The PML-N has again given another deadline for the restoration of judges.
It looks as if the country will soon be renamed as “Deadline Republic of Pakistan.”
The PML-N has again given another deadline for the restoration of judges.
It looks as if the country will soon be renamed as “Deadline Republic of Pakistan.”
While going through various newspapers, I came across this gem in Daily Telegraph by our teenage Quaid-e-Awam.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the Oxford student whose mother and the former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in December, said:
“After the martyrdom of my mother I said that democracy was the best revenge – and today it was proved true.”
All I could think at the end of it was, “college education can only do so much.” If this is what he could have come up with after being raised by a Harvard educated mom and a high school drop out dad and spending a year in Oxford, then PM Yousuf Raza Gilani, who did his schooling in the city of saints Multan, is justified in speaking the way he does as mentioned here, here and here.
Yes, I had a dream, but it was nothing like what Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King dreamt about. In fact, mine was bordering on a nightmare.
After watching Mush’s last speech in office and talking about it for the rest of the day, I went home, switched on the telly again. I had a look at Hamid Mir going ballistic over some poor sod, switched off the TV and decided to keep the idiot box unplugged for the rest of the day and went to my friend’s home. Couldn’t escape politics there as her mom wanted my ‘expert’ opinion on the unfolding events (Yes, I did work for a newspaper a couple of centuries ago and that does not make me an expert, in fact it makes me a lot more confused than most people) so escaping it was not working out fine. I came home, did a bit of reading (a trashy romantic novel) and slept. My last though before dozing off was, “hey, I have been successful and did not think about politics,” and then I had that dream.
I saw a huge room with white marble flooring, expensive curtains and a huge sofa, like really huge. I immediately realised that it was the ‘President’s House’ in Islamabad (Don’t ask me how I knew it, but I just knew). In my dream, I was wandering in that hall wondering what the heck am I doing in this palatial palace and then I stopped in my tracks and saw it.
I saw Mian Sahab (Mian Muhammade Nawaz Sharif of PML – Nawaz for the uninitiated – yes he has a whole political party with his name) perched on the sofa with his – get this – pet lion (that’s his party’s election brand)! I was scared and wanted to run away – I mean a lion is scary itself, but a lion in company with Mian sahib is about as lethal as it gets and my self preservation instincts told me to run. Suddenly I realised that there are no doors in that huge hall. I turned back and looked at Mian sahib with pleading eyes and he had that Mustafa Qureshi / Sultan Rahi snarl on his face which all but said, “Ab Phansi Razia Ghundon main” (I cannot translate it). I decided screaming is the best option and screamed. Thankfully, that did wake me up.
I escaped the dream by screaming myself out of sleep, I am wondering how am I gonna escape it if becomes a reality?
Anyone who blogs in Pakistan would probably be blogging about President Musharraf’s resignation, but me being myself, would not do that. I mean he is gone now so it’s useless to discuss his exit, I am more interested (read dreaded) to know what will happen next?
Will Mian sahib take over the presidency, as is speculated?
Will he assume the role with 58 (2) B or without it?
Would the judges be restored?
What will happen to NRO which has been duly passed by the parliament since then?
Will we have another puppet like Gilani in the highest office of Pakistan?
Only time will tell; I am just relieved that we are done with the drama of “Will he, wont he?”
This is the information I have received from Asian Human Rights Commission. I am only copying and pasting it without adding a word to this story.
I am wondering if we should still push for democracy in Pakistan as vociferously as we are doing right now (If the politicians are to be believed, democracy will cure everything). If having a democratic government means electing people like Umrani who has no compunction in killing women of his own family for defying his writ, then we must need to take a harder look at our democratic possibilities are realities.
Here is the link to this story:
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from a remote area of Balochistan province, that five women were buried alive, allegedly by the younger brother of Mr. Sadiq Umrani, the provincial minister and a prominent leader of the Pakistan People’s Party, the ruling party. However, police have still not arrested the perpetrators after one month of the incident.
The Umrani tribe is mainly concentrated in the Jafarabad and Naseerabad districts of Balochistan provice that are about 300 kilometers from Quetta city, the provincial capital. Mr. Sadiq Umrani, the provincial minister for housing and construction, was elected to the Balochistan Assembly in the February 18, 2008 elections from Dera the Murad Jamali constituency of district Naseerabad.
The incident of the women being buried alive occurred in a remote village, the Baba Kot, 80 kilometers away from Usta Mohammad city of Jafferabad district. It is believed that due to the influence of the minister and his brother the incident was not reported in the media.
According to the information received, five women were Ms. Fatima, wife of Umeed Ali Umrani, Jannat Bibi, wife of Qaiser Khan, Fauzia, daughter of Ata Mohammad Umrani, and two other girls, aged between 16 to 18 years. They were at the house of Mr. Chandio at Baba Kot village and to leave for a civil court at Usta Mohammad, district Jafarabad, so that three of the girls could marry the men of their choice. Their decision to have marriage in court was the result of several days of discussions with the elders of the tribe who refused them permission to marry. The names of two younger girls were not ascertained because of strong control of tribal leaders in the area.
As the news of their plans leaked out, Mr. Abdul Sattar Umrani, a brother of the minister, came with more than six persons and abducted them at gun points. They were taken in a Land Cruiser jeep, bearing a registration number plate of the Balochistan government, to another remote area, Nau Abadi, in the vicinity of Baba Kot. After reaching the deserted area of Nau Abadi, Abdul Sattar Umrani and his six companions took the three younger women out of the jeep and beat them before allegedly opening fire with their guns. The girls were seriously injured but were still alive at that moment. Sattar Umrani and his accomplices hurled them into a wide ditch and covered them with earth and stones. The two older women were an aunt of Fauzia and the other, the mother of one minor. When they protested and tried to stop the burial of the minors that were plainly alive, the attackers were so angry that they also pushed them into the ditch and buried all alive. After completing the burial, they fired several shots into to the air so that no one would come close. The minors were educated and were studying in classes from 10 to 12. They were punished for trying to decide about their marriages.
After one month the police have still not registered the case and it is difficult to get more detailed information. The provincial minister is so powerful that police are reluctant to provide details on the murder. When the AHRC contacted Mr. Sadiq Umrani, provincial minister, he confirmed the incident by saying that only three women had been killed by unknown persons. He denied his or his brother’s involvement. He went on to say that the police will not disclose any information about the case as to do so now would be implicate themselves. However, concerned officers of two different police stations have confirmed the incident and explained that no one is providing any information. Also as they could not find the graves of the victims it is difficult to register the case. The victim’s family members have since left the place and their whereabouts are unknown.
The alleged perpetrator, Mr. Abdul Sattar Umrani, the brother of the provincial minister, was also involved in murder of three persons, including one young woman, in January 2006. That case was similar in that a school teacher, Mr. Mohammad Aslam, was going with his lover in a taxi to a civil court to court marry. The perpetrators stopped them at Manjo Shori, sub district Tumboo, District Naseerabad and killed all three persons by gun fire. The dead included the taxi driver, Mr. Jabal Aidee. The police were unable to institute a murder case for five months until the intervention of Mr. Iftekhar Choudhry, the deposed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and also the deputy speaker of Senate. But only one person was arrested and the perpetrator Abdul Sattar Umrani remained at large.
Every year in Pakistan hundreds of women, of all ages and in all parts of the country, are reported killed in the name of honour. Many more cases go unreported. Almost all go unpunished. The lives of millions of women in Pakistan are circumscribed by traditions, which enforce extreme seclusion and submission to men many of whom impose their virtually proprietarily control over women with violence. For the most part, women bear the traditional male control over every aspect of their bodies, speech and behaviour with stoicism, as part of their kismat (fate), but exposure to media, the work of women’s rights groups and the greater degree of mobility have seen the beginnings of women’s rights awareness seep into the secluded world of women.
But if women begin to exert these rights, however tentatively, they often face more repression and punishment: the curve of honour killings has increased parallel to the rise in the awareness in rights. State indifference, discriminatory laws and the gender bias of much of the country’s police force and judiciary have ensured virtual impunity for perpetuators of honour killings. It is paradoxical that women who enjoy such a poor status in society and have no standing in family should become a focal point of a false and primitive concept of family honour, which they are accepted to uphold at the expense of their inclinations and preference in the matters of marriage.
Originally a Baluch and Pashtun tribal custom, honour killings are founded in the twin concepts of honour and commodity of women. Women are married off for a bride price paid to the father. There is no concept for girls to get marriage on their own choice and if it is found then, they are killed in the name of honour.
There is bizarre and there is bizarre and there are some things that are beyond bizarre, this has got to be one of them. Al Qaeda is responsible for introducing us to many crazy things such as OBL and mullahs of various shades, hues and varieties but the latest edict released by the Al Qaeda Iraq chapter is so preposterous and ridiculous, it’s not even funny.
They have imposed a ban on women buying suggestively-shaped vegetables like cucumber in the western province of Anbar.
A tribal Sunni elder, (a group that Al Qaeda is supposedly protecting) Sheikh Hameed al-Hayyes from a former Al Qaeda stronghold in the west of Iraq said, “The Al Qaeda regarded the cucumber as male and tomato as female. Women were not allowed to buy cucumbers, only men.”
“They even killed female goats because their private parts were not covered and their tails were pointed upward, which they said was haram,” he added.
Other absurd stipulations include an edict not to buy or sell ice-cream, because it did not exist in the time of the Prophet, while hair salons and shops selling cosmetics have also been bombed.
I personally would not want to argue with this logic, if a cucumber is haram then it is haram, no question about it. But what I like to know, if I am allowed to ask such a question, why only cucumber? Why not ban a more popularly suggestive fruit like Banana? Why not ban Zucchini or Courgettes which I am sure must have felt extremely left out. After all, they too are equally suggestively shaped, if not more, and deserve to be banned like cucumbers. I would also like to know if it is only haram to buy the cucumber. Can a woman slice and dice and eat cucumber bought by men or is that too prohibited by the good leaders of Al Qaeda Iraq?
Similarly, if tomatoes are considered female, can man buy them? Can a man eat a tomato bought by a woman? If he cannot then can the tomato be used in cooking the food that a man will eat? After all, tomatoes lose their suggestive shape and men can eat them safely without ever having a lustful thought.
It seems that life under Al Qaeda was not only violent but also farcical.
While the death toll in NWFP is running high and approximately 150 families are fleeing the war infested areas everyday, our esteemed Minister for Interior is happy to play nanny to Mr Zardari’s three teenage children, one of whom happens to be the “Chairman” of the ruling party.
Just goes to show how important running a government is to the current lot of rulers we have.
Here is another chapter in the ‘Nanny Diary’ kept by the Interior Minister in Beijing.
PS: I forgot to mention that the unelected (Zardari was neither elected to the party chairmanship, nor to any office in the government) co chairman of the same party is busy impeaching the President. I, personally am all for the impeachment, if the impeacher is a person of a sound moral character.
Actually, judiciously, basically, certainly, definitely and finally, Thank you.
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani sahab has been mocked by this comedy site called 23/6 to no end. This comedy video condenses CNN’s show The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer into one minute. In this one minute episode, apnay Gilani sahab managed to get a few seconds and brought smile to many lips in his usual articulate manner.
This is priceless. The Friday Times reported this in their current issue and I thought it should be shared with everyone. PM Gillani is definitely turning into Dubya part 2.
Gillani sahib, in his infinite wisdom, when speaking to the press in Washington said that the majority of Pakistanis do not support terrorism and extremism. I am sure most Americans rolled their eyes at this.
He then went on to say that there were only a few ‘handpicked’ militants in Pakistan. Wrong.
He probably meant to say that there are only a ‘handful’ of militants in Pakistan.
According to Dawn, highly-motivated ‘boys and girls’ of Tehreek-e-Taliban, Pakistan, are eager to mount suicide attacks all over the country, including Karachi, targeting high-profile government functionaries.
Addressing a press conference on Tuesday in Anayat Kalley, some eight kilometres from the agency headquarters of the Bajaur Agency, the Tehrik’s deputy chief Maulana Faqir Mohammad and spokesman Maulvi Omar said that a ‘Fidayeen Squad’, comprising 10- to 20-year-old boys and girls, was ready to carry out the attacks if the government did not immediately stop the operation in Swat and did not reverse its decision to launch military operation in other tribal areas.
Maulvi Omar said the Tehrik’s chief, Baitullah Mehsud, had held consultations with key Taliban commanders and they were of the opinion that the only way to effectively counter the government’s aggressive plans was to launch massive attacks.
Asking MQM chief Altaf Hussain to “wind up his group’s activities”, Maulvi Omar said Karachi would soon fall into the hands of Taliban who were awaiting Baithullah’s orders to launch action in the city.
The Taliban spokesman said the Tehrik had responded “positively to the government’s peace overtures”, but both the federal and the NWFP governments had “failed to meet their commitments”. According to him, the present government was pursuing the policies of Pervez Musharraf and trying to complete the “unfinished American agenda”.
Ok I admit; this news gave me shivers, jitters and what not. I have drafted a letter, addressed to my Talib brothers, I need suggestions to make it perfect so that they stay put and leave Karachi in peace. Here it is:
Dear Talib brothers,
I just want to point out to my esteemed Talib brothers that Islamabad is much closer to you and home to good ol’ Musharraf (If he is the target, they there is no place like Islamabad/Pindi to spread the Tehreek’s wonderful and enlightening message). You should spread your brand of Islam (more pious than any one else) closer to home than try and come all the way down to Karachi; it would be a lot of work and will probably be a tad more expensive. If you want Altaf Hussian out of the picture, I would like to point out that even he does not dwell in the city of candle lights. Karachi is home to peace loving citizens like this sister and we would do anything for our brothers to stay in their comfort zone, like the mountainous regions of Bajur, Waziristian and Mohmand agencies. We will provide you with money and equipment and whatever you want if you promise not to venture down.
Your faithfully obedient sister (cant get any more obsequious than this)