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Zardari terms Murree accord a political statement–>PPP Turning into another PML-Q

Last night in an interview with Dr. Shahid Masood Zardari showed his reservation and finally his clear and true instance on the Judiciary issue.

As it was expected from Mr. 10% that sooner or later his greed , lust of power

and nature to betray his people will over come his newly emerginga image as a

so called leader.

We appeal to the whole nation to keep their spirits high and keep their war against

injustice and dictatorship continue because we can not leave our beloved country

in the hands of opportunists like PPP,PML,JUI etc who are now joining hands

with the BUSH’s pet dictator against whom they got vote.

SO GET READY FOR A CRUICIAL ROUND OF FIGHT FOR THE CAUSE OF JUSTICE!

LAWYERS,STUDENTS,PROFESSIONALS,JOURNALISTS,BLOGGERS,TEACHERS,SINCERE POLITICAL WORKERS,

LABOUR UNIONS,FARMERS OR ANY OTHER PAKISTANI WHO IS SINCERE WITH PAKISTAN

GET READY FOR A FIGHT FOR OUR NATIONAL SURVIVAL.

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Zardari terms Murree accord a political statement (The News)

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan People’s Party Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari on Monday went back on his word about judges’ restoration in 30 days, agreed in the Murree Declaration.

Talking to Dr Shahid Masood in a Geo News programme “Meray Mutabiq”, he said what he along with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Nawaz Sharif announced in Murree was just a political statement and it could be interpreted in different ways.

He said, “What he said was not a Hadith and the Murree Declaration was just a political agreement.” He said the countdown for judges’ return was being carried out only by Geo that was off the air and his party restored it. When reminded that the ban on Geo was lifted before the elections, he said the channel was restored without its main actors. He told Dr Shahid Masood that you yourself were among those who were removed from the scene.

He said his government would never ban private TV channels for airing dissenting views. He said, in clear terms, that a resolution and an executive order for judges’ restoration would be accompanied by a constitutional package and these would be debated by parliament thoroughly.

When asked how many more days this process could take, he said at least two weeks. However, he did not commit to this deadline either. He said no existing judge of the Supreme Court would be shown the door.

When pointed out that in this case the number of judges would swell to unprecedented level, he said the population of the country has increased so there was a need for a larger Supreme Court.

He said the deposed judges return was not his mission, though he wanted to solve this problem because he thought that an injustice had been committed. He said the restoration of the judges is a complex issue and experts need time to sort it out. He said the question arises if an executive order is issued for the return of the judges and the court issues a stay order, then what would be the recourse.

He frequently referred to the excesses he faced during his eight-year confinement. He said he and his friends remained victim of the judiciary. He said the Supreme Court reverted a case against him to the accountability court despite the fact that he had already undergone the sentence. The accountability court judge, he remarked, told him that when a superior court could not give him justice, he would take the case afresh.

He said though it was not mentioned in the Murree Declaration, the judges were released by a single statement of the PPP premier. He disagreed with the view that the winds of change in the country started blowing following the historic no of the deposed chief justice to President Musharraf and the subsequent movement by lawyers.

He said the people did not vote for a lawyer whose both legs were broken and another PPP lawyer Zamurad Khan whose hand was broken during the lawyers’ movement. He said people have given them vote for ‘Roti, Kapra Aur Makan’ and not for judges’ restoration.

He said neither he wanted nor he thought that Nawaz Sharif would part ways with him after April 30, the original deadline for the restoration of the judges. He said his main agenda is reconciliation and the restoration of the judges was only a part of it. He said he visited the graves of erstwhile rivals in the spirit of reconciliation.

He said not a single megawatt was added to the electricity in the country during the last eight years. He said he wanted to take stock of the economic situation of the country. He said he had applied for tickets to the party and may contest polls from Larkana and a few seats from the Punjab. However, he said the final decision in this regard would be taken later.

Zardari said he wanted to see Aitzaz in parliament, though the latter boycotted the elections. The decision about awarding ticket to Aitzaz, he said, would be taken by the party board. He said he did not want to become prime minister even if he decided to contest the polls and became a member of parliament.

He categorically said that Yousuf Raza Gilani would remain premier for five years. If he wanted to get this slot, he would have got it in the beginning as a matter of his right, Zardari said. He said a sort of post-mortem of late Benazir Bhutto was undertaken at the Rawalpindi Hospital and the establishment kept the report secret. He said the concerned doctors would be asked about this in due course of time. He said he did not want Musharraf to continue as president for five years.

Zardari makes fun of ‘deadline’ on judges’ return

I think Mr 10% is showing his true colors , he willing to sacrifice the blood of the people and his party workers as well who gave their lives for the noble cause of justice in Pakistan.

It seems that Zardari has sold the votes PPP took in the name of Bhutto and

democracy to American Pet dictator and his personal greed.

http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=108698

Zardari makes fun of ‘deadline’ on judges’ return

Thursday, April 24, 2008
By Ansar Abbasi
ISLAMABAD: Both Asif Ali Zardari and Nawaz Sharif have agreed to delay their immediate London visits to get the judges’ restoration issue resolved before things really get out of their control, thus, risking the collapse of the coalition.

But the real catch is Nawaz Sharif wants to do the job before April 30 whereas Asif Ali Zardari is non-committal on this deadline. Reliable sources confided to The News that in their closed-door meeting on Tuesday, Nawaz unequivocally told Zardari that on the issue of the judges’ restoration, the PML-N simply could not afford to go beyond April 30 as per the Murree Declaration. However, the PPP co-chairperson jokingly responded that he did not have faith in the TV’s (Geo) countdown. He, however, did not explain what he meant by this and if he really found himself restricted to act meaningfully before April 30.

Nawaz, whose wife Kulsoom has already flown to London for surgery, told Zardari that he was postponing his London visit to ensure that the judges were restored. In response, Zardari told his leading coalition partner that he too had to go to London to meet Altaf Hussain but would delay his visit to reciprocate Nawaz’s gesture.

While things are shown to the media as being simple, there are still tricky issues that are required to be sorted out by a committee comprising representatives of both the parties and lawyers fraternity. Irrespective of what has been announced in the joint press conference, the two leaders decided to refer the resolution issue to the committee to deliberate on all aspects of the judges’ restoration. However, what was announced in the press conference was the constitution of the committee for the constitutional package.

After the top leaders’ meeting, the two sides are now in contact with the PML-N, showing urgency for the early constitution of the proposed committee so that the resolution could be moved before April 30th.

Sources in the PPP said that Zardari seeks some sort of agreement regarding the constitutional package from the PML-N without formally linking it to the resolution and before the tabling of the resolution and the restoration of the judges. It is the same package through which the PPP desires to reduce deposed chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry’s tenure, the fact that the party has denied categorically publicly. The public statements and media announcement of these parties are far different from what is happening behind the scene and in their closed-door meetings.

The PPP is enthusiastic about the constitutional package that would include fixing the tenure of the Supreme Court and High Court chief justices but would actually mean to target deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.

The party sources said that the PPP leadership was not comfortable with Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry and desired to continue with the incumbent Chief Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar. There are fears being expressed by some PPP sources that Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, being unpredictable, was capable of opening the NRO issue. The NRO, which is considered as the most-controversial legislation in the history of Pakistan for offering amnesty to a selected few, has greatly benefited Asif Ali Zardari, who was facing a number of corruption cases both within and outside the country.

Regarding the constitutional package, the PML-N is of the view that such a package could be discussed and passed from parliament as well if only a consensus is developed between the coalition partners over the amendments proposed. The PML-N sources clearly say that they do not want even any subtle link between the constitutional package and the resolution for the restoration of the deposed judges.

Most of the media persons who attended the joint press conference of Asif Ali Zardari and Nawaz Sharif were not satisfied with the answers of the two leaders, particularly that of the PPP co-chairman, yet both sides were hopeful that things, on the issue of judges’ restoration, would unfold as per the expectations of the people.

Except for one PML-N leader who believes that the judges’ resolution might be moved the next month after the lapse of the agreed deadline, others in the party are confident that the objective would be achieved before April 30.

Independence of judiciary key to overcome crises: Qazi–>The Pakistani Newspaper

http://thepakistaninewspaper.com/news_detail.php?id=10931

(SUKKUR, Sindh, April 20 (PPI): Jamaat-i-Islami Amir Qazi Hussain Ahmed said on Sunday that the nation and country cannot overcome the ongoing crises and socio-economic exploitation of the poor till the independence of judiciary for which the reinstatement of judges would be the first step.

Addressing a JI convention organized by JI Qazi questioned the justification of bloodshed of patriotic Pakistani citizens in Waziristan and Balochistan. JI Secretary General Munawar Hussain said the people had given their verdict by voting against anti-Musharraf forces in the elections and said the new government should fulfill the promises made in the election manifesto.

Govt Silence On Uri Graves Incriminating: Geelani—>By KashmirObserver

United4Justice: World must do something to stop the genocide in Indian Occupied Kashmir and UNO has the responsibility as per the resolution of 1948 to give Kashmiris the right to decide their future.

Below is a news report by Kashmir Observer

Govt Silence On Uri Graves Incriminating: GeelaniSrinagar, KONS: Accusing the government of India of exterminating Kashmiris and promoting vice to ruin the valley’s youth, the chairman of the breakaway faction of the Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Shah Geelani today led peaceful demonstrations here to protest at the discovery of unnamed graves in north Kashmir and the spread of waywardness in society.

A large number of Hurriyat activists emerged from the TRC mosque after noon prayers, and marched in a procession demanding investigations into the unmarked graves found in Uri, and an end to what they described as state terrorism.

The procession marched to the TRC grounds and staged a sit-in under a tent, decrying the plight of detainees and the promotion of vice in the valley.

Speaking to pressmen, Syed Ali Shah Geelani said that the discovery of unmarked graves was a serious issue and the silence of the state and the central governments had raised several questions.

“The revelations of unnamed graves is an eye-opener for the Indian public and government as to the way innocent and unarmed youth have been sent to their graves through state terrorism,” he said.

“This is only the beginning. If the matter is investigated further, numerous such graves will possibly be found throughout the length and breadth of the state,” he said.

Geelani demanded that all such graves be traced to determine whether the people declared missing by the government were buried there.

Geelani said that the Amnesty International, Asia Watch and other organizations should take serious note of the issue and immediately launch and investigations, and the UN and other international human rights organizations should send their teams to Kashmir to ascertain the truth.

Geelani further said that the government of India was trying various tactics to ruin Kashmiri youth, and opening liquor outlets all over the state and issuing licenses for them was part of the game plan to wean youth away from their demand of independence.

“Though the Dukhtaran-e-Millat had launched a campaign against the promotion of liquor, but the police targeted the organization instead,” he said.

“Laying parks and gardens, and promoting immorality is part of the same design. It is being done under a planned conspiracy to make our youth adherents of western mores,” he said.

“We have a right to protest at the killing of innocent people, excesses against detainees and inhuman acts,’ he said.

Expressing concern at the plight of detainees, Geelani said that the Public Safety Act (PSA) should be scrapped, detainees in jails outside the state should be shifted back to the state, and political prisoners should be released.

Geelani said that today’s protest was aimed at demonstrating to the world that no conspiracy by India to kill the Kashmiri passion for freedom would be allowed to succeed.

He said that all parties and groups should take account of themselves, and mainstream parties, too, should think of the hereafter.

Press Release for the Seminar: “Do Countries Sell Their Own People?”

Press Release for the Seminar: “Do Countries Sell Their Own People?”

A seminar entitled “Do Countries Sell Their Own People: A Discussion on Civil Liberties in the Age of War on Terror” was held on 17 April, 2008, at Embassy Lodges in Islamabad. The event presented the plight of the families of the victims of state-sponsored terrorism. The seminar was organized by Pakistan Professionals Forum, FASTRising and Pakistan Youth Alliance and attracted representation from a broad cross-section of general public including students, professionals, human rights activists and lawyers. Families of more than 60 missing persons were present.

The event started with the screening of the documentary “Missing in Pakistan”. This was followed by a speech from Pakistan Professionals Forum spokesperson. He condemned the government for terrorizing its own people and wondered how Sehba Musharraf should feel if her son, Bilal Musharraf, went missing. K.Asif, a student representative, condemned the intelligence outfits for their role in extra-judicial arrests and vowed completed support to the families of missing persons on behalf of the students of Islamabad. Next, Zafar Jan, the Baloch relative of missing person, claimed that around 12,000 Balochis have been abducted. He lamented the fact the media had no access to Balochistan. Shahid Kamal Khan, ex-president Mailsee Bar Association, said that armed forces have no legal right to intervene on its own in the affairs of the country until unless requested by a civil government. Furthermore, armed forces or intelligence outfits have no right to detain or kill its own people. He vowed to register an FIR for murder against Pervez Musharraf. This was followed by a talk by Mrs. Amina Janjua – the wife of Masood Janjua, missing since May 2005, anchorperson of the organization ‘Defence of Human Rights’ and spokesperson of the families of the missing persons. She related their struggle to win the release of their family members, through street demonstrations as well as their meetings with various politicians. She implored civil society activists, lawyers, professionals to continue supporting the cause of the missing persons. Furthermore, she expressed her gratitude to lawyers in UK and US as well as the chief counsel of missing persons, Shaukat Siddiqui, for their support. The civil society activist, Ghazala Minallah, empathized with the unrelenting pain of the families of the missing persons and deplored the hypocrisy of world powers. She assured the families of her continual support. Sardar Asmatullah, president Rawalpindi High Court Bar Association, reiterated the civil liberties guaranteed to the citizens of Pakistan by its constitution. He condemned Pervez Musharraf for illegally imposing martial law and rendering the Chief Justice non-functional, and demanded the impeachment of the President for subverting the constitution. Hameed Gul, ex-head ISI, condemned the collusion of successive governments in selling their own citizens to world powers. He demanded justice for the students of Jamia Hafsa and highlighted the importance of a strong and independent judiciary to safeguard the rights of citizens. He further demanded that Pervez Musharraf be court-martialed and charged for high-treason. President PTI, Imran Khan, challenged Pervez Musharraf to declare the number of Pakistanis killed in the war on terror and called for his impeachment. later, Justice (R) Wajihuddin pointed out the weakness of courts to curtail extra-judicial detention. He called for investigating the perpetrators of extra-judicial detention. Furthermore, he opined that Pervez Musharaf’s regime is dwindling and that Musharraf’s removal will have critical impact on the results of US election. Finally Qazi Hussain Ahmed, president JI, condemned the acts of Parvez Musharaf and his allies and made dua for the families of missing persons.
Almost more than 500 people from all walks of life were present there to show solidarity with the cause and with the aggrieved families.

Aik kashti thi qazzaqon ki , Aik kashti mein maot kai sipahi

April 18, 2008 1 comment

Aik kashti thi qazzaqon ki

Aik kashti mein maot kai sipahi

Karobar tha un ka khooni pasha

Khalq e Khuda thi un ki sataiee

Raaj tha un ka aapas mein bata hoa

Samandar mein thi un ki Ijara dari

Paas tha aik jazeera chota

Kuch khalq e Khuda thi us mein samaiee

Khoaf tha un mein donon ka hi

Donon un pai zulm thai dhatai

Koi siana un mein aata

Moat kai sipahi us ko Jatai

Koi dana un ko milta

Qazaq usai aa laijatai

Laikin Khuda ko kuch aur tha Manzoor

Logon ko kuch aqal si aiee

Baat un kai kuch dil ko aiee

Siyanai un mein sar jor kai bethai

Mil kai unhon nai yeh phir socha

Kab tak hum ghulam rahaingai

Khalq e Khuda mein bai naam rahaingai

Kab tak zulm hum pai hoga

Kub tak hum jhukai rahaingai

Phir unhon nai zor ki thani

Lathi danda jo bhi banta

Ghar ghar sai who lai kai aai

Apni aik fauj si banai

Phir Khuda ki rehmat bhi josh mein aaiee

Samandar mein aik bhonchal sa aaia

Qazzaqon ki kashti dobi

Khulai samandar mein kafi doobai

Kuch sahil pai ter kai pohanchai

Laikin logon nai un ko pakda

Un kai zulm yaad dilai

Un ka shur anjaam ko pohancha

Aur duniya sai fani hogai

Dekh rahai thai yeh sab kuch

Maot kai sipahi aankhai kholai

Soch rahai thai mauqa acha

Raaj hoga akaila apna

Laikin Khuda ki aur nazar thi

Makhlooq Khuda ki Nijaat thi chahti

Zulm aur burbariat kai sodagaron sai

Un kai dil mein khaial sa aaia

Sahil ko hi kion na ja lain

Is basti ko rond hi daalain

Who basti kai sahil pai pohanchai

Kashti sai joon hi who utrai

Sahil ki hawa nai kashti ko ulta

Kashti tukrai tukrai hoiee

Wapsi ko koi aasra na bacha ab

Maut kai sodagar ghabrai

Agai thai sab jazeerai walai

Dandai Lathi aur naizon walai

Peechai aik samandar gehra

Baphra hoa maut kai jaisa

Taqat ka nasha tha phir bhi

So aagai barhai zulm ko dhanai

Laikin Khalq e Khuda jab aaik hojai

Aur Khuda ki madad bhi aai

Koi zulm nahi thahair sakta phir

Jab mazloom kai haath mein faisla aai

Aur phir dekha tareekh nai aisa

Bazi basti kai logon nai jeeti

Shaheed hoai Rah mein laikin

Halak honai walon pai ghalba paaia

Zulm ki jar ko kaat dala

Aman ka naam kia phir bala

Tareekh kia phir lot aaigi

Aaj kai in qazzaqon ko

Maut kai in sipahion ko

Maza phir chakhlai gi

Phir haq aur batil ki jang mein

Kia fatah phir haq ki ho jaigi

Lawyers not ready to go beyond 30th deadline(The Daily Times)

KARACHI: The countdown has begun and there are only 13 days left for the deadline to restore the judges, said Sindh High Court Bar Association President Justice (Retd) Rasheed A Razvi, adding that the next step will be decided at the All Pakistan Lawyers Convention to be held next Thursday.

He said this on Thursday at the daily protest of the general body and Youm-e-Shuhda (Martyrs’ day) in memory of the colleagues who have laid down their lives between August 2007 and April 9.

Lawyers will not be under any illusions and they must prepare themselves for good and bad news alike, he said.

Justice Razvi told a charged crowd that the lawyers of Karachi took the lead in the lawyers’ movement, as five of their colleagues, Raja Riaz, Pervez Akhtar Kiyani, Ateeq Qadri, Haji Altaf and Sheharyar alias Sherry laid their lives for the independence of the judiciary and the rule of law. If the judges of superior judiciary are not restored as demanded within 30 days i.e. by April 30, the government and the establishment alone will be responsible for the ensuing debacle. Lawyers are prepared to take on whatever may come next and to wage a more difficult struggle, he said.

Sindh Bar Council representative Advocate Salahuddin Gandapur said that the lawyers of Karachi are proud of their sacrifices in this struggle, which they gave for a better future for the people of Pakistan. Victory is near as the deposed judges will be restored very soon, he said, adding that these restored judges will be hearing the May 12 cases.

The fiery leader remembered his fellows and said that Raja Riaz was killed by assassins in the VIP zone, while Ateeq Qadri fell victim to targeted killing. The FIRs in these cases have been put in cold storage, he said, issuing an ultimatum of 10 days to the police to trace the killers of Riaz and Qadri. The terrorists appear to spare nothing sacred, not even religious places, as they showed when they torched the mosque at the Malir bar premises, and they must pay for these acts. These acts are intolerable and a struggle is necessary to prevent further such incidents of violence and terrorism. Our fight is for the rule of law, equality of every citizen, the independence of the judiciary and the restoration of the pre-November 3, he said.

Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid-e-Azam Advocate Nehal Hashmi said in his address that the April 9 incident was the handiwork of forces in collusion with President Pervez Musharraf and the USA, whose sole aim is to derail democracy. Democracy and a free Pakistan does not fit into their strategies to “achieve US interest in the region.” A weak Pakistan with dictatorial regimes is what they require, he said.

He termed the Tahir Plaza and Malir Bar Association blazes as incidents of terrorism by a handful of elements. The deadline is approaching fast and if the judicial issue is not solved in 14 days, a full-fledged movement will commence.

Later, Hashmi and Advocate Syed Saeed Akhtar staged a two-hour token hunger strike, a regular feature since April 2007 on the decision of the Pakistan Bar Council.

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