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Posted in Uncategorized by osamabinjavaid on January 30, 2013

Supreme Court of Pakistan -meddling disabler in collusion with parts of media OR champion of establishing rule of law? http://dawn.com/2013/01/29/bokharis-stunning-outburst-against-judiciary-media/



“Please accept my gratitude for supporting unhindered execution of my mandate. Large recoveries have been made (about Rs 25 Billion). The Prevention activity of focusing on the current procurements and projects of Rs. 1.5 Trillion to eliminate possible corrupt practices, and the disclosure of heavy daily wastage of revenue and state owned resources indicative of decade’s old systemic flaws is being addressed by the Government.

“However, I write to you at a critical juncture in the history of our country when our people anxiously await free and fair elections. At this juncture all political players appear unanimous and united to respond to the aspirations of their countrymen. There is broad consensus that non political players must not be allowed to derail the political process. The Military has made its position clear and firmly stands with the people.

“I am constrained to observe and bring…

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#WeAreAllHazara **

Posted in Uncategorized by osamabinjavaid on January 23, 2013

It’s unprecedented.
Women, children and elderly have been protesting with 86 dead bodies of their loved ones. The cold weather and similar treatment by the authorities have had no effect on their resolve. These are the Hazaras of Quetta. The city that saw more than a hundred deaths in a sectarian attack on January 10.

And their plight has gripped the Pakistani nation. Protests and sit-ins spread like wildfire in all major cities after the victims decided to stand their ground. Their demand is being echoed in all four provinces – the dismissal of the inept Balochistan government.

The bombing was indiscriminate, it took the lives of Shias, Sunnis, journalists, rescue workers and policemen I spoke to journalists and the civil society, who are all surprised at the utter incompetence of the concerned authorities. The Inspector General of police was reportedly present in the city but the death of nine police officers did not make him get out of a warm room. The Chief minister is abroad and after a grave tragedy, hasn’t considered cancelling his private business. And what can one say about the elected representatives. None of the 64 members of the provincial assembly, who by the way are all ministers, was present in the provincial capital.

And it’s this performance of the state machinery which has led the Hazaras to demand a military intervention. They want a surgical operation against the Lashkar I Jahngvi’s radical fighters who boasted about killing Shias. They want the governor of Balochistan to take charge and give the responsibility of maintain law and order to the corps commander.

The attempt to create a sectarian divide hasn’t worked – well at least so far. Leaders of the Hazara committee say Shia Hazaras have been targeted for the past 13 years. But they have existed peacefully and there is no Shia-Sunni divide. Their anger is aimed at a bunch of terrorists who – according to them – are being funded by foreign governments. They say these terrorists are anti-Pakistan and should be brought to justice. The demand seeking justice for killers is not unique to Quetta, victims in Swat, Karachi, Peshawar are all waiting.

All hope is not lost. A popular politician Imran Khan has made his way to Quetta to show solidarity. Pakistan’s biggest opposition party – the Muslim League Nawaz intends to join the protesters. Even government allies like the MQM have condemned the killings. And the country’s largest Islamic party, the Jamat I Islami has announced its support to stop the cleansing of Hazaras.
And Pakistan’s youth is also fed up. Activists from various parts of Pakistan and not just Shias are taking to the streets. In Lahore their chants haven’t stopped for over 48 hours, in Karachi they are occupying the encroached land in front or president Zardari’s palace and similar scenes can be seen across the country.

Maybe, just maybe, this tragedy can result in protecting the rights of the Hazaras and other minorities in Pakistan. There is only so long you can let your loved ones dead body remain on the road….

**The post was written before the dismissal of the Balochistan government To date the people who went missing after the attacks havent been found or heard from

A certain season of uncertainty in Pakistan

Posted in Uncategorized by osamabinjavaid on January 22, 2013

Just a few hundred meters away from the parliament, the presidency and the supreme court is the square in shape of the letter “D”.

This is where Canadian-Pakistani cleric Tahirul Qadri, intended to create his version of Egypt’s Tahrir square.

In a related but not directly linked development, the Supreme Court has given orders to arrest the prime minister on a corruption case pending since March.

The ruling has given new impetus to Qadri’s followers but the chief justice has made it clear that elections will be held on time and no unconstitutional force will be supported.

The prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf is among 16 people who have been implicated in kickbacks involving rental power plants while he was the minister for water and power.

But nothing in Pakistan is simple, the supreme court’s decision has to go through the National Accountability Bureau or NAB. On Thursday, the court was angry at the NAB chairman for not carrying out its orders and issued a contempt of court notice against him  The supreme court said it had based the decision on documents provided by the government and was surprised at the argument of the NAB prosecutor who wanted time to further investigate the case. The court has told NAB to hand over all case records.The case has been adjourned till January 23rd.
For the last two years winters in Islamabad have seen a spike in political temperature.  In 2011-12 around the same time it was Imran Khan on the wave of change and rooting out corruption. This year it’s Qadri. Tahirul Qadri returned to Pakistan after getting his Canadian citizenship, which he says is permissible under Pakistani law.

He has previously been elected under Genaral Pervez Musharraf’s government and has also been part of the former military dictator Ziaul Haq’s martial law regime. But he says he has come back to Pakistan as an agent of change.

He hasn’t been able to achieve much but inadvertently brought together all political parties on the agenda of saving democracy. Even a coalition partner of the government, the MQM, took back its decision to take part in Qadri’s rally.

Political leaders in Pakistan have questioned his millions of dollars which are being spent on arranging rallies and massive publicity campaigns in all forms of media.

Tahirul Qadri’s Minhajul Quran international insists that funds have been collected by its network of followers in 90 countries.

But Qadri is using popular slogans and public frustration as the basis for his demand of “cleansing the political system”. In the last five years the PPP led coalition has been criticized for bad governance and a huge increase in corruption and inflation.

At an all parties conference convened under Nawaz Sharif’s PMLN, political parties agreed to not support Qadri but demanded that the government announce the schedule for elections and setup a caretaker govt.

The assemblies complete their tenure on March 16 and lections have been promised in two months after a caretaker government takes charge. Important announcements are expected in the national assembly session on January 21.

Qadri had made strong statements for the duration of his protest and the responded in kind. The minister for information said Qadri’s making vague demands. Qamar Zaman Kaira said if Qadri doesn’t calm down, political parties can also bring their crowds to the streets. But that war of words has now ended.

Qadri and the government called it their victory but none of his big demands were met. Both sides have agreed on a long march declaration. Some are saying that the establishment’s plan to shake up the political system has been achieved.

But the sit in is finally over and for Pakistanis it has come as a sigh of relief. Because a fragile democracy like Pakistan – after a decade of a military dictatorship – can ill afford showdowns.