Tag: Benazir

  • Update @ 0942: National Party’s General Secretary is targeted by Pakistani Government

    Via e-mail from Umar Farooq with the People’s Resistance which is a coalition of various organizations, left-wing political parties, NGOs and human rights organizations, labor and trade-union federations, academics, students, and citizens: Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo, General Secretary National Party, was sent on judicial remand to Landhi District Jail on November 8, 2007. Since hen…

  • Update @ 0130: Geo News DDoS’d

    On Friday at around 2030 the Geo.tv started to received a DDoS (Distributed Denial of Serice) attack and they were able to recover from this surge of artificial traffic after two hours of down time by around 2235. Geo.tv reports that this is the second time such an attack occurred on its servers resulting in…

  • Update @ 1745: Imran Khan sends message on the battle for Pakistan

    We received the following e-mail from Imran Khan who highlights the massive crackdown on genuine opposition, police brutality being used as a tool to induce fear for those attending peace rallies, and the need to restore an independent judiciary among other valuable insights: The imposition of martial law under the garb of emergency should make…

  • Update @ 1520: Rubber bullets fired at demonstrators in Rawalpindi

    Just received the following via SMS (although cell phone voice reception has been disrupted by the jammers, the text messaging service is functional): Benazir Bhutto is trying to reach Liaquat Bagh while Pakistani security forces have fired rubber bullets at demonstrators in Rawalpindi where a peace rally is being held today by the PPP (Pakistan…

  • Update @ 1400: Benazir Bhutto comes out of her house

    Via SMS, just hours before Benazir Bhutto was set to start off her party’s peace rally, she was detained and placed under house arrest at the Zardari house in Islamabad: Despite Pakistani security forces surrounding her house, Bhutto has just stepped out of the house and police have led her to a nearby waiting car.…

  • Update @ 1240: Benazir Bhutto detained, HRCP website blocked

    I’ve just received a SMS from Doc that Benazir Bhutto has been detained at her residence in Islamabad while one of the activists on the ground in Pakistan sent in a message via Skype, stating that the HRCP (Human Rights Commission Pakistan) website has been blocked in Pakistan by the PTA (Pakistan Telecommunications Authority). For…

  • Update @ 2145: PPP (political) rally in Islamabad tomorrow

    An update has come in that the PPP (Pakistan People’s Party) are planning to organize a rally to be staged tomorrow (Wednesday) which starts off at 4pm in front of the Parliament House in Islamabad. Benazir Bhutto who has now landed in Islamabad appeared earlier this evening on private media channels to encourage people to…

  • Does Musharraf face risk of a coup?

    Early today morning there were strong rumors throughout he country that the junior squadron of Army leadership had turned onto Musharraf and had him under house arrest, the rumor fizzled out to be smoke and Musharraf went on record to state that this was ‘a joke of the highest degree’ An interesting article by BBC…

  • ‘Phone call’ that led to Emergency

    As mentioned previously in one of my post barely a day back when discussing Benazir’s exit out of the country, I suspected that something was a foot regarding the Presidential Petition decision and it could be possible that the Supreme Court judges might revolt, well now with the martial law in full force I think…

  • Where do we go from here? – Najam Sethi

    Published in the 4th November edition of Daily Times by the editor-in-chief of Daily Times, I think he has outlined the issue quite well and its worth reading News analysis: Where do we go from here? By Najam Sethi Several points are interesting and significant about last nights political rupture. We have a state of…

  • Update @ 0244: Geo TV’s website back online

    Geo TV is now back online and have posted an announcement on their homepage stating that due to enormously heavy traffic on their website, they are presenting a light text-version with latest news updates while the full version of the website will be available in a few hours. A summary of the main points of…

  • Update @ 2230

    PPP Workers welcome Benazir Bhutto at Karachi Airport Downlink of AAJ TV suspended in Pakistan US Department of State issues alert that the US government is deeply disturbed by imposition of emergency in Pakistan & the Secretary of State stressed that latest moves by Pakistan are regrettable. In less than 30 minutes, Musharraf is set…

  • Benazir Bhutto arrives in Pakistan

    Via AryOne TV: 1) Benazir Bhutto arrives in Karachi 2) Justice Amanullah takes oath under new PCO as Chief Justice of Balochistan 3) M. Afzhal Somoro takes oath under new PCO as Chief Justice of Sindh high court. 4) TV Stations across the globe including CNN and BBC are reporting that mobile phones and sms…

  • Emergency declared in Pakistan

    At around 5:30pm Pakistan was shoved into a national crisis with the declaration of emergency throughout the country, all electronic media was taken off the air and General Pervaiz Musharraf has assumed all powers over the nation. The threat it seems to have come from the Supreme Court of Pakistan which was soon to decide…

  • Benazir Scampers out of the Country, Bhaag BB Bhaag

    Barely two days before the arrival of Benazir Bhutto on Oct 18th, a very respected and trusted source had the opportunity to meet a high level bureaucrat from the Musharraf regime (I would like to protect the source and the contact) for a casual dinner, naturally at that time the hot issue under scrutiny was…