NUSRAT JAVEED

  • Even if casually scanning the regular print and social media, you must have realized by now that various partners of the Imran government are not feeling too good about the share they had managed from the coalition arrangement. For not being the majority party on its own, the PTI feels forced to ...

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  • After a long gap, Shahid Khakan Abbassi, the former prime minister, was brought to Parliament House from Adyala Jail of Rawalpindi; presumably to attend the national assembly sitting, thanks to the production order signed by the Speaker. Instead of joining the house proceedings, he preferred to ...

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  • Hardly a parliamentary reporter could imagine that the deeply polarized national assembly of Pakistan, which had surfaced through a viciously contested election in July 2018, could smoothly pass a consequential law to regulate the appointments of Services’ Chief and set the procedure for ...

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  • The National Assembly of Pakistan did not take more than 12 minutes to approve a consequential law to regulate the appointments of Services’ Chiefs and facilitate extensions in their tenure, if the need be, Tuesday morning. Most parliamentary reporters had not been expecting such a speedy ...

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  • Have to report at the outset that hardly a few hours before commencement of the national assembly sitting Monday, its Standing Committee on Defence had to meet for another time. On Friday last week, it had also held a meeting. At the end of it, we were made to believe that the draft of a law, ...

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  • By suddenly summoning the National Assembly and the Senate sessions Wednesday, the Imran Government did try to look as if being fully prepared and equipped to march on a fast track to substantive legislation. The day after, however, it failed to collect even the minimum number of MNAs, required for ...

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  • Since taking over in August 2018, the Imran Government has persistently been showing to the world that it hardly has a well-thought-out agenda to pursue. Its decisions rather reflect a whimsical approach, often producing embarrassing backlash compelling U-Turns. Almost each reporter in Islamabad, ...

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  • After spending more than two decades in actively watching and reporting on Indo-Pak relations, I feel forced to state that Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi should not have initiated the discussion to highlight the violent backlash, the Modi Government had trigged within its ...

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  • For the past two weeks, almost each front-ranking PML-N leader has been preparing us for “in-house change,” while drumming the Minus-One theme. I am not a great admirer of the Imran Government. Yet my nose failed to smell “the change,” they had been expecting with utmost ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Khawaja Asif is one of the most experienced politicians sitting in the current national assembly. He also is too familiar with games that make or break the governments in this country through elite-driven intrigues. To my utter surprise, however, he is yet not able to fathom the PTI ...

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  • Each member of this National Assembly, whether sitting on the government or the opposition benches, has increasingly begun to look and behave like the desolate tramps of Samuel Beckett who keep “waiting for Godot,” while seemingly trapped in a hopeless situation. Tragedy is that instead ...

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  • In all democratic countries of the world, the Election Commission is considered an awe-inspiring institution. It is a permanent institution of the state and keeps dealing with multiple issues on daily basis. You and I discover The Election Commission’s real worth, even existence, during the ...

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  • Senator Raza Rabbani, no doubt, is one of the finest icons of the sort of politics that represents some ideas and the will to stand by them, rain or shine. At the outset of the Tuesday sitting of the Senate, which exclusively focused on the issue of Kashmir, this most experienced legislator from ...

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  • The National Assembly has gone on two-day recess. One has to rely on the Senate proceedings only to find stuff for writing this column. Staying put in the press gallery of the upper house of parliament, calmly, didn’t look possible for me, though. Happenings on the floor remained agonizingly ...

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  • Both the houses of Parliament held their sittings Monday. No substantive issue was discussed in either of the house, in a manner that deserved in-depth reporting. The Senate was to focus on the doings of National Accountability Bureau (NAB), an explosive topic by all means. But even on this issue, ...

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  • It surely is time for the opposition parties to seriously ponder over the question whether enforcing a Senate session upon the government really helps them to build and promote the narrative of their preference. The Senate proceedings of Wednesday, furnished a firm “NO” as the answer to ...

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  • “Bizarre” is certainly not the expression that can appropriately express the intensity of my astonishment and anger. Rushing towards the press gallery Wednesday morning, I found colleagues walking downstairs in drove. They told me that the house had been prorogued without doing any ...

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  • In our age of social media-driven rage, people have no time to notice attempts that some deeply connected legislators make under the garb of amending the constitution or various laws, with insidious intent of achieving their partisan objectives. The days specifically reserved for private ...

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  • The Question Hour at the national assembly was yawn inducing and unnecessarily drawn out Monday evening. Most MNAs wasted it in raising trivial points with obvious intent of getting their presence registered in the press gallery. Then they went for the break for Maghrib prayers and the house looked ...

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  • For being the son of Ahmad Faraz, an iconic poet of rebellion and romance, Senator Shibli Faraz had been savoring universal respect and admiration from the press gallery. After the elections of 2018, however, Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf appointed him as Leader of the House in the Senate. Fiercely ...

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  • Things remained chaotic at the national assembly Friday, but they did not turn as ugly as I had expected. At the outset, Shahbaz Sharif, the opposition leader, took the floor to lament over the arrest of his niece, Maryam Nawaz Sharif. Of late, she had been attracting crowds in various cities of ...

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  • Since 2015, I have had more than 15 meetings with Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. During informal and off the record meetings, I always found him too polite and proper. The rogue in me mostly felt rather uncomfortable with his politically correct language and mannerism and seriously considered them unfit ...

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  • This column is not designed to report that who said what during proceedings of a specific parliamentary sitting. In this age of live TV coverage and hyperactive social media, which most political parties also use to promote their stories, the so-called reporting-from-the-spot is fast losing its ...

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  • For a change, Shehbaz Sharif, the opposition leader, was quite explicit in suggesting that the US President should be approached to effectively deal with the recent developments in Indian Occupied Kashmir. However, Prime Minister Imran Khan didn’t get the message and a solidly doable idea ...

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  • If you want me to think like a “realist,” let me concede at the outset that Article 370 of the Indian Constitution never provided any security and solace to mass of people in Occupied Kashmir, condemned to live under relentless oppression since 1947. Yet, it existed on paper, kept the ...

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  • Secret balloting on the motion of no confidence against the Senate Chairman Thursday, surely demolished the myth of “invisible majority” that the opposition had been relishing in the upper house of parliament for many months. The PTI felt delighted about it and kept celebrating its ...

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  • In spite of savouring the invincible-looking majority in the Senate, the combined opposition failed to remove its Chairman, Sadiq Sanjrani, through a motion of no confidence Thursday. And I am not surprised about it. From day-one of the posting of no-confidence motion against Sanjrani, I kept ...

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  • I seriously believe that the opposition move to get the Senate Chairman, Sadiq Sanjrani, removed through a motion of no confidence is a worthless diversion in time wasting. Allow me to project the given political scene with a broad brush to prove the point. Nawaz Sharif, the lifelong ...

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  • If you go by the book, the combined opposition in the National Assembly of Pakistan certainly has the right and the required numbers to enforce a National Assembly session upon the government. It can rather manage holding of a National Assembly session, at least twice a month. While forcing the ...

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  • The extempore speech that Prime Minister Imran Khan delivered after passing of his government’s first budget Saturday, indeed sounded measured and sedate. It, however, clearly set an uncompromising narrative that he and his party would continue drumming for many months to come. Cogently ...

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