Monthly Archives: July 2012

Contempt of Constitution – Part 2

Contempt of Court or Contempt of Constitution?

(Courtesy Pakistan State Times “pstimes.com” Friday, July 27, 2012)

Disqualification of the Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani was not the only case wherein the Supreme Court has violated the constitution blatantly by convicting him for disobeying an ultra-constitutional order. After the 1999 coup-de-etate it has played vital role in reinforcing the military regime by its verdict declaring the coup as a need of time & in the greater interest of the country & the nation. The Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO) itself was a violation of constitution & all PCO Judges clearly violated it at will.

On ousting of Ex-Premier Syed Yusuf Raza Gillani, Hindu Press Council of India’s Chairman and former judge of the Indian Supreme Court, Markandey Katju, said the Pakistani Supreme Court had no right to dismiss a prime minister or overrule the constitutional immunity given to the president. He regretted to say that the Pakistani Supreme Court, particularly its chief justice, has been showing utter lack of restraint. This is not expected of superior courts. In fact the court and its chief justice have been playing to the galleries for long. It has clearly gone overboard and flouted all canons of constitutional jurisprudence, he noted.

PPP law makers, on the other hand, by making laws against the spirit of the constitution are also violating it. The Contempt of Court Law 2012 being violation of the basic human rights is itself a Contempt of Constitution. 26 petitions have been filed in different registries of the Supreme Court and the Apex court has resumed hearing on July 23rd for the same.

The excerpt of the new law read as:

“A true averment made in good faith and temperate language for initiation of action or in the course of disciplinary proceedings against a judge, before the chief justices of the Supreme Court and high courts, the Supreme Judicial Council and the federal or provincial governments, shall not amount to contempt of court.” The clause is a clear violation of the Islamic spirit and concept of the equality. It gives people a sense of superiority or inferiority as against the will of constitution and Islam, says the petitions. It automatically has invoked the question on the Presidential Immunity also.

Pakistan Bar Council (PCB) & Lahore High Court Bar Association (LHCBA) observed Black Day on Monday, July 23rd, highlighting the ultra-constitutional clauses of the said law and believes the Supreme Courts would struck down the bill entirely, but admits also, the legality of the bill as framed by the parliament, who is responsible to make laws.

Amid this confrontation between institutions, Dr. Farooq Sattar, the parliamentary leader of MQM, has shown his concern over the clash between Executive and the Judiciary highlighting the lecture of his party’s Chief Mr. Altaf Hussain alerting the nation of the serious threats being faced by the country. Sattar asked people and the institutions, emphasising unity and solidarity as obligatory, to steer the country out of the danger by avoiding confrontation.

A Wakeup Call from Altaf Bhai

Courtesy “The News Blog” Saturday 21/07/2012:
http://blogs.thenews.com.pk/blogs/2012/07/21/a-wakeup-call-from-altaf-bhai/

Recently, Altaf Hussain, or as we call him Altaf bhai, in a lecture delivered to his party workers, at the International Secretariat, London, went very sentimental stressing that the politicians were busy playing the power politics while the country’s security, sovereignty & integrity is at a great risk (Does he exclude himself from the list or not, is a question). He believes that the so-called democratic government’s failed foreign policies have put the country under a huge threat to his existence.

According to him, a few days back only, the US Congress has sent a bill to Obama Administration to declare a militant group in Pakistan as Foreign Terrorists Organization (FTO) and asked Pakistan to work against it. The bill also requires Obama Administration to highlight whether the group meets the criteria to be declared as FTO & if the Pakistani Govt. is helping the US deal with the same group or not. The worst part was that, Pakistan itself could be declared a rogue state if any of the same militant group were found involved in any act of terrorism outside Pakistan. So, what leaves me wondering is, do we stand next in line for an operation in the guise of the ‘sacred war against terrorism’?

Moreover, Altaf bhai discussed the strategic geopolitical position of Pakistan, its foreign policies and the loopholes in it. Sadly, as he believes that Pakistan itself had created problems for its existence by forming the militant organizations to combat with Ex Soviet Union. Ironically, the same militant organizations have now turned into hungry monsters and are after our defense mechanism.

Turning to the bleeding issues of Balochistan, he advised the Govt. & all other politicians to accept all the conditions placed by the Baloch as long as they assure us the unity & sovereignty of Pakistan. Sadly speaking, instead of paying heed to his sincere suggestions, the critics of MQM & Altaf Hussain have started slinging mud on him once again. Surely there isn’t any logical argument to counter Altaf bhai but to call him a British Citizen, terrorist, traitor and what not.

This is definitely not the first time, Altaf bhai has tried to wake-up and unite the nation. In the past, he has many a times to the Public, Govt, Military, Journalists and the Judiciary to rise above the self-oriented interests so that we can fight the foreign enemy. Aren’t there rumors that Afghanistan would wedge a war like situation against Pakistan through its northwestern boarders?

The question is, that in such a situation, will the US support us or will try to rip us off our Nuclear & Strategic Assets? History is a witness that Altaf bhai’s forecasts are a result of his visionary approach and an evidence of his love and sincerity towards the country & the nation. And so even though there are critics who don’t bother to consider his realistic approaches & forecasts, a vast majority of public has put their trust in him & considers Bhai to be their leader.

NA-151 Bi-Elections and Litmus test of the parties

The article originally published in Dunya News Blog on 20/07/2012 http://blogs.dunyanews.tv/?p=4856 & again Cross Posted at http://criticalppp.com/archives/132866 on the same day.

The bi-elections for the National Assembly’s seat NA-151 Multan, vacated after the disqualification of the Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani in a contempt of court case, held on 19 July 2012. The polls concluded the success of the ex-premier’s son, candidate of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Abdul Qadir Gilani, who got 64,628 votes. The runner-up Shaukat Hayat Bosan, an independent candidate, secured 60,532 votes, unofficial reports says. Earlier Malik Ishaq Bucha, supposed to be nominated by Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz Group (PMLN) quit the party to join Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). PMLN extended its support to Saukat Bosan, the brother of Sikandar Boson of PTI. Sikandar Bosan, the winner of the same seat in 2002 general elections on PMLQ ticket, had already withdrawn from the polls.

In the last general elections of 2008, the same seat was contested by Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani (PPP), Sikandar Hyat Khan Bosan (PMLQ) & Malik Majid Bucha (PMLN). Number of votes each candidate secured was 70498, 45764, 17139 respectively. Sources reveal Shaukat Boson enjoyed support of PMLN, PTI & their allies including Jamat-e-Islami. The result of bi-poll is almost the same as was in 2008 & one may notice there is no major upset in the voting pattern from the past, that mean the alliance of 3 major right-wing parties & their candidate could not make a big difference.

In other words, the bi-polls proved to be the litmus test of the parties contesting, wherein PPP proved its strong grip & popularity & even after the coalition all right-wing parties had to face the defeat. PMLN who claims to be the representative of the masses, especially in Punjab, could not even find a candidate to nominate in the constituency. Its expected candidate Ishaq Bucha had preferred to support PPP’s candidate over them. People believe PMLN should concentrate to make room for it in Southern Punjab instead of supporting the miscreants in Sindh.

PTI, on the other hand remained firm on its custom of escaping the polls. Its boycott & covert support to Shaukat Bosan convincing people to believe either it doesn’t have courage of antagonism or is secretly giving benefits to the status quo. To my Surprise bi-poll result go up against all surveys portraying PTI as the most popular & PPP as the most hated party in Pakistan. Jamat-e-Islami still proved to be negligible fraction of the society.

This litmus test is sufficient to predict the future political scenario which would be, pre-election or post-election coalition of all right wing parties including PTI, PMLN & Jamat-e-Islami, unchanged voting patterns, public support for status quo parties, same voter, same candidates, same problems & same miseries.

Reason of Unrest in Karachi – Law & Order OR Political & Demographic Order

The article was published in Dunya News Blog on 18/07/2012. (Courtesy Dunya News Blog) – http://blogs.dunyanews.tv/?p=4844

Just now I came across the news, A United Nations (UN) Doctor was attacked near Sohrab Goth, Karachi. No casualty was reported. Dr. Foston himself received minor injuries. The incident gives a glimpse how the city is engulfed in unrest & terrorism and has been made hostage by some miscreants. An obvious question, people have in minds when a Doctor of the United Nations & our own security agencies are not safe, how would they ensure the people’s security in the city?

Karachi, being the economic hub & the biggest metropolis of Pakistan always attracted the people around from the country for different purposes. Some are willing to carry on their studies in the Universities & Colleges while some wishes to excel their career in the city. Investors from around the country & abroad considered Karachi the best place to invest funds at. The poor friendly city always welcomed & embraced everyone. Needless to say, in turn the same people from different walk of life, belonging to the different areas contributed their share in the development & ecstasy of the city.

Karachi has seen three phases of its development. In the first phase it was developed by the British Empire from a small village to a port town. The population of the city grew from some hundreds to almost 100,000 in that period. In the second phase the immigrants, normally known as Muhajir, who migrated from Muslim Minority Provinces after partition of sub-continent, developed it, in this period the city experienced a boom in infrastructure, economy, industry, education, culture, population & all other sectors. The third phase wherein the city became the biggest metropolis & the centre of all economic activities & people from other parts of the country started taking part in its development. Their collective collaboration made this city world known, developed & dream of everyone to be lived in or work at.

Apart from the positives, there are always some dark sides too. Karachi while embracing the new comers also proved to be safe heaven for a number of goons & miscreants who contributed their share also, but to develop the underground economy instead. The same miscreants developed arms & ammunition markets, drugs markets, black markets & finally the same miscreants getting stronger by the time turned to be organized mafias. Extending their underground economy, they started land grabbing, armed robberies, kidnapping for ransom, even target killing for a few rupees or funding terrorists of banned outfits became their normal course of life.

Even some groups established state within the state. The law enforcement agencies seemed to be helpless & found looking for their own safety. The abduction & killing after torture became a routine & the worst part, it turned to be an “Ethnic Civil War” where people of different ethnic origin started to be abducted & killed tortured, specially the same Muhajir people who had already sacrificed for the creation of the country & contributed the most for its development. Evidence is there that the whole bloodshed was initiated, sponsored & directed by some high officials of the Govt. itself. History was repeating itself. In the past some officials from the then Govt. also staged such genocide, either to exercise or grab more power or to change the “Political & Demographic Order” of the city to extract benefits. The incidents of last 4 years appeared to be the sequel of the sam! e state owned terrorism.

For law enforcement agencies, to change the “Political & Demographic Order” proved more important then to maintain the “Law & Order”. Surprisingly, the law enforcement agencies acted as silent spectators in whole episode. Perhaps the matter was bigger then the “law & order” only. As the subsequent incidents revealed the real issue “Political & Demographic Order”, it was also revealed that the law enforcers were not allowed to interfere & kept away from the scene.

The mafias active in the city are abducting common people by identifying them as Muhajir & killing them after torture. Traders are being kidnapped and released after receiving huge ransom. Investment & investors are fleeing from the city. The ecstasy of the city is getting dimmed. The city of lights has turned into city of darks. The political leadership is blaming each other. They all, rather we all are equally responsible irrespective of political affiliation, ethnic origin, in or out of the Govt, have powers or not. The Govt. & Law Enforcement Agencies are not fulfilling their duty to maintain law & order and book the criminals, the opposition parties are equally responsible with their criminal silence, parties which are out of assemblies also acting uncaringly by supporting the mafia directly or indirectly, & we the people of Pakistan are the real responsible for all the mess by supporting the wrong ! voice, wrong people & wrong instances just to get short term benefits & for this we have put our long run benefits, our future at stake!

The cold blood murders of thousands of the innocent people could not draw attention of the authorities, law enforcement agencies, judiciary & the media specially the international media. May be the incident of today would prove to be the turning point & the terrorism & genocide in Karachi would get attention of the authorities & innocent lives could be saved.

Waderai ka Beta

Originally this article was published in “The News Blog” on 16/07/2012 & later published in “Dunya News Blog” on 24/07/2012.

http://blogs.thenews.com.pk/blogs/2012/07/16/waderai-ka-beta/
http://blogs.dunyanews.tv/?p=4938

I am inspired by “Waderai ka Beta” by Ali Gul Pir not because of its music, lyrics or humor but by the theme which hammered the roots of many problems in our society in a very light mood. While listening to the funny description of how a feudal son works his way out regarding his education, influence, and accomplices, one may say, he portrayed the whole social scenario in just a few lines. However, let me say, the sins of these Waderas & their sons are far bigger than those mentioned by Ali Gul Pir.

It is not just a simple case of the waderas & their sons enjoying a lavish lifestyle of their own wealth; rather it is an issue of plundering our money. It is not a matter of them threatening to put people in jail for no reason; rather it is a social issue of how they have made their own jails, putting dozens behind bars. Needless to say, it is also not just about having fake college or university degrees but it is of concern when it comes to deciding our future prospects.

Mostly waderas and their sons keep armed guards, are influential and also use false cases against rivals to victimize them. However this is not limited to waderas alone, we may find a wadera culture in every department be it politics, bureaucracy, military, journalism, judiciary even the modern day educated business tycoons have proved to be waderas.

Some are exposed in corruption cases through looting and plundering public funds, while others have been exposed by taking bribes, plots and permits, some may be found using powers and authorities to obtain benefits. It is no wonder then that an ordinary person is unable to stop or even raise his voice against this injustice which has spread its tentacles as those of a octopus.

Ali Gul Pir may have highlighted many aspects of a wadera based culture. From traditional wadera attire to the wadera status symbol “Pajero”. He also mentioned the fact that a traditional wadera usually doesn’t even know where from the money is flowing from. Furthermore he uncovered many ways through which waderas and their sons utilize money on luxury cars, branded shoes, expensive watches, dresses and partying with friends. The funny part of the description, while explaining psychological pressure which a wadera exerts on our society, we may hear everyone repeating this line “Saeen tou saeen – Saeen ka Kutta bhi saeen”!

Though being presented through a humorous take, it depicts the true picture of our society. The reality hammering in the whole presentation attracted people so much so that after the video had been uploaded on June 14 by Ali Gul Pir, till date it has been watched by 1,310,383 times, the counter may be increased if we add counts from the same video uploaded by others which is also not less than 420,000 hits in last 1 month. The hits predict this counter will surely go on.

PTI and PML-N: Pro-US or anti-US?

Originally this Blog was published in the Express Tribune on 12/07/2012. I have reproduced from the original publication: (Courtesy the Express Tribune).
http://blogs.tribune.com.pk/story/12718/pti-and-pml-n-pro-us-or-anti-us/
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Recently, in an interview with BBC Urdu, the US Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter revealed that he had met with PTI Chairman Imran Khan and PML-N Chief Nawaz Sharif. He further stated that both leaders had assured him of a pro-US government if elected.

Now, this has come as a huge surprise to many people given that these two leaders have portrayed a distinct negative stance towards the US in their political statements in the past.

However, should we really be surprised?

This is not the first time Nawaz Sharif’s links with the US have come into the limelight. Earlier in 1999, during the Kargil conflict, Nawaz Sharif’s inclination towards the US had been observed when he had visited the US at the peak of the conflict. He met with some high profile leaders there, including President Bill Clinton just before the decision of withdrawing the troops from Kargil came forth. At this time, Pakistan’s position was very strong; most of the posts were already under Pakistan’s control, but Nawaz Sharif signed the Washington Accord on July 4, 1999. He accepted the US terms while the united platform of the Kashmiri and Pakistani fighters refused to accept the government’s decision.

This secret meeting recently revealed by Munter seems like an unfortunate repetition of history.

What came as an even bigger surprise to me, however, was Imran Khan’s alleged meeting with Munter.

Now, if you recall, Imran Khan is well known for his anti-US stance on the NATO supply routes, the Afghan war, US aid, drone attacks on Pakistani territories and the list goes on. For the first time known to the public, Khan seems to have taken a pro-Us stance! This is in total contradiction to what he made the basis of his politics. Imran Khan has remained vocal throughout his political career against the policy of aligning with the US to the point that he has attracted the rightist anti-US voters. Imran Khan has criticised the government’s US friendly policies on numerous occasions, so him meeting Munter and assuring him of a US friendly government has come as a bit of a let down to his supporters.

This revelation has, indeed, put the PTI and PML-N supporters in a quandary. Think about it; if you support a party, it isn’t because the leader is good looking. It is because you support their policies. Thus, when Imran Khan goes and does something which is against everything he stood for, doesn’t this raise a question of whether you should still support him or not?

Granted, Khan has issued a statement saying that he is not anti-US, he is just against their policies, but this is just word play; Pro-US means not meddling with US foreign policy, and allowing the transport of NATO containers. You cannot be Pro-US but against their policies. I am just wondering whether Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), Ahle Sunnat wal Jamat (ASWJ) and Jamaatud Daawa (JuD) are re-thinking their relations with both the parties.

Munter’s revelation has left people with some obvious questions in mind.

Many are wondering whether, now, their support for the PTI and PML-N will mean their indirect support for the US. Questions are emerging of whether drone attacks will continue if PTI comes to power; whether the PML-N will fulfil its promises to the people or to the US; whether Pakistan’s soverignity will be attacked even under the leadership of the PTI.

People are now wondering who exactly to vote for.

The burning sentiments of the people against the US had had convinced them to support Imran Khan or PML-N. I am almost certain that this will change if Imran Khan or Nawaz Sharif is found to be siding with the US.

Jamat-e-Islami Finds New Shoulders to Climb onto

In a recent meeting between Syed Munawar Hassan of Jamat-e-Islami (JI) & Imran Khan of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) both the leaders agreed on a joint campaign against Govt. & its allies & vowed to defend Judiciary from conspiracies. Imran Khan, while briefing the media stated that JI & PTI are like minded & want change in the country, for that both the parties agreed to omit chances of alliance with any of the parties in the house.

It was the first time PTI tried to evade political isolation unlike the past & tied the knots with a right wing party with less political weight unlikely to yield benefits to PTI. Jamat, despite its strong organizational structure & educated middle class follower-ship, hardly managed to win a few seats in its 65 years history in Pakistan. Wikileaks also exposed its connections with Taliban & Al-Qaida. Does Imran Khan really showed a mature approach by joining hands with JI or as per past experiences, had done a blunder again by closing the doors for other political parties, which could put PTI into real political isolation. Interestingly as against Khan’s claim both JI & PTI are different in nature, approach, vision & mission. JI is conservative in nature while PTI claims to be liberal & enlightened as per Iqbal’s vision.

In a recent survey, PEW research centre revealed Imran Khan as the most popular leader in Pakistan. 7 out of 10 Pakistanis liked Khan in a face to face survey by the centre. Media is projecting him as a National Level Leader. Political Analysts have already expressed their opinion in his favour. In this scenario JI’s hand shake with PTI is chary. Does JI, this time, is trying to use PTI’s shoulders to climb onto? Like it had done with Z.A.Bhutto back in 1970s, Zia-ul-Haq, a military dictator, during 1980s, Nawaz Sharif during 1990s & sectarian & religious groups during 2000s by exploiting Anti American sentiments.

During Soviet-Afghan War (1979-1989) Jamat was considered to be on the same page as Pakistani ISI & US CIA & was blamed for being funded by CIA to fight their war in Afghanistan against USSR. Its influence in Military & Civil Establishment put more doubts on its role. The question is how PTI circles would take this alliance? Are they ready to be known as ‘Fundamentalist’ or they would opt to be known as ‘Liberals & Progressives’? Possibly Jamat is intended to grab its share out of this alliance in case PTI gets a landslide victory in upcoming elections.

Perhaps, PMLQ or MQM were the most suitable options for PTI if it is to show maturity in politics & broaden its chances to be in power.
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PS: We initiated a poll to have an idea what general public thinks if the alliance with Jamat-e-Islami & other sectarian outfits will harm PTI? See the results.

https://sknawaz.wordpress.com/2012/07/07/alliance-with-jamat-e-islami-other-sectarian-outfits-will-harm-pti/