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PAKISTANIS ARE MAD AS HELL AND WILL NOT TAKE IT ANYMORE!Thoughts of a Common Pakistani —– LUTAIRAY PARLIAMENTARIANS versus QAUMI CRUSADERS

Thoughts of a Common Pakistani —– LUTAIRAY PARLIAMENTARIANS versus QAUMI CRUSADERS

DONT TEST PAKISTANIS ANGER.THEY WILL WIPE WADERA, INDUSTRIALIST,JAGIRDAR, ELITE CULTURE OUT!

 

 

 

 

Mad-As-Hell

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Subject: RE: A LAWYER PLEADING THAT HIS CLIENT IS A PIR & GADDI NASHIN AND SHOULD BE TREATED DIFFERENTLY THAN ORDINARY PEOPLE
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2014 18:39:44 +0500

 
EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT DURING LAWYERS MOVEMENT  AITEZAZ  AHSAN (AA)  WAS THE CONDUIT FOR PASSING PML-N  &  PPP MONEY  TO PROMINENT LAWYERS TO FUEL THE LAWYERS MOVEMENT  AGAINST GEN. MUSHARRAF
 
ALSO PEOPLE IN MINISTRY OF PETROLEUM & OGRA KNOW  HOW HE MANOUVERED BEHIND THE SCENE TO OBTAIN CNG STATION LICENCES FOR HIS WIFE B A 
 
ISS HAMMAM MEIN SUB NANGEY HAIN.  INKO ISI HALAT ME HAMMAM SE BAHAR PHEK DENA CHAHIYE TA KE QAUM KO PATA CHALE KE ASSEMBLIYON MEN KAISE BARE BARE  DAAKOO BAITHEY  HAIN  JINHO NE AWAM KE LIYE KUCH NA KIYA  AUR UNKI ZINDAGI  MEHNGAI OR LOAD SHEDDING KE AZAAB MEN DUBO DI  MAGAR KHUD  LAKHPATI SE CROREPATI  AUR CROREPATI SE ARAB PATI AUR ARAB PATI SE KHHARAB PATI  BAN GAYE
 
PURI QAUM KO SAAT SALAAM KARNE CHAHIYE UNN HEROES  AUR CRUSADERS KO  JIN MEIN SARE-FEHRIST ALLAMA TAHIR UL QADRI , IMRAN KHAN(I.K)  , SH  RASHEED , CHAUDHRY BROTHERS AUR WAHDATUL MUSLAMEEN AUR SUNNI TEHREEK KE 
ZOMA AKABREEN  AUR UN HAZARON KI TAADAD ME USOOL PARAST  INSAF PASAND AUR SACHAI KE ALAMBARDARON KO JO ISLAMABAD KE ALAWA MUKHTALIF SHEHRON ME POORI ISTEQAMAT SE NAYA PAKISTAN KI AMLI JADO JEHAD MEN MASROOF HAIN  
 
YAHAN UN BEBAAK AUR NIDR  CHANNELS KO BHI QAUM KO SALAM KARNA CHAHIYE JINKE BAHADUR AUR SACHAI PARAST ANCHORS AUR TAJZIYA NIGARON NE QAUM KE SAMNE DAKOOWON AUR LUTERON KE ASAL CHEHRE BE NAQAB KAR DIYE AUR QAUM KO INKE MAKROH AUR GHINAWANEN CHEHRE DEKH KAR NAFRAT MEHSOOS HOTI HAE  AUR ANDAR HI ANDAR INTIQAM KI AAG LAGTI HAE KE IN QAUMI DAULAT KO LOOTNE WALON SE EK EK PAYI KA HISAB LIYA JAE.
EK AUR  SHARMNAAK  CHEEZ INN POLITICIANS KE KHAATE MEIN ADD HOYI. .AAJ KE DAWN KE MUTABIQ  TAMAAM ARKAAN QAUMI  SUBAYI ASSEMBLIYON AUR SENATE KE ARKAAN KE LIYE APNE ASSET STATEMENTS ELECTION COMMISSION MEIN JAMAA KARANE KI TARIKH 30 SEPT  2014  THEE  MAGAR INN “RULE OF LAW” AUR SO CALLED DEMOCRACY KE  GALAA PHAARH PHAARH KAR NAARAY  LAGAANE  WALON  KI AKSARYAT NE GOSHWAARE NAHIN JAMA’A KARAYE   JIS MULK KE QANOON SAAZ  KHUD QANOON SHIKAN BAN JAYEN US MULK ME KHUNI INQILAB NAHI AAEGA TO PHIR KYA  SAWAN KI BARSAAT AAEYE GI?
 
JIN LOGON KA MEIN NE SHURU MEN NAAM LIYA UNKI  JADD-O-JEHAD AUR JAANI AUR MAALI QURBANI KI  BA DAULAT AAJ QAUM JAAG GAEE HAI AUR WO WAQT ZAADA DOOR NAHIN JAB QAUM KE SAAF SUTHRE HAQ AUR INSAF KE MATWAALAY IN DAAKUON AUR CHORON KO ROAD PAR UTAR KAR KHUD INKS EHTESAB KAREN GI  YAAD RAKHEN AISA EHTESAB SIRF POLITICIANS KA NAHIN HO GA BALKE BUREAUCRACY AUR POLICE  FIA NAB AUR JUDICIARY KE CORRUPT AUR LUTERE  AHLKARON KA BHI HOGA   YAAD RAKHEN   YE LOG GHAROON SE NIKALNA CHOR DENGE JIS TARA REHMAN MALIK AUR MUKESH KUMAR PLANE SE JAAN BACHA KAR BHAGE THAY. USI TARA JAESE  ATHAR RASHID LAHORE AIRPORT SE BHAGE THAY   USI TARAH JAISE  N .S  UN ASSEMBLY AUR SAILABI DAURON SE BHAGE THAY
 
ZAALIMO,  LUTERO  DAAKOOO—- QAUM KE PAISE SE AYAASHIAN KARNE WALO US$ 8,000 PER ROOM PER NIGHT FOR PM’s ENTOURAGE PAID BY NATION OF POOR PEOPLE WHO ARE SHOCKED  WHOSE LIVELIHOOD HAS BEEN MADE MISERABLE BY QAUMI LUTERAAS. AB BHI AKHRI CHANCE HAE KE  NAWISHTA- E- DIWAR PARH LO AUR APNE GHALAT AAMAL AUR GUNAHON KI SACHE DIL SE ALLAH SWT AUR QAUM SE MAAFI MANG LO WARNA ANJAAM BOHAT BHIYANAK AUR KHONI NAZAR AA RAHA HAE  
 
SUCH  ZINDA BAD,  MERIT ZINDABAD,  INSAAF ZINDABAD , 
ALLAMA TUQ & ALLIES & SUPPORTERS ZINDABAD  
I K & ALLIES  &  SUPPORTERS ZINDABAD  
NAYA PAKISTAN ZINDABAD   
JAAGI HUWI QAUM ZINDABAD
VALIANT   BRAVE & HIGHLY PATRIOTIC ARMED FORCES OF PAKISTAN – “PAKISTAN KI SHAN” ZINDABAD
 
P  A  K  I   S  T   A  N               P    A    I   N    D   A   B   A   D 

From: majydaziz@gmail.com

Shameful

But who says AA is an honorable man?

 

 

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From: Asghar Ali <asgharali.teaman@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Oct 1, 2014 at 12:07 AM
Subject: A LAWYER PLEADING THAT HIS CLIENT IS A PIR & GADDI NASHIN AND SHOULD BE TREATED DIFFERENTLY THAN ORDINARY PEOPLE
To:  

The biggest bain of Pakistan today is a thoroughly irresponsive and virtually meaningless judicial system. 

The superior judiciary particularly many Supreme and High Court judge is corrupt through and through. M There are instances of private corporations purchasing high court judges in order to themselves personally write verbatim court judgements. 

The contents of the present Constitution and existing laws of Pakistan stand for zilch. All their articles and laws without a single exception can be interpreted by the Superior Judiciary of Pakistan in a hundred different ways  – each one of them to facilitate and reinforce the rich and the powerful, while debilating and victimising the poor and the deprived of Pakistan.

As for the modes, methods and mischief of  third class Pakistani lawyer community, Shareefuddin Pirzada is history,  but please read on about the antics, ethics and exposes of the shining star of this community – no less than the magnificent Indus Man himself!

 Syed Kadri

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From: Naveed Hamdani <snah39@gmail.com>
Date:
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Aitzaz Hasan once pleaded  in the court  and  his client is a Pir  and Gaddi Nashin  should be treated  differently than ordinary people . I asked  a Lawyer  if it true  , My Lawyer friend sent  this email below
  

Subject: FW: WHEN THE ACC– — USED IS A PIR – STORY OF BILAL KHAR

This might shock you.Read on ………

Good lawyers are often judged by the stances they adopt when they run
out of truth and, at the same time, of legal arguments. Many tend to
fall back on theatrics, histrionics, distortion and even poetry to
make up for the deficiency.

However, Barrister Aitzaz touched new heights of judicial decadence
when he pleaded that his client being a “pir” and a “gaddi nashin”
should be treated differently from ordinary citizens, notwithstanding
the offence. Mercifully, he did not demand that the seven judges come
down from their raised platform to kiss the hands and touch the feet
of the accused even before beginning to hear the first argument.

Coming from someone considered Pakistan’s leading lawyer and a
champion of democracy
, such an undemocratic and dynastic statement

reflects the reality and the nature of politics and society in
Pakistan. It confirms that the change that an average Pakistani is
looking for is not around the bend. Not only that, the voter is
inextricably bound in the chains of the landlord, the “pir,” the
“gaddi nashin,” the sardars, the biradari, of those wielding sectarian
and ethnic influence. But the ruling classes are equally united in
their manipulative devices to sanctify these undemocratic and dynastic
institutions.

Acid-attack victim Fakhra committed suicide by jumping from her
6th-floor apartment in Rome. Ironically, her suicide comes in the wake
of our new legislation against acid-throwing and Chinoy’s
Oscar-winning film Saving Face. Clearly, neither the laws nor Saving
Face could save Fakhra’s face or her life. Our focus lies only in
awards, ceremonies and seminars, and not on putting an end to the
tragedies displayed in the film.

So, somewhere in the bar rooms, another worthy barrister must be
getting ready to defend the rich acid-thrower, Bilal Khar. After all,
Khar, son of Ghulam Mustafa Khar, is a scion of a powerful political
dynasty of the landed “waderas” of Pakistan, and, to go by the above
mentioned legal reasoning, he cannot be equated with those petty
street acid-throwers.

Pakistan is caught in a time warp and the prognosis is not cheerful.
Its poor masses have been kept too backward and uneducated to do
anything for their own betterment and the ruling cartel is too happy
to exploit its monopoly
. The second and third generation of the ruling
elite is being groomed to take over and prove that their elders were
novices in the art of plunder
.

The educated professional class is happy to sit on the sidelines since
it can have all the fun without sharing any responsibility.
When

sufficiently motivated it could even invent excuses which have nothing
to do with jurisprudence, like as to why a “pir” should not be
punished.

So where do we go from here? Is there a political party that is
willing to be the party of ordinary people? One that is willing to
nominate no candidate who is a “sardar,” “wadera,” or “pir,” or whose
claim to fame is his political or “spiritual” lineage?

Pakistanis should not expect reforms from leaders unwilling to reform
themselves or their parties. Those who proceed abroad for medical
treatment (at state expense) in specially chartered airliners are not
likely to spend much time on improving the local hospitals. Likewise,
those whose hands are kissed and feet are touched by the mindless
millions are not likely to exhibit democratic or egalitarian
behaviour.

It is astonishing that the educated elite of Pakistan is always so
ready to defend the cesspool that our politics has become, but not
willing to organise and push for much-needed reforms. These reforms
are urgently needed in the dynastic and political parties collecting
“bhatta” (extortion money), the atrophied Election Commission, the
non-functional educational system and the justice system working at
snail’s space, to name a few.

The parties must declare that henceforth they will not accept
candidates who use titles like “sajjada nashin,” “pir’, “sardar,”
“gaddi nashin” and “wadera,” or those who receive “offerings” and
“nazranas.” Their candidates will not have fake degrees, will not
collect “bhatta,” will not be foreign nationals and will voluntarily
surrender all weapons that they hold.

The Election Commission could learn a lesson or two from its Indian
counterpart. How come civil society accepted the election involving 37
million fake votes? Without batting an eyelid, without demanding
accountability or overhaul of the electoral process?

Clearly, the educated, rich and powerful segments of civil society has
sided with the status quo by refusing to grow out of its
foreign-funded seminar mode. Not protesting to eliminate the root
causes (such as official proliferation of weapons) and hoping to
achieve peace through candlelit vigils is neither rational nor likely
to make an iota of difference to the situation.

Anonymous

 

 

 

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Baat to such hai Per baat hai ruswai ki

Baat to such hai                                                                                       Per baat hai  ruswai ki
مہر عباسی کا حکمرانوں کے منہ پر طمانچہ۔۔۔

‫مہر عباسی کا حکمرانوں کے منہ پر طمانچہ۔۔۔مہر عباسی کا حکمرانوں کے منہ پر طمانچہ۔۔۔ یہ ویڈیو دیکھن…
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AITZAZ AHSAN: “A REALITY CHECK”

OPINION

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AITZAZ AHSAN’S PARLIAMENTARY SPEECH

AITZAZ AHSAN

A REALITY CHECK

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Aitzaz Ahsan With US Ambassador Ann Patterson


Wherever we find treachery, we will find Aitzaz Ahsan.  We can’t look at this as a political crisis anymore.  These traitors, snakes and swines cannot be left as they are.

Today’s shameless and disgusting session in Parliament made it damn clear that Ghazwa-e-Hind has been launched in Pakistan by Khawarij and Indian pigs!
Please note some of  links in this article may not work

Here’s what I found most shocking: TUQ, IK and Luqman all hailed Aitzaz Ahsan’s blasting of NS.

Are we that stupid and shallow that we can’t see the most dangerous RAW agent and hail him as a “nafees” and “honorable” Pakistani? 
At least Diesel, Zardari, JI, and Achakzai are unleashed and obvious ghaddars.  But AA is the definition of a snake, more dangerous than Zardari and needs to be exposed.

He’s a mastermind behind legal, political, economic, media, cultural and ideological strategies to undermine and destroy Pakistan’s interests.
I have enclosed a few links that you must watch and share across social and mainstream media.
1. Conference in India – Breaking Barriers.  I thought of extracting parts of this speech, but there is so much poison throughout it, that it’s warrants taking 45 minutes to watch.  He destroys Islam, ideology, Army, Intelligence – calls Pak nuke state a ‘false sense of pride’.  He basically tells the Indians what they need to do to EXPLOIT Pakistan. To top it off, he reads a 5-min poem at the end which is a sugar-coated dagger in Pakistan. You can ask someone in the team, to extract pieces from this so we can share it as various posts.  https://vimeo.com/105072615
2.  10th India Conclave – BJP Terrorist Subramaniam, Aitzaz Ahsan and Khawarij Maulana Mahmood Madani. Listen to Subramaniam open his speech by declaring Islam as a terrorist religion, saying that all Muslims and Christians must declare that they are originally Hindus, otherwise face a religious war and call Pakistan an Islamic Terror state. listen to Aitzaz Ahsan’s pathetic and apologetic reply to the mushrik.
https://vimeo.com/105073753


3. Aitzaz Ahsan reciting Surah Ikhlas
https://vimeo.com/105074156

4.  Aitzaz Ahsan Book, “Indus Saga and The Making of Pakistan” from 1996 – This book basically reinforces the idea of Akhand Bharat.  Mushriks use it in building their case.  Here’s a few excerpts from the book and reviews:

In his acknowledgement, in the 2nd Edition, Aitzaz Ahsan mentions the efforts of M.J. Akbar and a Pramod Kapoor, both from India, who helped him draft this new edition. As one reads it, one understands why; because, though the book outwardly is on entity of Pakistan yet it portrays the theory of epic Mahabharta.

four pages as the preface and a twenty three page introduction, where Aitzaz writes of fragile state of Pakistan by quoting Ziring 2 ‘Pakistan could cease to exist in its sovereign nation-state form’ and then quotes Tariq Ali from his book ‘Can Pakistan Survive?’ and Shahid Burni, a director of World Bank, ‘only time will tell whether Pakistan realize its potential or be over whelmed by its problems’ He also cites a Tahir Amin of Q.A. University ‘The Bangladesh syndrome continues to haunt the Pakistani decision-makers, who fear the ethno-nationalist movement of NWFP, Sindh and Baluchistan may also follow the precedent set by Bangladesh movement’. 


And now he applauds the figure of Jawaharlal Nehru, who expounded the theory of Mahabharta, of one-ness of India and refers to his book3. 


Aitzaz, equates his jail experiences with that of Nehru and appreciates his vision of unity of India and mentions the centripetal pull of India, a supernatural force that could again pull Indus region to itself!

In Section-2 of the Introduction, Aitzaz brings forth the theme of one-ness of Bharat or the epic Mahabharta.

He appears obsessed by the theme of Mahabharta and either by design or ignorance, this modern day champion of Indus does not enlighten us that the concept of a mahabharta is actually a concoction of the fertile Hindu Brahman mind.

On page [5] of his book, 1996 edition, Aitzaz describes the entity of one India as;

“the epic mahabharta, in describing that great pre-historic civil war not only unquestionably, assumes the ‘oneness’ of the vast subcontinent, but also books upon the lands of Bactria (Balkh) and China, beyond its great mountains ranges, as outlying frontier regions, inseparable, inalienable and natural parts of the Indian subcontinent. The concept of the ‘unity and indivisability’ and of one vast and limitless subcontinent, itself the size of all of Europe, is thus ancient and rooted in historical mythology”.

Then Aitzaz gives the geographic boundaries encompassing oneness of India and a common Indian race and refers the same to Jawaharlal Nehru and also quotes other proponents of Indian oneness 6.

Building up the case of a greater India, the apt and able lawyer in Aitzaz now pauses in his graphic description of an akhund-bharat and returns to his earlier theme of the Indus Saga i.e. Pakistan’s creation.

In Section-4 of the Introduction, he again reverts to his oneness of India obsession. Though he outwardly laments that, our historian continues to style the variegated and many-faceted history of Indus as an integral part of what is called ‘Indian’ history. And further woes that our historian, though focusing on Indus history pay more attention to the rule & influence upon it of the Indian dynasties, and also bemoans – that our historians in order to give entity to Pakistan, trace our cultural foundations solely to extra-territorial linkages, meaning thereby, the Arab, the Persian & Turk. And Aitzaz claims, that in denying the Indian they deny theIndus and hence the break from the many attributes of Indus culture which are common to the Indian.

In Section-5 of the Introduction, he deals with , what he calls, the battered soul of Pakistan and professes it is time to rediscover and restore the soul, the dream embodied in it, and to rediscover and restore Pakistan as a liberal progressive, modern state, and hence through this quest of Pakistan, he wants to create a secular Pakistan, and then merge it in the oneness of India as is the theme of the work disguised as a peace move.

In Section-6 of the Introduction, Aitzaz refers to a generation bridge covered by his three points – first being poetry to illustrate a point – by quoting on P-35 of his book a Rig Vedic hymn in praise of a horse.
The apparently insignificant Horse has a very important role in this subtle war of indoctrination by the Brahman designs.

As horses were the primary tool of warfare, it is important to note that the superiority of any martial race depended on who tamed, bred and used the horse first. The visual and psychological impact of an invading army, galloping and thundering down the battlefield on horseback was sufficient to unnerve any fainthearted enemy

In Section-8 of the Introduction, he names the main eleven Indus men 4 who are his heroes of Indus.

Aitzaz gives his own concept of Pakistan’s Past, Present & Future, by stressing on P-17, “they cut us off from our heroes, but the questions and our heroes have survived, they must survive. Pity the nation that forgets its heroes. We have to rediscover our heroes. Until we do so, many cancerous myths will continue to harbour in our body- politic, and many unwanted fractious controversies and fissiparous tendencies will continue to divide us”.

Excellent and well-said. But which heroes is he talking about? Aitzaz, fully expounds, and substantiates his above statement in his second (Indian) edition of The Indus Saga (2005). P-30 where after Bhagat Singh, he states; “..nor of the deities and beliefs of their predecessor Indus Person. Indra and the Vedas, Krishna and the Mahabharata are to be shunned as if they would pollute the minds of the youth:” He goes on to conclude that “Yet these deities and beliefs, howsoever incredible, are facts forming a part of Indus history.”

According to Aitzaz, we were never fighters and he starts our past from the time when Hindus came and made us Puru’s and under their leadership, we became a fighting force!

Aitzaz Ahsan grieves on the theme ‘six decades on, there is hardly an Indian, even the must accommodating and rational, who does not privately resent the partition of 1947. Even the most congenial Indian, Hindus and Muslims will say with love and affection,’how much before it might have been if…….” If the partition should not have taken place?
 

 5. Chagtai Khan on AA

http://chagataikhan.blogspot.ae/2012/06/treasonous-hussain-haqqani-judges.html


Wherever we find treachery, we will find Aitzaz Ahsan.  We can’t look at this as a political crisis anymore.  These traitors, snakes and swines cannot be left as they are.
Wherever we find treachery, we will find Aitzaz Ahsan.  We can’t look at this as a political crisis anymore.  These traitors, snakes and swines cannot be left as they are. 

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Who Will Save the System?

 

 

People do not like their elected representatives to behave like kings.

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 THE attacks on the government are increasing day by day and the greatest cause of dismay in the speedily shrinking democratic lobby is the combatants’ lack of appreciation of the threat to the democratic polity.

Until recently, all attention was concentrated on the well-orchestrated manoeuvres against a media house and noisy agitation for electoral reforms. Nobody was talking of a possible challenge to the government. Now more and more people are referring to such a threat.

The leader of the PML-Q says the government’s days are numbered but his views about his mother party need to be taken with a pinch of salt. Then the PPP indicated a slight shift in its policy of standing by the Nawaz Sharif government when one of its leaders remarked that his party was committed to defending the system and not necessarily the existing government.

The speed with which the Pakistani people forget, or are persuaded to forget, the bitter lessons of history is mind-boggling indeed.

For decades, politicians, students of politics and conscious citizens have been affirming the need for allowing elected governments to complete their term. Frequent disposal of representative governments has often been recognised as the greatest hindrance to the growth of democratic norms. Yet, barely a year after celebrating a democratic transition of authority from one elected government to another we see a revival of the mutual demolition game.

Another lesson the political parties had learnt related to their Himalayan blunder of treating one another as their worst enemies and in seeking the aid of non-political elements for doing in their rivals. The Charter of Democracy signed by the heads of the PPP and PML-N, and in the presence of many other leaders, was rightly hailed as proof of our political parties’ coming of age. Today, the pledge that no political party will be a tool in the hands of extra-democratic forces is all but forgotten.

This is not to deny the opposition’s right to critically scrutinise the work of any government and call for reference to the electorate if its continuance in power poses a threat to national interests. The opposition does not have the exclusive right to determine whether such a state has been reached. That right belongs to the people.

The main line of attack on the government at the moment is the alleged rigging of elections in certain constituencies last year. While there is considerable public support for electoral reform, the demand for regime change lacks justification because the present government was not in power in May 2013 and no proof of the state establishment’s involvement in poll irregularities has been forthcoming.

Besides, one can already see that the field is no longer occupied by democratic forces divided on issues of legitimacy or public interest. Nobody should be unaware of the history of anti-democratic elements’ efforts to demonise political parties by playing up incidents of electoral fraud. The people of Pakistan know better than any other contemporary society how agitation against electoral malpractices can be designed so as to rock the democratic system itself.

The Geo affair, the campaign against civil society and pressure on the judiciary have shown what kind of forces are spoiling to exploit the anti-government agitation. The consequences of ignoring Raza Rabbani’s warning that the country is drifting towards a 1977-like situation could be catastrophic. Those out to destroy the system are holding rallies that are looking like rehearsals for capturing the state through mob power.

What makes the situation extraordinarily grim is the realisation shared by a fairly large section of public opinion that the state has been weakened to an extent that it may not offer another chance for a movement for the restoration of democracy. Any disruption of the existing system is bound to weaken the foundations of the state and spell the end of the federation.

But who will save the system? This task cannot be accomplished by civil society alone, regardless of its capacity to read the situation correctly and the soundness of its advice. Nor are the state institutions strong enough to stem the tide of anarchy. Everything depends on the capacity of the politicians in authority to mobilise the people in support of the democratic system.

Unfortunately, the government is doing little to consolidate the democratic tradition. Indeed the pattern of personal rule the government is pursuing and its disinclination to take parliament into confidence on key issues— be it the military operation in the tribal areas or the trip to Delhi — are doing more harm to the system than the rant of militant adventurers. A government that cannot stop the vulgarisation of the country’s name on automobile number plates is unlikely to have the clarity of vision and the will to defend democracy. As noted by a perspicacious observer the people do not like their elected representatives to behave like kings.

Tailpiece: An Indian friend known for learning and refined sensibility has recalled W.B. Yeats (Second Coming) to describe the situation in India. The lines are equally apt for Pakistan:

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed and everywhere

 The ceremony of innocence is drowned

 The best  lack all conviction and the worst

 Are full of passionate intensity.

Published in Dawn, May 29th, 2014

By I.A. Rehman  May 29, 2014 07:15am

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Is Media Split or…? (Moeed Pirzada on Face Book)

In the pure interest of ‘common sense’ every man & woman with average IQ should be able to see through the façade of ‘Split Media’; let’s pull the mask off this funny allegation and see the man cleverly hiding behind the poster of ‘Azadi Sihafat’ and this phony debate of ‘Split Media’ and you will see media tycoon: Mir Shakeel ur Rehman, Owner of Jang/Geo. im

It is important to understand that the current battle in Pakistan is taking place not between the journalists but between Mir Shakeel ur Rehman and Pakistani Military. Both are sinners, both suffer from power grab impulses and have bones in the closets and it is military’s repeated interventions in politics that have lead to a situation where many intellectuals have understandably developed knee jerk phobias whenever a situation involves military. But despite this troubled history now compelled to choose between a self-serving businessman, “a Media Tycoon” and “a National Institution” that inspires countless millions, most journalists like most patriotic well meaning Pakistanis are choosing military over the antics of Mir Shakeel ur Rehman. [though generals are strongly advised not to over-read this support for this is purely nationalistic in nature] 

Unfortunately journalists employed by Mir Shakeel ur Rehman are going everywhere in defense of their ‘Seth’ under the phony term of ‘Azadi Sihafat’ and creating bad blood with other media people by calling them ‘army stooges’. Even Editorials & columns are being written, thanks to unfettered Cross-Media ownerships & its Force Multiplier Effect. But we need to be kind to all of them; for poor souls, at this stage, have no real option but to defend the ‘Seth’ and they can’t say that we are defending actions of Mir Sahib so the only option they have is ‘Azadi Sihafat’ – but this ‘phony debate’ is not the real issue in a country with countless TV and radio channels, thousands of independent bloggers and millions and millions glued to internet and other social media platforms (almost 200k are following this one page alone) – And should we forget those 130 million carrying handheld devices? – Real issues are: Media Concentration; unfettered Cross-Media Ownership, lack of meaningful Editorial Boards inside the Media Organizations, absence of Ombudsmen and Compliance Officers inside the Media Organizations, absence of international standard HR-development policies and absence of meaningful editorial independence for journalists working inside various groups so that owners can’nt force them on streets to orchestrate political interests of their owner. The two issues (Absence of international standard Human Resource Development & Meaningful Editorial independence) are often not discussed but have huge significance. Since promotion and rise of journalists is not linked with performance indices but sycophancy and there is a huge power politics inside the industry built around this, so it is possible for owners of media groups to force journalists out on streets to defend political interests of their bosses. No one has used this more intelligently and skillfully than Mir Shakeel ur Rehman but problem is generalized. Cross-Media Ownership has become an international norm; it helps media groups to generate economies of scale and it would have been irrational for Pakistani govt’s to keep denying this. However like every other public debate in this unfortunate country, issues were not properly defined. While permitting Cross-Media Ownerships upper limits of size, total viewership’s & market share etc were not defined. Result has been a huge ‘media concentration & monopoly’ in the form of Jang, GEO & News ie the largest circulating Urdu paper, largest English paper and the most entrenched and most private channel all in the hands of one businessman: Mir Shakeel ur Rehman. This media monopoly is without exaggeration perhaps the biggest in the last one hundred years achieved by one single man in any single national market. Many will think of Rubert Mudoch and Berlusconi but their media empires were checked and monitored by powerful regulators and the presence of other media groups and also by the presence of highly educated and aware civil society groups that become watch dogs over media monopolies. Pakistani regulator PEMRA was a still born child; without an autonomous structure and without ownership of industry it has unfortunately become an “illegitimate orphan” This is a pure political challenge. Mir Shakeel ur Rehman has become so big that there is a clear cut “Fear” & “Need” Relationship with other media bosses, journalists, judges, politicians and political parties and governments who all are either afraid or in need of the support of Mir Shakeel ur Rehman and Mir Sahib consequently sees himself as a “King Maker” and is not afraid of directly launching attacks on state. Neither PM Nawaz Sharif who has decided to align himself with Mir Shakeel nor Pakistan Military that has decided to challenge Mir Shakeel fully understand the implications of the current crisis. And Imran Khan who was supposed to be the main opposition leader is missing from the political scene. Closing Geo is not the solution. A temporary snap closure would have created the moral effect, but the moment has perhaps passed. We have reached a situation in our Media history (Murdoch & Berlusconi moment) where issues of monopoly and personal power of media tycoons need to be comprehensively addressed by politicians and intellectuals and civil society otherwise Media Tycoons won’t let govts and state function or achieve its national and regional goals in the best interest of electorates. Media Tycoons have not been elected by the people but due to their “mind controlling powers” over large segments of media and public they can play havoc. Media Tycoons can align themselves with political parties, army, foreign powers, intelligence agencies as per the need of the moment; challenge for the state is to curtail monopolies – otherwise governance is not possible. PM Nawaz needs to understand the risks of his brinksmanship; his decision to align himself with a media tycoon, Mir Shakeel ur Rehman, against his own military, in this crisis has backfired and PM Nawaz quite unnecessarily ended up reducing his moral authority and broadened the political space available to the military. One unintended consequence of this crisis & govt’s blunder has been that all those in media, civil society, public and political opposition unhappy with govt policies or Mir Shakeel ur Rehman’s power have by default empathized with the military and the bizarre situation is that military by default has started to look like a “political opposition” – this situation in a democracy is unacceptable and both Nawaz Sharif and Imran Khan need to carefully analyze and take leadership above the fray. PM Nawaz needs to understand that his every next move is opening up more fissures and soon he will land himself in a chaos difficult for him to manage; and he is fast reaching there. If this chaos continued, he at best, will end up having a dysfunctional government which will be a tragedy because elections 2013 had given him a huge opportunity to create a legacy.

 

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