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Pakistan at the Mercy of ‘Greedy’ Musharraf

Musharraf CartoonIts not easy for a nation of 160 million people stand on the sidelines helplessly watching one person lead our beloved country down towards a path of destruction simply because of his greed and hunger for power of the kursi. There are strong rumors floating around Islamabad suggesting that Musharraf might enforce a State of Emergency in Pakistan as per the Article 232 of the Constitution of Pakistan, quite forcibly pushing this nation into even more chaos and confusion.

In an earlier post I had outlined that Musharraf was playing this game of poker with only two cards in hand and both served up to him courtesy of the White House. The Americans had clearly offered him two options, first was to attempt to negotiate a deal with Benazir Bhutto and the second was a back up scenario just in case if the Benazir talks fail, then he was permitted to enforce a State of Emergency. All these ramblings and dealings were simply because the United States of America needed a moderate leader running the country so that they can continue to wage the war on terror around Pakistan
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Obama: Pakistan Up Yours !!!

Barrack ObamaBarak Obama in a speech on Wednesday, announced to the American voters that once elected as the President of United States of America he will adopt a get-tough policy on terrorism and will be determined to invade Pakistan if required to stop terrorism.

“There are terrorists holed up in those mountains who murdered 3,000 Americans. They are plotting to strike again. If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraf won’t act, we will.” – US Presidential Candidate, Barack Obama

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Busharraf meets Bhutto

Benazir and Musharraf cartoonIts interesting to see how circumstances change one persons destiny, a few months back Musharraf could has easily sat on top of his throne snap his fingers and practically anyone in the country would rock to his attention, including the tranche of self exiled leaders Benazir and Nawaz. Its now a question of, who has a better set of cards to deal out, and at the present Benazir holds the trump card and has asked Musharraf too do a Bhangra dance at her door step in Abu Dhabi this weekend.

In the recent past Musharraf has taken numerous political setbacks, severely denting his public image and eroding his supreme reign of power. Despite the apparent downward trend in his public support he continues to feel indispensable to the nation and feels that he should be allowed to serve the country for another five years. His only salvation is to make a crooked deal with one of the tired and tested corrupt leaders of Pakistan.
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Plot to Bring Back Benazir

Benazir BhuttoAfter recovering from the celebrations across the country where majority of Pakistanis celebrated the reinstatement of Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry as the Chief Justice of Pakistan. Its time to look towards the future of Pakistan, one thing we all hope should transpire from this landmark decision is the courage for other legal departments to stand up and lead the way forward towards serving justice to the people of Pakistan, which has eluded Pakistan for over 60 years. We pray and hope to see a change in the fundamental workings of our court system moving away from bribery and actually creating room for a fair and just society.

Political future at the moment presents a very bleak picture when we see a circus surrounding the romance between Musharraf and Benazir Bhutto which has now become an open secret that they have full intentions of becoming bed fellows for five years. The secret was revealed in an investigative report conducted by The Guardian showing that talks have been underway between both the leaders for over three years since 2004. There is an imminent power sharing deal between the two but whatever the deal, both are cunning individuals capable of lying through their teeth even stabbing each other in the back just to protect their precious seat.
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White Phosphorus used in Operation Silence

White Phosphorus used at Lal MasjidOn 12th July, AAJ Tv boradcasted a program of Live with Talat in which Talat Hussain visited Jamia Hafsa. While touring the bullet ridden compound a number of military personal hovered around, at a certain point Talat Hussain asked an accompanying Army personal about all the evidence of smoke around the area asking, “Why is there so much smoke?”, the solider replied “WP”, Talat put another question “Please explain WP?”, the solider answered “White Phosphorus.”

White Phosphorus is a flare / smoke producing incendiary weapon which is also used as an offensive Anti-Personnel flame compound capable of causing serious burns or death. White phosphorus weapons are controversial today because of its potential use against humans, for whom one-tenth of a gram is a deadly dose and according to the Geneva Convention which was later amended by the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons signed into effect in 1997, expressively prohibits the use against civilians. White Phosphorus weapons have been used in the recent past by Israel in Lebanon and US and UK in Iraq, but probably the first time ever by a an army against its own people
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Pakistan, Northwoods & American Oil Empire

General Mahmoud AhmadSince 2001, we have all been exposed to the ever growing mass of evidence indicating a major conspiracy theory surrounding the events of 9/11. I have heard far too many, read many and even ended up believing a few, but the fact remains that whosoever orchestrated that event simply served us right into the hands of the United States and left the entire world at the behest of an American hegemony.

I share with you an online video which caught my eye today, it sheds light on a few important issues. The discussion starts off with talks about a suspected link between Mohd Atta and General Mahmoud Ahmad which has been reported that Gen Ahmed made a wire transfer to the tune of $100,000 to Atta just before 9/11 and the other surprising coincidence was the fact the General Mahmoud Ahmad was wining and dining with the American Leadership on an official visit to Washington from 4th – 13th Sept 2001.
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The Lal Masjid Stage Play

Lal Masjid SurrenderA few months back in April I shared my gutt instinct which continues to prove itself correct on a blog post titled Lal Masjid Issue & Its Blocked Website where I wrote

In my opinion, I feel the ISI / GHQ / Musharraf are the stooges behind this Lal Masjid uprising, the stimulus had been provided for sometime and the authorities choose to ignore the escalating problem and one fine day we saw our TV stations broadcasting the Ninja takeover. Police was deliberately kept blind and the army was seen to be in liaison with the United States of America. These people then simply took matters into their own hands.

Had if, the CJP crisis not taken a turn for the worse this Lal Masjid crisis would have been the perfect stage for Musharraf to show yet again his loyalty to the United States. Just a slight dexterity in handling the situation then he would have easily landed with a pat on the back and yet another blank check to cover his next post retirement pension plan.

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Blood Bath at the Lal Masjid

Lal Masjid MapTuesday’s clash in Islamabad at Lal Masjid left 10 dead and over 160 people injured if not more. I stand here dejected yet again at seeing my country in a state of turmoil, its sad but 2007 has been a rocky road for Pakistan. It started in early March when the state attempted to assault the Independence of the Judiciary, it then lead to the shocking events of May 12th where Karachi literally bled while the President of Pakistan stood by watching and celebrating a rent-a-crowd rally and now we live another climax with the stand-off at the Lal Masjid

As I pen this article I hear of a probable attack by the Army Special Services Group in an attempt to take over this siege and not continue to embrace Musharraf even further. All Hospitals in Islamabad have been placed on high alert, showing definite signs of an Arnold Schwarzenegger style invasion where the army will go guns blazing in an attempt to kill all the bad guys (!!!). It may seem like a Hollywood scripted pitch dark invasion but Musharraf for his dear life cannot let this issue continue even a day longer, as he is already bleeding from a number of wounds and this can become a yet another gaping wound if left unchecked.
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‘Sir’ Salman Rushdie, Up Yours!!!

Salman RushdieThis 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
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Kashif Memon Americas Got Pakistani Talent

Kashif Memon  Americas Got TalentIt was by accident that I bumped across this video of a Pakistani performing a dance on the show America’s Got Talent, and while I was composing this for my blog I was delighted to see that Adil Najam remained as usual a step ahead even during his travels to China and wrote a well balanced review on Pakistaniat

Here in Pakistan despite having over 100 channels on practically all cable TV connections, we generally are at the receiving end of delayed re-runs of a few popular shows being aired in the US, and naturally American Idol is the most sought after show. America’s Got Talent was simply not heard of on this side of the world but it seems interesting as the show features talented individuals who can come on the stage to perform anything worthwhile and are not limited to vocal talents as seen on American Idol

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Coalition For Restoration Of Democracy In Pakistan

A fresh new initiative called CRDP has been launched by Pakistani Americans who want to help convince the US decision makers to aid in the demilitarization of Pakistani politics.

The Coalition For Restoration Of Democracy In Pakistan plans to hold rallies and discussion groups across the US to raise awareness to help bring democracy in Pakistan, they plan to reach out to Senators and House representatives in each State and congressional district and also engage the media, Human Right groups and other relevant professional organizations to bring this important issue in Pakistan to the forefront and hopefully help restore democracy in Pakistan
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Kick the Killer out of UK Petition

Altaf Hussain and UK passportA group of Pakistanis have started this online petition to convince the British Prime Minister that enough people care that this Karachi Killer should be sent out of the UK. We all know that Imran Khan is there in the UK discussing with lawyers about preparing the case to file in the UK courts, rumors are that the lawyers need a little more time to digest the case and make it into a rock solid, close and shut case.

I doubt that there is any shortage of evidence as Imran Khan has claimed to have a European Commission report which allegedly finds Altaf Hussain intrinsically involved with local terrorism while he lives on British soil. Hence I feel there can only be one attempt to take this Karachi Killer to court and that should have a good attempt with no leaks.

Join the Online Petition by signing it here
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I Support, Dr. Ayesha Siddiqa

Military Inc by Ayesha SiddiqaThe 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.

I fully condemn the actions of the Pakistan Army to silence Dr. Ayesha and her new book titled Military Inc.: Inside Pakistan’s Military Economy and offer her full physical and moral support in this crisis

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Military Inc.: Banned in Pakistan

Military Inc by Ayesha SiddiqaThe latest book Military Inc.: Inside Pakistan’s Military Economy, written by Ayesha Siddiqa is a tell all narration of the highly profitable company called The Pakistan Army.

The book estimates the militarys share of the economy at over 200 billion rupees, besides owning 11.58 percent of all state land. Military Inc. was due to go on sale today across the book shelves of Karachi, but early morning orders from the top bureaucracy has forced all book sellers to pull this book off the shelves even before anyone could get their hands on it. Credit for this investigative news story goes to Khalid Omar writes on his blog

Someone high up to must have read in todays [DAWN] paper about the book launch,and ordered it removed from the shelves today in the morning. Liberty Books, the only major bookstore chain in Pakistan pulled the books from the shelves without selling a copy, while OUP, the publishers in Pakistan sold a few copies in the morning before closing sales

So it appears this may go to prove that the military is guilty of something after all and don’t want the masses to read it, unlike the blatant propaganda promotion of Musharraf’s own book a few months back when he even used the national exchequer to take a book tour across the United States [apologies – I had to say it]

A few articles reviewing the book online

  • Uneasy lies the head – Hindustan Times
  • Book shines light on Pakistan military ‘£10bn empire’ – Guardian Unlimited
  • Military Inc. it’s big business in Pakistan – The Hindu
  • Pakistan: the army as the state – Open Democracy

  • Digg takes on DCMA

    The moment anyone hears of DCMA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) one suspects some issue related with copyright infringement. In 1998 the United States Senate passed this bill unanimously which criminalizes the production and dissemination of technology, devices &/or services that are used to circumvent measures that control access to copyrighted material. So in short it tries to control any method that can be used to illegally share copyrighted material.

    Just recently someone discovered the hex keyneed to descramble the encryption on the HD-DVD disc allowing anyone to copy the DVD onto ones hard drive, this has the MPAA (Movie Picture Association of America) up in arms, sending cease and desist letters to sites that even link to page that displays the hex key. If you are a little adventurous then you can too also have a crack at using the utility called BackupHDDVD a simple Google search will find you the link

    Discovering these types of hack is not a new concept and has been an ongoing battle ever since the creation of the Internet as literally millions of crackers publish these hack codes on underground network sites trying to remain hidden away without getting a lawsuit shoved down their throats.

    But this time around a few eager fellows decided to use the Digg.com social network for spreading this information. Digg.com is generally strictly controlled by its administrator for any such copyright infringement issue and they are quick to delete any item which may harbor close to copyright infringement. The onslaught started a day or so back with a few Diggers submitting these stories but were quickly deleted by the administrators, this irked the digg community and very soon the number of submissions kept of increasing to an extent it went completely out of control were able to control the submissions but very soon these got out of control as literally hundred of users continued to pound the site with this crack code. For sometime the administrators withstood the storm but how could they continue to fight against their own community and ultimately Kevin Rose succumbed to the pressure and issued a statement on the Digg Blog

    Today was an insane day. And as the founder of Digg, I just wanted to post my thoughts

    In building and shaping the site Ive always tried to stay as hands on as possible. Weve always given site moderation (digging/burying) power to the community. Occasionally we step in to remove stories that violate our terms of use (eg. linking to pornography, illegal downloads, racial hate sites, etc.). So today was a difficult day for us. We had to decide whether to remove stories containing a single code based on a cease and desist declaration. We had to make a call, and in our desire to avoid a scenario where Digg would be interrupted or shut down, we decided to comply and remove the stories with the code.

    But now, after seeing hundreds of stories and reading thousands of comments, youve made it clear. Youd rather see Digg go down fighting than bow down to a bigger company. We hear you, and effective immediately we wont delete stories or comments containing the code and will deal with whatever the consequences might be.

    If we lose, then what the hell, at least we died trying.

    Digg on,

    Kevin

    I feel this was bound to happen since there have been a number of skirmishes with the online community, DCMA has now just taken a fight with the movers and shakers of the online community which has millions of members who can be termed as hardcore technology users. This is going to make history and not in any small way since lawsuits are definitely going to be involved in a big way and it might even (hopefully) result in creating a reform in the copyright laws which govern the Internet, its sad but the MPAA and RCA try to control the Internet in a very pathetic way.

    I fully support the digg-revolution and feel DCMA does not have the right to block free flow on information, they can go after the actual violators when and if they copy these DVDÅ› but definitely not pursue these types of Internet sites when they publish stories like these. Digger Rock on