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Dr Mubashir Hasan: Establishment’s latest pawn in the ‘war on democracy’


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Birds of a feather flock together. This phrase comes to mind when one finds the notorious and most loyal agent of the anti-democracy establishment Roedad Khan and the President of PPP (Ghinwa Bhutto Group) Dr Mubashir Hasan together acting as agents of anti-democracy establishment in the current political milieu in Pakistan.

Here are some elements of Dr Mubashir Hasan’s personality which are worth a read:

President of a failed political party which is currently supported by the anti-democracy establishment

He is the President of PPP Shaheed Bhutto (Ghinwa Bhutto) Group. Everyone in Sindh and entire Pakistan knows that this party was created by the establishment to divide PPP.  The people of Pakistan foiled this conspiracy by rejecting this trojan horse along with its leaders Ghinwa Bhutto and Dr Mubashir Hasan.

Contrast Dr Mubashir Hasan’s participation in the Ghinwa Bhutto gang with his following statement on Murtaza Bhutto’s murder:

“As per Ghazali’s Book The Fourth Republic Chapter IX While the people speculated about the motives behind the killing of Mir Murtaza Bhutto, Dr. Mubashir Hasan, a former Finance Minister and a founder member of the PPP, was very blunt in his remarks: “For those whohave removed Murtaza from our midst, the real problem has been and is Prime Minister Benazir. As long as Murtaza was alive, removing Benazir carried unacceptable risks. Murtaza could take over the mantle of the elder Bhutto’s legend. Else Murtaza and Benazir would be striving for a common cause, separately or jointly. That would have presented formidablepolitical problems. Murtaza gone, the way is clear. Benazir stands perilously weakened. She is the next to go. Such are the brutal pathways of realpolitik.” [Dawn 25.9.1996.]

A Taliban apologist

The Taliban and others of their ilk are getting bolder by the day with their successful forays in the settled districts of the NWFP. The government is determined to strike a hard blow against them before starting negotiations, not realising that this strategy does not work in modern times. It failed in Lebanon against the Hezbollah, in Afghanistan against the Mujahideen, in Palestine against the Intifada, and in Suharto’s Indonesia with respect to East Timor, besides other places. It is failing in Iraq and had spectacularly failed in Vietnam.

http://www.opfblog.com/233/a-political-meltdown-by-dr-mubashir-hasan/

Hater of Benazir Bhutto. Terms popular protests at Benazir Bhutto’s martyrdom as acts of plunder and looting

The behaviour of criminal elements at the time of Benazir Bhutto’s assassination last month in some parts of the country has to be pondered over. All kinds of shops, especially those of jewellery, and banks were freely looted. Police stations were attacked and prisoners freed from lockups. Damage to the railways alone amounted to $20bn as trains, engines, railway stations were set on fire and the signalling system severely damaged. On the Karachi-Multan and Shikarpur-Sukkur highways, scores of trucks were looted and burnt down. The criminals had brought their own trucks to carry away the plunder. The perpetrators comprising small bands which sprouted out of nowhere in Sindh and in some cities of the Punjab did not operate under any central command.

http://www.opfblog.com/233/a-political-meltdown-by-dr-mubashir-hasan/

Terms Pervez Musharraf’s tenure as the best in Pakistan’s history

Musharraf better than other presidents, Dr Mubashar Hassan
Wednesday, December 05, 2007

ISLAMABAD: Dr Mubashar Hassan, the founding member of Pakistan People’s Party, has said that no change has taken place in the country’s politics over the past 60 years. He said that the tenure of President Musharraf was better when compared to the past regimes.

Talking to a channel, he said numerous experiments were conducted during this period with no positive results. During the past six decades, six presidents were removed, 12 prime ministers were dismissed, two were assassinated and 10 parliaments were dissolved.

Dr Mubashir said that an assortment of civilians, capitalists, landlords, merchants, lawyers and bureaucrats ruled the country during this period but the status quo in politics could not be removed.

To a question, he said the tenure of President Musharraf was better when compared with the past regimes.

http://thenews.jang.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=84488

Sees judiciary (bureaucracy) as saviour; condemns politicians and military alike

LAHORE: Pakistan People’s Party (Shaheed Bhutto) President Dr Mubashir Hasan has urged the Supreme Court to play its role in streamlining the affairs of the country.

‘The Supreme Court and lawyers are the only force left that can drive the country out of crises,’ he said at a press conference here on Thursday.

He said the present civil system of governance under the political leadership, including the parties in opposition, was not capable of delivering. A military takeover as in the past was far from a possible solution. ‘If tried it is bound not to succeed with irreparable damage to our defence capability,’ he said.

‘The legislature has consistently failed to perform its duty and the executive has overstepped its limits again and again. In this situation only the Supreme Court of Pakistan can come to the rescue and initiate a process that will reconstruct the state.’

‘Through the awakened community of lawyers, the power of the people can be mobilised to resurrect the power of the state.’

He demanded that the court should order the arrest of all politicians and senior bureaucrats who were accused of corruption during the last 20 years and also bar them from contesting the next general election. The people of Pakistan, he said, would hail the court and rally behind it as a formidable power.

Pakistan needed fresh general election as well as a caucus of the four provinces to decide what executive power and authority they would like to cede to the federation, Dr Hasan stressed while concluding his talk.

Dawn, 27 Nov 2009

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/16-dr+mubashir+sees+judiciary+as+saviour-hs-04

Condemns political parties; remains silent on military and civil bureaucracy

The main political parties and their leaderships are undermining the existence of Pakistan.

Over the years, they have failed to understand that the state of Pakistan is unraveling. The administrative structure of the state is no longer capable of ensuring the performance of the basic duties of the state, mainly the protection of life, property and dignity of the people, dispensation of justice to all citizens as equals, semblance of equitability in the distribution of wealth and assuring a sense of belonging to the Balochs, Pashtuns, Sindhis and Punjabis that the Government at Islamabad is their Government.

9 June 2009
http://www.haqeeqat.org/2009/06/12/bhutto%E2%80%99s-colleague-dr-mubashir-hasan-political-parties-destroying-pakistan/

Calls for mid-term elections

LAHORE – PPP (Shaheed Bhutto) Punjab President and former finance minister Dr Mubashir Hassan has called for midterm election and urged the President of Pakistan to fulfil his constitutional obligation in this regard.
Addressing the press conference at his resident here on Thursday Dr Mubashir Hasan issued a statement on the behalf of Ms Ghinwa Bhutto, Chairperson PPP (SB), saying that in passing the recent budget through a unanimous vote, the National Assembly has forfeited its right to continue as the National Assembly under the Constitution. It should be dissolved and new elections held.

He said through this budget, the NA has given a reprieve of Rs 2,000-2,500 billion to the rich and affluent and robs Rs 600 billion from the pocket of the poor and indigent and in doing so wantonly it violated Article 3 of the Constitution.

17 July 2009

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Regional/Lahore/17-Jul-2009/Dr-Mubashir-calls-for-midterm-election.

Mubashar Hasan, petitioner against the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO), speaks to the media along with his lawyers Abdul Hafiz Pirzada (L) and Salman Akram Raja (R) after the Supreme Court of Pakistan announced its decision outside the court building in Islamabad, December 16, 2009. — Reuters

Files petition against the NRO along with Roedad Khan

SC hears anti-NRO petitions from 7th
tanvir siddiqi

Islamabad— Supreme Court will start hearing the petitions against the National Reconciliation Ordinance from Dec 7.

The Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry has set up a larger bench of the apex court to hear the pending petitions against NRO.

These petitions were filed by former Finance Minister in ZAB Government Dr Mubashir Hasan and a former top bureaucrat Roedad Khan, It is quite likely that the Chief Justice will himself head the larger bench to hear the petitions against NRO.
http://pakobserver.net/200912/02/news/topstories03.asp

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  • Rabia, do you have a copy of the Frontier Post article? I cannot access the link somehow.

  • He is a person lost in his ideals……
    Last night in Najam Sethi show he was puzzled by the veteran journalist by his questions regarding Dr. Sb ideals……He was speechless and atlast he requested Najam to lead us to some change…….Waaw
    bhatakti Aatma……………………….Bechaari

  • Same Mubashir Hasan in 1996—-

    “The tribunal held later in 1997 ruled that Murtaza could not have been killed without approval from the highest echelons of government.” [Justice Retd Nasir Aslam Zahid]Please tell which echelon of the government is highest? Have you seen the movie ‘JFK’ by Oliver Stone if not then please watch it again and again, it will solve many of your puzzles.”Quote”As per Ghazali BookThe Fourth Republic Chapter IX While the people speculated about the motives behind the killing of Mir Murtaza Bhutto, Dr. Mubashir Hasan, a former Finance Minister and a founder member of the PPP, was very blunt in his remarks: “For those whohave removed Murtaza from our midst, the real problem has been and is Prime Minister Benazir. As long as Murtaza was alive, removing Benazir carried unacceptable risks. Murtaza could take over the mantle of the elder Bhutto’s legend. Else Murtaza and Benazir would be striving for a common cause, separately or jointly. That would have presented formidablepolitical problems. Murtaza gone, the way is clear. Benazir stands perilously weakened. She is the next to go. Such are the brutal pathways of realpolitik.” [Dawn 25.9.1996.]

  • NOTE: Please tell which echelon of the government is highest? Have you seen the movie ‘JFK’ by Oliver Stone if not then please watch it again and again, it will solve many of your puzzles [These are my words not Mubashir]

  • To Abdul,Aamir,Rabia,Aliarqam,Omarkhattab and others “diehards”.
    You may be right about Dr. Mubashir Hassan being Establishment pawn, but the question is who is not a “pawn” in this establishment run country since 1956. None of the politicians of some (ill)repute can progress without the tacit support of the Establishment.
    The game is going on and on and is further strengthening, whether the Govt. is run directly by the Generals or through their puppets as Civilians.Be it the so called democratic parties like PPP< PML N, PML Q or people like Moeen Qureshi, Mazari, Jatoi etc.
    Even after fall of Dacca the greatest democrat ZAB had also intentionaly became Establishment's pawn, and lost the only golden opportunity to put the Generals in their places and to lead Pakistan as life time Prime Minister/President. Instead he followed the "tradition" of depending on the Generals and not people to get strength, and become their pawn and ultimately paid very high price for his blunder.
    Both Nawaz and BB had also opted for a puppet governments twice and see what happened then and what is happening now with the Zardari government.
    My question in this regard is who is not establishments pawn, whatever political party he belong to.
    As for the PPP, I request all Critical Supporters to open their hearts and minds and analyse
    the situations, deeds,acts,positions of other peoples/group not just by the PPP microscope but as a true democrat who is not afraid to criticize his own party when he see any valid reason to do so.
    Has any of you ever thought why the founding fathers of the PPP have left the party one after another. Those were the people who in fact established the PPP which was later hijacked by the crooks. Its a very long list to ponder about…………..few are ………
    J.A.Rahim Mir Rasool Baksh Talpur, Meraj Mohammad Khan, Abdul Hafiz Peerzada, Mumtaz Bhutto, Ghulam Mustafa Khar ,all the founding members have left the PPP lon time back disheartened.
    Moreover all those corrupt people who should have been behind bar holding important posts in the government of PPP or the party itself.
    Take note of the comments of a Federal Minister Abdul Qayum Jatoi in Javed Choudhry's prog of 2nd December 09.'Kia corruption per humara haq nahin hai?????????????".
    At least one person is accepting the truth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

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  • @shahab khilji: 1. None of us is a diehard; rest assured.
    2. We are not against across the board accountability starting from the military generals.
    3. You suggest that the so called founding fathers of PPP left PPP based on principles. Then you quote names such as Mumtaz Bhutto and Mustafa Khar as examples. Please rethink.
    4. I have hardly ever spent time on Javed Chaudhry’s programs thus cannot comment on Jatoi’s statement. Who is she, by the way?

  • Reality of Javed Chaudhry’s Program is as under:

    Five journalists who were in the waiting list are:

    4- Javed Chaudhry, Cat-II, Seniority Number-20 Journalist Corruption Scandal – Rauf Klasra
    http://pkpolitics.com/2009/07/20/journalist-corruption-scandal-rauf-klasra/

    I didn’t support the corrupt, I just made some correction, by the way Mr Javed Chaudhry should also mention this:

    11 – Sultan Ali Lakhani & family Pakistan [courtesy Teeth Maestro]

    Ranking: 9 (tied at 9) Worth: £400m ($800) Industry: Businessman

    The Lakhanis are currently having a hard time at the hands of NAB. Sultan Lakhani and his three brothers run this prestigious group and the chain of McDonald’s restaurants in Pakistan. NAB has alleged the Lakhanis of having created phoney companies through worthless directors and raised massive loans from various banks and financial institutions. Sultan is currently abroad after having served a jail term with younger sibling Amin, though the latter was released much earlier. NAB had reportedly demanded Rs 7 billion from Lakhanis, but later agreed they pay only Rs 1.5 billion over a 10-year period.
    Lakhani brothers in NAB hands [year 1999/2000]

    Legal notice to Sultan Lakhani for publishing concocted stories Wednesday, October 11, 2006 News Desk http://www.thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=3585

    NAB in tight corner as businessmen refuse to pay dues By Kamran Khan [2001/2002] http://www.fact.com.pk/archives/may/feng/nab.htm

    Cheating is also an art and you should also learn to expose corruption as I have above within the sanctimonious media! Would Javed Chaudhry dare to expose the link between the Owner of Express News and Zardari Co.

  • Legal, moral, political
    By Asha’ar Rehman
    Sunday, 20 Dec, 2009

    FOLLOWING the court decision, once again familiar calls for the revival of the original PPP have become louder, more so in Punjab. The gentlemen who appeared in court as complainants and as lawyers to seek punishment for the corrupt and the return of the looted money are inclined to double as politicians. Another mantle they like to don is that of the moralist.

    In this role, they go beyond the brief of a professional lawyer or the objective of an aggrieved complainant fighting against corruption through legal intervention. They advise those in power to resign from office, which may make sense, and hand over the party to their longstanding opponents in the PPP clan, that leaves one nonplussed.

    If the legal, political and moral must mingle, how can a lawyer, hailed as the author of the constitution, allow himself to defend a dictator who held the document in abeyance, and also defend his referendum — and then, a few years later, contest an ordinance fashioned by the same dictator?

    Similarly, how can a veteran politician who helped found the PPP urge extra-political forces to clean up the mess created by the politicians? The case decided in his favour, the same PPP veteran who had quit the party in Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s lifetime, lays claim to ZAB’s legacy. He promises to bring the party back to its original working-class home in Lahore.

    The coincidences are too many and the post-victory declarations to snatch back the party from the usurper beg the question: was the legal course resorted to after the rightful claimants to ZAB’s heritage failed to get their objective through political means?

    The campaign to oust Asif Zardari, at best a compromise candidate to head the PPP after Benazir Bhutto’s assassination, has gone through its lows and highs in the 21 months the PPP has been in power. True to his views in the years preceding his ascent to power, Mr Zardari as PPP leader, has walked a path where he preferred to take a chance with the establishment without taking sufficient care to create a pro-people impression. His follies are too many to be counted. Suffice it to say that he and his PPP have received a battering from opinion-makers.

    A large number of polls showing Mr Zardari’s popularity dipping have been cited to ‘put him in his place’. At the same time, the role that Prime Minister Gilani can play in freeing the PPP from the clutches of Zardari & co has been stressed.

    Learned commentators had kind of given a green signal to the disbanding of the current PPP by calculating that only a handful of Sindhi protesters were likely to rise up by the side of a Zardari deposed. But, for fear of it appearing as anti-Sindhi to anyone, the onus for softening him sufficiently to a point where he could be easily plucked out and thrown away has been on the MQM.

    It is deemed that for a desired weakening of the PPP in Sindh, it is imperative that the MQM withdraw its support. That objective was considered to have been achieved when the MQM chief asked Mr Zardari to sacrifice in the broader interest of democracy. But somehow the Sindh rift was averted and the conscientious agents of change were left prompting PPP insiders in Punjab to revolt against the president. Obviously, it was a risky scheme and bets were hedged by casting the gentlemanly prime minister as the leader of the PPP rebels in Punjab.

    It remains to be seen whether these well-wishers of the original PPP will be deterred by Mr Gilani’s defence of President Zardari. “It will be tantamount to jeopardy,” Mr Gilani remarked in reference to demands that the president quit, “…he has already undergone 12 years of imprisonment.”

    This was a far better attempt at defending an embattled Mr Zardari than the explanation to protect him on the basis of legal immunity alone. The view needs to be tempered with a bit of politics and the ultimate moral of standing by the verdict of the people who elected a PPP under Mr Zardari to power. If a politician must fail and fall, he must do so by the side of the people.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/editorial/legal,-moral,-political-029

  • mumtaz bhutto,mustafa khar ,mubashir hasan etc (the” founding members” of ppp) r all opportunist.had they been politicians 4 real ,they would have been successful even after bhutto’s death.they all (especially mumtaz bhutto) have a hand in the hanging of bhutto.he thought that being bhutto’s cousin ,he would take over the party after him.but nusrat bhutto and benazir took over the party and fought vailantly against zia regime. mumtaz and khar had no love 4 thier leader.both men got married after a few days of ZAB’s death and went in exile,leaving bhutto women and party workers all alone in their hour of need and trial. yes,i also have read in the newspapers that the minister said these words about corruption.but this young man has never been involved in any such scandal.this is no excuse ,but our politicians have no sense of presenting themselves on tv programmes.sometimes anchors frustrates them 2 such a point that they utter unwanted and indecent remarks.so,ppp must make sure that its media representatives r good at its image building.

  • Read Mubashir Hasan on Murtaza Bhutto Murder [in 1996 DAWN]

    “QUOTE”

    While the people speculated about the motives behind the killing of Mir Murtaza Bhutto, Dr. Mubashir Hasan, a former Finance Minister and a founder member of the PPP, was very blunt in his remarks: “For those whohave removed Murtaza from our midst, the real problem has been and is Prime Minister Benazir. As long as Murtaza was alive, removing Benazir carried unacceptable risks. Murtaza could take over the mantle of the elder Bhutto’s legend. Else Murtaza and Benazir would be striving for a common cause, separately or jointly. That would have presented formidablepolitical problems. Murtaza gone, the way is clear. Benazir stands perilously weakened. She is the next to go. Such are the brutal pathways of realpolitik.” [Dawn 25.9.1996]

    Former interior minister Naseerullah Babar paid glowing tributes to Shoaib Suddle for restoring peace in Karachi when in 1994 the Army was withdrawn from the metropolitan city. He said the ISI was involved in the murder of Murtaza Bhutto. He said he had formed a commission to probe against the ISI but pressure was mounted on him and afterwards the inquiry was givenup. He criticized the MQM decision to join forces with the opposition. He said the MQM should join the government for the sake of peace in Karachi.

    Bill to cut president down to size this week’ News Desk
    http://thenews.jang.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=14093

    “UNQUOTE”

    “QUOTE”

    Kamran Khan, a correspondent of The News, appeared with a written request that he should be heard as a witness to reply to the statement made by the former prime minister, Benazir Bhutto, to clear his name, to which the tribunal said it was not holding a defamation trial. The tribunal said it was not concerned with who had said what and that the former prime minister had named 50 people in her statement and there was no time to allow all those who had been named in her statement the opportunity to hear them. “We have limited time and by March 17 the report has to be submitted to the government and we will not allow you to examine Ms Benazir Bhutto and if we allow that there will be no end to it,” the chairman observed. The chairman asked him to submit a written statement before March 17. He also observed that he (Kamran Khan) should have come forward earlier, when the messages were being sent to him. He was reminded by the tribunal that one of the reporters of The News, Maqbool Ahmed, was given the message to convey to him for his appearance when his name was mentioned in the list submitted by the PPP (SB) party counsel, Manzoor Bhutta. “You kept quiet when you knew about it through the newspapers. You did not wake up until she came and named you by saying ‘if he could be used by me others can also use him.’ “Kamran Khan said he did not know who Maqbool Ahmed was. He said Ms Bhutto had used the tribunal’s platform to say things against him and, therefore, he wanted to reply to her from the same platform, to which the chairman said she had a locus standii, because her brother had been killed and her husband had been arrested in the case.

    “UNQUOTE”

  • Roedad Khan and NRO!

    The PML-N has fielded Roedad Khan as the covering candidate. Fourteen nomination papers of 13 candidates were filed in Lahore, 17 of eight candidates in Karachi and one in Peshawar. No papers were submitted in Quetta. Election Commission’s secretary Kanwar Mohammad Dilshad told Dawn that nomination papers of nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan had not been submitted. 32 file papers for presidential poll By Iftikhar A. Khan August 27, 2008 Wednesday Sha’aban 24, 1429 http://www.dawn.com/2008/08/27/top1.htm

  • Reality of Abdul Hafiz Pirzada [who was against NRO in Supreme Court] who accepted the Fees [35 Lakh Pak Rupees] from Zardari to defend him in Swiss Case. Read the details in Hamid MIR’S ARTICLE IN TODAY’S JANG [21 DEC 2009]

    http://www.jang.com.pk/jang/dec2009-daily/21-12-2009/col4.htm

    The same Pirzada and Mumtaz Bhutto too [Notorious Uncles of Late. Benazir Bhuto]: Mumtaz Bhutto’s loved Zoulfiqar Bhutto so much that only after a few days of ZAB’s Murder, both Mumtaz and Hafeez Peerzada got married [Courtesy Monthly Herald Pakisatn Divided They Stand by Mazhar Abbas Issue of January 2008].

    Mumtaz Bhutto loved late Ms. Benazir Bhutto so much that after the dismissal of her second government [1993-1996] by PPP elected President Tumandar Sardar Farooq Ahmed Khan Laghari, he joined the Caretaker Chief Minister of Sindh under President Laghri in 1996 so much for the love of Ms. Bhutto.

    Watch in BBC Documentary: Dirty Role played by the Close Friends [Pirzada, Jatoi and Mumtaz] of Late. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto [Murdered by JI, Judiciary, Military, and USA]

    نوٹس خستہ مگر یادیں تازہ

    آخری وقت اشاعت: Saturday, 4 April, 2009, 18:18 GMT 23:18 PST

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/multimedia/2009/04/090404_090404_bhutto_anniversary.shtml

  • Hey… That is my painting of the Two Devils that you used in this post. Give me full credit and link or please take down the image. It is copyrighted: 2009 Peter Bardazzi
    Thank you.

    Peter Bardazzi

  • The army and the people —Dr Mubashir Hasan

    The Pakistan Army may train the Rangers, the Frontier Constabulary (FC) or other paramilitary units but should not lend officers from its permanent cadre to serve in the paramilitary units, as it amounts to direct confrontation involving arrests and opening fire on the people

    In the last two decades before 1947, I do not remember any occasion when the Indian troops were called to quell a riot or a major civilian protest. It was always the British troops (the gora fauj) that were called in when the situation was considered beyond the control of the police such as the one in the early 1930s during the great Civil Disobedience Movement. The gora fauj was called and housed in the huge premises of the Delhi Municipal Corporation next to the main venue of the Congress demonstrations — the famous Chandni Chowk of Delhi. The British, and not the Indian troops, were also used to guard the top Congress leader MK Gandhi when he was under house arrest at the Birla House in Poona. Because it was so employed at all critical junctures, the gora fauj was feared and hated most by the Indians.

    In Pakistan, the leadership of the Pakistan Army, originally trained as an instrument of the British empire, having no experience of the art and science of exercising sovereign power, plunged itself into confronting the Pakistani public directly instead of leaving the job exclusively to the police. If only Major General Azam Khan had told Defence Secretary Iskander Mirza in 1953 that he would not clamp Martial Law in Lahore unless the order came through his Commander-in-Chief General Ayub Khan; if only General Ayub Khan had not colluded with Governor General Ghulam Mohammad in dismissing the Constituent Assembly and later in accepting the post of defence minister; if only General Ayub Khan had not colluded with President Iskander Mirza in abrogating the 1956 Constitution and declaring Martial Law and assuming the presidency; if only Generals Yahya Khan, Ziaul Haq and Pervez Musharraf had not exercised sovereign authority over Pakistan, the army would not be unpopular among the people as an instrument of state power.

    This unfortunate situation of non-existence of a friendly relationship between the army and the people needs to be reversed. The cause of the defence of Pakistan requires the fullest support of all the people behind the army in defending the frontiers. Today the army can claim only partial support. The army officers and jawans should able to move about in uniform on the streets of town and villages. The villages should feel proud of their sons when the janaazas (funerals) of the shaheed (martyred) soldiers are received in the ancestral graveyards. In the 1950s I well remember seeing people on the Mall, Lahore, clapping at the sight of even a small group of soldiers in uniform. I also remember September 6, 1965, the scene on GT Road in front of Shalimar Bagh as the crowds of Lahorites with rehras trying to carry degs of food for soldiers at the Jallo front. I also remember the devotion showered by the people of Sialkot as they visited the 105 mm (or was it 175 mm) gun dug in west of the city limits. They lovingly called it Rani and remembered in awe its boom as it thundered to check the advance of Indian tanks in the Chawinda battle.

    Times have changed.

    The army must never again think of arresting a prime minister, locking up parliament, setting up military courts or presiding over the civil administrative machinery or not follow the example of General Jehangir Karamat of not obeying the judicial order issued by the chief justice.

    The Pakistan Army may train the Rangers, the Frontier Constabulary (FC) or other paramilitary units but should not lend officers from its permanent cadre to serve in the paramilitary units, as it amounts to direct confrontation involving arrests and opening fire on the people. In short, the army must never serve the ruling elites for internal security purposes.

    The seemingly difficult task of improving the relationship between the army and the people is not an impossible one. History has presented the army an excellent opportunity to improve upon its past record and make a fresh start.

    The performance of the government of the day over the last year and a half has been dismal. The task of the maintenance of law and order is in shambles. Dire shortage of energy and other essential commodities has made the life of citizens miserable. Money and guns have replaced rule of law and moral behaviour for running the state and society. The state has fallen to pieces for the overwhelming majority of the population. The people are fed up and harbour feelings of hostility against the government, its functionaries and its patrons.

    That the hydra-headed monster of corruption has seeped into the vitals of the organs of the state of Pakistan is universally acknowledged. The federal government, parliament, provincial governments, provincial assemblies and other authorities, as defined in Article 7 of the Constitution, have rendered themselves incapable of performing their duties as demanded by the Constitution. A thorough cleansing of our Augean Stables, filled up with the filth of corruption of the last sixty years, is required.

    The Supreme Court of Pakistan is seized with the cases of a number of corrupt politicos and senior officers of the civil services. God-sent seems to be the intent of the judgements and pronouncements of the Honourable Court in trying to rid the national body politic of crooks and criminals.

    The nation most earnestly hopes that the machinery of the state shall faithfully implement in letter and spirit the Herculean task set for it by the judgments of the court. However, to protect the vested interests of its personnel, the state may dilly-dally, try to frustrate or even evade the implementation of the orders of the highest court. In such an eventuality, which unwittingly may pave the way for transforming the present day general uprising into full-fledged anarchy and civil war, it is hoped that the Supreme Court shall mercifully invoke Article 190 of the Constitution and mobilise the services of the army personnel as police to implement the Court’s writ, should the need arise. The services so rendered shall put the people behind the army, which will be a big gain for the defence of Pakistan.

    The writer can be reached at mh1@lhr.comsats.net.pk

    http://dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\01\17\story_17-1-2010_pg3_3

  • Honorable
    Subject: Plea for intervention to save Sindhi people
    Dear Sir,
    Members of Sindhicommunities in the world would like to draw your kind attention to the heinous crimes committed by Pakistani police regime against the Sindhi people. A brutal operation is being carried out by Pakistani state in Sindh worst repressive actions are going on in Sindh over the past several years. The inhuman actions by Pakistani police regime have resulted in the murder of thousands of innocent Sindhi people. Hundreds of Sindhi political activists have been kidnapped by Pakistan’s police agencies. Their whereabouts are unknown, these political activists are being brutally tortured, and since then many of them have been suffering irreversible physical and mental damages. In the perspective of state sponsored terrorism in Pakistan, Sindhi are legitimately concerned about the safety of their national leaders.
    By all accounts, the acts of terror on the part of the Pakistani police establishment are tantamount to acts of genocide against the Sindhi people. The tactics adopted by the armed forces, paramilitary forces, civilian administration and state security agencies of Pakistan are in violation of international conventions regarding human rights. In the absence of any meaningful international pressure, Pakistani armed forces and security agencies are perpetrating all kinds of brutality and human rights violations with impunity. We plea for urgent intervention from Her Majesty Government of to save the lives of Sindhi people in Pakistan.
    Sindhi communities in world would like to draw your attention on two most urgent issues of kidnappings and illegal detention of Sindhi national leaders.
    S.H.O.Azizabad Karachi (ISHTIAQUE) and other secret agents picked up Dr. Hameer Sindhi ,in his home in Azizabad block 2 Karachi prominent Sindhi political leader Sindh Jagarta Tehrik Founder and Sindhi Thinkers Forums Founder Human Rights Activists and Amnesty International Pakistan chapter Member political leader, on 31/3/ 2010. His whereabouts are still unknown.
    The Pakistani establishment has been playing a very dangerous double game. It pretends to fight against terrorism, but in reality, this is only a ploy to extort money from the Western nations to strengthen its military and nuclear capabilities and to enhance religious fundamentalism and international terrorism all over the world. The Pakistani establishment has been exploiting the support of the Western world for the terrorization and suppression of the voices of minority nationalities in Pakistan. The weapons that you supplied to fight international terrorism are being used to kill innocentSindhi people. The Sindhi communities in world would like to express their dismay and disappointment over the continued patronage of a rouge army of a terrorist country on whatever pretext by Her Majesty’s Government.
    Having historical and cultural links and sentimental bondages with our brethrens in Sindh, kindly take the long-standing issues of the basic human rights of Sindhi people plight in international forums like United Nations, European Union and Common Wealth.
    • We appeal for immediate pressure on the Pakistani president to release Dr. Hameer Sindhi, and all other national leaders and political workers.
    • We appeal for your immediate intervention in order to stop the killing of innocent Sindhi people by the Pakistani army.
    • We appeal for the constitution of an international commission to investigate the crimes against humanity committed by the Pakistani army in Sindh
    We hope that this petition be taken as an urgent humanitarian appeal.Sindhi communities in world would be highly obliged by your kind immediate attention and positive interventions in saving the lives of Sindhi national leaders. Immediate intervention by the Government of Her Majesty can save not only a lot of Sindhi lives but it can stop the present situation to change into a total genocide of defenseless and Sindhipeople by Pakistani army.
    Thanking you in anticipation,

  • Honorable
    Subject: Plea for intervention to save Sindhi people
    Dear Sir,
    Members of Sindhicommunities in the world would like to draw your kind attention to the heinous crimes committed by Pakistani police regime against the Sindhi people. A brutal operation is being carried out by Pakistani state in Sindh worst repressive actions are going on in Sindh over the past several years. The inhuman actions by Pakistani police regime have resulted in the murder of thousands of innocent Sindhi people. Hundreds of Sindhi political activists have been kidnapped by Pakistan’s police agencies. Their whereabouts are unknown, these political activists are being brutally tortured, and since then many of them have been suffering irreversible physical and mental damages. In the perspective of state sponsored terrorism in Pakistan, Sindhi are legitimately concerned about the safety of their national leaders.
    By all accounts, the acts of terror on the part of the Pakistani police establishment are tantamount to acts of genocide against the Sindhi people. The tactics adopted by the armed forces, paramilitary forces, civilian administration and state security agencies of Pakistan are in violation of international conventions regarding human rights. In the absence of any meaningful international pressure, Pakistani armed forces and security agencies are perpetrating all kinds of brutality and human rights violations with impunity. We plea for urgent intervention from Her Majesty Government of to save the lives of Sindhi people in Pakistan.
    Sindhi communities in world would like to draw your attention on two most urgent issues of kidnappings and illegal detention of Sindhi national leaders.
    S.H.O.Azizabad Karachi (ISHTIAQUE) and other secret agents picked up Dr. Hameer Sindhi ,in his home in Azizabad block 2 Karachi prominent Sindhi political leader Sindh Jagarta Tehrik Founder and Sindhi Thinkers Forums Founder Human Rights Activists and Amnesty International Pakistan chapter Member political leader, on 31/3/ 2010. His whereabouts are still unknown.
    The Pakistani establishment has been playing a very dangerous double game. It pretends to fight against terrorism, but in reality, this is only a ploy to extort money from the Western nations to strengthen its military and nuclear capabilities and to enhance religious fundamentalism and international terrorism all over the world. The Pakistani establishment has been exploiting the support of the Western world for the terrorization and suppression of the voices of minority nationalities in Pakistan. The weapons that you supplied to fight international terrorism are being used to kill innocentSindhi people. The Sindhi communities in world would like to express their dismay and disappointment over the continued patronage of a rouge army of a terrorist country on whatever pretext by Her Majesty’s Government.
    Having historical and cultural links and sentimental bondages with our brethrens in Sindh, kindly take the long-standing issues of the basic human rights of Sindhi people plight in international forums like United Nations, European Union and Common Wealth.
    • We appeal for immediate pressure on the Pakistani president to release Dr. Hameer Sindhi, and all other national leaders and political workers.
    • We appeal for your immediate intervention in order to stop the killing of innocent Sindhi people by the Pakistani army.
    • We appeal for the constitution of an international commission to investigate the crimes against humanity committed by the Pakistani army in Sindh
    We hope that this petition be taken as an urgent humanitarian appeal.Sindhi communities in world would be highly obliged by your kind immediate attention and positive interventions in saving the lives of Sindhi national leaders. Immediate intervention by the Government of Her Majesty can save not only a lot of Sindhi lives but it can stop the present situation to change into a total genocide of defenseless and Sindhipeople by Pakistani army.
    Thanking you in anticipation,