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After the Bangladesh Model…

By Aliarqam Durrani

The very much debated NRO and the SC judgment about it has clearly indicated the tendencies of our political class and the non political forces of a journey in the circle. Unfortunately biases and prejudices have prevailed on the objectiveness and realistic approaches. All the efforts from the non political forces of the state to haunt the political classes were applauded by the politicians also. In Pakistan restoration of democratic process is known to be a short gap for the establishment to recover  from the dents of credibility and the mess they have generated in dealing every issue in an autocratic way. In this rest period they try their best to once again blame the political forces for their past failures and to get rid of their garbage. The story is repeated again and again here and in our brother country Bangladesh. In the current situations some voices are demanding or proposing the famous Bangladesh model of an unelected setup backed by the military, as this type of setup suit all those self acclaimed analysts, technocrats and retired bureaucrats and ex- ambassadors to enjoy public offices without involving in the painstaking ways of popular politics.

But what is happening in Bangladesh is more desperate for the thinking minds(if the do so) of the establishment. After the cleansing efforts of the Bangladesh setup the result is disappointing for them. As AL returned with overwhelming majority. Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is formed. Bangla courts have shared the responsibility of guarding democratic process with the ruling Awami League and political forces. They have put steps toward abuse of religious  ideas in politics(though a long way) and now on the initiative the courts are proposing an NRO for the political workers and leadership to counter the non political forces…

The News Extract from a Bangla Newspaper is worth mentioned in the present political scenario of our own.

411 more ‘political cases to be bundled out.

(Staff reporter) The government has decided that 411 more ‘politically motivated cases be bundled out, as the charges were leveled against the ruling-party persons during the immediate-past interim regime or the previous BNP-led coalition on political considerations.

An official source said the decision was taken at the 12th meeting of the inter-ministerial committee formed to deal with such cases filed with the ill intention of “political harassment”. A total of 869 cases, including 824 under the penal code and 45 under the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), were placed at the meeting. This bunch also contains none of the cases filed against BNP-Jamaat leaders and workers amid a massive anti-graft drive conducted by the army-led interim government under state of emergency following the 1/11 changeover. Of the 411 cases recommended for withdrawal, one is against Habibur Rahman Mollah MP and another against former MP Alhaj Mokbul Hossain, said Adv Qumrul Islam, chairman of the inter-ministerial body and also State Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs. He said that of the 45 cases filed by the ACC, the committee decided to drop 23 cases, 20 for further scrutiny and rejected another two cases. On the cases under penal code, he informed that they have decided to drop 388 cases, 374 cases for further scrutiny and another 62 cases were not recommended for withdrawal. “We are human beings and we can make error. But, we are making critical analysis in making recommendations so that no criminal can get the opportunity of case withdrawal,” he said in reply to a question. He informed that they would need around two months more time to finish the process of recommending withdrawal of politically motivated cases. Replying to another question, the State Minister said till the day’s meeting, they had recommended withdrawal of 2,380 cases. The central panel has so far received the applications on 6,793 cases from the district-level committees. About the rejected cases, he said they decided to reject pleas for those cases on which they reached firm decision that those are not politically motivated. “We have rejected those cases which are not politically motivated cases by any means.” Adv. Qumrul told another questioner that the ACC would take their own decision following their case-withdrawal recommendations. “The ACC is fully independent and there is no scope for making intervention into their work.” Asked whether any cases were withdrawn, he said some cases were withdrawn following their recommendations and some are under process, but could not mention the figures. State Minister for Home Affairs Adv. Shamsul Haque Tuku and his Ministry high officials were present. Earlier, a central scrutiny committee under the Home Ministry, and committees in all the districts were formed to identify politically motivated cases. In February, the government invited applications seeking cancellation of such cases. The deadline for petitioning was extended thrice up to July 12.

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    Prime Minister Mr. Moeen Qureshi

    1. Mr. Fateh Khan Bandial – Interior & Narcotics Control
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    2. Mr. Ahmad Faruque – Communications and Railways

    3. Syed Babar Ali – Finance & Economic Affairs Planning & Development

    4. Lt. Gen. (Retd) Mohammad Shafiq – Education, Science &
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    5. Mr. Abdul Sattar – Foreign Affairs

    6. Mr. Nisar A. Memon – Information & Broadcasting States & Frontier Regions Management Services Culture(Addl. Charge)

    7. Mr. Ali Khan Junejo Food, Agriculture & Cooperatives
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    8. Lt. Gen. (Retd.) R. D. Bhatti – Petroleum & Natural
    Resources Production and Defence Production

    9. Mr. Justice (Retd) Abdul Shakurul Salam – Law, Justice &
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    10. Dr. Hafiz A. Pasha – Commerce and Tourism

    11. Dr. D. K. Riaz Baloch – Industries, Labour, Manpower & Overseas Pakistanis, Women Development and Youth Affairs

    12. Mr. Khursheed K. Marker – Water and Power


    1. Mr. Saeed Ahmad Qureshi – Deputy chairman Planning
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    2. Mr. A. G.N. Kazi – Chairman/Chief Executive of Pakistan
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