For all my regular readers, it will not be too hard to figure out my Dua for this Eid-ul-Adha. I sincerely wish each and every Muslim in the world a very happy and joyous Eid, while at the same time I urge them to take a moment to pray for Pakistan asking Allah, God Almighty to pull this country from these ruthless Pakistani politicians and guide it towards a better tomorrow. A dream which may seem more like a haze in the distance when we sit to watch leaders like Musharraf, Chaudhry’s, Benazir Bhutto, Asif Zardari, Maulana Fazul-ur-Rehman and Sharif brothers, offer the people of Pakistan a facade solution when in truth each and everyone of these so called politicians have a proven track record of being a country-rapist, stand to woo in the voters for another chance to dig his/her teeth into the treasure coves of Pakistan.
Posted on the Emergency Times website
The Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, will offer Eid prayers at the Faisal Mosque, Islamabad, for which he has been granted ‘temporary’ release from his illegal imprisonment. The other Honorable Judges will accompany him as well. Fellow Pakistanis are urged to gather at 7.30am tomorrow at the barricade in front of the Frontier and Baluchistan House to honour our national heroes. Our great leaders Aitizaz Ahsan, Justice Tariq Mehmud and many others will also to accompany the CJP.
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), along with other civil society groups, will be observing December 10 (Universal Human Rights Day), as black day. The idea is to highlight the unprecedented human rights abuses by the government against the people and against all sections of civil society in 2007, including curbs on media and free expression; arrests of thousands of lawyers, journalists, students, teachers and human rights activists; charging lawyers and others under the Anti-Terrorism Act; house arrest of 35 judges of superior courts; and generally the people suffering terrorism; both at the hands of non-state militants and state agents.
Current Articles on Pakistan and Human Rights
- PM calls for collective efforts for promotion, protection of human rights
- Benazir’s dubious Human Rights record
- European lawyers to protest outside Pakistani embassies on 10th
- South Asians for Human Rights concerned over continued rights violations in the region
- Celebrating Int’l Rights Day without giving rights to the poor
Universal Human Rights Day – News from around the world
Protests in Pakistan on 10th Dec, 2007
On that day, a demonstration would be staged outside Karachi Press Club at 04:00 pm. Please bring a black flag, bring a friend and bring yourself (if possible, in black clothes). Looking forward to see you on Monday, the 10th of December, 2007 at 4 pm at KPC.
Black flags and bands should be displayed on the occasion. Members of HRCP and other civil society groups will gather outside the Lahore High Court at 12 Noon on December 10 to highlight such violations of rights.
Relevant Links :
As a Pakistani engulfed in this crisis it is really heartening to see the entire American Bar Association rallying to the support of the lawyers here in Pakistan, Thank you
- American Lawyers March to Supreme Court to Show Solidarity with Pakistani Lawyers on 11/14/2007
- Video of ABA President Neukom’s speech before the march
- Op-ed: Standing Up for Rule of Law in Pakistan by William H. Neukom President, American Bar Association
- AUDIO / VIDEO clips
- Letter to President Musharraf Urging Restoration of Rule of Law in Pakistan – PDF Download
- The World Wide Bar Association Community Responds to the Crisis in Pakistan
- A classroom exercise framed on the present situation in Pakistan – PDF Download
Yet again Karachi is in the midst of terror and violence. As citizens and stakeholders we have decided to raise hell and make a nuisance of ourselves. What we are aiming to do is to express our outrage and let our leaders know that we have had enough.
Here is what you do to participate
I would like to extend my warm greetings to all my readers, on this Eid-ul-Fitr wishing you all a very Happy Eid Mubarak.
At this joyous occasion please take a moment to offer a prayer for the hundreds and thousands of innocent lives being lost in North Waziristan for the sake of ‘someone else’s [read USA] war on terror’. Please take time to offer prayers for ‘our’ Pakistan, in the hope that Allah may guide these ruthless, mindless & corrupt politicians to empower them to do what is best for Pakistan and not work mindlessly towards protecting their position of power and their greed for wealth.
This recent move to (dis)honor the author Salman Rushdie with the highest British award of Knighthood a bold step which attempts to continue to alienate the Muslims of the world. Since 9/11 the Muslims have been in the cross-hairs of all investigations in any unforeseen mishap in the world, the first thing that the media starts portraying is an potential ‘Muslim angle’ its almost as if to say that the notion of ‘innocence until proven guilty’ does not exist, but instead the opposite is assumed form the outset – Guilty until proven innocent
The Government of Pakistan (read Pakistan Army) has been trying its best to suppress the release of the book titled Military Inc.: Inside Pakistan’s Military Economy which was written by Dr. Ayesha Siddiqa. Since Friday, the proposed release date the military has pulled all stops to prevent the release of this all-exposing book going to the extent of pulling the book off the shelves and then harassing the author considerably.
This recent attempt to bully Free Speech has resulted in a world wide outcry and many people overwhelmingly have objected to the attempt by the Pakistan Army to silence this author and offer her my full physical and moral support in this regard.
For the past few days I have been writing quite openly on Karachi Metroblogs about the carnage served up by on the fateful day of 12th May 2007. The more I logically try to reason what happened I continue to fall deeper into the corner of laying the blame squarely on Musharraf who used MQM to serve him with a decent body count.
The minute the rallies started heading towards the airport a volley of gun fire was let loose from high well placed vantage points upon the people below. The participants of these rallies ran for cover but little can you do with sniper fire. It was literally a nightmare and it would be best if you were to read one of my posts which I wrote on Karachi Metroblogs immediately after I returned home ‘Karachi Witnesses an Organized Massacre‘ where I was simply fuming and blaming the ruling party for everything. If they honestly wanted to prevent the opposition from approaching the airport they could have easily deployed a large police and ranger contingent and told them to tear gas the hell out of the crowd, they could have enforced a Section 144 throughout the city (at least in the areas of Shahrai Faisal if the rest of the town was needed for MQM rallies) and could have used rubber bullets to pacify the aggressive activists or even an occasional lathi charge to give it a Karachi twist. But surprisingly nothing of this sort was used, no tear gas, no 144, no latthi charge, no rubber bullets, no calling in of the rangers to cordon off the city, it was quite simply gun fire all around. Can you imagine for a moment that throughout the day NOT A SINGLE TEAR GAS SHELL WAS USED !!!! Remarkable isn’t it.
When in the evening that day we were a witness to a long rambling by President General Pervaiz Musharraf, it suddenly dawned on me that this was all part of a greater plan and yet again I wrote another post on Karachi Metroblogs titled 5/12 in this post I think I have nailed it on the head when I stated
Karachi was used and the dead were simply pawns in the game of wits. Many have accused the CJP for allegedly politicizing the judicial crisis but I blame Musharraf for using Karachi as a chopping block for his grapple for power
Musharraf needed something substantial to tack onto the Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry as the lame accusation of ‘Politicizing the Judicial Process’ was loosing its impact, what better accusation then a huge body count to shove in his face. Karachi was simply used as a chopping block, the administration was told to serve up a decent body count and MQM was more then happy to oblige
I thought I was finished with all off my share of Government bashing series of articles but I simply could not hold back when Cyril highlighted a particular comment which appeared on Karachi Metroblog. It makes me cry but at the same time shudder at what could happen if the ‘ruling gods’ go on a rampage. I shudder and also worry for my safety, but at the same time feel that it must be done for the sake of Karachi and Pakistan simply said the truth must be told
A comment was posted by a certain individual calling himself SJ responding to a discussion on Karachi Metroblog, honestly it had nothing to do with the discussion in progress and I assume it was the only place he could find in his eagerness to raise his voice.
Enough said, I leave you with this story of a doctor who chooses to remain anonymous for the sake of his dear life, but had the courage to speak up and luckily posted it on KMB. I honestly fear for his safety, but at the same time I feel that since he showed courage to post it on our blog it should not go unnoticed and it should be projected to the world as an example of what just happened in the short span of six hours that the administration decided to call off the police and leave it unattended in the hands of ruthless killers.
The brave doctor posted this from his mobile set so you would have to definitely forgive his typographical errors, read it fully and then think about what just happened to Karachi on the 12th of May. Massacre seems to be a very light term to describe the ruthless killing that took place in six brief hours
I am a doctor. I work at a tertiary care, govt run, large and very well known hospital in khi. Forgive the short hnd style of typing here. I am, and hav been here at work for more than 32 hrs, and am surfing/typing on my cellphone. I rode with my ambulance drivers, was in the hastily set up emergency room in our lobby, attended multiple gunshot wounds victims etc. but nothing struck down my soul more than what 9 fully armed workers of MQM alongwith 2 sector office bearers did.
They tried to drag out the wounded and dying body of a Sunni Tehrik worker (we later learnt he was sunni tehrik) for presumably finishing him off. Whn my junior residents said we could not allow that, they slapped my junior, dragged us both by our legs to the back of the gurney alley and with shotguns, pistols and ak-47’s in hand, ran in to our lobby presumably attempting to search whr the man in question was being treated. I ran out to the rangers and police a.s.i. some distance frm our front gate who when approached by myself said, and i quote ‘jaante ho inn logoun ko phir bhi kyon larta ho…hamain upar se order hai ke inn ko 4 baje tak karne do jo karna hai. 4 baje ke baad kuch dekhainge’.
I recognized the sector office bearers of the MQM, bcoz I have made the mistake of voting for the MQM in the past. I called a friend in Bohrapir, who is related to Farooq Sattar. 5 mins later the sector charges recieved a call on their cell, and they left, one with a bandana threatening me with ‘naam dekh liya hai tera. Koi shor sharaba karne ki zururat nahi hai baad main warna samajh ja kya hoga’. He also took my junior residnts mobile fone saying ‘chikna set hai’. The guy they had come looking for had been shot one more time in the head. The o.t dress we had dressed him in 10 mins earlier was freshly bloody.
I curse myself for all times i hav defended these people in discussions with friends. Bcoz i like many othrs made up my mind based on hearsay and wht familial and traditional biases i grew up with, without being exposed to their reality. Dont misunderstand me. The JI, JUP, pml, ppp, Sunni this and Shia tht, all othr parties may b infinitely worse. I m just saying tht all of us need to understand tht an argument should take place for one reason alone. To compel or b compelled. Whn we hav the logic and conviction to do the former or the sense and courage for the latter, we will stop seeing wht we witnessed in our city today. – unedited version
Please have Mercy on us all
A slightly altered and shorter version has been published on Karachi Metroblogs titled ‘Is this What Happened?‘
Its been barely two weeks since Saddam Hussein was sent to the gallows. There is not a soul on the earth who would have been sympathetic with this murderer but strangely after watching the ‘assassination’ haphazardly orchestrated by the American forces he may have potentially become a hero. I look beyond the jeering crowds, I look beyond the hooded masks and I look beyond the cheers which drown the room immediately after his hanging, he gracefully held his composure despite being confronted with a rough audience. Out of humanity, out of decency and respect for a dying man, regardless of how ruthless he maybe, the assassins could have ensured his peaceful departure.
The scheduling of Saddams assassination can be the most controversial and damaging to the United States of America. Since it was ordered to be scheduled ON the day of the Hajj, probably one of the most religions days in the Islamic calender. The American forces it seems were unsympathetic to the Muslim feelings and specifically ordered the assassination on the very day millions were celebrating Eid while a large congregation was observing their once in a lifetime religious rituals at Makkah, where even the act of hurting an inconsequential animal such as an ant can potentially nullify the entire ritual for the person. For many Muslims it apparently appeared to be a deliberate effort to ensure that the hanging took place on the every same day as if to indicate to the Muslim world that, do all you might but we will continue to rub your nose into the ground. While a post 9-11 traumatized nation which continuously tries in vain to comprehend as to why Islamofascist have turned against them, there is little doubt when such matters of insensitivity can easily push a moderate Muslim to radicalisms. Had if the assassinations been of some other criminal belonging to another religion more care would have been taken to avoid the ‘accidental’ scheduling on a major event like Christmas Day or for the matter Thanksgiving day lest it leave a bad taste, probably even the cruelest of democracies prefer to avoid criminal proceedings on such landmark events to avoid an emotional backlash from the greater populace.
I wish all my readers a very Happy Eid Mubarak and a joyful and exciting new year. Lets hope we can together make this new year be a more peaceful year for the entire world.
As in tradition of my Eid-ul-Fitr post I have again initiated a blogroll of bloggers around the Pakistani Blogoshpere who are wishing their readers a Happy Eid-ul-Azha. If your post does not appear in the list please comment, and I will make sure its inserted promptly. You are also more then welcome to share this blogroll on your own blog by utilizing the code which appears at the end of the list, it helps tremendously if fellow bloggers reciprocal links contributing to a more recognizable ranking within the global blog rankings
Post appearing around the blogging world on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha 2007
Martin Crowe, the former New Zealand captain, has emailed the ICC to review Muttiah Muralitharan’s bowling action, specifically the doosra. Which has been an-issue-to-whine-over by a number of English, Aussie & New Zealand cricketers for a long time. It was the infamous Darryl Hair who took it upon himself to get into a tussle with the Sri Lankan team a few years back and later wrote a book about it.
ICC has some very vague and unscientifically proven rules about arm flexion allowing spinners to bend their elbow by 5 degrees while quick pacers are permitted to extent the envelop upto 10 degrees. These numbers have been based upon observations, sampling the bowlers in the international arena, naturally such a rule is bound to be problematic unless and until definitive fair rules are established taking into consideration the rare probability of a Muthiah Muralitharan’s unique wrist anatomy where he biologically cannot fully straighten his arm and is bound to be some degree of flexion as normal.
There is no doubt that in the recent years, almost every EID is filled with a massive exchange of SMS Eid Greetings. To be honest Eid has not even started in Pakistan as its midnight on chand raat and I have already received over 25 eid wishes on SMS, I can only wonder what will happen to my cell phone as the actual Eid day approaches.
Lets have the best / lamest / funniest (?) Eid SMS Message you have received so far.
In an effort to enjoy this Eid in true blogging style I have created a blogroll of all websites that are wishing their readers a very Happy Eid. If you are a blogger then simply make an Eid wishing post and it will be included as soon as possible.
This list serves a dual purpose, it provides a comprehensive list which people can use to wish everyone around the blogging community a very joyous eid, but for bloggers it is my small token of appreciation / Eidi / Gift providing them a link-back to their blogs. Link-backs actually help improve the overall ranking of all blogs but more importantly it helps to grow the Pakistani / Muslim Blogging community to a higher level.
If you care to join in the link-sharing concept this Eid, then copy this Blogrolling.com code and place it either somewhere on your blog and viola we all play our small part to help everyone around
A1GP is the creation of Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Maktoum Al Maktoum who has truly envisioned the creation of a racing circuit parallel to the world famous Formula 1 series. AiGP tries to bring the fast paced motor racing away from cutting edge developers permitting individual nations to compete on a level playing field. The technology and innovation are deliberately equalised and performance is then determined by human bravery, skill and excellence. Team and driver combine to create their advantage in an attempt to raise the national flag with pride. Last years 2005 season was won by France piling up a massive 172 while the Swiss came second with 121 points
Team Pakistan last year ended the season with 10 points (ranked 20/25) driven by Adam Khan but this year he has been replaced by Nur Ali who has had some previous racing experience which we hope will be a benefit in the overall picture. But sadly the first race of the 2006 season in Netherlands Nur could not stay on the track as it had started to rain while he was running on dry tires, hard luck. Though a poor start I wish the team could get its act together and burn some serious rubber. I am quite anxious to follow Team Pakistan through 2006 and will try to keep the blog updated on its progress, its time for Pakistanis to rally behind this team and hope that they can really improve to make us proud.
Next race – Brno, Czech Republic, Oct 08, 2006