With parliament and the ECP at loggerheads over the issue of fake degrees, the Sindh Assembly has passed a new law to make the federal Higher Education Commission totally irrelevant in relation to the Sindh province by setting up its own provincial HEC that has been given all the powers, including the authority to verify degrees awarded by any institution in the world - allows them to induct Fake Degree holders bypassing Central HEC The News: Sindh quietly makes law to de-fang HEC
Today during the much anticipated Political Drone speech Altaf Hussain distorting history by attacking Quaid-e-Azam the founding father of Pakistan to justify his and Tahir-ul-Qadri’s foreign passports – attacking the most respected symbol of Pakistan, is literally picking a fight with the entire nation of Pakistan. Shame
Rai Muhammed Saleh Azam at Pakistani Nationalist writes Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s Passport: Setting the Record Straight “Altaf Hussain, in a telephonic address to his party workers from London on 10 January 2013, tried to justify his British nationality and passport by alluding to the British Indian passport of Pakistan’s founder, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah.
This comparison is misplaced because Quaid-e-Azam’s British Indian passport was issued in 1946 in Karachi, the British Indian Empire, when Pakistan was not even in existence. Before the independence of Pakistan and India in August 1947, all citizens of British India were issued British Indian passports.
The comparison is also misplaced because Quaid-e-Azam did not have a choice of nationality in 1946, whereas post-1947, Pakistani politicians do have a choice. Indeed, there was no such thing as a Pakistani Passport from the time of Pakistan’s independence on 14 August 1947 until Quaid-e-Azam’s death on 11 September 1948. On page 1B of Quaid-e-Azam’s British Indian passport (see below), it clearly reads “British Subject by Birth” (as he was born in Karachi, which was then part of the British Indian Empire), whereas Altaf Hussain is a British subject by choice.” Rai Muhammed Saleh Azam : The Pakistani Nationalist: Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s Passport: Setting the Record Straight
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Karachi’s solution is no rocket science – with the upcoming elections it is for the people of Karachi to make a very crucial decision and vote these political parties out of power who have militant wings operating under their umbrella
Its sad Karachi goes through its third paralyzing strike this week. The blame games between MQM & ANP continue to be played by all the parties involved and the only visible outcome is to oversee the killing of more people of the “other” party – In the meanwhile today Altaf Hussain from London issued a “Call for Battle“, in my opinion this chest thumping statement will practically sealing our fate of Karachi for the next few weeks.
In Lahore Shahbaz Sharif & PML-N play the ICE CREAM OPPOSITION role, are leading a sereis of protests against the Load Shedding issue. It was only on Friday (yesterday) that PML & PPP sat in the offices Punjab Assemblies Business Advisory Committee to reach a consensus on the load shedding issue.
Babar Sattar drills holes into the Supreme Court ruling on the Karachi violence – it is high on rhetoric, light on (relevant) substance.
The Karachi suo motu case has affixed responsibility for the violence, death and destruction in the city on the federal and provincial governments, political parties and individuals perpetrating crimes. And while it has issued directions to ensure that individual offenders are effectively prosecuted, it has neither endeavoured to hold political parties accountable for their abetment of crimes nor provided for the prosecution and punishment of public office holders for their malfeasance and nonfeasance. A more thoughtful verdict could have achieved all of this. – LINK
The killing of a Pakistani politician and an ex parliamentarian Dr. Imran Farooq, a former convenor of the MQM on 16 Sept 2010 at a busy area of Mill Hill London. Dr. Farooq, 50, was a leading member of Pakistan’s Muttahida Qaumi Movement party and fled to the UK in 1999, claiming asylum. He was stabbed repeatedly before being bludgeoned over the head with bricks in North London. Dr. Farooq had previously claimed that there was a bounty on his head and he was wanted “dead or alive” by Pakistani authorities for criminal and terrorist activities. He insisted that the charges were politically motivated. A post-mortem took place at Finchley Mortuary yesterday and gave cause of death as multiple stab wounds and blunt trauma to the head. This murder poses a serious question for those investigating as to who did it, how it happened, why, and who is behind this for both UK and Pakistan Govt’s, law enforcement agencies and intelligence communities. The last murder which the British Scotland Yard investigated was the poisoning in 2006 of Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko but killers were not brought to books only theory in principle was settled to the actual cause of death and front man.
There are 5 possible scenarios regarding Dr Imran Farooq’s killing;
It could be an inside job ,
It may be an outside job, by outsourcing and or outer enemy ,
It may be possible a job in the knowledge of local intel community
It may be done by overseas agent/Govt
These theories are pure speculative and no direct inference must be drawn for criminal investigation. I deal with each individually: Continue reading →
Reports are coming in that Dr. Imran Farooq an MQM leader based in London may have been knifed to death while coming out of his house in London. My personal differences with the MQM aside this is totally not acceptable, I offer my condolences to the MQM supporters and their families on this loss.
He was assassinated while he was returning back home from a casual walk. In my opinion it’s highly unlikely that this was a random robbery incident and hope that the UK police comes to the bottom of this as soon as possible
It is being rumored that a few days back he may have been suspended from the party because of some heated differences. Grapevine reports from London have also pointed towards a finger pointing towards the Pathan community, which could possibly be leveraged to turn Karachi into a battle ground between MQM and the ANP.
As of writing of this report the MQM Leadership is in a meeting at the 90 headquarter in Karachi, we await their annoucements and hope that they issue a very careful and reserved statement, most likely MQM will announce a three day mourning in his honor and the next three days will be the most tense days in Karachi’s history, if the last months mourning is any way to go by, I suspect some serious bloodshed in the city as a retaliation.
Two days back the Governor Ishrat ul-Ibad had issued a Press Release recommending the appointing of businessman Mr Ahmed Chinoy, as the new head of Citizens-Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) replacing the outgoing Sharfuddin Memon whose appointment has come to an end. The Governors request was forwarded to the Home Ministry so that the request can be drafted into an official notification but it seems that the Home Ministry has shelved this request and consequentially no official notification got issued appointing Mr. Chinoy as the head of CPLC. It must be remembered that CPLC according to its charter is a non-political statutory institution, operationally independent and managed by dedicated and concerned citizens offering their honorary services.
The appointment of Mr. Ahmed Chinoy, a staunch MQM supporter, is definitely against the Charter of CPLC of having a non-political figure head running this organization, and hence it might as well be the reason why the Home Ministry refused to issue a notification of his appointment
The sad part is that a number of sources are now reporting that today Mr Ahmed Chinoy has bulldozed and barraged himself into the CPLC offices located within the Governor House and has effectively (without any appointment) thrown out Sharfuddin Memon, the still legal head of this organization.
It seems that the new turf battle between PPP and MQM in Karachi is now going to be fought over the appointment of the CPLC head.
Politics in Pakistan mesmerize me. Not only does one enjoy the daily dose of rhetoric that is spewed from the mouths of our beloved politicians, but the one track mind of those in and out of government baffles the mind. Politics in Pakistan, much like the political parties themselves seem to be more inclined towards a personality than an ideology. Nawaz Sharif, Altaf Hussain and Asif Zardari seem to be controlling the present and future of 170 million Pakistanis. What is ironic of these three distinguished gentlemen is the immense power they control. Nawaz Sharif, already a two-time Prime Minister – failed miserably on both occasions, Altaf Hussain – a self exiled leader living in London and Asif Zardari – the current President of Pakistan seems to be holding on to his seat with every bit of strength his party can muster. But why has it lead to a power struggle amongst these political leaders when thousands of Pakistani civilians and soldiers have died over the last few years? Why are we still playing the dirty political games of the past, when history has taught us to do better?
It is highly unfortunate that the two largest political parties in Pakistan are currently vying for the federal government, while the very nation they wish to govern is in flames. Do not for a second believe that I am being melodramatic with the word “flame”. From power outages to inflation and from the target killings in Karachi to the drone strikes in the North; we are on a path of destruction. But here I am – the eternal optimist – believing that a country which was born out of a long and hard fought struggle can make it through the difficult times again. However, we will only be able to walk through it all with our heads held high, if we review our past and yearn not to repeat them again. Continue reading →
Mr Rehman Malik has been making rather interesting statements about stopping the “targeted killings” in Karachi.
The simple fact is that the land mafia of Karachi is behind a number of these murders and the motive for these assassinations is money.
Let us take the case of land mafia grabbing the Tran-Lyari Park (Gutter Baghicha) land in SITE Town. There is illegal construction going on in about 50 acres on this park land in spite of a stay order from the High Court of Sindh.
On 26 September 2009 the Nazir of the High Court along with Nisar Baloch who headed the Gutter Baghicha Bachao Tehreek (Movement to save Gutter Baghicha) went for a court ordered inspection. They were forced to turn back because a mob (organized by the land mafia) stood in their path.
On 7 November 2009 Nisar Baloch was leaving his house in the morning. He was assassinated in a target killing gunned down in cold blood. Nisar Baloch gave a press conference on 6 November 2009 in which he stated that his life was in danger and he named the people who would kill him. (no action have been taken against his alleged killers because of political considerations) Continue reading →
Please take part in this survey designed by Omar Javaid – Critic Magazine, to decipher the public perception of the 28th December Bolton Market Bomb blast – Survey Form
As of my last response there were about 96 people who had filled in the survey showing an overwhelming majority of 84% respondents thinking that the bolton market tragedy was a preplanned conspiracy, and 74% thinking that external elements (Blackwater, CIA, Mossad etc) were involved. More importantly only 6% believed that the Talibans could have benefited from this incident. Continue reading →
The NRO mudslinging competition continues to go on, each party/individual boldly underplaying his/her own association with the controversial bill. What seriously amazes me, is that we still do not have access to the full and complete list of beneficiaries and are at the receiving end of confusing reports where the totals have seemingly fluctuated from a mere initial 600 to a now whopping 8000, seriously that’s one hell’uva discrepancy. While our two-timing politicians undermine their own headcount to say its between 34 to 300 victims, probably they hope to rely on the confusing mess to numb out the issue from the minds of the people of Pakistan. Such rampant corruption which as literally debilitated this nation, it is probably their right to know was eligible for this executive presidential pardon issued by Pervaiz Musharraf and its all the more important to know who cashed it in and what precisely was waived off, in the name of politically reconciliation.
The mudslinging is for now centered on some kingpins from the PPP but in the confusion it seems MQM is trying its damnedest to sneak under the media-frenzy hoping to walk away with mere statements like “National Accountability Bureau has no case against any MQM worker“. Karachi is a witness to the anarchy of the good ‘ol terror-filled days courtesy of the MQM. The time frame for pardoning of all criminal cases charged against them ironically range from 1986 and onwards.