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The Great Game –The Count Down Begins !

In its December issues Global Research of Canada in a series of articles by Prof. Michel Chossudovsky outlined the American design for the break up of Pakistan. I give below the gist of his remarkably till now accurate analysis(with a few comments of my own),in the hopes that it serves as an eye opener for my country men- and my friends in India.

The report states that due to the assassination of Benazir Bhutto the process of US sponsored “regime change”, which normally consists in the re-formation of a fresh proxy government under new leaders, has been defeated. Their trusted ally General Pervez Musharraf – having been exposed – cannot long remain in the seat of political power. More over the fake elections supported by the “west” scheduled for January 2008 would now only create a political impasse.
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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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Shahid Masood, a Journalist or a pack of lies?

The day after the fall of the Musharraf dynasty, Shahid Masood goes on record to write a detailed Urdu column in Jang sharing his experiences with Musharraf in the Presidential House while the dictator bid a tearful adieu to his nation nation. For the record we should recall that Musharraf and Shahid Masood were not exactly chums due to some very confrontational talk show that the spin doctor of Geo has frequently spun out attacks against Musharraf. The newly appointed PTV Chairman was brought in by the newly elected democratic leadership to replace the old PTV boss Yousuf Baig Mirza who has been rumored to have had one too many scandals unto his name [Note: Access to this website is blocked from Pakistan you can use this alternative URL]. Yousuf Baig Mirza, much to disliking of Musharraf was replaced by the host of a highly confrontational show at GEO.tv

In the column titled ‘Rukhsati‘ he so elaborately explained his rendezvous with the President on the fourth floor of the Presidency on the 18th of August to the extent that he quotes Musharraf to have even said ‘Thanks Shahid‘. In all honesty I would not have questioned this editorial and shrugged it off more in the line of just another reactionary column. Had it not been for an email sent to the CEO of jang Group yesterday by a senior producer of Samaa TV who also claims to have been at the Presidency during his address and actually refutes all of Shahid Masood’s editorial we would not have known better.

Granted this could just be another spoof media rivalry between two media houses but one must take a step back and realize the complexity of the issue, Musharraf most definitely did not like Shahid Masood and then to trust the PTV boss with his all important presidential address, I too would have looked at alternative telecasting options – let me not speculate any further, I leave you to decide whats right or whats wrong
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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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We Want: A Fair Trial & Return of Nov 2nd Judiciary

People’s Resistance
Press Release – 18 August 2008

People’s Resistance attributes the resignation of retired General Pervez Musharraf as President of Pakistan to the long and untiring struggle of the Lawyers, students, civil society organizations and political groups. The civil society and media’s struggle against the arbitrary rule of General Musharraf forced the ruling democratic coalition to start the process of impeachment that eventually led to his resignation.

Though we celebrate his resignation, we call for the fair trial of General Musharraf for the long list of crimes against the people of Pakistan including removal of judiciary, abrogating the constitution, forced disappearances, torture and deaths in custody of citizens especially from Baluchistan, and for killing people in Tribal Areas of Pakistan.

In this vein the People’s Resistance demands the immediate restoration of the judiciary to its November 02 composition, as it was before the promulgation of the PCOs suspending the constitution.

Its over – Musharraf has resigned

After much hoopla – President Pervaiz Musharraf has finally resigned leaving the destiny on the nation in the hands of Pakistanis and its leaders. The address talked about all his achievements but failed to discuss a few important issues for example the Martial Law, Judges, NRO or Zardari – he may have done some service but the disservice of leaving us in a lurch could be counted against him in a big way.

So the bottom line is that Musharraf is out – that’s naturally one hurdle that needed to be crossed, I celebrate this news consequentially Zardari is in – now that’s one thing I mourn – Run for the hills – the cats out of the bag.

Pakistan now needs to hold strong, it is genuine honest Pakistanis that need to get together and rebuild Pakistan – we cannot continue to be held hostage by corrupt leaders and dictators who walk away when they are done cleansing our country – history repeats itself for the umpteenth time when our leaders get up and walk out of the country when its a sordid mess – Musharraf just joined the club

Safe Exit Today = Safe Entry for future Dictators tomorrow

With Musharraf’s last Presidential address barely an hour ago there is a definitely concern amongst many that it is welcome news to see the dictator stepping down but the news of safe passage to foreign lands is concerning as if Musharraf were to get up and walk away would in all likelihood mean that it opens the doors for future dictators to waltz in and ransack our country. An example needs to be set to ensure that such practices are not repeated ever again. I do not mean to extend and ask for capital punishment, but he must stand trial for his wrong doings [if any] and then allowed free passage if his hands are clean.

We must demand a fair trial for Musharraf, if guilty then an exemplary punishment be awarded so that in future no General should ever dare to violate the Constitution of Pakistan.

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Musharraf ‘likely’ to resign today: Address 1:00pm

Musharraf toppling overPresident Pervaiz Musharraf will address the nation today at 1pm in which he is expected to resign, according to reports. Geo News confirms through their sources that while addressing the nation a part of an understanding he will announce his resignation before the impeachment motion is tabled in the assembly.

In the mean time reports confirm that a plane is standing by at Chaklala from the Saudi Arabian government where Musharraf will proceed for three-months before deciding on his permanent onward destination [self exile] Which was reported by Newsweek yesterday

We must demand that instead of indemnity to Musharraf, an exemplary punishment be awarded to Musharraf so that in future no General should ever dare to violate the Constitution of Pakistan. Some may want to sign this online petition: No safe passage, indemnity for dictator Musharraf

It may seem to be a victory for Pakistan to have this dictator toppled soon to then be replaced by Democracy, but we surely must curse our luck that his hunger for power since the past few months have ruined Pakistan beyond repair shoved us into an NRO deal allowing the crooks to return as expert thieves but more importantly Musharraf nutured our judiciary which could have alternatively kept these robbers in check. Lets also not forget and undermine his nine year rule which was more or less amounted to selling our soul to a whims of another nation. Looking at the future, we simply need to buckle down and hope that the ‘unelected’ [Zardari & Nawaz Sharif] can guide this country into better times without us loosing a few body parts in the process

Musharraf and Me

Guest Post by Amer Nazir

I have written many articles on chowk.com and teeth.com.pk – many of them satires aimed at Pervez Musharraf, making fun of him, despising him, humiliating him, hating him – and today, reading Cowasjee’s column in the Dawn (17 Aug)… I almost feel guilty!

But then the emphasis is on almost… One thing is confirmed though that Musharraf and me are today the most misunderstood men in the world… at least from my perspective…!

We both meant well… we both have been humiliated… I wonder what is wrong with this world… the world is cold, harsh and ungrateful… even, when both of us, I mean Musharraf and me, tend to cry out from roof tops that we are innocent….

I, a small man, achieved milestones in the Pakistani IT industry, made small contributions which though still remain unparalleled even today although six years have passed… but on the behest of my business partners, the rich fund belonging to 600 serving captains of PIA, I was accused of embezzling funds from my own group, and me and my family were persecuted for years and when after losing all that we had in terms of worldly gains, often hungry and desolate, I was allowed to leave Pakistan, finally my name was taken off the Exit Control List and I reached UK and was awarded humanitarian protection by the British government…. and now Musharraf is being accused of embezzlement as well… the British government is there for him also at this precise moment… but then Musharraf will not have to stand in a queue at the British Home Office to seek asylum…
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Chasing a dream called Independence

Guest Post by Maham Ali: Initially shared on Facebook

On August 14th, the Pakistani nation celebrated Pakistan’s 61st birthday. Just like any other Independence day, green and white flags were fluttering everywhere, young children- mercifully oblivious to the worst ever crisis Pakistan is going through-were seen running and waving the flags of Pakistan, shouting slogans and singing national songs.

As I sat watching the news about this young Pakistani woman, Dr Afia Siddiqui, who is one of the many people sold to the Americans by our very own Government (refer to page 237 of Pervez Musharraf’s book, ‘In the Line of Fire’), I wondered what Independence means to an individual and a nation.

Independence! To me, this word means freedom: freedom of speech, freedom to think freely, a safe place, free from the tyranny of dictators and corrupt politicians. The Declaration of Independence means that such a nation could form and be prosperous.
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Bottom Line

Guest Post by temporal who blogs at Baithak

The negotiations between Musharraf and Zardari-Sharif Unnatural coalition hinges over one major condition – Musharraf insists on complete indemnification over all his actions.

Obsessed, hateful and driven Nawaz has dug his heels. Zardari, reports indicate is willing to be more flexible.

US, UK and Saudi-Americans have also jumped into the fray.
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Soomro interim President – Zardari to become President

Very reliable sources from the US – the main broker of the Musharraf exit deal have just chimed in to say that,

Musharraf will resign from the Presidency in 48 hours to be replaced by Chairman Senate for a few days after which Asif Ali Zardari will become the next President of Pakistan.

The news does not come as a surprise as its without doubt Zardari might have been vying for the top slot as we should NOT forget that the President of Pakistan still holds the trump card of Article 58-2(b) which allows him to dismiss the Parliament if he feels ‘uncomfortable with it’. This underlying plan to become the President, may also explain why Zardari was not bothered to first wrestle out the 58-2(b) from Musharraf prior to attacking him with the threats of impeachment.
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Musharraf to Quit rather then face impeachment

no mercy Go MusharrafIntense secret talks between the ruling coalition and President Musharraf are seemingly have come to a breakthrough where President Pervez Musharraf is expected to leave office in the next few days just before the Parliament takes up the impeachment proceedings against him. At present they are reportedly under intense discussion (48hrs) whether he will choose to live within Pakistan with full impunity or escape to greener pastures abroad though it seems they might be willing to offer him a deal with a seemingly safe passage out of the country.

“Musharraf will neither face impeachment nor be prosecuted,” one person said. Mr. Musharraf is expected to step down once a guarantee of safe passage and immunity from prosecution has been struck. “We expect a major development in the next 48 hours,” – WSJ

“The president will neither be impeached nor prosecuted on any charges. He will try and stay in Pakistan,” the paper quoted the official as saying. – Reuters
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61 years and counting – Happy Independence Day PAKISTAN

I must begin with offering my felicitations to each and every Pakistani for the 61st Independence Day. May this upcoming year be fruitful for Pakistan, having suffered through a tumultuous political roller coaster in the past few months [and years], people stand today ready to abandon this nation for greener pastures of foreign lands, quite literally giving up hope.

But whatever will happen to the remaining 160 million strong Pakistanis [including me], for them we must each hope, pray and guide this nation forth towards progress and prosperity. This nation is too valuable to us [me] that I will never give up hope so quickly, we as Pakistanis must stand together shoulder to shoulder and try to rid our country from the unpatriotic elements that suck the life out of Pakistan. It is for the sake of Pakistan that we must hold strong.
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Rumor Mill: Dr. Aafia’s missing children possibly linked with Bilal Musharraf

The Rumor Mill series on this blog is basically based on a number of tips that have been heard or received by this scribe in someway or another, as customary of Pakistani politics the grapevine reports tend to carry a lot of weight. Problem with these grapevine reports is that it can very well be just another hoax or a scam, so one does have to swallow the pill, aggregating all the necessary information trying ones best to figure out the truth.

Late last night I received a tip from a trusted source about Dr. Aafia’s missing children and I quote

Some reliable sources believed that Dr. Afia’s both children are being brought up at an Edhi Home in Karachi, it is rumored that two days ago Bilal Musharraf came to Karachi for a visit and met with Abdus Sattar Edhi for inquiring about the latest status of these children which had been handed over by Bilal for shelter. Sources reveal that Bilal Musharraf was part of the location and abduction of Dr. Aafia. It is also reported that maybe one of the youngest infant may have died in custody

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