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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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?”
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
Tijarat 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
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.
PFUJ Demands the release of Rehmat Shah Afridi(APP)
ISLAMABAD, Apr 18 (APP): Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) Friday demanded release of chief editor of The Frontier Post, Rehmat Shah Afridi, who has served 10-years imprisonment in a controversial drug case registered against him in the 90s, the longest term served by any journalist in Pakistan.
“Afridi has served more than a life term in a controversial case and his health has deteriorated over the years and deserve better treatment,” PFUJ said in a statement.
Afridi had denied the charges and stated that he become the victim because of his newspaper’s independent policies and corruption stories of influential people.
PFUJ said over the years influential people suspected in much more serious offences were either released on indefinite parole or freed due to political influence, Afridi was not even given “fair trial.”
Secretary General PFUJ Mazhar Abbas said though his newspaper (The Frontier Post) suffered a lot, both financially and otherwise but still in circulation in Peshawar and he wanted to continue his profession.
Mazhar Abbas said the PFUJ in the past had condemned his arrest.”
Below is the message by Rehmat Shah Afridi in 2001 published by Information Times
SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM REHMAT SHAH AFRIDI
Editor-in-Chief, The Frontier Post, Pakistan’s national daily
A Solemn Pledge
by REHMAT SHAH AFRIDI
DEATH CELL, Camp Jail, Lahore, Pakistan, 1 July 2001
(InfoTimes): Having unshakable belief that life and death is in
the hands of God Almighty, I am sure that ultimate justice will
be done to me by Ahkam-ul-Haakimeen.
My hands are clean, conscience clear.
I have committed no sin except propagation of “Amr-e-Bil
Maaroof” and “Nahi-e-Anil Munker” to expose the corrupt
practices of the people at the helm and reform society.
I renew my pledge to leave no stone unturned and no gallow
unkissed to hold aloft the banner of freedom of press and
honesty, devotion and diligence in discharge of my professional
duty and in service of the Pakistani nation.
Alhamd-u-Lillah! Your esteemed daily, The Frontier Post, is
today again in your hands after a lapse of 152 days and I feel
beholden by the sense of profound pride for having been
privileged with a rare and unique opportunity to directly
address you from the death cell of Camp Jail, Lahore,
[Pakistan], through the first issue of the re-launched daily.
The expression of sentiments of sympathy, support, sincerity and
fortitude during all this arduous period is and shall remain a
real asset for me and my colleagues in the organization and I
find no words to express my gratitude to you.
As you are aware, a tragedy struck The Frontier Post on January
29, 2001 leading to suspension of its publication in the
aftermath of sealing of its offices and printing press.
The mystery shrouding the unfortunate incident is still to be
Whether it was a deliberate attempt to damage and destroy our
news media organization, to create trouble for the Pakistan
Government by disturbing the law and order situation, to
destabilize the country or to impede the march of the Ummah
(Muslim Nation) on its way to unity, progress and prosperity, on
the part of some internal elements or in conjunction with
external anti-Islam forces? It is the onerous duty of the law
enforcing and investigation agencies to resolve the dilemma,
expose the real culprit or culprits and bring them to justice.
Having said this, I find myself unable to express my opinion
about the circumstances leading to the tragic incident of
January 29, 2001.
However, I don’t find myself handicapped in expressing my inner
feelings on the episode.
I am confident every reader of The Frontier Post, conversant
with my services and the background and services of my family
and both of my newspapers, will come to the conclusion that the
impugned letter on January 29, 2001 found space in the columns
of The Frontier Post seemingly through some conspiracy, with its
origins in the abortive attempt of April 3, 2000 to get the
publication of The Frontier Post suspended.
The conspirators behind the ugly incident of January 29, 2001,
no doubt having leanings and links with anti-Islam and
anti-Pakistan forces, selected the target after careful thought
and at an opportune moment.
They had their hands on the trigger and fired after having
assured that the target would not be missed.
As the target was hit, the bullet tore the body of the whole
Ummah, particularly the proud people of NWFP who found their
hearts bleeding profusely.
I was away from jail and admitted in a hospital for medical
tests and treatment on the day of the occurrence.
By God, believe it, I found the arteries of my heart choked and
bled having learnt of the incident.
I directed from my bed in hospital to immediately pinpoint the
person or persons responsible for the episode and to make sure
that the responsible person or persons were brought to justice.
We offered our heartfelt apology to the Ummah, expressed
repentance and begged mercy and forgiveness of Allah through
advertisements published prominently in the leading national
dailies of the next morning.
In spite of having been behind bars and on a sick-bed in the
hospital, I arranged to have personal contacts with renowned
Ulema (Islamic scholars) and sent my emissaries to inform them
about the conspiracy.
It may not seem impertinent to point towards the fact, in the
context of the events of the period from April 3, 2000 to
January 29, 2001, that some persons, hostage of business
orientation after purchasing a “gold mine” virtually in pennies,
engaged in “mining” on a large scale and waiting on the shores
for an opportunity to swim and get down to the bedrock of the
sea to grab diamonds, were said to have been in the forefront to
spray salt on the wounds of the Ummah already bleeding due to
the inadvertent publication of a highly blasphemous letter in
The Frontier Post.
It was being given to understand that the hand behind all the
ugly events was of a self-styled pious, arrogant person included
in the gang of these fellows.
God knows better.
It has also been said that the unholy letter of January 29,
2001, which got space on the Editorial Page of The Frontier Post
in the column “Your Letters”, was sent from within the country
in the garb of some American-born Jew by using a fake name.
Then it was ensured that the letter got space on the pages of
the newspaper when no senior staff member was present on duty in
the concerned section.
The same hidden hand was stated to be behind the earlier aborted
conspiracy of April 3, 2000 as well, hatched to get the
publication of The Frontier Post suspended.
The fact that all the striking employees of The Frontier Post
were rewarded, showered bounties and accommodated on inflated
salaries the same day in the paper of the hidden hand was
reflective of the existence of the conspiratorial role of the
The priest-faced magician was conveniently made to disappear
through mutual understanding from the scene just a few days
before the incident, and reappeared on the stage after the dust
had settled down.
Though the one-member tribunal headed by Mr. Justice Qaim Jan in
its inquiry report has briefly mentioned this aspect along with
others of the episode, it cannot be denied that the inquiry
report leaves behind an impression of being incomplete as
regards certain important aspects of the case.
I deem it my moral, national and religious responsibility to
demand that the administration and the investigating agencies
should try to dig deep in order to get access to the real facts
and the culprits be brought to book in the light of the
conclusions drawn in the report.
I dislike self-praise and therefore don’t find myself inclined
to dilate upon the services rendered by me and my family with
respect to my dedication to Islam and Pakistan.
The revered readers of my newspapers, The Frontier Post and Urdu
daily Maidan, are well aware of the services rendered by me and
my family for the cause of freedom movement in Jammu and
Kashmir, Afghan Jehad, glory and propagation of Islam, and
uplift of the Muslim Nation.
The history of ups and downs in the life of The Frontier Post is
evident of the valiant struggle waged by the newspaper for the
glory of Islam, to rid the oppressed and Muslims in various
regions of the world, including Kashmir, Afghanistan, Palestine,
Bosnia and Chechniya, of the yoke of oppression and subjugation.
This role of mine and my papers was an eyesore for the Troika of
Imperialists and their puppets in the country having eternal
enmity with Islam and Pakistan.
I am proud of never letting material benefits impede my way in
playing the destined role with honesty and diligence.
Rather I always endeavoured to perform my duty with full
devotion and dedication by rejecting with contempt all
inducements and continued to move forward with fortitude on the
way to accomplishment of my mission, and I bow my head in
gratitude that Allah (God) gave me strength to do that.
I faced smilingly all the trials and tribulations during the
journey, embraced problems and difficulties, and never
complained of being inflicted with victimization.
Dear readers! Believe it! Had I bowed my head before the rulers
of the day, compromising on principles and freedom of the press,
my position would not have been after the opening batsman in the
batting order of the team of fortune seekers showered with
permits, plots, factories and even cash worth billions of
The witnesses to this fact are by the grace of God still alive,
who will bear me out that each and every ruler from General Zia
to Nawaz Sharif tried their best to get me entangled in the nest
of incentives and inducements by offering me high public office,
elevated positions and huge material benefits.
But I would have never dared enter the profession of journalism
if I had worldly office and honor dear to me.
I would have opted to leave the profession gracefully, rather
than be found rolling in wealth alongside my contemporaries.
I consider journalism a sacred and noble profession.
Journalists are shouldered with the responsibility of exposing
corruption and corrupt practices, guiding the nation on the
right path and steering the ship to shore.
It can never be expected of me to term night as day and black as
I have unshakable faith in “Iyyak a Nastaeen” (seek help but
only from Allah) and truthfulness of my mission.
I never liked to be included in the line of people bowing their
head before the ruler, with a bowl hanging round their neck.
I have always tried to participate in Jehad (war against all
evils) by remaining in the forefront to hold aloft the right to
expression and press freedom.
That is why my newspapers, in spite of having vast readership
and wide circulation, had always earned the ire of every
government and am myself languishing in a condemned prisoners’
I am not afraid of rendering any sacrifice on the way to
accomplishment of my sacred mission, but I vow not to bow my
head to compromise on principles.
I pray to God to give me strength and fortitude to remain
steadfast on this path littered with barbed wires all around.
I do admit that my newspapers are forced to swim in turbulent
waters but the fact of the matter is that this is not something
rare for persons wedded to honesty and truthfulness and who are
sincere to their mission.
I am proud of having the company of the colleagues who have
always marched shoulder to shoulder with me in the hour of
trauma, turmoil and acute financial crisis.
There are some colleagues who did not feel hesitant in selling
or mortgaging their lifelong belongings and even jewelry of
their family, but did not leave me alone.
I am proud of such colleagues and thankful to God for bestowing
me with the company of such friends and well-wishers.
I am sure no other industrial or commercial organization can
boast of having the services of such workers.
I am confident that the period of trial will soon come to an
The liars, hypocrites and those trying to put others’ homes on
fire will be doomed and meet their fate.
The truth will triumph, Insha Allah! At this juncture, I feel it
is my duty to thank all those who, by taking timely and correct
steps and actions, succeeded in controlling the situation after
the incident of January 29, 2001 and preventing the provocation
from spreading and creating unrest.
Amongst these notably are President General Pervez Musharraf,
Governor NWFP Lt. General (R) Syed Iftikhar Hussain Shah, the
then Corps Commander Peshawar Lt. General Imtiaz Shaheen, the
President’s Press Secretary and Director-General ISPR
Major-General Rashid Qureshi, Federal Information Secretary
Anwar Mahmood and the provincial administration.
Not to praise these steps and actions would be unjust.
I would also like to place on record my appreciation for the
role played by the Ulema and leaders of religious parties in
handling this delicate matter with wisdom and helping to calm
In particular, I wish to thank Qazi Hussain Ahmad, Ameer
Jamaat-e-Islami; Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Ameer
Jamiat-e-Ulema-i-Islam (F); Maulana Samiul Haq, Ameer
Jamiat-e-Ulema-i-Islam (S); Allama Sajid Naqvi, chief of
Tehrik-e-Jaffria; General (R) Hamid Gul; Professor Mohammad
Ibrahim, Ameer JI NWFP; Maulana Amanullah Khan, Ameer JUI NWFP,
Maulana Gul Naseeb Khan, Secretary JUI NWFP; Qazi Fayyazur
Rehman Alvi, and other Ulema-i-Karaam, who all helped to pour
oil on troubled waters.
I wish to express my special gratitude to my fellow newspaper
owners, journalists and newspaper employees and their
representative organizations, APNS, CPNE, PFUJ, APNEC, Peshawar
Press Club, Khyber Union of Journalists and the Newspaper
Hawkers Union NWFP for their unstinting support to us during
these difficult times.
It is because of all this support and help that The Frontier
Post has once again become capable of appearing before you.
I wish to assure all our readers that with Allah’s help and
blessings, and your continuing support and cooperation, having
once again found our feet after the trauma and sadness of days
past, we will steadfastly and sincerely serve the nation and the
We will continue to uphold the best traditions of independent
journalism and never shrink from speaking the truth.
I pray to Allah Almighty to forgive our sins, those of which we
are actually guilty and those of which we are not, give us the
courage to serve Islam, Pakistan and the Muslim Ummah sincerely
and with devotion, and never let our banners on which these
principles are emblazoned, ever waver, no matter how strong the
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Its a real shame for us that even in this modern age of civilization our people have no value infront of our governments who in order to satisfy their foreign friends can even sell their own sons of the soils and give no value for the human rights given to them by the conctitution or the collective sense of humanity and justice.
Speakers demand committee to sort out issue of missing persons(The News)
By Myra Imran
Scenes of intense emotions dominated a seminar titled ‘Do countries sell their own people?’ as relatives of missing persons continued their efforts to retrieve their dear ones.
Screams of mother of Syed Asad Hussain, recently picked up from G-7, echoed during speeches made by prominent political leaders, representatives of civil society and student organisations and the leaders of lawyer’s movement. Among the big names attending the event were Qazi Hussain Ahmed, Imran Khan, Justice (r) Wajihuddin, Lieutenant-General (r) Hameed Gul and Sardar Asmat Ullah.
In addition to expressing their solidarity with the aggrieved families, they assured them that time for President Pervez Musharraf to go had arrived. They demanded that a parliamentary committee be made to sort out the issue of missing persons.
A big gathering of people from all walks of life went to show that the peaceful movement started by wives and mothers of missing persons had gained momentum with time, especially now when more and more political leaders have openly joined hands with them.
In her emotional speech, Amina Masood Janjua, chairperson of Defence of Human Rights and wife of Masood Janjua who went missing three years ago, said that wives and mothers of missing persons were not brave people but their hearts were broken which had made them fearless. “People want electricity and ‘atta’ but we just want our family members back,” she said.
She thanked her children for standing by her and giving her hope when she was about to give up. “I want to say sorry to them as I promised that I would bring back their father but I have not been able to do so,” she said, her voice choking and tears in her eyes.
She said that it was their right to see and meet their relatives. She said that human right organisations have estimated 5,000 such cases. Zafar Jan from Balochistan said that since March 2005, 12,000 people were reported missing only in Balochistan.
Imran Khan said that the president might remember the exact figure of American soldiers killed after 9/11 but he would have no idea of how many of his people had been killed or gone missing after that attack.
He said that the same government tried its best to capture the killers of Daniel Pearl but for the 40 people killed in Karachi on May 12 it said inquiry was not important.
Criticizing the double standards of US policies, he said that Americans talk against terrorism but their ambassador held talks with Altaf Hussain in England who he claimed was responsible for killing hundreds of innocent people.
Expressing his doubts on the present government, Qazi Hussain Ahmed said that the way those leaders were holding talks with American and British envoys shows that they were following the same dictates. “Our problems can only be solved when we become independent of US pressures,” he said.
Qazi said that aid that the government was getting in exchange of young people was spent on the luxury of elite class. “When the elite class becomes ready to spent life like a common Pakistani, half of our issues will be resolved,” he added.
Ghazal Minallah said that such policies were promoting militancy as people were left with no choice for they did not trust the judiciary. “If my children go missing like that and I have no place to go for justice then chances of me becoming a suicide bomber are very likely,” she said, adding that it was an ongoing torture for the families and a matter of shame for the nation for staying silent on the issue.
Justice (r) Wajihuddin said that Pakistan and US had no extradition treaty under which Pakistani people could be given to US government.
He said that even at the time of British rule in subcontinent, declared terrorists had to be presented before magistrate in 24 hours.
Urging people to join the movement, Hameed Gul said that if the movement against oppressors failed this time, things might never change. “We do not want western-styled democracy for it failed to deliver justice and was used as a tool to exploit the rest of the world,” he mentioned.