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  • Of late, I have been often missing writing this column. The prime reason for it remains the creeping glaucoma that prevents me from driving after sunset and the National Assembly prefers to meet in the evening. In spite of this health-driven handicap, the thick skin of mine keeps pushing me to defy ...

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  • Shenanigans that the eleven-party government keeps displaying since replacing Imran Khan in April this year have stopped being laughable. They have now begun to deepen the feeling that Pakistan was rather being run by a team of recklessly incompetent persons.You certainly need a very thick skin for ...

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  • “Get me if you can,” was the one-line message of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s unnecessarily lengthy speech that he delivered during the first sitting of another National Assembly session Wednesday evening. He delivered the said speech exactly a day after losing the most populous province ...

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  • Finance Minister Miftah Ismail had yet not finished revealing the additional measures, he was forced to insert in proposals for the fis­cal 2022-3 to increase revenues, when the ‘breaking news’ began blinking on our mobile phones. It reported the crash of the Stock Exchange in Karachi.Even for ...

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  • Mian Raza Rabbani represents a vanishing breed of politicians, still trying to keep their profession connected with some “principles.” Since 1993, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has consistently been getting him elected to the Senate from Sindh and for once in that capacity he became its Chairman ...

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  • Most parliamentary reporters seriously expected Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif to attend the National Assembly sitting Thursday and deliver some assuaging speech after the announcement of another price hike in petroleum products late Wednesday night.But not more than 35 members were present in the ...

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  • Soren Kierkegaard, the Danish philosopher acknowledged for vigorously questioning Hegelian rationalism, is believed to have once said: “The real freedom is to appreciate your limits.” Judging by this standard, former Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani sounded like the most “liberated” ...

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  • I have reached the stage where you completely lose the ability to learn new things. As a born economic-illiterate, therefore, one has no competence for judging the budgetary proposals, Finance Minister Miftah Ismail had presented before the National Assembly Friday afternoon. The finance minister ...

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  • The Joint Parliamentary Sitting was scheduled to start meeting at 4:00pm Thursday. But most ministers, dealing with economic issues, were stuck at an exhaustive press conference, where the Economic Survey of the previous financial year had also been released. After anxiously waiting until 5:30pm, I ...

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  • Obsessed with the desire of scoring points against their opponents, our politicians frequently act oddly. Yet I didn’t expect it from Sardar Ayaz Sadiq. He is a cool and sedate type. Being the scion of an influential family of Lahore, he had gone to elitist Atchison College of that city. Imran ...

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  • Sadiq Sanjrani is an amazing cool cat. During extremely fluid and chaotic months of early 2018, he got himself elected to the upper house of our parliament from Balochistan and eventually managed being elected as its Chairman by cultivating the support of both Imran Khan and Asif Ali Zardari.Since ...

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  • The government miserably failed to push the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) senators to a tight corner by initiating general discussion on a recent TV interview of Imran Khan, through tabling an adjournment motion. Dr Wasim Shahzad, a vigorous PTI loyalist and the Opposition Leader in the Senate, ...

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  • In the name of “Inter-Faith Harmony” a group of Pakistanis had recently visited Israel, the Zionist State we don’t recognise officially. Most people going there live abroad as dual-citizens. But one of them claims to be the “sole Jew” still left in our country who dared travel to Israel ...

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  • The PTI senators tried hard to resist by relentless slogan chanting and crowding around the Chairman’s dais to generate appearances of total chaos. Yet exactly a day after, the government steadfastly employed its majority to get those amendments endorsed by the upper house of Parliament, which ...

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  • With astonishing thick skin of hardened politicians, (wanted to use another word, but guess yourself please), the eleven-party ruling alliance led by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif completely disregarded the humiliation it had endured only a day before. Instead of cribbing about the shame it had ...

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  • Enduring the perpetual instability of our political structures and appearances, I often recall the opening scene of Ernest Hemingway’s masterpiece: “The Snows of Kilimanjaro.” Its hero has lost hope after many months of fighting a fatal disease, but his companion still wants to cheer him up ...

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  • Only an insane “optimist” would expect a national assembly to look ‘normal’, 123 members of which (out of 342) were just not willing to attend its sittings. They had rather posted collective resignations more than a month ago. Before putting his own resignation, Qasim Suri, the former ...

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  • Atruckload of persons was inducted as ministers by the eleven-party government, replacing the government of Imran Khan in early April. But not more than three of them were present in the House when the National Assembly resumed its sitting Friday morning. Presiding over the same, Zahid Akram ...

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  • For being familiar with some background developments I strongly suspect that the lengthy and somewhat passionate speech, delivered by youthful Chairman of Pakistan Peoples’ Party in the National Assembly Thursday, primarily wanted to pacify and assuage the jittery hearts, fast growing within the ...

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  • This is not the way to go about IT. One feels forced to say this because only 40 members, out of the total number of 342, were present in the House Wednesday afternoon when the National Assembly passed a resolution to “condemn” what it perceived as “unconstitutional conduct” of President ...

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  • Even the most productive creators of the ‘Theatre of the Absurd’ will fail to imagine a parliament where the opposition does not exist. Yet in Pakistan these days, we have a ‘national assembly’ trying hard to act ‘normal’ and generate business-as-usual vibes.The farcical charade is ...

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  • If you go by appearances only, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif certainly wants to furnish some dignity and relevance to the National Assembly. At the outset of its first sitting Monday evening, he asked for the floor to deliver a speech to seek consensus before moving ahead to deal with an extremely ...

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  • D   During the last sitting of a deliberately prolonged National Assembly session, many members were almost explicit and near desperate to seek a strategy, enabling them to push back the message, former prime minister Imran Khan had vigorously been drumming since his removal through a vote of ...

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  • In these days of utter chaos and confusion, the recently installed government of Shehbaz Sharif urgently needs to transmit the message of stability and cohesion about itself. It also needs to intensely concentrate on the issues of governance and create some hope among our shirtless millions. ...

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  • IIn spite of the appearances of perpetual chaos that the success of a motion of no-confidence against former Prime Minister Imran Khan had unleashed all across the country, the National Assembly preferred to hold a sitting Monday noon, as per the schedule. Without a substantial agenda to deal with ...

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  • The rage and fury, ignited by former Prime Minister Imran Khan since being voted out by the National Assembly on April 9, don’t seem dwindling at all. Absolute bedlam in the Punjab Assembly throughout Saturday rather forced many to anticipate perpetual chaos and confusion on our political front ...

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  • In spite of being a celebrity sportsperson, former Prime Minister Imran Khan firmly directed parliamentarians of his party to use all possible tricks, mostly foul, to delay the election of Shehbaz Sharif, as his successor by the National Assembly of Pakistan. Although zealously willing to execute ...

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  • Sincerely wish that I proved totally wrong when you read this column. Yet, I felt forced to start writing it, immediately after Iftar Saturday evening. What motivated the rush were strong signals leading me to develop suspicions that Prime Minister Imran Khan was still not willing to let the ...

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  • Too close to my writing this column Sunday afternoon, the Supreme Court of Pakistan was reported to have taken notice of the unprecedented happenings in the National Assembly early this morning.A motion of no-confidence against Prime Minister Imran Khan had appropriately been presented in the ...

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  • The Imran government certainly seems hoping against hope that it could somehow prevent the humiliation-ensuring countdown on the no-confidence motion, formally tabled against the prime minister in the National Assembly early this week.Relying on this visibly wishful strategy, it directed Qasim ...

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