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They used a haka to murder Salmaan Taseer

tiger-huntingDo you know about the ‘haka’ or ‘hanka’ technique used in colonial India to hunt tigers? That’s exactly how the Punjab Governor and PPP’s central leader Salmaan Taseer was killed by the right wing and pseudo-liberal proxies and affiliates of Pakistan army.

For starters, the right-wing left-wing binary does not apply to the context of Pakistani politics and media. Similarly, the “Urdu press is conservative” and “English press is progressive” binary is equally misleading.

It is a fact that Pakistan’s almighty military establishment has its proxies and affiliates both in right wing and in the so called liberal class. (This article highlights that most of Pakistan’s liberals are lifestyle liberals instead of ideological or political liberals. https://lubpak.net/archives/61839). Therefore, the more appropriate binary in Pakistan’s context is pro-army vs pro-people.

Through an intricate network (Teen Jeem (3 Js): Jenerals, Judges and Journalists), Pakistan army maintains its stronghold on Pakistani media and politics.

Coming back to the original topic, in a haka, a herd of villagers (beating drums, making noises) and cattle from different directions force the tiger towards a small corner where it is easy to control and kill him.

In Taseer’s case, both right-wingers (Ansar Abbasi types) and (fake) liberals (Mosharraf Zaidi types) worked as a coordinated haka to enable his killing.

Taseer took a dangerously bold and honest stance on Pakistan’s most sensitive and controversial anti-blasphemy laws terming such laws as Black Laws and a violation of fundamental human rights. This provided the right wing as well as liberal proxies and affiliates of Pakistan army with an excellent opportunity to use the haka technique to corner and hunt down yet another PPP leader after the previous murder of Benazir Bhutto in December 2007.

It was clear that without street-level support (through carefully planned and executed public awareness campaigns, open debates, reforms in the curricula and media, discussions in the parliament and courts), a public stance on the blasphemy law would endanger Taseer’s life. The haka masterminds clearly saw the opportunity not only to hunt down yet another central leader of a politically liberal party (PPP) but also thought of using this opportunity to gain at least two further goals, i.e., to reunite the majority Barelvi (Sufi) Muslim community with the more radical pro-Taliban Deobandi-Wahhabi community on a common agenda (the honour of the Prophet Muhammad); and to blame the victim, i.e., blame the PPP and President Zardari through the “PPP abandoned Taseer” discourse.

In his recent interview with Karan Thapar, Imran Khan pointed towards the danger of the same Haka when he refused to take a bold, clear stance against Lashkar-e-Taiba / Jamaatud-Dawa head Hafiz Saeed by citing the example of Mumtaz Hussain Deobandi aka Qadri (the brainwashed footsoldier of takfiri khawarij who killed Governor Taseer).

When Thapar asked him about militant groups and whether Khan would denounce them, he answered broadly in the affirmative. But Thapar is not the usually naïve and unabashedly sick-of-democracy Pakistani television anchor. He proceeded to ask Khan whether Hafiz Saeed and Jamaat-ud-Daawa would be specifically mentioned. “Look, I’m living in Pakistan. Pakistan at the moment is the most polarised country in the world. A governor gets shot, his assassin becomes a hero. There’s no point in becoming a hero right now in this country where there’s no rule of law,” he said, referring to the assassination of Punjab Governor Salman Taseer.(Source)

Taseer was much more brave and honest than Imran Khan and other pseudo-liberals around him. It was, therefore, not much difficult to trap him.

tigThe twin-wings of the establishment’s proxies worked as follows:
The right wing painted Taseer as the bad guy, a bad Muslim, by misrepresenting him as someone who was himself guilty of the blasphemy of the Prophet (Tauheen-e-Risalat). The liberal wing, instead of advising Taseer to exercise caution and care, dishonestly cheered, encouraged rather forced him to make extremely bold and dangerous moves and statements (e.g., his visit to Asia Bibi in the Shiekhupura prison and hurried announcement of her pardon, his description of anti-blasphemy law as black law, his bold, anti-Mullah anti-fanatics remarks in various interviews etc). Of course, what was at stake was Taseer’s own life and the interests of his political party and family. None of his fake liberal cheerers ever accompanied him to visit Aasia bibi or cared to visit her after Taseer’s murder. In fact none of them cared to offer protection or support to the poor prayer leader (Afzal Chishti) who led Taseer’s funeral despite numerous threats to his life from radical right-wing proxies of the ISI.

The selection of Mumtaz Qadri as Taseer’s killer was not a mere coincidence. He belonged to a stanuch Deobandi family of Rawalpindi’s Bara Khahu area, had been shifting his religious tendences from Deobandi to Qadri to Deobandi. Many of his mates in the police in fact knew in advance about his plan to kill Governor Taseer, and silently stood by while Qadri emptied the magazine of his AK-47 into Taseer’s body; as Taseer collapsed, Qadri took further time to reload the rifle and sprayed another round of 30 bullets. This all points towards the fact that Taseer’s murder was not an isolated act of a lone wolf (as was suggested by a haka member in Pakistan’s media). Qadri was carefully chosen for this task because the Qadri alias meant that his role in this murder could be used to implicate and malign Sunni Barelvi (Sufi) sect as opposed to more radical, pro-Taliban Deobandi or Wahhabi sect. Through Qadri’s selection (a violent Sunni Barelvi is a rarity or anomaly in Pakistan), the pro-Deobandi establishment hoped to unite the majority of anti-Taliban Sunni Barelvis with the pro-Taliban Deobandis and Wahhabis on the common platform of the honour of the holy Prophet. By keeping a low profile in the aftermath of Taseer’s murder, the PPP largely foiled at least this part of the haka plan.
tigerFinally, the same very people who got Taseer killed resorted to blaming his own party. That was the second, more important aim of the haka. Numerous articles were written by the (fake liberal) haka members in Pakistani and international media to defame the elected government by blaming the very party (PPP) which had lost yet another of its central leaders within three years of Benazir’s murder. It was alleged that by not taking a forceful stance on the blasphemy law, the PPP and President Zardari had effectively abandoned Taseer. The critics dishonestly hid the fact that the PPP needed 2/3 majority in the parliament to amend the constitution and that it currently did not have a simple majority. Moreover, it was conveniently ignored that such sensitive legal amendment could not be achieved overnight. However, the critics were not interested in facts, they wanted an ongoing haka to hunt down yet another PPP leader, something which they subsequently achieved through the killing of another PPP leader, Federal Minister Shahbaz Bhatti, a few month after Taseer’s murder.

Postscript: What we are currently (in January 2012) witnessing in Husain Haqqani’s case seems to have at least some elements of a haka. Almost same set of people (flatterers and operatives) who steered Salmaan Taseer to his murder steered Husain Haqqani to the establishment’s trap on every stage, right from the conception of the memo to an unnecessary public reaction to Mansoor Ijaz’s article in the Financial Times, from unnecessary public focus on the memo to the mismanagement of the agency-inspired petition in the Supreme Court. Those who steered Haqqani to a counter-productive public confrontation with Mansoor Ijaz and then to a demand of independent probe into memo were a part of the haka. The aim was to trap Haqqani, which was at least partially achieved the moment he landed in Pakistan.

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  • The last tweet on Salmaan Taseer’s Twitter account is as follows (probably written by one of his family members):

    SalmaanTaseer Salmaan Taseer
    R.I.P. Lion of the Punjab Salmaan Taseer (31 May 1944-04 Jan 2011)… Innalillahe wa inna ilaihi rajiun
    4 Jan

    May the Lion’s soul rest in peace

  • If one counts list liberal lawyers who are supporting asma jehanghir on her stance on present judiciary would further strengthen this fact .

    Isn’t people like Athar Minnallah( Musharaf minister ) again repeating the same tactic ‘blame the victim ‘.

  • Pakistan lost a brave son. PPP lost a a great leader. Family lost a great father and husband.

    What did the killers achieve? Cursed in this world and hereafter!

  • FreeAsiaBiBi FreeAsiaBiBi
    What kind of wind is blowing in Pakistan where @SalmaanTaseer stands for a case + gets killed while the killer gets roses for his act.#shame

    4th Jan should be celebrated as the day of tolerance. That would be the befitting tribute to the man!

  • Governor of Punjab (Pakistan) Salman Taseer visits Ahmadiyya Mosque Lahore on 29th May 2010 to see the damage done by the Pakistani Taliban (Punjab wing). Sahibzada Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Sahib explained him that the second Amendment of Pakistan constitution of 1974 and 1984 the ordinance (XX) passed by then dictator General Zia-ul-Huq is the root of cause of all hate against Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Pakistan.


  • The issue of Blasphemy law is not the issue of numbers in assembly or conservative versus liberals . Presenting issue of blasphemy law as conflict between conservative against liberals is misleading .

    Most of youth who disagreed with Taseer stance are not jihadi supporters , they are being confused with Jinnah’s decision of advocating blasphemous ; the incident which was quoted in urdu press to present Taseer as enemy and Qadri as Hero .

  • In a way, this post is somewhat similar to the one you wrote a day after Taseer’s killing: http://criticalppp.com/archives/68107

    I agree with the main idea of the post. The right-wing liberal-wing binary does not exist in Pakistan. All are proxies or affiliates of the Deep State.

  • I see too much of conspiracy theory here. It was an isolated murder by a lone wolf, thats it.

  • ماڈرن پنجاب کا منصور

    حسن مجتییٰ


    وہ غازیوں، شہسواروں، گھوڑوں، گھوڑے پال سکیموں سے لیکر جہادی پال سکیموں والے پنجاب میں نیا ہیرو بن گیا۔ کل نہیں تو پرسوں بہت سے سلمان تاثیر کو بھی احمد خان کھرل یا دلے بھٹی کی طرح عقیدت سے چاہیں گے۔

    کٹھ ملائیت کے سامنے اس سینہ سپر انسان کا کردار ملامتی صوفی جیسا رہا۔

    بینظیر بھٹو کے بعد بھرے پرے اسلام آباد میں پنجاب کے سٹنگ گورنر کا اسکی سخت سکیورٹی مییں اپنے ہی محافظ کے ہاتھوں قتل نہ فقط ایک بڑا سیاسی قتل لگتا ہے بلکہ بازیگروں کی طرف سے ایک اور بازی گری لگتی ہے، بقول شخصے انکا مبینہ قاتل نہ زخمی ہوا اور نہ ہلاک بلکہ آرام سے سرکاری ہتھیار سے راؤنڈ چلا کرگورنر کو قتل کرنے کے بعد قتل کے محرکات سمیت جرم کا اعتراف بھی ٹی وی کیمروں کے سامنے کرتا رہا


    Tribute to Salmaan Taseer Shaheed


  • Most of the urban fake liberals on Twitter talk about the “situation” in Balochistan only for it to be resolved so that the Baloch remain the slaves of the Muhajir-Punjabi civil-military establishment. These liberals praise and abuse the PPP and its leaders on Twitter almost at the same time.

  • Laibaah1 Laibaah
    When almost all liberal & right-wing bloggers were busy in mudslinging on Taseer family or were silent, one blog took a bold, clear stance!

    19 Nov 2008: We condemn dirty propaganda against #SalmaanTaseer and his family by right-wingers and fake liberals shar.es/WhqoY #LUBP

    26 Oct 2008: Javed Chaudhry, the mouth piece of Taliban, writes an indecent column against #SalmaanTaseer shar.es/WhqpG #LUBP

    20 Nov 2008: Abbas Ather condemns personal attacks on #SalmaanTaseer by PML-N shar.es/Whqsh #LUBP

    21 Nov 2008: After dirty propaganda against #SalmaanTaseer family, Rana Sana declares them as his blood relations shar.es/WhqcZ #LUBP

    21 Nov 2008: Mudslinging on #SalmaanTaseer family: Mind your language, PPP warns Rana Sanaullah shar.es/Whq7t #LUBP

    AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    @Laibaah1 Thank you. While we supported Shaheed Taseer on most occasions, we also criticized him on principles. e.g. criticalppp.com/archives/34446

    In particular, we criticized Shaheed Taseer’s comments on BB’s murder probe and also on Pak-India relations. We stand by our crit.

    Similarly, while we support PPP, we condemn ZAB and parliament’s role in constitutional amendment against Ahmadi Muslims.

    Our criticism of PPP leaders is based on principles, much different from those who published insulting pics of Bhuttos and Taseers

  • What I like about LUBP and also Pakistan Blogzyne is that both have so consistently exposed the urban fake liberal proxies or apologists of the military establishment.

  • Blaming the victim brigade at work on Twitter:

    abbasnasir59 Abbas Nasir
    Will anyone in the PPP government have the guts to say and do as Salman Taseer did or just hold on to power for power’s sake? #AsiaBibi

    sanasaleem Sana Saleem
    @abbasnasir59 when Tammy asked the same question she was/still is accused of conspiring in Taseer’s murder, by PPP’s social media wing.

    abbasnasir59 Abbas Nasir
    @sanasaleem I don’t care what they say. It is our duty to repeatedly ask the question.

    tammyhaq Ayesha Tammy Haq
    @abbasnasir59 yes and we continue to but this is where the ppp fails @sanasaleem

    sanasaleem Sana Saleem
    @tammyhaq @abbasnasir59 I agree completely. Was just referring to PPP and if there’s hope from them.

    abbasnasir59 Abbas Nasir
    Not just here @tammyhaq in so many areas. So sad. Really. Today I’d much rather celebrate a brave man than lament over wimps. @sanasaleem

    sanasaleem Sana Saleem
    @abbasnasir59 @tammyhaq You two give me hope. Celebrating his courage, but feel something is broken irreparably. Can’t shake off images.

    abbasnasir59 Abbas Nasir
    @sanasaleem What gives one hope is the spirited fight of @tammyhaq and her family. Only God know how tough it must be for them.

    asmiather Asma Ather
    sorry 2 say PPP has failed everywhere after BB 🙁 “@tammyhaq: @abbasnasir59 yes & we continue to but this is where the ppp fails @sanasaleem

    SamadK Samad Khurram
    Glad @laalshah dumbed down the legal arguments of #memogate into mostly digestible concepts. bit.ly/y629rI

  • AbdulNishapuri Abdul Nishapuri
    Right now an ex-BBC/Dawn editor is daring PPP to follow Taseer’s footsteps. How many more PPP leaders’ blood will quench your thirst? As I said the fake liberal proxies are more ruthless and cunning in their tactics, more loathsome than Mumataz Qadris and Ansar Abbasis. It is the same ex-BBC/Dawn editor who initially praised Saleem Ali’s hate speech against Shia Muslims, then politically corrected his stance

    pejamistri pejamistri
    @AbdulNishapuri Can not agree with you more.

    NadeemfParacha Nadeem F. Paracha
    Yes, just like it “failed” everywhere after ZAB, no? “@asmiather: sorry 2 say PPP has failed everywhere after BB”

  • It was a sad day for me personally. I adored the man for his wit, intellect and courage. He was a self made man who made his way through difficult circumstances to become a leading entrepreneur of Pakistan. Isnt it a surprise that all that is said about him, never a charge of corruption was made against him? Great man.

    Excellent tribute AN.

  • Very well argued and an excellent tribute to a brave man and prominent PPP leader. Get ready for the diatribes for writing on topics that are deeply unpopular amongst our pseudo-liberal elites

  • Good point by Marvi Sirmed:

    Qadri, the killer of Taseer, was arrested from the place of murder but he escaped the standard operating procedure of being shot at by the rest of the squad. An initial probe revealed that he was blacklisted for VIP duty by the competent authority on account of his extreme radicalised religious views. No one knows why he was appointed with Taseer and why he was not immediately shot at, as per standard procedures. No one knows how he could keep shooting for over a minute and still not be stopped by any of his fellow guards.


    ISI’s role was also highlighted by Yousuf Nazar:

    The cat is out of the bag. For months, I have suspected that the ISI is back to its old game of using the paid-mullahs to expliot the religious sentiments of the masses to destablize the country and capture it again. They did it in 1977 using the PNA and nizam-mustafa movement. The ISI used the pretext of Salman Rushdie’s book to pay late Maulana Kausar Niazi to stage demonstrations in Islamabad in 1989 to destablize Benazir Bhutto’s government. It has been doing it all in the name of Islam whereas it has itself worked closely worked with the CIA for decades and so have the Maulanas like Fazalur Rehman and Tufail Mohammed.

    Throughout Musharraf’s regime, Maulana Fazaur Rehman, JUI and other religious parties played the role of loyal opposition and collobarated with him. The JUI was against the lawyers movement. Now the ISI seems to have given him a green signal to play the old games again by explioting the name of the holy prophet (PBUH).

    On the 16th December the cat was out of the bag when another ISI agent and the head of Jamaat ud Dawa Hafiz Muhammad Saeed made his first public appearance in Islamabad in over two years at a meeting of leaders of key religious parties and hardliners ostensibly in the name of the opposition to the changes in the country’s blasphemy law. Saeed has addressed gatherings and rallies across Punjab since he was released from house arrest last year but had not visited Islamabad in the recent past. Addressing the gathering, Saeed stressed the need for a well-organised media campaign in favour of the blasphemy law. PML-Q leader Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain – also a known ISI agent and loan defaulter known for his corruption – also attended the meeting, which called for a country-wide strike on December 31 to oppose moves for changes in the blasphemy law. The meeting was also attended by another puppet of the intelligence agencies, Ejazul Haq, who is the son Ziaul Haq who was one of the biggest CIA agents in the history of Pakistan.

    Today more than 20,000 people rallied in Karachi on Sunday, apparently against the proposed reform of a blasphemy law. Religious groups blocked a main thoroughfare in Karachi’s teeming metropolis holding banners in support of the police guard who shot dead Punjab governor Salman Taseer on Tuesday over his views in favour of the law’s amendment. “Mumtaz Qadri is not a murderer, he is a hero,” said one banner in the national Urdu language in support of the man who carried out Pakistan’s most high-profile political killing in three years. Most intriguingly but not surprisingly, the rally leader was Qari Ahsaan of the banned group Jamaat ud Dawa. He addressed the crowd from a stage saying, “We can’t compromise on the blasphemy law. It’s a divine law and nobody can change it.”

    I have also noted that some of the people who are writing on facebook condemning Salmaan Taseer and making tall claims to defend Islam are journalists who I have personally known to be taking instructions from the intelligence agencies when I did live programmes with them.

    It all adds up. The deep state is out to reconquer Pakistan again. Once again, it is using the old strategy of using Quran, the name of the holy prophet, Namoos-e-Risalat through its agents and hirelings, to enflame raw sentiments, whip up the frenzy of the mobs to to ultimately once again conquer Pakistan in the name of saving Islam. But the real aims are to restore its tarnished reputation, reclaim the role of the principal puppeter in Pakistani politics (which has been somewhat diluted by emerging new centres of power) as well as strengthen its bargaining position viz-a-viz the Americans with whom it seems to have developed some serious disagreements lately.


  • Wealth of articles on Salmaan Taseer:

    In support of Shahbaz Taseer shar.es/W42uG

    Ansar Abbasi and his twisted mind – Supporter of Mumtaz Qadri and Khwaja Sharif shar.es/W42sr

    Salman Taseer on Twitter: The Punjabi Lion Slayer shar.es/W42gz

    Kafir Kafir, Salman Tasir Kafir shar.es/W42Hf

    Salman Taseer: Another victim of the deep state, its ideological and political faces – by Shaista Aazar shar.es/W42m5

    Salman Taseer, Shaheed-e-Thaffuz-e-Rehmat-e-Risalat (PBUH), ko salam shar.es/W4rLN

    Salman Taseer, Shaheed-e-Rehmat-e-Rasool (PBUH), ko salam shar.es/W4rTy

    ‘Everyone Declare Pakistan’s Blasphemy Law as Black Law’ Campaign shar.es/W4rQv

    Updated: Ban the supporters of Taseer’s murder: An appeal to international organizations and governments shar.es/W4r92

    Taseer’s murder: A plan well executed shar.es/W4rDm

    You will never die, Salman Taseer – by Abbas Ather shar.es/W4rEd

    From Shaheed Justice Arif Iqbal Bhatti to Salman Taseer: PPP’s struggle against the Ziaist Blasphemy Law shar.es/W4rym

    Taseer was martyred because of his belief in a secular and democratic Pakistan – by Rusty Walker shar.es/W4rwb

    Namoos-e-risalat or namoos-e-zia-ul-haq? – by Abbas Ather shar.es/W4rJ6

    Namoos-e-Risalat or Namoos-e-ISI? – by Yousuf Nazar shar.es/W4rYt

    A survey of blasphemy laws in Muslim countries – by Wusatullah Khan shar.es/W4r4m

    Salman Taseer’s murder and the footsoldiers of media – by Qudsia Siddiqui shar.es/W4rc4

    The LUBP commends Mr Bilawal Bhutto Zardari for his bold and timely rejoinder to Islamofascists shar.es/W4ruH

    The GHQ-made jihadi and sectarian robots vs ordinary Muslims – by Abbas Ather shar.es/W4rt7

    humara hero pagal hai – by Khalid Wasti shar.es/W4rrh

    295-c, A Black Law – by Abbas Ather shar.es/W4rfJ

    Taseer’s murder and ‘broad-based alliance’ between PPP and the ‘civil society’ – by Ahmad Nadeem Gehla shar.es/W4r3e

    The PPP, the mullahs and the blasphemy law – by Abbas Ather shar.es/W4rmM

    Scared of mullahs? Civil Society needs to ally with the PPP for survival – by Ahmed Iqbalabadi shar.es/W4r13

    There was a naughty boy: Salma Mahmud remembers her brother Salmaan Taseer shar.es/W4pNX

    “Civil” Society must stop blaming the PPP: A rebuttal to Naveen Naqvi and ‘Twitter Opportunists Club’ shar.es/W4pR8

    Tariq Ali’s backhanded tribute to Salmaan Taseer – by Mahvish Afridi shar.es/W4pQo

    Blaming the victim – by Sana Jokhio shar.es/W4pOj

    To fake sympathizers of the PPP, thanks but no thanks shar.es/W4pED

    Three musketeers and the “PPP abandoned Salmaan Taseer” narrative shar.es/W4pzL

    Mr. Javed Chaudhry, will you please think? – by Abbas Ather shar.es/W4pAV

    Public prosecutor in Taseer murder case and the CFD’s stance – by Barrister Waseem Ijaz shar.es/W4pjR

    PSF activists support Mumtaz Qadri? Poor reporting by the Daily Times: A plea to Shaheed Taseer’s family shar.es/W4phk

    Zardari’s dilemma: Between blood, revenge and legacy of martyrs – by Ahmad Nadeem Gehla shar.es/W4pcC
    How fake is “civil society’s” liberal agenda? – by Shakeel Arain shar.es/W4p2z

    On Ayesha Tammy Haq’s role before and after Salmaan Taseer’s murder – by Fawad Siddiqi shar.es/W4pWe
    Recommending Aatish Taseer – by Alamdar Mengal shar.es/W4pXf

    A well planned and well coordinated hanka was used to murder the Lion of the Punjab. bit.ly/sXtkaS

  • Contrary to urban legend, some of the boldest & clearest articles after #SalmaanTaseer’s murder were written in Pakistan’s Urdu press.

    When hanka members in English press were busy in blaming the victim (PPP) or were scared of Qadris, one man in Urdu media took a bold stand!

    His name is Abbas Ather, a true political liberal (in contrast to many lifestyle liberals in Pakistan’s English press). Some links to follow

    #Urdu #AbbasAther: #SalmaanTaseer Shaheed ko salam criticalppp.com/archives/36210

    #Urdu #AbbasAther: #SalmaanTaseer You will never die, Salman Taseer – criticalppp.com/archives/36455

    #Urdu #AbbasAther #SalmaanTaseer – From Justice Arif Bhatti to Taseer: PPP’s struggle against Blasphemy Law criticalppp.com/archives/36490

    #Urdu #AbbasAther #SalmaanTaseer – Abbas Ather condemns personal attacks on #SalmaanTaseer by PML-N criticalppp.com/archives/470

    #Urdu #AbbasAther #SalmaanTaseer – Mr. Javed Chaudhry, will you please think? – by Abbas Ather criticalppp.com/archives/38614

    #Urdu #AbbasAther #SalmaanTaseer – The PPP, the mullahs and the blasphemy law – by Abbas Ather criticalppp.com/archives/37316

    #Urdu #AbbasAther #SalmaanTaseer – 295-c, A Black Law – by Abbas Ather criticalppp.com/archives/37100

    #Urdu #AbbasAther #SalmaanTaseer – The army-made jihadi and sectarian robots vs ordinary Muslims – by Abbas Ather criticalppp.com/archives/36912

    #Urdu #AbbasAther #SalmaanTaseer – Namoos-e-risalat or namoos-e-zia-ul-haq? – by Abbas Ather criticalppp.com/archives/36586

    It is people like Abbas Ather who deserve our support & respect, not the Hanka members of English press who contributed to Taseer’s murder!

  • Nazir Naji mentions a simialr haka against President Zardari:

    مخالفین کی تمام تر کوششوں اور امیدوں کے مراکز صرف تین تھے۔ فوج اقتدار پر قبضہ کر کے زرداری کو نکالے۔ کسی عدالتی فیصلے کے نتیجے میں صدر زرداری فارغ ہو جائیں یا اللہ تعالیٰ انہیں کسی بیماری میں مبتلا کر کے‘ ان کے عزائم کی تکمیل کر دے۔ میں ان سارے طریقوں کو غیرمنطقی اور غیرجمہوری سمجھتا تھا اور مجھے یقین تھا کہ موجودہ حالات میں نہ فوج جمہوریت کی بساط لپیٹے گی۔ کیونکہ اس وقت پارلیمنٹ‘ جس طرح فوج کے پیچھے سیسہ پلائی دیوار کی طرح کھڑی ہو کر امریکی عزائم کی مزاحمت کرنے میں فوج کا ساتھ دے رہی ہے‘ وہی اصل میں وقت کی ضرورت ہے۔ مجھے یقین تھا کہ فوج اپنی پشت پناہی کرنے والی طاقت کو خود ہی ختم نہیں کرے گی۔ اب تک میرا اندازہ درست جا رہا ہے اور مخالفین اور ان کے ڈھنڈورچی‘ جوتشی‘ بلارے‘ ہاکے (ہاکا دینے والے)‘ کھانسی یا چھینک پر صدر زرداری میں جان لیوا بیماریاں ڈھونڈنے والے‘ سب کے سب ابھی تک غلط ثابت ہو رہے ہیں۔ انتخابات کا اعلان ہونے کے بعد خدانخواستہ اگر کوئی حادثہ ہوتا بھی ہے‘ تو وہ ملک و قوم کی بدقسمتی ہو گا۔ ورنہ جمہوریت کی ناؤ ایک دریا پار کرنے کے بعد‘ دوسری مدت اقتدار کے دریا تک پہنچنے والی ہے۔ کوئی بھی شخص خلاؤں اور ہیولوں میں جمہوریت کی حمایت نہیں کر سکتا۔ پچھلے چار سال کے دوران جمہوریت کا ٹھوس اور واضح نشان صدر زداری ہیں۔ میں ان کے حق اقتدار کی حمایت کر کے‘ صرف جمہوریت کی حمایت کر رہا تھا اور ان کو حق اقتدار سے محروم کرنے کے سارے خواہش مند‘ جمہوریت دشمنی کر رہے تھے۔ سچی بات صرف یہ ہے۔ باقی سب افسانے ہیں۔