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Saad Rasool is a lawyer based in Lahore. He has a Masters in Constitutional Law from Harvard Law School.

A generational failure

Saad Rasool | The democratic process in Pakistan has completed its second consecutive term (ten years), for the first time in the country’s history. And...

The Constitutional Matrix of FATA

Saad Rasool | Earlier this week, the National Assembly, in its dying days, has passed a historic piece of legislation, which has been long overdue....

Do courts have authority to punish people for judicial contempt?

Saad Rasool | As the ‘ship our State’ enters its final stretch in the ongoing politico-constitutional tussle between PML(N) and the honourable Supreme Court, an...

An Irrelevant Senate?

Saad Rasool | The Senate Election, 2017, have concluded in an eventless manner, despite months of speculative apprehensions and whispers of some undefined conspiracy. As the...

I am the King – I don’t need courts to verify...

Saad Rasool | On Wednesday, the honorable Supreme Court of Pakistan announced its short order in the challenge to Election Act, 2017, removing Nawaz Sharif...

Beyond Lodhran by-election

Saad Rasool | This week, in NA-154 Lodhra’n, PTI heavy weight Ali Tareen (read: Jehangir Tareen) lost the by-election to Syed Iqbal Shah – a...

#JusticeForZainab

Saad Rasool | There are no words to express the grief, the shock, and the anger that people of Pakistan feels at the death of...

Hudaibya Decision: Should Ex-heads of NAB from Gen. Amjad to Qamar...

Saad Rasool | A three-member bench of the honorable Supreme Court of Pakistan has released its detailed judgment in the Hudaibya case, dismissing NAB’s appeal...

Pakistan: Dethroning of a King by a court

Saad Rasool | The ongoing Panama Saga – which started in the Spring of 2016, when the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) released series...

A sorry tale of lawyers vandalism and ‘judicial surrender’

Saad Rasool | Just as our national gaze is focused on NAB references against the Sharif family, the review petition in Panama case, and Benazir...

Law of the mafia: PML-N lawyers on fire

Saad Rasool | This has been a harrowing week for the legal community, particularly in Punjab. What started off, earlier in the month, as the latest...

Maligning the honourables; PML-N’s declaration of war

Saad Rasool | Thousands of years of human history bears testament to the fact that when dynasties and empires are faced with imminent decline, they...

“History was made: Decline of a Dynasty Televised Live”

Saad Rasool |  The decline of a man, his political clique, political culture, and political time, is being televised, live, across Pakistan. At the time of...

A moral judgment?

Saad Rasool | The honorable Supreme Court of Pakistan, on Friday, disqualified Mian Nawaz Sharif, from being member of the National Assembly, under Article 62(1)(f)...

Disqualification without trial?

Saad Rasool | The three-member implementation bench of the honorable Supreme Court of Pakistan has reserved its judgment in perhaps the most publicized case in...

Can the SC disqualify the PM (and Maryam Nawaz) without referring...

Saad Rasool | What Dr. Shahid Masood calls ‘Operation Dhabardoos’, seems to be well under way. Braving through a barrage of criticism and character assassination, the...

Panama Case: should Supreme Court render the final judgement?

Saad Rasool | The Panama Leaks case is about to reach its much-awaited crescendo. And for the second time, over the past one hundred days,...

The summoning of the Sharif family by JIT: Shall we praise...

Saad Rasool | Last week had been consumed with speculations and talk about Mr. Nawaz Sharif and his family’s appearance before the Panama case JIT....

Pakistan’s Challenge: Investigating the King’s Coterie

Saad Rasool | There is a fantastic (true) story about Morris Dees, a civil rights lawyer in the United States who, at the peak of...

Pakistan’s culture of Politics thrives on the many Nihal Hashmis

Saad Rasool | The infamous speech of Mr. Nihal Hashmi – an abominable (former) Senator of PML-N – has laid bare the rotten core of...

Islamic Military Alliance: Seeking Non-Muslim help against a Muslim sect

Saad Rasool | This past week, leaders of almost 50 ‘Islamic’ nations met, under the leadership of Donald Trump and the frail King Salman, as...

Pakistan Army: The hope that got shattered

Saad Rasool | The Dawn Leaks issue has fizzled out, almost as inexplicably as it arose. And, in the aftermath, a significant fraction of Pakistanis...

JIT: Now is the real test of Pakistan’s institutions

Saad Rasool | Earlier this week, the honourable Chief Justice of Pakistan, pursuant to the Panama Leaks judgment, dated 20th April, 2017, constituted the special...

Nawaz’s Silence on Indian Involvement in Sponsoring Terror in Pakistan

Saad Rasool| On Monday, Director General of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Major General Asif Ghafoor, announced that Ehsanullah Ehsan, the former spokesperson for prescribed...

Blood and Mayhem: The true face of a blind impotent society

Saad Rasool | The barbarity of events that transpired in Abdul Wali Khan University of Mardan, against the helpless Mashal Khan, puts age-old tales...

When will the criminal silence of the state over Shia killings...

Saad Rasool | On Thursday, last week, 24 innocent Shias were killed, and more than 100 others got injured, as a car bomb ripped through...

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