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New BLOG

March 19, 2009

I have registered a new blog at wordpress.  From now on I will be blogging on the following :-

http://meripehchaanpakistan.wordpress.com

There will be some changes coming there time to time to make it more Pakistan oriented. 

Thank you very much

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Missing you already!

March 19, 2009

Departure of A "HERO"

Departure of A "HERO"

Fatima Bhutto (http://pakistankakhudahafiz.wordpress.com)

Pakistan has become a very unusual place. In Lahore, the heart of Pakistani cricket, the Sri Lankan cricket team was attacked in broad daylight by masked gunmen carrying guns and rocket launchers, because you never know when a rocket launcher will come in handy during an urban attack. The government had been warned of a potential terror threat but, true to form, ignored it. After killing eight people, mostly policemen, and wounding several others including the foreign cricketers, the gunmen ambled leisurely away. They were caught on CCTV camera calmly mounting their motorcycles and surveying the scene before deciding they had other places to be. 

Immediately the cacophony of ludicrous claims hit the media. “The attack is to ruin our [the ruling party’s] image,” bellowed Raja Riaz, a Pakistan People’s Party hack. Er, no. “The motive was to damage the state of Pakistan and end cricket here,” said Imran Khan, head of the Tehreek-e-Insaf party. Er, no. The Pakistan cricket team are perfectly capable of ruining the state of cricket in the country on their own; masked gunmen are not required, thank you very much. Incidentally, on Monday night local police attacked the offices of Khan’s party brandishing Kalashnikovs and pistols. It’s probably not a coincidence that Khan has been openly critical of the Zardari government.

It’s fear. That’s what it is. It’s the state of a nation at war with itself. When vigilantes armed with sophisticated weaponry can attack a team of cricket guests (and there are no guests more esteemed in south Asia) in the middle of the afternoon, what they’re telling you is that no one is above the reach of the terror that has taken over Pakistan. It’s startling how adept this government has been at losing control of law and order, leasing out Pakistan’s stability for an increased role in the war on terror in preparation for the troop surge in Afghanistan, and generally running the country to rot.

“Droned” is a verb we use now in Pakistan. It turns out, interestingly enough, that those US predator drones that have been killing Pakistani citizens almost weekly have been taking off from and landing within our own country. Secret airbases in Balochistan – what did we ever do before Google Earth?

The PPP-led government, hailed as being “democratic”, capitulated to the Pakistan Taliban’s demands for sharia law in the Swat Valley in February. There was no vote, no referendum, nothing. The government, tired of fighting those pesky militants who’ve been burning down Sufi shrines and local girls’ schools, just declared that a part of the country would be ruled no longer by federal law, but by a myopically interpreted and Taliban-approved “Islamic” code. And verily it shall be.

We’ve just had senate “elections”. Of course, there are no actual elections involved: the ruling party puts forward winners and they end up in parliament. On Monday, in a shock move, President Asif Ali Zardari’s former attorney, who defended the erstwhile criminal on corruption and murder charges, was made chairman of the senate. What a gas!

Meanwhile, with Delhi still beating war drums over the November Mumbai attacks, our former dictator/president Pervez Musharraf travelled to India recently, and there he warned our neighbours of an all-out war should they strike Pakistan. He also let us know that he is ready to return to the call of political duty. Outsiders might be confused at this change in the situation – what’s he doing there? Didn’t he resign in August? Here’s the beauty of it all: Musharraf’s re-emergence has many middle-class Pakistanis excited and hopeful. Is he back?! A series of op-eds in a local English newspaper (not highly censored because no one reads them) was titled “Why I miss Musharraf”. When a dictator tickles your fancy, you know something has gone very, very wrong.

So, the mood in Pakistan is one of confusion. How did we come to this? How do we get out?

On the eve of spring, it is the same problems that blight the country’s poor – there is no electricity, there is no potable water, and food inflation continues to rise. The newspapers warned us this week that “load shedding” in the summer will be some 15 hours long, which is not that bad considering the fact that we’re sitting in darkness for 12 hours a day now. Pakistan has long missed its millennium target goals of eradicating polio, largely because we can’t keep the electricity going long enough for the vaccines to be properly refrigerated, so they keep going bad. And we’re a nuclear country, a grossly corrupt one at that.

The press censorship continues unabated with future threats of an absolute blackout on any criticisms of the government safely enclosed within the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act that the parliament is currently sitting on. The bill, which imposes jail sentences from three months (for having an email account not registered in your real name) to the death penalty, and criminalises the acts of “spoofing”, “spamming” and “character assassinating”, will apply to the width and breadth of the country and to any person, regardless of nationality or citizenship. It will crack down on all objectionable – the definition of what is objectionable is typically vague – messages sent via, but not limited to, “electrical, digital, analogue, magnetic, optical, biochemical, electrochemical, electromechanical, electromagnetic, radio electric, and wireless technology”. So any subversive content found on cell phones, computers, or toasters will soon be illegal. Your head should be spinning by now.

Pakistan is in a dire situation. Religious extremism, violence and a faltering economy have made the state of affairs here decidedly grim. Joe Biden and John Kerry see American dollars as the only way of helping Pakistan stave off extremism; but Yankee aid donations and senatorial money will not help us now. It is estimated that President Zardari and his late wife, Benazir Bhutto, stole between $2bn and $3bn from the country’s treasury during their two previous stints in power. Now Zardari has claimed his personal wealth to be somewhere in the ballpark of $1.8bn. Nawaz Sharif, leading coalition partner and head of the Pakistan Muslim League, declared his fortune to be not as grand, at only $1.4bn. You do the maths.

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The New Chess Board Of Old “PAWNS”

March 17, 2009

 

Pakistan Zindabad

Pakistan Zindabad

 I am not the only one doing an analysis/discussion on the current political setup in Pakistan. However, I am the from the few ones doing it in  light of FACTS, HONESTY & LOVE FOR PAKISTAN. Every reader now has seen the jubilation thousands of  citizens of Pakistan  mostly from Punjab on the reinstatement of Chaudry Iftikhar as the chief justice of Pakistan. Sweets have been distributed, slogans have been chanted and the wickedness of the whole scenario is the joy and pride of PML N specially Sharif brothers. There is Jay Ho Jay Ho going on for lawyers movement & PML N on the whole and along the side line there are also positive chants of GA Bhutto and Pakistan Army specially COAS General Kiyani.  

In all the celebrations somehow the dented integrity, credibility and stability of Pakistan has been compromised even more and current political stake holders have managed to ignore it.  Let me take a deep breath and try to take you through my analysis of every stakeholder and how they positioned themselves for tomorrow.

1.  Iftikhar Chaudry and Lawyers

 It should be noticed that during the past few days of building up of  “Wrong March” for some reason Chaudry  was quite. There weren’t any addresses, interviews or even statements in media. This opens up two fronts

a) He knew about his reinstatements before the march began.
b) He was thinking about the actions he would be taking after the reinstatement. (NRO, 3rd Nov and Musharaf)

Whichever of the two it does make me think that when Sharif brothers were buzzing to restore Chaudry, he was actually sat at home viewing the whole situation from the outside. Even after his reinstatement this time around he has not shown massive  joy over it like he did the last time. Although, the biased media is acting as cover up saying that he wont make any more public speeches , meeting politicians etc because he is now the Chief Justice of Pakistan and any such contacts are beyond the ethics of his post. The restoration after the retirement of Chief Justice Dogar sounds more like a re-appointment of  Chaudry after the retirement of Chief Justice Dogar. This is one very important point which has been missed by the biased media, two faced analyst etc. 

In my opinion, the grey areas effecting his mood’s are that during the speech of puppet PM Gilani he didn’t mention anything along the lines of 3 November’s position. Quoting from his speech ,

Iftikhar Chaudry Re-appointed Chief Justice Pakistan

Iftikhar Chaudry Re-appointed Chief Justice Pakistan

 

Dear countrymen as per my and the President of Pakistan’s promise I announce the restoration of all the deposed judges including Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry. On the retirement of Chief Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar on March 21 Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry would take charge of the Chief Justice of Pakistan. The notification of this is being issued.”

Now the news in media is that Chaudry won’t be touching the controversial political cases. This means he will be avoiding NRO. NRO which was the worst thing to be imposed on Pakistani public by the western stations and now we hear it is going to go un- accounted for. So long to the slogans of free judiciary, honest judiciary and a new sunrise in the justice system will still bow to corrupt political setup.

General Kiyani & Army

General Kiyani has played a very dignified role in this process and has asked the democratically elected dogs to sort out the mess. He has done the dictation on it and the government has followed it. Initially I wasn’t happy about General Kiyani’s moves but on the wider angle I think he has kept army’s directly away from the political setup because at the moment Army cant have another distraction in the form of a coup.

Bravo sir, if you are doing what I think you are then I SALUTE  you….  

 

 

General Ashfaq Pervez Kiyani & General (R) Pervez Musharaf

General Ashfaq Pervez Kiyani & General (R) Pervez Musharaf

Pakistan Media

The biased media of ARY one world, Geo TV and others have yet again played the role of effecting Pakistan in a negative way. In Lahore and Pindi out of the millions of population of Punjab only a few thousands turned up for the protest / march. Those turned up were mostly political workers or lawyers so how the hell is this march termed as successful? How can media say that the masses have shown what they want i.e. free judiciary. Punjab is not the only province of Pakistan there are others as well and clearly others are not bothered as much.  However, media has not highlighted the real masses and yet again played like the pawns of CIA.

Moreover, the media reckons that this whole solution of the crisis didn’t have a western hand in it. Well if it didn’t then my question is,

What did Clinton have phone conversation with all the major stake holders for?
Why did Holbrooke played an active role during the crisis?

In my opinion, there was a major hand of Americans in all this process and they supported the chief justice and wanted him reinstated. It should also be noted here that the emergency rule placed by Pervez Musharaf which lead to the sacking on Chief Justice was not supported by US and Condoleezza Rice strictly condemned it. This was the point when they really decided to take Pervez Musharaf out of office. When I can see these conspiracies being hatched, when my peers can see it then why is a media trying to give masses a completely wrong story.  Media anchors and analyst like Kashif , Asma , The idiot from dateline Pakistan are all funded by enemies of Pakistan and they are not doing justice Pakistan at all. 

 

Sharif Brothers

It would be interesting to see their next move. In my opinion now that they have bullied government into filing a review petition it seems like they will be back in Punjab government again which will also pave way for Nawaz Sharif to be elected as a member of parliment. Which then will result into political confrontation with the PPP and they will try to topple the government in  the center in order for Nawaz Sharif to once again hold the office of Prime Minister of Pakistan. They have got the judicial system in  their favor and who knows lawyers might march again to get the decision of the courts against Sharif brothers disqualification reverted (if the review petition is not successful). Sharif brothers are to blame for the lasting political turmoil in the country, the detarioting economic condition and the politics of provinces rather than politics of Pakistan.  

The way they lead the march showed signs of challenging the writ of Pakistan. I have said this before, the march also showed that Sharif brothers, if not happy might even opt to make another Bangladesh by trying to run a separatist movement in Punjab.

India, US, and UK all favor the Sharif brothers because they pose a major threat to Pakistan and they can serve the purpose of long lasting destabilized Pakistan. 

President Zardari

Well what can I say, he is completely out of the picture at the moment. It seems like he has been warned by General Kiyani and now has been sidelined from all the governing matters. I can even see a change in the office of the President in the near future. The party members of PPP are revolting against him and it seems like PPP has a rollercoaster ride in the future.  

From the way I see it President Zardari has won this round of confrontation by restoring the chief  justice just the way he liked it. No NRO, no other cases. Just him doing his term and President Zardari doing his term.

My Conclusion

  • The re-appointed chief justice will be a puppet and will sit quietly and serve his term. 
  • One man cant change the corruption full justice system of Pakistan. He will never succeed in fact lawyers might even go against him in the future.
  • NRO and other controversial cases will be avoided in the name of stability of Pakistan, they will once again fool people.
  • Nothing will change in the judicial system and to take the attention of the masses away an even bigger crisis will be created in the country
  • Army will keep their hands hidden but play an indirect active role in the current democratic system and will try to keep the government going as long as possible. 
  •  Sharif brothers will try to achieve their ill motives to try to destabilize Pakistan by using Punjab government.

Next few months are very important for Pakistan. Now that the whole judiciary problem has been resolved its time for the government to finally come up with some policies to put the economy, stability and integrity of Pakistan back on track. They mustn’t forget that India is still trying to detroit the situation in Pakistan, ISI and Army are facing a threat from inside and the outside and finally Pakistani Taliban terrorist are trying to gain grounds and are being funded by RAW.

Pakistan ka khuda Hafiz   

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The ‘Wrong’ March: Why The Pakistani Military Won’t Intervene

March 15, 2009

By AHMED QURAISHI
Saturday, 14 March 2009.
WWW.AHMEDQURAISHI.COM

 ISLAMABAD, PakistanThe Pakistani military will not intervene to protect President Asif Ali Zardari or his nemesis Nawaz Sharif. Although firmly opposed to intervention as per the wishes of Army Chief Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, the Pakistani military is nonetheless exploring all options to deal with the looming specter of a total collapse of government leading to anarchy across the country.

There is a common feeling in military circles that Pakistan’s elite political class should bear the responsibility for its decisions. The full range of the public administration abilities of these politicians, many of whom have been elected more than twice and thrice, are exposed as sharply lacking. The political class consists of people who are recycled, tried, tested and failed.

 But the ineptitude of Pakistani politicians has entered a dangerous phase now. The new threat includes creating an ethnic confrontation between two provinces, Sindh and Punjab, which could result from the aggressive drive by Mr. Nawaz Sharif to dislodge the Zardari government.

 

This time Pakistanis are seeing a breathtaking failure and irresponsible behavior across the board.

 

 ZARDARI VS. SHARIF

 The incompetence of President Zardari is evident in the manner in which he deliberately pushed all his political enemies to align themselves against him simultaneously. The support for Mr. Zardari’s government from the United States and the United Kingdom is a matter of deep concern for many Pakistanis. These Pakistanis feel that Mr. Zardari’s government is a vehicle for Washington and London to contain Pakistan’s military, intelligence agencies and its nuclear and advanced missile programs. They cite the examples of the behavior of this government in the aftermath of the Mumbai attacks, the attempts to sideline and dismantle ISI, and the acceptance of U.S. military’s aerial and ground border violations. In this sense, Mr. Zardari has few friends within the Pakistani public opinion. His ouster is the demand of most Pakistani nationalists.

But Mr. Nawaz Sharif’s role is no less deceptive and destructive than that of Mr. Zardari’s. The former premier, who is denouncing Mr. Zardari today, played the most important role in helping Mr. Zardari become President. Nawaz Sharif helped Zardari come to power. It is hypocritical for Mr. Sharif now to condemn NRO (the law that Musharraf promulgated on Anglo-American desire to facilitate the return of the Bhutto-Zardari combine back to power) when his own political career is at stake.  Nawaz Sharif’s recent outbursts are not principled politics but revenge. The sorry part is that the lawyers and the media have failed to put this opportunism by Mr. Sharif on the spotlight. 

Mr. Sharif has also declared ‘rebellion’ against the State and has encouraged policemen and government officials to declare mutiny. This is the most dangerous aspect of this crisis. The fact that Pakistani television commentators have almost ignored this dangerous call is surprising. For those Pakistanis who had condemned, in 2005, the rebellion against the State by politician-turned-terrorist Akbar Bugti, Mr. Sharif’s statements came as a shock. It is possible that in the near future, Bugti-wannabes will quote Sharif’s example to justify such rebellions. Their argument will be, ‘You ignore the calls for rebellion from Punjab politicians but condemn those from smaller provinces.’

Another alarming development was how Mr. Sharif resorted to portray his issues with Mr. Zardari as a battle between the entire Punjab province and a President from Sindh.

 This use of the so-called ‘Punjab card’ by the Sharif brothers sets a dangerous precedent. Pakistan’s security managers must stay alert to the possibility of trouble in Sindh if the Zardari government falls. There are indications that subversive elements will stoke trouble by suggesting that Mr. Zardari’s government crumbled due to a mutiny led by Punjab.

This is why it is important that Mr. Nawaz Sharif does not emerge from this crisis with more political influence than what he had before the crisis. Pakistanis are right in wanting Mr. Zardari and his team out, but the Sharif brothers are not the right replacement. This is also why it is important to heed the advice of Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain of the PML-Q. Shujaat has proposed a three-party coalition government in Punjab, where Mr. Sharif will have to share power with both PPPP and PML-Q.  

AMERICA & BRITIAN

It was surprising to see some Pakistani commentators describe the panicked American and British diplomatic moves to save the Zardari government as ‘good this time’ because, in the words of these commentators, the two countries were trying to stabilize Pakistan and save democracy.  

The reality comes with a twist. Such naïveté on the part of some Pakistanis is unfortunate and shows the extent to which Pakistan stands confused and disturbed thanks to the constant barrage of Anglo-American psychological operations, missile attacks, and covert insurgencies being waged against this country by the powers that occupy Afghanistan.

The fact is that Washington and London moved swiftly to save the Zardari government regardless of whether they like Mr. Zardari or not. This is a government in which Washington had made huge investment. It is part of a ‘deal’ linked to the Anglo-American interests in the region.

 It is incorrect that Washington ‘does not trust’ President Zardari, as some Pakistani commentators have been saying recently. The Americans accepted Benazir Bhutto after a long neglect when they felt they needed to counterbalance the Pakistani military and Musharraf, whom America and Britain did not trust.

President Zardari is as acceptable to Washington and London as Benazir Bhutto was when the ‘deal’ was brokered by the two capitals to force a beleaguered Musharraf to share power with someone the Anglo-Americans could trust.

The real problem this time was that President Zardari made an unnecessary move that threatened this government and made the military takeover look good to many Pakistanis. The Americans need this democracy so that they can use its players to counterbalance the Pakistani military in Afghanistan and Kashmir. They know it is easy to meddle in Pakistan. They know that Pakistani politicians are characterless, corrupt and easily buyable through money and power. There are no political parties in Pakistan, only political families with their own interests. It is easy for foreign powers to manipulate these players for their interests.

So U.S. and U.K. intervened to save ‘democracy’ and avert the scary possibility of the Anglo-Americans having to deal with the Pakistani military in the driving seat again.

 LAWYERS’ MOVEMENT

Despite the good intentioned statements to the contrary, the lawyers’ movement has become thoroughly politicized by now. Pakistanis have noticed how Mr. Nawaz Sharif, a political partisan with his own agenda, has become the face of the movement and its official spokesperson.

In 2007, wily politicians too scared to directly confront the military government sheepishly hid behind the lawyers’ movement and used it to topple the military government.

In 2008, the politicians ditched the lawyers and refused to boycott elections under a military ruler.

 In 2009, one politician, Nawaz Sharif, is using the lawyers to topple another politician, Asif Zardari.

Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan played a key role in turning the movement into a tool for ambitious politicians. Chaudhry Iftikhar, the deposed chief justice, would have done a great service by decisively shunning this overt politicization. But even he, after being released from house arrest in March 2008, dashed straight to the residence of Asif Zardari, not a president then but the leader of the party in government, to thank him for releasing him. When Zardari shunned him, Iftikhar is now basking in the glory of Mr. Sharif.

 Mr. Sharif is no innocent political player and the message of change that the lawyers’ movement is promoting cannot happen with Mr. Sharif at the helm.

The question is: Have the two Chaudhrys – Iftikhar and Aitzaz – irreparably politicized the noble cause of an independent judiciary? If he is restored, will Chaudhry Iftikhar be in a position to fairly deal with Mr. Sharif and the other political players in the country?

Then there is also this: Pakistan does need an independent judiciary. But this should come as part of wider changes in the entire political system that is falling apart. Merely reinstating a few judges, who are also now politicized, will never solve the problem for good. 

THE MEDIA

The media in Pakistan has also gone berserk, becoming political partisan under the pretext of siding with truth. First its hype helped these failed politicians come to power. The media failed to help the Pakistani public opinion ask questions about the past record of these politicians before electing them. During the run-up to the 2008 elections, the media suppressed any criticism of these politicians under the pretext of fighting dictatorship. And today when these politicians have plunged the nation into another unnecessary confrontation because of their lust for power, the media has readily become a tool in this fight, siding with one party against another. Until now, there is no regulation whatsoever of this important medium of influence. Other countries have sophisticated media management systems that wage diplomatic and military wars. In Pakistan, this important pillar of national security is running amok.

DEMOCRATIC HORROR

If democracy could turn into horror, it just did in Pakistan. Politicians and partisan activists posing as civil society have just turned Pakistan into the butt of global jokes: a nation with vast economic, geographic, cultural and military potential that is unable to produce a mature, educated leadership.

 

This internal chaos is excellent fodder for the propaganda that strong lobbies in the United States have been engaging in against Pakistan over the past two years, trying to convince the world that Pakistan is a dangerous country that desperately needs U.S. military intervention and containment of its nuclear and strategic programs.

The worst part is that even if the judges are restored and Mr. Nawaz Sharif’s government in Punjab is reinstated, this failed political system in Pakistan will keep generating artificial tensions and crises linked to dogfights among politicians over booty. Pakistan is ripe for a major overhaul in its political structure and foreign policy. Sooner or later, the ball will fall in the military’s court. When that happens, the military better be ready with creative solutions because old-style coups won’t work this time. 

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Pakistan in 3008-

March 10, 2009

One of my very good friend sent me this email a while back. First time I read it I couldnt stop laughing and the second time I read it I was of the thought that what if we get there ? .

The “Finish line”. Are we capable enough to make the following possible? Read the following and share your thoughts. Thanks

 

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Pakistan In 3008
 
Two Top American Executives at IBM, USA

Alex: Hi John. You didn’t come to work yesterday
 
John: Yeah. I was at the Pakistani Embassy trying to get my visa.
 
Alex: Oh, really? What happened? I’ve heard that these days they have
become very strict.
 
John: Yeah, but I managed to get it.
 
Alex: How long did it take to get it stamped?
 
John: Man, it was a long queue. Bill Gates was waiting in front of me
and they really gave him a hard time. The poor guy even brought the
property papers for his house in Seattle to show them that he will
return to USA. I went there at 4:00 a.m. to get in the queue and there
were tons of people ahead of me.
 
Alex: Really? In Pakistan, at the US Embassy it only takes an hour to get visa for U.S.


John: Yeah! But that’s because no one in Pakistan would want to come to
USA, except Americans who have taken Pakistani nationality and want to
bring their kids here.
 
Alex: So, when are you leaving?
 
John: As soon as I get my tickets from the company in Pakistan. I’m so
excited. I will be getting a chance to finally fly with the world’s
fastest growing airline, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA). Sort of
dream come true, you know.
 
Alex: How long are you planning to stay in Pakistan?
 
John: What do you mean “how long”? I will try and settle in Pakistan. My
company has promised me that they will process my Green Book as soon as
possible.
 
Alex: Really? Man, you’re a lucky one. It’s very difficult to get the
Green Book in Pakistan. Last year my cousin and his family went there on
a tourist visa and they’re not coming back now.
 
John: Yeah. That’s why I’m planning on marrying a Pakistani girl there
and then sponsoring my parents and my brother and sister from New York
to Pakistan.
 
Alex: But I hear you can find lots of good American girls in Karachi and
Lahore.
 
John: Yeah, but I prefer Pakistani girls. They are so much more superior
to our girls, and what great brunette complexion they have!
Alex: What city are you going to?
 
John: Karachi. The company has an office in downtown Saddar. Yeah, the
salary is good but the cost of living is quite high because of all the
people flocking to this high-tech Mecca.
 
Alex: I hear the exchange rate is now $100 to a Rupee! That’s just too
much. What about Quetta and Peshawar? What are they like?
 
John: No idea. But they are cheaper than Karachi, which is the world’s
headquarters for information technology now.
 
Alex: I hear the quality of life in Pakistan is incredible.
 
John: Yeah, man. You can buy a BMW for Rs.30,000, and a Mercedes for
less than Rs.45,000. But my dream is to purchase a Suzuki Turbo FX-800
which costs roughly Rs.90,000. But what a sweet design, great curves,
and it purrs to the touch.
 
Alex: By the way, which company are you gonna work for?
 
John: Haji Jalal Puttarjee & Bros. Technologies, a pure Pakistani
conglomerate specializing in embedded software.
 
Alex: Man, you’re so lucky to work for a pure Pakistani company. They
are really intelligent and unlike any American body shops that have
opened their fly-by-night outfits in Pakistan. The Pakistani companies
pay you even when you’re on the bench. My friend, Paul Allen, used his
bench time to visit the Makran Coast, the most gorgeous resort in
Pakistan, I hear.
 
John: Yeah, man, you’re right. I hope the US learns something from them
and follows in their footsteps. It seems all we do is borrow more and
more money from the Askari Bank.
 
Alex: How are you going to cope with their language?
 
John: I’ve been learning Urdu since my school days. I always dreamed
that one day I’ll head for Pakistan ever since my uncle bought me that
T-Shirt from Islamia College. At the Consulate they tested my
proficiency in Urdu and were quite impressed by my score in TOUFL (Test
of Urdu as a Foreign Language).
 
Alex: Boy! You’re so damn lucky.
John: Yeah. I’ll be travelling in the world’s fastest train, Tezgam,
I’ll be visiting the world’s largest theme park in Changa Manga, and
I’ll be visiting the famous Lollywood where I might meet the sons and
daughters of movie legends like Nadeem, Sultan Rahi, Anjuman, Reema and
the gorgeous of all, Madam Babra Sharif.
 
Alex: You know, the Pakistani President is scheduled to visit USA next
year and I hear that he may increase the number of employment visas.
 
John: That’s very true. Last month, their Labour Minister, Naswar Khan
Pakhtoon, visited the White House and donated Rs.20,000 for the
re-development of the World Trade Centre at Silicon Valley, and has
promised more if we follow the models of the fast developing high-tech
cities, Gujranwalla and Raiwind. Bill Gates was lucky to have a chance
to meet him. Very lucky person.
 
Alex: Will you be calling on Dave? I hear that he has made it big there
and has a beautiful house on the Lyari River in Karachi.
 
John: Yeah, I’ll be meeting him.
 
Alex: Anyway, nice chatting to you, John. Good luck, you lucky guy.
 
John: Yeah, and the same to you,
 
Alex. By the way, don’t ever go to the Pakistani Consulate in
shalwar-kameez because they will think you’re too Pakistanised and may
doubt that you will ever come back, and your application will be
rejected. And yes, don’t forget to say to the Visa Officer politely:
“As’salam-o-Alaikum, aap kaisay hain?” It will show them you’re a
cultured person.
 
See what u think of this people…..Dont forget to say INSHALLAH after
dis..!!!

 

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Musharaf in INDIA! Geo Musharaf Geo

March 9, 2009

 

PAKISTAN-POLITICS/

I would like to thank Saroor Zaidi for the for his brave work and support and sharing the following with his group members.

Geo Musharaf Geo,

An amzing Confident Musharraf has stood tall and proud, and represented Pakistan to the fullest capacity with dignity and power. Mr. Musharraf was harrassed by the Indian Muslims, which we know have a personal grudge with Pakistan, I will not add that in, as it was a cowardless reply from the Indian Muslims. They are far better treated as they are after reviewing there answer and statement.

Enjoy

Arun Poorie: You are here as a messenger of peace. What did you do about it in the nine years when you were in power?

Musharraf: Let’s stop the blame game. We need to look at the reality, forget the past and look ahead. I don’t know what I did wrong, but I can tell you I tried my best for peace between India and Pakistan. I was never negative when the opportunity for peace came to me.

Arun Poorie: What plans do you have about the future?

Musharraf: To me, the core issue is building confidence by greater people-to-people affinity. Once the confidence is there, we should move towards resolving the core issues, and stop meddling with the internal affairs of each other’s country.

 Arun Poorie: What do you have to say about what happened on 26/11 in Mumbai?

Musharraf: Let’s stop the war hysteria. Just a day into the investigations, the Pakistani army and the ISI was blamed for it. I am for a considered and matured response to these issues. As far as the investigations are concerned, the Pakistani government should fully cooperate and the guilty should be punished.

 Arun Poorie: Are there any terrorist camps in Pakistan?

Musharraf: See we have done damage to each other. I am aware of what the Indian embassy is doing in Jalalabad and Kandahar. A terrorist from Kabul has been received by Indian intelligence agencies in India and looked after. I have documents to show this. Let us stop the blame game. India is a big country. You try to do damage to us, we will do damage to you. We should address the trust deficit between the two countries. The ISI does the same thing as the RAW does. There is no distinction.

Ravi Shankar Prasad: In the face of the present situation, do you see Taliban taking over Pakistan?

Musharraf: Areas in the North West Frontier [Province] where the problem is, account for less then one percent of the population. There is no danger of Taliban taking over Pakistan politically.

Arun Poorie: What specific confidence-building measures do you have for the future?

 Musharraf: We need to look at strategic issues. We will have to address the water issue which would develop into a new conflict between the nations. We have to stick to the Indus Valley treaty.

Soli Sorabjee: Will you hand over Dawood Ibrahim to us as a confidence building measure?

Musharraf: This is a small issue. I do not know if he is there. I too have a long list of people that India needs to give us. The role of Indian embassy in Afghanistan in Jalalabad and Kandahar is not good either. Individuals are a small issue. We need to look at strategic issues. I do not think handing over Dawood will change anything. I know it will not help in easing tensions between the two nations, if that happens then you will have to hand over Dawood back to Pakistan (laughs).

Rahul Kanwal: A conversation of Gen Kayani, the army chief who succeeded you, has been intercepted where he said Taliban is a ‘strategic asset’?

Musharraf: This is a lie. He cannot say that. I challenge them to show me the proof. It is a lie.

Amar Singh: When our (then) PM Vajpayee travelled to Lahore by bus to Lahore for friendship, Kargil happened. Now you say you are for peace?

Musharraf: I would not like to comment on this issue. I have dealt with this matter in my book.

Shekhar Gupta: Compare your years in power with that of Ziaul Haq.

Musharraf: The comparison cannot be done as the situation and ground realities were very different in both times. You must understand that Pakistan is not the perpetuator of terror but a victim of terror in the last 30 years.

Question: How is it to live in Pakistan and not be in charge?

Musharraf: It’s good. I am relaxed. The most difficult job was to take decisions in highly complex situations. Now I read about them in the papers.

General VP Malik: What are the chances of the army taking over Pakistan again? How can India help Pakistan in its problems?

Musharraf: It is the internal matter of Pakistan. The political leadership can deal with the situation. I would not like to comment on that. India can help Pakistan by not maligning Pakistani army and the ISI in the world.

 To my readers, I know I have disappeared from blogging scene. I have some personal engagements due to which I am un able to bog but very soon a series of new writings are coming up…..

Thank you

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Obama, Oil & Pakistan

January 22, 2009
Region Of Concerns

Region Of Concerns

January 22, 2009 

America’s military policy is following its foreign policy which follows the smell of oil. Forget freedom and democracy. That’s for fools. Pakistanis are fooling themselves if they think President Obama will be able to change this. Let’s pray he does. The Karachi-Torkham-Afghanistan supply route and the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan pipeline means that U.S. will have to take effective control of Balochistan, Gwadar and Karachi. This will also help deny Iran and China any stake in their own pipelines across Pakistan. America can’t do this by going to war with a strong Pakistani military. Destabilization is part of the plan, with some margin for unintended consequences. Now you understand the game. By

Ahmed Quraishi | Wednesday, 21 January 2009.

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan—Publicly, America’s most immediate challenge after the government change is Afghanistan and Pakistan. Privately, in Washington’s power corridors, it is oil. Oil, and not al Qaeda, is threatening to knock America off global leadership. President Obama takes over a country whose global economic leadership is threatened by dwindling oil reserves and a dogfight over whatever remains. Oil is running out, fast. And the remaining oil, including new reserves, lie in other people’s lands, closer to Russia, China, Europe and other powers. America’s global supremacy rests on an economic system based on easy access to oil. If someone else gets that oil, America loses. Jon Thompson, an American oil veteran ExxonMobil Exploration Company’s former president, has written in June 2003 that by next decade the world will need 80% more oil than we have today to keep the world going. Luckily for President Obama, his predecessor, George W. Bush, has done an excellent job in: One, securing new oil, and, Two, warding off threat from other oil hungry powers. Under the guise of spreading freedom and democracy, Bush’s eight years saw the biggest expansion of American military bases across the world. And the trail follows the smell of oil. This riddle is as mysterious as the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden. America’s foreign policy was also adjusted to follow the footprint of oil, going where the oil is, be it Angola, Sudan/Darfur, Central Asia, Russia, Colombia, Georgia, Venezuela, and of course Iraq. Somalia is fast becoming the latest battlefield in this secretive global dogfight over oil and transport routes.

In the words of veteran American oil industry correspondent William Engdahl, ‘U.S. military and foreign policy was now about controlling every major existing and potential oil source and transport route on earth […] One superpower, the United States, would be in a position to decide who gets how much energy and at what price.’ The Taliban government was not an enemy of America. It sent delegations to United States and lobbied for U.S. State Department’s attention. Its removal was decided much before 9/11, according to Pakistan’s former top diplomat Niaz Naik, who was told so explicitly by U.S. officials in July 2001. Taliban fell out of favor because they put terms and conditions on the pipelines that American oil giants planned to construct on Afghan territory. Taliban were replaced by U.S. oil consultants Zalmay Khalilzad and Hamid Karzai. Pakistan was and continues to be the next target. U.S. diplomatic meddling has already disturbed the natural progression of the Pakistani government system, leading to instability and creating local players who look to America for support. U.S. military intervention is softening up the country through regular missile attacks and drone flights. The last time this method proved effective was in Iraq during the 1990s.

The chatter in the U.S. think tanks and media about Pakistan’s division along ethnic lines has never been this high. Pakistan has to be subdued in order for American energy and military transport lines to become secure. America needs to secure Pakistani transport routes from the sea to the Afghan border. Balochistan is an interesting case. Destabilizing this Pakistani province disturbs Iran’s plans to lay down pipelines to Pakistan and beyond. The instability also helps destroy China’s chances of using Gwadar, the new Pakistani port city overlooking oil-rich Gulf, to dock its commercial and naval ships. In fact, the entire area between Gwadar and the Sino-Pakistani border is up in insurgencies of all sorts, known and unknown. This is the same route that a future Chinese oil pipeline is supposed to take, linking China to oil supplies from Africa and the Gulf. This entire area was peaceful before 2005, until meddling by unknown actors began from the U.S.-controlled Afghan soil, exploiting Pakistani internal problems. The United States is playing a big role in ‘softening’ Pakistan. It is trying to pitch the country’s elected governments against the military to reduce the military’s ability to decide Pakistani interest on Afghanistan, China and India. Outside meddling is easy thanks to Pakistan’s weak political and government structure. Stopping American intervention in Pakistan, while continuing the cooperative relationship, is the biggest challenge facing President Obama. Will he do it? The facts on the ground are not encouraging. After gaining unprecedented access inside Pakistan – both diplomatically and militarily – it is doubtful that an Obama administration would scale back U.S. gains. Pakistan will have to tell the U.S. that it has legitimate security and strategic interests in the region and that it cannot allow the U.S. to decide those for Pakistan. This includes the shape of the future government in Kabul, the expansion of the Indian role in the region, and the relationship with China. Obama’s Washington has to understand, respect and work with Pakistani interests and concerns. Any other type of relationship won’t work. President Obama needs to wean his policy planners off the idea of reproducing the pliant regimes Baghdad and Kabul. Those things require war. And President Obama doesn’t want another war, does he?

This post is taken from the following:-

http://pakistankakhudahafiz.wordpress.com/2009/01/22/oil-obama-and-pakistan/

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Obama & Challenges!

January 22, 2009

President Of United States Of America "Barrack Hussein Obama"

President Of United States Of America "Barrack Hussein Obama"

The bar of challenges has been moved up high for Obama and now there are more chances for him to fail than pass. (I hope it’s not the way I predict!)

American’s have always played politics of the future and in my opinion Obama is just another pawn of America’s dirty politics. He has good motives but I am afraid that they would fade away with the passage of time in the dust of house of congress. It’s known that motives are not constant and fortunately/ unfortunately they change with the prevailing circumstances. With American Presidency being a seat where black has turned into white and white has into turned black for a century, the chances seem to very vague.

In addition to this, U.S Presidency is not a one man show. It involves a share of many other authorities and we cannot forget the former President Bush who can still influence things through his friends within congress. Whether Obama has been pushed on top of the board for a huge success or for a massive failure is a trillion dollar question.

Its amusing to see that without even doing anything Obama has been granted a status of a hero. The real test hasn’t even started. The level of expectation is high for Obama, with too much at stake and too little time. Fumbles and tumbles are on bets for sure.

There is no doubt that speeches of Obama are very inspirational and he has said what a common person wanted to hear. By showing interest in economy, Guantanamo bay, Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine and the resolution of Kashmir he has no doubt won support of nearly all ethnicities. However, history tells us that the campaign promises are forgotten as soon as the campaign is over. I am afraid of what is coming next for the world. Either it would be cheers of joy or it would bow head in disappointments (yet again!). The posture of newly elected President Obama and his selected administration team in Washington show that they mean business. The recent executive orders have clearly proved it.

Lets us all hope, that the future holds the best for all us.

AHEAD!!!!

AHEAD!!!!

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Indian Bluff

January 2, 2009

An eye opener by my fellow blogger…..
http://pakistankakhudahafiz.wordpress.com/

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Will India launch punitive strike(s) against Pakistan? Highly unlikely. India would have already struck if it had a choice. It doesn’t have a choice for two major reasons:

1. Indians know, they can start a conflict, but where and how the war ends will not be in their control.

2. By tangling themselves in a war, they run a too realistic risk of delivering a mortal blow to their service-based economy, which may not even survive the brinksmanship Indians are engaging in.

Arguably, Indians suffer from the ‘white man’s complex.’ Urbanite Indians love to mimic the American way of life. They imitate the ‘goras’ in ways ranging from their attire to their manner of speech. So much so, they have named Bombay film industry after an American icon, namely the Hollywood. Somewhere during the last decade or so, Indians became so engrossed with the ‘gora complex’ that they began imagining India to be an economical powerhouse and military superpower equating the Americans. Perhaps, it’s this complex which sullied the better judgment of Indian urbanites and their media in demanding punitive strikes against Pakistan.

Nevertheless, after the initial hysteria will ware down, at least some sane Indians will ask, if India could afford such an arrogant behavior? That when the reality will hit them rudely, like ton of bricks, that neither India is America nor Pakistan is Afghanistan.

Despite the ferocious appearance of the Indian military, largely on paper; the fact remains, over 80% of its obsolete hardware is a carryover from the Soviet-era. Indian handicap of obsolete hardware was highlighted during the 2002 India-Pakistan standoff. It was a humiliating experience for the Indians. Operation Parakram cost India about $2 billion in cash and 798 in human cost, and that too without a single shot fired from the Pakistani side.

It was also a disastrous Indian deployment, because even after one year of hostile posturing, they could not cross the border, fearing an all out war ending in a nuclear exchange. That is when India truly lost its supposed conventional superiority over Pakistan. The humiliating pull back effectively closed the doors on India for any future conventional war endeavors; because Pakistani nuclear arsenal was here to stay. However, during the same time Pakistanis were modernizing its arsenal through the rapid induction of modern weaponry like F-17 fighters and precision weapons like the Hatf-8 cruise missiles.

Since then, India has dabbled with nonstarters, like ‘cold start’ doctrine. The idea was to catch Pakistan off-guard by sending a comparatively smaller but highly mobile force across the border at a moment’s notice. It was a nonstarter because of Pakistani equalizer (its nukes); plus they realized they would still have to deploy a considerable amount of logistics and men at the front positions, where they would have remained juicy sitting-ducks for the preemptive PAF air strikes.

The other reason India cannot afford a war with Pakistan is, its economy is too young and still too small to survive through a round of war. Regardless, the havoc it will run on the already distressed Pakistani economy, the war will for sure spell an end to the largely service-based economy, which depends on the foreign investments; and the foreign investments inherently depend on peace driven stability.

A brief look will abundantly expose the facade of the Indian economy; which will collapse at the first signs of uncertainty or instability. In 2008, its external debts increased to around $221 billion. In 2007, Indian exports stood around $145 billion, while imports were around $217 billion; a deficit of $72 billion in a single year.

Its factory output account for 27.6% of the GDP and employs 17% of the total workforce. Rest of the workforce is largely dedicated to the agriculture sector. According to a 2008 World Bank report, 75.6% Indians live on less than $2 per day. It suffers from higher rates of malnutrition than Sub-Saharan Africa. Over 70% its population is either illiterate or educated below the primary level. Indian tourist industry is 1/6 of Las Vegas. Recently, Standard & Poor’s announced, India risk a downgrade from BBB-minus rating to the lowest investment-grade rating. Clearly, Indians are hardly in a financial shape to even contemplate on waging a war.

Indian service industry accounts for over 55% of its GDP. Bangalore is called the Silicon Valley of India. A large number of Information Technology companies are located in the city. It is the largest contributor of India’s $33 billion IT exports (2007). IT giants like Infosys and Wipro are headquartered in Bangalore. Other undertakings headquartered in Bangalore are Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) and Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) to name the few.

Bangalore is also called the world’s call-centre capital. Foreign IT giants like the IBM, Microsoft, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Apple and Cisco have also heavily invested in the city by opening call centers there. These call centers bring in major amounts of service-generated foreign revenues. Their 24/7 operations provide the customer support throughout the globe. An interruption of operations for even for a single day could mean loss of millions of dollars for the foreign investors.

As ugly as it may sound, but that’s what wars are, brutal and ugly. Imagine: far short of nuclear strike, only a couple of bombs or Shaheen-II (with an accuracy of 200m) armed with conventional warheads are dropped on the outskirts of Bangalore. Will even a single foreign company think twice before closing their operations for good? Would they stay around to see if they will get lucky during second round too?

Feel-good slogans like ‘shining India’ don’t help the arrogance clouding the good judgment war-mongering Indians. They can try to start a war on their terms, but it will definitely not end at their terms. Unless India has somehow overcome their fear of far-superior Pakistani nuclear arsenal, or they have found a way to move whole India under kilometer deep nuke-proof shelters, it will not dare to start a war.

Adnan Gill.

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Benazir Bhutto shaheed?

December 23, 2008
Benazir & Zardari

Benazir & Zardari

Shaheed is a title given to someone who is a martyr, a true patriot, who lives for his/her homeland and dies for his/her home land. Shaheed is a very respectable word which carries great dignity and yet used to blow the bubble of greatness for a corrupt politician like Benazir Bhutto.

It makes me laugh as well makes me angry when I look at the media campaing being conducted by channels like “Ary Oneworld” to portray a positive imgae of Benazir Bhutto. A few years ago this channels (like others) was reporting that Bhutto was one of the most corrupt prime minister of Pakistan. This channel also relayed the figures of monetary scams , how different funds were looted, how china electricity power hub project was shambelled etc etc etc. Then there was a timeline of events which saw the following:-

1. Irresponsible behaviour of media.
2. Dramatising events involving strikes on national securtiy.
3. Decleration of emergency in November by Former President Pervaiz Musharaf.
4. Return of Benazir Bhutto.
5. Assasination of Benazir Bhutto.    

The top three events in time line of media left a sour taste for media againt Former President Pervaiz Musharaf and this is where the sides started to change and suddenly Former President Pervaiz Musharaf became the bad guy and politicians like Benazir Bhutto & Nawaz Sharif were hailed as national hero’s. The media which was reformed, given freedom and given respect by Pervaiz Musharaf finally started to show its true colours againts Pervaiz Musharaf. 

Its sad to see that these days that the channle “Aryone World” is airing unlimited clips of Benazir Bhutto with the caption “Tasveerein jo amar hogein” .  It now seems such an easy task to chair corruption in one of the highest elected office,  get several innocent people kill (including your own brother), then die at the hands of your old allies and you get an airport named after you, get your picture on a 10 R.s coin and have larger potraits as compared to Jinnah’s in televised interviews to international media. Yes, all this is was awarded to corrupt Benazir after her assasination and God knows what else is coming. May be they are thinking to name Pakistan as “Benaziristan”. 

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'Surrey Palace'

Its amazing to see the type of denial Pakistani soceity is being lured into. Benazir was surely great but she wasnt great in leadership, She was great in corruption, killings, lies and deceptive behaviour. She was a great planner in murder of her own brother (Murtaza Bhutto), she showed larger greatness when she shook hands with people who were involved in hanging her very own father, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.  For all these reason Pakistani people have accepted Benazir Bhutto as the daughter of east and titled her “Shaheed”. All I say is if such greatness, which all the time talked about, was really there then alongwith returning from a self imposed exile last year she would have brought all that money back into the country, which she and her beloved husband looted in her short but damaging tenure. But no, instead of this  the Bhutto family now enjoys the fruits of corruption and they will keep on enjoying it till the end of Pakistan.
The thing which really scares me is in the past Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto costed the division of Pakistan (We are still paying the price of it) and in the present Persident Asif Zardari might cost Pakistan something more grave. (And we will pay the price of if for the rest of our lives).  

East & West Pakistan.

East & West Pakistan.

These days the coverage being given to Benazir’s death anniversary is something really new to me and I am sure its new to the whole nation of Pakistan as well. I have never ever seen a slide show trying to improve the image of the worst prime minister in the history of  Pakistan. If the media really wants to bring greatness to life then why doesnt the media concentrate on leaders like Mr Jinnah, Miss Jinnah, Liaquat Ali Khan and others who truly achieved greatness by dedicating their lives for the sake of Pakistan….. 

The question arises is.
  “Who will make a difference? There wont be any more Moses or Mohammad…..”


 

 

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