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Protesters halt Pakistani PM court case – BBC
The trial of Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, has been halted after his supporters forced their way into the Supreme Court building in Islamabad.
Protesters shouted abuse against the Chief Justice, Sajjad Ali Shah, who was hearing a case of contempt of court, which could lead to the Prime Minister’s disqualification if he is found guilty. The court adjourned for the day.
The protest is the latest twist in the country’s constitutional crisis, which started over the appointment of five new judges to the Supreme Court.
Mr Ali Shah charged Mr Sharif with contempt after his outspoken criticism of the candidates. Mr Sharif responded by trying to remove him from office.
The two men are under considerable pressure from the country’s powerful armed forces to resolve the situation constitutionally.
Mr Ali Shah’s position in the court has become increasingly uncertain after an internal struggle emerged in the Supreme Court over his status. Four of his fellow judges in two separate hearings ruled he was suspended from office because he was not the most senior judge when he was appointed.
Friday’s trouble started when one of Mr Sharif’s Members of Parliament climbed over the gates in front of the court to get inside.
A crowd of a few hundred party supporters then began to follow him and, as the police and the security forces in riot gear stood by and did nothing, they pushed open the gates and ran into the court compound.
A few members of the crowd got into the court building and ran to windows and onto the roof of the entrance, chanting slogans against the Chief Justice.
Amid the commotion a court official ran to the courtroom and said the Chief Justice was in danger. The judges immediately adjourned proceedings and left the room.
Ultimately hilarious video. Laloo tries to translate his Hindi words in English. If any person can’t speak English doesn’t mean he is nothing. He’s taken the Indian railways (the most intricate railway network in the world) and turned it into a profit making machine for India. He may not be able to speak English… who cares. He’s been the most successful railway minister in the history of India. He is such a genuine person and most of the people love him a lot.
On October 9, 1967, a day after having been captured, Marxist revolutionary Ernsto “Che” Guevara was executed by CIA assisted forces for attempting to incite a revolution in Bolivia.
Courtesy : Sindh TV – Link
by Dr Ali Akbar Dhakan, Shanti Nagar, Dalmia- Karachi
Mr Nawaz Shareef as a prime Minister of Pakistan selected his accountant Justice Tarar as the President of Pakistan who continued to work on the post even after dissolving Nawaz Shareef`s Government by Parvez Musharraf . Nobody opposed the appointment of Mr Tarar because of the fact he belonged to Punjab having sympathies and personal relations with the Prime Minister. Even, Mr Nawaz Shareef appointed Mr saif-ur-rahman as chairman NAB who was also his friend having family relations with the result that he used his services to malign Shaheed Benazir Bhutto, her husband Asif Ali Zardari and all others belonging to Peoples Party and nobody took some objection against his all handmade activities. Now that the post of chairman NAB remained vacant and appointment of Justice Syed Deedar Hussain Shah has been notified after fulfilling all the formalities, the PML (N) opposition leader Ch. Nisar ALi has taken up the way of aggressiveness and adverse comments to raise unnecessary objections against the appointment of the retired Justice. We already victimized and neglected people of Sindh highly condemn the negative attitude of the opposition leader. We advise Mr. Nisar to prove himself to be a faithful of Pakistan and should not restrict himself as the leader of Punjab only.
October 10, 2010
Jatoi and Jackboots – by Ayesha Siddiqa
The former minister of state for defence production Abdul Qayyum Jatoi is our version of Indian actor Salman Khan — punished and harassed for saying things which are on everyone’s mind. Although one can have an issue with his style that may not be extremely palatable to the educated urbanite, there was nothing exceptionally sacrilegious in what he said. Isn’t it true that we pay the military for defending our borders? Isn’t this a historical fact that the armed forces have used excessive power against their own people despite the fact that they are trained to fight an external threat? There shouldn’t be any issue with the fact that the army killed Nawab Akbar Bugti. Go ask Pervez Musharraf and he will give the details as he is fond of doing these days. As for Benazir Bhutto’s killing the UN Commission report says a lot about that which the foreign minister has chosen to ignore for understandable reasons.
I don’t see the reason for people taking offence to the minister’s statement regarding corruption being everyone’s right because if we were to decipher this well, what he meant was that distribution of resources should be more equal. Some region’s people get more opportunities, both legal and illegal, to exploit resources. Surely, he said it most crudely as he did with the issue of the chief justice’s domicile. All he was probably trying to say was that the chief justice did not become an indigenous Baloch, just like hundreds of others who have used a Baloch domicile to get a job in the government. Let’s face it, having the right kind of domicile makes a world of difference in getting into the bureaucracy.
Qayyum Jatoi is certainly not madder than Musharraf. In fact, both men are quite sane. While the former president seems to be selectively spilling the beans to market his capacity for governing the state, Jatoi’s ramblings were meant to deliver a message to the judges and jackboots about the present PPP leadership’s capacity to fight back. The option for the military establishment is best indicated in an Urdu sentence written on the backs of many a truck that plies on G T Road — it says ‘Ya pass ker ya bardasht ker’ (either overtake or tolerate). The GHQ can either overthrow the present political setup through some older methods (as applied in the case of the two Bhuttos) or continue with some signaling to the political leadership. …
Read more : The Express Tribune