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

The Faizabad dharna judgment – Saad Rasool

Saad Rasool | Earlier this week, the honorable Supreme Court of Pakistan passed its detailed judgment concerning the 2017 Faizabad dharna of TLP, as well...

Extension of military courts – Saad Rasool

Saad Rasool | The tenure of ‘military courts’ is coming to an expiry, on 30th March 2019. And Pakistan is once again confronted with the...

A culture of brutality – Saad Rasool

Saad Rasool | The facts of the Sahiwal incident, the heart-wrenching videos of mortified children who survived and the shifting stance of the counterterrorism Department...

The new Chief Justice – Saad Rasool

Saad Rasool | At the stroke of midnight, on Thursday, the contentious judicial era of Chief Justice (Retd.) Mian Saqib Nisar came to an end....

Celebrating without cause? – Saad Rasool

Saad Rasool | Earlier in the week, as reported, the honorable Supreme Court of Pakistan referred the JIT Report (regarding money laundering by Asif Zardari...

Why Bar Associations need to be reformed?

Saad Rasool | Each year, during the months of January – February, Bar associations across Pakistan hold elections to choose their office-bearers. During this time, the...

We have seen your faces – Saad Rasool

Saad Rasool | The JIT Report submitted before the honourable Supreme Court of Pakistan – concerning Asif Zardari and the Omni Group – is perhaps...

Info wars against Pakistan: What should be our counter-strategy? – Saad...

Saad Rasool | Over the past ten days, the local and international media (especially the social media) has been abuzz with talk of Finance Minister...

FIR – False Information Report? – Saad Rasool

Saad Rasool | Earlier this week, during his speech at the symposium on population control, the honourable Chief Justice of Pakistan implored the Prime Minister...

Calling the enemy by its name – Saad Rasool

Saad Rasool | On Friday this week, terrorism once again raised its ugly head in Pakistan. In two simultaneous attacks, one in KPK and the...

Additional benches of the High Court? – Saad Rasool

Saad Rasool | This week – in a sight that has become all too familiar over the recent years – our nation witnessed lawyers protesting...

Escaping accountability? – Saad Rasool

Saad Rasool | When the Panama Leaks scandal took the world by storm, shaking the very foundations of politics in Pakistan, there was widespread criticism...

Rethinking the education paradigm – Saad Rasool

Saad Rasool | In matters of State and politics, the ‘urgent’ has an uncanny ability to crowd out the ‘important’. Stuck in the urgency of...

Article 209 and judicial accountability – Saad Rasool

Saad Rasool | The removal of Justice Shaukat Siddiqui, of the honorable Islamabad High Court, under Article 209 of the Constitution, does not come as...

NAB in the docket – Saad Rasool

Saad Rasool | Over the past few weeks, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has become a focus of controversy and intrigue (even more so than...

Rethinking the sporting structure – Saad Rasool

Saad Rasool | A colleague of mine, who is still too young to have been jaded about his faith in Pakistan Cricket Team, was distraught...

Reforming our madrassas – Saad Rasool

Saad Rasool | PTI’s 100-day plan is ambitious. It spans areas concerning governance, economy, agriculture, environment, social sector reform, and national security. And, truth be...

Pledge of allegiance – Saad Rasool

Saad Rasool | ‘Karbala’ is not simply the name of a geographical place on the map of the world. In fact, on the physical plane,...

The ink of a scholar – Saad Rasool

Saad Rasool | In a deeply saddening turn of events, Dr. Atif Mian, an economist of Princeton University, was forced to resign from the Economic...

The civil-military argument – Saad Rasool

Saad Rasool | Throughout our history, Pakistan has been consumed by (an ongoing) debate about civil-military imbalance. This argument stands on two assertions, one factual...

The love-hate Khan relationship – Saad Rasool

Saad Rasool | Politics has a weird way of distributing people into ideological camps. ‘Ideological’ here is being used as a concession to describe the...

The incredible story of Imran Khan

Saad Rasool | Imran Khan has been sworn in as the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan. Put another way: Prime Minister Imran Khan (just saying...

A time for hope

Saad Rasool | This week, Pakistan celebrates its 71st anniversary of independence, members of a new Parliament take their respective oaths of office, a new...

Does money dominate the outcome of the electoral process?

Saad Rasool | As we settle our democratic nerves, in the post-election scenario, all energies (of media personnel and political operatives) have been focused on...

The promise of #NayaPakistan

Saad Rasool | The 25th of July, 2018, has ushered a new era of governance in Pakistan. To view this as a victory for one...

Cast your vote for ‘Naya Pakistan’

Saad Rasool | This week, on the 25th of July, 2018, the ‘tired, poor, and huddled masses’ of our nation, yearning to breathe free, will...

Nawaz: Final drop scene & defeat of pride

Saad Rasool | The events of Friday night, resulting in the arrest of Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz, mark the final drop-scene in...

A judicial answer to ‘Mujhe kiyo’n nikala?’

Saad Rasool | After an excruciating wait of almost a year – since the 28th July, 2017 verdict that disqualified Mr. Nawaz Sharif – the...

A healthy democracy needs pre-poll legal scrutiny

Saad Rasool | The nomination process for electoral candidates for the 2018 general elections is now complete. Candidates have been finalized, and party tickets have...

Government of the elite, by the elite, for the elite in...

Saad Rasool | The intoxicating allure of ‘democracy’ stems from the fundamental promise that all citizens, on equal footing, have the right to participate in...

Khan’s politics of courting the ‘electables’; will it work?

Saad Rasool | As politics, in Pakistan, enters its home-stretch for the 2018 general elections, there is a palpable sense of nervousness across our political...

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...

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