Aitzaz Ahsan – Public Intellectual?


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In the recent issue (July/August 2008) of Foreign Policy magazine they have published a so called Top 20 Public Intellectuals survey where Mr.Aitzaz Ahsan has been ranked on number 5.

Pakistan media particularly GEO TV and Aitzaz Ahsan himself seem to be proud of this ranking.

First let us see the definition of the word "intellectual". The word intellectual is an adjective. The noun is intellect. According to American Heritage Dictionary of The English Language, the meaning of the word ‘intellect’ is as follows:

The ability to learn and reason; the capacity for knowledge and understanding.

The ability to think abstractly or profoundly.

So the person who can do that is called intellectual. Fair enough.

Now let us see what profile Foreign Policy magazine has mentioned of Mr. Aitzaz Ahsan. Here is the verbatim quote;

"President of Pakistan’s Supreme Court Bar Association, Ahsan has been a vocal opponent of President Pervez Musharraf’s rule. When Musharraf dismissed the head of the Supreme Court in March 2007, it was Ahsan who led the legal challenge to reinstate the chief justice and rallied thousands of lawyers who took to the streets in protest. He was arrested several times during the period of emergency rule last year.
Today, he is a senior member of the Pakistan Peoples Party, formerly led by Benazir Bhutto, and one of the country’s most recognizable politicians
".

Courtesy: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/story/cms.php?story_id=4349

Do the activities which Foreign Policy have mentioned on which he has been ranked in the ‘Top  20 Public Intellectuals’  makes someone intellectual?

If this is the criteria then we have lots of intellectuals in our country.
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Rafiq Tarar Given Government Residence

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Rafiq Tarar, an Ex. President and buddy of Sharif family has been given government residence and he has moved from his private home to government provided housing according to GEO TV Channel .

Rafiq Tarar said that according to rules and regulations any ex. president is entitled to live in government housing for the rest of his life after leaving the office. I don’t know the rules. But the question is if that was his entitlement, or for any ex. president for that matter, then why he did not demand that earlier? Or better yet, why he moved out of the presidential housing when he left the office?

Is it not something also called nepotism?

Sometimes back, Shaikh Rashid Ahmed said in a GEO TV program 60 Minutes that the judges who did not take the oath according to new PCO on November 2, 2007 and took the option to leave the office and now want to get the job back are presently paid their salaries from the special fund of Prime Minister.

Are there any such rules and regulations to pay salaries to judges who voluntarily did not take the oath and preferred to leave the job?

What you would call this bribery, social welfare or helping the poor unemployed judges?

Speak up your mind and write in Comments what ever you think on this subject.