NUSRAT JAVEED

  • In the ruthless business of politics, you survive and thrive only after developing a deeply thick skin. And Yousaf Raza Gilani is almost a veteran of this craft. At the outset of Monday’s sitting of the Senate, he took the floor to play some masterstrokes and convincingly established his ...

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  • I didn’t expect the Senate to resume meeting in business-as-usual manner Monday afternoon. Taking “live calls” from ordinary citizens a day earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan had indeed expressed some thoughts, startling many in the country. And they were certain to resonate in ...

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  • Participating in general discussion on The Finance (Supplementary) Bill- popularly called the mini-budget- in the National Assembly Wednesday, Chairman Pakistan Peoples’ Party, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, surely delivered a tightly focused speech. Instead of drifting to taunting point scoring, he ...

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  • Agonisingly callous realities of the madhouse, called the National Assembly of Pakistan, were fully exposed Monday evening. The lower house of our Parliament was holding the first sitting of a new session, primarily summoned to approve “The Finance (Supplementary) Bill,” popularly ...

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  • An overwhelming majority of our famous and experienced politicians continue to consider Imran Khan as a complete outsider to power and parliamentary games. Doing this, they often forget that he also happens to be the Prime Minister of Pakistan these days. And being the Chief Executive, he has a ...

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  • By all standards I am an old-school journalist. Frantically looking for the hard news was considered the fundamental function of my profession, when I started learning the basics of it in the mid-1970s. We were also taught to forget about our own opinions while reporting the news, without using any ...

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  • Ostensibly, the Imran government had summoned another session of the National Assembly, since Wednesday of the last week, to seek approval for a massive package of new taxes for getting a tranche of $1bn from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The ultimate regulator of the global economy ...

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  • By holding a joint sitting of both the houses of Parliament Wednesday and getting a record number of laws, (31), passed in one day, Prime Minister Imran Khan proved all those politicians and commentators completely wrong, excitedly spreading the feeling of doom and gloom about his ...

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  • ISLAMABAD   -  In spite of being a veteran of political games, Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani is primarily a sedate type. But he surely surprised me with edgy behaviour during the Senate sitting of Tuesday. Being the Opposition Leader in this House, the former prime minister often asked for ...

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  • Ansar Abbasi, a celebrity investigative journalist, surely stirred the sensational frenzy by breaking a news story Monday morning. It revealed the statement, on oath, by a retired Chief Judge of Gilgit-Baltistan, blaming a former Chief Justice of Pakistan for allegedly committing serious acts of ...

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  • For the past one-week, both Shehbaz Sharif and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari have been trying hard to inject some energy among parliamentarians representing the opposition parties in both the houses of our Parliament. Their efforts seemed delivering, somewhat Tuesday when the government failed to affirm ...

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  • Most of my younger colleagues are yet not able to fathom, deeply, that a sinister cabal of hostile countries and forces has launched the fifth generation war on Pakistan. Promoting chaos-stirring fake news in the name of furnishing information, works like the most lethal weapon for this version of ...

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  • We indeed are living in interesting times and the PTI government keeps making them more interesting by relentlessly furnishing a long chain of “historic-firsts,” almost every other day. But the unprecedented locking of the Press Gallery, during the Presidential address to a joint ...

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  • The question put by Ms Shamim Ara Panhwar, a PPP backbencher, at the outset of Monday’s sitting of the National Assembly certainly deserved a comprehensive answer. She wanted to find out from the Minister of Finance and Revenue “whether the name of Pakistan had been excluded from ...

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  • Even the hardened cynics have to admit that Ms Sherry Rehman and Mian Raza Rabbani of Pakistan Peoples’ Party laboriously work to furnish sanity and grace to proceedings of the Senate. Thanks to their diligence, the deeply polarised Upper House of our Parliament often surprised observers by ...

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  • It indeed is time that we ordinary Pakistanis realised that the Imran government and its political opponents are fighting no principle-driven war. They essentially are competing to prove more eligible for sharing power with the Praetorian Elite of this country and they have to play the competition ...

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  • Khawaja Mohammad Asif is one of the most senior leaders of a huge faction of Pakistan Muslim League. This group continues to firmly associate itself with Nawaz Sharif. During his third term as the prime minister, the so-called Panama Papers had surfaced like a bang in April 2016. They named a large ...

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  • For the first time since taking charge of his office in August 2018, Prime Minister Imran Khan could finally deliver a comprehensive speech in a deeply polarized National Assembly of Pakistan Wednesday afternoon. A significant number remained present on the Opposition benches throughout his long ...

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  • As predicted in this column, the government faced no serious checks while rushing through all ropes, parliamentary rules required for approving a Finance Bill. Only on one occasion during the National Assembly sitting of Monday, the Opposition tried to take advantage of thin-looking numbers on ...

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  • Close to the presentation of the budget, proposed for the fiscal year of 2021-22, almost each top leader of our main opposition parties, the PML-N and PPP, continued to boastfully claim that they were all set to shock the government. They pretended as if clandestinely collecting numbers to ensure ...

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  • The National Assembly of Pakistan was busy in eagerly discussing the budgetary proposals Wednesday when the news of an explosion in Lahore was flashed on TV screens as “breaking news.” The news triggered a flood of speculative stories on social media, some of which seemed clearly ...

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  • Fawad Chaudhry is an accomplished spin-doctor, enviably equipped to imagine and promote feel-good stories for whichever political party he decides to join for rising and rising in power games. These days, his talent is assiduously serving the Imran government. As the hands-on Information Minister, ...

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  • Participating in ‘general debate’ on budgetary proposals during an overstretched sitting of the National Assembly on Monday, a large number of senior parliamentarians, from both sides of the aisle, mostly delivered engaging speeches.  But hardly a person seemed to have assiduously ...

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  • An overwhelming majority of legislators hate to stay in Islamabad during weekend days. They prefer to spend these days in their constituencies; attending marriage and funeral ceremonies and being present at spaces, specifically created for patronage seeking visitors.  No wonder, on average, ...

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  • Asad Qaisar, the National Assembly Speaker, is finding it extremely difficult to regulate proceedings of the House, he presides with pomp and fury mostly associated with an upstart. He must not blame “others” for being exclusively responsible for the chaos, however. Not for a day since ...

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  • As expected the ceaseless heckling, which almost each prominent minister of the Imran government recklessly incited to disrupt the speech of Shehbaz Sharif Tuesday afternoon, eventually culminated in free for all brawls. Like insane football hooligans, a huge crowd of “our ...

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  • Parliamentary history of our luckless country is replete with events, most of which were tragic while many have forced us to feel embarrassed as a nation. Yet, ‘the precedent,’ the National Assembly of Pakistan has set Monday, will certainly be considered unique by all standards. It is ...

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  • “Shamelessly delinquent” is the mildest possible expression that I can afford using in a family newspaper for the shenanigans “our representatives” kept displaying, relentlessly, during the first sitting of another session of the National Assembly Monday evening.  The ...

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  • For another day, Senator after Senator kept taking the floor from both sides of the aisle to deliver passionate speeches for displaying sympathy and solidarity with Palestinians, the Zionist had recently targeted for ruthless bombing. The senators also prepared a ‘consensus resolution’ ...

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  • Wearing branded suit with a tie of striking colour, Dr Wasim Shahzad, the Leader of House in the Senate, delivered a passionate speech during the first sitting of our Upper House of Parliament Monday afternoon.  The sitting was devoted to discuss the issue of Palestine, which resurrected with ...

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