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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...

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...

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 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 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...

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...

Mysterious silence of PTI on nomination papers

Junaid Ali Malik | People have high hopes from Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI). Most of the people who never thought of taking part in Pakistani politics...

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...

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...

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...

State Surrender

Saad Rasool | As the nation recovers from TLY’s dharnas in Islamabad and Lahore, one lamentable fact has become painfully clear: no matter who the...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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