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Humor: PPP’s Annual Press Release

Annual Report – September 15, 2008

Management Discussion and Analysis (MDNA) – Brief

The Permanent Plunder Party (PPP) Co. is extremely pleased to announce the results from the success of its “Say What You Don’t Mean” (SWYDM) pills that were designed to induce “hallucinations” and spur episodes of “selective amnesia” among the general public in Pakistan. The past year has witnessed an unprecedented level of success for SWYDM’s as they have been widely applied throughout Pakistan. “The development of these pills demonstrates the exceptional ingenuity of the research team of PPP Co and the far-reaching vision of its leaders,” stated Larry Rehman, Director of Mass Communication Campaign of the PPP.

The SWYDM’s are the culmination of a long and strenuous development process that spanned multiple continents as the research was simultaneously undertaken in Pakistan, Dubai, London and New York/Washington. As one of its architects, Mr. AAZ acted as a test subject. The initial dose induced multiple side effects; Stephen Reich, a psychiatrist from New York State, said “AAZ was unable to recall the birthdays of his wife and children and had thought about suicide,” and “I do not see any improvement in these issues for at least a year,” he wrote in a medical report.
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Zardari nominated as the next President of Pakistan

GEO TV just reports that the Pakistan People’s Party has just announced their candidate for the post of the next President of Pakistan – now dont hold your breath….. Mr. Asif Ali Zardari.

The name itself sends a shiver down through anyone who has witnessed his previous tenures in power, now armed with the article 58-2-B he will hold this entire country hostage.

A testing moment for Pakistan, but sad part is Nawaz Sharif has just been given the royal boot in the arse, and taken for the joy ride of his lifetime

What probably does not surprise me, as I think I had predicted this scenario to the letter on my blog back in early January, barely seven days, after the assassination of Beanzir Bhutto when I penned the article

From President Musharraf to President Zardari – January 3rd 2008
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Double Standards : General Musharraf does not need a safe passage, he merely needs a fair trial

Guest Blog by Amjad Malik

18th August resignation of General (rtd) Pervez Musharraf was the first good thing he has done in many years believing ‘Pakistan first’. Nation was jubilant, lawyers at peace and media calmly letting him go, however, political classes are still unsure on how to manipulate the maximum advantage to this joyful experience. Testing nuclear in a tit for tat was seen as the most memorable and historic event when the nation was overjoyed, but the announcement of ‘Kala Bagh dam’ followed by freezing foreign assets divided public opinion so as the mind of investor as the timing of both was wrong. Similarly ouster of President from his occupation of top slot is a favourite moment to start a new Pakistan, but political forces never could learn to manipulate and multiply nation’s happiness just by feeling the pulse. People wishes the accountability of the man who ruined the institutions, damaged the federation, created distrust amongst provinces and above all endangered the national security of Pakistan. What stops this man to be on trial is the weaknesses of our elite rulers. Of course west would wish to allow this man to go scot free as using his 9 years experience or alternately bringing him to face the court of law would both advantage Pakistan as a state, which they would not wish. Musharraf’s safe exit would keep him safe for future for his masters alone, not for the country.

Its ironic when we compare with what Mark Layall Grant a former British envoy did in order to ease the sufferings of Pakistani President to the very treatment his country gives to its own notorious. In his own land, Ministers are brought to justice and accountability before Parliament indiscriminately without fail. A few glimpses will suffice to give full picture. Their General Oliver Cromwell was tried after his death in 1661 for overthrowing Parliament. In autumn 1660 parliament ordered the exhumation and posthumous execution of several regicides and in January 1661 Westminster Abbey was searched for the remains of Oliver Cromwell and others. Three corpses were duly produced and conveyed to Tyburn, where they were hanged and his body was left at the public place for years as an example.
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The Supremacy of The People – An Open Letter To Mr. Zardari

Dear Mr. Zardari,

I am sick and tired of you –and all your party stalwarts- constantly drumming into our ears your ideas about the supremacy of The Parliament. I have yet to hear you talk so forcefully about the supremacy of The Constitution or even of the supremacy of The People as the Bhutto’s used to do .More over you even flout your own so fondly repeated slogan by continuing to take every meaningful decision outside the parliament !

What may I ask was so wrong with roti, kapra aur makan slogan given by Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto? Has it become so impossible to achieve that you conveniently discarded it and adopt the hallow and patently false one you now profess? What is Parliament except a reflection and representative of the people who elected it –and pledged to uphold The Constitution of Pakistan as reflected in that will. Where in this entire concept do you see a supremacy of Parliament? We need to remind you –for you and your party seems to have forgotten – that the Parliament is subservient to the Constitution and a servant of the people.
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BB’s version of the Nigerian 419 Scam

I was recently in receipt of an interesting email proposing a very lucrative business proposal. Reading the email, the sales pitch seemed very convincing, the facts were seemingly spot on, the plot perfect but something smelled suspicion of a 419 Nigerian scam [you could also enjoy another old post of mine on another Pakistani 419 Scam]. But what was the giveaway was the occasional spelling mistake or the biggest question one does tend to ask, Why Me?

In summary the proposal offered me mouthwatering commission of 15% for a transferring 22,000,000 million euros (Rs 2,460,000,000) [shweet] from Dubai to Pakistan which were designated for Benazir Bhutto’s election fund and will now be allocated in part to the People’s Foundation. For my services I would get a whopping 15% equivalent to approximately Rs. 396,000,000 all for simply lubricating the money through.
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Khalid Shahinshah, key suspect in BB’s murder assassinated in Karachi

Khalid Shahinshah signaling someone before BB assassinationA key witness of a Bhutto assassination has been shot dead in Karachi yesterday on Khy-e-Bhukahri

DAWN: Khalid Shahanshah, the chief security officer of PPP co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari, was assassinated on Tuesday afternoon outside his Clifton residence, police and witnesses said. They said that gunmen on a white car sprayed him with a volley of bullets while he was stepping off his double-cabin vehicle in front of his house at Khyaban-i-Bukhari.

If many may recall a video surfaced after Benazir Bhutto assassination in Islamabad which showed Khalid Shahinshah suspiciously signaling to some one in the crowd.


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Benazir’s cursed Apartment in Manhattan

Benazirs Cursed Apartment in Manhattan NYThe tragic assassination of Benazir Bhutto has quite a number of conspiracy theorists lining up to offer their analysis, was it fate or destiny we may never know but some have gone to speculate it may have been the Bhutto curse where all members of the Bhutto dynasty are slowly eradicated, and in the recent surge of theories emerges another angle about an ill fated penthouse New York apartment which Benazir may have bought a year back.

The Wag Online published an article recently by Seema Boesky titled The Cursed Apartment, where she shares here experience in trying to sell her penthouse apartment in Manhattan New York (The Belaire Condominium, East 72nd street) Previous two attempts to the apartment lead to the sudden death of the prospective buyers.

… To recap, my first buyer dropped dead at the closing. The second, with contract in hand, bolted down 47 flights of stairs, never to be heard from again. Why? My building is the one New York Yankee pitcher Cory Lidle flew an airplane into, tragically crashing it five floors below my apartment—where my buyer was signing our contract.

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Musharraf vs Restoration of Judges: Showdown

An article written by Abbas Kassar in The Pakistan Weekly caught my eye which was titled Musharraf Threatens To Dissolve Assemblies If Judges Restored, it raises some serious concerns about the looming threat wielded by Musharraf and his right to exercise article 58-2(B) of the 1973 Constitution of Pakistan. Quite simply utilizing this threat to keep PPP at bay

…as meetings of committee continues which has been assigned task to prepare draft resolution to be put before parliament the President called his aide to president house since last two days to block way of restoration of judges. It was disclosed by source that. 3 petitions would be filed in supreme court one each by MQM, Q league and Dr. Sher Afghan to stay any resolution to be brought to parliament. Speaker, Deputy Speaker of National Assembly and Law Minister will be made respondent in the petitions. Presidential camp threatened that if judges were restored president would not hesitate in invoking article 58 (B)-2 of constitution and may dissolve national assembly.

The entire world, including most Pakistanis have continued to celebrate the return of democracy in Pakistan, amidst the chaos of full swing political adjustment which include in no short measure the ‘pardons’ being served up for the ‘men in power’ who are predominantly busy whitewashing their sins in the name of political compromise for the ‘greater good’.
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Civil Society delegation pays tribute to Benazir Bhutto at Garhi Khuda Bux

Report posted on the People’s Resistance network by Lala Hussain

70 members civil society activists delegation visited Garhi Khuda Bux on 29th March, 2008 to pay tribute to Mohtarma BB. The brief report is below just for sharing our emotions.

When Prime Minister Yousuf Raza was getting historical vote of confidence in capital city, the 70 members delegation including women and children) had been paying tribute and homage to “martyred queen” Benazir Bhutto at Garhi Khuda Bux Larkana. “We are here to salute the “peoples prime minister”, who sacrificed her life for democracy and the people of Pakistan” delegation members observed with tears in their eyes. It was Ms Bhutto’s struggle that today we’ve elected government with 2/3 majority.
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Delegation visiting Benazir’s home town (Larkana) tomorrow

Posted on the People’s Resistance network by Lala Hussain

50 members delegation of civil society activists from different districts of Sindh will pay tribute to Ms Benazir Bhutto on the day when the new Prime Minister M will be getting a vote of confidence from national assembly on 29th March 2008, Saturday. The main objective to pay respect and honour Ms Bhutto at this time is that it was Benazir Bhutto’s wisdom, courage and long lasting struggle that resulted in a peoples government in country. The decision of Benazir Bhutto not to boycott elections was criticised at that time but now it is proved fact that it was a right decision.

Women MPAs, Human n women rights activists, Journalists, Lawyers n NGO activists are part of this delegation. Friends from Karachi, Hyderabad, Matyari, Dadu, Nawab Shah, Naushahro Feroze, Khairpur Mirs, Sukkur, Jacobabad, Qamber, Larkana and other districts will join this different kind of tribute to Shaheed Benazir Bhutto. The delegation is expected to be be given warm welcome at Jamshoro, Dadu, Mehar, Wagan and Larkana.

Friends are invited to join us at 2:00 at Garhi Khuda Bux district Larkana. Friends from Karachi will be leaving early in the morning


Proposed Resolution for the Restoration of Judges by the National Assembly

The text of the draft prepared for Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari by Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim for the restoration of the pre-Nov 3rd Judges

(DRAFT RESOLUTION)

THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF PAKISTAN

WHEREAS, We the elected representatives of the people of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan acknowledge and honor the long and arduous struggle for the return to democracy and rule of law by the legal fraternity, civil society and the ordinary citizens of our beloved country.

AND WHEREAS, We pay tribute to Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and thousands of brave political activists across the country who made the ultimate sacrifice and laid down their lives or suffered imprisonment for the cause of restoration of parliamentary democracy and the rule of law in Pakistan. We shall not let their sacrifices go in vain.

AND WHEREAS, this Assembly is mindful that the foundation of democracy cannot survive without a return to the rule of law. We are mindful, that the rule of law cannot survive the rule of the gun unless we have an independent judiciary. And, we are cognizant that we shall never have an independent judiciary if the Judges of the Superior Court’s of this country are imprisoned at the whims of a lone individual.
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PPP names Yousuf Raza Gilani as interim PM

The Pakistan Peoples Party Saturday named ex-parliamentary speaker Yousuf Raza Gilani as its candidate to be the country’s new prime minister. “I have great pleasure in calling upon Yousuf Raza Gilani in the name of Shaheed (martyr) Benazir Bhutto to accept the heavy responsibility to lead the coalition government and the nation”,” said a statement by Bhutto’s widower Asif Ali Zardari that was read out to reporters by party spokesman Farhatullah Babar.

The statement said that Gilani was the “consensus” candidate of the coalition. Gilani is a stalwart figure in the PPP and friend of Zardari who spent five years in jail under Musharraf’s regime on corruption charges that were later overturned. He was speaker during Benazir’s second term in power from 1993 to 1996 and a minister during her first term from 1988 to 1990. Party spokesman Farhatullah Babar would not comment on reports that Gilani would be a stop-gap premier until Zardari, who is not an MP, becomes eligible to stand for the post by contesting a by-election in May. The party struggled to settle on a candidate amid a power vacuum left by the charismatic Bhutto’s assassination in December, with Gilani emerging only in the last week.

It was surprising to see the announcment made by a press statement unlike the much anticpated annoucbment by Bilawal (Zardari) Bhutto. The other contenders were ex-trade minister Ahmed Mukhtar, party president Makhdoom Amin Fahim and Punjab province party chief Shah Mahmood Qureshi


More Fissures To Come in PPP and PPPP

Guest Blog by Temporal who blogs at Baithak

Today, Makhdoom Amin Fahim, a man of well chosen words said, “My heart is full of secrets, which, if I reveal to media they could bring storm in the national politics.”

I have written on this subject earlier. This is the third blog on the subject of fissures in the PPP. The interim Co Chairperson of the PPP as per written will is thrust in the limelight. To be fair he needs time to establish his control over the party. The eminent giant stalwarts that surround Asif Zardari since Benazir’s assassination were pygmies in front of her. They dare not speak unless asked. If she said jump they would ask how high. In the days following the assassination on three occasions Asif Zardari publicly declared his lack of interest in becoming the Prime Minister and indicated Makhdoom Amin Fahim as PPP’s choice for the post. What gave?

Intrigues. Royal intrigues. Makhdoom Amin Fahim was loyal to his leader. The poor fellow is being sent to the cleaners. Greed is worn on the sleeves by the party stalwarts. They see “Ministries” in their dreams. Not one faithful has come to Fahim’s rescue. Read on.
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International Women’s Day; A Pakistani Perspective

International Womens DayMarch 8th marks the celebration of the International Womens Day worldwide, in Pakistan women have done some hard work to be considered at par with the men of society, probably their most notable event remains the protest of Feb 12th 1982 where women were brutally attacked by the state machinery (aka Zia-ul-Haq), that day is probably the ‘unofficial’ Women’s Day in Pakistan.

I share with you an article [unedited version] written by Beena Sarwar in Dawn on 3rd March 2008

Here comes that day again, the one dedicated to women all over the world, March 8, International Women’s Day. In Pakistan, we observe our own unofficial Women’s Day every February 12 since the watershed rally in 1983 organised by the Punjab Women Lawyers Association in Lahore. Sadly, the symbolism of this demonstration is still relevant: it was a protest against Gen. Ziaul Haq’s law of evidence that reduced the testimony of women in court to half that of men; like many other laws the general imposed, it remains in our statute books.
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The Zardari Metamorphosis

Zardari MetamorphosisIn the three months following the assassination of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, her husband, Asif Ali Zardari has been progressively rebuilding his image, trying to distance himself from the tainted image of a feudal lord & Mr 10 percent, into the ‘Statesman’ sporting a sleek suit, trimmed mustaches and dyed hair, one has to seriously wonder if this is a true metamorphosis or just a ‘show’ to achieve ones goals.

I am generally weary of such drastic personality changes, not that I despise good looks, but in the case of Zardari, I worry. Its an age old saying that old habits die hard and a three month image rebuilding consultant will do little to change the person within, to trust a man who has ruthlessly looted this nation twice over to become the king-maker of our next Prime Minister – I worry.

Many reinvigorated Zardari supporters have started to ‘feel’ that this new image is due to the heightened responsibility entrusted upon him following the death of his wife and they believe he is now ‘a different person’, oft quoted as a ‘statesman’ who will build bridges between political divides to save Pakistan from disaster. Though I hope the best for Pakistan but It is here where I question — Is it just a show or truly the ‘New Zardari’ and more importantly are you falling for it?

This image was published in today’s Dawn with an article written by Anjum Niaz titled No Country for Old Men