Saad Rasool

  • Shaheed Arshad Sharif (Arshad bai) was my friend. And that’s the worst thing you can say about him. Because in essence, to those who knew him, Arshad Sharif was much more than a friend: he was the lone face of professionalism, in a world full of momentary jesters; the highest emblem of ...

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  • Justitia—the Greek goddess of justice, symbolised in the familiar figure of Lady Justice—is blind. The scales in one of her hands decide a matter, and the sword in her other hand is quick to render the judgment. Justitia’s inability to see, ensures that she is neither impressed ...

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  • On Thursday, a five-member bench of the honourable Islamabad High Court (IHC) decided to frame charges against Imran Khan, in contempt of court proceedings, for Khan’s remarks about Judge Zeba Chaudhry. And, as could be expected, this decision of the IHC has (once again) brought into focus ...

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  • The extent and entrenchment of Imran Khan’s appeal, across the political diaspora of Pakistan, has surprised even the most experienced of the political pundits. It has cer­tainly sent shock waves across the inert fabric of a disinte­grating status-quo, which had become all too sure of ...

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  • The extent and entrenchment of Imran Khan’s appeal, across the political diaspora of Pakistan, has surprised even the most experienced of the political pundits. It has certainly sent shock waves across the inert fabric of a disintegrating status-quo, which had become all too sure of its ...

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  • Over the past three years, the month of August has become a reminder of some bittersweet national narrative. On the one hand, August 14 evokes emotive memories of independence and the seventy-five years since, while on the other hand, August 5 reminds us of the daylight constitutional robbery that ...

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  • Of the countless tragedies that we, as people, have perpetrated against ourselves, none is more sinister than the forgetting of Karbala and its timeless creed. The few who commemorate Karbala and its message, have, for the most part, limited its scope to the first ten days of Muharram. And yet, ...

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  • The ongoing political crisis in the province of Punjab, especially as it relates to the election of the Chief Minister, has taken Pakistan down a rabbit hole of constitutional mystique. Even though the issue has now been settled by the honorable Supreme Court of Pakistan, through consent of the ...

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  • The political enterprise of Pakistan, led by the Sharif-Zardari-Maulana conglomerate, is not working. Well, it’s working to the extent that (in theory) we have a government; however, judging by any credible measure of public acceptability, this government neither enjoys the confidence of the ...

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  • Russia’s campaign in Ukraine, despite all international pressures on Russia, has reached its strategic objectives. The Ukrainian armed forces, trained by the United States and its allies, were just as effective against the Russian military, as Afghanistan’s defence forces were against the ...

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  • On the 25th of May, 2022, just as all of Pakistan was glued to its television screens for the (anti)climactic conclusion to PTI’s long march, across the border, in Delhi, Yasin Malik, the fabled leader of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), was convicted to a sentence of life ...

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  • Imran Khan is almost 70 years old. But that’s not what this is about. My humble contention is that we, in Pakistan, live in the age of Imran Khan.I belong to a generation that was born in the 1980s. Growing up under the overarching shadow of Zia-ul-Haq and the Afghan War, as far back as memory ...

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  • Among the many permutations that are possible in Pakistan’s unprecedented judicio-political environment, one issue that is certainly going to raise its head is that concerning the fate of dissident PTI members—in the National and, in particular, the Provincial Assembly of Punjab. To this end, ...

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  • The virtue of a constitutional democracy rests in its promise to make governance subservient to the will of the people. By extension, the societal acceptance of a constitutional parliamentary democracy—like the one we have in Pakistan—rests on three basic assumptions: 1) that the ‘collective ...

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  • Imran Khan’s political doctrine, over the past many years, has rested on the idea of exposing the hypocrisy of the status quo in Pakistan. Till recently, this merely entailed a confrontation with the Sharifs and Zardaris of our land, whose narrative and façade of public interest belied the ...

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  • The allure of a democracy—above all other governance structures—rests on two fundamental assumptions: 1) that the collective ‘will of the people’, concerning issues of public importance, will translate into legislative and executive actions; and 2) that, over time, the democratic political ...

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  • Politics, in Pakistan, has long been an unending litany of partisan in-fighting, with no real benefit accruing to the public at large. The most tangible example of this ‘zero-sum’ game of politics was Pakistan’s lost decade of the 1990s, when, within one decade, five governments changed ...

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  • This week, a suicide attack ripped through a Shia-centric mosque in Peshawar during Friday prayers, killing more than 60 people and injuring almost 200 others. In the aftermath of this horrific event, the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the bombing, making it one of the biggest attacks ...

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  • Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which started some three days back, is now almost complete. The Ukrainian armed forces, trained by the United States and its allies, were just as effective against the Russian military, as Afghanistan’s defence forces were against the Taliban. Unlike the former ...

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  • Politics, in Pakistan, has long been an unending litany of partisan in-fighting, with no real benefit accruing to the public at large. The most tangible example of this ‘zero-sum’ game of politics was Pakistan’s lost decade of the 1990s, when, within one decade, five governments changed ...

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  • Members of the incumbent government, led by the worthy Prime Minister himself, should not shy away from accepting this undeniable fact; over the past 40 months, despite noteworthy efforts in certain areas, the PTI government has, for the most part, failed to fulfil its electoral ...

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  • As we commemorate Kashmir Solidarity Day this week, expressing our support to the grief-stricken and oppressed people of the occupied valley, it is important to revisit and understand the constitutional underpinnings of what happened on August 5, 2019. If for no other reason than because ...

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  • Afghanistan has been at the forefront of Pakistan’s foreign policy for at least thirty of the last forty years of our history. Triggered by the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, in December of 1979, and followed by the rise, then fall, and then rise again of the Taliban over the next four ...

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  • This week, Pakistan formally issued its first comprehensive National Security Policy (NSP) document, through a consensus of the civilian and military leadership in the country. The NSP, only 50 pages of which have been released for public consumption, attempts to articulate a citizen-centric ...

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  • Each year, during the months of January—February, Bar associations across Pakistan hold elections to choose their office-bearers. During this time, court surroundings and chambers are decked up with life-size (and larger) photo-posters of the candidates vying for office of the respective Bar ...

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  • The truth is that the ‘new year’ has no astronomical significance attached to it. None. It merely marks and celebrates an arbitrary point on the Earth’s elliptical journey around the Sun; a journey that neither started on January 1, nor experiences a revival on the said date.But ...

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  • The character and life of a nation is not measured in the number of years since its birth, nor in the quantum of foreign reserves in its banks, or the expanse of highways built across its land, or even by the lofty accolades that are ascribed to its name. The only true measure of a nation, its life ...

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  • Does the governance matrix in Pakistan, along with the State’s service delivery structure, live up to its democratic promise? Or, instead, are we entrapped in a system that is ‘democratic’ in name, but devoid of all the constituents that create a functional constitutional ...

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  • This month will mark fifty years of Bangladesh’s “independence” (read: separation), from Pakistan. The moment is a painful memory in Pakistan’s national history; just as, undoubtedly, it evokes horrors of war for the people of Bangladesh. And over the course of these fifty ...

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  • Amidst all the uncertainty surrounding the resurgence of coronavirus, global supply-chain disruption, and shifting international alliances, there is one thing that can be asserted with some measure of certainty: a new war, a new Great Game, a new world order, is afoot. And in the coming months and ...

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