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Mass arrests likely in the days leading upto the Long March

Reports are emerging across a few networks that there are likely to be mass arrests across the country leading up to the Long March slated to arrive in Islamabad on March 16th. Indications arise from the latest decision by Mr. Asif Zardari to setup mobile courts on Sunday by promulgating an ordinance to amend the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898, authorizing setting up of mobile courts and appointing district magistrates across the country, the timing of which is suspiciously linked to an attempt to quench the build up of massive support in th following two weeks.

Justice (retd) Tariq Mehmood thought the ordinance was aimed at suppressing the PML-N and the lawyers’ movement. “As a lawyer, I think that these courts will work as military courts worked during martial law period, which could not last long,” he remarked

So in short, could this be a another form of Martial Law that we saw in 2007 under the watchful eye of Pervaiz Musharraf. It seems the battle has just resumed yet again

Sharif brothers declared ineligible for Elections

Sharif BrothersThe Supreme Court after prolonged hearing of Sharif brothers’ electoral eligibility case, finally declared today that the two brothers Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif are ineligible for contesting elections which were held in February 2008.

This decision will actually throw into confusion Shahbaz Sharif’s position as the Chief Minister of Punjab and consequentially create a stand-off between PPP and PML-N, and their preparations for the Long March on 15th March in Islamabad. Though another case that must be brought to the Supreme Court is the eligibility of Mr. Asif Zardari as President of Pakistan who might have far more skeletons hidden in his own closet more then the Sharif bradran

Update: Pakistan Policy Blog sumaries the situation
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The Lament of the Blind and the Deaf

Guest post by Temporal from Baithak Blog

The usually well informed and articulate Anjum Niaz in this column is way off base

The one cardinal mistake she, and most of us make, is putting all our eggs in one basket. The controversial Chaudhry Iftikhar is not a panacea for all that ails us

Pakistan does not have the luxury of time

While we listen to the muezzin’s call from the minaret the world has left us way behind

We delude ourselves. We kill ourselves in the name of the same Allah we bow down to. There is no national institution that is not hollow and crumbling. And sadly that includes the bomb-hugging Army. Edhi is NOT an national institution, but a collective sigh

Bereft of faith and self confidence, we tire not of screaming at perceived attacks at our state, nation, religion, sovereignty, integrity, ideology

We love to point fingers at others when we should look in the mirror

That is our dilemma. I hope that it is not our undoing

Restoration of an Independent Judiciary: Truth, Myths and Realities

Peoples' ResistanceThe Peoples Resistence invites you to a seminar on Movement for Restoration of an Independent Judiciary: Truth, Myths and Realities


Date: Monday, 23rd February, 2009
Time: 6:30 PM
Venue: PMA House
Speakers: Muneer Malik, Rasheed Rizvi, Qazi Faez Essa, Samina Noman

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Pakistan; The Ongoing “Soft Revolution” towards a “Welfare State” – Part I

Guest Post by Silence

A welfare state is a government that provides for the welfare, or the well-being, of its citizens completely. Such a government is involved in citizens’ lives at every level. It provides for physical, material, and social needs rather than the people providing for their own.

The purpose of the welfare state is to create economic and social equality or to assure equitable standards of living for all, access to justice, freedom of faith, freedom of speech and transparency in decisions of executive.

The welfare state provides education, housing, sustenance, healthcare, pensions, unemployment insurance, sick leave or time off due to injury, supplemental income in some cases, and equal wages through price and wage controls.

It also provides for public transportation, childcare, social amenities such as public parks and libraries, as well as many other goods and services. Some of these items are paid for via government insurance programs while others are paid for by taxes.
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Long March and… a new generation learns to Mobilize

Burhan and Riaz Ahmed
International Socailists of Pakistan

History made an entire cross section of civil society of Pakistan learned and transformed from its own struggle against rules from above. Long march ended today at 6 am with thousands of agitators sending a strong message to those in corridor of power that they know how to mobilize nationwide and the next time the rulers will not have a chance.

We are in Rawalpindi rite now. Last nite we went to Isd. A Huge no. of people in Rawalpindi/Isd are disappointed at decesion to cancel Dharna. We asked 50 people and 80% of them disagreed with Aitzaz MAny young lawyers and civil society members were Dumbstruck. They were ready for further action but were let down by the leadership. when Aitzaz started his speech many students and activists felt that the Dharna would be canceled and then they started agitating.

People present there were not consulted at all before the cancellation. If cancellation was done because of logistical reasons then proper arrangements could have been done and funds could have been raised to help those willing to sit in front of the parliament. It was done in an undemocratic fashion.
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Citizen Journalists cover the Long March

Pakistan Long March Live CoverageI mentioned a few posts earlier that an initiative has been launched to help cover the Long March procession through its journey from Karachi to Islamabad.

The first day I personally reported on the details of the journey from Karachi to Hyderabad and then Sukkur, it was later followed up by frequent SMS and Phone call contacts with participants of the Long March in the onward segment of Sukkur to Multan and then today to Lahore.

Today’s coverage was extensively reported by ALE-Xpressed who braved the crowds to welcome the Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on his arrival at Lahore Airport from Multan. Watch one of his videos here while the rest can be viewed at the Live blog at PkLongMarch.blogspot.com (short URL http://help.pk)

Rally at Lahore Airport Exit from ALE-Xpressed for Live Coverage of Long March

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Citizen Reporters needed for Online Coverage of the Long March


Pakistanis through out the country have today embarked upon a historical Long March for the restoration of the Judiciary. There are hundreds and thousands of people who will participate in the procession witnessing history in the making, taking pictures and capturing priceless videos from their cell phones as the rally winds its way to Islamabad. Be a part of impacting a greater change by sharing these updates, pictures and videos with the global audience. In an attempt to harness this Mobile Journalism we hope to have you participate in this concept at http://PkLongMarch.blogspot.com (or http://help.pk – shorter to remember)

We need all participants of the procession to become our on ground reporters for the Long March movement by sending instantaneous and live updates via email to LongMarch@help.pk or LM@help.pk (shorter to remember) where you can send send in your live comments / Pictures / Mobile Videos on the progress of the Long March as it makes it way to Islamabad, for some who do not have GPRS facility can still update us using the SMS-Email facility [160 character limit] provided by most cellular networks to participate in this campaign

Action Alert: Send updates, Pictures, Audio Clips, Videos of the Long March making its way to Islamabad
Website: http://PkLongMarch.blogspot.com (or http://Help.pk)
Email: LongMarch@help.pk (or LM@help.pk)
Twitter: http://twitter.com/LongMarch

Help Spread the word so more people know about this utility and be a part of true revolutionary Citizen Journalism in Pakistan, this concept directly helps promote the Long March to the global audience which contributes to an indirect pressure on the establishment to Restore the Judiciary in Pakistan

Hum Mulk Bachanay Nikay Hain
Aao Humaray Saath Chalo

Long March updates

10:00am Left.high court in a large procession of 100 cars few trucks and a large number of bikes

10:45 we have reached Quaid Mazar

11:00 a few speeches I hope they leave quickly

11:15 reaching jail chowrangi

11:30 crossed civic center

12:40 leaving sohrab goth welcome camp massive rally we hope to make a difference

2:00PM pasban gave a reception at nooriabad

2:30PM 30km from HYD