Hajj – Pakistani Politicians and Military

Two jokes that I recently received over Blackberry Messenger

Joke 1

Three politicians cannot perform Hajj:
1) Asif zardari, as he cannot throw stones on himself
2) Altaf hussain, as Hajj cannot be performed on telephone
3) Nawaz sharif, as he cannot shave off his head after spending 10 million rupees on hair implant. Also he is not allowed to take stuffed tigers with him on Hajj.
Joke 2
Reasons why Army Generals cannot perform Hajj
1 – orders from Americans have not been received yet
2 – batmen are not trained to perform Hajj yet
3 – militant groups have not started “Hajj for hire” services yet
4 – military rules do not allow for such extensive mixing with “bloody civilians
5 – they are not allowed to perform haj with a stick in hand.

Security Apparatus : US and Pakistan

Just came across this wonderful post about how US policies are imperialistic by design and are hurting US interests. It is to be read in full. Anyway, in it there is a paragraph though which talks about US but could very well be talking about Pakistan. I have re-read it multiple times and here I am sharing it:

…. The United States has been at war for a startling two out of every three years since 1989, and there is no end in sight. As anyone with a rudimentary knowledge of world events knows, countries that continuously fight wars invariably build powerful national-security bureaucracies that undermine civil liberties and make it difficult to hold leaders accountable for their behavior; and they invariably end up adopting ruthless policies normally associated with brutal dictators. The Founding Fathers understood this problem, as is clear from James Madison’s observation that “no nation can preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.” Washington’s pursuit of policies like assassination, rendition and torture over the past decade, not to mention the weakening of the rule of law at home, shows that their fears were justified.

Similar is the case in Pakistan. Our India centric security policy wherein we fought 3 unprovoked wars with them. And from 1979 onwards, our Army has been continuously engaged in overt and covert warfare e.g. Afghan Jihad, Kargil, war on terror, Swat, current engagement with Taliban elements.

The army and the intelligence agencies never had any respect for civilians calling them “bloody civilians” but the missing persons and other such actions in the name of national security show that military apparatus in Pakistan is above the law.

Military rule in Pakistan: same old shit

I had received the following videos earlier but someone resent them to me today. They are circa 1959 and have an interview of Ayub Khan. Despite the upbeat nature of the report (the west and western media has always supported our military rulers) what is amazing is how Ayub Khan’s talk reminds of similar talks made by Musharraf. More than that, it begs the question that if military rule is so good for Pakistan why is it that when the ruler leaves us, we find ourselves in worse situation despite their claims of bringing true democracy instead of sham democracy or claims of democracy does not suit the genius of people.

The reporter is neither sarcastic nor there is any hint of cynicism when he says that 95% of Pakistanis favored Ayub Khan which begs the question is the reporter was naive? If not, I want to smoke what he is smoking. Doesn’t it remind you of 97% affirmation that Musharraf received in his referendum.

Ayub’s rhetoric in the report reminds me of Musharraf as he used to say the same things.




23 March Parade Canceled. Again?

As reported in The Nation:

…there was threat of terrorist attack on security forces and moreover, since high profile personalities such as the President, PM, federal ministers, diplomats and a large number of people witness the parade, security issues forced the authorities concerned to cancel the event, the sources further said.

This gives me little confidence in the security capabilities of plethora of intelligence agencies (MI, ISI, CIA, IB, etc) that the country has.

When it matters the most to show the nation that situation is under control and the imported War on Terror is going in the right direction, the parade gets canceled.

It is pertinent to mention here that for the past 3 years the parade has been cancelled. It was held in 2007 at Sports Complex, which was witnessed by the then President Gen Pervez Musharraf.

During Musharraf era, in Karachi, we got used to the President’s stone laying ceremonies or opening ceremonies of bridges, towers etc. all taking place in Governor’s house for security reasons. They could have gone ahead with the parade and the president and prime minister could have observed it from the Presidency or like Musharraf’s days, the parade could have been arranged at Sports Complex.

Another sign that all is not well on the fronts despite the high profile arrests of terrorists and pictures of celebrating locals as depicted by ISPR : from Geo TV:

PESHAWAR: Frontier Constabulary Commandant dismissed over 900 FC personnel on refusing to take part in operation in FR Peshawar, Geo News reported Sunday.

Talking to Geo News, the FC Commandant Sifwat Ghayyur confirmed that the notification regarding the sacking of 903 personnel from 21 platoons, has been issued and the FC’s District Officers have been directed to take back weapon and government documents from these sacked personnel.

All eggs (terrorists) in one basket (bus)? [CNN edition]

This was reported on CNN website today

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) — Fourteen suspected terrorists died Tuesday night when the bus they rigged with explosives blew up prematurely, police said.

The explosion occurred as the suspects were riding the bus in the province of Kunduz, said police chief Abdul Raziq Yaqobi.

Yaqobi said the suspects wanted to attack Afghan police or foreign soldiers.

Who comes with such stories and how could it make it to the website of CNN without any editing or inquiry? The question arises that why would you need fourteen terrorists (probably all bomb riggers) riding to the destination in a single bus? The driver could have  easily picked up innocent passengers if an illusion of a genuine passenger bus was required. Why would 14 semi trained terrorists needed to be riding in a single suicide mission? Like military (US or Pak)  or Intelligence Agencies, terrorists can also be stupid but this is taking it too far.

Must be the work of non state actors or Xe (formerly known as Blackwater).