Judges’ reinstatement hopes shattered: London talks collapse despite Boucher’s last-minute intervention–>DAWN

Mr. 10% did finally surrendered the votes he took in the name of Bhutto and Democracy infront of his greed (NRO), Dictatorship of Musharraf,USA(I don’t know why a person with the stature of Boucher has so much influence on our political “leadership”) and the lust of power.

Go Musharraf Go!

Go Zardari Go!

Go USA from Pakistani politics and affairs Go!

Go Dogar Go!

Judges’ reinstatement hopes shattered: London talks collapse despite Boucher’s last-minute intervention

By M. Ziauddin
LONDON, May 11: The PPP and the PML-N all but announced the end of their short-lived political honeymoon here on Sunday as their negotiators jointly told the media after their last round of talks that they had failed to bridge differences over the route to take for the reinstatement of the deposed judges.

Seemingly even the US Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher, who met Nawaz Sharif and Asif Zardari separately earlier in the morning, was not able to crack the political logjam facing the coalition.

Nawaz Sharif while leaving for the airport told the media that he was disappointed at the way the negotiations had gone and thought his party’s position on the issue was morally and politically very sound.

“There was a deadlock but despite our best efforts we could not break it. Every Pakistani will be disappointed by this outcome of talks which had continued over the last 90 days.”

PML-N president Shahbaz Sharif during a brief chat with the media after the last round of negotiations at a Marble Arch hotel that his party would wait till the expiry of the May 12 deadline before taking a decision one way or the other.

He said every effort was being made to save the coalition. He did not rule out the possibility of a last-minute reversal in the situation.

His colleague Khawaja Asif said that even if the PML-N withdrew from the government it would continue to sit on the treasury benches at the centre and support the government on issue to issue basis, “and the PPP would not withdraw its support to the PML-N in the Punjab.”

He said he would not say that the coalition had collapsed, “because we will support the government without being in the government.”

Answering a question, Shahbaz Sharif said that the two parties would never revert to the acrimony that had plagued their relationship in the decade of 1990s.

Answering another question, he said both the parties had tried their best to keep the coalition from breaking off.

When asked about Nawaz’s meeting with Mr Boucher, Mr Shahbaz Sharif said it was held at the request of the US assistant secretary of state at the Park Lane flat. “Mr Boucher also favoured the idea of keeping the PPP-PML-N coalition intact as he said the US was a well-wisher of Pakistan and its people.”

Answering another question, he said Nawaz was not in the habit of taking dictation from outsiders, neither was he ignorant of the importance of maintaining close friendly relations with the US, “but Pakistan is a sovereign country and he believed in taking all decisions in the country’s self interest”.

Pakistan’s ambassador designate to the US Hussain Haqqani said the talks were held in the spirit of complete cooperation and that every effort would continue to be made to save the coalition.

He reiterated that the differences between the two parties were over the modalities and not on the objective of restoration of the judiciary.

When asked if the party which opposed the PPP’s proposed method of restoration were to leave the coalition would the government then implement the Bhurban Declaration and how soon, Mr Haqqani gave a roundabout answer which in effect meant that the PPP believed in the independence of judiciary and that it would make all efforts to achieve the objective.

Rehman Malik said he was confident that the PML-N would return to the fold of the coalition soon. “We will keep their portfolios vacant.”A PML-N source said that during the last round of talks ‘PPP co-chairman’s remark to a Pakistan channel on Sunday that he was not prepared to undo one illegal and unconstitutional action by taking an equally illegal and unconstitutional step had come up for serious discussion.

However, the body language of all the four negotiators during the media talks indicated that they were not parting on an unpleasant note.

A source close to the PPP said that in order to retain the November 3 judges after the restoration of the deposed judges the ruling party was likely to table a four-line bill in the National Assembly to be passed by simple majority. “Otherwise, the president would have to be approached to issue a relevant ordinance in this regard, this the PPP wants to avoid.”

He said the PPP was expected to immediately take up the matter in the National Assembly which he believed was likely to be summoned some time next week.

The PML-N source said that party leadership had already warned the PPP leadership that it would join the bar and bench in their street agitation for the restoration of the judiciary.

There was no sign of Asif Ali Zardari throughout the day. Party sources said that after his meeting with Mr Boucher, the PPP chief left for Oxford with his son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, who is chairman of the party.

They said Bilawal had come over from Oxford to spend the weekend with his father at an inconspicuous and decidedly a three star hotel near Hyde Park where Mr Zardari is staying.

On Saturday, Asif spent the evening with his family joined by Sanam and a couple of her cousins.

Why another crackdown on media is round the corner–>The News



 Why another crackdown on media is round the corner
By Ansar AbbasiISLAMABAD: Yet again, the media in Pakistan is under serious threat. Alarm bells have already started ringing. Naked warnings are being overtly given. Lists of “troublemakers” in the media are being compiled and the NRO-laundered intelligence sleuths are being assigned to straighten out the “crooked” pen pushers.

Some media houses have been pinpointed for “conspiring” against the elected government (read presidency if you like) and are being warned to get ready for another round of beating. The stage is being set to teach the unrepentant media a lesson.

The assault could be subtle. It could be uncouth and blatant. It could be direct. It could be vicious. Some fear, perhaps it has already been conceptualised and may be launched within days, if not already put into action.

The journalists smell a rat when they talk with government leaders, but they have not panicked. They are rather relaxed and prepared for the fight to defend the freedom of the press as guaranteed by the Constitution.

It might be new for the present day masters of our destiny to flex their newly acquired state muscles to tame the media but those associated with this profession are used to it. From the days of the draconian press laws introduced by the first military dictator of Pakistan General Ayub Khan to the era of public whipping of journalists during Zia’s Martial Law and then to the post Nov 3, 2007 media-specific black days of General Musharraf’s military rule, not to mention the wrongs done to the country’s press during the democratic governments of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif, the losers have always been those trying to strangulate the media.

But the rulers perhaps are not in the habit of learning lessons from other people’s experiences. At least, it seems so from what is being contemplated now to gag the media, whose major crime today is that it reminds the leaders of their actions and promises of the past.

A lunch hosted by a PML-Q lady MNA at her Margalla Road house on Friday served as an opportunity for a selected gathering of “notorious” journalists to share their views on the looming threats to the media.

The host of Aaj TV’s popular programme ‘Bolta Pakistan’ and senior journalist Nusrat Javeed believes that the crackdown on media is just round the corner. It might strike us in just a few days. He was of the view that a ‘financial emergency’ was likely to be imposed to attain the objectives of the vested interests.

Hamid Mir, the host of Geo TV’s CapitalTalk and a senior columnist, was certain that the D-day was just 10 days away. He said that the list of five marked journalists had swelled to 17 and possibly included the names of most of those invited to the lunch.

According to Hamid Mir’s assessment, amongst the media houses, Geo News, The News and Aaj Television were said to be the first in the firing line. † Our Group Editor Shaheen Sehbai perhaps had some clear picture of what was simmering against the media but for being a man of few words he kept his secrets to himself.

Syed Talat Hussain shared his latest confrontation with some presidency-backed local businessman, who told him that the media was responsible for all the present ills of Pakistan. The man had reportedly celebrated the March 9, 2007 removal of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry because the latter had ruined his golf dreams. It had all happened because of the media, so for the likes of this man media is undoubtedly the villain and, therefore, should be cursed.

Kashif Abbasi of the ARY TV was sharing with this scribe the kind of pressures he was presently facing. Geo TV’s Dr Shahid Masood from Dubai explained as to why he focused on Rehman Malik in his popular programme ‘Meray Mutabiq’ on Saturday night. Dr Shahid said that during his last visit to Islamabad, he got a plain warning from Rehman Malik in the presence of Asif Ali Zardari.

“The situation is really scary,” he said, adding that Rehman Malik talked of his “punches” to respond to the “punches” of the media. Malik, he said, introduced himself as the establishment and the master of all the intelligence agencies. “Honestly, it was shocking for me,” Dr Shahid said, adding that Benazir Bhutto had done a lot to support the cause of the independent media, particularly after Nov 3, 2007 but things had now changed altogether.

Media is today the only pillar of the state that is still standing but under a serious threat. The other key pillar, the judiciary, was made to collapse on Nov 3, 2007 when General Musharraf carried out his coup against the institution. The new parliament is already is shambles and lacks confidence. The Executive is simply nowhere and is hostage to the status quo of the remnants of the past military regime.

May one ask the champions of democracy and the masters of our destiny on what grounds and basis do they intend to run the state. Can the state survive without these pillars? Have our leaders developed some innovative vision, alien to the world’s experiences, to run the country? Are we going to prove to the world that we actually are a banana republic? Enjoy your bananas.

12 May Black Day—>The day to remember the spirits of those who died for the cause of justice in Pakistan


On 12 May 2007 ,Pakistan saw one of the most brutal government sponsored terrorism on the streets of Karachi.

The day on which the Chief Justice of Pakistan (The genuine one not the false one like dogar) Justice Iftikhar Chaudhary arrived in Karachi to address the Karachi Bar but was barred to go along with his lawyers to go outside the Karachi airport.

Outside the airport government set a stage to terrorise the civil society,lawyers,political workers and everyone who wanted to welcome the true CJ of Pakistan by invoking a massacre on the roads and streets of Karachi with the help of then the ruling parties in Sind.

more than 40 people died on that day of terror and brutality.

May Allah bless those souls and bless this country.


May 12 victim vows to ‘sacrifice more’ for CJP Chaudhry


Twenty-seven-year-old Mohammad Kamil spends day and night on a charpoy for the pre-PCO Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP), Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, “because he is the only person who could provide justice,” Kamil said. He is wheelchair-bound, and said that if he were able to walk again, he would sacrifice more for the CJP — someone he has never met.

Kamil was attacked by armed men inside a mosque in the Malir Halt near the Ranger’s office on May 12, 2007. He was lying there for around four hours before being taken for treatment. He said around 250 people, including six women, had taken shelter inside the mosque and locked its door.

A worker of the Awami National Party (ANP) said he along with his friend, Ishaq, had arrived there at around 11:30am when several gunmen carrying grenades and G-3 rifle attacked them. “Ishaq was hit on his head and died there instantly,” he said, adding that he ran towards the mosque but he was hit on the back, resulting in critical injuries.

Kamil, a factory worker, is the father of two children. He said he used to earn Rs6,000 (including Rs2,000 as overtime) at the factory. “Now I am penniless,” he said. His son, aged six years, had abandoned studies at school because of lack of fee and he got him admitted in a Madressa.

He remained hospitalised for 22 days and added that the party helped him for treatment by giving him Rs75, 000.

He said now a doctor in Nazimabad demanded over Rs4m for his treatment. Kamil said his uncle approached the doctor as to whether his nephew would be able to walk after treatment. The doctor replied that he could not give guarantee in this regard. “My uncle suggested to me that it would not be advisable for spending a huge amount of money on treatment without any assurance of recovery,” Kamil said, adding that since then he was relying on God to help him. He said the government had not provided him any promised compensation.

Another wounded, Ahmed, 18, recalled that a “blast” had injured him near the Malir Halt. “I was being taken in an ambulance when gunmen attacked it,” he said. They attacked the ambulance driver on the head and he died. “They got hold of us and beat us for four hours,” he said. “When we became unconscious, they left us assuming that we were dead,” Ahmed said. He also complained lack of compensation.

But he said a man, Noor Hussain, who was injured along with him had been given Rs125,000 by the government. —IA