Hakeem-ullah Mehsud, Drone Strike and Peace Talks

I just saw new reports saying that Tehrik e Taliban (TTP) leader Hakeem ullah Mehsud has been killed in recent drone strikes in tribal areas of Pakistan.

Hakim ullah was/is one of the most controversial figures of our country. His death like this might have made some people happy and some people are surely confused about the legitimacy or moral justification of extra-judicial killings.

In my view if you think that extra-judicial killing of Hakeem ullah Mehsud through a drone strike is a good news then you are part of the terrorism problem Pakistan is into. These strikes are not only an attack on Pakistan’s sovereignty but they are one of the main reasons behind the mess.

They did similar with Naik Muhammad when he was willing to talk which motivated Bait ullah Mehsud to start his war, then same happened with Bait ullah Mehsud when there was a momentum of talks which paved way for Hakeem ullah Mehsud and now Hakeem ullah Mehsud got the same treatment when he was willing to talk. Hakeem ullah was not a saint (In fact I think of him as an unwanted product of this war mess) but killing him like this will only create more like him and not to forget the legitimacy USA will try to get for its drone strikes war crimes through this.

It seems USA and its puppets in Pakistan along with Khomenists in establishment and civil society don’t want Pakistan to come out of this war mess.

On one hand both USA and Iran are talking to Talibans using back doors but for Pakistan, they have a different plan. They want Pakistan to remain stuck in this war and internally implode.

Transgressions were done from both sides (army and talibans) but we need ot address the root cause first. Root cause lies in military operations and army’s support to USA war against afghanistan/pakistani tribal areas. I am not sure how many people will keep their sanity when they will be bombed day and night mercilessly especially when they know that different sections of society support these insane bombings by army and drones due to their sectarian and social class prejudices. Imagine the trauma for kids who were and are growing into this mess. these kids can be used by anyone for anything as they have only seen senseless death and destructions through out their lives especially at a time when thier minds and thought processes are taking shape.

How many suicide attacks were there before this war? How many militant taliban groups were operating as TTP before this war and military operations?

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Resignation,fair trial and way to go ahead…

Finally the dictator who ruled (or ruined ) the country for 9 years has finally resigned (Congratulations Pakistan).

Now its time for the present government to give him a fair trial which is the right of every Pakistani, we don’t want revenge as Bilawal Zardari said also we don’t want a safe passage but all we want is a fair trial in front of an independent judicial commission which will comprise of credible people and will be responsible to investigate and on the bases of those investigation launch a trial against Pervaiz Musharraf.

Now the coalition government has no excuse to delay the restoration of judges and undo the unconstitutional measures by General (R) Musharraf.

Also instead of blaming the previous government for current crises (we all know how bad they performed), the current setup must focus on resolving the issues and if they can’t do it then instead of wasting nations time and resources they should leave the government otherwise the nation will rise against them with unity and force more stronger than they used against the dictator because the current government is elected by people.

The nation must not stop their struggle here .We still have to achieve the goals of free judiciary, social and economic justice and to achieve the true spirit of freedom with responsibility and rule of law.

Dr. Riaz Ahmed savagely assaulted by Rangers—> What the hell our establishment wants?

United4Justice : I don’t know where the hell our establishment wants this country to go. Reports are that a faculty member of KU(Dr. Riaz Ahmed) was severly beaten by rangers and no actions are taken uptill now by the government.

Below is the e-mail message from the Emergency mailing list:

Friends,

Dr Riaz Ahmed, Associate Professor at Applied Chemistry, Karachi University was savagely assaulted by military personnel (Rangers) posted at Silver Jubilee Gate of KU on Monday March 31 at 5:02pm. Dr Ahmed was beaten with sticks, rifle buts and punches thrown at him by four military men in uniform. The incident occurred after Dr Ahmed was arbitrarily stopped from leaving campus while others were allowed in. Dr Ahmed received severe bruises on head, shoulders and back. Scores of non-teaching staff and students witnessed the assault.

(News Report: http://www.thenews.com.pk/print1.asp?id=104198)

Marks of this inhuman Rangers brutality can be seen here (you may find these pictures disturbing):
http://kuprofessor.googlepages.com/home

Now Rangers have registered an FIR on him and are going to raid his house at soon. We need to do our best to protect a renowned academic.

IMMEDIATE CALL FOR ACTION

1) Contact the Education Ministry to Take Immediate Notice:

Minister for Education:

Ahsan Iqbal
Chief Coordinator & Information Secretary
051-2213017
House No 81 St 59, I-8/3
Islamabad

0300-5012345
051-4860059
051-4860058 (fax)

Dr. Ata ur Rehman:
Chairman Higher Education Commission
Cell: 0333-4267865
Email: chairman@hec.gov.pk

2) Contact the VC of Karachi University urging him to take notice of this incident and protect Dr. Riaz:

Phone Office:
(021) 926-1336, 926-1337, 924-3649, 924 3650
(021) 926-1300 extension 2210 and 2454

Cell: 0333 228 5940

Home: (021) 534-0828

Fax: (021) 926-1340

Email: vc@uok.edu.pk

3) Write to Newspapers :

People’s Resistance would like to issue a call out to all its activists to take the time to write a letter to the editor to various newspapers in Karachi on the issue of Dr. Riaz and his harassment by the rangers. Please do it immediately, if it might not get printed in todays issue (4th April) at least sneak it into Saturday or Sundays pages.

Write your opinions and send it to all the following addresses

* Dailytimes – letters@dailytimes.com.pk
* Dawn – letters@dawn.com
* The News – news.post@thenews.com.pk
* ThePost – letters@thepost.com.pk

Please remember to insert your name, address and contact number at the bottom of the letter as an anonymous letter is never printed. But after giving the details you still have the choice of specifying whether the name should be printed or not.

4) Forward to friends, family members and mailing lists you are on:

Spread the word. As with any campaign numbers matter.

Chief Justice of Pakistan, Iftikhar Chaudhary Released–>Congratulations Pakistan!

Congratulations Pakistan!

Chief Justice Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary Released after months of illegal detention from 3rd November 2007 by the dictator’s government.

The newly elected Prime Minister, Yousuf Raza Gillani issues his first order as PM of the release of all the judges who refused to surrender in front of the dictator.

The genuine CJ of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhary thanked the society (while addressing a large number of members of civil society, lawyers community and political parties) of their great support for him and all the deposed judges and showed his expectation that they will also support them in future.

The SC bar president, Aitzaz Ahsan congratulated the civil society,lawyers and the political parties who supported the movement and showed the commitment to the cause and also he said that the main task is still ahead and that is the freedom of the judicial system and re-instating of the judiciary.

The decision is a real set back for the dictator Musharraf and his rule who made probably the biggest blunder in the history of Pakistan by illegally deposing the judiciary and committed high treason by first suspending and then illegally amending the constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan.