Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing…

As we move into the second day of ‘Martial Law’, the city streets might seem calm and peaceful but the minds and hearts of the general public are far from anything as such. As the news of the arrests of opposition leaders, notable lawyers, human rights activists and even academicians on a massive scale pour in – our eyes desperately wander around, looking for someone to fill the vacuum left by their absence. Some of us have taken the initiative to mobilize people but while the strategy for a future action is chalked out, we also need to expose and be wary of the enemies within, the ‘aasteen kai saamp‘, the Mir Jaafers and Mir Saadiqs of our time – who cry foul yet are in cahoots with those who’ve brought this nation to its current state.

One politician we should certainly not look up to is the “Daughter of the East, Star of the West”, who left the country in a manner that raises more questions than answers – one can’t help but feel suspicious about her timings and motives especially in the backdrop of her deal. The news reports appearing in various newspapers have deepened this suspicion and with time it will become clear that she had prior knowledge of the emergency promulgation and was in fact, done with her consent – after all, a change in judiciary was as much in her favor as anyone else’s. Below is a quote from an article that appeared in yesterday’s The Nation:

It was learnt that Pakistan People’s Party Chairperson Benzir Bhutto recommended the name of Justice Abdul Hamid Dogar for new Chief Justice of Pakistan. “The top government quarters took BB in confidence on the issue and she nodded in favour of Mr Dogar,” the official stated. To authenticate his information, he said that Justice Dogar was appointed by Benazir Bhutto in 1995.

The other one to watch out is none other than the Grinch in the guise of Santa Claus – our very own Molvi Diesel, a PM-wannabe, a boot-licker that is willing to go to any extent to get a dash at Premiership. The negative role that he has played in the last few weeks is quite well known.

Sadly, our history is replete with traitors, and the history that’ll be written after a few months and years would only unearth more of these wolves in sheep’s clothing. Sigh… If only traitors had been an exportable commodity, we would’ve flooded the world!

9 Comments so far

  1. exciton (unregistered) on November 5th, 2007 @ 9:40 am

    No question that there is no shortage of Mir Jaafir and Mir Saadiqs among us.

    But the work must go on. To give you an example, the hypocrites were even in the midst of followers of the Prophet (SAW) himself. So this is nothing new and nothing to be worried about.

    After all, if you listen to Shaukat Aziz and Pervez Illahi, you hear but some of the greatest sellouts of this nation. These people have sold their souls and would even justify selling the integrity of this nation to stay in power.

    The fact remains that Independent Judiciary and a Free Press are the most important inhibitors against Musharraf’s Fascist Regime.

    Only an independent judiciary and a free press can prevent Musharraf from turning into Saddam Hussein or Pinochet.

    These institutions are there to save us from an attack against our own civil liberties and eventually an attack against our dignity or our very life.

    Let’s not be fooled, tomorrow the same exact police officer can (and will) haul you away, and you will have no legal recourse.

    Protect the independence of the judiciary and freedom of press, without these we do not have a civilized nation let alone any chances of democracy.


  2. Haider (unregistered) on November 5th, 2007 @ 12:36 pm

    Leaders are but a reflection of society.

    The Prophet (SAW), “As you are, so will be the rulers that will be set over you” – Mishkaat-al-Masabeeh


  3. Happ (unregistered) on November 5th, 2007 @ 12:52 pm

    Puhlease! Pakistan is not ready for democracy. The people of Pakistan as a whole are highly stupid. I am saying this as a Pakistani myself.

    They have shown again and again that they will elect the worst of the worst in an election. If given half the chance they would elect Bin Laden as their leader.

    The only language that we understand is the language of the stick. Someone has to force ‘real education’ on these people. Not the kind they get in Madrassa where you are called a scholar if you spend years reciting Quran but cannot perform basic arithmetic functions. Forget algebra or Calculus.

    Someone needs to save us from these scholars.


  4. Happ (unregistered) on November 5th, 2007 @ 3:45 pm

    Musharraf is the best thing to have happened to Pakistan ever. Pakistanis as people are a self-destructive bunch. And as such not quite ready for democracy. Most of them are not very well educated and have serious difficulty voting for the right people in govt Historically they have always elected worst of the worst as their leaders. Pakistan has developed economically under Musharraf’s 8 year rule. More so than ever before. All previous leaders concentrated on looting the country. Freedom of press and freedom to criticize govt. were concepts citizens of Pakistan were not familiar with before Musharraf.

    I am in the minority on this but I support his recent action. The country is under attack from the religious right. Terrorism inside the country is on the rise. Someone needed to put their foot down and say enough is enough! I hope that now he really goes after the terrorists with full force and mop them up without worrying too much about his political rivals calling for freakin negotiations with the terrorists.


  5. Babar (unregistered) on November 5th, 2007 @ 6:18 pm

    V how can you be so stupid? She came back even after emergency and you quiestion “her timing”. How his going out for 24 hours helped emergency? And how can you be so stupid to accept a thought up report by an anti PPP paper over her stated stance of standing with the judges. And she was the first one who told the world (especialy outside world) that this marshal law, not emergency. Dont try to devide people at this juncture. This hate for politicians is what has brouht us to present position.


  6. babar (unregistered) on November 5th, 2007 @ 6:34 pm

    read “how her going out…” above. And how can you be so so naive to beleive that Musharraf asked of her approaval before emergency. She infact had already indicated about this danger and warned against it in her last press conference.


  7. V (unregistered) on November 5th, 2007 @ 6:50 pm

    Babar, I’m all for a united opposition but one only needs to look as far as a few weeks back to know the kind of role these two have played in dividing the people! I am not against PPP, it’s BB (and some of her close cronies (R. Malik, J. Bandar etc.)) that I have no trust in. Why is she being allowed to roam free and address press conferences while others are being arrested? She may eventually turn out to be on this side of the fence but until that happens, one can’t help but be skeptical. She has, after all, been running with the hare and hunting with the hounds lately… I hope I’m proven wrong!


  8. Babar (unregistered) on November 5th, 2007 @ 7:25 pm

    Rashid Qureshi claims that each and every ambasador congratulated the president on this step and said that he is taking the country in the right direction and their countries fully support him on this matter. :)


  9. exciton (unregistered) on November 6th, 2007 @ 5:41 am

    @HAPP

    OMG — “We are not ready for democracy!”

    I wish it was possible to yank your citizenship and send you to either Rwanda or Mayanmar to be repeatedly gang-raped and then chopped up, since *you* are not ready for democracy.

    The rest of the nation of Pakistan has been ready for democracy for decades. Democracy is a process not a destination. You don’t arrive, you continue evolve over the course of this journey. When was the last time anyone learned anything about democracy from a third-rate general.

    PLEASE: Musharraf is the worst thing that happened to Pakistan! You think politicians are corrupt you should look at the generals. For every corrupt politician, I will give you an equally or more corrupt general.

    This is FM Ayub all over again who said: “Democracy is for cold climates!” I can’t believe my eyes and ears that people are actually using such pathetic and irrational logic to support their argument.

    How dare anyone disdain this nation of Jinnah with imbecilic statements like that?! I wish it was possible to throw these people out who say that this nation is not ready for democracy!


    Independent Judiciary and a Free Press are needed in order to build a just, safe and civilized democratic society.

    People who are supporting the Martial Law and oppression of Press and Judiciary should realize that a Free Press and an Independent Judiciary are the most basic and most critical inhibitors to prevent Musharraf from becoming a Saddam Hussein or a Pinochet.

    The sad thing is that those who support Martial Law always think that it is never going to happen to them, till one day Security Forces come knocking at their door to round them up or their own son or daughter. There is decades of well-documented history to support this argument and only the ultra-idiots ignore it at a grave peril to the themselves as well as the entire nation.

    These may sound like empty words, but please believe it: This is really truly one stand that every man, woman and child in the entire nation should make for their own sake and that of their future generations. Otherwise we will only be cursed to repeat our wretched history of the past 60 years for the next 60 years. You make the choice today.



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