Eight to ten thousands person are missing in Pakistan as per Maulana Fazalur Rahman's statement of today.
Few months back Rahman Malik, Interior Minister was claiming and following up some where between 1200 and 1500 missing persons.
Let us go back a little further.
During Pervaiz Musharraf's time opposition leaders were claiming thousands of people have been handed over to United States by Pervaiz Musharraf in exchange for money. All these political leaders were saying with such a confidence as they have a proof of it.
Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudary, Chief Justice of Pakistan Supreme Court was issuing suo moto every day to officials of Ministry of Interior of the government of Pervaiz Musharraf to present the missing people in his court or at least their where about.
We hear every day, now a days judiciary has become independent. What independent Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudary has done so far on this subject since Pervaiz Musharraf has left.
Is it not fact that Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudary was issuing all the suo motos just to take revenge of his personal animosity with Pervaiz Musharraf.
You see how dishonest as a nation we are to our selves.
This is one the problems. Who needs to maintain this register of missing people in Pakistan?
You want to see media power?
Here is a news item published recently in the Arab press.
Saudi Arabia and Egypt has proposed to create an “Office for Arab Satellite Television” to supervise the satellite broadcast of Arab TV Channels. This proposal will be discussed in the meeting of Information Ministers of Arab League countries going to be held in Cairo on January 24, 2010.
An organization named Reporters Without Borders based in Paris, France said this is to implement censorship on TV broadcast. They claim this proposal is particularly targeted at Qatar-based Al-Jazeera, the Palestinian Hamas group’s Al-Aqsa TV and Hezbollah’s Al-Manar channel.
Supposedly these TV channels criticize Arab governments. I don’t know they criticize as a matter of policy or they broadcast news and commentaries which go against Arab governments or the Arab governments don’t like their people know.
Irrespective of any country, region or language there should definitely not be any censorship but at the same time TV channels and their broadcasters should also be responsible, reasonable and rational. They should not criticize for the sake of criticism.
Obviously, there would always be difference of opinion on many issues in any country of the world. A holy responsibility of the media is to present the pros and cons of both sides and let the audience decide and form their own opinion.
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Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has announced yesterday and accepted the responsibility for the Karachi suicide bombing that killed 43 people and left more than 80 injured on December 28, 2009 Reuters reported. A TTP commander said more attacks will be launched in the next 10 days.
Today Aitzaz Hassan in a statement during a press conference called at his home said Sindhi Topi and Ajrak are symbols of Pakistan.
Does Mr. Aitzaz Hassan wanted to say that Sindh is Pakistan now?
We could not understand any other meaning of his statement.
After the attack of terrorists on a mosque in Parade Lane (Rawalpindi) on Friday, Rahman Malik Interior Minister asked Pakistani Ulema to give a fatwa against terrorists. He also wants the fatwa should say that they are not Muslims.
Maulana Muneeb Rehman on GEO TV and other Ulema and Maulvies and Mullahs are making statements that according to Qura'an and Hadith "anybody who killed one person he killed whole human beings".
Barak Obama, also referred to this Quranic teachings in his address in Cairo.
The question is when Christians and Qadianis were murdered within the boundaries of Islamic Republic of Pakistan at that time no A'alim, no Maulvi and no Mullah said anything about these murderers. Nobody gave any reference of Qura'an and Hadith. It seemed that killing of Christians and Qadianis was Ok with the Ulema and the government of Pakistan.
In fact, Aamer Liaquat Hussain, a self appointed A'alim said openly in his program 'Alim on Line' on GEO TV that killing of Qadianis is acceptable in Islam. On Youtube you can see the clips of that program. No Aalim, no Maulvi and no Mullah said anything against Aamer Liaquat Hussain. Christians and Qadianis are not human beings?
This is Islam as interpreted in Pakistan.
Islam is very flexible religion anybody can interpret the way he likes. When Iraq attacked Iran in 80s both countries declared it is Jihaad.
When Aamer Liquat Hussain declared on GEO TV that killing of Qadianis is acceptable. That was his interpretation of Islam.
When Taliban or other extremists Mullahs use the same Islam to attack and kill other people then why you seek fatwas against them. You did not sought fatwas against Aamer Liaquat Hussain and other murderers of Christians and Qadianis. In fact supported the killers.
Will these type of fatwas are going to stop the terrorists from their actions. I don't think so. Then why we are kidding ourselves.
Aitazaz Hassan and some other people who call themselves experts say that president Asif Ali Zardari can not be prosecuted while he is in the office.
It may be right, it may not be right. That is not the question.
The question is there are all indications and many people who are in the know said very openly that there were solid evidences against in the money laundering case in UK, SGS bribery case in Switzerland and misconduct in the food for oil case in Spain. So after that did Asif Ali Zardari has any moral ground to hold such a high office?
These were the cases which were outside Pakistan. There were many cases within Pakistan. A long list of those allegations are listed in the NRO List issued by the PPP government.
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Today PPP government has released the list of NRO beneficiaries. GEO TV has published on their website the names of 248 politicians who are the beneficiaries of this ordinance.
You can see the list here.
South Korea’s National Assembly has ratified a free trade deal with India that promises to slash tariffs on goods and services between two of the Asia’s biggest economies. The bill will officially be known as Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement. The Bill is passed by a margin of 192-0, with five abstentions in the 298-seat National Assembly. The two countries will abolish or cut tariffs for 90 percent of Indian goods in terms of value and 85 percent of South Korean products.
Apparently it seems NRO (National Reconciliation Ordinance) will die its natural death. I believe the deadline for its approval from the parliament is November 28, 2009. If it is not approved by that date it will automatically become null and void.
This evening a high level meeting of Pakistan Peoples Party leadership took place in Islamabad and the news came that PPP has decided not to present the NRO Bill to parliament.
Earlier a meeting was also held between Yousaf Raza Gilani and PPP's coalition partners in the Federal Government, namely MQM, ANP, and JUI-F.
PML-N, PML-Q and MQM openly and clearly announced that they will not support the bill in the parliament. ANP and JUI-F will announce their position tomorrow.
Present situation is that PPP don't have the necessary votes to get this bill passed through the parliament. Therefore, they have decided not to present this bill to the house. This is this evening's news. Situation will be quite fluid in the coming days.
PPP has been doing quite a maneuvering but it seems they have not been able to muster the support necessary to pass the bill. Another rumor is that PPP is engaged in buying some members. But it seems very unlikely that they will get enough members on their side.
This ordinance (NRO) was issued by Ex. President Pervaiz Musharraf as part of political deal dictated by USA, UK, Saudi Arabia and UAE. There may be others but these are the names which have come out so far.
Our media is repeatedly blaming Pervaiz Musharraf that he was the proponent of the deal and the ordinance. Insiders know that this was America's idea to bring the political process back to the arena and these were conditions put forth by Benazir Bhutto. In my previous post I have already mentioned the back ground of the NRO. Nawaz Sharif got the benefit that he returned to Pakistan three years ahead of the end of his contract.
No matter what the media say the facts remain the same.
Now we will have to see how the situation unfold. Theoretically all the cases of corruption and wrong doings (mostly financial) which will open up again and we will have to see who are going to be affected. The list of the beneficiaries is not known to public yet. But it seems it will be open.
First casualty may be Asif Ali Zardari.
Let us hope for good. It seems there is going to be some serious cleaning.