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Democracy Yes, Dynasty No

Salman Ahmed JunoonOn Dec 27, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, 24, boasted about the party’s ‘proud’ record of bringing real justice to Pakistan.

Three days earlier, 20-year-old Shahzeb Khan was brutally gunned down in Karachi by the sons of the same corrupt feudal elite that Bilawal represents. Shahzeb’s only ‘crime’ was defending the honour of his sister who was harassed while returning from a wedding.

A verbal brawl broke out between Shahzeb and two absconding suspects. Shahzeb’s father, an officer in the Sindh Police, mediated the scuffle and implored both parties to back off. But power and money intoxicate and corrupt absolutely. The feudal sense of entitlement and revenge of both the accused — one said to be a Jatoi and the other a Talpur — emboldened them to act above the law and they did precisely that. Accompanied by armed guards, they followed Shahzeb’s car and allegedly pumped four bullets into the young man near Mubarak Masjid in Defence.

This kind of senseless violence has become the norm in Pakistan.
LINK: Democracy yes, dynasty no
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Asad Umar’s New Year Prayer for 2013: Aik Naya Pakistan

Asad UmarI pray that 2013 Is the year in which Pakistan’s journey begins towards being a country :

  1. Which has a just society where law applies to everyone regardless of wealth or position
  2. Which has equality of opportunity and the differences between rich and poor are minimized
  3. Which provides security to all its citizens and is at peace within and with its neighbors
  4. Which is a sovereign state in the true sense of the word and uses that sovereignty responsibly and without allowing harm to be caused to anyone else
  5. Whose citizens have regained their self confidence and restored their pride in who they are are and their heritage and take responsibility for their affairs instead of looking towards external powers to solve their problems
  6. Where the views and beliefs of all citizens are tolerated by all others and where hatred and intolerance find no home
  7. Which Is increasingly prosperous and is able to meet the dreams and aspirations of all its citizens
  8. Where Nasir Jamshed and Junaid khan live up to their early promise and blossom into world class cricketers (sorry my prayers had to have something about cricket!)

May allah bless all of you and your families and 2013 be a happy, peaceful, happy and prosperous new year for you.

Asad Umar 

Karachi & Lahore: Protest for Shahzeb Khan – Sunday at 3pm

Im going – Are you !!

Or would you wait for the day when someone close to you suffers the same brutal death? These Gun totting Urban & Rural Feudals are lurking in every corner and the odds are inching closer to you !! You better show up !!

PTI Leaders condole the family of Shahzeb Khan who was murdered by Feudal – Shahrukh Jatoi

Shahzeb Khan ProtestA large delegation of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf & ISF visited Shahzeb Khan’s family for condolences – His father shared a very heart touching narration of the tragic incident which truly moved us all.  It truly was a very simple argument, started by one of the servants of Shahrukh Jatoi who harassed Shahzeb’s sister, it unfortunately which resulted in the brutal murder of Shahzeb Khan by a Feudal’s son Shahrukh Jatoi (lived in the apartment across their Shahzeb’s flat)

Express Tribune – Murdered in cold blood: For Sindh’s feudals, Karachi lives come cheap  Shahzeb Khan didn’t even get time to change the clothes he wore to his sister’s valima. He was in his dark grey dress shirt and trousers when four 9mm bullets pierced through his car – a gleaming blue Swift which was an early birthday gift from his parents, and entered his body, eventually killing this popular 20 year old.

The car which had somersaulted after the shooting near Mubarak Masjid in Karachi’s upmarket Defence area on Tuesday morning, now stands silent opposite the Darakhshan Police Station, a sad reminder of what the spoilt young sons of feudal landlords can do if they or their friends are challenged.

After the condolences the delegation proceeded to Greenwich University to participate in a candle light vigil by the students and friends of In memory of Shahzeb Khan

The media seems to be playing down this incident, make your voice heard, make Shahzeb the beacon of light for justice for the hundred of thousands nameless people killed by Urban and Rural feudals of Karachi & Pakistan – today it was the son of a DSP Aurangzeb Khan – tomorrow it could easily be one of us, leaving behind a father and mother mourning the loss of a gun totting feudal on rampage killing over a mere dispute

Join the Protest on Sunday at the Karachi Press Club at 3pm – Peaceful protest ‘Justice for Shahzeb Khan’

Shaheen Sehbai analyzes Tahir Qadri’s Show of Strength

Shaheen SehbaiA very good critical analysis by Shaheen Sehbai about Tahir Qadri’s show yesterday – naturally I prefer the quoting the concluding remarks

“Qualified support has also come from Imran Khan who said much of what Dr Qadri said was similar to the PTI agenda.

Given a choice and given his lack of parliamentary experience, Imran would be the ideal politician to opt for the presidential system, directly elected by the people, if that idea has to materialise any time, sooner or later. It may be his best shot to get into power, with some real room to operate and change things. It may also suit the establishment to get someone on the top slot who is honest, means business and could be persuaded to carry out his national and social agenda in return for cooperation on security policies and defence issues.”
The News: Dr Qadri has a plan and it may workshared on Facebook by Awab Alvi

Imran Khan listed in TIME: People Who Mattered in 2012

Imran KhanImran Khan has been listed in TIME: People Who Mattered in 2012 at #20

He has emerged from obscurity this past year as a new dominant player in the country’s turbulent democracy, challenging the unpopular government of President Asif Ali Zardari while capitalizing on widespread frustrations over corruption, governance and U.S. drone attacks”
TIME: Imran Khan | People Who Mattered in 2012 | TIME.com
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Drone Pilots: Did we just kill a Kid? No .. it was a dog with Two Legs

Drone PilotsA drone operator sitting in front of a video screen in New Mexico after he just bombed a target to oblivion

Did we just kill a kid?” he asked the man sitting next to him.

Yeah, I guess that was a kid,” the pilot replied.

Was that a kid?” they wrote into a chat window on the monitor.

Then, someone they didn’t know answered, someone sitting in a military command center somewhere in the world who had observed their attack. “No. That was a dog,” the person wrote.

They reviewed the scene on video. A dog on two legs?

I have no words to express my frustration at reading this narration from a Drone Pilot sitting in New Mexico –

Mr Obama – TIME 2012 Person of the Year – please shed a tear for that DOG with TWO LEGS

LINK: Dreams in Infrared: The Woes of an American Drone Operator – SPIEGEL ONLINE

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Debate on Womens Reserved Seat

PTI Women The issue about the Reserved Seat for Women came under heavy debate when Imran Khan was misquoted by a number of newspapers to have said that he wanted to oppose womens reserved seats – the issue naturally took a lashing, but in reality it was uncalled for as Imran Khan actually only questioned the “Nomination” of Women Candidates to these seats as not a direct representation of women – his actual words were

Legislators in assemblies are representatives of the people. How can some women be representative of women when they haven’t even contested elections?

The same statement was was followed up by his tweet immediately after the conference

Seeing the confusion being played up in the media – PTI was quick to issue a clarification

PTI & Imran Khan would like to clarify that while addressing a seminar “Justice for Women,” at Aiwan-e-Iqbal Lahore yesterday Imran Khan never said that he is against reserved seats for women in the parliament and is misquoted in several newspapers. Imran Khan said that instead of women taking the reserved seats based on Nomination lists, a special election specifically for women alone should be held for the reserved seats so as to ensure genuine women representation.

The intra-party election of PTI is proof of the fact that the reserved seats for women are also being contested for. Imran Khan holds that legislators in the assembly are representative of the people and the women on reserved seats should be truly representative of women and their issues

A good explanation about the Women’s reserved seat was provided by Salman Latif : Women in Pakistan’s National Assembly currently have 60 reserved seats. How exactly are these seats filled in? Well, since the seats are allocated to each political party based on their proportion in the legislature, the said political parties have the sole authority to figure out who will fills these seats. The result is simply that the wives, daughters, sisters, relatives of the bigwigs of each political party smugly position themselves on these seats, clamouring out about women rights yet being utterly incompetent to launch the least effort to that end. Seats are allocated purely on political connections with nary a thought spared to any merit or qualification.

An argument presented by Bina Shah in her blog post Hands off the Reserved Seats for Women! would have been valid, had if Imran Khan actually spoke about abolishing the reserve seats all together, but he DID NOT – Bina goes on to question the fact that it might not be possible to hold elections in many rural areas of Pakistan – it could very well be the case, but its ironic to hear Bina Shah and Marvi Sirmed some well respected women activist to actually resist the suggestion of a further empowering women in Pakistan right down to the individual level, im sure if they were to look at the actual statements they too would appreciate this positive suggestion by PTI. Imran Khan sensing the confusion did respond to Momina Khawar about this confusion via a tweet the same day

Imran Khan and PTI is not against the reserved seat but wants to empower women more so by enabling the women in Pakistan to directly elect their own parliamentarians and let them carry forth the baton on protecting the rights of women in Pakistan – not be left at the behest of an elitist party leadership to pick and choose elitist women representatives who have no connection or relationship with the grass root constituent women and their issues

A further proof of PTI’s commitment to women in Pakistan – takes example from the its Intra-party elections – each UC has ELEVEN seats being contested for, SEVEN are designated open seats (both male and female can contest) while it has reserved FOUR seats for Women – and women are then asked to vote for them and hence women truly become an integral part of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf

I truly had a good laugh to have read a number women parliamentarians raising a firestorm in the National Assembly objecting to Imran Khan’s “alleged” statement – I wish these women would take time to investigate the issue and not be so greedily focused on protecting their own seats in the National Assembly – I honestly wonder how many would make it to the NA floor if they were to contest the elections directly, some .. maybe,  most … not

Truly if you look beyond the fog deliberately created by PTI opponents – in reality PTI is actually working to empower women to the individual level – A women parliamentarian elected by women from each constituency will work to bring forth issues that are pertinent to the area – definitely not by appointed women nominated into power

TTP Terrorist Tattoo

TTP Terrorist TattooAbundant theories flying around regarding this Tattoo on the back of a TTP terrorist killed in the Peshawar Airport attack. TTP takes credit for an operation by a Foreign Funded militia … seems like this image will start putting into perspective how Pakistan is being taken for an implosive roller coaster ride at the behest of some hidden forces being externally funded. One thing is for sure this picture would not have emerged without the consent of the Pakistan Army – they are through this picture sending a message across – question is, is this the game changer?

What is your perspective on this latest development
Yahoo News: Tattoo is seen on back of a Taliban militant who was killed during a gun battle in Peshawar
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Nawaz Sharif’s Bushonomics for Pakistan

Nawaz SharifFollowing up on Nawaz Sharif’s 10% Disaster Economics – Sayem Ali explains how Nawaz Sharif’s economic plan so closely resembled G Bush vision which lead to the world financial crisis in the US history after WW II

“I received some interesting responses to my previous article titled, ‘Nawaz’s 3E formula’. Dr Abbasi in his letter to the editor defended Nawaz Sharif’s 3Es policy of massive tax cuts to big business and the top 10 percent income earners. According to Dr Abbasi, similar tax cuts to big business encouraged higher investment spending and created more jobs in Europe and the US. Hence, Dr Abbasi suggests Nawaz Sharif’s 10-percent tax formula will work in Pakistan. I strongly disagree.

The tax cuts implemented by George Bush for big business and wealthy taxpayers led to the worst financial crisis in the US since World War II and caused record unemployment and sharp rise in poverty. Corporate tax rate was slashed from as high as 39.6 percent down to 15 percent and hefty tax breaks were doled out to wealthy individuals. These tax cuts were supposed to encourage higher spending by big banks, oil companies and multinationals for new job creation. Instead, big business and wealthy taxpayers used the money to bet on the stock markets and real estate, leading to a flush of liquidity in speculative investments. Instead of investing in the real economy and creating jobs, the money from the tax cuts created asset bubbles. When the bubble burst in 2008, the whole world was left reeling”

Pakistan’s rich & famous will NOT behave any differently
The News: Bushonomics in Pakistan – Sayem Z Ali
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