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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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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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Kasab’s life in danger, Dawood approached to kill him

February 10, 2009
The following news item has been taken from www.timesofindia.com. The news item claims that Dawood Ibrahim has been contacted to get Kasab killed in India.  I wonder if Indian authorities/media can steap any low than this.  Its just stupid and outrageous allegations which they have placed. I guess they have ran out of everything now and can only now come up with fake event of killing of Kasab and then blaming it on Pakistan….
Grow up India! Grow up!
Kasab’s life in danger, Dawood approached to kill him 
MUMBAI: Mumbai police have said that terror groups have approached Dawood Ibrahim to kill Mohammad Ajmal Kasab, the lone terrorist caught alive after the November 26 Mumbai attacks, said TV reports.
Sources from the intelligence agencies said that underworld don Chhota Shakeel, a close aide of Dawood Ibrahim, has been given a contract to kill Kasab. Shakeel is believed to be hiding in Pakistan with help coming from Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence.

According to an intelligence sources, the plot came to light on January 29 when a Research and Analysis Wing branch of Gujarat’s Bhuj district intercepted a telephonic conversation from across the border. The matter has already been discussed at the January 10 National Security Council meeting. The information has been now handed over to the Mumbai police by the Centre.

An official.said Kasab’s death would mean there won’t be any evidence to pin Pakistan in the Mumbai attacks case.

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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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Kasab evidence insufficient: Gujarat CM Modi

January 20, 2009
Gujarat's Chief Minister Narendra Modi attends a climate change summit in New Delhi in this file photo, September 19, 2008. - Reuters
Gujarat’s Chief Minister Narendra Modi attends a climate change summit in New Delhi in this file photo, September 19, 2008. – Reuters
AHMEDABAD: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has criticized the Indian government for asking Pakistanto accept the statement of the lone surviving gunman in the Mumbai attacks as evidence, the Daily Times reported on Tuesday
‘There is no law in our country that would consider the statement of an arrested person before a top-level police official as evidence,’ he was quoted as saying.‘Despite the situation, we are trying to convince Pakistanto consider the statement evidence. This is very much contradictory,’ continued Modi.

India’s ruling Congress party dismissed Modi’s remarks as ‘irresponsible,’ the Press Trust of India reported Monday.

Congress spokesman Shakeel Ahmed told a press conference that Modi’s comments seemed to be from ‘an advocate of Pakistan.’ Ahmed went on to ask for a clarification.

Tensions between India and Pakistan have heightened following the November 26th/27th attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai which left over 170 people dead. India blames elements within Pakistan for the attack while Pakistan has asked for greater intelligence sharing and evidence to aid in the prosecution

Taken from http://www.dawn.net/wps/wcm/connect/Dawn%20Content%20Library/dawn/news/world/kasab-evidence-insufficient-gujarat-cm-modi-yn 

The million dollar question is, what are they playing at? they need to work out their conspiracies against Pakistan better than the Mumbai one. Indian government will never learn would they ?
The world is laughing at them now!!!!
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Inside Story PPP & PML (Q)

January 20, 2009

Zardari AND Pervez Elahi Sahab have given final touches to a power-sharing deal over a late night secret dinner at the presidency yesterday.
Significantly, PML-Q President Shujaat Hussain decided to stay away from the meeting and preferred to send cousin Elahi along with brother Wajahat and nephew Moonis to ink an unannounced deal with the president, who is reportedly desperate to get a two-thirds majority in the Senate at all costs in the forthcoming elections in March.
A Property tycoon of Islamabad, who is said to be a mutual friend of both Zardari and Elahi Sahab, was also behind the scene to ensure that his two friends come close together to get rid of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in Punjab. The Tycoon will not be named yet my fellow members.

The sources said that under the proposed deal, Moonis will be the senior minister in the new government in Punjab while Hussain will be the consensus candidate for the Senate along his close aide Kamil Agha.

Both parties have decided to support each other’s candidates in the 5-seat fight in the Senate to thwart attempts by mutual rival Nawaz Sharif to increase his tally in the upper house of Pakistan’s bicameral parliament.

The power sharing deal between PPP and PML-Q is expected to shock a lot of people, but not me. 🙂

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TAG “6 weird things about me”

January 19, 2009

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Obvious Title & Obvious Post

I am tagged by Ash (another one, I am Ash as well)go visit her blog. It is one of my fav’s.

Tag:

6 weird habits/things about yourself

Rules:

The initial player of this “game” starts with the topic “6 weird habits/things about himself/herself” and people who get tagged need to write a journal about their 6 weird habits/things as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose the next 6 people to be tagged and list their names.)

1. I always have to take a shower in the morning (without fail). I don’t know why both I don’t do anything without taking the first shower

2. I can’t go away even for a day without my laptop. It’s the last thing I pack and the most essential one for me

3. My pronounciation for words starting with V’s and W’s is confusing. They  almost sound the same. lol

4. I still bite nails

5. I can’t do filing. Doing filing is my worst nightmare. I can implement the most intense change management procedures, I can learn the most difficult software quickly, I can do a presentation in front of 200 people etc. But filing is what I run from.

6. I am a problem solver that is why I have a queue of people asking for help. (Ok I am not being arrogant here but really everyone comes to me with their problems)

I tag:

Lubz , Musings, Falsa, Miss Specs, Hina, Fariha