You have to stand guard over the development and maintenance of democracy, social justice and the equality of mankind in your own native soil. [Mohammed Ali Jinnah]

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

What can we do in the state of Martial Law

I know, we have no experience of reacting to such situation, but we must learn and react. We must stop the martial law in its early days. Otherwise, we will loose passion day by day and the brutal forces would keep kidnapping those who want to do something resulting in a long dark night.
The situation demands our actions in two directions i.e.
1. Awareness / Concern raising2. Concrete steps leading to the restoration of judiciary and the constitution.
For 1, we can do one or more from the following (more ideas welcome)
 - Writing to/on international media like cnn, bbc, cnbc, reuters, newsweek, washington post etc. so that the external pressure can be exerted on the general.
 - Writing on blogs - Writing emails to your frieds around
 - Putting condemnation banners on the website that you own/run or you people around you own/run

For 2, we can do one or more from the following (more ideas welcome)
 - Contributing financially
      + so that we can take care of the families of the unjustly detained civilians (even lawyers, journalists and LUMS faculty members have been arrested) and pursue those detained.
      + for banners, slogans, placards etc.
 - Organize people around us to make numbers before going out on streets.
 - Keep our anger alive and keep our morale high by discussing the situation on regular basis and by watching the videos show attrocities of the brutal government.
 - Boycott the figure heads of the current setup socially and economically.

We at LUMS are trying to coordinate with other such bodies formed after the situation so that the a coordinated protest can be launched. I believe, if few thousand people sit on Shahrah-e-Dastoor for two days, this govt will fall.

Remember that these movements require sacrifice, and we shall be ready to sacrifice even our lives.

Lets unite to save our country and give our children a better tomorrow.

Justice Iftikhar rejects Musharraf blames to justify 'Emergency'

ISLAMABAD:Former Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry has rejecting the blames leveled by President General Pervez Musharraf to justify declaration of emergency.

The rulers had feared that Supreme Court would give decree in Musharraf eligibility contrary to their wishes so they imposed emergency in the country, Justice Iftikhar said.

Iftikhar Chaudhry was addressing the lawyers first time after imposition of the emergency. He said that thecharges framed by President Musharraf against SupremeCourt are baseless and unfounded.

Declaration of emergency has damaged the constitution, he said, adding that Supreme Court had always worked within constitutional framework.

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Anti-Emergency Protest @ LUMS - 05 Nov 2007, Black Day at LUMS

On Campus Protest

Student rally at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) against the imposition of a state of emergency in Pakistan. More than 500 students participated in this protest. This was the huge gathering, ever observed in the history of LUMS.

This is the rally on the campus, but students are determined to organized themselves into a 'Student Community' just like the 'Lawyer Community'. So, it was decided to contact the activists in other universities (especially the public universities) of Lahore to demonstrate a huge protest outside the campuses, together.

Participation in Lahore High-Court Protest
Another batch of students had demonstrated outside the high courts where the police charged at them with batons and attacked them. Since i was one of those students (alongwith three of my friends Murtaza, AZ and Butt), i witnessed the brutal/fatal attack of 'State Licensed Gangsters' i.e. Police and the 'angels' in civil who made sure that no one goes without a wound, but we made it ... Luminites were the only students who showed up there at Lahore HighCourt.

Faculty of LUMS
Three members of the LUMS faculty - Aasim Sajjad Akhtar (Social Sciences), Bilal Minto (Law) and Ali Cheema (Economics) were placed under arrest and are charged under the section 144, they were sent to Kot Lakhpat Jail to spent night because the Magistrate refused to accept their bail.

Black Day
Black day was observed by the students of LUMS, all the students wore 'Black' clothes to tell the world that, 'not even a single community of Pakistan is ready to accept Gen. Musharaf's dictatorship, anymore'. So Go Musharaf Go was heard all over the campus, loud and clear.

Whats today ?
Today right at 1:25 PM sharp, student will rally again within the campus before that 'Student Action Committee' will announce the schedule/strategy/dates for off campus.

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General Musharaf Accused President Musharaf

While Mr. Superman ... Mush (with the reference of 'In the Line of Fire') was giving the pathetic reasons to impose yet another Martial Law on Pakistan (against his very own government) in his address, you might have noticed that his hands were shaking, he was using incomplete sentences and was using the slang language.

Originally this article was posted on BBCUrdu (see urdu version here)
The translation of this article in English can be found here

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