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On Nasim Zehra’s , Question after Lahore !

12 March 2008 301 views 2 Comments

Within 48 hours of the signing of the Murree Declaration between Pakistan’s two leading political parties, we yet again have been hit by the magnitude of the internal security challenge we collectively face. The fifth round of post-election suicide bombing attacks has hit Lahore. Over 25 more of our precious Pakistani people have died and many more precious ones from the badly injured too will go. Beginning with the endless spate of 2007 suicide attacks Pakistan is now regularly bathed in blood. There is no redline left to cross now for those who mastermind and execute these attacks. Killing knows no limit and death-planners have completely drained themselves of all sensitivity.<Read More>

Zehra is a very mature political analyst but she always leaves the decision onto the readers. Zehra just provides some hints to the answer for the questions presented. Similar is the case with this write up, she has not blamed one single person but pointers are there. As she writes,

“Also in a society until recently so divided many ways – the presidency versus Opposition politicians, the presidency versus the lawyers, the security agencies versus the militant groups in the tribal areas and beyond, the army versus the Baluch national groups, the armed talibaan versus security agencies- the range of possible suspects is wide and nebulous. “

Excerpts from the above with my additions in brackets:

  1. the presidency (just retired Army General) versus Opposition politicians
  2. the presidency (just retired Army General) versus the lawyers
  3. the security agencies (which are secretly being lead by the Army and are observed under no court of law) versus the militant groups
  4. the army versus the Baluch national groups
  5. the armed talibaan versus security agencies (which are secretly being lead by the Army and are observed under no court of law)

armed forces are opposing every other faction of the society. It’s quite obvious that the reason for the divisions in the society is the role of Armed forces in national affairs and politics.

Further, she adds the following:

  1. “One we took a U-turn on the Afghanisatn policy. It was a U-turn , one that was taken without taking the people along” – Responsible: Gen. Zia-ul-Haq, yet another Army General
  2. “Three we joined the US war on terror without a strategy of where we will set the limits, how we would protect Pakistani lives, dignity and rights” – Responsible: Gen. Pervez Musharraf, illegal President
  3. “Four instead of getting out of the ‘firing line’ of the US we actually brought fire into our own home by allowing US access to bases and to our airspace.” – Responsible: Gen. Pervez Musharraf, illegal President

The nation knows how the armed forces have been damaging the national politics throughout our history. One after another General has blotted the face of the nation by imposing his own style of rule of law with oppression. As in 1971, following the Dhaka debacle, the nation hated its own saviors – the Army. We are again facing the same situation. We had a Bhutto that time who brought the dignity back to the armed forces but what now? We don’t have any leader of the same stature to change the mindset of the people.

Its hi time that the sick Army Generals learn themselves that the nation just want them to defend their borders and give a damn about what’s happening inside, its none of their business. They have to earn their respect now themselves. The nation is sick of the statements “mulk nazuk tareen halaat se guzar raha tha, khazana khaali tha, sayasat dan corrupt that, androoni khatraat thay, beroni hamloon ka khatra tha, Pakistan aik Failed state ban-nay wala that, mere liye ye na guzeer ho gaya tha k me fouj ke zareye Pakistan ka intizaam sambhallon… par me vaada karta hoon k jald se jald election karvao ga.” Such lame excuses are not expected to work any longer.

Pakistan belongs to Pakistanis and not to the hated Generals. I am quite sure the wave of terrorism will fade as soon as Musharraf quits. The war-on-terror is definitely not our war. Our men are fighting America’s war with our resources, on our land, against our very own people! Why shouldn’t we expect them to react?

All we need is a pure democratic Governance observed under an independent Judiciary, rule of law and supremacy of Constitution. Only and Independent Judiciary can shelter a democratic process in Pakistan. We had democracy in Pakistan earlier as well but under dummy Judiciary. Only an independent Judiciary, which has the courage to stand against civil or military dictators, can assure a pure democratic Pakistan.

Kufr ka nizaam chal sakta hay par na-insaafi ka nizaam nahe chal sakta” – Hazrat Ali

Independent Judiciary + Democratic Pakistan –> Supremacy of Constitution and Rule of Law –> Progressive Pakistan!

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  • Anonymous said:

    Haan jee,

    Good to know you have a good standing ground. I have one question………can you plz elaborate dumy judiaciary vs independent judiciary?

  • Syed ALE Natiq said:

    Well, we have been very unfortunate that all the Governments that we have seen till now tend to gather all type of legal, administrative and organizational support as soon as they get into the assembles – by hook or by crook. It’s a well known fact that MQM appoints their own senior and junior Police officers, Liaison Committees, judges, nazims etc in the areas they rule. This is just an example to quote.

    All the governments that we had always wished and had the police, judges, courts, administrators etc under them so that there is no check on them. In such situations, when the executives have no check on them, they can easily violate the laws and constitution. This is what we refer to lack of supremacy of Constitution and No rule of Law. Why Constitution is important can be understood by a single statement: Constitution is not a mere book of a few pages, it’s an agreement between the people of Pakistan and the rulers of Pakistan. The terms on which we have given them the rights to rule on us. They can’t over-rule or change the agreement without our consent and approval.

    It’s the very first time in the history of Pakistan, and the history of the world as well that the superior Judges – Judiciary as a unit, I would call it – has taken a stand against a powerful military dictator. Trolling into the pages of history you will find no example of such a stand. This is what we lacked and needed desperately. The Judiciary in the past was dummy because that was under the control of the Government in rule; their decisions were biased and were dictated from the rulers. You will hardly find and suo-moto notices (a legal action taken by the court itself without any application being field in the court) taken by judges of the superior courts on national issues in the past. These superior judges have been sacked because only the CJ took 3000+ suo moto notices on national issues like Steel Mill issue, stock exchange issue, Missing persons issue, Lal Masjid issue, attacks on innocents in FATA etc.

    The on-record missing people in Pakistan are 528, thousand others not reported. These are the people which were handed over to the gora-masters without any investigation by our very own secret military agencies. Their families still mourn but they are not even sure if they are alive or not. Watch Missing in Pakistan (25 min documentary) to feel the misery of those families. The sacked judges took a suo-moto notice on this issue as well.
    Steel Mill was being sold to a relative of Mush for 1/4th of the price of the land of the Mill !Suo-moto notice taken on this well
    The discrepancies in Stock Exchange where an artificial boom was created to support the friends of Shaukat Aziz (damaging the economy) was also questioned by a Suo-Moto notice
    Notice was taken on the illegal and un-constitutional war-on-terror, by our people, against our people, using our resources
    Notice taken on artificially created inflation in the country …. And the list goes on

    This is what we refer to as an Independent Judiciary, which dared to stand against a military dictator who had the West and the gora-master patting his back. Iran is the only Muslim state which stands today with dignity and is openly supporting the truth without fear of the West. They are progressing as well. What they have is an Independent Judicial system and daring leaders. Their fate was changed back in 1979 by Khomeini.

    We should not miss this chance to change our fate as well.

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