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Elections must be declared null and void for Pakistan to come on track.


Elections must be declared null and void for Pakistan to come on track.

,  a veteran columnist in Pakistan and editor of Blue Chip magazine.





















Those who say that the protestors are derailing democracy are too ignorant to understand that Pakistan has never had democracy, only a charade of it. 

Article 218(3) of the Constitution of the (not so) ‘Islamic’ Republic of Pakistan states: “It shall be the duty of the Election Commission to organise and conduct the election and to make such arrangements as are necessary to ensure that the election is conducted honestly, justly, fairly and in accordance with law, and that corrupt practices are guarded against”.

The Election Commission’s overdue post-election report is damning. This is the evidence you need to know that the May 11, 2013 general elections were rigged, not least because they met none of these constitutional criteria of honesty, justice, fairness and lawfulness. Now we have found the fire behind the smoke. This report is the proverbial smoking gun’ we were looking for.

‘His Highness’ Nawaz Sharif, as the UN mistakenly called him, unwittingly but correctly reflects the man’s mindset. Now ‘His Highness’ – ‘The Man Who Would Be King’ – doesn’t have a toe to stand on, leave alone a leg. His legal and moral authority stands completely eroded, yet he hangs in there like a dictator whose legitimacy hangs by the flimsy thread of a Supreme Court judgment well after his ‘sell-by’ date. Like a dictator, he fears that if he resigns the demons will come visiting and he will have to undergo ruthless accountability. Not good for government in the short-term but very good for our political evolution in the medium-term as people keep learning the hard way and hopefully don’t make such mistakes again of following poor leaderships. The longer it takes the messier will Nawaz Sharif’s exit be.

How can the products of illegal elections – national and provincial assemblies, federal and provincial governments – continue to persist when they were illegally elected? The ECP’s report is a review of the opinions about the elections of the ECP staff and foreign observers comprising the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES). One “stakeholder” told a newspaper: “the final report, prepared by the European Union’s Election Observation Mission and the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) – a coalition of over 30 NGOs working to observe the general elections – is a far more systematic and methodologically sound document in terms of analysis of the entire electoral process. However, this does not mean that the post-election report is a flawed document. In fact, it contains several instances, albeit anecdotal, of irregularities committed during the elections. But many of these are attributable to incompetence or lack of training rather than any organised conspiracy to rig the elections.”

Had Nawaz Sharif agreed to audit votes in four constituencies that Imran Khan initially demanded, this gridlock could well have been avoided. Imran went to every judicial forum available and was spurned

So there you have it, the smoking gun. Any degree of “incompetence or lack of training” forsooth, it was the ECP’s constitutional duty to overcome these eminently solvable problems and ensure that “the election is conducted honestly, justly, fairly and in accordance with law, and that corrupt practices are guarded against.” It failed signally. Why it did and how and what was the quantum of rigging and what the degree of lack of training and incompetence and who did it can be investigated and corrected later, but the May 11, 2013 elections should be declared null and void, electoral reforms conducted and elections held again after a population census five years overdue. Without a census and the updating of electoral rolls, the delimitation of constituencies and, if necessary, an increase in the number of seats in the national and provincial assemblies any new elections will also remain wanting. After Nawaz has gone, today’s slogan “Go Nawaz Go” should become “Accountability Before Elections, Reforms Before Elections” – ‘Pehlay ethisab, phir intikhab’ and ‘Pehlay Islahat, phir intikhab’. That has to be the logical conclusion. The fact is that Pakistan is further away from democracy than it ever has been. “Go Nawaz Go” conversely means “Come Democracy Come” for the first time ever.

Add this ECP admission to the government’s admission in the national assembly by its interior minister’s officially un-contradicted statement that 60-70,000 votes cannot be verified in any constituency and it is double certainty that elections were hugely rigged. Now you have a double-barrelled smoking gun. What more do you need? What are you waiting for? Some judicial commission to ‘prove’ that the ballot was rigged? What price a judicial commission when the then chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry with some retired judges and the judiciary’s returning officers in each constituency are accused of allegedly rigging elections? This is the chance for the Supreme Court to redeem its honour by taking suo motu notice of the ECP report and order the dissolution of the national and provincial assembles forthwith, fresh elections under a caretaker government and a reconstituted ECP comprising acceptable people who first and foremost are “sagacious, righteous, non-profligate, honest and ameen [trustworthy]…” before they can determine whether any electoral candidate meets these criteria as required by Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution. All that is needed are “a few good men” and we can bring a 180-degree turn in Pakistan’s direction from the nadir to the zenith. Don’t tell me that Pakistan is bereft a few good men? There are ample, but our anti-democracy political system doesn’t let them emerge. To come to the surface they must have oodles of illegal wealth, lack of morality, be liars and have the ability to rig elections.

If the Supreme Court fails to discharge this duty, we will have bloody anarchy because the army quite correctly seems to be in no mood to intervene. Let the politicians and judiciary sort out their mess. However, if it comes to saving the state it will act for that is what it is sworn to do. The judges will then be racing to take oath under another provisional constitutional order and everyone will be casting their nets wide to find some connection to General Raheel Sharif – “his wife’s cousin was in school with my wife’s sister” and crap like that, looking to cultivate his friends and underlings. Don’t bleat then that you didn’t bring it upon itself.

Nawaz Sharif was party to the rigging because he was petrified of Imran Khan even before the elections. Once other parties saw what was happening, they too rigged the polls in their turfs. They overdid it. The die was cast. Not just Imran Khan rebelled, but every other party including Nawaz’s PML-N complained about wholesale rigging.

Had Nawaz Sharif agreed to audit votes in four constituencies that Imran Khan initially demanded, this gridlock could well have been avoided. Imran went to every judicial forum available and was spurned. Finally he decided to lead a march to Islamabad and start adharna in what the government has questionably designated the ‘Red Zone’ opposite state buildings until Nawaz Sharif’s resignation as prime minister. Ditto Dr Tahirul Qadri.

Qadri’s imminent return to do exactly what Imran was threatening and on the same dates made Gang Sharif even more fearful and witless. Morbid fear made them irrational. What followed made things worse: the Lahore massacre, hijacking of Qadri’s plane, blocking roads in Lahore, Islamabad and on the Grand Trunk Road, attacking Imran’s procession in Gujranwala, but the two marches got to Islamabad anyway, demonstrating the will of the people. When the people rise like a tidal wave there is no power on earth that can stop them. If the Grand Trunk Road could speak what tales it would have to tell, starting from the incredible Sher Shah Suri who built it, the first motorway in the world from Khyber to Calcutta, the greatest ruler our subcontinent has ever had. He also laid the foundation of the postal and revenue services and the mapping of India and gave land titles and for which the Mughals are wrongly credit by amateur historians. The Mughals only built upon these reforms as later the British did. What the Mughals were good at was pomp and panoply, building mosques, mausoleums and gardens, beautiful no doubt but they did precious little for the people. For those of you who imagine that the majority of the people of this subcontinent have ever known a decent living, the news is that they never have. Hopefully it will start now, but at the rate that we multiply like rabbits procreating ourselves to death, don’t get too excited.

Imran’s Plan-B has started unfolding. Qadri’s will soon. Imran is holding massive rallies in every major city and returning to Islamabad. They have shaken the government to its core

Good Lord. Where did I start and where have I gone? The dharnas have been going on since August 13. That’s a long time for anyone to still believe that this is not serious, that people have been misled and paid to come or there are ‘hidden hands’ behind them under the usual ‘London Plan’. Why give so much importance to a meeting? Would you call it the ‘London Plan’ when the name ‘Pakistan’ was announced in London’s Waldorf Hotel last century, and the five people involved conspirators? Denial only harms you, not the one you are denying. As Jesus said: “God, forgive them for they know not what they do” – or words to that effect.

Imran’s Plan-B has started unfolding. Qadri’s will soon. Imran is holding massive rallies in every major city and returning to Islamabad. They have shaken the government to its core. Some energy. I always wonder: Imran is only a couple of years younger than me, how does he do it? It is energy born of commitment, strong faith, incredible determination, un-purchaseability, courage, and above all belief that he is a man of destiny. Such people are not easily beaten, something that a businessman like Nawaz Sharif cannot understand because he believes that everyone and everything has a price tag. Thus he is facing Imran’s bouncers whistling past his nose at 90 mph. For how long can he duck and weave?

Nawaz may hang in there for a time, the protestors may go home but the movement will continue and reach its logical conclusion. The only way he can get out in one piece is by resigning or joining Imran Khan’s party, which would be quite a sight. The King leading the revolution against himself, what? Impossible, given the huge egos involved.

Ah, democracy. Those who say that the protestors are derailing democracy are too ignorant to understand that Pakistan has never had democracy, only a charade of it. The people’s success will usher democracy for the first time in this benighted country. Revolution, a much-abused word because it is least understood, has actually started. When you have the rich demonstrating for the rights of the poor, that is a mental revolution of an awesome kind. Democracy and revolution are work in progress, work that never stops, always evolves.



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Off Floods, Lion & the Monkey by Dr.Moeed Pirzada

Off Floods, Lion & the Monkey

Moeed Pirzada

September 10 at 1:07am ·

Off Floods, Lion & the Monkey:- Once upon a time a Lion was going on vacations; Monkeys demanded that since they have never been the King of the Jungle this time around their Chief Monkey should be the king. So Lion agreed and a Monkey was made King for a day. Only a few hours had passed when a herd of sheep approached the “Monkey King” crying and protesting that a wolf has taken one of their young and King need to do something. Monkey King said, “Don’t worry” and then immediately went across thick Jungle jumping across trees while shouting warnings to the Wolf. Nothing happened; Sheep returned crying and telling that Wolf has already gone far off; on this Monkey again shouted threats to Wolf and starting jumping across trees, however soon sheep returned crying and wailing that wolf is now sitting at river edge and eating the young sheep. On this Monkey King said: “Tusee dekhya kay mein koshish tay bohat kiti see” – You have seen that I tried my level best.

Pakistani politics of flood management is built on the same principle. It is not about current government. All governments have been doing the same. Floods are not a strike from the blue. Each year, year after year, we are hit by floods in Monsoon season. Millions are displaced, hundreds die, properties are destroyed, poor end on streets and lower middle classes are impoverished with cycles of disease and sickness and millions of cusecs of precious water rolls on to fall in Arabian sea. And ministers, Chief Ministers and govt officials are dancing in front of the TV cameras pretending that they are doing, “bohat si koshish” trying their level best.

PMLN govt is in power in Punjab for six plus years; they have been in power in 1990’s and PPP ruled Center and Sindh twice in 1990’s and again from 2008 till 2013. Massive floods hit us in 2010 as well ravaging Punjab, Sindh and KPK. We have seen all of them along with Asfandyar Wali ganging together inside the parliament building to defend their interests and family control and crying wolf on the “parliament’s broken gate” but what have they done in real terms for flood prevention and management? And what are the results? what happened to the Lahore High Court Report on Flood Management? And what about the Dams?

PMLN was once committed to Kalabagh but was unable to take PPP along on the issue. Whereas river Indus was an emotional (though totally misleading) issue in interior Sindh and PPP failed in resolving this politically; the position of ANP and Asfandyar Wali Khan has been very suspicious on this issue. On whose signal they were crying wolf against Kalabagh? A party that took around half a million votes last year and not much higher in 2008, has been crying on behalf of Pashtoons, was it really for the love of Nowshera and Pashtoons or they had to please someone else? May be politicians in Sindh and KPK were part of an anti-Dam script written somewhere else?

Perhaps all of them are waiting for the day when India will successfully complete its project of several dozen dams and they will sell electricity to us and will manage floods for us; Is this the political vision of our leaders?


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