NUSRAT JAVEED

  • 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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  • For many months since the election of July 2018, our parliament continued to look as if deeply polarized to unbearable limits. Its upper house, the Senate, often reflected the intensity of it. Taking advantage of its brute majority, the opposition parties ganged up to completely block the ...

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  • After extending the shelf life of two Ordinances through a hastily summoned sitting Thursday, the national assembly now looks completely clueless about what to do or deliver. It stretched the Question Hour to unbearable limits and then left it to the floor to generate some engaging business. Both ...

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  • By now, even the people with little interest in political affairs have realized that the Imran government has set no policy goals for itself. It does not feel motivated to take command and responsibility of national security affairs; “institutions” deal with the nitty-gritty of them. ...

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  • While announcing the two-day, expense-paid, “break” of the Senate Tuesday evening, Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani had asked the government to ensure the presence of Makhdoom Shah Mehmud Qureshi, when the house was scheduled to meet on Friday morning. Through a ‘policy statement,” ...

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  • Allow me to expend the accumulated anger at the outset of this column please. After holding two sittings on Monday and Tuesday, the Senate is now scheduled to meet on Friday. But the two days of break, during an ongoing session, would still be counted as “working days”. Our worthy ...

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  • 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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