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مجھے اس شام واپسی پر معلوم ہوا کہ ایمسٹرڈیم کے “منطقہ لال روشنی” میں اس کثیر منزلہ عمارت کی دہلیز پر بیٹھی ہوئی برگنڈی رنگ کے بالوں والی لڑکی اپنے بوائے فرینڈ کے کندھے پر سر رکھنا چاہ رہی تھی مگر کیوں نہیں رکھ پا رہی تھی اور اسکا بوائے فرینڈ نہر کے پار، چرچ کے بلند ایستادہ مینار سے اوپر دور خلا میں کیا گھورے جا رہا تھا۔
میں آتے ہوئے یہ سوچ رہا تھا کہ یہاں ترک بچہ جو فرینچ فرائز کی دکان کھولے بیٹھا ہے کیسے اپنے پیسے پورے کرتا ہوگا اور کون اس کی دکان سے شراب و شباب اور بھنگ کے درمیان، اس سے تلے ہوئے آلو خریدتا ہو گا لیکن اب واپسی پر میں اس کی عقل اور کاروباری دماغ کی داد دے رہا تھا کہ آلو کے نمکین قتلے بیچنے کی اس سے بہتر جگہ تو کوئی ہو ہی نہیں سکتی تھی!
مجھے اب یہ احساس ہو رہا تھا کہ ڈی والن کے بیچوں بیچ گزرنے والی نہر میں بجروں پر بیٹھے ہوئے وہ بظاہر سست ا لوجود سیاح،  پانی کے شور،  غروب ہوتے سورج کی مدھم کرنوں، بطخوں کی قطاروں اور خنک ہوا کا لطف اٹھا رہے تھے، جن کا وہاں فارغ بیٹھنا مجھے پہلے مجھے وقت کا ضیاع لگ رہا تھا۔ وہ ابھی نیم اندھیر کافی شاپس میں لاوڈ میوزک میں سارا دن گزار کر نکلے تھے اور اب یہ دیکھ رہے تھے کہ سورج کس تیزی سے اس چرچ کے بڑے سے مینار کی اوٹ میں غروب ہو رہا تھا جس میں سے ہر گھنٹے بعد گھنٹیاں بجنے لگتی تھیں۔ کوئی کنفیشن کرے یا نہ کرے، کوئی عبادت کرنے آئے یا نا آئے، صلائے عام ضرور تھی۔ پرندے قطاروں میں واپس جا رہے تھے، سیاحوں کا رش کم ہو رہا تھا-  سارا دن سیاحوں کو دعوت گناہ اور جسموں کی فروخت کے بعد جدید دور کی غلام مخلوق لال روشنی والے کمروں کے شیشوں کے آگے پردے گرا کر کل دوبارہ آنے کے لیئے جا چکی تھی اور سایکلوں کی گھنٹیاں، کاروں کے ہارن، ٹرام کی آواز، پیدل سڑک پار کرنے والوں کے لیئے بزر، بطخوں کا شور اور دور کسی شراب خانے کے ٹی وی سے آتی ہوئی چیمینز لیگ کی کمنٹری کی ہلکی آواز ایک اس قسم کا شور ثابت ہو رہی تھی کہ جس میں انسان اپنی سوچوں اور خیالات کو پڑھنے سے قاصر ہو جاتا ہے۔
ایمسٹرڈیم کی وہ سڑکیں اور گلیاں تھیں جو دو گھنٹے پہلے تک انجان سی لگ رہی تھیں اب گوالمنڈی جیسی لگ رہی تھیں۔ مجھے وہ سینٹرل اسٹیشن جو پہلی نظر میں کوئی بہت ہی پر شکوہ عمارت لگ رہی تھی اب راولپنڈی اور لاہور کے ریلوے سٹیشن کی دوسرے درجے کی کاپی لگ رہی تھی۔ وہاں پر برہنہ مجسمے اور لاہور کے ریلوے سٹیشن پر پاک کلمات! ادھر مرسیڈیز ٹیکسیاں اور یہاں کالی پیلی مہران، آس پاس گزرتے لوگوں میں جاکھم والز بشیر اور ایلیسے شبانہ۔ بشیر چوہدری صاحب کا قرض دار اور جاکھم کریڈٹ کارڈ کا۔ ایلیسے کی خفیہ طورپر ڈی والن کے کسی دلال سے ڈیل اور پاکپتن کی شبانہ بھی جوہر ٹاون لاہور کے گیسٹ ہاوس میں کسی ایسے ہی مقصد کے لیئے رہے! وہاں کے میوزیم آف سیکس، میوزیم آف پراسٹیٹوشن، میوزیم آف ٹارچر اور مادام تساو میوزیم میں اگر غلاموں، جنگ و جدل اور جاہلیت کے دور کی انسانیت کی تذلیل کی ایک تاریک تاریخ قید تو یہاں پر شیش محل، شاہی قلعے، اور بارہ دریوں میں بھی انسانیت کی چیخیں مقید جہاں پر غلاموں اور لونڈیوں کی حالت زار کے ساتھ ساتھ بیٹوں کے ہاتھوں باپ کو زندان میں ڈالنے کی کہانیاں قید۔ یہاں پر “ایکپیٹس” بہتر مستقبل کی تلاش میں غم جاناں سے بیزار، غم روزگار کا روگ لیئے پھریں اور میرے “ٹرانسپورٹر فلم کے ہم شکل و ہم لباس  ڈرائیور جیسے ولندیزی جوان باہر جانے کے   تگو دو میں۔

ہالینڈ میں الیکشن کا دن تھا اور سیاسی پنڈتوں کو یہ امید تھی کہ گریٹ ویلڈرز جیت جائے گا۔ میرے ٹرانسپورٹر فلم کے ہم شکل و ہم لباس  ڈرائیور کا بھی یہی خیال تھا جو ابھی ووٹ ڈال کر آیا تھا اور  اب کام پر تھا۔ اس چناو کے دن بھی وہاں پر کوئی چھٹی نہیں،کوئی بینر نہیں، کوئی ریلی نہیں کوئی پلے کارڈ نہیں کوئی حب الوطنی کا سرٹیفیکیٹ نہیں کوئی غداری کی مہر نہیں کوئی پولنگ سٹیشن پہ لائین نہیں، کوئی موبائیل سروس بند اور نہ ہی کوئی سکول! ٹرام ویسے ہی چل رہی تھی سیاح اسی طرح بیئر اور  بھنگ میریجوانا والے سگریٹ پی رہے تھے۔ یہ بھی بھلا کوئی الیکشن ہوا؟ میرا ٹرانسپورٹر فلم کے ہم شکل و ہم لباس  ڈرائیور کا یہ رونا کے ہماری جابز ایکسپیٹس لے گئے اور ہم بے روزگار بالکل اسی گرایجویٹ “ٹویٹراتی” کی طرح تھا جو پاکستان کے ہر مسئلے کی جڑ میں افغانی تلاش کریں۔

مماثلتیں اپنی جگہ تو اندیشہ ہائے دور دراز کہ ائے پاکستانیو! تم 11 اگست کی تقریر میں پاکستان کے آیئن کے خدوخال  کو تو سیکولر بناتے ہو، پھر بھارتی قرارداد مقاصد کو لے کے اس میں مزہب کا تڑکا لگاتے ہو۔ کبھی بناتے ہو جناح کو لبرل تو کبھی اسکے نام کے ساتھ “رح” سجا دیتے ہو۔ ایک احمدی سے اس قرارداد کا دفاع کرواتے ہو، بعد میں اس کی پوری قوم کا بھی مقاطعہ کرا دیتے ہو۔ شری چندرا چڈوپادے اور جوگندر ناتھ منڈل کو دیس نکالا دیتے ہو، پھر آپریشن سرچ لائٹ بھی اٹھا دیتے ہو! مزہب کے نام ملک بنایا تھا اس کو پھر قومیت کے نام پر دولخت کرا دیتے ہو! ایک سیکولر اور جمہوری طرز حکومت کا آیئن بناتے ہو پھر اس میں مزہبی شقوں کا تڑکا بھی لگا دیتے ہو۔ اقلیتوں پر کبھی زمین تنگ کرتے ہو تو انکو وزارتوں سے بھی ہمیشہ نواز دیتے ہو۔ لگا بیٹھتے ہو جو امریکہ سے جوت۔ افغانستان کی سنگلاخ چٹانوں میں اپنے خون سے اس کا سرمایہ دارانہ نظام بچا لیتے ہو۔ کسی کی لگائی گئی آگ کو بجھاتے بجھاتے اپنے اپ کو ہی جلا لیتے ہو۔ سٹاک ہوم سنڈروم میں ایسے مبتلا ہوتے ہو کہ یہاں آگ لگانے والوں کو بار بار اپنا بھائی بنا لیتے ہو۔ کشمیر کے نام پر چار جنگیں بھی لڑتے ہو، بھارت کے ساتھ ساتھ باقی ہمسایوں کو بھی دشمن بنا لیتے ہو۔ پھر ایمبیسی کے سکولوں میں اشوک لی لینڈ اور ٹاٹا بسوں پر آنے والے بچوں کو انہی دشمن ملکوں کی فہرست بھی پڑھاتے ہو۔ حرام مشروبوں پہ پابندی لگا دیتے ہو لیکن مری بروری کا منافع بھی ہر سال بڑھاتے ہو! اپنے ملک میں تفرقہ بازی عروج پر لیکن اسلامی سربراہی کانفرنس منعقد کروا دیتے ہو۔ جو کہتے تھے کہ پاکستان پانچ سال نہین نکال سکتا ان کے سامنے گرتے پڑتے کھڑے رہتے ہو! پاکستان، تم ایک گورکھ دھندہ ہو!  پہلے امریکہ اور اب چین، پہلے جہاد اور اب ضرب عضب، پہلے مارشل لاء اب ڈان لیکس، پہلے جعلی کلیم اور اب پانامے، پہلے سعادت حسن منٹو، اب عطالحق قاسمی، پہلے فوجی ڈکٹیٹر اب جمہوری آمریت، پہلے امریکہ کے لیئے جنگیں، اب چین کے لیئے سڑکیں، پہلے دوسرے ملکوں کی ایرلاینز کو بنانے کے لیئے حدمات اب دوسرے ملکوں سے بسیں تک خریدنے کے لیئے قرضے، پہلے سپارکو، اب پانی سے چلنے والی گاڑی، پہلے چین کو دنیا میں متعارف کروایا، اب وہی چین سلامتی کاونسل میں ہمیں دہشت گرد ریاست قرار دلوانے سے بچائے! پہلے بھی کچھ ٹوٹی پھوٹی خود مختاری اب خودمختاری کی تہمت!

انہی منضاد مماثلتوں میں نیند آگئی اور صبح اٹھ کر یہ احساس شدت سے ہو رہا تھا کہ شائد بل ڈاگ کافی شاپ کے اس ہندوستانی نژاد اٹینڈینٹ نے مجھے بھنگ پلا دی تھی!

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At this moment Imran Khan stands at the verge of losing all his gains which he got in the past half a decade (since 30 October 2011). Why do I think that he is going to lose this battle with PMLN, will elaborate in the coming passage.

Currently Imran Khan has called for a Lock-down of Islamabad till Nawaz Sharif doesn’t present himself for accountability or resigns amidst the uproar and upheaval of Panama Paper Leaks. But did it all start only after Panama Papers were leaked? The answer is NO. Imran Khan has been on the roads since 2013 elections. In 2014 when Imran Khan was staging a sit-in in Islamabad he gave the slogan of Go-Nawaz-Go to the nation, implying that he won’t return till he has resignation of the Prime Minister in his hands. Then the sky witnessed that none of the skies fell on PMLN leadership.

Coming to the point, what is/ are the reason of Imran Khan’s failure? We will try to learn point-by-point.

  1. PMLN’s vicious media campaign against Imran Khan and using channels and newspapers constantly rant against him. Media is used, as always, to instill one thing in the minds of a common man that there is no hero or a leader. The other person is just like a common man. He is also corrupt just like other politicians and that is what PMLN has exploited insofar as Imran Khan’s so called charisma was concerned. Such aspersions as his drug taking habits etc. has done the damage.
  2. PMLN’s continuous advertisements in the Urdu and English papers about so called economic revolution despite the fact that Pakistan’s economy has been in perils since PMLN has taken over. But a common man whose biggest worry is to make both ends meet has no time to ponder on it. He sees ads, some concrete and mortar on the roads and takes such ads as truth and moves on.
  3. Extensive Social media bashing and abusing by PMLN’s social media cell which starts and ends at vituperation while maintaining constant stance that PTI people do abuses. In fact this is the culture of Punjab and other parts of the country that no one can comment on the political situation without using an abusive word. Again, the way PMLN social media cell has taken the culture of abuses to the next level while they compare N League’s thirty five years rule on sixty percent of Pakistan with PTI’s Three Years government in KPK is something really substantial. A common man using Twitter and Facebook considers blatant lies and rants of PMLN’s social media cell as a source of enjoyment and even those decisions taken by PTI in good faith are made a joke on such forums.
  4. Corruption is a culture in Pakistan and when PTI talks about ending corruption and starting a campaign against such evils, there starts a comparison by renowned journalists (while they pose to maintain their neutrality) with PTI’s government and it is proved that PTI is as much as corrupt as any other party.
  5. PTI has been emanated as the biggest right wing party in Pakistan. It is such decisions as sending the Women Protection Bill to Council of Islamic Ideology, giving aid to those denominational institutions which are considered as nurseries of Taliban had a backlash from progressive communities of the country. Imran Khan still maintains that Taliban fighting against Afghan Government are freedom fighters and suicide attacks are a reaction to the drone attacks etc. This kind of attitude has made the people of liberal approach keep a safe distance from PTI. Although PMLN is also a right wing party but the PTI is more at receiving end of insinuation since it was considered a party with liberal approach. Furthermore, when people like Orya Maqbool Jan are seen toeing the PTI’s line and inciting the people towards defiance and violence against police, people usually distant themselves from such activities.
  6. Imran Khan is short of vocabulary and thoughts. People are fed-up of his same speech (read: rhetoric).
  7. As claimed before elections, PTI has remained unable to do wonders in terms of development although the foundation stones of police reforms and law making has been setup will have long lasting effect but, I repeat, people want to see some red color busses, concrete and roads.
  8. There is a strong perception built among a common man that behind PTI there is establishment, which is taken as matter of abhorrence by intelligentsia.
  9. It seems that Imran khan has been unable to read through the geopolitical situation of Pakistan where Pakistan has been made to stand in the court to answer about anything and everything. Imran Khan also seems totally indifferent to the Kashmir cause, Indian atrocities and he has no idea that because of him Pakistan has been lagging behind lobbying at an international forum. He has just one point agenda to get rid of Nawaz Sharif on the roads because he is corrupt. He also knows, since Nawaz Sharif has strong hold in whole Punjab it is near to impossible to defeat him in elections.
  10. Last but not least, this time Imran Khan has made a big mistake by announcing locking down the capital which is never accepted by any state and establishment. Courtesy his antagonistic approaches, his journey from a real political leader to a demagogue has been cut short. Still one can hope that he succeeds in this fight against corruption.

One can write infinite reason as to why Imran Khan’s whole agitation against drone attacks till election rigging and till corruption of Nawaz Sharif is a failure but the main reason still holds good that Pakistani nation (mostly Punjab) don’t do agitation against oppressors. This is their history. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto once said that if any harm is done to him Himalayas will cry. Rest is history.

 

It was 29th of February, when I woke up with the news of hanging of Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri. Though; I believe that there must be moratorium on capital punishment in Pakistan, where the justice system is not comparatively transparent as compared with other nations and that he must  have been interned for life, at maximum but let bygones be bygones. Now the point is, what is next?

International media has already started praising PMLN government for the paradigm shift from conservative right wing party to a liberal democratic party. But is this praise enough when in Pakistan itself there are hundreds of thousands of people come on roads of Rawalpindi to bid farewell to Mumtaz Qadri and all religious parties’ leaders attend the same. Doesn’t this mean that multitude is against hanging of Mumtaz Qadri? Since, they are planning for bigger demonstrations on Qadri’s chehlum and such practices seem to be continued for days to come. Recently when Nawaz Sharif was in Saudi Arabia, people chanted slogans in favour of Qadri in the presence of Chief of Army Staff. We witnessed the same thing happening at Karachi Airport with Pervaiz Rasheed. Let us not talk about the formidable situation when there will be Qadri’s mausoleum built etc for the moment since he is being considered now as a protagonist of the holy cause.

What we see now is a mere statement from Minister for Broadcasting Mr. Pervaiz Rasheed and rest there is death silence in the chambers of state as to why this hanging was necessary. It is the high time that state must tell the nation as to what crimes did Mumtaz Qadri commit. Right now there is an upheaval, though somehow silent, being built in the common man that state has murdered Mr. Qadri unlawfully, which must not be ignored. Almost every day we see the page long advertisements of PMLN’s so called achievements on securing loans till laying foundation stones of some projects or even approving some project but after the hanging of Mr. Qadri we didn’t see any advertisement or write up and any of the vernaculars, educating nation about the nature of crime(s) Qadri committed. State must take such measures as to build an opinion of the common man, educating the nation that nobody is above law and it is not under jurisdiction of  common citizens to be prosecutor, judge, jury, appellate court and executioner by themselves. It is only state’s responsibility to do so. Otherwise the chaos is imminent. State must take such measure to curb the situation right now and this would be the next step towards a plural democratic state after 21st amendment.

Secondly, it is the time when the role of Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) is limited by state. If it is necessary to keep CII (since, parliament is enough for lawmaking), the role must (only) be to advise as to how the laws can be made Shariah compliant with today’s scientific world and that also upon request of elected representatives only. There must be reserved seats for scientists and civil activists so that head of the constitutional body doesn’t show ignorance towards scientific research.

If state won’t act by itself, it is bound to act on behest of those powers who shape the world and ultimately lead the world. Pakistan was not formed to be a parasite and rely on others’ policies. It has to lead show to the world its own culture, own laws which have oozed from this very land as a result of five thousand years of rich history and civilization. It has to evolve towards pluralistic democracy so that we must have something to offer to the world. Which we currently lack.

 

Faisalabad – December 8, 2014. PTI had announced to exercise its democratic right of protest by giving a “shutter down”. Punjab administration had started to manage things proactively and additional measures to keep law and order in place were being taken. For example; water cannons were brought from Sindh. I reckon that Punjab police had its CID or other sensitive department’s personnel deployed as well. I also fancy that some intelligence agencies under home department, or otherwise, would have their officials deployed, acting surreptitiously to capture anyone who tries to sabotage the law and (or) report the exact situation to Head Quarters.

Regardless of my optimistic imagination regarding Punjab Police’s safety and security measures there is something evident that numerous policemen were deployed in Faisalabad on That day.  The pictures and footages which aired on electronic media and published on print media, show serried rows of police in the background of persons with guns in their hands with clear intentions.  The faces of those coward ruffians are as clear as day light, holding pistols and sticks, courtesy presence of media at the spot.

Now after the fateful incident of Faisalabad, where one partisan of PTI was killed, my question is; why is it so hard for our police to capture the culprit and bring him to justice which is prerogative of citizens of Pakistan under the law and constitution. First failure was when police didn’t intervene during the affray between PMLN and PTI workers. It seems those people with weapons in their hands killing PTI worker were under auspices of police because it failed to stop the firing which resulted in the death of an innocent civilian. Now second failure is the dilatory strategy of police in capturing the culprits and producing them in front of court.

Police just cannot absolve itself in this fiasco to keep law and order and just rely on the efficacy of NADRA to advise the whereabouts of persons involved in crime? Is our Punjab police that incompetent that it cannot identify the persons involved in crime when officials were present at the spot? I am layman but even I can tell, if police has the will, it can resolve the murder case of Haq Nawaz only from information by cops present at the crime scene and reports from intelligence agencies as I hope that, their job is not limited to only advise the number of people present at a certain Jalsa, to media. One can, rightly, argue regarding possibility of political pressure on administration. Even, if someone is pressurizing the law enforcement agencies, then whose job is to rebuke? Or Punjab police has found an easy way out to get itself subjugated by despotism of law makers? If so, then on which wall should I throw the law, constitution, hope and ethical values? Is Jinnah’s advise to bureaucrats with tenor to keep themselves aloof from politics was only meant to be promulgated in official papers, written in bold in text books and then make fun of it by acting like personal servants of some political party ? If so then, no wonder,  this pandemonium in Pakistan will continue for next century also. Where constitution is flouted and law enforcement become a party, even the last ray of hope turns bleak.

A few days ago, an American school teacher was killed in Abu Dhabi in a shopping mall. The assassin was identified as a ‘burqa’ clad individual. Police didn’t even know the gender of the killer at that moment but the mystery was solved and culprit was captured within 48 hours of the incident. This only achievement of Abu Dhabi police is enough to put Punjab Police’s name in hall of shame when I compare it with the Faisalabad incident where the police was present and media showed the face of alleged killer as well, yet he was able to flee the crime scene and still remains at large.

There are only two scenarios. Either Punjab police is incompetent or is a party to crime. There is no excuse in presence of hundreds of cops and media to not to capture the culprit. I don’t blame any political party because this is what the politics of subcontinent is. Need of the hour is stand against tyranny and not to become part of it.

PTI claims that PMLN worker(s) killed its partisan, Haq Nawaz. I refute. He was not killed by any party’s worker but he is killed and his family members are being and shall be psychologically killed by politicized police of Punjab in a display of contemptible cowardice and incompetence.

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The sort coins of Quaid-e-Azam

A few days ago I happened to come across a column by Dr. Safdar Mehmood in which he had tried to impress upon the common people of Pakistan about the excellence of Quaid-e-Azam’s companions during the Pakistan movement. In this very column he tried his very best to reject the statement which is often referred to  as saying of Quaid-e-Azam that he had some counterfeit coins in his pocket and all he did in third fourth of his column was some frothy eloquence and verbose. Only in the last paragraph he referred to some book and gave his opinion while I was expecting him to state some statement of Quad-e-Azam in favor of his companions (mainly, Liaquat Ali Khan) but he didn’t.

I have no argument about this statement of coins was uttered by Jinnah or not. But there are some statements recorded by the historians which expound the deteriorating nature of relationship between Liaquat Ali Khan and Quaid-e-Azam, especially in the last days.

This was the time when Bengal was suffering from severe famine and there was a tension between Congress and Muslim league regarding formation of Government in the center.  Jinnah and Gandhi both were aging, younger leaders of Muslim League and Congress, Liaquat Ali Khan and Bhulabhai Desai respectively, met and allegedly agreed on a ‘formula’ for “Interim Government at center”. According to this formula Muslim League and Congress were supposed to gain 40% share each in the cabinet, whereby 20% was the share of Sikhs and Untouchables while keeping Viceroy and his Commander-in-Chief as British. Stanely Wolpert writes, “but it remained unclear whether or not Liaquat ever actually discussed this matter with Jinnah”. In January 1945, Jinnah in an interview with Associated Press notified, “There is absolutely no foundation for connecting name with talks which may have taken place between Nawabzada Liaquat Ali Khan and Bhulabhai Desai”.

Here one is coerced into pondering as to why Jinnah would refute, Liaquat Ali Khan’s claim or as to why Nawabzada would indulge himself into talks with a Congress leader without taking Jinnah into confidence.

After the birth of Pakistan, Jinnah wanted to see his infant nation progressing but was not happy with his Prime Minister’s Performance that during lunch with CM Sindh MA Khurhu, he pronouced Liaquat Ali Khan as “mediocre”.   Upon hearing that Mr. Jinnah had been criticizing Liaquat Ali Khan, through her wife, Liaquat Ali Khan tried to tender resignation in February 1948.

Also when Liaquat Ali Khan visited Quad-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah in Ziarat, he asked Fatima Jinnah if she knew as to why Liaquat Ali Khan visited him? “he wants to know how serious my illness is and how long will I last”.

Jinnah had similar trust issues and expressed his disgust for witliaquath his other companion, Nawab of Madot, the then CM of Punjab. Jinnah asked Mian Mumtaz Daultana to take control of Punjab Ministry but Daultana refused. Jinnah was very angry on this.

(Reference: Jinnah of Pakistan by Stanley Wolpert)

Every state makes such laws in order to protect its citizens, property and sovereignty as to convict those who attempt to sabotage the peace in the country. But these laws are always made keeping in view the human rights and personal freedom. But when we look at the Protection of Pakistan Ordinance, it seems to violate those human rights, democracy and constitution. The security forces can kill anybody under the doubt of him being terrorist and fanatic alien war monger!
People of Pakistan already have enough experience of administrative directives and ordinances which have enacted the rule of Military fright instead of rule of law for over quarter of a century. People of the country especially the ones from Balochistan have already enough experience of rotting in the solitary confinements at undisclosed locations, in-camera inquiries highly classified evidences and unpublished reports.
When police or security agencies would be allowed to keep any person on the mere doubt in their custody for up to ninety days and if the security officers kill someone just because they thought one as criminal, PPO shall be there to cover this outlawry. Who can guarantee that the law shall not be (mis)used to settle personal vendetta? Why is it necessary for forces to keep a person in custody for up to ninety days without any charge? Doesn’t this show the incompetence of our law enforcement agencies that they are unable to carry out the preliminary investigation in twenty four hours’ time prior to producing the accused in front of magistrate? Instead of enhancing the capabilities of our security forces, taking preemptive security measures and deploying latest technology to curb the fanatics, our government have found an easy way out to promulgate such a tyrannical law that shall just deprive more mothers of their ‘missing’ sons and probably more mass graveyards.
It is also a matter of concern the way PMLN government has get it passed from NA without paying heed to the amendments proposed by the opposition. Such autocratic measures leave no second opinion on the fact that Pakistan is being drifted farther away from the civilian rule and more unrest because government doesn’t seem to agree to get the validity of this law tested in National Assembly both in form and in substance. Now if apex court (most probably) takes notice on the conflicting clauses of this ordinance with constitution and human rights, we will see government crying foul that such notices by court are an attempt to undermine the parliament. Why it is so hard to do the right thing at first place?
Moreover, such laws are only passed when an alien government wants to suppress the native people by implanting fear of security agencies so that their mouths are muzzled such as to curb freedom of speech and press. Fetters and gags are planted by this kind of laws on the people who are considered slaves. But Pakistan is free country and if even after freedom we need such ‘black laws’ in order to maintain integrity, peace and law & order, I fear we are heading towards another Jalianwala Bagh incident after British passed Rowlatt Act.

Mursalan Haider
12-April-2014
Beijing, Haidian China