Terroristan - April 24, 2018
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RAWALPINDI – The former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who is currently serving his term in the Adiala Jail for concealing assets, has decided to start work for the welfare of fellow inmates. According to local media reports, the convicted Nawaz also held talks with jail authorities to carry out the activity.The three-time former premier has directed his personal staff in jail to get details of prisoners who could not afford the amount for paying the imposed fines by courts in their respective cases. Nawaz Sharif has vowed to pay the fines on their behalf in order to get them released from the jail. He also announced to install water facility inside the jail. ( Nawaz is well known for such impulsive generosity . When he was in power, he gifted some brand new BMWs to Fauji and other governmental officials ) . Adiala jail authorities said that a list is being prepared of the inmates who have not been released due to non-payment of the fines. Nawaz was sentenced to a total of 11 years in prison and slapped a £8 million fine (Rs1.3 billion) while Maryam was sentenced to eight years with a £2 million fine (Rs335 million). Moreover, Maryam’s husband, Capt (retd) Safdar, is also serving his term in Adiala jail.
RAWALPINDIN - Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and daughter Maryam Nawaz are not satisfied with the facilities they are provided with in Adiala jail and started to collapse in Jail.
Sources have revealed that both have started to suffer from psychological trauma and irrational behaviour has been reported by jail authority.
Pakistan "Deep State" has a "solid history" of inflicting such harassment to past political prisoners as well . Z.A. Bhutto requested a glass of water to quench his thirst in jail . In return he was provided a thermos flask of hot water !Father-daughter duo is finding it difficult to live in the cell they are staying in due to its shabby conditions. Maryam and Nawaz Sharif 's cells have a foul smell, with washroom being in an even worse state.
Even the reporting of such news, would be considered , psychological torture and humiliation in normal countries !They are subjected to solitary confinement and the distance between their respective cells is almost half a kilometre. Both of them also have complaints regarding the food that they are given.Maryam and Nawaz have complained that they are not terrorist offenders; hence solitary confinement does not apply to them.
Nawaz Sharif has requested the formation of a committee under the supervision of Bar Council to probe whether he and daughter Maryam are treated fairly in Adiala jail.
Social activist Raza Mahmood Khan, who had been missing for the past seven months, has returned home, DawnNewsTV reported on Friday citing police officials.
Raza, a convener of Aghaz-i-Dosti — a friendship initiative between the youth of India and Pakistan — was reportedly picked up by men in plain clothes from his Model Colony residence on December 2, 2017.
Anyone advocating Peace between India and Pakistan is considered a "potential traitor" by Deep State . Nawaz is the most glaring example !Activists belonging to various rights groups, along with friends and family, had since been agitating for Raza's release. They had condemned the ‘enforced disappearance’ of activists and attempts to silence and harass those speaking up for peace and human rights.
Mohammad Imran, SP Investigation Model Town, confirmed on Friday that Punjab police had recovered Raza 10 days ago. He, however, did not disclose further details about where Raza was found.
Raza is in good health, according to the police official, but is refraining from making a statement due to "security concerns".
International rights organisation Amnesty International, in a statement issued following Raza's disappearance, had demanded that the Pakistani government ensure the recovery of the Lahore-based activist. "The Pakistani authorities must take all measures as may be necessary to investigate Raza Khan's fate immediately," Amnesty's Deputy South Asia Director Dinushika Dissanayake had said.
"Scarcely does a week go by without Amnesty International receiving reports of people going missing in Pakistan," Dissanayake had said. "Many of them may have been subjected to enforced disappearances, which is a crime under international law."
Prior to that, Zeenat Shahzadi, a young journalist who was pursuing the case of an Indian citizen, went missing in 2015. Driven to despair, her younger brother had committed suicide.
The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Friday suspended mobile internet services in several districts of Balochistan till July 31 on the directives of the interior ministry, thus casting doubts on the effectiveness of the Result Transmission System (RTS) during the upcoming general elections.
Balochistan receives "special treatment" from the Interior Ministry ( on the orders of Deep State ) in the forthcoming (s)election process. This is to ensure that the (s)election exercise goes according to the pre-determined planThe RTS is an internet-based application introduced by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to transmit polling results from constituencies to the commission.According to a letter sent by PTA on July 20, the mobile internet services have been suspended in Pishin, Killa Abdullah and Mastung. Meanwhile, the service is already unavailable in Awaran, Kech and Kalat since February.
Through its letter, a copy of which is available with DawnNewsTV, PTA notified ECP asking it to take "necessary action" in wake of the suspension of internet services.
"The blocking of data services will render the RTS and Vote Verification SMS Service (8300), developed by the ECP/ National Database and Registration Authority, ineffective in these districts," it read.
Mobile internet services also remain suspended in most parts of tribal districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa since June 2016.
For the first time in Pakistan, Nadra introduced an Android application which enables election officers to send the results to the ECP in real time.
With the help of RTS, all Presiding Officers (PO) will be able to transmit Form 45 (containing tabulated results of the polling station) via their phone to the ECP on election day.
The app also automatically uses GPS to record the result’s location and the time of the upload. The system will be used to announce constituency results as they are collated.
Besides a short message service, the commission has launched ‘Click ECP 2018’ application on Android’s PlayStore. The app can be download free of charge on your smartphones to access voting data and polling-related details. Through this app, voters can easily find out their polling stations, whether their vote is registered or not, and the constituency in which the vote is registered.Through ‘Click ECP 2018’, voters can also stay updated with the commission’s official press statements and election results.
Paki I.T. ( not International Terrorism ) entering 21st centuryThe ECP has established General Election Information Centres in all its provincial, regional and district offices. The commission has also released the details of all centres on its website.
A youth was murdered allegedly by his brother in Karachi's Ittehad Town on Friday, in what police suspect is a case of 'honour killing'.According to police, the suspect stabbed to death his 24-year-old brother, Kashif, inside their home in Block 2 of Abidabad. The suspect managed to flee the crime scene but was later arrested by police.
A youth was murdered allegedly by his brother in Karachi's Ittehad Town on Friday, in what police suspect is a case of 'honour killing'.According to police, the suspect stabbed to death his 24-year-old brother, Kashif, inside their home in Block 2 of Abidabad. The suspect managed to flee the crime scene but was later arrested by police.
While in custody, the man told the police that he killed his brother as he (Kashif) allegedly had "illicit relations" with his wife, a police officer told Dawn.
The police have registered a murder case against the suspect following a complaint filed by the third brother, Majid.
The general perception is that apart from the elections that were held in 1970 — which saw the then-East Pakistan break away from the West — none of the elections in Pakistan have really been “free” or “fair”. The Free and Fair Election Network’s (Fafen) General Secretary, Sarwar Bari, agrees.
Historically speaking, election rigging in Pakistan has occurred at multiple levels, with the connivance of state institutions, the establishment, polling officers and, of course, political parties and candidates.
The rigging process can be broadly divided into three categories: pre-poll rigging, polling day-rigging and post-poll rigging. Here, we break down how the polling process can be exploited.
Pre-poll rigging Manipulating the census
The main players in Sindh — PPP and MQM — had demanded an audit as they claimed the population of the province as a whole, and Karachi specifically, had been understated to deny it more seats than it should have gotten.
GerrymanderingAs discussed earlier, the ECP allots a quota of seats to every district according to its population (as counted in the census).
Therefore, if you want to rig at the constituency level, the delimitation exercise is what you need to target.
"Gerrymandering refers to drawing up constituencies in a way that one political rival is at a position of disadvantage in polls regardless of voter support"
Get your opponent’s nomination papers rejected
Rigging on the polling day
Capture the polling booth
Manipulate the vote count
Bribe the voters
Another manner in which political parties and actors can impact elections is by manipulating perceptions using print, electronic and social media, as well as dubious surveys and polls.
The NA-120 modelThe NA-120 by-election held last year on the seat left vacant by the disqualification of former premier Nawaz Sharif was 'unique', so to speak.
ISLAMABAD : Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar has taken suo motu notice over unauthorised use of a Pakistan International Airline (PIA) plane for air safari of the Nanga Parbat.
The scandal surfaced on Tuesday when Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and PIA officials were accused of delaying a flight to take VIP passengers from Islamabad on an air safari comprising the K2, Nanga Parbat and other mountain peaks.
The plane was scheduled to fly from Skardu to Islamabad but due to unscheduled air safari, the flight was delayed causing inconvenience to dozens of passengers who had to wait for hours at Skardu airport.
The chief justice has ordered to fix the matter at the Karachi registry on July 22. The notices have also been issued to the attorney general of Pakistan, secretary aviation division, PIA CEO and Muneeza Nusrullah regarding their personal appearance before the court.
MULTAN – Police in southern Punjab have arrested two suspects after a convoy of Ali Musa Gilani, son of former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, was attacked by unknown assailants in his hometown last night. “Two assailants are arrested and further investigation is underway,” Punjab Inspector General Police (IGP) Dr Syed Kaleem Imam told the media
According to details, unknown assailants opened fire on the election rally of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) near Multan’s Shah Rukn-e-Alam Colony. Ali Musa Gilani is contesting polls in NA-157 (earlier NA-148) in the upcoming general elections.
During the election campaign for the 2013 general elections, Ali Haider Gilani – another son of the former PM – was abducted and recovered after three years from Afghanistan.
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has taken notice of the matter and issued directives for the provision of security to the PPP candidate. Whether security will be provided is anybody's guess
RABWAH, Pakistan (Reuters) - There are no campaign posters in the Pakistani town of Rabwah, and no election rallies on its streets. Though they could be an influential bloc in a key electoral battleground, nearly 90 percent of its residents will not vote in a July 25 poll.
The late PM of Pakiland, Z.A.Bhutto declared them as Non -Muslims , to curry favour with the Mullahs . And this "gimmick" did not keep him in power either. He was hanged by Zia. But his edict remained on the books and has not been removed ever since !The people of Rabwah, in Punjab province, are predominantly Ahmadi Muslims, and abstain from elections due to what they say are discriminatory laws that target their minority sect.Pakistan’s election laws place Ahmadis on a separate voter registration list categorising them as non-Muslim. Community leaders say this violates their right to religious self-identify as Muslim.
The ECP follows the laws set by the GOP . And the "orders' from the Deep State :mrgreen:“It’s a matter of our faith so there can be no compromise on that,” community spokesman Salim Ud Din told Reuters. Pakistan’s Election Commission did not respond to requests for comment. In a letter sent to Salim Ud Din, the commission said it was “following law which cannot be changed by the commission”.
Election observers believe if the country’s 500,000 Ahmadi were to participate, their vote could swing the results of more than 20 closely contested seats in Punjab, the most populous province where Pakistani elections are won and lost.
The Ahmedis were in the forefront of the so-called struggle for a "separate homeland for the Muslims of India". And now the irony is that they are not considered Muslims !!!One of the men buried in Rabwah’s well-manicured graveyard is Chaudhry Zafrulah Khan, Pakistan’s first foreign minister.Community members often refer to him, saying the country’s founding father Mohammad Ali Jinnah chose an Ahmadi as Pakistan’s first representative to the world.To comply with laws forbidding Ahmadis to identify as Muslim, the Ahmadi community have erased all Islamic inscriptions from Khan’s gravestone.
Expressing concern is one thing. Taking some concrete measures to punish Pakistan is something else . !WASHINGTON: The United States remains concerned about the participation of Lashkar-e-Taiba-affiliated (LeT) individuals in the July 25 elections and has conveyed its concern to Islamabad as well, says the US State Department. However, in a statement a copy of which is available with Dawn, the department noted with satisfaction that the Pakistan Election Commission had rejected the registration of Milli Muslim League (MML) in June, “citing its linkages to LeT, an internationally-sanctioned terrorist organisation”. The statement pointed out that the State Department also amended its Foreign Terrorist Organisation designation of LeT in April to add the MML as a Lashkar alias.
“We have repeatedly expressed our concerns to the Pakistani government about LeT, including the participation of LeT-affiliated individuals in the elections,” the statement added.
In an earlier statement, the State Department had stressed the need to continue the electoral process despite recent terrorist attacks targeting senior Pakistani politicians.
In a similar statement issued in Brussels, the European Union urged Islamabad to ensure that electoral activities in all parts of Pakistan continued in “safe and secure conditions”.Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said last week that Japan strongly hoped the general election would be held this month freely, fairly and peacefully, without giving in” to terrorists who wanted to disturb the democratic process in Pakistan.In Washington, US State Department’s spokesperson Heather Nauert said that such attacks on political candidates and their supporters were “cowardly attempts to deprive the Pakistani people of their democratic rights”.
ISLAMABAD: Though the caretakers insist that it was a routine matter and 'executed legally', the apparently hasty movement of a letter on last Friday, July 13, regarding jail trial of former premier-- after approval of the interim Prime Minister Justice Nasirul Mulk within five minute -- raised many eyebrows.
To conclude that the caretaker govt is "objective" and does not follow orders from the Deep State , must be a joke !Critics argue the affair is indicative of pressure on the caretaker government – a view forcefully rejected by Law Minister Ali Zafar. The minister, Ali Zafar categorically denied any kind of pressure on the federal government to allegedly push one political force against the wall.
Another example of someone pulling strings behind the scenes !The PM Office and the staff hesitated to provide The News the viewpoint of Justice Nasirul Mulk, himself an eminent jurist, regarding jail trial issue despite hectic phone and fax queries over the last four days.
According to available facts, The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) wrote the letter to the Law Ministry on July 13, Friday, the last working day of the week, seeking transferring of the premises of an accountability court to Adiala Jail, Rawalpindi, to hear cases against Nawaz Sharif and others.
A more sophisticated way of pressure being applied to expedite the matter of the trial !The ministry swiftly forwarded it to the Cabinet Division, got signatures of federal ministers and most importantly of the prime minister within few minutes, sent the approval of the cabinet back to the Law Ministry in moments, and the ministry issued the unprecedented notification. In the past, only hardcore terrorists were tried in jail.
Like the example of who is behind the pressure being applied to the mediaNAB officials deny the surprisingly speedy movement of the jail trial letter, while it could not be ascertained as to who was managing all this.
Ganja has to be boxed in at Adiala . There is no way that Deep State can afford to let him out on bail !However, the federal cabinet withdrew its notification on Wednesday only after the accountability court adjourned the hearing of the references, earlier being heard on daily basis, till the end of July. The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders allege that adjourning the references until after elections is meant to ensure that the former prime minister is unable to make even a single public appearance before the July 25 general elections.
During an interview after issuance of notification of jail trial, Law Minister Ali Zafar explained to The News in detail how different hearings of the accountability court would be conducted in Adiala Jail and how journalists and even citizens willing to observe this trial would be allowed to witness each and every proceedings.No one from any department, division or ministry was ready to comment on this point though repeated questions were sent. Even Cabinet Division Secretary Abu Ahmad Akif, the Prime Minister’s Secretary Suhail Amir remained tight-lipped despite repeated questions on their phones and fax numbers. It was confirmed by The News that the fax was received.
After making so many calls to Suhail Amir, the secretary to the prime minister, The News sent him following questions: “For completion of a news story, I need response of the honourable Caretaker Prime Minister of Pakistan, Justice (R) Nasir-ul-Mulk on following questions: (1). On July 13, 2018 (Friday), Ministry of Law issued a notification regarding transferring of the premises of the accountability court to Adiala Jail, Rawalpindi for hearing of some NAB references. According to federal law minister, same notification was issued after the proper approval of the federal cabinet. The summary was finally approved by the honourable prime minister.
The federal government under Nasirul Mulk is responsible for ensuring conduct of a transparent and fair elections and can advise the president to promulgate an ordinance which can stop all this electoral engineering in shape of arrests and summons by NAB until the conduct of election and election of the new prime minister.
Elections are rigged in favour of the Deep State's favourite candidate and no one can do anything about it !NAB is also summoning different candidates and important leader on daily basis and is ensuring that they are made to wait for many hours to waste their time of election campaign as maximum as possible.
QUETTA: Security forces on Friday killed the mastermind of the country's worst-ever suicide bombing in an early morning shootout in Balochistan, officials said.The operation was carried out on an intelligence tip off about the presence of an Islamic State (IS) operative identified as Hidayatullah in a house in the Darenjo village of Qalat district.
"The Frontier Corps (FC) raided the house and killed Hidayatullah after a strong resistance from him," Qaisar Khan, a senior administration official in Qalat, told AFP. A senior FC official, speaking on condition of anonymity, stated that Hidayatullah was the facilitator of Hafeez Nawaz, who carried out the suicide bombing last week which killed at least 150 people. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack at an election rally in Mastung district.
The provincial authorities identified the bomber as Nawaz, a Pakistani national who fought in Afghanistan before carrying out the suicide attack in Mastung. A senior administration official in Mastung Qaim Lashari also confirmed the Qalat raid.
"Hidayatullah led a group of IS operatives present in different areas of Balochistan, and we hope to track them down pretty soon," the official added. The news of Hidayatullah's death coincided with a small explosion in Chaman, which wounded four people.
ON the eve of election 2018, people find themselves assailed by growing fears of violence and poll manipulation and are frustrated by the state’s reluctance to intervene on the citizens’ behalf which borders on collusion.
And not to mention, that Nawaz Sharif is not allowed out of jail !The terrorist attacks on election candidates in Mastung, Peshawar and Bannu have, on the one hand, undermined hopes of a peaceful poll, and, on the other, have exposed the inability of the security forces to protect candidates, their workers and other citizens. One wonders whether the terrorist groups’ decision to spare some parties and candidates amounts to their endorsement of them. More important is the fact that on polling day, the candidates, the polling agents, the polling staff and the voters will be under great fear and stress, and that could hamper fair polling.
Further, the powers-that-be have resolved not to listen to the public clamour against pre-poll rigging. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan is convinced that the election has already been massively manipulated. The Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency found the environment unfavourable to fair polling quite sometime ago. According to Gallup, those who think the election will be fair are in a minority. A group of eminent professors, including A. Samad, Pervez Hoodbhoy and Rasul Bakhsh Rais, and author Ahmed Rashid, have protested against electoral manipulation to the Punjab caretaker chief minister and asked him to resign if he cannot set things right. The president of the All Pakistan Newspapers Society has spoken of large-scale manipulation of the electoral process. The attacks on media freedom are visible to all and sundry. The state sees no evil, hears no evil.
There was a time when the public perception of injustice was considered more important than the factual evidence of injustice, when zaban-i-khalq (voice of the people) was accepted as naqqara-i-Khuda (Divine proclamation). No more. Now the people are told to bring proof of wrongdoing by parties they seem mortally afraid of naming. This excuse for avoiding one’s duty is assailable on two grounds.
Firstly, the world is aware of forms of tyranny, torture and subtle arm-twisting that leave no trace of legally cognisable evidence except for the victim’s testimony if he were brave enough to offer it. Despite the slaves’ inability to provide evidence, the world recognised the evil of slavery. The injustices inherent in the patriarchal system have been recognised even though a majority of women of Pakistan are unable to offer evidence before their male tormenters. The world recognises what are called self-evident truths, and the self-evident truth in Pakistan today is that the 2018 election has already been manipulated beyond repair by elements ( and "everyone" knows who they are !) that are apparently more powerful than the ECP.
Secondly, how can the government decline to investigate complaints of electoral manipulation? It has a duty to investigate a crime even if a complainant cannot identify the culprit. If the people are for any reason unable to name a wrongdoer or to furnish evidence, the authorities have a clear duty to probe the causes. Maybe they will find a situation like what is conveyed in the popular Urdu hemistich “wohi qatl bhi karey hai, wohi lay sawab ulta” (strange that the one who kills is coming forward to claim the reward).
The state’s apparent abdication of its responsibility to address citizens’ concerns has brought into focus wrongdoing including corruption by institutions.
India abolished the feudal order ( zamindari system ) after independence . Pakistan's feudal order now includes the faujis who have become ( big) zamindar themselves !The subcontinent’s population has a long tradition of ignoring wrongdoing, including oppression, corruption and injustice if the custodians of power can remove some individual grievances. A large number of people still recall the colonial rule as the most benevolent dispensation they ever had .Only because of their efficient policing, the colonial rulers’ misdeeds are ignored. No notice is taken of the fact that the colonial masters did no justice between the natives and the ruling race, favoured feudals at the cost of other subjects’ interests and gathered so much wealth from the colony that they could finance industrialisation at home and in friendly countries. It was a most corrupt order.
Likewise, many Pakistanis still praise the Ayub regime for its development work and policing of the country, and do not take into account its drive to bury the system of representative rule, its attacks on the judiciary’s independence and its policies that made 22 families richer and the masses poorer. There are people who hail Ziaul Haq for his promotion of religiosity and ignore the creation of a parallel judicial system that the judiciary opposed for quite sometime, and give him credit for constitutional changes though they destroyed the democratic spirit of the Constitution.
The most worrisome fact about the state of Pakistan today is that, while addressing individual wrongs, the institutions concerned are transgressing law and propriety. For instance, in the drive to fight individual corruption, the institutions concerned are resorting to measures that cannot be excluded from the category of unfair practices.
Similarly, much wrong is being done under the law made to proceed against terrorists. True, the anti-terrorism courts have convicted a good number of people accused of terrorism but the abuse of the law cannot be denied. The worst victims of the Anti-Terrorism Act have been factory workers and political dissidents. The Punjab government wanted to haul up more that 17,000 political activists under the anti-terrorism law. The chief election commissioner does not like this. But he is as powerless in this matter as the Gilgit-Baltistan administration has been in dropping the ATA charge against the most widely respected lawyer Ehsan Ali, or the popular icon Babajan. The use of ATA against political dissidents amounts to institutional corruption and is worse than any individual wrongdoing. (Since this was written, the government is reported to have decided not to charge PML-N workers for the Friday rally under the ATA. But the potential abuse of the law cannot be contested.)
Although there is a broad agreement among political observers about the election results, they would do well not to rule out the ordinary voter’s ability to defy his handlers. However, whatever the result, one should like to hope and pray that in the post-election years it will be possible to arrest the drift towards institutional corruption.
Mostly likely a fauji helicopter. Could be engine trouble, pilot error or worse , the heli was targeted by the angry PashtunsPESHAWAR – A helicopter crash-landed at the Bacha Khan Airport, leaving two people injured on Saturday. According to airport officials, four people were on board the aircraft.Rescue officials took all the precautionary measures required. Security officials cordoned off the area.In an earlier incident, two pilots of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) were martyred after a jet crashed during landing at the Peshawar Air Base a month ago.As per reports quoting eye-witness accounts, the jet was steered towards the runway by the pilots before it blew up, in order to save the surrounding civilian neighbourhoods.
Timing of the decision is interesting !KARACHI – Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur have been declared absconders in money laundering case by a session court in Karachi. As per details garnered, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) submitted challan in session court in money laundering case against Summit Bank vice chairman Hussain Lawai and 20 others today.
KARACHI : A blast has occurred within the premises of a seminary in the Karachi city’s Rizvia Society. Police officials have detained at least three people, including the injured security guard, over their involvement in the blast.
Most likely election related or sectarian strife !Sindh Inspector General of Police (IGP) Amjad Javed Saleemi also took notice of the incident and sought a report from the Zone West police chief regarding the incident.Following the explosion, a large contingent of law enforcers, including Rangers and police, reached the site and cordoned off the seminary to inquire into the cause of the explosion and collect evidence.
Falijee Ji :Falijee wrote:Pakistan Names Chini Built Maritime Vessel As "Kashmir"
PMSS Ship Called Kashmir Commissioned At China
PS: Another "novel" way of keeping the "Kashmir issue" alive
The process of subverting democracy and politicians began at the beginning of Pakistan.
Over the decades, the style and tactics may have changed, but not the intention. It has now been honed into a skill, except that coup-makers no longer come marching down from Rawalpindi led by the 111 Brigade of the 10th Division. Nowadays, the Pakistani Army carries out coups camouflaged in judicial robes. One of the "judicial robes" - the bearded Siddiqui of Isloo High Court has now- on the eve of election - a change of heart
He was lioned and then shown on a photograph, by the ISPR, stamping down on the Flag of India !On July 13, Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam called the army’s bluff and dared to land in Pakistan to face certain imprisonment following a blatantly farcical trial. That very day, Pakistan was rocked by a massive terrorist attack in Mastung, Balochistan. At least 130 persons were killed and more than 200 injured. Among those killed was Nawabzada Siraj Raisani, for whom army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa had special words of condolence, since he was reputedly a person of the Deep State.
The Taliban was/is an organ of the Deep State !Afew days prior to this, the Taliban killed Awami National Party’s Haroon Bilour at an election rally in Peshawar.
Haroon’s father Bashir Bilour had been assassinated while campaigning in 2013. Both the Bilour killings by the Taliban are meant to show their disapproval of the electoral system, frighten away the moderate Awami National Party (ANP) and its following to leave the political field open for Imran Khan and his mullah coterie.
As Hilary Clinton rightly said that you cannot keep snakes in your backyard and then expect them not to bite youThe Mastung casualties would be explained away as collateral damage by a regime that seems to feel no need to protect its citizens. Just as the killing of 126 children at a Peshawar school on December 16, 2014, was explained. Elsewhere, these incidents are described as blowback, the unintended consequences of undeclared actions by the State. However, Pakistani military rulers are now seemingly suffering from Munchausen Syndrome. Clinically, this is defined as something that manifests itself in self-harm and bouts of pyromania in order to attract sympathy and attention. The Pakistani Army has been setting its neighbourhood on fire for decades and then claiming to be the injured innocent. This fire has now turned inward with killings of innocent Pakistanis by groups nurtured and trained by it.
For optic reasons, the PTI has denied that Khalil is a member of PTI !The aim of the Pakistani military’s current exercise is to control democracy and secure its own future fromits own people. For this, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) Imran Khan is the frontman, and he is backed by radical Islamist leaders like Maulana Fazlur Rehman Khalil of the Harkat-ul-Jihad (banned by the UN) who is supporting the PTI contestant from Islamabad.
And his sordid personal past and present is all detailed in his second wife's gossipy book !Other spoilers are from the ultra-right wing Milli Muslim League (Lashkar-e-Taiba-backed), Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat, formerly known as the radical sectarian Sipaha Sahaba, and the Barelvi Sunni Islamist group, Tehrik Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah. They are all expected to bat for PTI by drawing away voters from the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz). Not for nothing is Imran Khan also referred to as Taliban Khan.
The direction Pakistan would take had been set from the day the country was created with 16% of the total population of undivided India, 17% of the territory and 30% of the armed forces.
Starting with DJinnah "begging" $ 2 Billion aid ( 1947 Dollars !) from USA offering Pakiland so -called strategic location against Soviet Union and the Paki Army/ DJinnah keeping the British COAS of their Army unaware of their Kashmir invasion !It was going to be a top-heavy army whose maintenance would take away alarge chunk of the budget. The malaise of autocracy among the politicians, bureaucrats and the army had set in very early.
This is shown by former special secretary in the Cabinet secretariat Tilak Devasher, who in his remarkable new book, Pakistan: At the Helm, takes us through the various phases of the country’s history. There is no better way of understanding a leader’s mind than reading what he writes, or listening to what he says. Devasher uses this technique when he relies on what Pakistani leaders said, or what the bureaucrats and army did, to keep control of Pakistan with themselves to the exclusion of others. Very soon, the army had won this contest. It has been so since.
And with all this shenanigan, he still wished/ daydreamed to spend his days in his second home in Malabar Hill Bombay commuting back and forth from Karachi . !!!Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Liaquat Ali Khan’s Pakistan ended soon after their death — the former by neglect and the latter by assassination. Jinnah’s hatred for ‘Hindu’ Congress and disdain for Mohandas Gandhi is well known — remember, Jinnah did not even mention Gandhi’s name when he spoke after his assassination. After all, Jinnah had declared that he had no equal, having won Pakistan with his stenographer and typewriter.
Thereafter, it was the era of Generals Ayub Khan, Yahya Khan, Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq and Pervez Musharraf, interspersed with periods of controlled democracies beginning with Zulfiqar Bhutto, an arrogant feudal who frightened the army to the extent that they hanged him. All Pakistani generals had the same characteristic of arrogance, misplaced beliefs of invincibility and extremely susceptible to flattery. And Nawaz was no exception to this "flattery rule" !
Devasher brings out the army’s extremely patronising attitude towards civilians and politicians, of the Punjabi towards people of other regions in Pakistan, and religious superiority of Muslims over people of other religions, primarily Hindus. It is the story of Pakistan’s tragic-comic heroes.
As observers have noted, it is only a matter of time, that he will be at loggerheads with the fauj !The July 25 election results may well see Imran Khan in the throne room.
But do not miss the Khaki Eminence that will lurk in the shadows holding the keys to the kingdom. Had Nawaz Sharif been allowed to contest in a free and fair election and lost, one could still say that democracy in Pakistan was healthy. Instead, an Imran Khan victory through manipulation and coercion would mean that democracy in Pakistan has gone into deep coma.
KARACHI: Fresh loan deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will be suicidal decision for Pakistan. The Fund would force Pakistan to enhance tax revenue through more taxation, devaluation and frequent hike in the prices of petroleum, electricity and gas, etc.
Begging bowl to IMF is THE only alternative for insolvent Pakis. There is no other alternative . ! ( unless they drastically reduce their defence expenditures )Zafar Mahmood Shaikh, President/CEO Security Investment Bank in Karachi stated this on Monday. He shared his expert opinion with Karachi Editors Club (KEC) President Mubasher Mir, Secretary General Manzar Naqvi, founding-members Javed Mahmood and Muhammad Arif, about the ongoing economic scenario in Pakistan and gave his suggestions for improvement in the national economy and to contain the rapid economic erosion price hike. Zafar M. Shaikh is former managing director of the National Savings and ex-Director General of the Debt Management Office of the Ministry of Finance.
To lay the blame on the caretaker govt, in power for a few weeks only is not fair !!!He said that the caretaker Finance Minister Dr Shamshad Akhter was toeing the agenda of IMF and her foreign masters and giving more serious jolts to the economy. The caretaker FM and the government was not supposed to take the strategic decision of frequent devaluation of rupee against dollar. Devaluation of one rupee means one hundred billion rupees increase in the national debt. He lamented that on Monday the dollar-rupee exchange rate has increased to over 125 rupees that exposes the bad governance of caretakers and their inability to control unwanted erosion in the strength of the local currency.
The "conspiracy against Pakistan" theory resurfaces once again !Zafar M. Shaikh claimed that the caretaker finance minister had been imposed on Pakistan under a well-thought out agenda of further destabilizing the economy of Pakistan and taking the country to the IMF to seek fresh loans with very tight and unbearable conditions for the masses and the country as well.
Caretaker Govt takes order from the Deep State . Secondly, there is no other solution . China and Saudia are not helping eitherDaily devaluation of rupee, and hike in petrol prices twice and once in the electricity cost by the caretakers was disturbing for all and sundry in the country and this would cause a serious setback to the economy and consumers as well. The caretaker government don’t have powers to take this kinds of strategic decisions, he said.
Easier said than done. There is only so much Paki textiles and soccer balls that can be exported . Stoppage of imports will create an economic shortage of essential goods . There is no easy solution to this crisis ( unless they drastically reduce their defense expenditure )To improve the national economy, he said the government must bring at par the imports with exports that would eliminate more than $33 billion trade deficit as the country was not in a position to bear this massive financial bleeding at this time.
Everyone from top ( Dus Percenti, Malik Riaz types, Kiyani brothers, Mush etc etc ) to bottom ( clerks and chapprassis of customs and airports ) are indulging in this game like a well-oiled machine , so it is very difficult to stopHe also pointed out that more than $15 billion imports are fake that are meant to send dollars abroad from Pakistan through banking channel. He said that fake LCs and invoices are being made to cover up fake imports and to send billions of dollars abroad every year.
To support his claim, he said that if the current imports are around $55 billion, the customs duty collection from imports should have been around $5 billion (more than Rs 500 billion) if we keep in mind average custom duty of only 10% on imports. Total annual tax revenue collection a year was lower than $4 billion and the customs duty share in tax revenue seemed less than $2.5 billion.
Govt is corrupt !. Supreme Court is corrupt ! Maybe, even Zafar M. Shaikh himself is corrupt !Zafar M. Shaikh urged the government and the supreme court of Pakistan to order a probe to find out mega scam of billions of dollars frauds in fake imports that was leading to transfer of money from Pakistan to abroad.
Not to worry. PM -in-waiting Imran Khan has "promised" to bring back the billions of dollars/ pounds / francs / riyals stashed abroad by his fellow Pakis . Not sure, if he will bring his own monies back from BartaniaHe also said that the dollar-rupee exchange rate should be fixed so that the manipulators could not play with it to mint billions overnight. If the caretaker finance minister and the government supported devaluation of rupee and did not fix the exchange rate, the country would be heading towards economic failure, he added.
This is the unlucky one who got caught because of his Zardari connections . What about the others who "cannot be touched" because of their powerful political and military connections !!!Chairman of Summit Bank Limited and Pakistan Stock Exchange Hussain Lawai, who had recently been arrested in 35 billion rupees money laundering case, had admitted that his bank had opened fake import Letters of Credit for some companies that were involved in flight of capital from Pakistan. This is also a major evidence of foreign exchange flight from Pakistan through fake import orders. Soon after his arrest, Mr Lawai had been terminated from the top position of Chairman of Pakistan Stock Exchange. Lawai is known as a close confidant of former President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari, who is also co-chairman of political party, PPP.
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Pakistan missed the export target of two million tonnes for wheat and wheat products despite achieving record exports in the country’s history in FY18.
Around 21 per cent rupee devaluation against the dollar since December 2017 to date, coupled with world’s prices and attractive subsidy, boosted wheat exports to a new peak of 1.189m tonnes fetching $236m in FY18, versus 3,937 tonnes earning just $1m in FY17.
All Pakistan Flour Mills Association Central Chairman Chaudhry Ansar Jawed said export of wheat products remained disappointing despite the subsidy and rupee devaluation as Afghanistan’s market was captured by cheap wheat products from Central Asian States. He said the government should consider suspending further exports from surplus stocks of last year in view of the water shortage which may hamper wheat production.
The Pashtuns of KP Province ( and Ex FATA !) are very, very angry at the Islamabad based Federal Govt for demonizing them and not resolving their grievances !DERA ISMAIL KHAN: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Ikramullah Gandapur was martyred in a suicide attack that wounded four others, a police official said, just days ahead of Wednesday´s general elections. The attack in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa follows a spate of bombings at political rallies before the election, the most devastating of which was a suicide attack this month that killed 149 people.
Sunday´s attack targeted the vehicle of Ikramullah Gandapur, a candidate of the PTI for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assembly in the city of Dera Ismail Khan, two police officials told Reuters.
The Pashtuns are well known for implementing their Code of Pashtunwali , which includes hospitality and safety for their "guests", and also badal or revenge which may have been done to them in the recent or distant past"Ikramullah Gandapur has been killed and we are conducting a post-mortem," said police official Zahoor Afridi.
Video images from the scene showed three bleeding and unconscious passengers inside a badly damaged black sports utility vehicle. In 2013, Gandapur´s brother, Israrullah, who was then the provincial law minister, was martyred in a suicide attack on his home.
DI. Khan and surrounding areas is the stronghold of Maulana Fazl - a supporter of the Taliban- and an arch enemy of Imran Khan and his PTI Party !As political parties step up campaigning, attacks across Pakistan have stoked fears of more violence in a country of 208 million where political rallies can draw tens of thousands of spectators.The blast comes days after Awami National Party leader Haroon Bilour was killed in an attack at a corner meeting.In another incident, Mutthida Majlis Amal (MMA) candidate Akram Durrani was targeted in Bannu district of the during election campaign.At least four people were killed in the attack while the candidate remained unhurt.