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The battle for Pakistan

 
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The battle for Pakistan
The battle for Pakistan
Friday, November 09, 2007
Imran Khan

The imposition of martial law under the garb of emergency should make it abundantly clear to everyone that dictators cannot afford even a semblance of either an independent judicial system or a free media. And neither can the assortment of criminals camouflaged as politicians who collaborate with dictators.

No one is fooled by Gen Musharraf’s latest deception to hang on to power. The war on terror has served him well so far and so why change a successful strategy; spread fear in the western capitals by invoking images of bearded men with guns and in the meanwhile brutally crush all dissent within the country, as was recently done by the Burmese military.

Having inducted pliant and amoral judges through the PCO, the next step would be to massively rig the elections while keeping the media muzzled. What he hopes is that he will again have a rubber stamp Assembly, a controlled majority and a friendly opposition, while real power will rest with him for another 5 years.

So, what we are witnessing is the first phase of the plan. Massive crackdown on the genuine opposition, lawyers, human right activists and the civil society. He is hoping that the police brutality will induce enough fear in the people for him to crush all dissent within a couple of weeks, before he takes the next step of getting himself endorsed by his pocket judges.

Unfortunately for Musharraf, everyone can see through his latest power grab attempt. No one believes that the judges were an impediment in his fight against terrorism. He has had absolute power for the last 8 years and yet terrorism and militancy is rising rapidly. What is he going to do that is different? He has had Pakistanis abducted and handed over to the US authorities without allowing them their right to prove their innocence in a court of law. Others have simply disappeared. Many tortured. Our own people have been bombed by helicopters and jets and when women and children have been killed, it has been shamefully called “collateral damage”. No one to this day knows how many Pakistani (soldiers and civilians) have been killed since 9/11.

Most significantly his liberal credentials stand exposed completely, something he needed to make his dictatorship palatable to the west. Gimmicks like “enlightened moderation”, “soft image” and “sufi Islam” stood exposed as the nation saw police boots and sticks shower on peaceful human rights protestors, lawyers and the media. All laws whether it was through Pemra, PCOs, the 17th amendment or the disgraceful NRO were only to consolidate his power.

The time has come for the people of Pakistan to decide their destiny. If Musharraf succeeds in destroying the independent judiciary through his PCO, then I am afraid it is all down hill. His “pocket” judges will assist him in suppressing the media and in rigging the elections.

A government formed from this unholy alliance will be a disaster for Pakistan and will ensure that it heads towards becoming a failed state.

For a start there will be a quantum leap in terrorism. His policies have alienated the Pushtuns in general and the tribal Pushtuns in particular. There are around a million armed men in the tribal areas. Does it make any logical sense that to capture a couple of thousand Al-Qaeeda we invoke the hostility of around a million armed men - all natural guerilla fighters? And that is why history tells us the British lost more soldiers in the tribal areas than the whole of the sub-continent during their Raj.

Moreover fundamentalism is on the rise in most of Northern Pakistan because of Musharraf’s “enlightened moderate” media policies. There is great reaction amongst the masses who perceive this as a license to be vulgar. The Lal Masjid “warriors” belonged to this category. While in Swat and Dir, there has been a rising discontentment because of the poor governance system ever since the two regions became a part of Pakistan in 1974. Thanks to Musharraf being perceived as an American Stooge imposing an anti-Islamic agenda on the country, all these movements are morphing into one.

Another 5 years of Musharraf will mean that certain discontented sections of the society will lose faith in the democratic process and also join the militants; thereby raising the prospects of Pakistan turning into another Algeria - the army against its own people.

The other disaster of Musharraf dictatorship would be a further diversion of the country’s resources away from the people. During his 8 years 1.8 per cent of the GDP was spent on education - the lowest ever in our history and consequently today Pakistan’s state school education system has collapsed. According to the UN Human Development Index Pakistan has the worst social indicators in South Asia. Even Burma is ahead. On the other hand in 2006 Pakistan spent $5.1 billion on arms. A new GHQ is being built on 2,500 acres in Islamabad at the cost of billions of dollars.

Equally disastrous is the collapse of governance in Pakistan. According to Transparency International, this is the most corrupt government in our history. Hardly surprising since crooks, criminals and even terrorists (according to the Canadian Supreme Court the MQM is a terrorist organization) are sitting at the helm of affairs. The biggest scams in our history have been during the past 5 years. Rs 55 billion loans to the rich and powerful have been waived off while the common person has been crushed by unprecedented inflation.

Hence it is imperative that all sections of Pakistani society stand behind Chief Justice Iftikhar and demand his restoration along with the other honourable judges. We should not accept the PCO or those judges who have taken oath by it.

Only if Justice Iftikhar is restored will we have an independent judiciary, which is the bedrock of a genuine democratic system. The independent judiciary will protect the media’s freedom and ensure free and fair elections that are vital to the country’s survival only. Free and fair elections can throw up a government that can start a political dialogue with the militants.

The war against terrorism can only be won if the people from within whom the terrorists operate from also consider them to be terrorists. If on the other hand they are perceived as heroes or freedom-fighters then it is a never ending war - and history tells us that it cannot be won. Moreover, a democratic government which comes through free and fair elections has to invest in the people. Otherwise no matter how high the growth rate it will lose the elections - as happened to the BJP despite “shinning INDIA”

Above all only an independent judiciary will stop criminals from entering politics. At the moment they know that once they are part of the power structure they are safe from the courts. The NRO is a classic case in point which under Musharraf’s pocket judges will absolve politicians of their crimes that includes plunder of the country’s resources as well as assassinations and target killings.

Once a PM or President is not above law only then can this country develop a governance system that will make it achieve its great potential.

What needs to be done is for all sections of the society - especially the students whose future is at stake, to demand the restoration of Chief Justice Iftikhar and a total boycott of the PCO judges. Until our demands are accepted we should agitate throughout the country. The APDM should immediately give a call to its workers to join the lawyers and the civil society in the streets.

And finally it brings me to Benazir and Maulana Fazal ur Rehman. They are the only two “opposition” leaders who are allowed to freely roam around. The former is even given protocol. Both of them have played a major role in strengthening Musharraf by undermining the opposition at every stage. Both have used the opposition to strengthen their bargaining position with the government for their personal ends. Most regretfully neither has demanded the restoration of Chief Justice Iftikhar. The APDM should tell them that we have had enough of their “Noora Khushti”. If they want to be part of the genuine opposition both must demand the restoration of Chief Justice Iftikhar and announce a street movement immediately. But they should not be allowed to sabotage the opposition movement for their personal gains again.

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Fri Nov 09, 2007 4:52 pm View user's profile Send private message
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All Punjab-NWFP link roads closed by putting barriers Reply with quote
All Punjab-NWFP link roads closed by putting barriers
Updated at 1120 PST

RAWALPINDI: The police have barricaded and closed all the highways running in between the Punjab and NWFP for foiling the People’s Party workers attempt reaching Liaquat Bagh, Rawalpindi announced public meeting site.

Sources told that the police have erected barriers by putting containers on Peshawar- Islamabad G. T. Road, Peshawar-Islamabad Motorway, Swabi-Tarbela Road and Kohat-Rawalpindi Road, while heavy contingents of police, Punjab Constabulary and Rangers have been posted on these roads, which has suspended Peshawar- Islamabad traffics.

Barricades have been erected at several places within the Punjab also, while Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarian’s Naushehra president, Liaquat Shabab, his six party workers and four lawyers have been put under arrest.

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Fri Nov 09, 2007 5:33 pm View user's profile Send private message
jawadi63@yahoo.com
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Re: The battle for Pakistan Reply with quote
Thanks for informing us. BUT what can we do. Half million of ARMY is backing him up. You don't know how brutal thay are. They'll bulldoze us.
Fri Nov 09, 2007 5:59 pm View user's profile Send private message
espanein
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Opinion Reply with quote
Well what can be said, I would say the nation id dead, we are all sense less, might is right in our country, the problem lies in us not them, we are letting them rule us, we are waiting for a mircale to happen but rest a assure even God wont help those you dont want to help them selves
Fri Nov 09, 2007 10:45 pm View user's profile Send private message
debaaj
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i dont know where are we standing as nation.
Fri Nov 09, 2007 10:55 pm View user's profile Send private message
php_web
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debaaj wrote:
i dont know where are we standing as nation.


this is the question all Pakistanis has to answer as Pakistani, but do WE really call each other Pakistani?


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Sat Nov 10, 2007 6:31 am View user's profile Send private message
bun100
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may allah protect our country from its enemies... seems like nation is all set to be the next iraq, look at the atmosphere every one fighting eachother n top of that suicide bombrs Sad may allah guide us.
Sun Nov 11, 2007 12:02 am View user's profile Send private message
farhan230
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coooleeh
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Immo_Bhai
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We are standing as nation, that’s lod of crap. Our nation does not have any unity. We get diverted in any direction as directed like sheep’s in a barn. We do not see our self what is right or wrong. The day we learn this, we will be the strongest nation in the world. Some learn easy way some learn hard way, I guess we are learning hard way.
When a good ruler stands up and wants to do good form the country, we get of rid that ruler very quickly and leave the evil ruler last longer then it should.

“We sill have chance and we as a nation should open our eyes and do good for the country”. May Allaha bless our nation.
Tue Nov 13, 2007 4:14 am View user's profile Send private message
Deneb
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Standing Tall Reply with quote
As a nation we have always been laid back about our corrupt politicians, politics and government but this time there is a slight change. Despite more than a week after the emergency being annouced people, civil socities, political parties, judiciary, lawyers are still resisting and daring to stand against the emergency and its architect - and the present leader must have real concern because they are continuing to make arrests on a daily basis. Its clear the President wants this particular "resistance" crushed.
Wed Nov 14, 2007 10:19 am View user's profile Send private message
amin.ahmad
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high voltage... all I say...
Wed Nov 14, 2007 10:22 am View user's profile Send private message
saadi
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Re: Standing Tall Reply with quote
Deneb wrote:
As a nation we have always been laid back about our corrupt politicians, politics and government but this time there is a slight change. Despite more than a week after the emergency being annouced people, civil socities, political parties, judiciary, lawyers are still resisting and daring to stand against the emergency and its architect - and the present leader must have real concern because they are continuing to make arrests on a daily basis. Its clear the President wants this particular "resistance" crushed.



but still i wud say that students should come out n take a stand against musharaf...as they served a frontline freedom fighters with QUAID...
Wed Nov 14, 2007 12:14 pm View user's profile Send private message
itsinamullah@hotmail.com
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Martial Laws in Pakistan Reply with quote
Martial law has been declared in Pakistan four times. In the first instance President Iskander Mirza abrogated the Constitution in 1958 and declared Martial Law over the country. The second instance was when General Yahya Khan declared martial law in March, 1969 after Mirza's successor, General Ayub Khan handed over power to him. the 3rd by Gen Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq. The fourth instance was when General Pervez Musharraf declared Martial Law because of mounting militant attacks and "interference by members of the judiciary". See 2007 Pakistani state of emergency for more information.

After several tumultuous years, which witnessed the secession of East Pakistan, politician Zulfikar Ali Bhutto took over in 1971 as the first civilian martial law administrator in recent history, imposing selective martial law in areas hostile to his rule, such as the country's largest province, Balochistan. Following widespread civil disorder, General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq overthrew Bhutto and imposed martial law in its totality on July 5, 1977 in a bloodless coup d'etat. Unstable areas were brought under control through indirect military action, such as Balochistan under Martial Law Governor, General Rahimuddin Khan. Civilian government resumed in 1988 following General Zia's death in an aircraft crash.

On October 12, 1999, the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was dissolved, and the Army took control once more. But no Martial Law was imposed. General Pervez Musharraf took the title of Chief Executive until the President Rafiq Tarar resigned and General Musharraf became President. Elections were held in October 2002 and Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali became Prime Minister. Jamili premiership was followed by Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Shaukat Aziz. While the government was supposed to be run by the elected Prime Minister, there was a common understanding that important decisions were made by the President General Parvez Musharraf.

On November 03, 2007, President General Pervez Musharraf declared the state emergency in the country which is claimed to be equivalent to the state of Martial Law as the constitution of Pakistan of 1973, was suspended. And The Chief Justices of Supreme Court were fired.
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