Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan has written a must read thought provoking article on 1971 Independence of Bangladesh.
History teaches lots of lessons and nations which don’t learn from it often become a forgotten part of it.
Below are the words of Hamood ur Rehman commission report. The commission was made to investigate the 1971 Fall of Dhaka or Independence of Bangladesh. As Bangladesh is a sovereign state now and we wish best of luck to them on their independence day.
“Indiscriminate killing and looting could only serve the cause of the enemies of Pakistan. In the harshness, we lost the support of the silent majority of the people of East Pakistan.” Hamood-ur-Rehman Commission Report on 1971
It seems we have not learned the lesson from our history and still repeating it in NWFP,Baluchistan and FATA.
It’s shocking to hear that International Islamic University Islamabad has become a victim of terrorist attacks killing reportedly 7 people including female students.
Islamic University Islamabad is a premier Islamic Institution in the Muslim world where students from various countries with different backgrounds study (with having college,university and maddrissah backgrounds).
The Islamic University blast is different from GHQ one , it has a symbolic value . It is intended to show that the perceived enemy is against Islamic education for women as well.The orchestrated media campaign and Rehman Malik’s rote statement that they did same in Sawat on girls school now they have hit IU, shows the agencies (foreign or local) did this to take everyone on board (specially the anti war people) for backing the war in Waziristan.
Teacher of Osama bin laden and jihadist leader Sheikh Azzam also taught at Islamic University Islamabad so it cannot be a result of religious extremism or so. Rehman Malik,Shuja Pasha and team will be considered as responsibles for this attack if they don’t probe this independently and keep the view that it is not done by USA or India without any investigation.
We demand full scale independent investigations for these activities and all the military operations done in this war against humanity which is leading our country to disaster.
Our people and specially our government and military should realize that our nation has gone into a self destructive mode due to some selfish decisions by Zionist pets in our ranks.
We need to come out of this self destructive mode and war against humanity because it is destroying our nation,country,military and humanity as a whole.
Recent incidents of Gojra, Muridkai and some other parts made me sad and made me to think about whether this is the Pakistan we need?
The incidents were a result of mobs irrational behavior towards blasphemy concept and the exploitation of these emotions by some freaks who call themselves ulemas.
Also the facts that missing Pakistanis are still missing and the government is doing nothing for them, Dr. Afia is still having a miserable time in US jails and courts, electricity is still a problem of our country even in the 21st century and ofcourse don’t forget we are a nuclear state, jialas are plundering the nations wealth,Kashmiri Pakistanis are still fighting for their basic right of freedom from India and name the problem and you will find it there in our country.
Our forces are still fighting a foreign war imposed on us by the former dictator (who is still free and enjoying his days in Europe) just for Dollars! And nothing is done to give justice to those who died in the name of this war against humanity and Pakistan.
So what’s the point? Are we dead as a nation or incapable of solving the problems? Is this the country our ancestors struggled for?
I some times get really irritated and in some way frustrated by the present situation but in between this I heard some real good news which brought hope in me.
The days like 31st July 2009, on which the Supreme Court ( the true one restored by the people of Pakistan on 16th March 2009 after a long and hard struggle ) of Pakistan declared the actions of the former dictator and tyrant Pervaiz Musharraf on 3rd November 2007 as unconstitutional and illegal and proved the dictator as a traitor and also declared PCO and PCO judges as illegal making their decisions including NRO as ineffective.
This decision is important for me as I also was and still a big supporter for the movements for independent judicial system in Pakistan as this is the only way we can keep ourselves together.
I remember the last year long march of June 2008 (as I was a part of that) and how people from every corner of the country, every walk of life, every ethnic identity of the country, every sect, every religious presence in the country took part in the movement to save Pakistan. The movement saw it’s ups and downs, saw the killings of innocent people by establishment and dictator supported parties on 12 May 2007 and 9 April 2008 but it kept it’s pace despite all hardships and finally achieved it’s big milestones.
I still say milestones because the path to achieve SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE and COMPLETE JUDICIAL INDEPENDENCE is still long and hard but the big positive thing is that we are on the right track, the change is coming and I am really proud of that.
The change has started, I can hear that beat, you can hear it too and those who can’t will see the change as it will come InshaAllah!
Therefore I dedicate this day to the people who supported and participated in the cause of independent
judiciary , the cause of saving Pakistan.
In the end I would like to share a quote of Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah:
“As you know, history shows that in England conditions, some time ago, were much worse than those prevailing in India today. The Roman Catholics and the Protestants persecuted each other. Even now there are some States in existence where there are discriminations made and bars imposed against a particular class. Thank God, we are not starting in those days. We are starting in the days when there is no discrimination, no distinction between one community and another, no discrimination between one caste or creed and another. We are starting with this fundamental principle that we are all citizens and equal citizens of one State.”
(Presidential Address to the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan on 11th August, 1947.)
Aitzaz Ahsan in Lahore said that the decision to hold a long march against Musharraf’s dictatorship and to
support the cause of justice is not withdrawn.
He also urged people to observe black flag week from 9 March to 16 March 2008.
He was addressing the representatives of civil society,lawyers , workers of PTI and PPP who were there outside
his residence to celebrate his release.
He warned if the newly elected parliament did not reinstate the judges and ensure independence of the judiciary
then it would be a fragile parliament and its prime minister and members will be weak. Time will come a dictator
will again sabotage it, he added. Members of assembly will be arrested and they will contact people to
solicit their support. Then no one will join hands with them, he underlined.
He also added that former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was in favor of reinstating the judiciary reffereing
to her November 10 statement in which she said that CJP Iftikhar is the Chief Justice of Pakistan.
After his illegal actions against the judiciary and the constitution of Pakistan, the dictator almost daily give baseless statements justifying his illegal actions against the judiciary of Pakistan.
One of his allegation is tha judiciary was interfering in the executive and government
powers so to find the truth about the allegations I decided to consult the constitution
to see what it says about the responsibilities of a judiciary:
Below are the words of Oath a judge takes
(from schedule 3 of the “Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan).
[Articles 178 and 194]
(In the name of Allah, the most Beneficent, the most Merciful.)
I, ____________, do solemnly swear that I will bear true faith and allegiance to Pakistan:
That, as Chief Justice of Pakistan (or a Judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan or Chief Justice or a Judge of the High Court for the Province or Provinces of ____________) I will discharge my duties, and perform my functions, honestly to the best of my ability and faithfully in accordance with the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the law:
That I will abide by the code of conduct issued by the Supreme Judicial Council:
That I will not allow my personal interest to influence my official conduct or my official decisions:
That I will preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan:
And that, in all circumstances, I will do right to all manner of people, according to law, without fear or favor, affection or ill-will.
May Allah Almighty heap and guide me (A’meen.)
Now if Musharraf says the judiciary was interfering then he should also think what the government and the executive
authorities were doing weren’t they violating the basic human rights?
(given by the constitution, with special reference to missing person’s case),
how about Musharraf’s elections?(the candidates eligibility in the constitution) and also in the cases of steelmills,
Now lets look at what promises an armed force personnel has to do in his oath(The oath which Musharraf also took as an army officer).
Members Of The Armed Forces
(In the name of Allah, the most Beneficent, the most Merciful.)
I, ____________, do solemnly swear that I will bear true faith and allegiance to Pakistan and uphold the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan which embodies the will of the people, that I will not engage myself in any political activities whatsoever and that I will honestly and faithfully serve Pakistan in the Pakistan Army (or Navy or Air Force) as required by and under the law.
May Allah Almighty help and guide me (A’meen)
You have the right to judge.
Judiciary was just doing there job(infact after a long time), whereas the dictator has violated the constitution and his oath.
For the deposed judges of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and their chief, Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, it was an Eidul Azha like none in the lives — locked up inside their houses with their families.
When they came out of their houses on Friday morning to go to Eid prayers, Justices Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, Nasirul Mulk, Sardar Raza Khan, Shakirullah Jan and Chaudhry Ejaz found the gates locked, sources close to the judges told Dawn.
Even their children and servants were not allowed to leave for the prayers by the police force which has kept them isolated in the Judicial Colony since November 3, when emergency and a Provisional Constitution Order (PCO) were proclaimed.
Arsalan, the elder son of the deposed chief justice, was manhandled when he insisted on going out for the prayers.
This treatment was meted out to the judges and their families even though security officials had informed them overnight that could offer prayers at Faisal Mosque after a statement by the interior ministry that the judges would be free to move during the three-day Eid holidays, the sources said.
Dozens of lawyers and representatives of civil society who had gathered at the police barricade, set up near Balochistan House, to receive the judges and accompany them to the mosque were infuriated when they did not arrive there.
Anti-riot police present behind the barricade, reinforced by a barbed wire, blocked their way when they tried to proceed to the residences of the besieged judges.
They raised pro-judges and anti-government slogans and decided to offer their Eid prayer at the very site under the gaze of the anti-riot police.
Even Justice (retired) Qazi Mohammad Farooq, the Chief Election Commissioner, was not allowed to visit his brother judges though he lives in the same enclave. Worse, he had to argue with the police to enter the enclave on returning from offering Eid prayers in Rawalpindi.
“How can he conduct free and fair elections when his authority to enter his own house is being challenged by the government and personnel of law enforcement agencies,” commented one among the lawyers at the barricade.
Retired Judge Rana Bhagwandas had to celebrate his religious festival of Diwali in similar circumstances on November 10.
Meanwhile Aitzaz Ahsan, president of the Supreme Court Bar Association, and Justice (retired) Tariq Mehmud active in the lawyers’ movement, who were freed of house arrest for three days to celebrate Eid were arrested at night after the very first day.
Our Attock correspondent adds: The deposed chief justice, meanwhile, conveyed Eid greeting to the lawyers fraternity and civil society activists of Attock, who specially visited his residence in the federal capital on Friday, but were not allowed by the law enforcing agencies to meet him.
A local senior lawyer and member Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA), Advocate Sheikh Ahsanuddin, said that a special Eid message was conveyed by the deposed CJ to him by telephone on Sunday.
Mr Ahsan quoted the deposed CJ as saying that he and other fellow judges had decided all the cases purely on merit to provide relief to the masses. Justice Iftikhar said that the morale of all the judges, who did not take oath under the PCO, was high and they were not worried about any of their past decisions, Advocate Ahsan said.
Mr Ahsan said that deposed chief justice expressed concern over keeping him away from the lawyers, civil society members and other well wishers on the occasion of Eidul Azha, which was condemnable, unethical and worst violation of basic human rights.
“However, I am thankful to everyone, who arrived from different parts of the country at his residence to share their sympathies with him on Eid day,” Mr Iftikhar said.
He also thanked the people and lawyers for supporting him and other judges against their forced removal and the backing he received during the judicial crisis. However, Justice Iftikhar urged the lawyers and civil society activists to speed up their struggle, Mr Ahsan said.
Sheikh Ahsan said that the deposed CJ was very much worried about the health of former SCBA president Munir A Malik, who fell seriously ill during his detention. He also condemned the re-arrest of SCBA President Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan and Justice (retd) Tariq Mehmood.
Sh Ahsan said he assured the deposed CJ that like other parts of the country, lawyers of Attock district will continue their protest till his and other judge’s reinstatement.
Online adds: President Pervez Musharraf on Friday offered Eid prayers at Faisal mosque where the congregation included members of caretaker cabinet, former parliamentarians, civil servants and hundreds of people belonging to all walks of life.
The president prayed to Allah Almighty to help the country in meeting the challenges, particularly the threats from extremism and terrorism. He sought Allah’s blessings for bringing unity and solidarity to the nation.