NUSRAT JAVEED

  • TWhile leaving the Parliament House early last week, immediately after presentation of the budget, I found a group of my favorite TV anchors walking towards the chambers, allotted to the Opposition Leader. They wanted to meet him and I decided to join them, just for the heck of it. Noticing my ...

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  • TTo meet the deadline for writing this column, I had to leave the National Assembly at 7:31pm after 90 minutes of non-stop fidgeting, yawning and self-cursing while sitting in the Press Lounge. For another day, the moment Shehbaz Sharif began his speech to formally initiate the general discussion on ...

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  • TAs soon as possible, I certainly need to consult a shrink to get the level of masochism checked that seems to have sneaked into the foundations of my personality. For me the reasons are obvious. Being a self-proclaimed “specialist” of instinctively fathoming the dominating trends of ...

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  • TJournalism, they say, mostly creates first drafts of history. If you consider the said dictum, still relevant to chaos-spreading age of digital media, please start reading my notes from the press gallery, from now on, as “chronicle of a death foretold” of “the system” that ...

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  • TWith the clear intent of sustaining energy for a lengthy show of defiance, the combined opposition took long before triggering absolute chaos in the National Assembly of Pakistan Tuesday. During the initial 30 minutes of the budget speech that the State Minister of Revenue was assigned to read, we ...

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  • TBilawal Bhutto Zardari should have discovered by now that most people in power corridors don’t feel comfortable whenever he stands to speak in the National Assembly of Pakistan. Desperately seeking eyeballs, 24/7 channels feel compelled to cut live to broadcast his speech, which is mostly ...

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  • TIt indeed is true that parliamentary rules and traditions permit a minister to take the floor of an elected house, whenever he or she feels the need for it, and issue a “policy statement.” No question is instantly allowed to facilitate a general discussion over the matter, elaborated by ...

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  • TAfter taking my seat in the press gallery Monday evening, I was pleasantly surprised to notice the presence of a big number of ruling party MNAs in their benches. After the weekend break, they usually take long to reach there. Yet, Amir Dogar, the Chief Whip, looked tense, overactive and constantly ...

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  • TFirst thing I noticed after taking my seat in the press gallery was the presence of Asad Umar in the National Assembly. After his removal from the finance ministry, it was his first coming here. He looked content and all smiles while sitting in the same seat that was allotted to him as the Finance ...

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  • TI might have skipped writing this column if Bilawal Bhutto Zardari had not taken the floor of the national assembly, almost at the tail end of its Monday sitting. It was too obvious at the outset that even after an unusually long gap, stretched to seven weeks, the government could set no ...

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  • TThe PTI hawks don’t feel good about Asad Qaiser. Some of them even keep complaining, loudly, in media that as the Speaker of the national assembly, he behaves too appeasing and accommodating when it comes to dealing with a number-strong opposition. But yet once again on Wednesday, Qaiser ...

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  • TIslamabad - After waiting for more than three hours, along with a sizeable number of parliamentary reporters, I left the press lounge in sheer disgust. Until 7:15 pm there appeared no chance for starting of a National Assembly sitting that was scheduled to meet at 4 pm. Only after reaching home, I ...

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  • TLet me confess at the outset that behaving like a perfect upstart to the delicate business of politics, Faisal Vawda, the minister of water, often annoys me with his OTT conduct. But all of us are designed to err as humans and there should always be some space to forgiving, if someone is willing to ...

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  • TThe opposition, no doubt, had whole-heartedly endorsed Prime Minister Imran Khan’s decision of releasing the Indian pilot by approving desk thumping during the joint parliamentary sitting of Thursday. Reporting the same, I had forewarned that many bitter types of the PML-N would eagerly watch ...

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  • T“What next?” was the question our worthy legislators should have scratched their brains to find some plausible answers to. But they preferred delivering rhetorical speeches. Mian Shehbaz Sharif, the opposition leader, proved a huge disappointment in this context. Instead of focusing on ...

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  • TLet’s begin with the obvious and basic facts. In too early and dark hours of Tuesday morning, Indian Air Force planes made an intrusive attempt. They were timely checked and instantly flew back without causing any damage. Major General Asif Ghafoor, Director General of the ISPR, reported the ...

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  • TSitting in the press gallery Monday evening I often felt forced to scream like a person gone mad. Someone really needed to remind the honorable members of a sovereign-pretending House that the ongoing session of it had been specifically summoned to discuss, approve or reject an “economic ...

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  • TWith the PTI ticket, Qasim Suri had returned to the National Assembly for the first time from a hotly contested seat of Quetta during the elections of July 2018. The party celebrated his win by allotting him the slot of the Deputy Speaker. Whenever he takes the presiding chair, the opposition ...

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  • TThe recently concluded visit of Pakistan by Prince Mohammad Bin Salman of Saudi Arabia has certainly furnished an engaging spell of feel good mood for the PTI government, after many weeks of gloom and doom inducing stories. “Happy Hours” have their cut off limits, though, and the ...

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  • TPakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf of Imran Khan had indeed surprised many by bringing a record number of first timers to the National Assembly through the elections of July 2018. Notwithstanding a plethora of questions that the PTI critics drummed about the fairness of those elections, hopeful types like me ...

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  • TSocial media has certainly created a lot of chaos and anarchy all across the world with a flood of fake or manipulated “news.” It will still not stop a person like me, who did nothing but full-time journalism for three decades, to admit that in countries like Pakistan “citizen ...

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  • TOf late, like the US President, our Prime Minister has also begun to start his working day by posting a provocative Tweet, denigrating his political opponents. Via a Tweet Thursday morning, he specifically targeted a specific set of politicians, who he believed get too upset when put on the Exit ...

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  • TShah Mehmud Qureshi could have broken many hearts among the zealot base of the PTI while subtly admitting on the floor of the National Assembly Wednesday that perhaps his government displayed “haste” in putting the name of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on the Exit Control List (ECL). The ...

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  • TIf you rely on social media only, Pakistan’s political scene looks extremely vigorous and viciously divided. In a normal democracy, though, parliament is the ultimate arena to fighting political battles, especially its directly elected house called the national assembly or whatever. Condemned ...

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  • TI prefer sticking to the position that five months comprise too short a period for judging the performance of a government elected for the five-year term. Yet, we have some media stars. Since years they have been vigorously promoting Imran Khan as the promised Messiah this nation kept waiting for ...

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  • TKhawaja Saad Rafique was once known as a hyper agitator in the streets of Lahore. Age has turned him mellow. And the speech he delivered after reaching the National Assembly Friday certainly showed it. His speech did not smack of defeatism, however. He rather made a lot of sense by strongly ...

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  • TI did expect some noise and agitation at parliament house Monday, but not outside of it. That too, right in front of its main gate that provides access to ministers and MNAs. Nawaz Sharif had come to parliament house to hold long meetings with PML-N parliamentarians. The obvious purpose of his ...

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  • T   Forget the windy speeches and sob stories. The one-line message from Thursday proceedings of the National Assembly is: disregarding the raw passions of its base, the PTI government finally preferred to look accommodating the opposition, “with a large heart”. The cool combo of ...

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  • TI seriously wonder if even the astonishingly fertile minds of Ionesco or Beckett could imagine the kind of absurd situations that one keeps watching, real time, on floor of the National Assembly of Pakistan these days. Tuesday is reserved for private initiatives in legislation. Member after member ...

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  • T  The PTI could finally succeed in forming its government after 22 years of nonstop struggle only five months ago. It seems having no issues with non-elected pillars of the state. Notwithstanding a plethora of funny blunders it keeps committing, the PTI government can thus afford to feel good ...

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