Posts Tagged ‘Drones’

Protesting against Raymond Davis’ release- tell you why


Raymond proved to be a rare unity dot in Pakistan’s recent history other than cricket. Reason being the extreme anguish and frustration amongst general public vis-à-vis government’s ghastly poor governance including foreign policy; unbalanced and tilted far away from national interests culminating in horrendous security concerns.

Davis, a mole having a list of accusations to his credit – an assassin, a contractor, and his alleged connections with banned outfits, acted as a catalyst. The case proved to be a check of deliverance of justice as well as a test of fidelity of the present regime. Bound to release, but the whole saga has uncovered literally everybody.

Though, it wouldn’t be fair to hold judiciary or qisas law alone responsible for what happened, because the trial on legitimate grounds never happened. However, it has been ascertained now that the Pakistani authorities under American pressure misused the law, the judiciary was beleaguered, and Davis was released in an overnight commando extravaganza. Which sovereign country and which solemn democratic nation would accept such a run?

Juvenile free Judiciary succumbed to pressure, but role of establishment was equally disappointing. Nevertheless, they are working under utmost pressure for the whole strategy building responsibility, a job of the political lead in a democratic state, has been assigned to them, with minimal liability on part of the irresolute premiership.

Looking at the victims’ indigent family, it should not come as a surprise that they eventually surrendered and accepted blood money, unless perhaps there had been such reassurances from other ends. Still, it’s early to opine until the family, missing now, comes forward.

But it wasn’t murder alone, Davis should have been trialed for anti-state activities, the foremost concern. Question is why was he not convicted of espionage? And who’s responsible for this leverage. The Incapacitate, sycophant Pakistani authorities deliberately undermined espionage, trivializing their responsibility and should now resign, reason enough to protest against them.

Fearing repercussions at home, Hillary denied paying blood money. Who wins the Oscar for best liar here! The two govts are dodging their nations and spending trillions of taxpayers hard-earned money shielding mercenaries in an unwinnable war.

Rather than alleviating concern of Pakistanis over roaming mercenaries, US welcomed the “deal” by waging a mini-war -6 drone strikes in one day, killing 44 mostly innocent, even admitted and condemned by Pakistan’s military chief. Having already sacrificed 32,000 lives, why should not it infuriate Pakistan?

Nevertheless, I assume the tyranny has gone beyond forbearance and the protests will have no stopping now. Pakistanis will have to stand up to the bullies on the playground – First against the ones within the country.

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“Dark Ages” of Pakistan


Posted @ LahorePostBlog

December marks the end of the deadliest 2010, the 201st decade, culminating after more than 100 drone attacks this year, killing mostly civilians. An era has passed, and it happened to be perhaps the most lethal and dreadful period for Pakistan. It proved to be a gloomy and historically “dark age” for the 63yr old country, in a rapidly evolving global geo-political environment. A nation that bore the brunt of WOT, sacrificed more men than any other ally, when no Pakistani was involved in it. Aided by, the most corrupt, and incompetent politicians as rulers of the state. It happened to be an age of bloodshed, extremely low self-esteem, and growing despair. Loosing, 10,000 cops, a good 30,000 civilians, and thousands of those who were crippled since the beginning of WOT. Still, we are not doing more.

The chaos began with the one man, dictatorial decision of Musharraf in 2001 to join War on Terror. It was a decision where options were limited but irony is that the gutless General gave in like a coward, and committed without any forcible terms and conditions.

Thereafter, giving in to their every demand as if Pakistanis were guilty. Later in 2004, he sent in armed troops without taking the parliament and the nation in confidence, and with no positive outcome whatsoever. Eventually an array of suicide attacks began, worsening as each day passes. Musharraf did manage to attract foreign investors but the economic boom proved temporary. Obviously, with a war going on at your borders and a growing concern over law and order situation, how could he have managed to sustain economic growth? Army once a pride and hope, thanks to him, earned an unruly, bad fame in his days. Lately, the 1999 coup fame, ex-Army COAS, Gen Zia-ud-din calls him an inexpert officer, incompetent general and a compulsive liar.

The 2007 Judiciary movement in due course commemorate the end of Musharaf and his continuous meddling with the constitution. He’s the pioneer of the unpardonable NRO which eventually allowed unclean politicians to take charge of the driving seat.

2008 marked the beginning of a democratic government, elected based on their slogan to revive and review policies. It lead in time to the rule of the most corrupt politicians. Theirs no change in the policies, no clear agenda whatsoever, and carnage and casualties continue. The world today is acquainted to drones through Pakistan.

Added to this is the escalating corruption, not even sparing institutions that previously had corruption free fame. Like, last month, motorway police got involved in a challan corruption scandal. It looks like an incurable epidemic. Steel mills scandal is outdated now. They have gone far beyond. The latest being the Reko diq scandal, which is equivalent to 200 steel mills.These guys are inventive and bold. The Hajj looting eventually leading to the prince writing to the CJ must have left many old ministers in a fury for not being so audacious!

More to it is the dooming economy. The Textile industry, our economic backbone, is barely surviving now, being forced towards an unnatural death. Foreign investment is out of question as there is not only miserable law and order situation but also distrust on the government by the International community, openly shown during the flood relief appeals. All of this is in due course leading to price hiking and hoarding of commodities. Might is right here now.

The adversity everywhere is eventually leading to an extremely low self-esteem of the nation as a whole, as is being manifested by the current sporting culture in the country. Cricket being a religion in Pakistan is not mere a sport here but also a representative of the spirit and morale of the nation and the youth. Cricketers are now being scrutinized. Another one, lately fled the field. Guilty or not, but the impact it creates is detrimental.

It is the end of 2010 and like Obama, the change that the elected democratic govt in Pakistan, comprising of the two mainstream political parties, promised is nowhere to be seen. The nation now awaits a messiah and a changeover.

Being an ultimate optimist, I also believe that it can’t go on like this forever and renaissance is round the corner! The nation that carries tremendous potential within herself now desperately yearn for a change. The best educated Muslims in the world today are Pakistanis, proving their mettle all over the world. The brainy, creative youth here is capable of not just making “copy” but “original” as well, (as can be witnessed by the rare opportunities they manage to get). All that is now desired is a changed and charged leadership.

I aspire that the new year and consequently the new age marks the beginning of a new blooming era for Pakistan – I still dream of a prosperous Pakistan, gearing steadily on a dodgy road towards the vision of Quaid, and the dream of Iqbal.



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