was granted post-arrest bail, “purely on medical grounds”, by the honorable Lahore High Court, in the NAB inquiry relating Chaudhry Sugar Mills (CSM). Simultaneously, the honorable Islamabad High Court has also granted bail to Nawaz Sharif, against ...

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  • TAs Maulana’s supporters sharpen their batons and do their military parades (with a guard of honor to Maulana), people have started asking who these bearded baton-wielders are, and what is their political ethos. Are they peace-loving students of Madrassas – trained primarily is matters ...

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  • TOver the past few weeks, the entire nation (and its media) has been fixated on Maulana’s upcoming Azadi March, scheduled to kick-off in just 2 weeks from today. We hang onto every word said by Maulana, his deputies, his allies, and of course his adversaries (read: the government). For all ...

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  • TMaulana Fazl-ur-Rehman has announced his much anticipated “Freedom March”, which will commence on the 27th of this month and, after gathering crowds from all across the country, will culminate in Islamabad. For all intents and purposes, this is Maulana’s final push against a ...

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  • TNot enough can be said or cherished about Prime Minister Imran Khan’s heartfelt speech at the United Nations General Assembly, on Friday. It was persuasive; it was gutsy; it was emotive; and above all, it was honest. I, for one, cannot recall the last time that a Pakistani leader – nay, ...

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  • TJustice, in a constitutional paradigm, forms the bedrock of a free and peaceful society. It is the very virtue that anchors a people to the fundamental rights regime, and extends the fullest promise of democracy to the ‘tired, poor, and huddled masses, yearning to breathe free again’. ...

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  • TRecurrent events of police brutality in Punjab are too painful to be recounted in detail. Even more painful is realization of the idea that those who are responsible for protecting the life and security of our citizen (i.e. the law enforcement agencies) are precisely the ones that our citizenry has ...

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  • TOn Friday, a three-member bench of the honorable Supreme Court of Pakistan delivered its detailed judgment in the ‘video scandal’ case of Judge Arshad Malik, along with its possible impact (if at all) on the conviction of Nawaz Sharif. This measured judgment, authored by the honorable ...

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  • TOn 5th of August, 2019, the myth of a secular India – inclusive of its many minorities – was finally buried by the right-wing, fascist, Hindutva government of Narendra Modi. And with this move, Indian presence in Kashmir is at par with Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories; ...

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  • TThe cryptic saga of no-confidence motion against Chairman Senate, Sadiq Sanjrani, and the resulting defeat of the majority parties at the hands of the minority, has punched a lasting hole in the enterprise of our democracy. More importantly, it has scripted a new charge-sheet against our ...

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  • TAs the centerpiece of its human sector development and poverty alleviation initiative, Imran Khan’s PTI government has been pursuing the ‘Ehsaas’ program. This program, for which the Prime Minister released a ‘policy statement’ in April of this year, claims to ...

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  • TEarlier this week, on 17th of July, 2019, the International Court of Justice at The Hague rendered its judgment in the infamous Kulbhushan Jadhav case. The verdict, broadcasted live throughout India and Pakistan, granted India consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, while rejecting India’s ...

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  • TThe saga of Judge Arshad Malik has marked a new low in the already checkered politico-judicial history of Pakistan. It has struck an arrow through the heart of our judicial system, and lay bare an unspoken reality about the project of justice: that judicial officers, from time to time, are ...

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  • TOstensibly, an All-Parties Conference was held, earlier this week, under the auspices of Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman. Participants of this congregation – led by Maulana, who is fighting for his political survival – are trying to find some way to declare this meeting a success. And the more ...

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  • TThe past few weeks have been exceptionally revealing for Pakistan’s politico-legal paradigm. In the days following the month of Ramazan, Hamza Shahbaz’s cat-and-mouse game with NAB Authorities came to an end, Asif Zardari and Faryal Talpur were arrested, Altaf Hussain was apprehended ...

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  • TFor just a moment, it is time to put aside the rollercoaster ride that is Pakistani politics. For just this moment, let us pause the deafening noise of NAB arrests, useless political haggling, and deplorable speeches on the floor of the Parliament. If only for today, it is time to mute whatever ...

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  • TThe entire edifice of a constitutional parliamentary democracy rests on the premise that the parliament shall function as a conduit to translate the ‘will of the people’ into an enforceable legislative paradigm; that the people’s representatives will utilize their time and ...

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  • TThe audio and video clips concerning the alleged conduct of Chairman NAB, in regards to a woman who was facing investigation by NAB authorities, has taken our politico-media waves by storm. Over the past 3 days, America’s confrontation with our neighboring Iran, the election of Narender Modi ...

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  • TThe month of Ramzan, in Pakistan, is flush with religious sentimentality. Religious scholars grace our televisions screens all day and naat-khawa’n dazzle the nights with some of our most favourite tunes from across the ages. Office work is slow; living-room exchanges are tepid. And, ...

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  • TEarlier this week, a terrorist attack killed 12, injuring twice as many, outside the shrine of Hazrat Ali Hajveri (R.A.), on perhaps the busiest and most congested street of Lahore. This attack – which ostensibly targeted police personnel guarding one of the entrances to the shrine – is ...

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  • TOn Monday this week, DG ISPR held a detailed press-conference concerning plans for the ‘final steps’ in our ongoing war against terror.  His talk focused on two primary areas of continuing interest: 1) PTM, and 2) Madrassa Reforms.  Specifically, Maj. General Asif ...

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  • TOn Monday, this week, Nashwa Ali – a nine month old infant in Karachi, who had fallen prey to medical negligence and malpractice at Dar-ul-Sehat Hospital – breathed her last. Her state of solitary agony, which she was too young and too paralyzed to express, will forever remain as an ...

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  • TOn Friday, last week, an IED ripped through a grocery market in Quetta, specifically targeting and killing members of the (Shia) Hazara community. The attack killed over 20 people, injuring almost 50 others (some in critical condition). In the aftermath of this dastardly attack, members of the ...

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  • TOver the past few weeks, the honorable Lahore High Court (LHC) has been subject of much praise as well as criticism across the social, digital, electronic and print media. And, unfortunately, difference of opinion (between praise and criticism) is split across partisan lines. On the one hand, ...

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  • TIn a gripping politico-legal drama, which would only be believable in Pakistan, Hamza Shehbaz Sharif has been able to avoid arrest (for now) by NAB authorities, during the course of investigation concerning accumulation of assets beyond known sources of income. To put this incredulous turn of ...

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  • TOver the past few months, PML(N) spin-machine had been creating a (public) narrative concerning the ailing health of Nawaz Sharif, and the necessity of allowing him to proceed abroad for medical treatment.  This is not the first time that PML(N) leaders have expressed concerns about Nawaz ...

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  • TOn Saturday, the Pakistan Day Parade was celebrated with tremendous pomp and a renewed sense of vigour. Staged in the backdrop of ongoing military tensions with India and the (triumphant) aerial dogfight that resulted in shooting down of two Indian fighter jets, this year’s Pakistan Day ...

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  • TEven as the world waits, with bated breath, about the outcome of an (ongoing) stand-off between two nuclear powers in South Asia, the domestic politics of Pakistan seems unconcerned with such (trivial) matters. There is protesting to do on the floor of the Parliament for Saad Rafique’s ...

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