Asif casts doubts on new deadline,Peace Talks in Wana Ended–>What the heck is this?Why can’t we free ourselves from USA and Bush

Today two disturbing news came on the media.

One was related to Wana and Waziristan situation that the peace talks have

ended in the area and the reason it seems is the pressure on our so called

government by USA to end talks with the Tribes.

Zardari and Asfand don’t look serious in the talks they want the situation to

go on because their loyalities aren’t with the State of Pakistan but they are

loyal to their greed and the will of the mad man Bush.

similar is the case with the issue of judiciary and Mr. 10 % is showing what he

really is.

Now with the changes in PML-Q (Qatil league) its now clear that an american dream team will rule the nation

i.e PPP,PML-Q,MQM,ANP and JUI(or JUM “Jamiat e Uthaigeeran and Munafiqeen) under Musharraf and Kiyani.

I don’t know when we will become a free nation and when this slave

approach will end.

Aakhir Kab lagaiga Anal Haq ka Naara?

Aur Kab Raaj karaigi Khalq e Khuda ?

Probably we need to go through the process of a new freedom struggle.

Asif casts doubts on new deadline(The News)

News Desk

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari on Friday shied away from committing himself to May 12 deadline announced by his coalition partner Nawaz Sharif for the restoration of the deposed judges.

Talking to a private TV channel, he said only the committee assigned to reach consensus on the issue could tell whether or not the resolution on judges’ restoration could be tabled in the National Assembly by May 12.

When told that his lack of commitment to the fresh deadline indicated his insincerity, he hit back saying that this approach was a result of seeing things through rose coloured glasses. He claimed credit for the campaign to restore the judges citing sacrifices of PPP lawyers in this regard. However, he ignored what he told Geo News a few days earlier that his party was not mandated to restore the judges.

Meanwhile, PPP Minister for Law and Justice Farooq H Naek told Geo News on Friday that efforts would be made to restore the judges by May 12. However, he said, if some problems emerged, the return of deposed judges could be delayed further.

Online adds: Federal Law Minister Farooq H Naek said in case of any disagreement of all political stakeholders, there “could be a possibility of extension of the May 12 deadline” for the reinstatement of the judiciary, which “was not really a bad idea”.

He reiterated that the reinstatement of the judiciary could only be affected through a resolution, after which a notification would be issued. He said that since according to The Judges Act, the total strength of the judges of Supreme Court has been determined to be 17, this would be augmented to 27 after the reinstatement of the deposed judges and would require an amendment which would take time.

“A bill would be required for the purpose, which would have to be signed by the president after being passed by the NA and the Senate. If the president refuses to sign the bill within 3 days, it would automatically revert to another session of the NA, and if passed would have to be signed by the president, taking the form of an act “ he elaborated.

He said that a committee had been formed to decide whether the judiciary would be reinstated by a resolution or an executive order, with Mian Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari having the ultimate right to make the final decision.

Meanwhile, a private TV channel claimed that Farooq H Naik also met the current CJ, Abdul Hameed Dogar, and discussed all issues pertaining to the reinstatement of the judiciary by May 12, and Mian Nawaz Sharif’s recent announcement regarding the issue in Lahore.

NNI adds: Naek said the constitutional package for the judges would also be introduced alongside the resolution for the restoration of the deposed judges. “Both the PPP and the PML-N have not backtracked on the matter of judges”, he said.

Naek said developing consensus on issues was the spirit of democracy and they had also discussed the matter of the restoration of the deposed judges with their other coalition partners Asfandyar Wali and Maulana Fazlur Rehman for national consensus. He said, “We want a vibrant judiciary and we will adopt a way where there would be no confrontation and the matters will be resolved through the consensus of all the stakeholders.”

Asim Yasin adds: The Pakistan People’s Party and the PML-N will try to restore the pre-November 3 judiciary through a resolution followed by an executive order if the other coalition partners the ANP and the JUI-F also joined them, sources told The News on Friday.

Although PML-N Quaid Mian Nawaz Sharif has announced May 12 as D-Day for the restoration of all the deposed judges through a National Assembly resolution yet there is much to be done in this regard as taking other coalition partners (ANP and JUI-F) into confidence is one such task.

PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari, who returned to Islamabad from Dubai on Friday evening, will start deliberations with Asfandyar Wali and Maulana Fazlur Rehman within the next few days.

According to PPP sources, Asif Ali Zardari and Mian Nawaz Sharif will start meetings with other coalition partners separately to take them on board for creating a consensus to meet the deadline of May 12 and if they failed to reach any consensus the deadline might be extended till all the coalition partners reach consensus on the mode of the restoration of judges. Law Minister Senator Farooq H Naek when contacted said the resolution and the constitutional amendment would come together.

Giving the details of the marathon meeting held in Dubai, Senator Naek said there was agreement in the meeting on the issue of restoration of the deposed judges but there was a disagreement on the ways either through a resolution or constitutional package.

He said there was a view that only resolution was enough for the restoration of the judges and there was no need for the constitutional package. However, he said the resolution in the National Assembly was only a desire of parliament that it expressed through a resolution. “Under rule 159 of the rules and procedure of the conduct of the National Assembly through a resolution, National Assembly would call upon the federal government and any authority to do a certain act and it was only request the government would see whether it could be notified through executive order or needed the act of parliament.

He said according to the Judges Act of 1997, the strength of the judges was fixed at 16 plus one and “now if the judiciary was restored then its strength would reach 27 so there was a need to make an amendment to the act.”

He said during Dubai meetings it was decided that in order to discuss divergent views to set up a legal committee to review all the legal things to come up with a consensus on the restoration of the judges and if the committee failed then the issue would be referred to the top leadership — Asif Ali Zardari and Mian Nawaz Sharif — for final decision.

“In this situation, whatever decision the top leadership took would be implemented,” he added.

However, PPP spokesman Farhatullah Babar when contacted by this correspondent to get his party’s point of view on new date of May 12 for the restoration of the deposed judges said, “We will try to restore the deposed judges through a resolution in the National Assembly followed by an executive order. It will be our endeavour to meet the deadline of May 12 for the restoration of the judges,” he added.

He said a committee has been set up to discuss and agreed upon for the resolution and will also examine the restoration of the judges. When asked whether ANP President Asfandyar Wali and Maulana Fazlur Rehman were taken into confidence, Babar said as far as Asfandyar Wali was concerned, he was taken into confidence by Asif Ali Zardari and was well aware of the whole deliberations.


Open letter to Asif Zardari—>By Ghazala Minallah

United4Justice:I hope these letters will work otherwise the situation looks hopeless because Americans and their pet dictator has given Mr. 10% his due share assurances.

Open letter to Asif Zardari

By Ghazala Minallah

Dear Mr Asif Ali Zardari,

THE election result was an answer to the prayers of the nation. However, the forces of evil forces have been bending over backwards trying to sabotage the democratic process and incite the lawyers into entering into a confrontation with the new government.

They need to be told that we are not the gullible sheep of the past. I am a born optimist, and while writing this, a part of me tells me not to be silly. I want to believe that the Bhurban accord will be honoured and that the tenure will be as it was on Nov 2.

The nation is absolutely not prepared to consider such a humiliating option. It is humiliating for the deposed judges, who for the sake of this ravaged country, put their families at risk. You must have experienced that fear too when Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto returned to Pakistan last October.

It will be an insult to her memory because she risked her life for democracy, and she, above all, knew what an independent judge meant.

It is trivialising the sacrifices of the lawyers, who, despite all odds, have stood their ground for over a year. The world has already accepted Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry and the 60 honourable judges as icons of the struggle for an independent judiciary. Theirs and the names of thousands of brave lawyers have already gone down in history for all times.

A compromised restoration will be an insult to the memory of Hammad Raza, the first precious life lost after March 9, 2007. What about the massacre on May 12, the carnage the day Benazir landed in Karachi, the brutality unleashed on lawyers and civil society, the inhuman act of burning lawyers alive in Karachi? It will be insulting the memory of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, whose mission was to restore democracy, and who better than her knew the value of an independent judge. The nation lost a great leader on that tragic day.

Too much water has flowed under the bridge, and it is unthinkable that after getting this far, there can be talk about actually penalising the judges. Because that’s exactly what this act would be.

Mr Zardari, I am fully aware of your sufferings, the brutal act of cutting your tongue, your long years in prison, and the fact that you did not have a pleasant experience with the judiciary at the time. We condemned it then and we condemn it now. But, sir, it was a different Pakistan then, which I say with regret. As I said earlier, we were a nation of sheep. Why am I not writing to President Musharraf? Because one pleads before someone who you have faith will relate to you — and that’s the beauty of democracy.

My late father, Justice Safdar Shah, was a victim of an amendment in the Constitution by Mr Z.A. Bhutto when he was chief justice of the Peshawar High Court, identical to the one I am writing about. An ideal person to be appointed judge of the Supreme Court by Gen Zia and to be party to the judicial murder of the very same man. Fortunately, he refused to sell his soul, and the rest is history. At least today I can hold my head up high.

Many other honourable judges have stood up for the independence of the judiciary in the past, but they were not supported the way these judges were.

The nation has suffered long enough. The president has ravaged the country for nine years and wants five more. Yet time is being wasted on whether the deposed judges (real for me) should have their wings clipped. The president uses words such as ‘scum of the earth’ for a man whom the world has honoured, and gets away with it. We are stuck with an attorney-general whose father was party to the judicial murder of Mr Bhutto. Certain ministers are visiting the man who wrote in his book that the worst thing that happened to this country was Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.

Why is there intrigue and jealousy against the likes of Aitzaz Ahsan? Should we forget how Muneer Malik was tortured? Men of principle like Ali Ahmad Kurd, Justice Tariq Mehmood and so many others who led this movement are a rare commodity. Why are people like Sharifuddin Pirzada and Maulvi Iqbal Haider allowed to assist the Supreme Court in mutilating the Constitution?

Yet priceless assets like the honourable Justices Wajihuddin and Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim are ignored. Mr Zardari, I recall clearly the conversation between late Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and my late father just before she returned to Pakistan in 1986. Amongst other things, he repeatedly told her not to surround herself with sycophants, and that Mr Bhutto’s fate was because of such elements.

Mr Zardari, do you realise the importance of the opportunity God has given you? In the past we have had independent judges but never an independent judiciary.

The hearts of the nation are with you in the torment you must feel for your children since the loss of their mother. You can either prove yourself to be a selfless, pragmatic leader, rising above personal grudges, or you can go down in history as the man who deprived this nation of an opportunity that can come only once in a lifetime.

Sir, I have confidence that inshallah you will do the right thing, and that you will put the wishes of the people and the salvation of Pakistan first.