Opening Up The (So Called) Defense Council of Pakistan

I’m sure many of you would have recently heard about the ‘Pakistani Council of Defense’, which has suddenly emerged out of nowhere, holding rallies in Lahore, Multan and soon will be doing another show in Karachi.

So What’s All the fuss about ?

Even I’m not too sure about that, but this council seems to be an umbrella for all banned/extremists/and known establishment stooges to unite on one platform. It came to existence a couple of months ago, after the much dreaded NATO strike at the Salala checkpost of Pakistan.
They probably think of themselves as the ‘Saviors’ of Pakistan, out to rid the country of all its ills, motivating the nation with false hope, and portraying the U.S. as Pakistan’s enemy number one, which is the main card in every religious/extremist and establishment backed group, perhaps not realizing that they themselves are the biggest cancer which has inflicted Pakistan.

Calling the people towards false Jihad with pictures of American made F-16's

These people want to promote the same mindset which has lead to a completely intolerant and polarized society. Here’s a quick look at the people who are at the helm of this council (Courtesy Wikipedia).

Hafiz Muhammad Saeed:
Hafiz Muhammad Saeed (Urdu: حافظ محمد سعید; born 1950) is the amir of Jama’at-ud-Da’wah, a charity organization that is widely considered to be a cover organization for Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), one of the largest and most active militant Islamic organizations in South Asia, operating mainly from Pakistan.

Hamid Gul:
A retired high-ranking general officer in the Pakistan Army who served as the Director General of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Pakistan’s premierintelligence agency, between 1987 and 1989 during the late stages of and after the Soviet-Afghan War. Gul is widely known and credited for starting the insurgency in Kashmir against India in 1989 by diverting the Mujahideen who participated in the Soviet-Afghan War to Jammu and Kashmir in India. Gul was also instrumental in the establishment of the Taliban and was once known as the “father of the Taliban”

A surprise entry to the council’s latest gathering in Multan was none other than the highly notorious Malik Ishaq, who heads the well known and banned militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi which is said to be a breakaway faction of the Sipa-e-Sahaba.
Apart from them, the council is being fully supported by the country’s biggest Islamic party, the Jamat-e-Islami and by Shaikh Rasheed, the famous politician of Rawalpindi and one of Musharraf’s ex close advisors.

So what now ?
Well, if Gen Hamid Gul thinks that he can create another IJI in the name of ‘Pakistan Defense Council’, he’s dead wrong. These people must realize that they are not helping the country in anyway. Pakistan’s future lies in a democratic and tolerant society, where we preach books, not guns and rockets. And with such dubious characters, God forbid if this council succeeds, Pakistan will go back to the 80’s.


Congratulations Mr. President, Commiserations Mr. Prime Minister

After the passage of the 18th Amendment by the parliament and its subsequent induction into law, the 18th Amendment is now officially a part of the Constitution of Pakistan. A big achievement indeed, the political parties, Prime Minister and especially the President–who agreed to strip his powers, deserve praise.

However while on one hand the 18th Amendment does away with the notorious 58(2)b, which gave the power to the President to dissolve all sitting assemblies at will, on the other hand, it has also given the power to the heads of the political parties to sack any member of the National or Provincial assemblies belonging to his party. Just in case you forgot, our President is currently the effective chairman of the PPP, which means he can sack the PM at any time, in a matter of minutes.

In other words, the final word will be the Presidents, and it will be on his orders that the government will act.

Apart from this, the requirement for political parties to hold intra party elections has also been finished. Another controversial clause in the amendment is the procedure for the appointment of the judges. Apparently many top jurists and eminent lawyers are not happy with it, and see the issue going to the Supreme Court, which they say the SC can strike down on the basis that it is against the basic structures of the constitution.

The 18th Amendment is big step but our lawmakers should begin the groundwork for the 19th Amendment to amend the flaws in the 18th Amendment.

WikiMir Fraudia List: A compilation of all the big names of corruption in Pakistani politics and beyond

I was googling around when I happened to stumble upon this interesting list, dubbed the ‘fraudia’ list, which is an initiative to compile the names of the all the corrupt politicians, bureaucrats, Generals and journalists. The list contains names from people like our President to corrupt bureaucrats like Ahmed Riaz Sheikh along with all their known corruption. A message on the page says:

We are compiling this list as a community project. If you have any information regarding a Pakistani politician, bureaucrat, military person, journalist just write it here. If you do not want to edit this web page, you car write on the Discussion Page for Fraudia List. It would be then added onto the Fraudia List. Any, all help is highly appreciated.

This a highly appreciable project– if you think you know any politician/bureaucrat/general or journalist involved in corruption, feel free to add their name to the ever growing fraudia list.

Summary of Pakistan in 2 and a half minutes

Pakistan is not all about bombs, terrorism, poverty and all. The video below shows us another aspect of Pakistan which perhaps hasn’t been seen by many.


We were planning to break Pakistan when Benazir died: Zulfikar Mirza

A quite disappointing and regrettable statement was issued by Sindh’s provincial minister and PPP stalwart Zulfikar Mirza, who also happens to be the husband of the Speaker National Assembly Pakistan Fehmiza Mirza, on the eve of the second death anniversary of Benazir Bhutto.

Provincial Home Minister Dr Zulfiqar Mirza has said that when Benazir Bhutto was assassinated a plan was made to break Pakistan. Addressing a seminar in Rato Dero on Saturday, he said, “We all had gathered at Benazir Bhutto’s Naudero House and were about to take to the streets when Asif Ali Zardari raised the slogan of ‘Pakistan Khappay’ and blocked our way”. Zulfiqar Mirza said Benazir was the hope of the masses, who expected that she would come and all their eleven years’ grievances would be put to rest, but the tyrants murdered the hope of the masses.

ZA Bhutto never talked about breaking Pakistan even after all the injustice done to him, nor did we ever hear anything similar from Benazir. I am surprised to see such a statement from the PPP, which is considered as a party of federation, not any province.

I think Zulfikar Mirza is somehow trying to defend Asif Ali Zardari, who has been under immense pressure to resign after the historic NRO verdict, by issuing such erratic statements, I believe people like Mr. Mirza don’t deserve to be a provincial minister, or even a member of PPP. After (proudly) admitting to be part of such plans, he should be tried for high treason.

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PPP Minister: Hey Corruption Is Our Right too!

Kudos to the minister for at least speaking the truth!

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Conspiracy or No Conspiracy ?

“There is no conspiracy against the govenment” said the PM Gilani in response to a question during an intense media briefing. However it was only moments later that President Zardari issued a statement from Karachi saying that a conspiracy is being hatched against the democratic government.

It seems that the Prime minister has his own script writer, while Zadari has his own, thus the statement from the Prime Minister is different from the Presidency. Bare in mind that these two personalities meet each other at least four times a week and both have repetitively claimed that there are no differences among them.

Would someone please come forward and inform us of the official stance of the Government of Pakistan regarding these conspiracies and weather they exist or not ?

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