Original Articles

Hamid Mir on Imran Khan’s first sit-in

"Kya kaha?"

Hamid Mir is a well known drama queen, but today he has just beaten all. In his article titled “Imran Khan ka pehla dharna published in our dearest Daily Jang on April 25, 2011, I had fits of laughter when I read the text after Fauzia Siddiqui sending her bangles to Zardari and Kayani.

it goes like this:

Yaqeen keejiya kay unkay iss ailaan par Junoobi Punjab kay door daraz qasbay Jatoi ka naujawan itna roya kay usnay rotay rotay apnay kapray phaar liye aur aasman kee taraf haath utha kar kehnay laga  kay ‘Aye Allah, meray Pak watan ko Mir Jafaron aur Mir Sadiqon say paak karday, Aye Allah mujhay itni taqat day kay mayn imran khan kay saath mil kar aik maheenay tak iss sarak ko NATO kay truckon kay liye band kardoon aur aik maheenay mayn apni behan Dr. Afia Siddiqui ko Amreeka kee qaid say wapis lay aoon”.

The above when translated into English becomes the following:

“Believe me that upon this announcement (by Fauzia Siddiqui) a youngster from a far away area of Southern Punjab called Jatoi cried so much that he even tore apart his clothes and then supplicated with his hands pointing towards the sky that “O Allah, cleanse my land of pure of Mir Jaffars and Mir Sadiqa. O Allah give me the necessary strength to support Imran Khan and to stop the movement of NATO trucks through this thoroughfare for one month and then during this one month I get my sister Dr. Afia Siddiqui out of an American prison”.

It is important to decipher the message here. The youngster is from Southern Punjab and that too a place called Jatoi. Southern Punjab is a stronghold of the PPP and the place called Jatoi is the tehseel where Mukhtaran Mai case took place. I wish the youngster works hard at whatever his profession and prayed to Allah for strength to overcome challenges in his life. Probably a perfect opportunity to pray went wasted!

Earlier in the same article, he has questioned why the “NGO walian” are raising hue and cry over Mukhtaran Mai but say nothing about the innocents killed in drone attacks.

Then he also incites his readers about “intaqam”. Writing on behalf of a student of Peshawar University, Hamid Mir writes “Peshawar University mayn zair-e-taleem naujawan mujh say keh raha tha kay ‘jab Laal Masjid operation hua to uss nay qasam khai thee kay who Pervez Musharraf say badla lay ga, lekin Musharraf bhaag gaya. Abb uss nay qasam khai hay kay Lahore mayn Raymond Davis kay haathon qatal honay walay naujawanon ka badla wo Asif Zardari aur Shahbaz Sharif say leyga”.

Later on in the same article he shows his disgust towards his colleagues in the language of the same student that he was in rage and took the names of three journalists who were the slaves of America. Though not named, however the three journalists who are under attack all the time belong to the same Jang Group and include Najam Sethi and Nazeer Naji.

This is the unfortunate level of mindlessness and desperation being shown by these “ghairatmand” journalists who seem to be everywhere in a dharna. They now want to promote Imran Khan as a ghairatmand Pakistani worried about the interests of Pakistan and are worried what will happen if these sit-ins and marches reach Islamabad! Question remains, will Imran Khan and his Tehreek-e-Insaaf go to Waziristan and stage their sit in?

Source: Jang, 25th April, 2011
A familiar face at another familiar face's event (dharna): Facilitated by those without a face?

About the author

Ahmed Iqbalabadi

27 Comments

Click here to post a comment
  • Perhaps The madarias like the Bhuttos/Zardaris,the Sharifs and their likes can join Mir to Lollywood too.

  • @Arzoo Khan, that simply means that you have no clue what is going to happen. If Imran Khan does a rapproachment with Altaf Hussain then you will be fine with it???

  • Imran Khan also blackmailed Abdus Sattar Edhi

    Pakistan is at a critical make-or-break stage

    Abdul Sattar Edhi, the founder of the Edhi Foundation, is unarguably the most renowned philanthropist in Pakistan. He began his work in 1951 with the opening of a free, one-room medical clinic in Karachi. Currently, his foundation runs 250 centres across the country and houses more than 2,000 children at any given time.

    The centres also provide free burial of unclaimed bodies, free health care and dispensaries, rehabilitation of drug addicts, free assistance for the handicapped, and family planning counselling. Over 6,000 destitute, runaways, and mentally challenged individuals are also in the foundation’s care. The Edhi Foundation has also managed to raise the largest single fleet of ambulances in Pakistan, providing transportation to over one million persons annually. The foundation is also involved in relief efforts for victims of natural and other disasters on a national and international level.

    Dawn.com speaks with Edhi to gauge how the foundation has been affected by the ongoing political and security situation.

    Q. Your foundation is involved in a range of activities. How do you decide what projects to pursue?

    A. My work involves supporting those who have no one to look after them. That also involves looking after the dead bodies and arranging a respectable burial for them. I cannot say no to anyone.

    Q. Is there any part of the country where your organisation has encountered problems owing to the security situation?

    A. We have never had any serious problems with anyone. There have been incidents reported by our workers and volunteers regarding hide-snatching [during Eid-ul-Azha] in the past, but we are operating as we always have. In fact, we are also planning to establish centres in Tank and Hangu. Even the Taliban haven’t made any trouble for us; they donated money to the foundation and said they did so because I was helping those who couldn’t help themselves.

    Q. The foundation has accepted donations from the Taliban; does that mean that you agree with their ideology?

    A. No, I do not. I also told them that I do not agree with all the violence and destruction and the effect it has on people’s lives. To that, they said they were not behind the attacks that targeted civilians and ordinary people.

    Q. What is it that makes your angry?

    A. I don’t get angry – it’s not in my nature. Sometimes [my wife] Bilquis and I have arguments, but that’s all.

    Q. Do you think philanthropic organisations such as yours cause the state to further abscond from its civic responsibilities?

    A. If the state can ensure that all who are subject to pay taxes do so, that would be a good enough start. If people were to honestly pay their taxes and also give charity, it would solve more than half of the country’s problems.

    Q. In 2008, eight children were abandoned by three women at an Edhi Foundation centre. The foundation later paid the families Rs. 100,000 each to take the children back. Are pay-offs of this kind effective when the root causes for children being abandoned are not addressed?

    A. Pay-offs are, of course, no solution, and we normally do not hand out money like that. Usually, we give shelter to children whose families abandon them, primarily for monetary reasons. The day people stop abandoning their children at our centres, I will believe that things are changing in Pakistan. But that does not seem to be happening. It is also quite clear that the government does not get actively involved, so I have no hope of people getting support from the state.

    Q. No hope? Isn’t that a fatalistic position to take regarding the state machinery?

    A. It is. But how can I have hope in a state that is being exploited by the current system – a system that is itself being manoeuvred by groups with no commitment to the people of this country. The whole political frame as it currently exists has to reinvent itself before we can even begin to hope for change in Pakistan.

    Q. Have you ever been approached by political or other groups for support?

    A. Once, I was approached by General Hamid Gul, Imran Khan and few others, mostly military and intelligence officials, who were conspiring to overthrow Benazir Bhutto’s second government and wanted me to get involved. I declined because I am a social worker and not a politician. I also did not want to tarnish the credibility of my organisation by getting embroiled in something that obviously seemed quite disturbing. Eventually, I was made to feel threatened enough to temporarily leave the country.

    Q. How do you see the future of Pakistan?

    A. I will continue to do my work and serve the people. However, Pakistan is now at a critical make-or-break stage, and if the system does not undergo a major overhaul, I am afraid that the country may even break up. Given the current conditions, it will take nothing short of a calculated, studied revolution to change things and save Pakistan.

    DAWN.COM | Metropolitan | “Pakistan is at a critical make-or-break stage”

    http://www.defence.pk/forums/national-political-issues/50772-pakistan-critical-make-break-stage.html

  • Pakistan is at a critical make-or-break stage” By Qurat ul ain Siddiqui March 15, 2010 http://archives.dawn.com/archives/66970

    Abdul Sattar Edhi, the founder of the Edhi Foundation, is unarguably the most renowned philanthropist in Pakistan. – Eefa Khalid/Dawn.com

    Abdul Sattar Edhi, the founder of the Edhi Foundation, is unarguably the most renowned philanthropist in Pakistan. He began his work in 1951 with the opening of a free, one-room medical clinic in Karachi. Currently, his foundation runs 250 centres across the country and houses more than 2,000 children at any given time.

    The centres also provide free burial of unclaimed bodies, free health care and dispensaries, rehabilitation of drug addicts, free assistance for the handicapped, and family planning counselling. Over 6,000 destitute, runaways, and mentally challenged individuals are also in the foundation`s care. The Edhi Foundation has also managed to raise the largest single fleet of ambulances in Pakistan, providing transportation to over one million persons annually. The foundation is also involved in relief efforts for victims of natural and other disasters on a national and international level.

    Dawn.com speaks with Edhi to gauge how the foundation has been affected by the ongoing political and security situation.

    Q. Your foundation is involved in a range of activities. How do you decide what projects to pursue?

    A. My work involves supporting those who have no one to look after them. That also involves looking after the dead bodies and arranging a respectable burial for them. I cannot say no to anyone.

    Q. Is there any part of the country where your organisation has encountered problems owing to the security situation?

    A. We have never had any serious problems with anyone. There have been incidents reported by our workers and volunteers regarding hide-snatching [during Eid-ul-Azha] in the past, but we are operating as we always have. In fact, we are also planning to establish centres in Tank and Hangu. Even the Taliban haven`t made any trouble for us; they donated money to the foundation and said they did so because I was helping those who couldn`t help themselves.

    Q. The foundation has accepted donations from the Taliban; does that mean that you agree with their ideology?

    A. No, I do not. I also told them that I do not agree with all the violence and destruction and the effect it has on people`s lives. To that, they said they were not behind the attacks that targeted civilians and ordinary people.

    Q. What is it that makes your angry?

    A. I don`t get angry – it`s not in my nature. Sometimes [my wife] Bilquis and I have arguments, but that`s all.

    Q. Do you think philanthropic organisations such as yours cause the state to further abscond from its civic responsibilities?

    A. If the state can ensure that all who are subject to pay taxes do so, that would be a good enough start. If people were to honestly pay their taxes and also give charity, it would solve more than half of the country`s problems.

    Q. In 2008, eight children were abandoned by three women at an Edhi Foundation centre. The foundation later paid the families Rs. 100,000 each to take the children back. Are pay-offs of this kind effective when the root causes for children being abandoned are not addressed?

    A. Pay-offs are, of course, no solution, and we normally do not hand out money like that. Usually, we give shelter to children whose families abandon them, primarily for monetary reasons. The day people stop abandoning their children at our centres, I will believe that things are changing in Pakistan. But that does not seem to be happening. It is also quite clear that the government does not get actively involved, so I have no hope of people getting support from the state.

    Q. No hope? Isn`t that a fatalistic position to take regarding the state machinery?

    A. It is. But how can I have hope in a state that is being exploited by the current system – a system that is itself being manoeuvred by groups with no commitment to the people of this country. The whole political frame as it currently exists has to reinvent itself before we can even begin to hope for change in Pakistan.

    Q. Have you ever been approached by political or other groups for support?

    A. Once, I was approached by General Hamid Gul, Imran Khan and few others, mostly military and intelligence officials, who were conspiring to overthrow Benazir Bhutto`s second government and wanted me to get involved. I declined because I am a social worker and not a politician. I also did not want to tarnish the credibility of my organisation by getting embroiled in something that obviously seemed quite disturbing. Eventually, I was made to feel threatened enough to temporarily leave the country.

    Q. How do you see the future of Pakistan?

    A. I will continue to do my work and serve the people. However, Pakistan is now at a critical make-or-break stage, and if the system does not undergo a major overhaul, I am afraid that the country may even break up. Given the current conditions, it will take nothing short of a calculated, studied revolution to change things and save Pakistan.

    The writer can be contacted at quratulain.siddiqui@gmail.com

  • Javed Chaudhry & Mushahidullah Khan Expose Imran Khan – 1 (Kal Tak 21 MAR 2011)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=r3rYSS9LyYM

    Javed Chaudhry & Mushahidullah Khan Expose Imran Khan – 2 (Kal Tak 21 MAR 2011) http://youtu.be/z9HuCNw__5U

    Javed Chaudhry & Mushahidullah Khan Expose Imran Khan – 3 (Kal Tak 21 MAR 2011)

    http://youtu.be/7V3EPedUhQQ

    Javed Chaudhry & Mushahidullah Khan Expose Imran Khan – 4 (Kal Tak 21 MAR 2011)

    http://youtu.be/zxO5P26_YTo

    Hassan Nisar Exposes Imran Khan

    http://youtu.be/OfQB0aSY77Y

  • Who else will support Imran Khan but the people of south of Punjab, where there is huge support for Jihadi groups and where lashkar e jhangvi is based. He is a pro Taliban politician who thinks the biggest problem facing the people of Pakistan are drone attacks! Not hunger, poverty, nepotism and corruption.
    And as for FB support and surveys, 2000 people is not that significant a number and lets not forget Zaid hamid had quite a few supporters too. He doesn’t have the grass root organization as other political parties. He has a long way to go. His political philosophy is in line with that of Right wing religious political parties which support violence as a means to an end. They also support Taliban and anyone who supports Taliban will not win in KPK, where people have been slaughtered by these animals. He has never raised voice against people dying because of suicide attacks, instead he justifies them by saying that the suicide attacks are only a response to Drone attacks! That shows that he lacks a basic understanding of major issues facing Pakistanis (Home grown terrorism being one of them) why doesn’t he exert the influence that he says he can exert on the Jihadis and Taliban now, he should take the incentive go there and negotiate a peace deal now and then we will know that he can fix things for the country. It is easy to say things but hard to really do them. He supports the Jihadi movements which have wreaked havoc on ordinary Pakistanis lives.
    More Pakistanis have been killed by terrorist attacks than Drone attacks and drones are targeting terrorists that our people can’t take out or don’t want to take out. How many tribals came to support Imran Khan in his sit in against drone attacks???? He is Hamid Gul’s prodigy and shares his ideology, he supported the Talibans in Swat and we all saw how that turned out…..People are sick of the situation in Pakistan but in their desire for change they might bring about a change but not the one they were hoping for… stakes are very high and we can’t be playing games or risking country’s future with newbe/ emotional politicians who lack depth of thought and are of a single track mindset (Drone attacks only) and lack the capacity for 3 dimensional analysis of issues.He inspires youth with fiery rhetoric not unlike Zaid Hamid….. Imran Khan’s fan base is the same as Zaid hamids and the same people will support him as well.

  • Hamid Mir, who did you send your bangles to after that phone call with the Punjabi Taliban?

  • It would have been bettter if Imran would chose Mir Ali or Miran Shah for his Dharna of less then 5000 people, as that would make sense as he wants to save the people of FATA especially Waziristan. Instaead he chose to sit in the lush lawns of Hayat Abad. Was he afraid of the drones or the his first cousins ” The Taliban”……where was he for the last 8 years?……Isnt he doing it on the nod of the military establishment since it waants to raise the price of the dead Pakistanis?….Why his sit in didnt include condemnation of the Talibaan atrocities and suicide bombings…….it clearly proves that he is Taliban khan who are equal enemies like the West.

  • Maybe Imran Khan is naive…but a naive friend is much dangerous than a cunning foe. Hope IK will not be taken for a ride.

  • The Hayatabad Rally was also addressed by “Marvi Memon aka “Ma Barker” and Dr Shahid Masood (Dr Shazia Khalid Rape Case) was also there look what she had to say much before this rally:)

    Dr. Aafia is an alleged Al Qaeda, CIA agent: Marvi Memon Updated on: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 12:42:00 PM http://www.samaa.tv/newsdetail.aspx?ID=24050
    KARACHI: A prominent, vocal Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) leader Marvi Memon has said that Dr. Aafia is an alleged Al Qaeda and CIA agent; till she is proven innocent in Pakistani courts, she can not be called as the daughter of Pakistan or a national hero. Marvi, talking to SAMAA, has said that the reality about Dr. Aafia is being hidden and all political leaders and government representatives are trying to gain political mileage and applause from the people by expressing popular sentiments about her. She added that she and many others did not participate in the parliamentarians’ walk out staged on Monday, so it can not be called as an unanimous walk out in favor of Dr. Aafia. She continued to say that she has the courage to speak her heart out, while others who avoided the walk are afraid of people’s anger and have chosen to remain silent. Memon further added that apart from the US allegations, she has come to know through other sources that Dr. Aafia has been accused of being an agent of Al Qaeda and CIA. “She is also allegedly a US citizen and I want to know the reality; she must be brought back and put under trial within the country to expose the reality and the truth behind the allegations leveled against her,” she added. “I demand that the real facts be brought in front of the nation. Real leaders only speak the truth and do not follow wrong sentiments of the masses. Those who are claiming to be well-wishers of Dr. Aafia are dared to solemnly say that they really convinced of her innocence – or are they just following the popular mood of the masses of Pakistan,” she demanded. “Earlier she was a citizen of Pakistan; she later acquired US citizenship. She must be brought back as she has broken Pakistani law. She must be probed within the country to expose the real truth. An alleged CIA and Al Qaeda agent can not be called a daughter of the nation or national hero until she is cleared of all the allegations. I can not share the truth told by the others as I personally want to be sure of it,” Marvi Memon commented. SAMAA

  • capital talk 25.4.2011 p3 (Dr Fauzia sister of Dr Aafia)
    http://youtu.be/VZ7fXmCBoVE

    Marvi Memon (She is the daughter of Nisar Memon and mind you Nisar Memon served as Caretaker Minister in the Caretaker Cabinet of Moeen Qureshi in 1993 and Moeen Qureshi didn’t have the Pakistani National Identity Card nor Passport but he became “Prime Minister of Pakistan – Fast Forward Marvi Memon was given the Job in ISPR after thoroughly relaxation of Law and her father was lick spittle of Pervez Musharraf.

    Dr Aafia — when will we stop playing to the gallery? By Marvi Memon Published: October 5, 2010 http://tribune.com.pk/story/58820/dr-aafia–when-will-we-stop-playing-to-the-gallery/
    It is so easy to follow the popular mood of the country. But it is so morally wrong to do so, if one knows it is based on a lie. That was my dilemma last week. Having heard plenty of evidence corroborating Dr Aafia Siddiqui’s alleged links to CIA and al Qaeda, from all those who had held important and relevant posts then and now, it became incumbent on me not to follow the herd. It became necessary for me to call a spade a spade and for that reason I was not part of the National Assembly walkout in her favour. Having said that, I have always maintained that she should be brought back to Pakistan and be tried here because she is a Pakistani, even though there are doubts that she may now have American nationality. Her trial in the US was far from fair with many human rights violations against her, but till allegations against her dangerous links are proven wrong she could not be called ‘qaum ki beti’. I also added that real leadership did not ‘cash in’ on wrong popular moods.

    In the process I was targeted by certain vultures inside and outside my political party. I was the victim of a character assassination campaign and it reminded me of McCarthyism. This was the kind of bullying that scares most people. But I held my ground. I noticed that even though many people had not taken part in the walkout no one wanted to challenge the popular mood since they feared a public outcry. Each one of those vultures wanted to ‘use’ Dr Aafia to earn votes. The kind of labels that were tagged on me for those couple of days were unbelievable. Why? Simply because I challenged a cashing in strategy based on lies. What is Pakistan losing as a result of this McCarthyism? It is losing the liberalist agenda to the jihadists. It is losing focus of what the real issues are — it is now clear that every single political party inside and outside parliament would rather take the popular course of action rather than the correct one. And that to me is the most distasteful truth of the current Pakistani political set-up. It means that we don’t have leaders. We have users. Pakistan spent a key week holding rallies in support of Dr Aafia. During that time I didn’t see any huge rallies for real causes such as in support of the incredible new Kashmiri intifada standing up to human rights violations in Indian Kashmir. In the process we lost out on focusing on the miseries of flood victims.

    The point is, do we set the agenda on haq or do we follow the wrong agenda? Pakistanis today have a choice. They can truly kick out the cowards and users and rally behind those fighting for haq. If not, then the future options for fixing the problems in Pakistan will be bleak. And yes, it takes courage to do correct agenda setting. But it is Pakistan’s only salvation. I am not in for a popularity contest. I am after ‘haq’, in which it is important to accept that certain choices made in the past may have been wrong. It is better to fix the wrong course of direction rather than to follow it for political expediency. That is the difference between ‘new politics’ and old politics. Published in The Express Tribune October 6th, 2010.

  • Marvi Memon (She is the daughter of Nisar Memon and mind you Nisar Memon served as Caretaker Minister in the Caretaker Cabinet of Moeen Qureshi in 1993 and Moeen Qureshi didn’t have the Pakistani National Identity Card nor Passport but he became “Prime Minister of Pakistan – Fast Forward Marvi Memon was given the Job in ISPR after thoroughly relaxation of Law and her father was lick spittle of Pervez Musharraf.

    PML-Q divided over Aafia issue Wednesday October 06, 2010 (1536 PST) http://www.paktribune.com/news/index.shtml?232259

    ISLAMABAD: Legislators from the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) on Tuesday remained split over the conviction and fate of Dr Aafia Siddiqui, as the House discussed and admitted an adjournment motion regarding the non-release of Dr Aafia from prison in the US. MNA Marvi Memon was of the view that “we should not go with the popular movement and not turn a blind eye to the facts”. She said there was enough off-the-record material that suggested that Aafia was allegedly associated with al Qaeda and the CIA. Marvi said that people gave statements in the media that were completely contradictory to what they said in private gatherings about the past of Dr Aafia. However, Marvi said Aafia’s trial in the US was unjust, but added that Aafia could not be described as a daughter of the nation until she was proven innocent by the jury. She said that some parliamentarians had not participated in protest walks because they thought the issue was being politicised. Marvi said Pakistan was losing its liberal agenda, which could not be regained by following what is wrong, adding that rather it could be achieved by only believing in the facts.

    However, other PML-Q members, including Sheikh Waqas Akram and Raza Hayat Hiraj, were of different views and lashed out at Marvi for her comments. Sheikh Waqas Akram said it was not time to forward an agenda of liberalism and pursue an agenda of western nations, as it would in no way benefit the nation as well as individuals. Raza Hayat Hiraj asked the government for suspension of the NATO supply line until the US government releases Dr Aafia. He said that despite unanimous resolutions by both Houses of parliament, the US was not ready to release Dr Aafia and stop drone strikes inside Pakistan.

    Captain (r) Safdar of the PML-N suggested the government form a parliamentary committee to probe the alleged association of Dr Aafia with al Qaeda. He said had Pervez Musharraf resisted US pressure, the country could not have even dared to arrest Dr Aafia. Hanif Abbasi urged the government to discontinue the policies of Pervez Musharraf despite having the mandate to rid the country of poverty, inflation and terrorism. He said if the government does not review its foreign policy, the repatriation of Dr Aafia would be impossible and the government should take a dignified and firm stance on the issue. Asif Hasnain said the issue does not relate to only Dr Aafia, rather it is an outcome of previous policies being pursued by Pakistan for years. He said if the nation stands united on the issue of Dr Aafia, it would pave a way for resolution of other national and international issues.

  • He is ISI paid anchor and columnist. Every one known to him, he has strong relationships with Taliban and Al-qaida.. that is why he is against Drone Attacks…

  • These ‘ghairamand’s are the hope of youth, but you being on the other side obviously can’t digest such columns

  • imran khan is the hope of pak, after all who should we trust? Those punjab centric n leagures, those sympathy vote takin corrup ppp walas who are lead by mr. 10 percent, or those pro india mqm walas who are famous for bhattas and bori band lash culture, and who’s terrorist org, the black cats, wreaked havoc in khi, if u support these detestable, foul, evil, dirty stinky vermin then BALLS TO YOU!