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Karachi calling

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Urban violence has become a permanent affliction in Karachi. Anyone explaining the roots of this violence to you would say ‘it’s complicated’ – and that is indeed an accurate summary of the bloodshed that erupts across the city in random spurts. The plague of violence in Pakistan’s biggest city and commercial hub is multifaceted. From ethnic strife to gang wars to politically motivated crimes to just petty theft – Karachi has it all. Where does it start? And more importantly, where would it end?

This is strange because less merely 25 years, Karachi was the land of opportunity in Pakistan. Once the capital of the country, this economic hub bustled with life and activity with little thought spared to the horrors awaiting citizens a few years down the road. Fast forward to 2012, Karachi faces (in the words of Bilal Baloch) feeble security, over-population, poor public transportation and housing, weak law and order, abuse of public services by the wealthy and powerful, illegal land-grabbing and squatter settlements, pollution so pervasive that it contaminates food and water for all, ethnic divisions, sectarian divisions, meager education; in short, institutional inadequacies on a grand scale. At the same time, it is this city that allows unbridled port access to NATO, fishermen and businessmen. The city has seen the likes of Alexander the Great, Sir Charles Napier, Muhammad Bin Qasim, poets, authors, bloggers and artists. The City of Lights continues to function under such paradoxical circumstances, with violent bloodshed in one corner of the city and celebrations in another.

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Shooting for the moon

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Imran Khan, the Beowulf of our time, is not strong enough to defeat all the Grendels of today. Our politics is a game of fiends and not the virtuous, and Khan has failed in this race. He must have learnt this lesson, as he is not accepted in the realm of politics.

After wandering for over a decade and a half in politics, Imran has experienced nothing but sheer disappointment for himself and the masses. This time spent in politics shows that this is not his field. He is hoping for the moon on a sunny day.

It is his own fault as he entered politics with the right approach, which was as wrong as he could get. The politics in our country is ‘Right or Left’ instead of right or wrong. He entered the arena with the approach of ‘Right or Wrong’, which proves he misjudged the entire game.

It is a universal fact that evil cannot take refuge in ‘Right or Left’, but evils have nothing but room on both sides of the political divide when it comes to our country.

He did in Rome, which the Romans themselves never did, and he paid the price.

Imran might not agree, but if he wants to play his role in politics he must negotiate with Altaf Bhai to merge their parties, as the MQM is the only party, which represents the masses instead of the influential. If both men joined hands, they might succeed in turning the tide. He has admitted that the MQM would be the real party of the masses if it could get rid of aggression from its fold.

The problem is that the ‘Right or Left’ style of politics has equally corrupt and less corrupt people in its fold, but there is no place for a clean man. For success, Imran has to be one of the two, not both at the same time, but the man is an idealist who believes that two wrongs do not make a right. This old theory has no room in politics. If he will fly the Blackburn Kangaroo in the space age, he will never reach his destiny. Change yourself or exit the race.

Imran Khan, once a cricket ground playboy who ended his career with the pride of winning the World Cup for his country, kept the same title in the field of social work.

He set his own house on fire to rid it of the rats inside, but could not make any change.

The Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital was a great achievement, which indicates his love for his mother who died of this deadly disease. She must be a proud mother.

He thinks that all politicians except himself are corrupt or not trustworthy for one reason or another, but he was always been extra careful about Nawaz Sharif. He faced the character assassination campaign run by Mushahid Hussain and Parvez Rashid during the 1997 elections when he faced Nawaz. Parvez and Mushahid at least had some ethics, but now Imran sees Hanif Abbasi and Abid Sher Ali in the ground. Imran has started his run-up against Nawaz Sharif once again, but he should be careful this time, as the two are equipped with the old weapons of character assassination.

The proverbial Brown Sahib did not know that politics is the real field where nobody can survive without ‘ball’ tampering. He should know that sportsman spirit is a banned item in politics. It is a fact that Imran will remain the twelfth man in the game of politics and will have no chance to be in the playing eleven.

He should side with one camp or another to survive in politics and will have to do in Rome what the Romans do, otherwise he will soon find himself facing the exit. An idealistic approach and idealism cannot survive in politics. Politics is the game of expediency, where you have to choose less rotten eggs from the basket, as Nawaz Sharif did. Despite hating Parvez Musharraf, Nawaz picked up some of Musharraf’s cronies.

Imran might be right in his claim that the masses are fed up with the politicians of today, but they have no other option and will ultimately choose the ‘lesser evil’ who can deliver instead of politicians like Imran Khan, who they can never see in power.

His opponents allege that Imran is morally corrupt. The people of Pakistan can ignore the financial corruption, but not moral. Unfortunately, Imran does not have a good record in this field.

Being an honest person, he has not denied his colourful past activities. But at the same time, he declared that he had put all those activities behind him, and apologised for his past. Great man. He never charged his opponents of moral corruption, but in politics, every wrong is a right if it means exploiting one’s opponents.

He married Jemima Goldsmith in June 1995, which was another case of him contradicting himself. Before his marriage, he had run a campaign against Brown sahib culture, but alas he himself became a victim of it. Finally, this marriage ended in a divorce.

But this divorce could not harm his love for his ex in-laws, as he has urged all Pakistanis and Muslims in Britain to support his ex-brother-in-law Zac Goldsmith’s candidacy in Britain’s upcoming elections. This appeal has landed him in further controversy.

He is not sure of his destiny and thoughts. At times he supports Musharraf, then all of a sudden he declares him an evil. He claimed that Musharraf had offered him the premiership, which was vehemently denied.

He fought for the independence of the judiciary, but like many others was not satisfied with the conduct of the judiciary. He did not criticise the 18th Amendment, as it suits him to be the sole proprietor of the Tehrik-e-Insaaf since the past 15 years. His test debut in cricket and politics was not impressive at all. Later in cricket, he established himself, but he is still an apprentice in politics. His first ball in cricket was wide, which struck the knee of a gully fielder and he went wicket less, but he came back after some years, armed with an Oxford education, the only son who on his maternal side belonged to a family of famous cricketers, to leave his own imprint in the country and make for himself a place in the game’s Hall of Fame as one of the most outstanding all rounders in the history of cricket.

Apart from his batting and bowling, his captaincy drew comparisons with WG Grace and Richie Benaud.

Even the recent defeat in by-elections could not open his eyes to reality, otherwise he would have decided to retreat from politics and focus on his real domain, social work. Or he would have developed a think-tank to raise issues facing Pakistan and find their solutions.

But the stake of his companions is very high and they are not letting him go out. He is surely the most disgruntled person in power politics.

He was charged of ball tampering in cricket, but he has never tampered with politics, which was his biggest mistake.

I believe if he had focused on his real business, he would eventually be worshipped.

Imran, come back home, you cannot fit into the dirty politics of this age. Serve the poor and deserving people in the education and health sectors, every one can make bucks, but only you can make a difference.

If he comes back home, we can quote Tracy Chapman, “I’ve seen and met angels wearing the disguise of ordinary people living ordinary lives.”

Nawaz Sharif’s Indian Connections

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What make Nawaz Sharif U-Turn on NWFP and 18th Amendment? (2)

By Dr Shahid Qureshi

People of Pakistan are still in shock with the actions of Nawaz Sharif on the issue of 18th Amendment when he seemingly forced to support pro-Indian agenda parties like ANP/MQM and PPP. His links with Indians are not as simple and transparent as it looks. He is a apparently a fan of NDTV and Bombay Palace Restaurant in London.

“Late General Ziaulhaq decided to sack Nawaz Sharif due to his connections with the Indians’ just before Air Crash of 17th August 1988, Said a senior security source. If General Ziaulhaq was alive one more week Nawaz Shairf would have been removed’, said a defence source who closely worked with the late President Ziaulhaq and still alive. While talking to the writer in London on 9th April 2010, Agah Murtaza Poya former editor of The Muslim said, ‘I have mentioned it on many occasions that Zia was going to sack Nawaz Shairf’.

According to a book, “Air Massacre over Bahawalpur” page 341, written by Commodore Tariq Majeed: “Nawaz Sharif’s Indian Connection: India’s RAW hosted Nawaz Sharif’s visit to Delhi in 1978 and cultivated him in some ways, but he had been picked up and programmed by RAW’s masters, CIA and Mossad, to serve, like Ms Bhutto, the Zionist interests. What gives special significance and authenticity to this disclosure is that its author was a member of the key staff in ISI when Nawaz was being hooked by RAW.

Did Nawaz Sharif have any link with the C-130 disaster? Apparently ‘No’. In its aftermath he remained well in the background. Setting up the Commission to inquire into the disaster may also go in his favour. But deeper analysis alters the picture. In August 1988, Nawaz (Sharif) was Chief Minister of Punjab. The disaster occurred in his domain. He had plenty of intelligence resources, besides commanding one of the premier secret agencies, the Special Branch, that is exclusive to the province of Punjab and keeps the Chief Minister aware of what is going on and what may happen.

It is Zinjry’s (Zionist International Jewry) usual strategy that it connects certain of its leading local puppets and other prominent persons with major sabotage or sting operations in the target country. Many of the facts of the Air Massacre are still hidden. However, it is known, that with India’s secret establishment and thus with the Zionist network, Nawaz’s links were, if not closer, as close as those of Benazir.

On the eve of general election, The Muslim, Islamabad an English daily Newspaper, 24 January 1997, published a revealing column by a retired brigadier:

“Despite Nawaz Sharif riding a reasonable wave and popular ground swell, his acceptability to the people that matter still seems questionable. Besides, the known reasons of lack of commitment, competence and integrity, the ‘Indian Connection’ seems to be the biggest hump for Mian Sahib.

Mian watchers confirm that he was picked up even before he actually started appearing on the political scene. Intelligence reports on Mian Sahib’s visit to India in 1978 question as to why this unknown businessman from Lahore, resting in Dubai, was given a red carpet treatment and political parleys arranged with senior members of the Indian intelligence-political elite?

However, when Mian Sahib’s interest in politics became evident in 1979, and he brought himself to the Senior Minister status in the Punjab Government in 1981 and made it to Chief Ministership in 1985, the pieces started falling into place. And as early as mid-1985 Mian Sahib had started working for the Prime Minister’s slot, hoping to sweep Punjab in the next election. However, unrelated reports but authenticated by late General Zia’s family confirm that had General Zia lived another week he would have dismissed Nawaz Sharif for his Indian Connection, and diminishing his prime ministerial chances for good.

This connection which was kept subdued in the 1988 elections, surfaced again in the 1990 elections. Mian Sahib discarded his main IJI ally, Jamaat-i-Islami and went in for a bear hug with ANP [Awami National Party] and MQM [Mutahidda Qaumi Movement], the Indians dancing with joy. During his 3 years stint, 1990-93, Mian Sahib went soft on Islamization, retarded the nuclear option, expressed willingness to consider the ‘third option’ on Kashmir and was willing to recognize Israel, and when Nawaz Sharif had to finally bow out, the saddest were the Indians.”

Nawaz Sharif a ‘Security Risk’?
Few years ago Majeed Nizami editor of the Nawa-e-waqat a closest ally of Nawaz Sharif had to remark that they used to regard Benazir Bhutto as a ‘security risk’, it seemed Nawaz Sharif was a greater security risk. He was indeed the worst thing that had happened to Pakistan since independence. Whether it was money, morals or security, the nation found it difficult to trust him. It is interesting that while Pakistani soldiers and Kashmiri freedom fighters were battling against the Indian army on the freezing heights of Kargil, Nawaz Sharif’s business proxies were selling sugar to India. India did not need to import any sugar and yet if Vajipayee had accepted to buy Pakistani sugar it was only to sweeten his relationship with Nawaz Sharif.

This is not meant to be a dossier on Nawaz Sharif’s wheeling and dealing, but it is about the implication of his wheeling and dealing for national security. Dhirubhai Ambani (late) was one of India’s top magnets. He had set up a big oil refinery in Jamnagar, but what bothered him was the very high premium demanded by the British insurance company. The insurance company said the refinery was only 130 km from Pakistan, which may be in the event of an India-Pakistan war, the first bombing target, but they might consider reducing the premium if Ambani brought a ‘certificate’ from Pakistan that it would not attack the refinery in case of a war with India.

In March 1999 Nawaz Sahrif had received at his London flats an Indian editor, R K Mishra, accompanied by a famous Bombay film star (may be Amitabh Bachan). Mishra chaired the Ambani group of Observer newspapers and Amabani reported to ‘control’ eight ministers in the Vajpayee government at the time and late Mr Ambani known to have visited Nawaz Sharif as Vajpayee’s emissary during and after the Kargil crisis.

In September 1999, Pakistan High Commission in London issued him a multi-entry visa. The visa was issued by using High Commissioner’s special powers, as no record was available.

In any event whatever else went on during these visits Ambani got the ‘certificate’ and the insurance company drastically reduced the premium had demanded.

This writer met Syed Mushahid Husain in London asked about this Ambani gate scandal. Nawaz Sharif’s information minister denied point blank and said even Musharaf government did not make that allegation against Nawaz Sharif. Well that was not very in competent of him?

The Jamnager refinery was just one instance, where the dismissed and exiled prime minister’s business interests impinged on national security and which were not reported in the press.

It is highly significant that when the Kargil crisis broke out both George Fernandez and K S Sudarshan, the former a socialist and India’s defence minister and the later leader of BJP militant wing RSS themselves exculpate Nawaz Sharif of any blame.

If the Indians were trying to protect Nawaz Sharif, they must have had very good reasons to do so, but Nawaz Sharif himself had no qualms in putting himself under the total protection of Washington.

Indians were able to plant a seed of animosity against the armed forces in the then naked head of Nawaz Sharif?

Politicians concerned over ‘N’ affiliation with Sipah-e-Sahaba

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* ANP information secy says PML-N’s tacit support of extremists in Jhang by-polls detrimental to national stability

By Rana Kashif

LAHORE: The mainstream political parties of the country have expressed ‘serious concern’ over the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) political accord with the banned outfit Sipah-e-Sahaba and declared it as a step that will strengthen extremists, Daily Times has learnt.

The parties concurred that the PML-N’s ‘political romance’ with a banned organisation ‘blatantly opposed’ Pakistan’s policy on terrorism and extremism.

On the other hand, how this act of the PML-N will affect its relations with the Pakistan People’s Party – its coalition partner in Punjab – is no more a business for this party.

Detrimental: Talking to Daily Times, Awami National Party (ANP) Information Secretary Zahid Khan said the most important thing was the stability of the country, and the PML-N’s act of seeking support from ‘extremists’ in the Jhang by-polls was seriously detrimental to national stability.

He said that no one should ‘shake hands’ with such extremist elements of society, who were responsible for acts like the recent terror incidents in Lahore. Rather, the political parties and civil society should observe a ‘complete social boycott’ of all banned organisations, Zahid added. He said terrorism is the biggest threat to the country, as it damages Pakistan’s reputation at the international level. Zahid said a democracy gaining political success with the help of extremist elements is ‘worse than a dictatorship’.

Limit line: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Dr Farooq Sattar said any political party that wants to form any alliance with a banned organisation should define a ‘limit line’. Before making any ‘political contact’ with such groups, the party has to ensure that the extremist group first agrees to adopt a ‘non-controversial’ political approach.

PML-Quaid (PML-Q) Senator Kamil Ali Agha said forging alliances with banned religious organisations was an ‘old practice’ of the PML-N’s. Under the current circumstances, the PML-N should not have made any contact with the Sipah-e-Sahaba, he added.

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Information Secretary Fauzia Wahab said the PML-N’s political affiliation with the Sipah-e-Sahaba was a matter of ‘serious concern’ for the PPP. For the sake of the country, its people and sustained democracy, the PPP had adopted a policy of reconciliation and would continue pursuing it for the betterment of the country.

Hypocrisy: Criticising the PML-N over its affiliation with the Sipah-e-Sahaba during the Jhang by-polls, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Punjab President Ahsan Rasheed said the PML-N had adopted ‘double standards’ as it is a coalition partner of the PPP in Punjab on one hand, while it has the support of a banned religious outfit on the other. He said such decisions by the PML-N would create more problems for the country instead of resolving any.

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March 15, 2010 at 6:01 am