Saturday, September 18, 2010

Dr Imran Farooq - life & death! by Nadia Khan

Dr Imran Farooq - life & death!

by Dr Nadia Khan

 

Finally, Dr. Imran Farooq has met with his fate! Each one has to die but few people leave everlasting marks on history pages for their remembrance whereas late Imran Farooq has ended up this world with broken heart, very few MQM workers know that!

 

Altaf Hussain, in his most emotional & dramatic appearance in front of media men, condemning the murder of Imran Farooq, cried and presented his sentiments showing his 'love' for a man once he was his loyalist and called him 'Martyr of Revolution.' Though he has received this title but no one knows what efforts late Imran Farooq has on his credit for revolution! As few days before, Altaf Hussain, in one of his most controversial speech, had invited Army Generals to bring the country back on corruption-free path to avoid People’s Revolution. He hinted that he was ‘gifted’ with his lieutenant murder as he has started the talk of revolution. One could conclude that in his speech he had spared Army or ISI, so it is somebody else for whom Altaf Hussain is saying that ‘the murderers of Imran Farooq could not be spared by Allah!’

 

The cunning comments and emotional ‘dialogues’ of Altaf Hussain have paved the way for many thinkers to observe his body-language carefully as what extra ordinary late ex-convener had done as he deserves such admiration, but only after his death.

 

As a fact, the late convener was out of London-based party leadership for over two years. He was suspended to perform any administrative activities of the party. The party was directly run by the top leader (Altaf Hussain) even ex-convener had no right to conduct any official party men meeting in party’s Edge ware office. He wasn’t consulted over core party issues and sidelined fully. His last political appearance was in Dr. Shahid Masood’s “Mayray Mutabiq” around two & half years ago when his tone was down and one could easily identify as what trauma is going on with this leader!

 

With this state of situation, the highest-ever tribute by the top leadership is eye-opener, as something is wrong somewhere. Either at party end, or at late ex-convener end, or at top leadership end. No matter what ever is the truth, the last remnant of 1984 MQM is gone with the wind. Late Azeem Ahmed Tariq was the top notch leader of the then MQM, and surprisingly Altaf Hussain saying on 17th September 2010 that “murder of Imran Farooq is the biggest ever sad news for me” has astonished many observers that the “killing of Azeem Ahmed Tariq wasn’t the biggest ever sad news for him!

 

Farooq Sattar in his tribute has said that “he was the symbol of respect & nobility in Pakistani politics.” Like all I am also surprised as what Imran Farooq has credited to Pakistani politics except his 7 years of struggle for MQM against 1992 Army Operation, arranging group of hardcore MQM workers to fight against Army men in Karachi and taking the city hostage as & when needed. Finally his links with Indian consulate had been exposed (where he was instrumental in arranging Indian visas for number of party workers) to leave the country and out of Pakistani law. This was the main cause of Indian Consulate, Karachi office closure.

 

When his murder news was broke out, I wanted to observe the ‘reaction’ in Karachi to verify the words of party leader. By 17th September night I was in Karachi. As per past experiences, when any low-profile party worker or Sector in charge had died or killed then MQM workers took the whole city hostage killing scores of innocent non-Muhajirs and burning out public properties. It was a shock for me that for such a high-value party leader ‘once who was the only source of resistance against Army from 92-97,’ MQM party workers reaction was most mild in its kind. Only public transport was off the road, probably due to their own fear, otherwise streets were not empty, shops were open partially and most strange factor was MQM workers behavior; don’t interfere in people’s actions. No procession, no protest (like the way MQM does normally), no black banners etc. Whole Karachi city was calm!

 

Cool and calm Karachi on 17th Sept - was it a tribute to hardcore loyalist of Altaf Hussain or the ex-convener of Rabita Committee, once who was the symbol of ‘loyalty & resistance’ for Altaf group among MQM workers? I was surprised!

 

Late Imran Farooq, while continuing his struggle against the then Army Operation, when realized that all his loyal supporters either left Karachi or caught by the security agencies, had adopted a new approach of survival. He had taken refuge in Dawat e Islami organization, changed his outlook and started wearing green turban and had grown the long beard. Many MQM criminal elements had adopted this approach and had hidden themselves either in the fold of Tableghee Jamat or Dawat e Islami as both the organizations take people for forty days or four months or for one year, city to city, town to town, and country to country staying in mosques only and preaching the basics of Islam. This is the safest way of hiding himself and changing the outlook by making security agencies fool. When Imran Farooq had arrived in London, he had boarded from Lahore Airport, and his outlook was the perfect example of a Dawat e Islami preacher. I assume that with same outlook he had got UK visa and made all security agencies fool to get out of the country. His maiden press-conference at MQM office London had showed him with long beard. Later, he had changed his outlook after getting the political asylum and returned back to the path of secular MQM.

 

Insiders say that it was the main cause of Altaf Hussain dissatisfaction with him as ‘how Imran Farooq came out of Pakistan without the blessing of ISI?” Either he became the double-cross agent having links with ISI Generals and sitting in party’s main office in London controlling workers paving the way for him to take over the party leadership! This doubt gradually reached to highest level and when Altaf Hussain had decided to take side of General Mushraff, late Imran Farooq was the most critical voice within the party! This was an alarming situation and he became moved out to a level when he was stabbed to death, he was without any guard or close aide, alone on his evening walk!

 

As Muslims, we strongly believe in Allah’s justice! The man who controls Karachi with his few loyalists, no one cries for him in Karachi when he died. Has he ever thought in his dreams? He spends 7 precious years of his life, by putting his own life at stake, for a party who kicked him out of it in few seconds! The Heavenly justice is visible for those who kills innocent people under the banner of ‘party protest’ but justice take its way – though slowly- but finally. No one will cry for such elements.

 

Be it Shaheed Dr Khjasta (died by snipers firing on 7th Feb 1991; a day of MQM strike at Gulshan Chawrangi) till Khaled Bin Waleed killing over skin dispute, hardcore leaders like Dr. Imran Farooq shall be held responsible for setting up militant wings within political parties like MQM!!!


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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Pakistan - a failed state???

 

Monday, June 28, 2010, Rajab 15 ,1431 A.H.

 

 Pakistan ranked at No 10 in failed states


Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Foreign Policy Index

By Azhar Saeed

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has been ranked at No 10 in the first 10 failed states of the world in the Foreign Policy magazine index. Somalia, Sudan, Zimbabwe and Chad are at the first four numbers, respectively.

India is ranked at No 87, Burma at 13, Sri Lanka at 22 and Nepal is at 25 in the index. China is at No 57 position.The magazine said Somalia saw yet another year plagued by lawlessness and chaos, with pirates plying the coast while radical Islamist militias tightened their grip on the streets of Mogadishu.

Yemen, Nigeria and Kenya have been kept at number 13, 14 and 15 positions, respectively while Costa Rica and Haiti are at 11 and 12 positions, respectively. According to the index, Zimbabwe is at No 4, DR Congo at 5, Afghanistan at 6, and Iraq at 7. Pakistan is behind even drought-hit countries like Ethiopia, Uganda, Eritrea, Cameron, Lebanon, Rawanda, Cambodia, and Bhutan.

 

 


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Monday, May 10, 2010

MQM – in Punjab, NWFP, and Baluchistan! by Dr Nadia Khan

MQM – in Punjab, NWFP, and Baluchistan!

by Dr Nadia Khan

 

While MQM is trying to enter Punjab province and they had conducted a ‘successful’ political comeback-procession recently probably when Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had given soft eye to their arrangements, but there are few points to note with respect to their own ‘territory’ – Karachi.

 

The “kingdom” of MQM is now on shaky grounds, if the party workers could accept this truth. Altaf Hussain had realized that since long however he could not disclose this openly to his workers. Recent statement of Prime Minister Gilani to change the status of Hyderabad that was divided into 4 districts five years ago by the then infamous Chief Minster Ghulam Arbab Rahim of Sind, just to benefit MQM politically through these administrative divide, few political analysts say, had made MQM at backfoot!

 

Since long MQM’s claim that ‘Taliban hardcore members are arriving in Karachi’ could now be understood easily. What MQM means when they refer to ‘Taliban in Karachi!’ They indirectly refer to Pathans and wanted to control their presence or arrival in Karachi somehow as it might disturb the electioneering-balance against the Muhajir community – the prime vote bank of MQM since two decades! That’s how Pakhtoons arrival in Sind and especially in Karachi is considered by MQM as a serious threat for their survival. Since then former dictator Musharraf had divided the constituencies into further disintegration and represented by small groups of people, it might create another catastrophe to Mujahir community in common and MQM in special.

 

Areas like Baladiya Town, Sher Shah, Orangi Town, Banaras or some joining parts of central district such as areas starting from Abdullah Girls College, soon after Paposhnager grave yard creates safe belts for Pakhtoons.

 

Second, vicinities such as Lasbella, Patel BaRa, Suhrab Goth just before Gulshan e Maymar then locations such as North Nazimabad from Ship-owner college including Block S where mountains are side by side and Sabzi Mandi are also not considered as heaven for Muhajir community.

 

Third factor, mostly the transport business (Taxis, Rickshawas, Busses, Wagons, and Trucks) is controlled by Pathans in the city. If they want to decide for strike no one can dictate their terms on to them. Hence the thin traffic in Liaquatabad, Nazimabad, North Karachi, Gulshan e Iqbal or Gulistan e Johar could tell the truth as who is owing to Karachi traffic! Former Nazim Mustafa Kamal efforts to bring green buses in Karachi and preferably Muhajir drivers were given chance to operate them did not add any significant change to Karachi –existing chaotic traffic.

 

Last but not least, Leyari is out of MQM reach even by being part of Karachi. MQM failed to secure any provincial or national assembly seat from that constituency since ages. The new addition to this ‘kingdom within kingdom’ will be areas near by Hawksbay or Zaman Town or small towns after Abul Hasan Isfphani Road where both Sindhi settlers and Balochi are swiftly taking ground.

 

Even though MQM is utilizing the presence of 3 million Bengalis or Beharis settled either in Gulshan e Behaar, BaRaboard, Orangi town to counter the growing activities of Pathans but it appears that in next 10 years the demographics of Karachi will change drastically. It will go back to 1950s Karachi where multiple ethnic communities exist and they had learnt the art of living together peacefully soon after 1947 partition unlike today’s biased culture of ethnic divide.

 

Keeping above distribution of ethnic divide within a single city one can easily predict that the city is like a bombshell. As long as communal harmony does not exist the painful history of 1986 could be repeated anytime when late Bushara Zaidi, a Govt college for women student, had killed by a yellow dagger driver and then Muhajir-Pathan riots had taken the whole city by storm in which hundreds of innocent Muhajir or Pathans had lost their lives.

 

Though it was a hoax call from MQM – Taliban in Karachi, but ANP has to prove their presence through election and by winning few seats here in Karachi. If so they could reciprocate MQM’s claim – we own Karachi (Karachi kis ka, MQM ka)- in a nice way!

 

ANP provincial chapter has celebrated their joy for renaming the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) province as Khayber Pakhtunkhwah, in Karachi. This is a question mark as celebrating it in a city that is thousand of kilometers away from their province, is not only thought provoking but alarming too! The attendance was, not very much, but the collection of Pathan residents of Karachi at a common place and a common call by ANP is an alarming sign for MQM!

 

Shahi Syed, the provincial leader of ANP and a Dubai-based businessperson who is now at the driving seat of Sind ANP, remarks, “those who are willing to live with us in Karachi as brothers are only welcomed’ confirms that Pathans will not accept anything from their Karachi-brothers other than allowance to live with them side by side as equal citizen in this turbulent city!

 

So the time is come for MQM to re look at their strategy of Karachi kis ka to a society where all communities could co exists and thrives. Especially in an environment when they are willing to extend their political horizon in Punjab. Same could be true, if MQM could roll out their “anti-wadera-jageerdar” slogan in NWFP, now Khayber Pakthtoonkhawa province. Urduvi – a University-based students union or group, was MQM initial strategy for Urdu-speaking students, but badly failed, in Baluchistan educational institutions to take ground. The appeal to those who had migrated in 1947, but settled in Baluchistan since then, is yet to take roots but somehow the recent killings of academicians raise concerns for non-Baloch settlers. Though, Altaf Hussain is hard-line supporter of Baluchistan Nationalistic parties but yet to establish ground reality for MQM to enter there politically.

 

The delay of local bodies’ (LB) election by PPP-led Sind provincial govt has put MQM at back foot. None of the stalwarts of PPP Sind will allow MQM a clean sweep in forthcoming LB elections, if they happen to be held this year, like before. The tone of Zulfiqar Mirza, current provincial Home Minister and a close aide of President Zardari, has informed MQM International leadership that the ship of local bodes will not reach its destination, likely this year.

 

Nawaz Sharif or Munawar Hassan of JI or Imaran Khan of PTI could not become a partner choice for MQM or Altaf Hussain in any case. Hence, in a sense, MQM is isolated in their own home-town Karachi with Pathans gaining majority, PPP delaying LB elections and ready for fierce bargain to form PPP-led Nazim govt in Sind, Islamic groups such as Sunni Tehreek, who wear green turban, are not inclined towards MQM philosophy of Muhajirism. The way is not as smooth for MQM leadership as it was in 1988 or 1993 or 1999 when a military coup had brought MQM in lime light while giving legitimacy to a dictator who has quashed constitution twice during his tenure!

 

The last hope of MQM will be CJ Iftikhar Muhhamd Chaudhary to knock the doors of Supreme Court for quick conduction of LB elections in Sind or Karachi but 12th May 2007 is not washed away from the eyes of all including Supreme Court! What a tragedy and a revenge of nature, the same Chief Justice will become last hope for those who didn’t allow them to enter into their “kingdom” on 12th May 2007!

 

Dr Nadia Khan is an educationist, writer, and social worker. She writes about Islam, Pakistan, and Women issues.

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Monday, May 3, 2010

The Fate of Jinnah's Dream! by Dr Nadia Khan

The Fate of Jinnah's Dream!

by Dr Nadia Khan

 

He is accused since the day he got chance, accidently, to take the reins of Pakistan Peoples Party - than eventually to rule the People of Pakistan. He is accused that due to his protocol and motorcade, life is becoming as difficult for common men as ladies have to deliver babies in motor rickshaws. He is accused here and there; for financial irregularities up to an extent of money laundering where conviction is being sought (with delayed actions) and investigated. Somewhere he is accused that upon his orders the elegant photograph of Quaid -e- Azam is replaced with his slain wife and father-in-law, as pointed out by many media critics. He is accused that he has interfered in judiciary matters - poking his nose unnecessary- and finally that poking backfired with blow.

 

But so far - all the storms - he has survived due to 'luck' and he is in the ruling palace, which is termed as 5 star jail, by many of his critics, for 5 years. Two have gone and three more to go!

 

Basically, this is his past that is not letting him sleep peacefully - one after the other, issues are popping up and he is in the line of fire directly. Could someone detach his past easily, by turning into a new leaf? He has failed to do so and same old tactics; he is trying again & again. His recent 'adventure - giving full support to all-time worst critics of BB; Shaikh Rashid' is not looked upon with favour by his own party workers. The cunning decision of keeping the door open for party-workers to select the candidate of their own choice, didn't worked out and his tactic was exposed by his critics. Additionally the candidate lost the people's support eventually couldn't reach the national assembly.

 

His cunning tactics to keep away his cronies Rehman Malik and Baber Awan from the doubts of his own beloved wife’s killing brought his hidden face to light. His own party workers are stunned as he is not, likely, interested to bring to justice those who killed his wife and most popular leader of today’s Pakistan .

 

What he thinks - when he sits alone; even for five minutes. In which direction, he is taking the ship of the country? After 9 years of dictatorial rule by a fascist (the only man in uniform in last 40 years dared to kill his own people – will be termed as fascist) when the democracy comes in the country people started remembering the dictator for their good (as example; the price-hiking wasn't up to that level where it is now in 2 years of democracy). People's government is worst with peoples! That’s how he is termed as Quaid e Qillat (Leader of Shortage) – everything is short; Electricity, Water, Flour, Wheat, Rice, Sugar, and humanity in upper Pakistani elites! As long as Raja Pervaiz Ashraf is with Water & Electricity Ministry, the two mentioned commodities would continue to be short. After all he has to justify the “rental power plants.”

 

Nepotism (his two sisters reaching to highest power levels in federal & Sind provincial governments), undue favours (Salman Taseer continuation in Punjab), incompetent selections (initially Malik Qayyum as Attorney General then Baber Awan as Law minister), inappropriate choices (Fauzia Wahab as party information secretary) etc. few examples to quote - this not only damaged the peoples party but the way country's image is being tarnished by these elites themselves, is eye-opener. Hussain Haqqani, from the youth leadership of Jamat e Islami, turned his face to Benazir Bhutto’s PPP then Nawaz’s N league and finally PPP (Zardari Group) – all his flights are basically career opportunities with no moral values and vision!

 

Where are we heading - no one knows! With this state of affair – USA has decided that along with financial aid program to Pakistan , they will send a group of their ‘own’ people for the audit of the aid and its fair usage by the people of Pakistan !

 

I know that - with the completion of this people’s government in 5 years; financially dollar (which is at Rs85 now) would reach to a ratio of Rs120 (by Sept 2012, when he will complete his Presidential term), bread will cost Rs 30 per piece, chicken or meat will reach Rs 500 per kg and so on. Same true for other edible items consumed daily whereas the earning of a common Pakistani will gain only 5-6% in coming 3 years (as per Survey of Statistics of Pakistan). This means if any labour (that’s the common class in the country) earns Rs 10,000 (this is for bench mark purpose only as too few who earns this amount & that’s a dream for any labour to earn in a month, Prime Minister Gilani says minimum wage for labour is Rs. 7,000 per month) per month, he will not be able to meet his food expenses with a family of two kids & one wife. Democracy price is too high for common man in Pakistan . Jinnah's dream is in troubled water - people’s government with no social justice!

 

Even if he is toppled, the new face will not be able to change the culture of Politics, Police stations (the most charismatic CM of Punjab failed to change police culture in his province) and Peoples behaviour. The culture of nepotism, undue favours, wrong selections, inappropriate choices selection..... So the country would continue to witness same wave of elites’ violence -terrorism without bullets but kills innocents- against poor sufferers of the country!

 

From Tamasek Khan (a poor rickshaw driver in Karachi ) or Mohd Siddique (a fruit seller in Lahore ) till Asif Ali (the Political President of People of Pakistan) - all are having same colors; the colors of self-centric approach only.

 

Poor’s are forced to look into their own financial issues; they have to think for their food necessities twice a day, their kids’ education even in government yellow schools, their medical requirements in pathetic government hospitals, and their day to day basic financial needs under the environment of terror, fear, and insecurity. While elites are committed to maintain their so-called ‘top’ status by hook or by crook making as much as financial gains – as this tenure is last in their lives or they have waited for 9 years of darkness (dictatorial rule) and were not able to sell their “superior services” to a dictator timely!

 

Jinnah’s dream is shaken; none in our political class could say that they would save the sinking ship of Muhammad Ali Jinnah! Could Asif Ali Zardari, Yousuf Raza Gilani, Mian Nawaz Sharif, Altaf Hussain, Maulana Fazl ur Rehman, Munawar Hassan, Asfand Yar Wali…you name it….could drive Pakistan to state of prosperity, peace, and a social welfare state. Unfortunately, the answer is known to all!!!


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The Fate of Jinnah's Dream! by Dr Nadia Khan

The Fate of Jinnah's Dream!

by Dr Nadia Khan

 

He is accused since the day he got chance, accidently, to take the reins of Pakistan Peoples Party - than eventually to rule the People of Pakistan. He is accused that due to his protocol and motorcade, life is becoming as difficult for common men as ladies have to deliver babies in motor rickshaws. He is accused here and there; for financial irregularities up to an extent of money laundering where conviction is being sought (with delayed actions) and investigated. Somewhere he is accused that upon his orders the elegant photograph of Quaid -e- Azam is replaced with his slain wife and father-in-law, as pointed out by many media critics. He is accused that he has interfered in judiciary matters - poking his nose unnecessary- and finally that poking backfired with blow.

 

But so far - all the storms - he has survived due to 'luck' and he is in the ruling palace, which is termed as 5 star jail, by many of his critics, for 5 years. Two have gone and three more to go!

 

Basically, this is his past that is not letting him sleep peacefully - one after the other, issues are popping up and he is in the line of fire directly. Could someone detach his past easily, by turning into a new leaf? He has failed to do so and same old tactics; he is trying again & again. His recent 'adventure - giving full support to all-time worst critics of BB; Shaikh Rashid' is not looked upon with favour by his own party workers. The cunning decision of keeping the door open for party-workers to select the candidate of their own choice, didn't worked out and his tactic was exposed by his critics. Additionally the candidate lost the people's support eventually couldn't reach the national assembly.

His cunning tactics to keep away his cronies Rehman Malik and Baber Awan from the doubts of his own beloved wife’s killing brought his hidden face to light. His own party workers are stunned as he is not, likely, interested to bring to justice those who killed his wife and most popular leader of today’s Pakistan.

 

What he thinks - when he sits alone; even for five minutes. In which direction, he is taking the ship of the country? After 9 years of dictatorial rule by a fascist (the only man in uniform in last 40 years dared to kill his own people – will be termed as fascist) when the democracy comes in the country people started remembering the dictator for their good (as example; the price-hiking wasn't up to that level where it is now in 2 years of democracy). People's government is worst with peoples! That’s how he is termed as Quaid e Qillat (Leader of Shortage) – everything is short; Electricity, Water, Flour, Wheat, Rice, Sugar, and humanity in upper Pakistani elites! As long as Raja Pervaiz Ashraf is with Water & Electricity Ministry, the two mentioned commodities would continue to be short. After all he has to justify the “rental power plants.”

 

Nepotism (his two sisters reaching to highest power levels in federal & Sind provincial governments), undue favours (Salman Taseer continuation in Punjab), incompetent selections (initially Malik Qayyum as Attorney General then Baber Awan as Law minister), inappropriate choices (Fauzia Wahab as party information secretary) etc. few examples to quote - this not only damaged the peoples party but the way country's image is being tarnished by these elites themselves, is eye-opener. Hussain Haqqani, from the youth leadership of Jamat e Islami, turned his face to Benazir Bhutto’s PPP then Nawaz’s N league and finally PPP (Zardari Group) – all his flights are basically career opportunities with no moral values and vision!

 

Where are we heading - no one knows! With this state of affair – USA has decided that along with financial aid program to Pakistan, they will send a group of their ‘own’ people for the audit of the aid and its fair usage by the people of Pakistan!

 

I know that - with the completion of this people’s government in 5 years; financially dollar (which is at Rs85 now) would reach to a ratio of Rs120 (by Sept 2012, when he will complete his Presidential term), bread will cost Rs 30 per piece, chicken or meat will reach Rs 500 per kg and so on. Same true for other edible items consumed daily whereas the earning of a common Pakistani will gain only 5-6% in coming 3 years (as per Survey of Statistics of Pakistan). This means if any labour (that’s the common class in the country) earns Rs 10,000 (this is for bench mark purpose only as too few who earns this amount & that’s a dream for any labour to earn in a month, Prime Minister Gilani says minimum wage for labour is Rs. 7,000 per month) per month, he will not be able to meet his food expenses with a family of two kids & one wife. Democracy price is too high for common man in Pakistan. Jinnah's dream is in troubled water - people’s government with no social justice!

 

Even if he is toppled, the new face will not be able to change the culture of Politics, Police stations (the most charismatic CM of Punjab failed to change police culture in his province) and Peoples behaviour. The culture of nepotism, undue favours, wrong selections, inappropriate choices selection..... So the country would continue to witness same wave of elites’ violence -terrorism without bullets but kills innocents- against poor sufferers of the country!

 

From Tamasek Khan (a poor rickshaw driver in Karachi) or Mohd Siddique (a fruit seller in Lahore) till Asif Ali (the Political President of People of Pakistan) - all are having same colors; the colors of self-centric approach only.

Poor’s are forced to look into their own financial issues; they have to think for their food necessities twice a day, their kids’ education even in government yellow schools, their medical requirements in pathetic government hospitals, and their day to day basic financial needs under the environment of terror, fear, and insecurity. While elites are committed to maintain their so-called ‘top’ status by hook or by crook making as much as financial gains – as this tenure is last in their lives or they have waited for 9 years of darkness (dictatorial rule) and were not able to sell their “superior services” to a dictator timely!

Jinnah’s dream is shaken; none in our political class could say that they would save the sinking ship of Muhammad Ali Jinnah! Could Asif Ali Zardari, Yousuf Raza Gilani, Mian Nawaz Sharif, Altaf Hussain, Maulana Fazl ur Rehman, Munawar Hassan, Asfand Yar Wali…you name it….could drive Pakistan to state of prosperity, peace, and a social welfare state. Unfortunately, the answer is known to all!!!

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Altaf Hussain’s Strange Silence! by Nadia Khan

Altaf Hussain’s Strange Silence!

By Dr Nadia Khan

 

Its over four days and I was waiting for the “one & only leader of Karachi, who is termed as the ‘greatest blessing’ of Allah by recently retired Nazim of Karachi city in his yesterday’s Gulshan – e- Iqbal speech” who always condemns killing in Karachi and accuse Taliban for the law & order situation, is to say few words of sympathy about the brutal killing of two religious scholars in Karachi four days before but London-based leader is silent.

 

Contrary, he was sympathetic to quite a few unknown personalities death during these days or celebrating the 43rd death anniversary of his elder brother and minor items of like that kind, but I couldn’t see any strong statement issued from MQM London office condemning the killing of Maulana Saeed Ahmed Jalalpuri, the famous writer of Friday’s Islamic page Iqra “App Kay Masaail aur Un Ka Hall” in local daily newspaper and Abdul Ghafoor Nadeem. Rabita Committee of local MQM office had issued a weak statement condemning the killing and asked for the apprehension of culprits. This is a usual statement just to fulfil the newspaper page and prove your presence in press items. What a tragic and sad part of ethnic politics that is turning against religious personalities!

 

This killing has happened in same month of Rabi ul Awwal and as per Sunni Tahrek, in same way when four years before number of Ahle Sunnat wal Jammat (Barelvi) religious scholars were celebrating 12th Rabi ul Awwal in Nashter Park on a stage & performing Maghrib prayers while “a planted-bomb” was blasted that killed number of religious personalities including famous Hafiz Taqi, Sunni Tahrek head and many more. Blame was lamented on Taliban by Karachi-based ethnic group even though all fingers were at same ethnic group but then the file of the case was closed by Police; due to some sympathy of Police officer towards the culprits!

 

Last night, when one of my colleagues has asked me, "Why Altaf Hussain didn’t issue any statement condemning the recent killings of religious scholars?" I had no answer but I was asking myself as why a leader, who pretends himself as the mainstream leader, didn't utter few words at that sad moment for others, when in his own city – killing had happened!

 

Few points to note about Altaf Hussain’s current silence are:

 

o        Either he knew the culprits and scared of them to name!

o        If agencies are involved then in past Altaf Hussain used to deliver long and lengthy sermons-like speeches against Agencies, especially against his old colleagues of Muhajir Qoumi Movement (MQM-Haqiqi) group but why not this time?

o        What’s the motive even for agencies to kill religious scholars, what gain they will achieve in city like Karachi ?

o        Altaf Husain’s heart is having no soft corner for these religious scholars due to number of reasons – probably the growing popularity of religious forces in Karachi is not liked by him or his secular politics!

o        Or indirectly, he is distancing himself and his party from the killing of scholars in his own city – that is his vote bank. But for what, he considers Karachi as his “private property” then any law & order situation might trigger his political balance, with a view that MQM is part of ruling PPP Sind administration?

o        And as per the government version – that Indian spy agencies are involved in such killing to destabilize the city’s peace. Even if it so, Altaf Hussain or MQM in past has never accused any Indian agency for any wrong doing in Karachi or Sind province generally!

 

If we go through above question with two more points then the situation of Altaf Hussain and MQM will be more suspicious:

 

·         MQM is always vocal against Taliban presence in Karachi especially like the Westerner media that top-tier of Taliban are hiding in Karachi (before the claim was that Taliban Shura is hiding in Quetta ) however there is no suicide attack in any of the meetings of MQM in Karachi , why?

 

·         Why Taliban’s are active in Punjab only (one would understand the reason of their activity in NWFP where Pakistan Army is conducting a full scale Operations against them) especially when there is Muslim League (N) led government is in action, which is now labelled as pro-Taliban, since then the Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, in his own words, quoted wrong per his Jamia Nayeemeya, Lahore speech adopting Hamid Mir’s valid points in his answer!

 

If we look at these two facts, we could understand that Taliban presence is in Sind, Karachi especially where PPP is ruling the province (with MQM) but Taliban are active in causing destruction in Punjab, especially in Lahore where PPP is facing resistance with Nawaz league in taking control of the province!

 

Is there someone who is using Taliban name and trying to create messy situation in major cities of Pakistan to prove that situation is not good in the country while tabling the 18h amendment in late March, so delay it till further improvement of situations in major cities especially Karachi & Lahore .

 

Altaf Hussain silence confirms that he is either in agreement with that ‘hidden personality’ over this issue who is willing to play ‘Sind Card’ or Altaf Hussain  purposely trying to ignore this situation, may be to utilize it for his own favours in near future when Sind Card option will fail!

 

No matter whatever is the truth it will not be made public for poor people of Pakistan – never ever. The corridors of power in Pakistan are full of such stories!

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Arab Women - A change and paradigm shift - by Nadia Khan

Arab Women - A change and paradigm shift

by Dr Nadia Khan

 

My home phone bell rang and on the other end there was a familiar sound, “Would you mind visiting the conference on 'Arab Women – A change and paradigm shift” is being held in Dubai. This will be associated with few visits to other Arab cities such as Riyadh and Muscat. There will be discussion forums and finally all the participants will meet at Dubai to conclude their observations. These observations will then be translated into recommendations to various Arab countries through their women / human rights organizations for further negotiations with individual governments.”
 
My response was in affirmative and then next two weeks were gone with travel arrangements, preparations, and sorting out landing details at different cities for meeting & exchanging views with other participants. When the plane took off from Karachi airport, my mind was flying higher than plane to know the status of women in Middle East especially in cities like Dubai, Sharjah, Doha, Muscat, and my last destination was Riyadh. Since then I started my studies, my dream was to know more about the Middle Eastern women and their cultural values.

 

In cities like Doha, Dubai, and Muscat the initial response with an alone lady at the airport was not very disappointing. Dubai is a known place for foreigner so no issue there but especially at Seeb International Airport, Muscat or at King Khalid International Airport Riyadh, an alone lady was treated well and taken to hotel without any cultural issue. When I inquired from the female coordinator who came to airport to pick me up and take me till hotel that “I was afraid of maltreatment by being alone here, how do you see a single lady landing here and forced to follow the traditions, what could be the repercussions?” She nicely responded that “nothing like the Western propaganda, you will be treated well as if you are at your home!” After that I became curious but really felt that things will not be as per the stories which I read in newspapers about women in Middle East. 
 
Finally at the end of this 2 weeks long observational-visit, in Dubai, the environment was calm. Hotel's conference room was full of Arab ladies, with their colorful dresses under Abayas (veil) and glittering faces. When my name was called to present my observations, I looked at the audience and started reading my written comments.
 
"Dear Sisters, I am glad that I have been given a chance to speak with the elite of Middle Eastern Female population and share my observations and thoughts. Though I am off Pakistani origin but we all are tied up with ideals and morals of a divine religion that is at the centre of Middle East. Islam and Arabic traditions are nucleus of my thinking sine then I started thinking. You can’t separate the two organically; Arabs and Islam are twins and rest of the Muslim world look at the Middle East, first as the centre of Islam. During last two weeks in various cities, I was observing each event or action that has taken within the perspective of females in Arab cities is looked upon with microscopic eyes by me. I would like to highlight them as follows.
 
I came across number of issues which you are facing in your respective societies such as driving banned in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, restricted sponsorship for Mehrams (husbands) and kids, no choice of life-partner selection, polygamous behavior of males for no reasons, harassments at work places and outside are few of them to name. However, the points which I would like to highlight are more organic in nature then those I mentioned earlier.
 
Arab society has its roots date back to time when the birth of a female child was not an acceptable phenomenon. Since then with a very limited period of 30 years (The Caliphates era) Arab society returned back to their old tribal traditions and now 49% of population is somehow deprived of their eternal rights. Choice of husband, inheritance in property, authority to run business and traveling from one place to other, were the issues settled by our Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) 1431 years before but they were reborn in last 200 years.
 
Beside all the evils, which we hear or read in Western media, I still feel that Arab society is far better than any progressive society. I always experience that whenever I come to Dubai airport and numbers of passengers are standing in front of me before the immigration counter, somehow or from somewhere an Arabic officer will come forward and pull me out of the long-standing que as he feels that 'an-alone' woman could be given preference. I still remember those stories told by my friends and relative about the harsh treatment at various airports within Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). Two years before, when I landed with my family at Jeddah airport for my first Umra trip, there was longest-ever que, I have seen in my life at the immigration counter. The anticipated waiting time to reach to the immigration counter, I felt, could be 5 hrs or more. But within 15 or 20 minutes of standing in the line, when the Saudi officer looked at the woman in the line, he pointed out at me asking to come forward. Until recently, when I landed at Seeb Airport, Muscat I was treated so nicely as if I am a royal guest. When I compared my experience with Heathrow or Gatwick airports, I felt that women are treated far better in any Arab society than in West or countries claiming more social rights for women.
 
I will focus my discussion with Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as it is becoming the central stage for whole of the Arab women. A gradual change is being seen in Saudi society. I have been told that during the historic National Experts Meeting on Domestic Violence held at the Marriott Hotel in Riyadh, a glass shield was installed to separate the male and female sides of the audience. The meeting and such a program would have never seen in KSA society, and neither males nor females would have met under the same roof with nothing separating between them but a low wall of glass, is an accomplishment towards change that is taking its root in the society.
 
Although, desegregation in Saudi hospitals between male and female doctors is permissible, as female autopsy teachers and students from the opposite sex revealed. But those female doctors and professors participating in such a progressive convention have almost rejoiced at the glass shield, as they compare it to the separate closed rooms where members of the two sexes could only convene through low-quality video screens during regular seminars.
 
Ultimately, the status of women in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia remains different in contrast to the status of women in the rest of the world, including Arab women in several Arab countries. However, the developments in the Kingdom and the Saudi woman's path is considered as a barometer indicating whether change will be short-lived or will be institutionalized the way KSA women and human rights organizations need it.

 

Saudi educated elite women are angry at this "step-by-step" slow and gradual approach to acquiring self-evident rights of women. They are also angry at the "delight" of their comrades with the separating glass shield. During my recent visit, one of the women told us that she is upset with the slow gradual approach. She said, "So many decisions and initiatives have been made, only to die in the crib because of the absence of administrative institutions. Institutionalism does not exist. Everyone behaves according to his cultural, tribal or regional nature and background.” She adds that what practically happens is “one step forward and ten backward in our power corridors.” Hence, “gradual change is not successful; we need a set of laws and a system to protect us” one of the right activist informed the team.

 

According to one of the news from Riyadh reported in Al-Hayat newspaper that, dwellers of Saudi mosques will notice new expressions such as “human rights” uttered by the preachers during Friday prayers, “because the Ministry of Islamic Affairs vowed to mobilize its Imams and Preachers to spread awareness about human rights as part of a new partnership with the official rights entity.” The task will cover this time the rights of children, girls, wives and servants. This will lead towards a major society-building process.

 

According to the international definition of human rights, the concept of guardianship, like gender segregation, opposes the fundamental human rights. The Saudi woman is subjected to these practices because traditions - not religion or laws - require that she demand permission from her father, brother, husband, or son, even when she is in need of urgent healthcare, not just in matters of travel, education, work, and marriage. In confronting domestic violence, a woman has to practically seek her husband's permission to file a complaint against him. None of this is the result of enacted laws but rather, the result of the lack of legislation that bars these violations and practices.

 

This is exactly what the Saudi woman is gradually breaking down to eliminate the discrimination against her and to develop herself into a member of society that deserves respect and protective laws prohibiting such humiliating practices. Hence, women themselves are not divided over the need for change but with the pace of the change. In the eyes of some women, the participation of businesswomen in the official delegation that accompanies King Abdullah on official visits represents an unprecedented move that highlights the significant official support for women and proves King Abdullah's determination to support women in the path of change.

 

Recognizing and speaking openly about these phenomena is in itself a matter of change. However, the recommendations demand actions and not mere recognition and admission. Efforts must be exerted to incriminate all kinds of domestic violence harmful to the victim or her family, and to impose reinforcing and deterring penalties against the perpetrator. I came to know that there is talk about compulsory reporting of assaults, protection to informants, and punishment of perpetrators in the society. There is talk about the need to set up administrations that prevent and counter domestic violence, institutions that would promote cooperation within all concerned ministries and official institutions. We have been told that next year's plan of action will also focus on training and rehabilitating professionals engaged in domestic violence cases and on obliging workers in security entities to receive complaints. There are also recommendations to publish a Sharia'a-compliant log of personal status in Saudi Arabia to limit domestic violence. The recommendations also demand the activation of family courts to rule on cases of domestic violence.

 

This is not the first time that the issue of violence against women, children and the elderly is discussed in the Arab region. However, this is the first time that men and women speak out in Saudi Arabia about these matters openly and under one roof! Be it slow or fast, this process is part of the change underway in the Kingdom.

 

Middle Eastern women are now part of change as a result of a serious political decision, and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is at forefront. The need of time is that facts must be acknowledged and encouraged. Incorporating the talk about human rights into religious preaching is commendable. However, the slow pace remains an enemy threatening the path of change, as it leaves it vulnerable to the forces that resisted and continues to resist this kind of change.”


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Friday, January 1, 2010

President Zardari blamed ISI for Karachi blast? - Analysis by Nadia Khan

President Zardari blamed ISI for Karachi blast? - Analysis

by Nadia Khan

 

Two news items are worth noting in today’s press. First, from President Zardari that Aashura blast in Karachi is the reply of my 27th Dec 2009 Naudero speech. Second, that Tahreek e Taliban Pakistan official spokes person Azam Tariq has clarified that they had nothing to do with Karachi blast. These two information pieces reflects someone’s internal mindset and are time-bombs for various sections of society. Here we take them one by one:

 

Why President Zardari came to a conclusion that his 27th Dec speech is responded in Karachi with a blast that took 44 innocent lives, made hundreds injured and billion of rupees properties got destroyed. In his Naudero speech, though most aggressive one by any of the President of Pakistan has mostly indications against some hidden forces, ‘non-state actors’ or ‘political players.’

 

Many analyst agree that his target on 27th Dec, was military establishment when he was using the word ‘tum’ (equivalent of you) referring to corps commanders who had shown total dissatisfaction against Zardari-Haqqani favourite Kerry-Lugar bill. If Karachi blast is the reply of President 27th Dec speech then in other words he is trying to say that ‘a military agency, likely their ISI or MI wing, is behind this attack.’ That’s how President got responded, in his own words! Because in his 27th speech he was quite vocal against military establishment, though indirectly but with usage of careful words. This appears to be the most dramatic statement after Kamal Azfar’s statement, later termed as personal remarks, in full court that “democracy is in danger due to GHQ and CIA.” Hence, President Zardari today’s statement could align towards ISI or military establishment only as his last few speeches also indicates his uneasy frame of mind with military janta.

 

If we consider that non-state actors such as Taliban has responded President Zardari 27th Dec speech in the form of Karachi blast then it wouldn’t work factually. President didn’t lash out Taliban in his most aggressive speech even once. His audience were some other section of Pakistani society who belongs to ‘tenure-post’ category and Taliban don’t come under that fold!

 

If CIA has responded President 27th speech in Karachi blast-form then what CIA will gain out of it against PPP or Zardari government? Even though President was accusing US for Iraq and Afghanistan institutional damages but its worth mentioning that at the time of riots the strange behaviour of Police, where they allowed all protestors (non-state actors) to perform their terror task easily, reminds that they must be having provincial govt instructions (likely from Provincial Home Minister Dr Zulfiqar Mirza, a close aide of President) to stay away from protestors and allow them to do what they want to for few hours! This action negates President Zardari stance that ‘Karachi blast is my 27th Dec speech response’ as his own Peoples Party government appeared to be involved in the aftermath of blast.

 

If infamous BlackWater retaliation against President Zardari 27th speech is considered in Karachi blast, as highlighted by Mufti Rafi Usmani or group of Deubandi Ulemas, then we need to know that what benefit they would reap after this blast? As of now, it appears nothing, in any short term case! Especially in Karachi, a pro American British-based politician Altaf Hussain is in control of the city and any disturbance here may cause damage to MQM or Altaf Hussain credibility. So in other words, Karachi is already in the hands of pro US secular forces, fully against of Taliban even Pathans presence in the city is not welcomed, as they might resemble like Taliban. So for what Black Water could trigger law & order status in Karachi, trying to create ethnic polarisation between Shia’s & Sunnis!!!

 

If we look at ISI involvement in Karachi blast, we find no reason from them to create unrest in the city. Karachi destabilisation will not add any value for ISI or agencies, either against President or ruling PPP in Sind. Neither security agencies are willing to open any front with MQM or Altaf Hussain -as of now- unlike 1992 as MQM coalition with PPP in Sind is a sort of stability in the province when North West Frontier province is under heavy fire. Nor MQM is confronting with powerful security agencies especially their stance over NRO, even when they are aligned with PPP govt & refused to accept it, was termed as an acceptance of dictation from powerful players of Pakistani politics. A minimum result out of this MQM-agencies-alliance is that port-city is not witnessing any unrest or strikes since then MQM is at its prime target; walking in the corridors of powers!

 

Second, press statement from Taliban spokes person indicates that someone who has accepted the responsibility two days before, wasn’t Taliban spokes person or he was pretending himself as Taliban commander. Or someone has asked purposely to make it public that Karachi blast is carried out by Taliban. Till now Sind Police is trying to establish that it was suicide attack but so far no luck! Hence, this didn’t work out that Taliban is behind this blast.

 

Also, this situation is quite embarrassing for politician who condemned Taliban only for this blast. Taliban involvement theory is yet to be proved, hence the slogan ‘Taliban Bhagawo – Mulk Bachawo (Kick out Taliban & save Pakistan)’ will not work in this case.

 

No matter who is responsible for this heinous act but residents of Karachi could not turn out to be scapegoat for a lingering President who is hinting at its own security apparatus or a provincial home ministry that could be trying to divert attention from his chairperson when he has made a flamboyant speech, or a weak chief minister who’s Police remained silent when public lives and properties are being damaged and helplessly no one came for rescue or it could be inter-party rift -likely over NRO support- to teach the lesson to one another or a weak mayor (Nazim) who has no ability of crisis management techniques & situations!

 

Karachi resident should file a suit in Sind High Court for a full and impartial inquiry and those who are culprits should be brought to justice!

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