These are very interesting times in Pakistan. There are accusers, there are victims, there are spectators, there is a mediator, and there is a decider. All of them, not so clean. But all of them set against the victim for something all of them are the culprits – Corruption! The civil society mainly comprising educated urban middle class is taking a position relatively simplistic, but at higher grounds morally. The media is caught up in their own game, which is mainly catering their business interests and strongly rooted right wing elements within its ranks. Political parties are grasping the opportunity to depose present set up to take its place sooner than they had anticipated. The DECIDER is a bit vengeful, and a bit obliged to the right wingers for their support during former’s bad days. So, the whole mesh can be deciphered in one sentence: the accusers are joined by the mediators and deciders to bridle the horses of the victim! This all being purely political, tends to catch on popular morality and sentiment of the have-nots. The spectators, thus, is rolling eyes on whatever is fed to them.
The decision of the Pakistan Supreme Court on the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) was a foregone conclusion. This was a badly written law, easily susceptible to promoting discrimination, corruption, misplaced classification of prosecuted groups of people (the corrupt, murderers, rapists, etc). Additionally, it violates the basic tenets of the constitution. However, the Supreme Court decision manifests contradictions and lack of historical perspective that has to be given primacy in national decision-making.
ISLAMABAD, Dec 19 (APP): President Asif Ali Zardari Saturday said the PPP will use democracy and constitutionalism as its weapons to fight its adversaries and foil all conspiracies against it. He said this while addressing the concluding session of the Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting of the party in the Presidency on Saturday.The CEC of the party not only reposed full confidence in his leadership but also vowed to rally around him at time when he is the target of criticism and political attacks from all around and to put up a fierce fight in his defence.
Ayub Khan’s military rule, under which the Jama’at-e Islami was almost outlawed and development was the top priority, was very different from the ideological dictatorship and Islamisation of Zia-ul Haq. Similarly, Pervez Musharraf’s era was different from previous military governments in many ways.
Aitzaz, pl. pull back; your role is over; let judges be the judges now I hope, if these lines reach the CJ, he would stop the flag hoisting ceremony to be a political function. by Aziz Narejo, TX, USA
The glorious lawyers’ movement and their second “Long March” joined by political parties and civil society activists has finally achieved its objective as illegally and unconstitutionally deposed judges have been reinstated to their pre-November 3, 2007 position. Many people had earlier dismissed the lawyers’ movement and had termed it a lost cause. Some others had suggested a “middle road”. The people marching from Lahore last Sunday proved them wrong and forced the government to reverse the military dictator’s draconian action against the judiciary. One must congratulate the lawyers, civil society activists and political parties that steadfastly supported the epic movement for the restoration of judiciary to pre-November 3, 2007 position.