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]

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Nepal dethrones king, asks him to vacate palace - Will we ever do so? NO??

A constituent assembly in Nepal on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly in favour of abolishing the Himalayan nation’s 240-year-old Hindu monarchy and declaring a republic.

In a historic vote that caps a peace deal between Maoist rebels and mainstream parties, politicians ordered unpopular King Gyanendra to step down and for his palace to be turned into a museum.

“The sacrifice of thousands of Nepalese has been honoured today by us getting rid of the monarchy,” Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist spokesman Krishna Bahadur Mahara told AFP.

“The Nepalese people have been freed from centuries of feudal tradition, and the doors have now opened for a radical social and economic transformation,” he said.
Nepal dethrones king, asks him to vacate palace -DAWN - Top Stories; May 29, 2008

zardari saab seekhein kuch... parliament nay kitni bahaduri se yeh decision liya... despite the following fact:

He (The king) still enjoys some support from Hindu hardliners and powerful elements in the armed forces and ruling elite, who argue the royals, are a crucial symbol of the neutrality of a country wedged between Asian giants India and China.

see if the ppl n their representatives r sincere n united, such support cannot do much... so take a stand, throw this stuborn ruler out of the govt....
The Maoists have told Gyanendra and his son Crown Prince Paras — loathed for his reported playboy lifestyle — to bow out gracefully and adapt to life as a “common citizen” or else face “strong punishment.”

musharraf saab... kuch sochein aap bhi...

on terrorism: the article says:
The United States also continues to list the former rebels as a foreign “terrorist” organisation.

and they have now been proved to be ppl fighting for their rights (or against the monarchy)... so anyone who is called terrorist by US should not be considered a terrorist... lets revise our definiion of a terrorist and war on terror... lets understand what do ppl in tribal areas want? wht does america want from them n us? wht shld we stand against?
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‘Hidden forces’ out to throttle democracy: Asif

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari has said that ‘hidden forces’ are out to impose martial law and any movement against the government may snuff out democracy.

Talking to representatives of the Punjab and NWFP chapters of the People’s Lawyers Forum (PLF) here on Wednesday, Mr Zardari said the PPP wanted not only to reinstate the deposed judges but also to introduce constitutional reforms to ensure that all state institutions worked in accordance with their roles defined in the Constitution.
‘Hidden forces’ out to throttle democracy: Asif -DAWN - Top Stories; May 29, 2008

ur own fault asif... kyun latka rahay ho 1 maamlay ko... is ki wajah se baaki sab cheezein ignore ho rahi hain... poor policy by PPP... jo kaam kerna hai karo aur aglay ki taraf dekho... yeh cautious approach wali policy bhi agar martial law ki taraf lay ja rahi hai to why use cautious approach??? y not do it instantly as PML-N suggests... abhi bhi time hai zardari saab... judge bahal karein, mulk mein se uncertainty khatam karein... zabardasti judges k haamiyon ko bura saabit kernay ki koshish na karein... ya phir seedhi tarah keh dein k hum bahal nahi ker rahay judges ko, jao kerlo jo kerna hai...
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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

No end to colonial governance

By Rubina Saigol

THE Defence of India Act of 1915 was an emergency criminal law enacted by the British Raj to curtail revolutionary and nationalist activities in India during the First World War.

The apparent intent was to prevent ‘terrorists’ from calling public meetings, publishing material inciting the people to revolt, disseminating revolutionary literature, and so forth. The act was designed to curtail actions by armed revolutionaries characterised as ‘terrorists’ and ‘extremists’ with links abroad.

However, the legislation was so wide in scope that it rendered “suspect all political activity that was even mildly critical of the British Government of India, and it put an effective end to whatever freedom of expression the Indian press had been allowed”. This act gave the government of British India special emergency powers to deal with German-inspired threats especially in Punjab. A special legal tribunal was established to deal with suspects who could be interned without warrant and had no recourse to appeal.

In March 1919, at the end of the war, the British extended the special ‘emergency powers’ by passing the recommendations of the Rowlatt Commission headed by a British judge, Sir Sydney Rowlatt. Under the guise of dealing with ‘public unrest’, ‘revolutionary activities’ and ‘terrorism’, especially in Bengal and Punjab, this act authorised the government to: 1) imprison suspects without trial; 2) arrest suspects without a warrant; 3) hold secret, in camera trials of suspects; 4) tell suspects where they should live; 5) quell sedition by silencing the press.

The reasons given for instituting such a draconian law were the following: 1) alleged assistance given to the revolutionary movement in India by the German government to destabilise the British government in India; 2) destabilisation of the political situation in neighbouring Afghanistan by inciting the emir to turn against British India and the possible links of this to Bolshevik Russia; and 3) civil and labour unrest in India due to the post-war recession which led to the Bombay Mill Workers’ strikes, unrest in Punjab due to several reasons including the havoc wrought by the Spanish flu epidemic causing the deaths of 13 million Indians.

The Rowlatt Act was met with immediate denunciation by Indian leaders. Gandhi organised strikes and demonstrations against the act and Jinnah resigned from the Legislative Council writing to the viceroy, Lord Chelmsford, that “the fundamental principles of justice have been uprooted”.

The unjust law sparked furious waves of protest particularly in Punjab where there were rapid disruptions in rail, telegraph and communication systems, government buildings were burnt and five Europeans including government employees and civilians were killed.

The protests reached a peak in April 1919 and according to one account “practically the whole of Lahore was on the streets, the immense crowd that passed through Anarkali was estimated to be around 20,000”. Several banks, government buildings and the railway station were attacked. By April 13, the British government had decided to place most of Punjab under martial law. A number of restrictions were placed on civil liberties including freedom of assembly and a ban on gatherings of more than four people.

On April 13, 1919, around 10,000 people gathered at the Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar to register their protest. The British feared an uprising along the lines of the 1857 revolt which began in the month of May. Under the command of Brigadier Reginald Dyer, British Indian soldiers opened fire on the unarmed crowd. The firing lasted for 10 minutes and 1,650 rounds, or 33 per soldier, were fired. Official British Raj placed the casualty figures at 379, however private sources revealed that over 1,000 people were killed and 2,000 injured. The civil surgeon Dr Smith claimed that there were over 1,800 casualties.

The Bagh was bounded on all sides by buildings and houses and the few narrow openings were locked. There was no escape. Some people tried desperately to clamber over the walls while others jumped into a well to escape the bullets. Around 120 bodies were dug out of the well.

A curfew was declared in Amritsar and Dyer reported to his superiors that he ‘had been confronted by a revolutionary army’ and was therefore obliged to ‘teach a moral lesson to the Punjab’. The lieutenant governor of Punjab, Sir Michael O’Dwyer wrote back: “Your action is correct. Lieutenant Governor approves.” Jawaharlal Nehru, in his autobiography, reported hearing British soldiers saying that they “wanted to teach the bloody browns a lesson”.

In his testimony before the Hunter Commission formed to inquire into the massacre, Brigadier Dyer acknowledged that he could have dispersed the crowd without firing but he would have become a laughing stock if they re-converged on the Bagh and made a fool of him. He said that if he would have used machine guns if he could get them through the narrow gates, and that taking the wounded to hospital was not his responsibility. British officers applauded the suppression of ‘another Indian mutiny’ and the House of Lords commended Dyer.

However, the House of Commons censured him and Winston Churchill remarked: “The incident in Jallianwala Bagh was an extraordinary event, a monstrous event, an event which stands in singular and sinister isolation.” Dyer was officially sanctioned by the British government and resigned in 1920. The British press nonetheless defended Dyer labelling him ‘Saviour of the Punjab’ and started a sympathy fund collecting £26,000 for him.

An American woman donated £100 saying, “I fear for the British women there now that Dyer has been dismissed.”

The events of 1919-20 bear an uncanny resemblance to contemporary times. We are all too familiar with laws similar to the Rowlatt Act, martial laws, indiscriminate killing of dissenters, curbs on the press, detention without warrant, in camera trials and sympathies for killers. The massacre of May 12, 2007, is still fresh in our memories.

The constant armed attacks on innocent populations in Balochistan and the tribal areas in the name of fleshing out militants and rooting out terrorists are all too familiar. Our post-independence history is replete with martial laws, press and publications ordinances, arrests without warrant and detentions of terror suspects. All this has been exacerbated after 9/11 in the name of the so-called war on terror.

The techniques of colonial governmentality persist as the nature of the state is essentially colonial. As some historians say, we never really achieved independence and only experienced a transfer of power from foreign to local masters. The continuities of history reveal to us the amazing consistency of the forms and application of power.
DAWN - Editorial; May 26, 2008
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Constitutional package fails to impress lawyers

The proposed 18th amendment to the Constitution has apparently failed to address the core issue of restoring the superior judiciary to its Nov 2 (2007) position, Bar representatives said here on Monday....


The lawyers and the people at large, the representatives said, were confident that the new democratic government would undo the provisional constitution order (PCO) of Nov 3, 2007, and restore the judiciary. The hopes were belied as the new rulers started dancing to the tunes of dictatorship. However, the lawyers would frustrate all moves to oust the deposed judges and retain those who took oath under the PCO, they vowed.

The representatives expressed their concern at US interference in a purely internal issue like the reinstatement of judges. “The people of Pakistan are in a position to decide for themselves as evident from their vote against dictatorship in the Feb 18 polls.” They appealed to lawyers and civil society to observe a ‘black day’ on the arrival of US envoy Negroponte in Islamabad.

KARACHI: Constitutional package fails to impress lawyers -DAWN - Local; May 27, 2008
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‘Load-shedding to end by 2009’ :)

The federal minister for finance, revenue and economic affairs, Syed Naveed Qamar, said on Monday that there would be no load-shedding in the country by the end of the next year.

KARACHI: ‘Load-shedding to end by 2009’ -DAWN - Local; May 27, 2008

Everyone must be wonderin how come he claimed this??? the answer is very simple, "there will be no electricity hence no load-shedding" :P...

n mush'd still say hum agar amreeka ki baat na maantay to hum pathhar k dor mein chalay jaatay

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MQM chief calls for reconciliation :)

Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain has asked all political and religious parties and lawyers’ bodies to pursue the policy of reconciliation because the economic crises confronting the nation require understanding and tolerance among all parties.
My Comment: Altaf saab yehi baat zara apnay mush saab ko bhi keh dein... bohut zid ho gayee ab judges ko insanon ki tarah waapis aa jaanay day...

In a statement issued from London on Monday, he said that the continuing rise in oil prices, shortage of foodstuff and increase in prices of staple food had taken the shape of a ‘silent Tsunami’.

“The rocketing price of staple food is driving poor people to commit suicides and, regrettably, our politicians are not paying attention to basic problems of the common man,” he said.

sarkar, i agree tht the country is facin the economic crisis... but whts its cause??? did u try to find out? in politicians per ilzaam na lagayein... inko to abhi aaye huay juma juma 8 din huay hain... aapki ally govt. and aap k ally mush ki nigraan govt. ki phainti lagnay waali hai jisnay yeh sab maslay kharay kiye.... mush said, agar hum amreeka ki madad na kertay to woh hamein pathhar k dor mein bhaij deta... ab aap konsay dor mein baithay hain???? kia aap pathhar k dor ki taraf nahi ja rahay??? iski wajah us 1 banday ki zid n bewaqoofi hai... aap usko pase pusht daal rahay hain... agar ab judge bahaal na huay to in future konsa judge steel mill koRyon kay mol biknay se rokay ga????? kon army take over kay khilaaf khara ho ker halaf uthanay se inkaar karay ga???? koi nahi... yeh political parties bhi mush ki games ki wajah se consensus nahi ker pa rahi hain janab.... aankhein kholein... insaan banein...

The MQM leader said that the stock exchange index continued to plunge, making the entire business community jittery and uncertainty was forcing businessmen to transfer capital out of the country.

Mr Hussain said that the US and Nato countries had expressed their dissatisfaction over the country’s political state of affairs while extreme dangers were looming over the borders.He regretted that politicians, instead of striving for improving the economic condition, were busy with issues which “remotely concern the 98 per cent people of middle class and down-trodden segments of society.

“Even during this dangerously delicate situation we are resorting to politics of agitation and demonstrations while the situation demands seriousness and resolution of conflicts through understanding and reconciliation and avoiding confrontations.”

keh dekho kon raha hai :) "...avoiding confrontations" :)

The MQM leader directed volunteers of the Khidmat-i-Khlaq Foundation (KKF) to take steps to provide flour and rice to needy families.
MQM chief calls for reconciliation -DAWN - Top Stories; May 27, 2008
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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Habib Jalib - Mainay Uss Say Yeh Kaha - Laal

A very nice video and vocals for the everlasting words of Habib Jalib

Thursday, May 1, 2008

مذاکرات ختم، تفصیلات کا اعلان کل، نواز مطمئن

پیپلز پارٹی اور مسلم لیگ (ن) کے درمیان عدالتی بحران کے حل کے لیے دبئی میں طویل مذاکرات ختم ہوگئے ہیں جس میں فریقین نے کہا ہے کہ ججوں کی بحالی کے معاملے پر اتفاق ہوگیا ہے۔

جمعرات کو مذاکرات کے ایک اور تفصیلی راؤنڈ کے بعد میاں نواز شریف نے صحافیوں کو بتایا کہ ’میں بات چیت سے مطمئن ہوں اور ججوں کی بحالی پر اتفاق ہوگیا ہے۔