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  • T“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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  • TIn 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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  • TThe 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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  • TFor 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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  • TThings 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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  • TSince 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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  • TThis 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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  • TFor 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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  • TIf 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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  • TSecret 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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  • TIn 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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  • TI 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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  • TIf 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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  • TThe 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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  • TAs a first-timer to the National Assembly from a seat of Lahore since July 2018, Hammad Azhar steadily succeeded to project himself as a politician with tremendous potential. Participating in rage-inciting TV talk shows, he sounded polite for data-driven articulation and presenting his position ...

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  • TThroughout the Thursday sitting, the number strong opposition indeed kept the government on its toes to ensure full presence of its members in the house. Pressing cut motions on energy-related issues, however, it could neither spin headline-grabbing stories nor create any significant embarrassment ...

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  • TAlmost with the speed of light, the US dollar has jumped to a record high in just one day of the trading session Wednesday. And the same day, the Economic Committee of the Cabinet has approved around two hundred percent increase in rates of domestic gas supply provided by state-owned companies. The ...

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  • TIn spite of losing three full days to absolute bedlam that the ruling party itself triggered and sustained with vicious intent of “teaching some lessons to Opposition”, the National Assembly did succeed to allot unusually long hours for general discussion on budgetary proposals. Hammad ...

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  • TLike most of my colleagues eagerly waiting for Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s speech on first budget of the Imran government, I had also imagined that he might have found all possible alternatives to the word, “selected,” by diligent searching before taking the floor Monday. He might ...

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  • TThe general discussion on first budget of the Imran Government reached the “also ran” stage of speech making on Saturday. Even two high profile leaders of the PML-N failed to grab at­tention or incite the government benches for aggressive reaction. Shahid Khakan Abbassi, a former ...

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  • TSeriously wonder if a specific person, or a dedicated team, stays put in the Officers’ Gallery to monitor proceedings of the National Assembly and prepares an analysis report about them for prime minister’s consumption. Since covering the National Assembly since 1985, the only Prime ...

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  • TAfter entering the Parliament Building from its Gate Number-5, first comes the chamber on your left that is allotted to Bilawal Bhutto Zardari as head of the Human Rights Parliamentary Committee. A big crowd of reporters was standing outside it. I could instantly guess that Asif Ali Zardari was ...

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  • 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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