Byline: NUSRAT JAVEED
It surely is time for the opposition parties to seriously ponder over the question whether enforcing a Senate session upon the government really helps them to build and promote the narrative of their preference. The Senate proceedings of Wednesday, furnished a firm 'NO' as the answer to this question, if you ask me.
Like a novice to parliamentary battles, leading lights of the number-strong opposition in the Senate initially looked as if savoring the comfort and joy of victors. They felt too good over the fact that the government had agreed to only discuss issues that the opposition flagged for justifying the requisition of a Senate session.
'Political victimization' was the issue selected for an exhaustive discussion Wednesday. Ms Sherry Rehman and Raza Rabbani took full advantage of it at the start of the sitting for delivering hard-hitting speeches.
Faisal Javed stood from the treasury benches to respond. During the struggling years of the PTI, Senator Javed used to ignite and sustain passionate energy while behaving like a DJ for this party's rallies and dharnas. Speaking for the Imran Government these days, however, he tries hard to act sober and mature. But never stops teasing and taunting the opposition by referring to 'facts' that to him clearly establish the 'loot and plunder,' the PPP and the PML-N had allegedly been indulging in during their turns in the government.
Instead of focusing on 'political victimization,' he started blurting out figures to show that the Imran Government inherited a 'bankrupt economy.' After deftly dealing with the presumed 'bankruptcy,' he went on, the Imran Government was now focusing on stabilizing it. The ultimate monitors of the global economy, i.e., the World Bank, the IMF and the Asian Development Bank etc., were collectively acknowledging the current government's focus on the economic recovery.
After highlighting 'the speedy achievements' of the Imran Government on the economic front, Senator Faisal Javed switched to laugh at the crowd that Maulana Fazlur Rehman had assembled in Islamabad. He feigned being genuinely concerned about the 'innocent students of Madrassas' that Maulana had brought, but 'abandoned' them to endure the thundering rain and bone chilling wind Tuesday night.
Wailing over the miserable state of Maulana's followers, Senator Javed also had to remind the caring sides of Prime Minister Imran Khan. Through writing a Tweet Wednesday morning, he had ordered...