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 Justice Saqib Nisar, General Bajwa, and the Hidden Hand          By Saeed A. Malik.

 Justice Saqib Nisar, General Bajwa, and the Hidden Hand         

By Saeed A. Malik.

I have just read an article by Najam Sethi complaining that “the ‘hidden hand’ is everywhere and nowhere at the same time, pushing the plug on dissenters”, and that these dissenters “cannot comment freely on the machinations of the Miltablishment without being roughed up or disappeared” etc.
Reading this I could not help recalling Churchill reading through reports on the Bengal famine and penning on the margin that if the famine was indeed so devastating, “Why hasn’t Gandhi died yet?”
To wit, if so many people were indeed being “roughed up and disappeared” for dissenting, how come Mr Sethi himself, far from being “disappeared”, is so prosperously visible?
It seems all self-styled liberals and bleeding heart democrats who are blind to the plunder and rapacity of the Sharif circus, have nevertheless developed a keenness of the eye to spot a hidden hand at work in every nook and cranny in the country.
Mr Sethi’s litany of woes is a long one which I cannot debunk because this will end up being an exercise of my word against his. But one charge of his can easily be put in the waste bin; that of the allegation that a free comment on the judiciary is laden with a risk of being jailed for contempt!
This allegation is so patently false that it does not bear being ignored. All those given to viewing various TV channels, however minimally, and having the very basic rudiments of honesty about them, have seen the judges being castigated, maligned, or being subjected to outright abuse or threats by a mangy brigade of the Sharif minions, day after day for months. The abuse has become ever shriller because of the obvious restraint of the courts. A growing number of people are finding fault with the judges for this leniency since only one culprit has seen the inside of a jail on the charge of contempt. Thus as his bias relents, even Mr Sethi may be tempted to concede that he was led away by a passing enthusiasm.
And if this enthusiasm was not a mere impulse but a commitment to licking the hand that feeds him, I must admit that this is commendable constancy in a bordello of sellouts. In my book, this puts Mr Sethi solidly in the ranks of such loyal stalwarts as Daniyal Aziz, Talal Chowdhary and Mushahid Hussain etc, who, when it is the season of jumping ship, closed ranks to stand steadfastly behind their leader who has taken their country to the cleaners. Only committed “democrats” can dredge their will, and their conscience [if they have any]  to make such a high minded choice!
As far as the “hidden hand” is concerned, a lot of people are looking for it. They have their eyes on the forty to fifty fidgety legislators who jumped to Musharraf in 2002; then to Zardari in 2008; and then to Nawaz Sharif in 2013. Had the hidden hand been so keenly at work as is being so assiduously suggested, they should have been expected to jump ship at the slightest wave of this hand on 29 July 2017 when Nawaz Sharif was unanimously dethroned by a full bench of the Supreme Court. The news was rife and widespread in the country that this gang heads cocked, waited nervously and long for a signal to come from GHQ. But the signal never came. And though the heads are still cocked, the signal stubbornly refuses to come through.
Thus, by the clearest yardstick of all, the hidden hand theory has failed its acid test. Either the “hidden hand” has lost its efficacy, or it has refused to execute the signal, so that pedigreed ship jumpers have remained in place. 
But by the rules of the conspiracy theory, which Mr Sethi is propagating, there is obviously much to see in the unseen i.e ” because we cant see it, GHQ must obviously be hiding something!”
The one contact between Justice Saqib Nisar and General Bajwa, which almost certainly took place, did so about February 2017. The C.J informed the General that the judgement in the Panama case was due to come soon. He expected some sort of a law and order situation to erupt no matter which way the judgment leaned. He thus wanted to know where the army would stand if such situation came about. General Bajwa, without hesitation, informed him that the army would do its constitutional duty i.e that it will stand at the beck and call of the Supreme Court.
When this news hit Nawaz Sharif, it hit him like a sledgehammer. A general is chosen by him to be the Army Chief, who should have been “his General”, had decided to stand by the Constitution, instead of standing by him! This was enough to send any man reeling. This is where the froth and unbounded venom of our pretty Maryum springs from, and so too the fulminations of her great and unforgivable taint, Safdar.
In such thinking also lies the essence of our “democracy”. Votes mean mandate. And mandate means a license to rob and plunder without let or hindrance. To do away with all such possible hindrances every institution must be brought to heel. Most unfortunately for Nawaz Sharif, his pet dream of having the army led by a poodle in uniform who could be expected to ” sit” and “stay”, has eluded him once again.
And having thus far failed in getting a credible narrative going, his minions who have fed off the scraps of his table, invent and propagate ever new theories. That of celestial beings and the hidden hand are the newest he proposes to regale those with, whom his royal depredations have stripped quite literally to the bone.
 There is no trick in the book that Nawaz Sharif and company have not tried to bring the C.J and the COAS to heel. They have tried to disarm the Army Chief by the charms of the Shahbaz-Nisar circus; invited the influence of the Saudis and the Turks and the Americans; Modi pitches in right on cue with some well-timed artillery barrages– but nothing seems to have worked. They have threatened cajoled and tried to bribe. But thus far they have failed in all their efforts. Little wonder then, that Nawaz Sharif and company have finally woken up to the presence of “celestial beings.”
On two grounds indeed there is a reason to suspect that Justice Nisar and General Bajwa may indeed be justly cited as celestial beings. One is that every aggrieved person in the country likes to invoke intervention by either of these two to intercede and rectify the injustices they may be suffering from. In all ages crushed humans have appealed to high heavens to come to their aid when all nearer hopes lie dashed.
The second is that no matter what step Nawaz Sharif and his clowns plan against this duo, somehow news gets to them almost as soon as the latest plan gets off the drawing board. It is known for example that in a fit of exasperation Nawaz Sharif ordered Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to sack General Bajwa. But though the windmill was clearly in the sights of Sancho, and though he may have wanted to do his master’s bidding, his ass failed to move. The onset of this paralysis was, it is believed, directly related to the fact that General Bajwa came to know of the plan almost immediately as it was crafted. And this case of catastrophic ass failure may have saved our democracy. Few asses have done such sterling service to a higher cause merely by the act of failing!
What will ultimately decide if these two high officers of the state will be numbered among celestial beings or among mortals who failed to stand up to the call of the times is the direction they give to their country. To do right by Pakistan they will have to first admit that nothing is more sacred than the state. They will then have to become alive to the fact that Pakistan is actually standing at the very brink of implosion; that the situation today is in no wise less serious than it was in 1971; and that this has been brought about by theft so massive for it to have become catastrophic. All other maladies by which the state is saddled find their root in this plunder. And not least of these is treachery against the state which seems to have become respectable enough for many like Hussain Haqqani and Achazai to be quite openly espousing the cause of the enemy. The obvious question which then arises is where should this put Zardari, Haqqani’s employer, and Nawaz Sharif, who draws strength from Achakzai?
It is for the C.J and the Army Chief to stand by and for the state in such a manner, that in future even the mere suggestion of plunder of the state, should impel the thinker of the thought to run for the exits. And the aim should be to get every looted penny back. As soon as the interim government comes in, lists should be ready to put every suspect on ECL. NAB should immediately be strengthened, with Chaudhary Qamar Zaman to become among the first to be indicted, with his favourites in NAB to follow. All those against whom prima facie evidence of corruption exists should be arrested and jailed pending trial. They need not be abused slapped or tortured. Theft being a crime of moral turpitude, all that needs to be done to them is to put them in C class in jail and to treat them EXACTLY as per the dictates of the Jail Manual. If just this is done, the torrent of money that will issue from these people will become one of the modern wonders of the world for the voluntary return of looted wealth.
And all events, what will vitiate the entire process is, if the powers that be, begin playing favourites.
And the last thing we all expect is that the next elections are as absolutely fair, as it is humanly possible to make them.
P.S. Perhaps it will not be too much to draw the attention of the CJ to the fact that only Ahad Cheema among Punjab’s heavyweights is under detention and is being investigated. Perhaps he will concede to me that this is being too conservative.

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1سپریم کورٹ کے کمرہ عدالت نمبر


جی ہاں یہی قیمت لگائی جا رہی ہے وکلاءتحریک کی سپریم کورٹ کے کمرہ عدالت نمبر 1- میں چیف جسٹس افتخار محمد چوہدری سپریم کورٹ کے وکلاءکو اسلام آباد میں ایک ایک کن
ال کے پلاٹوں کی تقسیم کی درخواستوں پر ”مفاد عامہ“ میں غور فرما رہے ہیں۔ ان کی سربراہی میں قائم عدالت عظمیٰ کا سہہ رکنی بنچ سپریم کورٹ بار کوآپریٹو ہا¶سنگ سوسائٹی کی اسلام آباد کے زون 1 میں زمین حاصل کرنے کی درخواست پر سی ڈی اے اور وفاقی حکومت کے نمائندوں کو کئی دنوں سے طلب کر رہا ہے۔وکلاءکی اس نجی تنظیم کو شاہراہ دستور کے قریب عوام کے پیسے سے ایک ہاسٹل بھی بنا کر دیا جا رہا ہے جس پر چیف جسٹس افتخار محمد چوہدری کے نام کی تختی بھی لگی ہے۔ چیف جسٹس نے اس ہاسٹل کے لئے وزیراعظم راجہ پرویز اشرف کی اعلان کردہ 14 کروڑ روپے میں سے 5 کروڑ روپے کی ادائیگی میں تاخیر پر سخت نوٹس بھی لیا ہے۔ راجہ پرویز اشرف کے اربوں روپے کے منصوبوں اور ان کے ترقی اور تبادلوں کے آخری دنوںکے احکامات کو غیر آئینی قرار دیا گیا۔ اب کالے کوٹ والے اپنی ہی عدالت لگا کر آئین‘ قانون اور مفاد عامہ کے نام پر راجہ پرویز اشرف کی ہاسٹل کے لئے اعلان کردہ رقوم کے حصول کےلئے موجودہ حکومت پر دبا¶ ڈال رہے ہیں؟ سپریم کورٹ بار پہلے ہی 40 کروڑ روپے سے زائد عوامی خزانے سے اس ہاسٹل پر خرچ کر چکی ہے۔
بجلی‘ گیس‘ پٹرولیم کی قیمتوں سے متعلق سماعتوں میں تو غریب اور بھوک سے عاجز عوام اور عیاش سیاستدانوں کا ذکر خوب ہوتا ہے۔ تو کیا بھوکے ننگے عوام کی جیب سے کروڑوں روپے نکال کر شاہراہ دستور پر نجی ہاسٹل کی تعمیر عیاشی نہیں؟جس آئین‘ قانون اور ضابطہ اخلاق کی بالادستی کے لئے وکلاءتحریک چلائی گئی‘ ان کیسوں کی سماعت میں ان تمام اقدار کی دھجیاں بکھیری جا رہی ہیں۔ چیف جسٹس افتخار محمد چوہدری نے وکلاءکے ہاسٹل کی تعمیر میں شروع سے ذاتی دلچسپی لے رکھی ہے۔ وکلاءکی درخواست پر انہوں نے سپریم کورٹ کے ایک معزز جج کو ہاسٹل کی تعمیراتی کمیٹی کا رکن بھی مقررکیا ہے اور دوسری طرف اپنے ہاتھ سے نامکمل ہاسٹل میں اپنے نام کی تختی بھی لگائی جس کے لئے تقریبات بھی ہوئیں اور آج بروز سوموار بھی چیف جسٹس صاحب پہلے اس ہاسٹل کی تعمیر کے لئے فنڈز کے اجراءکے کیس کی سماعت کریں گے اور پھر اسی ہاسٹل کے افتتاح کے لئے ایک اور تختی کی نقاب کشائی بھی کرنے جائیں گے۔ کیا اس معاملہ میں عدلیہ کے ضابطہ¿ اخلاق کو یاد نہیں کیاجاسکتا۔
سابق وزیراعظم راجہ پرویز اشرف اور دوسرے سیاستدانوں پر اقتدار کے آخری دنوں میں عوامی پیسہ لٹانے کا الزام اپنی جگہ مگر کیا چیف جسٹس افتخار محمد چوہدری بھی اپنی ریٹائرمنٹ سے پہلے اس سپریم کورٹ بار ایسوسی ایشن کے ارکان کو ایک ایک کنال کے پلاٹ کا مالک بناکرچھوڑنا چاہتے ہیں جس نے انہیں کندھے پر بٹھا کر چیف جسٹس کی مسند پر لا بٹھایا تھاکیا سپریم کورٹ میں مفاد عامہ کے دوسرے بڑے مقدمات ختم ہو چکے ہیں؟ کیا سی ڈی اے کے زون ون میں وکلاءکے لئے ایک ایک کنال کے پلاٹ (جو تقریباً 60 لاکھ میں الاٹ ہوں گے اور شاید کروڑوں میں فوری طور پر بک جائیں گے)مفاد عامہ میں ہیں؟ کیا اس کے بعد وکلاءاپنی خدمات عوام کو مفت یا رعایتی نرخوں پر فراہم کریں گے؟ اور کیا ان درخواستوں کا فیصلہ چیف جسٹس کی ریٹائرمنٹ سے پہلے ہونا لازمی ہے؟
کمرہ عدالت میں ایک عجیب منظر دیکھنے کو ملتا ہے جہاں وکلاءاور ان کے نمائندوں کی بڑی تعداد کے علاوہ وفادار میڈیا بھی موجود ہوتا ہے۔ اب صورت حال یہ ہے کہ پلاٹ مانگنے والوں کی طرف سے بھی وکیل پیش ہیں جنہیں پلاٹ ملنا ہے اور سی ڈی اے کی طرف سے بظاہر مخالفت کرنے والے بھی وکیل ہیں جو کیس ہار کر پلاٹ کے حقدار ٹھہریں گے ۔ ہر کوئی بڑی جلدی میں لگتا ہے۔ دوسری طرف سی ڈی اے کے وکیل افنان کنڈی صاحب بھی بظاہر ایک ”ولن“ کا مخالفانہ ڈائیلاگ ادا کر کے اپنی ذمہ داری پوری کر رہے ہیں ایک ایسی فلم میں جس کا انجام کافی واضح ہو رہا ہے۔انکی دلیل واضح ہے کہ سی ڈی اے کے قوانین کے تحت ایک نجی کوآپریٹو سوسائٹی کو زون ون میں زمین نہیں دی جاسکتی۔ اس صورت حال میں وفاقی ملازمین کی ہا¶سنگ فا¶نڈیشن بھی وکلاءکے کاندھے پر بندوق رکھے گھات لگائے بیٹھی ہیں۔ اس فا¶نڈیشن کو زون ون میں سکیموں کی اجازت نہیں ملی اور یوں اب ان کے لئے ایک سنہری موقعہ ہے۔ زون ون میں نجی سکیموں کو اجازت دینے کے لئے سمری وزیراعظم کے پاس ہے۔ سپریم کورٹ بار بار ایڈیشنل اٹارنی جنرل اور سی ڈی اے کے افسروں کو کمرہ عدالت میں بلا کر کھڑا کر دیتی ہے اور خود کوئی حکم پاس کرنے کی بجائے بظاہر حکومت سے فیصلہ کروانے کی حکمت عملی اپنا رہی ہے۔ چاہے زیر تعمیر ہاسٹل کے لئے فنڈز کے چیک کا معاملہ ہو یا وکلاءکی رہائشی سکیم کا اس معاملے پر تقریباً روزانہ کی بنیاد پر سماعت کرنا اور پھر ایڈیشنل اٹارنی جنرل کا یہ کہنا کہ سمری وزیراعظم کو بھیج دی گئی۔ ایک واضح اشارہ ہے کہ مسئلہ قوانین کا نہیں بلکہ وزیراعظم نواز شریف کے ایک دستخط کا ہے۔
جلد بازی نہ کرنے کی بہت سی اخلاقی اور اصولی وجوہات ہیں۔ 31 اکتوبر کو سپریم کورٹ بار ایسوسی ایشن کے انتخابات ہو رہے ہیں۔ سپریم کورٹ بار میں چیف جسٹس کے حامی اور مخالفت گروپوں کی سیاست کوئی ڈھکی چھپی بات نہیں۔ جو بھی ان انتخابات میں جیتے گا وہ چیف جسٹس افتخار محمد چوہدری کی الوداعی تقریب منعقد کرانے (یا نہ کرانے) کا مجاز ہو گا۔ ہاسٹل کی حکومتی فنڈنگ اور اسلام آباد میں وکیلوں کے لئے ایک ایک کنال کے پلاٹ کو عدالتی فیصلے سے یقینی بنایا جائے گا تو بار ایسوسی ایشن کے انتخابات میں تنظیم کی موجودہ باڈی اور چیف جسٹس کا حامی گروپ یقیناً اس چیز کا فائدہ اٹھا سکتا ہے مگر ہاسٹل اور رہائشی سکیم کی مخالفت نہ کرنا چیف جسٹس کے مخالف وکلاءگروپ کی بھی سیاسی مجبوری ہے ۔وکلاءکی طرف سے حکومت اور عدلیہ پر دبا¶ کوئی نئی بات نہیں۔ حال ہی میں اسلام آباد کی ضلعی عدالتوں کو وکلاءکی طرف سے تالا لگا کر کئی بار بندکیا گیا۔ وکلاءنے کچہری کے قریب ہی سی ڈی اے کی ایک فٹ بال گرا¶نڈ پر قبضہ کر کے غیر قانونی چیمبروں کی تعمیر شروع کر دی ہے۔ سپریم کورٹ کے علم میں ہونے کے باوجود فٹ بال گرا¶نڈ کے قابضین وکلاءکے خلاف کوئی کارروائی نہیں کی گئی اور سی ڈی اے اور حکومت ویسے ہی وکلاءسے ڈرتی ہیں۔
آخر کالے کوٹ اور کالی شیروانی میں فرق ہی کیا رہ گیا ہے؟ اس ملک میں جس کا دا¶ لگا اس نے لگا دیا۔ کبھی عوام کے نام پر کبھی انصاف کے نام پر۔ ہمیں ڈکشنری میں موجود لفظ شرمناک کو اس سے نکالنا پڑے گا۔

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Pakistan Express: Indian influence in Pakistani media escapes Supreme Court’s attention




The proverbial cat is out of bag and Pakistan’s populistSupreme Court has announced its decision on the Report of Media Commission. As expected, the court in its ruling made public on its website has chosen not to touch the sensitive parts of the Report. The most sensitive is dubious interest of foreigners in Pakistan’s electronic media.

There are two most sensitive issues mentioned in the Report:

a)      Pakistan Broadcasters’ Association alleged that entertainment channel Urdu 1 was owned by Rupert Murdoch and two Afghan brothers (Mohsini brothers) who were based in Dubai. This channel (Urdu 1) was granted landing right much before it went on air anywhere in the world. The trail of dubious grant of license can be traced to Musa Gilani, son of former Prime Minister and Faryal Talpur, sister of the sitting President.

a)      Media watchdog, PEMRA informed the Commission a couple of media houses are reported to have received large grants in the form of advertising contracts from overseas sources. It is said that one such grant is 20 million British pounds. Any attempt by PEMRA to probe such matters immediately leads to claims that there is an attempt to curb freedom of the media and there is always the recourse to obtaining a stay order if an inquiry is held. Most of the funds are channeled through the cover of a Norwegian NGO named Friends without Borders but it was found the footprints of this funding lead to Indian sponsors including the Indian state television, the Doordarshan.

Who is Keith Rupert Murdoch and why the Indians send their money to one Pakistani channel? If the influence of Murdoch and Indians was not checked in Pakistan, then PEMRA was in breach of trust and an accomplice in the crime of allowing foreigners making inroads into Pakistani airwaves through their money.

Keith Rupert Murdoch is an Australian American media mogul. In July 2011, he faced allegations that his companies, including the News of the World, owned by News Corporation, had been regularly hacking the phones of celebrities, royalty and public citizens. He faces police and government investigations into bribery and corruption by the British government and FBI investigations in the US. On 21 July 2012, Murdoch resigned as a director of News International.

The allegation of PEMRA that one channel (GeoTV) received huge amounts in the name of sponsorship is most disturbing. That the amounts were actually sent by Indians should have rung alarm bells in the court room and media watchdog taken to task but the Supreme Court did not utter a single word in its order. The Supreme Court could do was to order an investigation. But this very serious breach of trust on the part of PEMRA escaped the attention of the court which strengthens the perception that the said channel is enjoying strong influence in the court room.

What are the services that Geo is delivering for India? Numerous. From showing excessive Indian contents to bashing Pakistan’s ISI and armed forces for anything happening anywhere in the world. This was the first channel which blamed in unison with Indian media that Mumbai Attacks of November, 2008 were perpetrated by ISI. Not only that, it helped Indian establishment’s line that Pakistanis were involved in the attacks when it prepared a package and informed the world that Ajmal Kassab belonged to a Pakistani town Faridkot. Now when this line of propaganda has been questioned in India with Indian security officials blaming their own government, the cover of this channel has been blown off.

Why this channel bashes ISI and armed forces? Because ISI and armed forces must be weakened at the point in time when they are fighting India’s proxies in FATA, Balochistan and even in Karachi. This is something enemy does to pressurize the security establishment of the rivals and break their resolve to fight. The Pakistani channel is doing exactly the same and earning millions of dollars of Indian money it has received. The security establishment should realize that even this channel is an Indian proxy and needs to be fought. The Supreme Court owes its popularity to this channel and may not take any action or utter any word to displease it.

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