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Ansar Abbasi’s investigative journalism and the convicted local spies of the RAW, CIA, FBI and Mossad – by Ahmed Iqbalabadi

It pains me to read yet another piece of sensational investigative journalism by Ansar Abbasi that appeared on back page of Daily Jang (25 April 2010)  and The News (24th April, 2010). The sub heading in Jang is mindboggling saying “the 18th Amendment might even allow convicted local spies of the RAW, the CIA, the FBI and even Mossad to become members of parliament and even aspire to become the prime minister of the country.”

I have no idea what Ansar Abbasi thinks of while writing. Since the passage of the 18th Amendment, Ansar Abbasi along with other (so called) investigative journalists have been doing their best to bring the parliament and the judiciary at loggerheads.

In this piece of “investigative journalism” (probably at the behest of an investigative agency), Senator SM Zafar has been interviewed as well who has also found the interpretation of having a foreign agent as a prime minister hard to digest. He suggests that scope needs to be kept limited while interpreting 63-1 J else there is no limit.

If one goes by the interpretation of Ansar Abbasi, then anyone who ever jokes about the army or the judiciary can be a foreign agent! Get a life!

Here is the miserable piece of “unbiased” investigative journalism by Ansar Abbasi:

Convicts can grab top political posts

Saturday, April 24, 2010

By Ansar Abbasi

ISLAMABAD: The most dangerous aspect of the 18th Amendment is to open the doors of parliament to any convict, who may have been sentenced for propagating or acting in any manner prejudicial to the ideology, sovereignty, integrity and security of Pakistan.

This provision of the 18th Amendment might even allow convicted local spies of the RAW, the CIA, the FBI and even Mossad to become members of parliament and even aspire to become the prime minister of the country. The only constitutional bar for them to contest for the membership of the national or provincial assemblies or the Senate is to wait for five years after release from jail.

Eminent constitutional expert and Senator SM Zafar, who was also member of the constitutional reform committee of parliament, when approached, feared that the said provision could be stretched and interpreted to any length.

He, however, said that in his view connecting it to the serious offence of spying would be an unfair interpretation of the provision, which according to him should be restricted to the meanings and types of propagation against the ideology, sovereignty, integrity and security of Pakistan.

The 18th Amendment inserted a new Article 63(1)(j) which reads as: 63. Disqualifications for membership of Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament). (1) A person shall be disqualified from being elected or chosen as, and from being, a member of the Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament), (j) he has been convicted by a court of competent jurisdiction for propagating any opinion, or acting in any manner, prejudicial to the ideology of Pakistan, or the sovereignty, integrity or security of Pakistan, or the integrity or independence of the judiciary of Pakistan, or which defames or brings into ridicule the judiciary or the Armed Forces of Pakistan, unless a period of five years has elapsed since his release.”

The said constitutional provision also shows leniency towards the convicts, who have propagated or acted in any manner against the independence and judiciary of Pakistan or have defamed or ridiculed the judiciary and the armed forces.

Senator SM Zafar said the said provision could be interpreted in extensive manner by anyone but he would read it within the limited scope of propagation. When his attention was drawn that in the said provision the expression “acting in any manner” is even used, he said that according to his interpretation this expression is used for the purpose of propagation in any manner.

In the pre-18th amendment constitution, such convicts were disqualified to become member of the national and provincial assemblies or Senate for life. In the pre-18th amendment constitution, it was Article 61(1)(g) which was dealing with such offences. It read as: 63. (1) A person shall be disqualified from being elected or chosen as, and from being, a member of the Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament), if- (g) he is propagating any opinion, or acting in any manner, prejudicial to the ideology of Pakistan, or the sovereignty, integrity or security of Pakistan, or morality, or the maintenance of public order, or the integrity or independence of the judiciary of Pakistan, or which defames or brings into ridicule the judiciary or the Armed Forces of Pakistan;”

It should be stated here that the 18th constitutional bill has also removed life time bar from becoming member of the Parliament on the convicts of crimes like corruption, misuse of authority, moral turpitude, absconders etc.

http://www.thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=28471

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  • Oath Uner PCO & Memory Loss of Ansar Abbasi.

    ISLAMABAD: No matter what the pro-government legal minds, including some leading lights of the pre-March 15 judicial movement say, the Supreme Court of Pakistan has already declared that the power to amend the Constitution vested in parliament under Article 239 of the Constitution is not unlimited and unbridled. In another case, it has also rendered redundant a constitutional provision, which is like striking down a constitutional provision besides changing the meanings of the word “consultation” in the judges’ appointment cases just contrary to what was meant by the authors of the 1973 Constitution. Additionally in the Al-Jehad Trust case, the Supreme Court has not only changed the meaning of the word “consultation” as used in the Constitution in the provisions dealing with appointment of judges just contrary to what was meant by the authors of the Constitution but it has also rendered an article of the Constitution dealing with the transfer of a high court judge to the Federal Shariat Court against his will as redundant, which it is argued is like striking down a constitutional provision. REFERENCE: SC clear on powers of parliament to amend Constitution Sunday, April 25, 2010 Court ruled in 1998 powers are limited By Ansar Abbasi

    I wonder if Mr Ansar Abbasi haven’t forgotten the fate of Habib Wahabul Khairi/Al Jehad’s Petition against General Musharraf and what the very present Judiciary did with the Petition of Habib Wahabul Khairi and Al Jehad Trust.

    Sometimes Intellectual Dishonesty is more fatal than the Financial or Moral Corruption. Financial/Moral Corruption is mostly related with few and destroys few [I REPEAT I AM NOT CONDONING IT] but Intellectual Dishonesty destroys nations e.g. Sharifuddin Pirzada, A K Brohi and many many more. I will just restrict myself to the swinging pendulum of Mr. Ansar Abbasi’s pen and journalism and will quote news/columns/opinions filed by him in all these years and every article is contradicting the earlier one. Remember one thing that Ansar Abbasi had demanded Treason Trial of Musharraf for violating article 6 of 1973 Constitution whereas shamelessly Mr. Ansar Abbasi is in favour of retaining National Accountability Bureau to hound politicians [the NAB was founded by Martial Law Regime! Where is the validity? Violation is Violation and cannot be condoned through Law of Necessity. To Proceed

    Mr Ansar Abbasi was a Musharraf supporter while working for Daily Dawn:

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    During 1999 Mr. Ansar Abbasi was Praising General Musharraf Martial Law regime’s “Alleged Reforms” when Ansar Abbasi used to be a Correspondent in Daily Dawn, he never mentioned even a single time that Impsoing Martial Law is Treason and Violation of Article 6 of 1973 Constitution of Pakistan. Read the news reports which Ansar Abbasi filed in the Daily Dawn in 1999. Not a single time Ansar adress Musharraf as CMLA but Ansar was very respectful towards “Alleged Chief Executive” Musharraf. You may not find a single personal observation by Ansar Abbasi on Constitutional Tampering by Military Regime. Musharraf was given mandate by the Judiciary to tamper with the Constitution. Everybody knows who was part of that Supreme Court Bench. REFERENCES: Special courts to try cases of accountability Ansar Abbasi 06 November 1999 Issue : 05/45 [Courtesy Daily Dawn Wire Service] Musharraf approves pre-1973 authority for FPSC by Ansar Abbasi Week Ending : 29 January 2000 Issue : 06/05 [Courtesy Daily Dawn Wire Service] Sharifs lose 80pc of assets, says Qureshi by Ansar Abbasi Week Ending : 16 December 2000 Issue : 06/48 – The National Accountability Bureau is Pakistan’s apex anti-corruption organization. It is charged with the responsibility of elimination of corruption through a holistic approach of awareness, prevention and enforcement. It operates under the National Accountability Ordinance-1999, with its headquarter at Islamabad. REFERENCE:

    Ansar Abbasi Praising General Musharraf’s Martial Law Regime’s “Alleged Reforms” when Ansar Abbasi used to be a Correspondent in Daily Dawn, he never mentioned even a single time that Impsoing Martial Law is Treason and Violation of Article 6 of 1973Constitution of Pakistan

    As per 1973 Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan

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    PART I

    6. (1) Any person who abrogates or attempts or conspires to abrogate, subverts or attempts or conspires to subvert the Constitution by use of force or show of force or by other unconstitutional means shall be guilty of high treason.

    (2) Any person aiding or abetting the acts mentioned in clause (1) shall likewise be guilty of high treason.

    (3) [Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament)] shall by law provide for the punishment of persons found guilty of high treason.

    http://chagataikhan.blogspot.com/2010/04/oath-uner-pco-memory-loss-of-ansar.html

  • NRO/Jang Group: Ansar Abbasi & Accountability Bureau.
    Swinging Pendulum of Mr. Ansar Abbasi’s pen and journalism, read it attentively and you may find that every article/column/research by Mr. Ansar Abbasi is full of contradiction and extreme prejudice.

    REFERENCE: NAB orders seizure of Zardari’s assets in Islamabad By Ansar Abbasi Friday, January 22, 2010

    Now read the same Jang Group 2 months back on the same issue:

    REFERENCE: Zardari land deal called neat, clean transaction Saturday, November 07, 2009 News Desk

    Contradiction of Mr Ansar Abbai. Once Again!

    REFERENCE: NAB acts on its own despite SC verdict By Ansar Abbasi Tuesday, January 05, 2010

    NOW READ THIS NEWS FILED BY THE SAME MR. ANSAR ABBASI

    Monday, January 04, 2010, Muharram 17, 1431 A.H
    AND AGAIN THIS!
    REFERENCE: The submarine kickbacks Pandora’s box reopened By Ansar Abbasi Saturday, January 02, 2010

    MR ANSAR ABBASI! PRAISING NAB, CONDEMNING NAB AND THEN PRAISING NAB AND THE LIST GOES ON AND ON…READ ANOTHER CONTRADICTION.

    REFERENCE: Operation ‘minus-many’ launched in NAB Friday, January 01, 2010 By Ansar Abbasi

    AND SAME MR ANSAR ABBASI BEFORE THE DECISION ON NRO ON NAB.

    REFERENCE: Is evidence with NAB safe from saboteurs? By Ansar Abbasi Sunday, December 06, 2009

    CONTRADICITONS GALORE IN MR ANSAR ABBASI’S REPORTING!

    Mr. Ansar Abbasi’s somersault i.e. demanding Musharraf’s Trial – REFERENCES: Why Musharraf should be prosecuted By Ansar Abbasi Monday, August 10, 2009

    Mr Ansar Abbasi condemns Zardari and NRO – REFERENCE: Beneficiaries of NRO cannot get bail: NAB By Ansar Abbasi Friday, November 13, 2009

    100 corruption cases to reopen in 25 days – By Ansar Abbasi Wednesday, November 04, 2009

    Mr Ansar Abbasi praised same “Corrupt Zardari” because he signed the SWAT NIZAM-E-ADL BILL, a treaty with the Taliban – REFERENCE: Zardari makes his mark By Ansar Abbasi Comment Tuesday, April 14, 2009

    After setbacks, Zardari is an improved, chastised man By Ansar Abbasi Wednesday, April 29, 2009

    Mr. Ansar Abbasi quotes Senatior Saif ur Rehman on Zardari –

    REFERENCE: Zardari, Bilawal buy 300 acres of Islamabad land for peanuts By Ansar Abbasi, Tuesday, November 03, 2009

    but JANG GROUP CONDEMN SAIF UR REHMAN – Conspiracy: Kamran Khan, Farooq Laghari, Sajjad Mir, Saifur Rehman & Media Trial of PPP. http://chagataikhan.blogspot.com/2009/11/conspiracy-kamran-khan-farooq-laghari.html

    ANSAR ABBASI PRAISES AND INTRODUCES BRIGADIER IMTIAZ [NROed] REFERENCE: Brig Imtiaz reveals CIA plots Tuesday, September 01, 2009 By Ansar Abbasi

    AND ALSO CONDEMNS BRIGADIER IMTIAZ

    REFERENCE: Who is behind the ‘get Nawaz’ campaign? By Ansar Abbasi Wednesday, August 26, 2009

    BUT GROUP EDITOR OF THE NEWS INTERNATIONAL CONDMEN BRIGADIER IMTIAZ –

    REFERENCE: The return of the Daylight Jackals By Shaheen Sehbai with reporting from Mazhar Tufail and Ahmed Noorani Friday, September 04, 2009

    Mr Ansar Abbasi support and condemn Nawaz Sharif at the same time!

    Reference:

    REFERENCE: Who is behind the ‘get Nawaz’ campaign? By Ansar Abbasi Wednesday, August 26, 2009

    MR ANSAR ABBASI ACCEPTS/RETURNS PLOT –

    REFERENCE: Senior journalist returns plot to government By our correspondent Saturday, April 18, 2009

    RIUJ resents Ansar Abbasi’s move of ‘surrendering’ his plot DATED Friday 24th April, 2009

    Ansar Abbasi backing Qabza group in Murree: affectees DATED Friday 24th April, 2009

    MR ANSAR ABBASI SUPPORTS/CONDEMNS MULLAHS AT THE SAME TIME

    – REFERENCE Earlier it was suggested as per news filed by the born again Mufti and Islamist Mr Ansar Abbasi that Sufi, Taliban must be fenced in after edicts By Ansar Abbasi Wednesday, April 22, 2009

    filed by Mr Ansar Abbasi, The Editor Investigation – The News International, Jang Group of Newspapers and GEO TV that

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    Maulana Sufi Muhammad’s demands for an Islamic justice system have been met but his latest edicts against the country’s judicial, parliamentary and constitutional system may deprive him of the fruit of his life-time achievement. What Maulana Sufi Muhammad has uttered were his already known views but by expressing them in a public gathering at this crucial juncture of the Swat peace process the Tanzim Nifaz Shariat-e-Muhammadi (TNSM) chief has acted as a spoiler. His decades long struggle for Islamic justice system in Swat and Malakand Division is in sight but now he himself has threatened the achievement of his life’s goal. Now many fear that after the implementation of the Nizam-e-Adl Regulation in Swat and the Malakand region, he would possibly try to extend his struggle to other parts of the country. Maulana Sufi Muhammad’s statement that Pakistan’ democracy, its laws and judicial structure all are un-Islamic was rarely welcomed by any political leader, including even those belonging to religious political parties. While the ANP, the PPP and the PML-N deliberately did not show any strong reaction to Sufi’s declaration perhaps to save the peace process from being ruined, it was the Jamaat-e-Islami chief Syed Munnawar Hasan and JUI-F’s Maulana Fazlur Rehman who clearly rejected the TNSM chiefís interpretation of Islam vis-‡-vis Pakistan’s democracy and judicial system. Several Ulema from different schools of thought also argued against Sufi’s remarks.

    “UNQUOTE”

    And now same born again Mufti and Islamist Mr Ansar Abbasi [Editor Investigation, The News International/Jang Group of Newspapers/GEO TV] is shamelessly suggesting:

    “QUOTE”

    The sources admitted that Maulana Sufi Muhammad had issued some irresponsible statements but had been asked to show restraint and avoid giving remarks that might derail the peace process. Amnesty, disarming of Taliban being discussed By Ansar Abbasi Dated: Sunday, April 26, 2009

    “UNQUOTE”

    MR ANSAR ABBASI DOES NOT LIKE NGO LADY/SAMAR MINALLAH but supported by the same NGO LADIES – REFERENCE: Journalists protest threats to Ansar Abbasi Wednesday, January 07, 2009 Our correspondent Islamabad – Zardari to sign deal despite flogging: Hoti By Ansar Abbasi Monday, April 06, 2009

    DETAILS: http://chagataikhan.blogspot.com/2010/01/nrojang-group-ansar-abbasi.html

  • Somersaults of Ansar Abbasi in the “Garb of Filing a News Report on Political Statements”

    PML-N also sniffs Army intervention Monday, April 26, 2010 By Ansar Abbasi
    http://thenews.jang.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=28497

    ISLAMABAD: After the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), now apprehensions are also being expressed by the PML-N about some alleged conspiracy being hatched by certain elements belonging to the Army and intelligence agencies.

    Though it is whispered and not publicly said in so many words, in their off-the-record discussions with media persons, some PML-N leaders express their fears that the third force is preparing the ground to do something extra-constitutional.

    Ahsan Iqbal is on the record as having said on Saturday that a third force wants a clash between the judiciary and parliament. He did not name the third force precisely in the same fashion as has been done repeatedly by President Asif Ali Zardari during the recent months.

    According to a PML-N leader, the Army is trying to pitch the judiciary against parliament and for this purpose it is using certain elements in the media. The N-leader, however, did not have anything concrete to support his argument.

    After the recent bloody riots in Abbottabad and Hazara, another PML-N leader told this correspondent strictly off-the-record he believed that some intelligence agencies had played tricks to trigger violence in the area.

    When asked if he says this on the basis of some solid information or it was just based on his analysis or calculation, he said it was his educated guess. However, in the same breath, he contradicted himself by saying that the PML-N Hazara leadership had told him that the Hazara-based PML-Q leadership and the champions of the Hazara province, who led the recent movement there, were given a shut up call by the military. He said that the violent riots ended after the likes of Haider Zaman, Gohar Ayub and others were asked to stay peaceful.

    Retired Lieutenant General and former ISI chief Hameed Gul was asked on Saturday by Dr Shahid Masood in his programme, Meray Mutabiq, if he sees the possibility of the Pakistan Army getting into politics at a time when there are fears of a clash between the two main pillars of the state.

    Gul said that the military had learnt lessons from its past mistakes. He added that the military had no interest in getting into politics or pushing institutions into a clash with each other. The Pakistan Army and the ISI were already put on the defensive after being repeatedly but subtly blamed of conspiring against democracy by no less than the president. At that time, there were not many even among the politicians to believe this but now such apprehensions have started being raised by the Leaguers.

    If there is any truth in such apprehensions, then it is vital to understand the fact that parliament has done its work by producing the 18th Amendment and now it is the judiciary’s turn to do a judicial review of some of the 101 amendments, which have been challenged in the apex court.

    The Army or intelligence agencies have no business to get worried or do anything on issues which clearly fall in the domain of either parliament or the judiciary. Out of the 101 constitutional amendments, only a few have been challenged, meaning thereby that generally and mostly parliament has done good work. In other cases, now it is for the apex court to do its work and decide the cases on merit and in line with the Constitution and law.

    With the exception of a few controversial amendments, parliament has done well. The judiciary is doing extraordinarily and enjoys the complete support of the masses. It is supposed to continue adjudging the cases placed before it in line with law and the Constitution without any fear or favour.

    It should not be bothered about the negative propaganda unleashed by anyone against the judiciary or those threatening it that it should keep its hands off the constitutional amendments, already challenged, to avoid a possible confrontation.

    An evolution of institutions in this evolutionary process is going on and the military should remain focused on its soldiering matters and must stay away from politics, say analysts.