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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Muhammad Ali Jinnah -Address to the Tribal Jirga at Government House, Peshawar on 17th April, 1948

That’s what we call leadership. Quaid e Azam really wisely dealt with the tribe and respected their independence and love for Islam and their customs unlike today’s leadership which has brought us in a war situation with our own tribal people just for dollars.

Tribes trusted Jinnah because he was a man of his words and honor unlike the so called leaders like Zardari,Musharraf,Kiyani,Nawaz and likes.

Muhammad Ali Jinnah -Address to the Tribal Jirga at Government House, Peshawar on 17th April, 1948

I have been looking forward since long to meet you, representatives of the Tribes of the North-West Frontier, and it has given me very great pleasure indeed to have met you here today. I am sorry I have not been able to visit you in your own part of the country, but I hope to be able to do so sometime in the future.

I thank you for you’re welcome to me and for the kind personal references you have made about me. Whatever I have done, I did as a servant of Islam, and only tried to perform my duty and made every possible contribution within my power to help our nation. It has been my constant endeavour to try to bring about unity among Mussalmans, and I hope that in the great task of reconstruction and building up Great and Glorious Pakistan, that is ahead of us, you realize that solidarity is now more essential than it ever was for achieving Pakistan, which by the Grace of God we have already done. I am sure that I shall have your fullest support in this mission. I want every Mussalman to do his utmost and help me and support me in creating complete solidarity among the Mussalmans, and I am confident that you will not lag behind any other individual or part of Pakistan. We Mussalmans believe in one God, one book–the Holy Quran–and one Prophet. So we must stand united as one Nation. You know the old saying that in unity lies strength united we stand, divided we fall.

I am glad to note that you have pledged your loyalty to Pakistan, and that you will help Pakistan with all your resources and ability. I appreciate this solemn declaration made by you today. I am fully aware of the part that you have already played in the establishment of Pakistan, and I am thankful to you for all the sympathy and support you gave me in my struggle and fight for the establishment of Pakistan. Keeping in view your loyalty, help, assurances and declarations we ordered, as you know, the withdrawal of troops from Waziristan as a concrete and definite gesture on our part–that we treat you with absolute confidence and trust you as our Muslim brethren across the border. I am glad that there is full realization on your part that now the position is basically different. It is no longer a foreign Government as it was, but it is now a Muslim government and Muslim rule that holds the reigns of this great independent sovereign State of Pakistan. It is now the duty of every Mussalman, yours and mine, and every Pakistani to see that the State, which we have established, is strengthened in every department of life and made prosperous and happy for all, especially the poor and the needy.

Pakistan has no desire to unduly interfere with your internal freedom. On the contrary; Pakistan wants to help you and make you, as far as it lies in our power, self-reliant and self-sufficient and help in your educational, social and economic uplift, and not be left as you are dependent on annual doles, as has been the practice hitherto which meant that at the end of the year you were no better off than beggars asking for allowances, if possible a little more. We want to put you on your legs as self-respecting citizens who have the opportunities of fully developing and producing what is best in you and your land. You know that the Frontier Province is a deficit province, but that does not trouble us so much. Pakistan will not hesitate to go out of its way to give every possible help–financial and otherwise–to build up the economic and social life of our tribal brethren across the border.

I agree with you that education is absolutely essential, and I am glad that you appreciate the value of it. It will certainly be my constant solicitude and indeed that of my Government to try to help you to educate your children and with your co-operation and help we may very soon succeed in making a great progress in this direction.

Your desire for entering the Pakistan Service in the Civil and Military will receive my full consideration and that of my Government, and I hope that some progress would be made in this direction also without unnecessary delay.

You have also expressed your desire that the benefit, such as your allowances and khassadari, that you have had in the past and are receiving, should continue. Neither my Government nor I have any desire to modify the existing arrangements except, in consultation with you, so long as you remain loyal and faithful to Pakistan.

I know there has been scarcity of food grains, cloth, and sugar. You must realize that we have all been passing through difficult times all over the world and Pakistan is no exception; indeed the whole world is facing hardships, but we are not unmindful of this problem, and we are endeavoring to the utmost of our capacity, with special care for Baluchistan and the Frontier Province, and you will not be neglected in. this respect. We will do our utmost to see that essential commodities reach you in time and in reasonably sufficient quantities. I am hoping and looking forward to the time when more normal conditions may present themselves to us, so that we may be able to live with more ease and comfort in the way of food, clothing, housing and all the necessities of life.

In the end, I warmly thank you for the wholehearted and unstinted declaration of your pledge and your assurances to support Pakistan, so that it may reach the pinnacle of glories of Islam and become a great and mighty nation among other nations of the world.

Pakistan Zindabad

My message to you all is of hope, courage and confidence–>Jinnah

“My message to you all is of hope, courage and confidence. Let us mobilize all our resources in a systematic and organized way and tackle the grave issues that confront us with grim determination and discipline worthy of a great nation.”

(Muhammad Ali Jinnah,Eid-ul-Azha Message to the Nation October 24, 1947).

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It’s really sad that a senior Pakistani analyst and journalist is under arrest on FBI made up charges and Pakistan government especially and journalist communities in general aren’t doing anything for him.

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Introduction:

Mr. Zaidi has been living in Virginia, Washington DC for more than 20 years now. He fathers 5 kids and is of 65 years of age. Mr. Zaidi has worked in media for around 40 years, his filings for the Jang Group and later The News cover a solid 25 year span.

Mr. Zaidi ran into trouble with authorities in USA for first time for breaking the news that CIA had supplied Heroin manufacturing factories to Afghan War Lords in order to generate funds for War against USSR.

He had further encounters with FBI in 1995 & then was visited by Feds (FBI) in 2003 (after 9/11), and was asked to “become an informant”, which he refused. FBI then tried to frame him on terrorist related Charges, his phone records were accessed and his communication was monitored, CNN’s Jonathan Mann report this story in his show INSIGHT WITH JONATHAN MANN and had broadcasted interview of Mr. Zaidi in 2003.

Finally they trapped him by using an agent who communicated with Mr. Zaidi on internet pretending to be mother of a 13 year old girl interested in having sex with an older man, driven by his journalistic instincts to find out the truth, Mr. Zaidi agreed to meet the mother of this “minor” in an open public place in a parking lot in Ohio State. However, she never showed up on the appointed place and time, as Zaidi drew out of the parking lot, some 50 FBI agents blocked his car in a Terry Style Stop without any legal warrants against him, asked him to step out of his car and arrested him for “Attempt to persuade, induce, entice, and coerce an individual who had not attained the age of 18, that is a 13 years old girl to engage in illegal sexual activity with him”.

However, the truth is that there was no minor, Mr. Zaidi never met any girl, or woman or anyone at all in person, he only communicated on internet and phone with a 40 year old woman who claimed to be the mother of 13 year old girl, and this woman was in fact not even a woman, but a male FBI agent who, according to FBI claim, used some gadget/device to change his male voice to that of a female of telephone while talking to Mr. Zaidi, he is the one who tried to persuade, induce, entice or seduce Mr. Zaidi to have sex with a 13 year old (who never existed).

Mr. Zaidi wanted to investigate him/her and during communication refused to meet the minor and refused to meet the so called Mother in private and asked her to come to a public place if she were REAL.

In fact FBI admits in their own unsigned indictment in the court that they persuaded Zaidi, and told him that the minor girl (who never existed) has been persuaded by the Mother (FBI agent) and Mother wants her daughter to have sex with him thus the case should be against agents who fabricated the whole thing and themselves admit of persuading a minor (who never existed) into a sexual contact with an adult male (which never happened).

Though his arrest was made in a dramatic style, it was in clear violation of local state and federals laws.

First and foremost Mr. Zaidi was arrested illegally rather kidnapped without any probable cause being established for warrants to be issued, without any warrants obtained for his arrest on March 20, 2008, and without serving him with any warrants at the time of his arrest.

He was kept in custody for over two days till March 23, 2008 without producing any warrant or presenting him before any judge. On March 23, 2008 a notice was issued to produce him before the court but no warrants made available, when he was produced before the Court the Indictment papers were unsigned and no official stated under oath the probable cause for arrest as required by the Law.

The Prosecution did not go to a grand jury as required by Fifth Amendment, whereby its clearly states that “No person shall be held to answer for a capital or otherwise infamous crime unless on presentation or indictment of a grand jury”. Thus the most Basic right was violated.

Since his arrest almost a year and half, the case has progressed very little, during this period a lawyer provided by Govt. and 3 hired by the family were all pressurized/influenced by US Intel agencies, finally Mr. Zaidi decided to represent himself in the court. Although in US justice system it works against the defendant if he/she does not have a proper lawyer, however, Mr. Zaidi believes he has no other choice.

Upon his request to represent himself, judge referred him to a mental facility, for mental evaluation to ascertain if he could stand a trial and/or represent himself.

As per Law in USA the judge should ensure an earliest possible hearing, however, the maximum time period he may allow to keep someone in a mental facility is 4 months, yet the judge never called a hearing during 4 months time, and in a clear violation of the law he let him stay in for over 5 months and did not call a hearing even after the mandatory time had passed.

In such environment it is hard to believe that impartial justice will be done, especially when judge starts acting illegally, it is understood that defendant stands a little chance.

We believe that Mr. Zaidi is innocent until proven guilty, all we want is an impartial inquiry into the manner in which he was arrested, we want his trial to take place in transparent and efficient manner, we want him to be represented by able lawyers not under influence of US Govt. and we want evidence against him brought forward if any.

We Appeal to all Journalist bodies including various press clubs in Pakistan, PFUJ, REPORTER’S COMMITTEE FOR THE FREEDOM OF JOURNALISTS AND JOURNALISTS SAN FRONTIER and all the International bodies of the journalists to take this matter up on merit.

We request the Govt. of Pakistan and Pakistan’s Ambassador in USA to take interest in this case and provide Zaidi with legal and financial help that may be required.

We know how the prisoners in the US custody are treated be it in Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantanamo or in US Prisons, the US does not conform to any international law when it comes to frame someone and or the treatment of those detained.

Thus we must do our bit. It is another way of countering the media syntax and vocabulary that relentlessly projects “Pakistan” and “Pakistani” as a conjunction of things “bad, negative and hopeless” – a fact that I personally resent. By silence and navel-gazing or universally critiquing our own we publically forfeit national pride.

We firmly believe that Mr. Zaidi deserves sympathy and help in this trying time of his life from his fellow journalists and countrymen.

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