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The DJ’s of ‘Political Combat’

Guest Blog by Zeeshan Khan (@ZeeshChohan)

Perhaps there was no better time to pen this down. With the rising tensions between India and Pakistan lately, the ‘online’ soldiers from both sides have grabbed their keyboards to administer the proceedings between both countries. As the DSL connections became more and more common, there emerged a whole new generation of political supporters. The generation for who the internet revolved around MIRC, msn etc was slowly but gradually politicized. Even at a time when ORKUT was creating a buzz in the online community of Pakistan, no one ever thought that this online space will once become a battleground for future political zealots. But then, they choose sides. Skip to 2015 and no one would have in their wildest imaginations thought that many political parties would have dedicated social media cells managing their online presence. Whether it’s good or bad, is a completely different debate? Just for the sake of argument, greater participation in the political process ensures a more vibrant political canvas. And yes politics is actually about influencing your thought process in some way, so it’s kind of fair too. Having said that, there is still something immensely wrong with this ‘participatory’ element in Pakistan?

During a recent online surfing marathon I came across this line in an article, the line goes like

“Developing your own honest, genuine political beliefs. Not because you want to sound smart at parties, but because as you get older, you’re starting to become less naive and more concerned about important issues that your country faces.”

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Quetta “Double Tap” Terrorist Attack Leaves over 60+ dead

Attack at Civil Hospital, Quetta

In today’s round of breaking news from Pakistan features a sad suicide bomb explosion in Quetta, Pakistan – where first the President of Balochistan Bar Association was assassinated and as he was shifted to Civil Hospital, Quetta where e succumbed to his injures, a suicide bomber blew himself up outside the hospital taking the lives of 60+ more people.

Sadly we will never come to terms with the horrific attacks on the people of Pakistan. each incident is as tragic as the next – we mourn, with time we lift our souls and move on with life… until … we repeat again & sadly again

Today’s Quetta attack is horrific example of a Double Tap attack scene

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Election Tribunals Justice Delayed is a Loss for Pakistan

Justice delayed for PTI DAWN: Analysis: Justice Delayed for PTI” – Having been mentioned in the article for the tweet “Dr Awab Alvi tweeted: sad fact what the election tribunal should have decided in 120 days, takes one year, 11 months and 23 days — justice delayed is justice denied.

What bothers me, is critics still see this as a IK vs PML issue, critics simply can’t fathom the fact that the sanctity of the vote is the ultimate cornerstone of having any semblance of democracy in Pakistan – if the sanctity of the ballot is not guarded with all the might of the ECP & judiciary democracy and the parliament are mere bricks in a crumbling castle. Unless you don’t publicly humiliate and prosecute those responsible for destroying the fundamentals of democracy, the next elections will be exactly the same. The art if delaying justice let alone tribunals is what has brought Pakistan to this lawlessness, rich & powerful skip from one date to the next until the issue may as well be long gone history.

Brings me back to the rebuttal debate I had with Zahid Ibrahim in August of last year, the Election Commission was responsible to deliver a 100% free and fair elections – at least the public should have felt some semblance of free and fair elections, not a 73% elections

No matter who wins in the re-elections in NA-125 does not matter, genuine Pakistanis could now cherish that after all the hue and cry, at least one constituency got exposed – imagine it takes one leader exerting all his heart and sole of 1 years, 11 months and 23 days to persevere with his mere grit to expose one constituency, whatever happens to a common man getting any semblance to justice …. is a sorry tale ….

Critics will/still paint this as a PTI victory, but in my heart and sole …. I think today – Pakistan won ….


Ten truths about electoral rigging — a rebuttal by Dr Awab Alvi

Awab Alvi on TribuneZahid F Ebrahim, in his article of August 4 titled, “Ten truths about electoral rigging”, published in The Express Tribune, presented a very biased view on the topic. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) should have stepped in to allay doubts of any election rigging, but with this article, it seems that the neutrality that was needed to conduct a free and fair election was never there to begin with. It seems that this was the mindset from the start: to appease the powers that be, instead of giving Pakistanis even a semblance of a free and fair election.

I truly respect Mr Ebrahim and his father. I believe Mr Fakhruddin G Ebrahim is an honest person, but his appointment, especially considering his age, probably was the factor that failed Pakistan. This job required a commander, who would whip, snap and beat the life out of anyone who so much as stumbled in performing his duties to conduct transparent elections. I do not challenge the former chief election commissioner’s honesty or integrity on a personal level. I am aware that he, along with his family, have sacrificed a lot this past year — but I would like to raise some concerns here.

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10 Lessons Pakistan can learn from the Northern Ireland Conflict

Pakistan has suffered extensively from a war which has bled this nation with hundreds and thousands of lives lost to a ruthless enemy called TTP & Talibans. Pakistan needs to come out of this conflict for the survival of our own existence – but to solve this crisis, we as a nation are forced to stand at a cross-roads – to either go headlong into a “military action” or explore a “ceasefire option”.

The choice is not, one or the other, but the choice is to explore a combination of both, using good cop – bad cop approach, try to head into a ceasefire talks but use strategic & timed military force to drag the militants back onto the peace table

Truly the bleeding hearts of every Pakistan screams, to beat the hell out of these murdering terrorists, but for the sake of Pakistan, and as, educated Pakistanis we must avoid being lead into a mindless war without exhausting avenues and all non-military options, for the fear of loosing our country further.

I share a paper published by London School of Economics and Political Science titled Ten Lessons for Conflict Resolution from Northern Ireland by Jonathan Powell is a great paper to read it sheds light on the lessons that can be extracted from the Northern Ireland conflict. Jonathan Powell was the principal negotiator on Northern Ireland and was instrumental in bringing about a lasting peace in that troubled province after centuries of conflict this

I accede even prior to quoting this paper in context of Pakistan there is no way to convinceably argue that the conflict in Pakistan is similar to the Northern Ireland, but it is equally wrong to suggest that there are no lessons to be learned, from the mistakes the British made and from the successes they achieved.  These lessons can be applied elsewhere, with care, by people like us in Pakistan to learn and seek a lasting settlements to this armed conflict.
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Romancing Glory – legacy of General Zia ul Huq

Zia-ul-HaqIn my childhood whenever we were asked what would you become when you grow up. The most common answers included joining the army or becoming a pilot (fighter). It may be because the 80s were spent under General Zia’s dictatorship. Later, it was the turn of being a Mujahid, fuelled by the Pakistani romance with Kashmir and hatred for India.

The formative years was spent listening to sermons glorifying Jihad and how killing infidels oppressing our fellow brethren in Bosnia, Chechnya, Palestine and more importantly Kashmir. The mullahs were tasked with glorifying and preparing the emotionally charged youth for fighting in the cause of Allah.

Those who have survived and they are very limited in number, recall how they were deceived and sent as proxy soldiers for the purest armed forces. The realization is aided greatly by the post 9/11 scenario in which the Military willingly brought the war on to us. God’s soldiers were now termed strayed fanatics and were driven into the mountains of Waziristan.

The war chimes rang aloud “sub se pehlay Pakistan” become the slogan of progress and enlightenment. We started celebrating the killings of our own countrymen. The price too was paid by us when we started laying to rest countless civilians killed in never before experienced “bomb blasts”.

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Another rigged election?

Rigged Elections in PakistanGuest Blog by By M. Fahid Saleem

These are the most important elections in the history of country, this will determine the destiny of Pakistan” said different politician and pundits before elections. Unfortunately, the post election debate which should have been focused on its results and its policy implication on Pakistan’s future is surrounded by rigging allegations by every party (PML in Sindh, JUI-F in KPK, Nationalist in Baluchistan and Sindh, PTI in Punjab, PPP in Punjab and other provinces, JI in Karachi etc.)

So much have been written and shown on TV however ECP is convinced that these were free and fair elections. As a business student I did some analysis on election results of ten seats in Lahore (NA-118 to NA-127).

Total number of register voters in most of these ten national assembly seats have no difference with the total number of register voters in their respective provincial assembly seats except in three constituencies (NA-123, NA-124 & NA-126). Number of registered voters in these NA constituencies is greater than their respective provincial seats (68, 2590, 150 respectively). However, unfortunately there is not a single constituency where total number of votes polled for NA is equal to its respective provincial seats. Difference ranges from minus 7055 (Votes polled on respective pp seats are more than that of NA seat) to positive 2841 (Votes polled on NA seat is more than its respective provincial seats). Though the total number of votes polled on most of NA seats were more than their respective PP seats except in case of NA-125 and NA-127, where total votes polled at NA are less than their respective PP seats (4600 and 7055 respectively). Every voter polls two votes, one for NA seat and other one for provincial seat; it means total number of votes polled in NA should be equal to their respective provincial assembly seats. How is this possible a person voted for provincial candidates but not for NA candidates and vice versa? I think ECP is in the best position to answer this question.
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Open Letter to CJP: Contempt of Court against Imran Khan

I am with Imran KhanHonrable Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry,
Chief Justice Pakistan,
Supreme Court of Pakistan

I couldn’t resist but write you some fan mail after seeing that you were trending as number 1 on twitter worldwide. Now that is an achievement! I’m sure you must’ve been trending a few years ago as well when party workers and general public got beaten black and blue so you, as a symbol of justice, could be restored into the judiciary. Imran Khan doesn’t have quite as exciting memories from back then, as he was stuck in jail standing for what you supposedly stood for. Forget these petty details though, who cares!

It’s been an interesting few years since then right? Your gravity defying zero force ‘tilt’ to PML-N is quite frankly nauseating but on the bright side you have developed a unique quality of inspiring some pretty interesting emotions in people across different provinces, parties and professions. Wow. So feel free to share that with the people out there who think that you have delivered nothing of significance over the past few years, how wrong they are.

I heard about this thing that happened in Pakistan recently. What was it again, I can’t remember, um hang on it will come to me…oh yes I remember! Rigging! You know that thing that was riper than a Jamaican mango in these elections, yes that. I didn’t get to vote myself but luckily I came across same pakora paper the other day which had a balla stamped on it so I felt very privileged to have my bit of election action! So thanks for not acknowledging anything about this rigging business, maybe next time there would be enough stamped ballots for us to distribute as toilet paper amongst the needy – I do need to pop a bit of social work on my C.V.
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Tax Amnesty Bill is a Scam

Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf Imran Khan termed the Tax Amnesty Bill a scam and said he will go to the Supreme Court if the bill is approved by the parliament. Imran Khan made these remarks while addressing a press conference in Islamabad. He blamed that the Pakistan Peoples Party and Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz had tax evaders within their rank and file.


Rent-a-Survey declares PPP as Leading party

PPPA final nail in the coffin into all these RENT-A-SURVEY’s cropping up Right-Left-&-Center – After a disastrous 5-yr rule based on the slogan Democracy is the Best Revenge the latest Rent-a-Survey Says > PPP

Survey by Heinrich Boll Stiftung  showed that 29 per cent of the people surveyed would support the PPP, the highest number for any political party surveyed by the company.

Go Figure – LINK: Next government to face strong opposition: Survey


Crooks provide Tax Amnesty to each other to help Contest the Elections

Tax Evaders Sharif ZardariPML & MQM have again helped PPP & each other pass the Tax Amnesty Bill – allowing Parliamentarian Tax evaders to get an easy sneak pass ECP into Elections by paying 40,000

“It was almost binned because of opposition from two key political parties, the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM). But then, according to sources, they softened their stance to appease urban voters, who are expected to be the main beneficiaries”

This has nothing to do with “appeasing urban voters” its a strategy by the MukMuka parties helping their top looters an opportunity to contest the elections and loot us all over again

Be aware – be forewarned – the upcoming 60 days they will polish their shoes and shine their foreheads to look good but deep down they are just the same rotten crooks – PPP – PML-N – MQM – JUI-F – PML-Q – ANP

Express Tribune: Amnesty scheme: Rs40,000 to help tax evaders wipe a Rs5m slate clean


Horse Trading in Full Swing at Raiwind Stables

Horse Trading in PakistanFor FIVE years horses were on one side of the fence – in preparation for the next five years the horses are slowly stumbling over the fence to be with the NEW OWNERS at Raiwind horse stables

Best part is that it slowly seems that the Horse Stables are getting full at Raiwind – its always been “fun collecting” but when they “start demanding” that is when we shall start seeing another Deja Vu of the PPP slogan “Democracy is the best revenge

Truly I’m quite happy to see this horse trading circus. Sharif’s might be ecstatic “playing politics” but its the greedy form of politics that is being exposed – trading in, the same political behemoths that have individually destroyed Pakistan for the past 25 years to take them for another tenure – could not be more criminal

It shall be the power of EACH VOTER to see if he realizes that these are the exact same people that have destroyed Pakistan since literally 1988 – PPP has ruled for about 14 years and PML for 17 years (CM & PM) – for a combined total of 31 years – is an experiment that needs to be exposed. VOTE WISELY



A Crime to go to School in Pakistan

Occupy Bilawal HouseA rant I posted on Facebook on the Tuesday morning as I was trying to drop my kids to school – negotiating Container barricades around Bilawal House, we ducked dodged and sneaked past one barricade only to be blocked off by another:

It is a crime to go to school in the 1-km vicinity of Bilawal House Karachi where extensive container security keeps children out of school while Zardari-Bhutto royalty resides in

Heck it is a crime that my kids vocabulary now includes Bomb Blast & Strike as the only reason why school is off

Shame on us for electing these idiots and then all ready & full of excuses to re-elect them again

  • who cares if the children go to school – Bilawal Bhutto studies in UK
  • who cares if my children don’t have a hospital to go to when sick – Nawaz Sharif gets his medical treatment in the UK
  • who cares if Karachi had another strike / business closure – MQM, ANP, PPP make money collecting bhatta

I don’t think hoping for a better future for our children matters 180 million can go to hell because 0.001% have it all set for their own prosperity & well being


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