Happy illusion of independence day!

To all Pakistanis :  Happy illusion of independence day!

May Allah give us the true day of independence with sense of justice and respect for humanity beyond the social-class, sectarian, ethnic and other prejudices.

It seems that 65 years ago we had a brief moment of truth and triumph which lost after few more moments of confusion. Pakistan changed its masters from British Raj to other powers of imperialism which were also allies of British Raj. Military and Feudal ruling elite played their usual role of proxy rulers which they were playing in British Raj days with support from sometimes so-called liberals (in fact sectarian and social-class fascists) and sometimes through theocratic mindsets (actually exploiters of religious beliefs for political and financial gains). Pakistani ruling elite especially military establishment played the role of mercenaries for foreign powers, fighting their wars and as a result giving heavy losses  to the country. Now we are in a mess of fake war on terror meant to fulfill the lust of money and sectarian/social-class prejudices of few in ruling elite but taking the whole country into a self-destructive mode. Even losing half the country after almost only two and a half decades, Pakistani establishment didn’t learn its lessons and nothing has ever fulfilled their greed.

65 years of illusion, a long time to live a lie. Its time to free our minds and set course for a new frontier of freedom and prosperity with incorruptible sense of justice and respect for humanity. We may not achieve this as humans but certainly we can give it a try.

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Two Thought Provoking Messages Of Quaid To Pakistani Nation.

” You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place or worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed that has nothing to do with the business of the State ”

Quaid e Azam M. A. Jinnah on 11th August, 1947

“The adoption of Western economic theory and practice will not help us in achieving our goal of creating a happy and contended people. We must work our destiny in our own way and present to the world an economic system based on true Islamic concept of equality of manhood and social justice”

Quaid e Azam M. A. Jinnah on the occasion of the Opening Ceremony of The State Bank of Pakistan on 1st July, 1948

Country-wide protests over judges’ reinstatement–>Keep up the good work!

It’s great to see nation’s commitment is strong as ever for the great cause of justice and the restoration of indpendent judiciary.

Keep up the good work!

Country-wide protests over judges’ reinstatement(The News)
Friday, August 29, 2008

PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court Bar Association (PHCBA) and the Peshawar District Bar Association (PDBA) on Thursday blocked the Rahman Baba Square for two hours and staged a sit-in to protest the dilly-dallying tactics of the government in the restoration of the non-functional judges of the superior courts.

The Jamaat-e-Islami, the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf, the Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party and civil society organisations, including the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, also participated in the demonstration.

The protesting lawyers blocked the road for all kinds of vehicular traffic. Situation got tense when the irate lawyers refused to open the road for a military convoy. However, on the intervention of PHCBA President Abdul Lateef Afridi and other senior lawyers, the protesters opened the blockade for the Army vehicles.

Addressing the demonstrators, the PHCBA chief said any minus-one formula for the restoration of non-functional judges was unacceptable to the lawyers community. Legal fraternity would continue its struggle till the restoration of the non-functional judges, he said, adding that the demonstration was staged to remind Zardari of his promises he had made to the nation.

PHCBA Secretary-General Muhammad Isa Khan presented a resolution, censuring the role of the Federal Law Minister Farooq H Naek in reappointing the SHC judges. Meanwhile, the District Bar Association, Charsadda, staged a protest, which was led by Waris Khan. Workers of the Jamaat-e-Islami also joined the protest.

The legal fraternity staged a sit-in on the Mardan-Malakand Road to press the government to reinstate the non-functional judges. The lawyers led by District Bar President Alamzeb Khan came out on the road. They also staged a sit-in for an hour.

Also, lawyers boycotted court proceedings and staged a demonstration in Kohat, demanding the restoration of the sacked judges. However, members of the People’s Lawyers Forum did not participate in the strike.

Lawyers of the Dera High Court Bar and the District Bar Association led by High Court Bar President Chaudhry Muhammad Daud and Hashmat Nawaz Sadozai took out a procession for the reinstatement of deposed chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and other judges.

Like other parts of the country, lawyers of the Dir Lower Bar Association also staged a protest, demanding restoration of pre-November 3 judiciary. They staged a sit-in at the main Timergara Bazaar and blocked the road for all kinds of traffic for two hours.

Expressing solidarity with the deposed judges, the Swat Bar Association took out a rally. The members of the bar staged a sit-in at the Nishat Chowk. The Abbottabad Bar Association blocked the Karakoram Highway (KKH) at the Abbottabad Fawara Chowk and staged a sit-in that lasted for two hours. The legal fraternity also blocked the Karakoram Highway (KKH). Besides, the Bannu Bar Association staged a sit-in on the Kutchery Road for two hours.

Our correspondent adds from Quetta: Lawyers took out a rally and staged a sit-in in the centre of the provincial metropolis on Thursday to support the restoration of the judiciary. A number of lawyers thronged the Manan Chowk, Jinnah Road. Members and office bearers of the Balochistan Bar Association (BBA) and the Balochistan High Court Bar Association (BHCBA) took part in the protests. Convener of the All Parties Democratic Movement (APDM) and Chairman of Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) Mehmood Khan Achakzai, former president of the National Party Dr Abdul Hayee Baloch, Secretary General of the Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M) Habib Jalib Baloch and other politicians also participated.

Our correspondent adds from Hyderabad: A large number of lawyers and political activists staged a sit-in for two hours here on Thursday at the Fatima Jinnah Road outside the Civil Courts building and demanded the reinstatement of the superior court judges.

A rally of the high court lawyers and the district bar association was taken out from the Sessions Court. Activists of the Awami Tehreek (AT), the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), the Sindh Taraqqi Pasand Party (STPP) and the PML-N joined the protest and raised slogans against the ruling coalition.

Central leader of the AT Rasool Bux Palejo, PML-N leader Afzal Gujjar, STPP leader Hot Khan Gaddi and JI leaders also joined the sit-in. Our correspondent adds from Rawalpindi: Commuters, especially women and schoolchildren, faced numerous difficulties here on Thursday as traffic remained blocked on all major roads due to sit-ins by lawyers.

The traffic on the Jhelum Road near the Soan bus terminal, Kutchery Road, Murree Road, Airport Road and Jhanda Chichi Road remained blocked for two hours. The worst traffic mess was witnessed on the Mall Road, Rawal Road, Adiala Road, Islamabad Highway, Kurri Road, Asghar Mall Road and Saidpur Road due to traffic jams. Motorists and pedestrians were unable to pass through the Kutchery Chowk and Liaquat Bagh Chowk.

Pakistan! Expectations, achievements, disappointments, hope and the way forward.

We should have a State in which we could live and breathe as free men and which we could develop according to our own lights and culture and where principles of Islamic social justice could find free play.”(Muhammad Ali Jinnah)

On 14th August 1947, a new country emerged on the globe, a nation based on an ideology of truth and justice based on the golden principles achieved the milestone of establishing a state in which they can practice and preserve their Islamic ideology.

As our founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah said:

Pakistan not only means freedom and independence but the Muslim Ideology which has to be preserved, which has come to us as a precious gift and treasure and which, we hope other will share with us.”

The expectations were high and the path was difficult but the leadership of Jinnah with its clear and sincere objectives made it possible for a nation suppressed by a superpower at that time (the British Empire) and the Hindu majority (especially the Brahman Ideology which was not willing to give us the status of equal human beings) to get the precious goal of freedom.

Efforts from inside and outside enemies started from the beginning to de-stabilize and fail this nation and despite all these efforts we are celebrating the 61st anniversary with hopes of a better tomorrow. During that time though we saw failures and disappointments in our national course of life, we saw the separation of our eastern part because of our deviation from our ideological path and the interference of our enemies, the darkness of martial law times, attacks on supreme court and constitution of the country, sectarian and ethnic violence invoked by enemies of Pakistan within us and outside our country and corrupt leadership.

With the failures and disappointments I also see the gifts from Allah to our nation and the achievements we did, we are one of the few nuclear powers of the world, we have one of the most beautiful areas of the world, the mountains full of natural resources, the deserts with treasures of coal in Sind, oil and gas resources of Baluchistan, the sporting achievements in cricket, hockey, squash and snooker, the fertile land we have and above all the people willing to do something!

The biggest asset a nation can have is the potential of its people, our nations has produced heroes like Abdul Qadeer Khan, AbdusSalam , Imran Khan, Jehangir Khan, AbdusSatar Edhi and there is a list of people who achieved milestones and glory for the nation and we are proud of them.

Though the present state of crises (economic, judicial etc) makes me depressed and frustrated but when I see sparks of potential and strong will in my people a ray of hope runs through me. It happened to me on occasions such as we saw during the earthquake of 2005 when the whole nation rose to the call to help their brothers in the north, the display of national unit and solidarity during the long march in which people from all parts of the country, belonging to different ethnic, sectarian and other backgrounds gathered with unity to give a message that we love our country, we are not willing to give it up to anyone, we are the custodian of our national constitution and we will protect our institutions and country.

I strongly believe that we can change the present and can make a great future for our country, we have got all the necessary ingredients as a country and as a nation backed by a strong ideology we have, the only thing we need to have is unity and commitment with strong leadership once we as a nation are able to get these then no power on earth will stop us from achieving our goals of prosperity, social and economic justice, rule of law and the preservation of national values for which we all have to work hard with selfless devotion.

History tells us that nations become great during the time of crisis and the present crises are a chance for us to achieve the greatness our founding fathers struggled for, it’s we who have to stand up for our country:

“You have to stand guard over the development and maintenance of Islamic democracy, Islamic social justice and the equality of manhood in your own native soil.”(Muhammad Ali Jinnah)

May Allah help us and guide us all.

Long Live Pakistan!

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