Lord Voldemort and his supporters will lose… surely they will.

So the polling for NA-250 is due to start on Sunday morning and the fear mongers and the supporter of darkness led by Lord Voldemort have struck… they are trying their best to shut the public opinion against them and make people not come out and exercise their right.

Now they are doing a press conference and intend to blackmail Imran Khan on a very personal matter. But the evil and their supporters will lose.

Evil Strikes

A senior female Pakistani politician has been shot dead in the southern port city of Karachi.

Zahra Shahid Hussain was the senior vice-president of Pakistan’s Movement for Justice party (PTI), led by former international cricketer Imran Khan.

She was killed by gunmen on a motorcycle outside her home in the city’s upmarket Defence neighbourhood.

Her murder comes on the eve of a highly-contested partial re-run of last Saturday’s general election.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22584440

Vote – you must

NA-250 has now become a test case. People must come out and vote. And vote their conscience not fear. Agreed, it is easier to write this blog then to actually go out and vote but this is the time to make a differnce… to ensure your voice is heard loud and clear.. not only in Karachi, but across the world.

Remember all the other constituencies of Karachi where people did not have a chance to vote their conscience, who are silent witness to the ongoing injustice. Their vote was already casted, they did not need to come out to vote… they could not. The so called stronghold areas. Stronghold, not on the basis of respect but on the basis of fear and intimidation.

People in NA-250 have a real chance to make a differencee

We will not accept politics of terror, fear and intimidation. We will not accept continue to be blackmailed by the ones we trusted who have turned evil.

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Totalitarian regime revisited

Now that Musharraf has gone, one would think that things will start to improve for Pakistan.. alas not at all.

The country has a severe leadership crisis. People have to choose between bad and worse…… such is the situation that former Mr 10% is going to become the President of the country. The people of Pakistan should brace themselves for a new civilian totalitarian regime.

In spite of fiercely supporting democracy and democratic institution, one just cannot ignore the sorry state of affairs where a totally unpopular person is going to become the President with the support of most political parties which are “upto no good” (history speaks for itself)

“The middle class and the elite both have a distaste for this man [Zardari], despite the fact that he’s never been convicted of anything,” said Mosharraf Zaidi, a political analyst. “He is guilty in the court of public opinion … If there was a direct election, there’s no question that Zardari would come in last.”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/sep/06/pakistan

Not only people do not like him… he is so controversial, it appears highly unlikey he could represent the unity of the nations (as a President should in a parliamentary democracy)

Asif Zardari’s entry on Wikipedia is very instructive especially the section headed “Criminal charges and allegations”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asif_Ali_Zardari

Such is the character of this person that to avoid appearing before a court in a corruption case in London, he declared a false report declaring he was mentally imbalanced and could not travel. The case was dropped by Pakistan Government since his party took power (it does not surprise people how easy it is to get away scott free in a poor country). At the very least, he is ethically and morally too corrupt to hold a public office of any responsibility lest being the President of a country of 160 million people.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/2622123/Pakistan-presidential-candidate-Asif-Ali-Zardari-suffering-from-severe-mental-problems.html

We say false report because if the report is true, then Asif Zardari is clearly ineligible to be the President under the constitution of Pakistan.

Extracts from the Constitution:

41. (2) A person shall not be qualified for election as President unless he is a Muslim of not less than forty-five years of age and is qualified to be elected as member of the National Assembly.

63. (1) A person shall be disqualified from being elected or chosen as, and from being, a member of the Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament)(National Assembly) , if:-
(a) he is of unsound mind and has been so declared by a competent court

So, why is he gaining traction to become the President. Well, the answer lies in two things – first he is very cunning and second the following (hallmarks of a client state 🙂 )

Analysts say Zardari may be just the man for the job of managing the Pakistan-U.S. alliance. He is a former resident of New York’s affluent Upper East Side. He often chooses well-tailored two-piece suits over the traditional, loose-fitting salwar-kameez that is the de rigueur dress of politicians in this majority-Muslim nation.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/04/AR2008090403445.html?hpid=topnews

So a President is selected by the dress he wears….. what a farce!

And ……

Recent revelations of Zardari’s unauthorised telephone contact with senior Bush administration insider, Zalmay Khalilzad, seemed to confirm that he is rated in the White House.

“He [Zardari] is coming with the blessings of the Bush administration,” said Tariq Fatemi, a former Pakistani ambassador to Washington. “They feel he will provide a political face to the military operations.”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/sep/06/pakistan

… Do I hear the same old wine with a new label ….

We hoped not to miss Musharraf and we still hope we won’t but eventually we may miss him (at least he was not personally corrupt).

In the eyes of independent experts:

While the PPP and its allies insist that Mr Zardari is ideally suited to lead Pakistan, his nomination has sparked widespread criticism. “Mr Zardari’s election is hardly the best thing for Pakistan in the circumstances,” said Farazana Shaikh of the think tank Chatham House. “In fact, I would be inclined to think that it is the worst thing when it desperately needs some semblance of consensus.”

Last month Mr Zardari backtracked on an agreement to reinstate the judges sacked by Mr Musharraf last year. The move wounded his popularity and led to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif withdrawing his support from the coalition government.

“It is demonstrated that he is not a man of his word,” added Ms Shaikh.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/bhuttorsquos-widower-to-replace-musharraf-as-pakistanrsquos-president-920632.html

Okay now that we have talked of doom and gloom, let’s hope that Zardari turns over a new leaf. He becomes a champion of democracy, and ensures Judiciary is restored with true independence and constitutional powers. Let’s hope that he moves this country forward and bring about the much sought Change (sounds familiar….US elections are always a great event to follow) this country needs.

After all, we have to start from somewhere…..

Care-taker Prime Minister takes care of himself and family for Life …

So, we have elections now done and dusted in Pakistan… and as international observers generally say pretty fair as well.

.. Well done!

So what did our care-taker Prime Minister Mr Soomro (Mohammadmian Soomro) do to treat himself  —

Okay let’s first dig the background who he is and how he came about to be the care-taker PM. Well.. he was chairman of the Senate (upper house in Pakistan) and Mr President (yes.. the ex-military man and our only hope!) appointed him as the caretaker PM to supervise the elections.

As per the general etiquette, any caretaker government does not pass any legislation, starts new important projects, interfere in the budgeting process etc because it is left to the incoming government and rightly so.

This caretaker government has done everything… including transfers and appointments of key administrative posts. (actually it is happening at such a lightening speed across the country.,.. people may be pardoned to believe that these are the acts of the new elected government… do you smell something fishy?)

So coming back to the topic; Our innocent PM authorised the following law:

(i) Exemption from taking out licenses for possessing up to three prohibited bore and six non-prohibited bore weapons.

(ii) Access to state/government guest houses, rest houses and circuit houses in the country free of charge for self, spouse and dependent children (accompanied and unaccompanied).

(iii) Pick-up and drop facilities at all Airports in the country for self, spouse and dependent children (accompanied and unaccompanied) with protocol coverage by the provincial govts/Northern Areas/AJK in their respective areas and by the Cabinet Division/Senate Secretariat at Islamabad/Rawalpindi. Protocol coverage/Staff Car to be provided also during travel by road outside Headquarters, if required.

(iv) Detailment of a staff car by the respective governments for self, spouse and dependent children during their visit outside Headquarters throughout Pakistan
(accompanied and unaccompanied) and by Cabinet Division/Senate Secretariat if chairman and his family visit the federal capital, if they reside outside Islamabad.

(v) Services of Private Secretary, security guard, driver and a cook for life time.

(vi) Free medical aid for life time in Pakistan and abroad subject to approval by the Medical Board for self, spouse and dependent children.

(vii) Diplomatic passport to self, spouse and dependent children.

(viii) Special security arrangements for chairman and his family either on his request or by the federal government on its own accord taking into account the circumstances past and present.

(ix) Free installation of telephone at residence and payment of charges for its use up to Rs 5,000 per month or such higher amount as the federal government may determine from time to time.

(x) Issuance of ASF passes for self, spouse and dependent children with endorsement of Apron at all Airports in the country and two Apron passes for staff.

So guess who is it for………….. innocently it is for all current and ex-Chairman of the Senate, their spouses and dependent children and yes it is for their life … yes for life..

Excellent…work… keep it up! You are an example for the Prime Ministers to come…. hell with the country being poor… hell with the people wanting justice and basic provisions like clean water, health, education… hell with the electricity crisis which speaks loudly of the total incompetence of the past government… hell with the country…

All hail Mr Soomro – our ideal …

Endnote: Well to be fair to Mr. Soomro, he just following example of the former PM, Shaukat Aziz who left the country and now resides in a posh London area ..  Anyone can make some money after playing with the stock market, trying to privatise the Steel Mills for partly sums, hoarding sugar and wheat etc… Yes Mr Aziz was involved in all of this!

UPDATE: It is reported in the media that the PM has withdrawn this package for himself….. shouldn ‘t he resign now 😉 .. anyway his days are numbered.. 🙂 the new PM is going to be elected in the coming week with the inauguration of the new Parliament.

Tyrant’s party eats the dust – a resounding defeat!

In what political pundits can term as pure revolutionary, the people of Pakistan have rejected the King’s party across the country with important puppet leaders ending up licking their wounds and some trying to flee to hypocritic West.

Even the threat of violence did not stop people show their full and total rejection of the despicable tyranny that ruled? this nation.

The demand to reinstate the nation’s independent judiciary is louder than ever!  The demand that the nation’s servants go back to serve it … not rules it!

So here goes the prediction!…

PML-Q or the King’s party is wiped out off history…….. full stop!

Punjab: PML-N i.e. Nawaz Sharif’s (the ex-Prime Minister who was shown the exit door by the will of might rather than the will of vote) party wins the largest province and takes the provincial assembly

Sind: PPP i.e. Benazir Bhutto’s party (Late ex-Prime Minister) wins most seats and forms majority

NWFP: ANP i.e. the socialist party rules the day and will probably form the government

Baluchistan: The only province in the country where the turnout was so low that the will of the people could not prevail (they really did not accept the farce elections under Tyranny) hence the King’s party PML-Q may take the majority with their ghost voters.

And what about the big prize… The National Assembly (Parliament)

The trend shows King’s party is almost wiped out to oblivion. PPP (Benazir’s party) and PML-N (Nawaz Sharif’s party) will split the vote and probably will be in a position to form a coalition government. There is also a possibility that alongwith ANP they’d take 2/3rd majority  ……… enough to impeach the Tyrant.