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Mar 14th, 2009, 11:48 PM #1
This clown Zardari should learn lesson or two from history. This is where NS was in 1998/99. After booting out one army chief he was named by Time Magazine as 14th most powerful man in Asia ( don't know who were 13 others). He had super majority in the Parliament & was changing Constitution at will. That did not help him and he was hauled to jail like common criminal. So, arrogance never pays & it won't be long before the tables are turned...keep that in mind Mr. Zadrari.
DAWN.COM | Editorial | Violation-of-fundamental-rights
Violation of fundamental rights
By Qazi Faez Isa
Saturday, 14 Mar, 2009 | 02:52 AM PST
IN the last few days, we have seen large-scale violations of human rights in the country. The constitution guarantees “the dignity of man and the privacy of the home shall be inviolable” (Article 14), but people are being taken out of their homes and arrested. Before first light broke the police barged into human rights activist Tahira Abdullah’s home in Islamabad and dragged her to the police station.
The police pounced on many others, none of whom had committed a crime, and who had no opportunity to violate the odious Section 144. “No person shall be deprived of life or liberty save in accordance with law” (Article 9), proclaims the constitution. But law-enforcement personnel operate with impunity under Rehman Malik, while the sight of an emasculated judiciary appears to provide joy to Asif Zardari.
“Every citizen shall have the right to move freely throughout Pakistan” (Article 15) is another constitutional guarantee, but for those wanting to participate in the long march this is rendered meaningless. Scores of lawyers were arrested whilst leaving Karachi. Is our own government emulating the despotic Taliban without whose permission travel cannot be undertaken?
“Every citizen shall have the right to assemble peacefully” (Article 16) proclaims the constitution, but citizens are prevented from assembling. British imperial power enacted Section 144 in 1898, a device to keep the natives from becoming restless. After more than a century, governments continue to take recourse to this instrument of oppression that violates the constitution.
Fundamental rights, “shall not be suspended” says Article 8(5), but the one holding the baton of presidency rides roughshod over the constitution.
“Every citizen shall have the right to form associations” (Article 17) is yet another fundamental right which is being denied. The ‘association’ — the lawyers’ movement — that lawyers have formed with civil society, is anathema to the present dispensation. ‘Rehman Malik warns of terrorist attacks during long march’ (Dawn, March 13,) — for once he has kept his word.
“The freedom of the press” (Article 19) assured by the constitution does not shine upon the PTV network. Nails have been driven through the hands of this public organisation. Every private television channel thinks that it is newsworthy to show what the chief justice, the leadership of Pakistan’s second largest party and a distraught civil society is saying. Not PTV.
This abuse does not end just yet. Our security czar has instructed that private trucks and containers obstruct public highways and public roads. “No person shall be deprived of his property” (Article 24) — but these are words in the wind.
There is also the little matter of, “All citizens are equal before the law and are entitled to equal protection of law” (Article 25). In Animal Farm, those who control the government proclaim, “all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others”, a telling description of the prevailing hypocrisy.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to which Pakistan is a signatory, mandates the, “right to liberty and security of person” (Article 3), “freedom of movement” (Article 13), “freedom of peaceful assembly and association,” and prohibits “arbitrary arrest, detention or exile” (Article 9). Benazir Bhutto was posthumously awarded the UN Human Rights Award for, “her outstanding contribution to promoting democracy and fundamental freedoms”. What irony that those who lay claim to her legacy have left no stone unturned in violating democracy and fundamental freedoms.
The Declaration proclaims that “inalienable rights is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace” and “disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind”. “It is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law.”
Extremists thrive because dictators stifle legitimate civil society. The government has been meekly handed over to terrorists in Swat. But no meekness is witnessed in targeting the law-abiding, the unarmed, the women and the helpless. The Taliban and the TNSM of Sufi Muhammad do not have the mandate of the people who are ruled by fear and force of arms. Significantly, those calling the shots, Asif Zardari, Rehman Malik, Farooq Naek, Babar Awan and Latif Khosa, and to an extent Sherry Rehman, did not have their names on any ballot paper that was cast on Feb 18, 2008. They, like Musharraf, were elected subsequently; indirectly.
It is the assemblies of Pakistan that are the repository of the public mandate. However, the coterie wielding power disregards the prime minister, who ostensibly and constitutionally happens to be the chief executive of Pakistan, but whose performance leaves a lot to be desired.
Those elected by hundreds of thousands have public credibility and a greater standing than those elected by a few dozen voters in a controlled environment, one where deals are struck, coercion exercised and the mandated secrecy of voting breached as demonstrated by the chief minister of the NWFP who held up his ballot during the presidential election to remove any suspicion that he may not have done as bid.
The Pakistan Taliban pay no heed to the constitution, neither does this government. True to form, the US and the Pakistan Army prefer authoritarianism to constitutionalism, but then pray tell us, why fight the Taliban? The Taliban say that in the areas they control there is no need for lawyers. Now that’s a thought for the petty dictators of Pakistan.All people are equal, but some are more equal than others. We call these "corporations."
Mar 15th, 2009, 12:16 AM #2----
^ I am sick and tired of those pseudo intellectuals writing in Dawn. They are so distant from realities of life.
Who cares about fundamental human rights when you can allow foreign powers to come and bomb our citizens?
Pakistan used to be a AAA state... now AA is fighting with A.... lets see what comes out of it!
Mar 15th, 2009, 12:24 AM #3----
Mar 15th, 2009, 12:34 AM #4----
Police beating up a karavan of women with sticks! shame shame! Musharraf's rooh in Zardari!
Mar 15th, 2009, 12:50 AM #5----
^ musharraf atleast waited for them to reach islamabad this is not mushy's rooh... its mushy's devil!
Mar 15th, 2009, 01:06 AM #6----
A small sample of actions taken to stop a few 'miscreants' from entering Islamabad:
Long March Starts from Karachi and Quetta
12:58am Dharna at Border[Balochistan-Sindh] till all convoy not allowed to enter in Sindh: Kurd
11:33pm Kurd’s convoy stopped on Balochistan-Sindh Border
11:30pm Police stopped Ali Ahmad Kurd’s car near Jacoabad
09:58pm: Islamabad Reserve Police has been called of.
06:35pm Arrest campaign in Hyderabad continues. JI Leader Abdul Waheed Qureshi and other workers arrested.
06:30pm Qadir Magsi, Jalal Mehmood Shah and other Sindhi Nationalist leasders under house arrest.
06:25pm Dozens of workers of Awami Tehrik and Lawyers arrested at JamShoro Toll Plaza.
05:20pm Police torutured many political workers and lawyers beore arressting them at Karachi Tool Plaza.
05:20pm Munir A Malik, Rasheed Rizvi, Shahid ghori of Sunni Terik, Miraj ul Huda of JI, Shehla Rizwan of Labor party arrested at Toll Plaza Karachi.
05:05pm Mass arrests has started at Karachi Toll Plaza
01:45pm Police button charge on protest in AJK
01:30pm Hyderabad: Lawyers of long march has been arrested
01:00pm Criminal Lawyer Farooq Naek becomes Senate Chairman
12:43pm 111 Brigade Commander in Meeting with Chief Commissioner Islamabad
12:34pm Traffic suspended in Rawalpindi
11:00am Mass Arrests underway in Karachi
-01:11am Information Minister Sherry Rehman Resigned.Farhatullah Babar denies such reports. Sherry’s staff confirms resignation - Geo News
-00:45am Zardari orders Geo transmission to shut down all over Pakistan.
-00:40am Government plans to shutdown all Petrol and Gas Stations to block Long March.
-10:20pm Zardari: We will all out going for political war with PML N, no more talks.
-09:45pm Geo News Transmission shut down in all over Pakistan
-09:30pm AAJ TV transmission shutdown in some parts of the country as per AAJ TV claim.
-08:55pm GEO NEWS blocked in Rawalpindi, Lahore, Quetta, Gujranwala , Sheikhupura, Islamabad and some other areas
-08:15pm River Chenab Bridge at Lahore Sargodha Road also being closed by Containers.
-08:10pm River Satluj Bridge closed with Containers.Motorway Pindi Bhatian Interchange already closed.
-06:55pm Containers are being set up infront of Parliament House
-10:20am Section 144 have imposed in Peshawar and Nowshera
-05:00am Police torture Geo T.V cameraman in Gawalmundi, Lahore
Information Minister Sherry Rehman has resigned in protest over curbs on media in Pakistan.
Army called by Zardari Government. Army will be deployed in Lahore, Rawalpindi,Islamabad and other cities.
Pakistani Nation to witness Largest ever Blockade of Every City - All Major Businesses to Seize for Unspecified Time
-03:00am Police enters Rawalpindi District Bar building, clashes between Police and Lawyers, many arrested.
-02:00am ATM Network will be shut down from 04:00 AM.
-01:30am Lahore Islamabad Motorway blocked. Faisalabad Motorway already had been blocked.
-00:20am Islamabad’s 7th Avenue has been blocked
-00:10am Heavy contingent of police cordoned of the Pindi Bar Council Building
-10:55pm Road leads to Islamabad from Murree has blocked
-10:45pm Islamabad Airport Road sealed
-10:35pm Lahore-Islamabad, Peshawar- Islamabad Motorways closed
-10:25pm Police tortures media teams in Habibabad , Qasoor.AAJ TV
-08:00pm Police is forcing guests to vacate hotel rooms - Pindi Islamabad Hotel Association
-07:55pm Lahore city sealed. All roads going out from city blocked.
-06:15pm Rangers March at Nawaz Sharif Residence in Raiwind.
-05:55pm Mobile services being suspended in parts of Twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi.
-05:30pm Islamabad: Police have cordoned of Imran Khan’s house for his arrest - Dunya
-04:05pm Police encircles Model town residence of Nawaz Sharif in Lahore.AAJ TV
-02:30pm Punjab Government order for closure of all CNG/Petrol Station for 2 days
-01:50pm Geo Second Day shut down in major cities of Pakistan
-01:25pm Lawyers will not be allowed to go out from Multan - Police
-01:20pm Sharif Brothers will be restricted to Raiwand during Long March:Government
-12:30pm Hostels of Quaid-e-Azam and Barani university vacated by Police
-11:50am Kurd not given Boarding Card for flight to Lahore
-09:10am - Rawalpindi Bar building sealed
-08:35am - All roads to Multan Bar sealed
-07:45am - Lahore sealed from outside
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the lesson to be learnt from NS's fate is that you can do pretty much whatever the hell you want, Pakistanies, even intelligent pakistanies, will forget about it and cheerlead for you a few years later when someone else is in power.
Mar 15th, 2009, 01:39 AM #9----
^ I am sorry, but the intelligent Pakistanis want unconstitutional orders of Mushy to be nulled and voided. Peoples party based its election campaign on it. That is not too distant past.
I have no interest in NS or how powerful he is. I just want to put a stop on generals violating the constitution as frequently as they use toilet paper.
Mar 15th, 2009, 02:57 AM #10----
This really sad, Zardari, Malik, Taseer should be forced to resign by now. What these guys are allowed to do, how are these guys still calling the shots.
Mar 15th, 2009, 03:00 AM #11----
^^ If things continue like they are now, we may see everyone else going their homes and these clowns to the jails very soonFor Religion, we'll fight, kill & die but will never follow it, where's the fun in that!
Mar 15th, 2009, 03:00 AM #12----
^ who would force them? military? they are actually backing these animals.
Mar 15th, 2009, 03:01 AM #13----
15 March 2009
-12:50pm Batton Charges in Mansoora, Lahore
-12:45pm Police reached Islamabad Bar Building to arrest Javed Hashmi
-12:36pm HEAVY SHELLING ON GPO CHOWK , LAHORE
-12:30pm Nawaz Sharif detention order bound us not to leave him from his house: Police
-12:20pm Nawaz Sharif is expected to come in GPO chowk in short while
-11:58am Aasma Jahangir and Iqbal Haider reached LHC, Lahore
-11:45am JI Activists rally at Litton Road, Lahore
-11:16am: Aitzaz Ahsan arrested
-11:15am Deployment of Police at Ch. Tanveer House in RWP
-11:10am House arrest orders issued for JI leader Liaqut Baloch
-11:06am House arrest orders issued for JI leader Qazi Hussain
-11:05am Ahsan Iqbal and Khawaja Saad under house arrest - orders issued
-11:00am Geo: Rawalpindi: Nawaz Sharif dotched authorities and disappeared
-10:45am Lahore is in drastic look. No vehicle on road
-10:30am Nawaz and Shahbaz Sharif under house arrest for three days- Geo
-05:15am Police starts arresting PMLN workers outside Nawaz Sharif residence in Model Town.
Mar 15th, 2009, 03:01 AM #14----
^^ Military will back them up to certain extent, like they did ZAB in late 70s and then Mushy in his last days...For Religion, we'll fight, kill & die but will never follow it, where's the fun in that!
Mar 15th, 2009, 03:13 AM #15----
Mobile SMS service in ISL/RWP jammed.
They could not jam the taliban FM radio in swat!
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they can do whatever they want, we'll keep coming out on the streets when they self servingly use the lawyers movement in order to get reinstated to their political positions.
part of the 'backing down' of zardari includes appealing for these two clowns to be reinstated by the supreme court. wonder why that is.
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