Saturday, January 26, 2013

Mustache- PTI's new Electoral Symbol

Due to superficial similarity between Mustache and Tarazoo (Scale), Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has decided to apply for a Mustache (Tsunami Justice) as Party Symbol in the upcoming General Elections, while keeping Lota (Tsunami Revolution), Cup (Tsunami in a Tea Cup), Hill (Tsunami Hill), Water (Tsunami Wave) and Feeder (Tsunami Youth) as alternate Party Symbols.

Earlier, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Jamaat-e-Islami had formally applied to the Election Commission of Pakistan last year in a bid to reserve Tarazoo (Scale) as Election Symbol.

However, after heated argumentation from both parties, the Election Commission of Pakistan has decided to allot Tarazoo (Scale) to Jamaat-e-Islami as Party Symbol for the upcoming general elections. The decision was taken during a meeting headed by Chief Election Commissioner Justice (Retd) Fakhruddin G Ebrahim.

The Election Commission is considering Lota (Tsunami Revolution), Cup (Tsunami in a Tea Cup), Hill (Tsunami Hill), Water (Tsunami Wave) and Feeder (Tsunami Youth) as alternate Party Symbols for PTI.

The information presented above is offered in Good Faith and is correct to the best of our knowledge. If any factual errors have appeared here inadvertently, then we would be pleased to hear from anyone wishing to offer corrections.

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Sheikh-ul-Insaf promises another Week-Off for Islooites

While Islooites are reeling from all that they have witnessed during Sheikh-ul-Islam Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri's Long March - the Biggest Sit-In ever witnessed on the main thoroughfare of the city for the longest time, another revolutionary, Sheikh-ul-Insaf Dr (Hon) Imran Khan announced to hold even Bigger Protest which will "Trump all other protests the World has seen in the past".

Although, Islooites are still taking a few days to regain their equilibrium and return to the mundane normalcy of their everyday lives. However, they will surely be glad to know that, the element of drama, the extreme positions, the fever pitches and disappointments, the fear of a showdown and, above all, the unveiling of the face of a determined is all coming again. Hurray, Islooites are going to enjoy another Week-Off.

Addressing a Press Conference in Islamabad, Sheikh-ul-Insaf Imran Khan said that he had kept his party members on standby for the protest, which is why, he said, he had earlier announced a Seven-Point Agenda, i.e. alike Sheikh-ul-Islam Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri's Seven-Point Agenda.

"Being a political party, we hold the right to lodge protests. About Two Million people in the United Kingdom took to the streets in order to protest the Iraq Killings (War to be exact)", said Sheikh-ul-Insaf.

Sheikh-ul-Insaf said that he will soon lead the protest "To get Free and Fair Elections conducted in the Country", i.e. yet another incident of mimicking Sheikh-ul-Islam Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri's Agenda.

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Kujh Sanu Maran Da Shauq Ve Se (کجھ سانو مرن دا شوق وی سی) : Tahir-ul-Qadri

Not only March came early this year, it was a bit longer too, along with Political Suicidal Madness that brought turmoil complicated by Election-Year factors. However, the "D-Square" did not turn into "Tahrir Square". And so the dream, heady and powerful while it lasted, had to come to an end.

It was not to be, not because the people of the city were cruel but because we desired to die (کجھ سانو مرن دا شوق وی سی), i.e. even within a Bullet and Bomb Proof Container. Those non-cruel but still indifferent people might have paid heed to the words but they were not sufficiently moved to turn the words into action.

The obstacles of the Federal and Punjab Governments notwithstanding, the Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran’s "Long March" came nowhere near the "Million" mark claimed by it Chief Sheikh-ul-Islam Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri. People in small numbers continued to join those assembled in the Kilometer-Plus D-Square space in front of Parliament House in Islamabad.

While the long march was impressive the numbers, for the most part, remained under-strength. It was a huge crowd and Sheikh-ul-Islam’s followers stayed put despite the inclement weather. But D-Square did not turn into Tahrir Square. And thus, Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri, the proponent of "Hussaniat" had to beg a "Honorable Return Agreement" from the Government, the followers of the "Yazidiat".

Elections in the present circumstances would mean a mere change of faces, and Sheikh-ul-Islam Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri wanted them delayed indefinitely until Pakistan’s endemic politics-based corruption is rooted out. These calls for sweeping reforms have riled both the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party and the loyal Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) opposition. The means Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri is advocating to pursue demands for "Good Governance" may be wrong. Political parties decried such means quite rightly, but why did they remain silent about people’s cries for good governance? Most politicians view him not as a champion of reform but as a tool of those with their own agenda. The question bedeviling most analysts, a majority of whom trashed Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri’s "Invisible" agenda without taking issue with the stated one, is: who put Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri forward?

Mistake not the writing on the wall. This country is not destined for "Pakistan Spring", a localized version of Arab Spring. Our stars are not aligned in that direction. The Status Quo is too entrenched and those who feed off it will frown at any maverick attempt to disturb it.

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Musical Chair resumes at LoC

After a decade of suspension, the Musical Chair Game has resumed at the strategically vital Haji Pir Pass on the Line of Control (LoC) that separates Azad Jammu & Kashmir from Indian-Occupied Jammu & Kashmir.

Haji Pir Pass is an important Geographical Feature on the Western Pir Panjal Ranges that stride across Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Indian-Occupied Jammu & Kashmir. This makes it strategic enough for both sides to vie for control whenever an opportunity presents itself. The Line of Control that divides Kashmir into being occupied by India or administrated by Pakistan is a "Temporary" feature, identifying the geographical boundary of the areas that are held by the two armies. It therefore keeps changing with every war and whenever both sides trade posts and heights.

Even when there is no war like situation, there remains a continuous effort to Improve Positions or in fact to Gain Stranglehold, resulting in Small Tactical Operations that include routine artillery firing, as well as raids in conjunction, aimed to evict the other and seize control of the commanding heights over strategic features.

Since a large part of this area is impassable and large-scale manoeuvres remain almost impossible, it essentially remains a battle for posts between India and Pakistan. These continue even as the two continues maintain a dialogue at the political level, enabling a semblance of peace, even if only at the surface.

Haji Pir has been traded between both sides in the two bigger Wars of 1965 and 1971 and in the period in between, for example in the Kargil Battle which is a strategic area because that is where supplies to Siachen pass through.

The year 2013 has dawned with similar attempt by India to gain control over a Pakistani Post in the Buttle Area of Haji Pir Pass by storming the post. Pakistan fiercely contested this aggression and forced Indian troops to retreat, thanks to Naik Muhammad Aslam (Shaheed) and his companions. However, if this attempt had been successful, it would have placed the Indian army in a better position vis-a-vis the vital Haji Pir Pass that Pakistan holds. Two days later India tried to cover the humiliation by alleging a similar Pakistani violation of the LoC and claimed that two of its soldiers had been killed, with serious charges of mutilation of the bodies by the Pakistani troops.

India media gave hours of airtime to stir passions amid jingoistic bellowing openly demanding immediate retribution. It used this opportunity to bring back its most favoured chant of Pakistan being an irresponsible and rogue nation, unworthy of any respect among the nations of the world. The propaganda has been vicious; the timing intriguing and the warmongering relentless.

As India sounded the drums of war and maligned Pakistan insidiously, the Pakistani media was busy consumed with its own "Playfulness" of the Internal Political Circus.

An important scenario to consider is that with the US & Allied Troops drawdown in Afghanistan enabling hope of the war coming to a closure there, Pakistan is now able to focus so much more on its Internal Challenges. Is it that someone out there would like Pakistan to continue to remain embroiled in a Bleeding War against Insurgencies, if those groups that have challenged the state are left unharmed?

That becomes probable if the Pakistan Army is forced to extricate its over 150,000 troops from the Western Regions to the Indian borders, again to contend with the rising possibility of a Limited Armed Conflict, i.e. alike the Kargil Battle. That way the insurgencies mushroom and Pakistan continues to remain stuck in the quagmire of internal challenges and willy-nilly is pushed closer to a state of failure under the weight of perpetual adversities. On a map of geo-political enactments, it isn’t a far-fetched possibility.

On the flip side, with the war in Afghanistan closing down, is there a possibility that heightened tensions in Kashmir and with India, can find an Alternate Employment for the various groups who till-date were conveniently engaged elsewhere, but will now be suitable diverted and found another occupation, coincidentally in the Occupied Kashmir.

This might also save Pakistan another crippling engagement with another War on Terror! The choice is India’s to determine its own way ahead. Beating war drums will become countervailing to their larger long-term interests.

The situation is going totally in the opposite direction to what "Aman Ke Aasha" presents, especially when seen in light of Indian Army Chief General Bikram Singh's recent "Aggressive Response" order to his commanders, "We expect our commanders to be aggressive, the orders are very clear: when provoked, I expect my unit commanders should fire back".

For those who read too much into the recent Doctrinal Changes of the Army, get back for another detailed reviewing. The Conventional Threat from the East is well and alive.

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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Altaf's Shameless Drone strikes Jinnah

Muttahida Qaumi Movement Chief Altaf Hussain struck the Founding Father of Pakistan, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, with a Shameless Drone and claimed that the Founding Father of Pakistan actually had a British Passport and was an agent British Monarch, King George VI.

Addressing a Party Convention, the Mutahida Qaumi Movement Chief said that the Quaid-e-Azam had confessed and vowed to remain loyal to the Monarch of England while taking oath as the First Governor General of Pakistan. Altaf added that following Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Second and Third Governor Generals of Pakistan also took the same oath.

Altaf said the Quaid-e-Azam took the oath as a "Legal Compulsion" as it was the only available legal way to take oath. He raised the point that under the same "Legal Compulsion", a Pakistani Citizen adopts Dual Nationality in another country while seeking asylum.

The MQM Chief said that if "Legal Compulsion" never cast doubts on the patriotism or loyalty of Jinnah to Pakistan, how could the loyalty of those be doubted who adopted Dual Nationality and took oaths for citizenship while seeking asylum.

Altaf further claimed that Pakistan itself was not completely independent after the partition and remained under the rule of British Monarch until 1956.

"It (Pakistan) was running under the Kingdom of King George VI until 1952 and later under Queen Elizabeth until 1956. Monarch’s rule was ended in Pakistan on 23rd March 1956" Altaf said.

Therefore, all Pakistanis were in fact British Citizens before 23rd March 1956, Altaf concluded.

As usual, Altaf Hussain distorted facts and history, and wrongly mentioned Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah's "British Indian Passport" as "British Passport", in fact, Jinnah's Passport clearly declared him a "British Subject by Birth", and not "British National".

Furthermore, Altaf Hussain did not mention Pakistan Citizen Act 1951, which became applicable on 13th April 1951 and defines laws and regulation related to the Citizenship of Pakistan.

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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Tahir-ul-Qadri can't bring change with "Mere Slogans" - PTI

Since Sheikh-ul-Islam Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri's Grand Welcome Gathering at Minar-e-Pakistan, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has unleashed attack on his Slogan for Change and questioned it's realization and practicality, i.e. alike other mainstream political parties. 

Central Secretary Information of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Shafqat Mahmood has criticized Sheikh-ul-Islam and said that "Change cannot be brought with Mere Slogans". However, when counter questioned, Shafqat Mahmood was unable to present PTI's realization plan for it's Slogan for Change.

The slogan of "Renounce Politics and Save the State" made many Pakistanis raise their eye-brows for three main reasons. The first that the time chosen for this public meeting had ominous forebodings since the stage was already set for much-awaited General Elections, and the slogan which was raised in the meeting would in all likelihood disrupt the electoral process. Second, what prompted Sheikh-ul-Islam (who has been away from Pakistan for half a dozen years for reasons only he knows) to make a dramatic come-back with a new recipe for the country, and third, who is financing this extravagant campaign?

The threat to march makes a travesty of the constitution, wherein the goals set for establishing a just order have not been achieved through Protest Rallies or by Bullying an Elected Government, but through Rules and Procedure given in the constitution. In fact, it must be noted that, "No revolution has ever brought Real Change or Peace of Mind". Even otherwise how could the goals be achieved, as Sheikh-ul-Islam seems to suggest, within a short span of couple of weeks without following the due Electoral Laws and Procedure as given in the constitution. Did it not occur to him that if goals could be achieved by such a simple method, then what was the use of Elections and all the other paraphernalia provided in the constitution? By all means, the recipe proposed by Sheikh-ul-Islamis nothing more than a clever gimmick to create chaos and delay or put off the elections and is clearly inspired by forces inimical to Pakistan.

For bringing change, participation in Elections is the only course open to Sheikh-ul-Islam Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri under the constitution, which he so keenly quotes. Only then he will have a mandate to implement his program. We have already seen Imran Khan with a radical program preparing for change by adhering to the course of electoral politics as envisaged in the constitution.

Sheikh-ul-Islam should know that any other mode of imposing his will would lead to fascism of the worst type. We have already waded through much perilous waters of military dictatorships to reach our present stage of political development and therefore cannot afford further upheavals likely to derail us from a Democratic Course.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Pakistan punish World Champions India in their backyard

Pakistan has punished World Champions India in their backyard by winning the Second Match of the One Day International Series against India in Kolkata, their first ODI Series victory against arch rivals after almost eight years.

The World Champions India have lost a Home Bilateral Series for the first time in more than three years. They are in free fall, and continue to touch a newer nadir each time. Despite the bowlers taking ten wickets for 109 to keep Pakistan to 250, India crumbled without any fight, losing their top five batsmen before they had reached 100. The tail had collapsed before Mahindra Singh Dhoni could even think about improbables such as miracles.

Pakistan added to their record of being the only side, other than Australia, to inflict home ODI Series defeats on India in the previous ten years. They also continued their impressive record at Eden Gardens, and have now won all their four ODIs against India at the ground. Nasir Jamshed, one of the finest young batsmen around, made his third successive ODI Century against India, whose batsmen carried their struggles from Chennai to Kolkata.