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May I Ask Mr. Imran Khan?

Courtesy: The News Blog: http://blogs.thenews.com.pk/blogs/2012/08/may-i-ask-mr-imran-khan/
Courtesy: Dunya Blog: http://blogs.dunyanews.tv/?p=5274
Pakistan should get rid of its excess baggage
Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/blog/18104#ixzz24SrzxCMF

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No wonder, Pakistani politicians are used to issue such reckless statements to give cover to their political moves or policies. In a recent statement after the terrorist’s attack on PAF Base Minhas, Kamra, PTI (Movement for Jusitce) chief Imran Khan has said:

“Though, Pakistan army is planning a military offensive against Taliban and other militant groups in North Waziristan, today’s attack on Pakistani airbase might be its reaction from the militants.”

May I ask Mr. Imran Khan that a “Reaction” is always the response of some “Action” then how is it possible that in absence of any “Action” of Pakistan Army in Waziristan or in any other area of the country, the attack on PAF Base would be termed as a “Reaction”?

Isn’t your statement a blatant attempt to provide cover to Taliban’s Terrorists ‘Actions’? At least you have admitted the presence of Taliban terrorists in Waziristan & have witnessed their Anti-Pakistan action & aggression yourself.

Imran Khan a cricketer-turned-politician could not succeed in 16 years of his political career. He hardly could secure the only seat for PTI from his hometown, Mianwali in 2002 General Elections. It was only after 30th October 2011 when his party could manage to hold big rallies & brought itself into main stream politics. Credit goes to the ‘Hidden Hands’ for this, analysts claim. Despite claiming to be a Centre Right & Progressive Political Party, PTI is always considered to be a Right Wing Group and Imran Khan himself is known as “Taliban Khan” due to covert support of Taliban Militants in Pakistan.

Pakistan, being the front line state in the US & NATO led war against terror, is paying heavy price for its commitments. At one side it is being labeled as the terrorist’s safe heaven at other side it is the prime target & victim of worst terrorism by the same terrorists for whom it has earned a bad name.

Recently US Congress has passed a bill declaring Haqqani Network a terrorist outfit & demanding Pakistan to launch an operation against it in its tribal areas. President Obama has endorsed the bill making it a law. Now it would be correct to say Pakistan has been asked to chase its own tail.

Now, Pakistan has only two options:

  1. Launch offensive against all sort of Extremist/Terrorist/Militant/Jihadi outfits across the country & save itself from the consequences; or
  2. Use delay tactics to avoid any such operation, resulting in more terrorism, attacks & damages, which could lead the world to give it the status of a rogue state.

Perhaps there is no third option, the destiny has been written, the war has begun, only wisdom needed to read what is written on the walls. Pakistan either continues to deny the existence of Pakistani & Afghani militant outfits in its territories, or launch a complete offensive against all banned or supported groups for its own sake & to clear its position.

I strong believe, in response to this coward & terrorist ‘Action’ of Taliban, Pakistan Army should show strong ‘Reaction’. May be the time has come for Pakistan to get rid of its excess baggage.

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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.

Brain Drain & Dual National Pakistanis

In a verdict The Supreme Court of Pakistan has suspended the National Assembly membership of a PPP parliamentarian Ms. Farahnaz Ispahani due to her holding of dual nationality. While a person in Pakistan holding dual nationality can use his/her right to vote, why can’t he/she be a member of the parliament? People have questions in mind.
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Despite the fact a person must declare his dual nationality before the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), a question generally been asked why are we having doubts on the loyalty & sincerity on the Pakistanis who are not only educated but playing their part in the development of the country with their huge remittances. When we use to say “Overseas Pakistanis are our representatives and our face to the world”, then why the same overseas representatives of Pakistan can’t be the representatives of the people in the parliament? Why are we having misconception that dual national Pakistanis will act against Pakistan in case of a dispute between Pakistan and the country of their second nationality? While we can see there are many Pakistanis without dual nationality involved in acts against the country.
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It is also a fact that mostly dual national citizen of Pakistan are educated, talented and are valuable members of the society who are contributing to the development of the country of their second nationality & were forced to acquire second nationality due to worst law and order situation, worst economic situation, unemployment, high inflation or sub-standard quality of life in the country. Also the highly educated individuals who had left the country due to the factors already mentioned, found other economies where they can achieve what they had dreamed for, if now wants to turn back to serve the country, aren’t we again forcing them to not to do so?
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At one side we set aside the condition of being “Graduate” to be a member of the parliament, at another side we are restricting the entry of well educated & talented individuals in the parliament declaring them non-trustworthy. We even have denied giving the overseas Pakistani the voting rights. This situation clearly indicates where we are heading to, more incompetent and less educated law makers, encouragement of brain drain from the country, more people aggrieved from the system etc.
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Why don’t we put our efforts in making the situation better for the people to reduce the brain drain or to encourage the educated & talented individuals settled abroad to be back to the country and to take part in the national electoral process keeping in mind in UK only there are more then 300 Dual National British Pakistanis elected as the public representatives at different levels.
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Note: The author is a Double Masters (Economics & Finance and International Relations) based in Middle East and can be reached at: sknawaz1978@gmail.com
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