Law Minister Wasi Zafar Misbehaving on VOA

Posted on March 13, 2007
Filed Under >Darwaish, Law & Justice, People, Politics
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I was watching the dramatic developments regarding Chief Justice of Pakistan’s case on GEO news today and wondering how much more we have to see after seeing police misbehaving with Chief Justice and his family.

Little did I know what was in store for me. During Kamran Khan’s show, Ansaar Abassi – investigative editor of The News, Islamabad – brought viewers attention to a shocking incident which happened during a live Voice of America ( VOA ) radio show interview (Round Table) yesterday (Listen by clicking audio symbol below)

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Not surprisingly, it involves our Law Minister, Mr. Wasi Zafar. We have often read various reports about public displays of misbehaviors by Federal Minister for Law Wasi Zafar. But this is quite unbelievable.

Listen to the abusive language after the 34th minutes in particular. But also listen to the tone of the discussion of the entire interview in general. This, then, is our Federal Law Minister in action. Its worth hearing.

The Federal Minister said all this in response to a story by the investigative editor The News in which he wrote about the Law Minister’s “long arm of law.” Apparently he doesn’t know the difference between long arm and giving “a big hand.”

Listen to the clip and judge for yourself. I am just speechless!

ADDED 14 March: Here is the video clip of the report on this incident on GEO.

(Report on this in The News).

173 Comments on “Law Minister Wasi Zafar Misbehaving on VOA”

  1. Disciple says:
    March 13th, 2007 3:01 pm

    Could we get any worst people than we have right now to govern us? Is there another law minister in the world who swears publicly and repeatedly and in a threatening manner? What is wrong with US? Why don’t we find it despicable or even little strange?

  2. Farrukh says:
    March 13th, 2007 3:19 pm

    Just hear this… this is amazing. the guy is out of control.

    Instead of telling teh cricket team not to speak in English, they should tell HIM not to speak at all!

    But I shoudl add, I am not sure if he was ‘abusing’ anyone… at least not purposely. But his whole style is so confrontational that it can seem abusive.

    He shoudl really be stopped from speaking anywhere in public.

  3. The Pakistanian says:
    March 13th, 2007 3:52 pm

    Sorry guys, where is that interview with Wasi Zafar, none of these links above have it. Please repost the link. Thanks

  4. March 13th, 2007 4:03 pm

    he’s looking like one of indian movies villain. :-)

  5. Speechless says:
    March 13th, 2007 4:29 pm

    I do not know in which category to put Wasi zafar and Durrani in – they lie so easilly.

    For those of you looking for the program now, listen it here:
    The real media link is:

  6. Abdullah Haq says:
    March 13th, 2007 6:05 pm

    One is stunned by the variety handpicked by Musharraf.. :D

  7. Jaanbaaz says:
    March 13th, 2007 6:06 pm

    I have ripped the Wasi Zafar tirade into a small MP3 file and have uploaded it. There are two separate links.

    Remember to page down to see the link:

    Another download site:

  8. Hamza says:
    March 13th, 2007 6:51 pm

    The News filed a report describing the antics of our infamous law minister.

    ISLAMABAD: Federal Law Minister Wasi Zafar repeatedly hurled naked abuse in a live Voice of America (VoA) radio discussion on chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry’s deposition, which was heard worldwide on Monday night.

    There were three participants in the telephonic discussion â€

  9. Daktar says:
    March 13th, 2007 9:07 pm

    Is this guy even for real!
    “jo big arm law minister mein dalay ga,law minister us ki family mein dalay ga big arm”

  10. Khan Sher says:
    March 13th, 2007 9:12 pm

    When some institution or individual person get mad with unbriddled powers . They not only blatently violate the constitution but it is necessary to subdue its guardians. Because if guardians are out there, they can face hindrance.
    If X ,Y or Justice Chauhdry are the honest die hard guards of constitution then they must be erased as well.But fortunately the totalitarest authorities ( General Musharaf)boozed in the fantasy of power, took it as light task as any other incident in the unfortunate country Pakistan. They thought as usual, CJ Mr. Chaudry will be finished with one shot. Probably this time this sugestion was given , by hired and then castrated PM, like Mughal Empiror used to do to the strong guards to make them eunuk before appointing them to Haram , to make them useful but the same time harmless. There are other Heroes of the nation , working very hard , as there organs are also stuck, like Information minister Durani, Law Minister Wassi Zafar , Sind CM Arbab etc etc. Imagin that when a nation has so dirty minded ,lier, abusive nickers as heroes like them what you can expect.Wasi( LAW MINISTER) has become a Rabbies dog and biting here and there innocent people and reporters. His son along with him slapped a poor passenger in Karachi airport recently who objected , because his son tresspassed the que, He also slapped a poor waiter in Islamabad hotel who went to the room where the door was open and he was sleeping with a woman. Wasi, 3 days ago abused a reporter on the Voice of America, knowing the world is listening , told him I will put my hand inside your family. Lies Manister Durani , being a Minister openly and blatently say lies, and at the same time say to media not to ask questions otherwise your license will be cancelled. CM Sind Arbab has asked his ministers to leave parliment untill you have cooled down the turmoil against the government or resign. He also blasted and blamed the Cief Justice for distroying the peaceful situation in the country. I am proud that Pakistan is the world strongest country , that being harbouring sharks like them , it is still thriving and existing as a country. It is the prayers of of some pious people which keep the boat floating.
    One and last thing: I am wondering that if there were no brave media , who could take the risk of their lives and property, we or anybody will not know what is happening in side this political Torabora.

    any comments: email:

  11. Moeen Bhatti says:
    March 13th, 2007 9:24 pm

    Its v hard for me to imagine/digest the kind of language this minister has used. What is this?

  12. Moeen Bhatti says:
    March 13th, 2007 9:28 pm

    I’ll appriciate if friends in Pakistan could post news/tv programs about this incident on this forum that we could watch. Thanks.

  13. Ali says:
    March 13th, 2007 10:04 pm

    Hopeless, this goes to expose the real face of the current regime.

    This man doesnt even understand the difference between ‘called by’ and ‘called upon’

    I pray to God that things get better eventually and that educated and civilized citizens make their way into public offices.

  14. March 14th, 2007 12:10 am

    The links above have been fixed. You can now hear the full VOA program by clicking on the audio icon at the end of the second paragraph.

  15. MB says:
    March 14th, 2007 12:40 am

    @Adil Najam

    I have used the embeded code for this video at KMB. Hope its okay.

    And please if possible can anyone bring the video of the TALK SHOWS going on ARY,GEO & AAJ for last four days.

  16. Saad says:
    March 14th, 2007 12:52 am

    Complete coverage of yesterday’s events by Geo:

  17. Moeen Bhatti says:
    March 14th, 2007 12:57 am

    Thank you so much saad!

  18. mansoor says:
    March 14th, 2007 1:12 am

    sucks! kahan kahan say ajate hain loag :(

  19. Disciple says:
    March 14th, 2007 1:28 am

    To highlight violations of Law, Justice and Human Rights we only need to cite Minister of Law, Justice and Human Rights.

  20. Critic says:
    March 14th, 2007 1:40 am

    By the way yesterday someone has updated Wasi Zafar’s profile on wikipedia and included his VOA episode. Hurrah for freedom of opinion and a double hurrah for Pakistani press.

  21. Jamal Shamsi says:
    March 14th, 2007 2:14 am

    Wasi Zafar:

    Extract of dirt, a soul with disbalanced mental state, in bulky human body, verbally venomous, dangerously low level of mentality, to dangerously inept in written and spoken languages of civilised work, physically zero control on expressions & spoken language, have no command & control found living in highly power toxicated environment, have no respect for humanity and for common people & media, 1st discovered in Jaranwala, elevated and placed to handle situations with the qualities described above, by the people of same values.

  22. Disciple says:
    March 14th, 2007 2:17 am

    Still not sure what General saw in him to make him nothing less than Minister of Law, Justice and Human Rights. Is this meant as a joke?

  23. Critic says:
    March 14th, 2007 2:21 am

    Corrent me if I am factually incorrect but I think he was a PPP guy who got ministry when he became a Lota.

  24. Aqil Sajjad says:
    March 14th, 2007 3:46 am

    His whole style of talking is very confrontational. He talks just like a badmaash. Full credit to Geo and the news for exposing him.

  25. Eidee Man says:
    March 14th, 2007 4:04 am

    Oh my GOD! This is a shame…having a Punjabi JUTT as a law minister.

  26. MQ says:
    March 14th, 2007 5:36 am

    No wonder he has been renamed as “Chittar”, a rustic and crude Punjabi footwear also used for punishing an erring person — a popular tool used in the Punjab police stations.

  27. MQ says:
    March 14th, 2007 5:44 am

    We have seen several characters in this drama being played on TV channels for the past 48 hours. Some obnoxious, some hilarious, some both, and some who defy description.

    Would the ATP readers suggest some interesting names for such characters? Chittar and Durr Fitte are already taken.

  28. Critic says:
    March 14th, 2007 6:02 am

    Hey MQ another name is Shortcut-Disease, guess who that is?

  29. jayjay says:
    March 14th, 2007 6:28 am

    “Oh my GOD! This is a shame…having a Punjabi JUTT as a law minister”

    There is nothing wrong to be a Punjabi Jutt. Atizaz Ahsan is also a Punjabi Jat and so are other many other decent persons. Don’t tarr the whole clan with the same brush because of one idiot.

  30. Dr. Ahteram says:
    March 14th, 2007 7:34 am

    Is this the type of people who are going to lead our nation in the third millennium. At least, I don’t see my nation making a progress with these illiterate leaders

  31. MB says:
    March 14th, 2007 8:22 am

    Is Mush blind on this :

    Laws are made to be broken?

  32. paki girl says:
    March 14th, 2007 8:44 am

    all i can say is that Pakistan is left with nothing but illetrate people like wasi zafar. Why on hell is a person like him a Law minister? The first thing he should know is etiquettes and the man is worse than an urban illetrate person. Seriously i ve been thinking who can possibly be worse than him YUCK he is disgusting!!

  33. Muhammad Ali Zia says:
    March 14th, 2007 9:37 am

    Big Arm in the law minister! hhahahahahahahahah lol hahahahahaha Big arm in the law ignorant can one get? lol hahahah.

  34. Adnan Ahmad says:
    March 14th, 2007 9:56 am

    For a moment I thought I was watching a stage show from Alhamra, an eid special. And I laughed, in all honesty. If you hear closely Aitezaz Ahsan also seemed to b smiling..not because it was funny but because he couldn’t believe he was on air with this “law minister.”

  35. March 14th, 2007 10:06 am

    What a qualified and learned presentation of rulers. All liers & corrupt (not in the eyes of chosen ones) can loot this poor country and make fortunes and bring miseries to life of common man. Wht a independent country where such a filthy character are called on media!!! Why media is not exposing such chaps!!

    Wht a independent country a killer can rule.. corrupt can rule.. wominizer can rule.. thieves can rule…defaulters can rule…liers can rule

    only a noble person cant rule!!!!

    May Allah bless the common folk…

  36. Anwar says:
    March 14th, 2007 12:15 pm

    Disturbing and despicable. The longer he stays in the office the more I am convinced of a unique chemistry between him and his handlers… There must be something behind the curtain that we do not know.

  37. Pervaiz Munir Alvi says:
    March 14th, 2007 12:04 pm

    I heard the Law Minister on the VOA. His crime is his poor knowledge of the English language and use of vulgarity on the air. But he also explained that this whole issue is political in nature, from all sides. He is right on that. He used the phrase “political millage”. Unfortunately every one is trying to gain that longitude out of this incident. The hope is that the issue will have a snow ball effect, the government will fall and then replaced by new thieves or may be by same thieves under different alignment.

  38. Akif Nizam says:
    March 14th, 2007 12:14 pm

    I have been mightily depressed these last few days on accounts of what’s going on in Pakistan; this just adds salt to the wound.

  39. Mike says:
    March 14th, 2007 12:50 pm

    what a shame ! the law minister has such a nice tone – to summarize it I would just say EVERYONE in politics in pakistan is equal – all of them who had there share to say something are involved in one thing or another…

  40. Zainub says:
    March 14th, 2007 12:57 pm

    Yeah, I saw the whole thing live on TV. Its depressing frankly. How did we elected these buffoons into office?

  41. Muhammad Mehdi Raza says:
    March 14th, 2007 2:35 pm

    Well Wasi Zafar is really not the one to blame. It is for sure that he is not a cool minded person. He misinterpretted a news report and thought that ‘Long Arm of the Law’(Qanoon kay lambay haath) used by Ansar Abbasi , really meant ‘Big Arm into ……. ‘ . So lets not lash out at him for doing it.

    In this case, i find him absolutely innocent.

    He does what he believes and he said it. At least he is not a liar.

    However, shame multiplied by a million on Mr. Shaukat Aziz and Mr. Parvez Musharraf who are both educated and decent persons but basically they are two faced people and not strong enough to face the fact that their rule today is based on a lie.

    And shame multiplied by a trillion on them not to remove the minister even after all the fuss created in the media.

    But again , if they are shameful enough , they wouldnt have had him in the first place.

    The point is – our rulers are shameless and history will stare this fact in their face for many ages to come.

  42. Disciple says:
    March 14th, 2007 2:42 pm

    Muhammad: this article about long arm of law came out many months ago. This should be enough time for even an ass like Wasi to figure it out. After all he is a lawyer and also able to teach English to VOA.

  43. Anwar says:
    March 14th, 2007 3:01 pm

    My friend from Pakistan sent me the following link:

    Musharaf thinks Pakistan has an image problem. I finally agree.

  44. Roshan says:
    March 14th, 2007 3:16 pm

    Its a mockery of the notion that graduate members of the assembly would be well articulated and decent in their language.
    Wasi Zafar is a turn coat and has various vested interests to beat the drum of General Musharaf. It was his brother serving in ISI on a very senior post, who brought him into the ruling camp.
    He has grabed expensive government land in various cities through litigation. Most of those lands were left by the hindus during partition.
    Unfortunately, the custodian of law(Wasi) are the violaters of law and custodian of constitution(Mushi)are the violaters of constitution.
    Thanks God the real face of cosmetician is being exposed to the general public.
    Let us pay our gratitute to the lawyers and media community who have proved that civil society in Pakistan is not dead yet.

  45. Pervaiz Munir Alvi says:
    March 14th, 2007 4:20 pm

    One often wonders regarding who runs these Urdu services of BBC and VOA. Are these ladies and gentlemen of Pakistani origin. Certainly they are not English or Americans of European origins.

  46. Umar Marwat says:
    March 14th, 2007 4:40 pm

    Shame, shame, shame

  47. Pervaiz Munir Alvi says:
    March 14th, 2007 4:42 pm

    Anwar: “Musharraf thinks Pakistan has an image problem. I finally agree.”

    Much of our image problems are of our own making. Case in point being this ignorant buffoon of law minister. The rest of our image problems are because of the relentless anti Pakistan propaganda by a certain neighboring country and by those who are threatened by the very idea of a powerful Islamic country in the world. If you disagree with me then name which Muslim country has been allowed to emerge as an economic and military world power in the last one century.

  48. Abdullah Haq says:
    March 14th, 2007 4:57 pm

    your website reminds me of another website called “satribune” (South Asian Tribune). Unlike yours, that site was constructed as a revenge by Shaheen Sehbaai, ultimately the agencies got it shut by “convincing” the founder.
    Your site is also going towards free speech and true coverage. I hope that you will resist the pressure.

  49. Anwar says:
    March 14th, 2007 5:03 pm

    Pervaiz sahib, I fully agree with you. Unfortunately much of the mess we are in is our own making ever since the 1950s. While reading an analysis of the first gulf war, I was struk by a comment “Saddam could not differentiate between appeasement and entrapment…” I think it is true for most leaders in the Muslim world… American reps in Islamabad are heaping praise on our strongman while congress is going the other way and Times is putting forward a single bullet theory for Musharaf. There are possibilities of serious misreading in Islamabad.
    The question is how to get out of the mess? Musharaf is sinking himself and the country in a multi-dimensional chaos. It will be good if he steps down under a new plan being circulated in Wahsington (I posted the link on a different thread on this blog) or else face a new “Operation Wheeljam.” some parties are itching to launch.
    God help us all…

  50. Aqil Sajjad says:
    March 14th, 2007 5:44 pm

    Dear Abdullah Haq:
    I am sorry to say but South Asia tribune was primarily a defemation campaign in which Sehbai repeatedly crossed the limits of responsible journalism and decency. It is no longer on the internet otherwise I would have provided links to some of Sa Tribune’s content to substantiate this point.
    While the media has some very courageous people doing some excellent work (Abbass Ansari being one of them), it also has its share of those that the journalist community should not be very proud of.

    This ATP site is totally different. While it has strongly criticised the government on this entire episode, its purpose is constructive and not defamatory.

  51. Pervaiz Munir Alvi says:
    March 14th, 2007 5:50 pm

    Anwar: Some of the documents regarding Pakistan from 50s, 60s and 70s have been declassified by certain foreign governments. Reading these documents provides an insight regarding making and unmaking of governments and personalities in Pakistan. This stuff is just amazing. And our poor and innocent awam at the behest of our politicians come out in the streets to destroy what ever little infrastructure we build. I just wonder what diplomatic dispatches are being sent out from Islamabad at this very moment as we speak. What fate is being sealed for our beloved home land. The greed and corruption of our leaders will keep us paupers and beggars for ever. It is fashionable to talk about our own mishandling of the East Pakistan tragedy yet we say nothing about the treachery of our own leaders and the dirty plays of outsiders. Now we hear rumblings about Baluchistan and mishandling by our leaders yet we know nothing about the treacheries of our leaders and conspiracies of outsiders. May God save this land of our fathers and their grand fathers from all ills internal and external.

  52. SHAK a says:
    March 14th, 2007 6:04 pm

    Some of the adventures of honorouble Wasi Zafar?

    PM asks Wasi Zafar to keep his cool

    ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has asked Law Minister Wasi Zafar to keep his cool after noting his aggression and misbehaviour. Sources said on Wednesday that Shaukat Aziz had invited Wasi Zafar to a lunch hosted in honour of visiting Azeri President Ilham Aliyev when all of a sudden the law minister was seen being escorted by two security guards through one of the doors of Prime Minister’s House. Both security guards caught hold of the law minister by his arms, sources said, adding that the PM’s deputy military secretary rushed to the scene and escorted the law minister out through another door. The prime minister and Azeri president also heard the scuffle while presiding over the signing ceremony of accords between both countries. Later during lunch, the prime minister asked Wasi Zafar to keep his cool. online

    Wasi Zafar’s son knocks down a PIA passenger over petty objection
    KARACHI, August 11 (Online): Son of Federal Minister for Law Wasi Zafar, Umair Zafar knocked down a PIA passenger Mujeeb Khan by non-stop hitting when the victim Mujeeb Khan objected for not searching the minister and his son before boarding the PIA flight .

  53. SAMI says:
    March 15th, 2007 12:45 am

    Thanks for posting the  video of the GEO program. So I just re-heard the full VOA interview, read the News report and also saw teh GEO report. Here is my assessment:

    1. This guy is certainly not fit to be a Minister, or anything else. Those who wonder why we have a bad image, here is why.

    2. But the News reporter may also have over-reacted. Wasi Zafar’s tone is obnoxious, but he was certainly not being abusive to the journalist in a classical sense.

  54. Ujk says:
    March 14th, 2007 6:56 pm

    We are being ruled by mad people, they will go, another group of mad people will take over. This cycle will keep on repeating like it has been for the last 60 years.
    Who is suffering?? our country
    What do we need at this stage??? stability in our country.

    So its better to let this present set up run the affairs in the best of national interest. I am sure, people sitting in the opposition are not a bit less than the ones in power nowadays.

  55. Murtaza says:
    March 14th, 2007 9:16 pm

    One of the clause of Article 209 of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Constitution

    (5) If, on information received from the Council or from any other source, the President is of the opinion that a Judge of the Supreme Court or of a High Court,

    (a) may be incapable of properly performing the duties of his office by reason of physical or mental incapacity; or
    (b) may have been guilty of misconduct, the President shall direct the Council to inquire into the matter.

    (6) If, after inquiring into the matter, the Council reports to the President that it is of the opinion,

    (a) that the Judge is incapable of performing the duties of his office or has been guilty of misconduct, and
    (b) that he should be removed from office, the President may remove the Judge from office.

    (7) A Judge of the Supreme Court or of a High Court shall not be removed from office except as provided by this Article.

    (8) The Council shall issue a code of conduct to be observed by Judges of the Supreme Court and of the High Courts.

    IF you read clause 6 here it clearly states “If, after inquiring into the matter” not before that and clause 7 is itself self explanatory.

  56. Khadija Amjad says:
    March 14th, 2007 9:28 pm

    This makes me want to put on a fur coat or something similar, climb up a tree branch and sit there with a mango in my hand. Perhaps by so blurring the line between my human self and any animal instincts that remain, I will be better positioned to understand the law minister’s mind and glory in my good fortune as a citizen of Pakistan.
    Just maybe.

  57. March 14th, 2007 10:26 pm

    We have added a video clip of the GEO story on the Wasi Zafar interview at the end of this post (scroll up to the post to view).

  58. March 14th, 2007 11:02 pm

    On a very funny note, his mustache is like Motorola’s logo :D

  59. March 14th, 2007 11:06 pm

    An interesting alternative analysis of the interview here

  60. Bulbul khan says:
    March 14th, 2007 11:33 pm

    This man has Definitely personality disorder.I live in the UK and always followed current affairs re Pakistan i really thought that General mushraf was doing ok until now recent cj case how this man has been humilated publically if this man cant have justice than ordinary man have and then listening to law minister and his behavour,I really wish for the sake our nation and the people of pakistan that the sooner these are kicked out the better.please pray for our law minister hope he gets better soon

  61. DB9 says:
    March 15th, 2007 12:10 am

    I think we are all being very rude to the charming and enlightened Minister Wasi Zafar. The poor man clearly suffers from a psychological disorder and must have had a disturbing childhood. We need to treat him like a patient and submit him to the best mental hospital with his phone lines cut off and post police outside so no one can meet him.

  62. March 15th, 2007 12:16 am

    it is shameful to see that people of Mr.Wasee Zafar’s character and caliber are responsible for upholding the law in our country.He sounded like a hoodlum from “indroon lahore”.
    God save Pakistan.

  63. Faheem says:
    March 15th, 2007 1:02 am

    This Guy doesn’t seems to have enough education even for a gatekeeper job (becaue you need atleast some manners to talk to people) and he is The Law Minister!!!! What else we need to see and hear.

  64. Saad says:
    March 15th, 2007 1:03 am

    I’ll put a big arm in your family in street lingo means putting a hand in their ar**. It’s a nude swear.

    The editor reacted in a very dignified manner given what the state minister was hurling at his family.

  65. Sobaan says:
    March 15th, 2007 1:36 am

    I think after this, nothing is left to say that what kind of people are ruling our beloved Pakistan. Why can’t Musharaf kick him out instead??? what is he waiting for??? does he need a letter from Naeem Bokhari again???

  66. Lahori says:
    March 16th, 2007 2:25 am

    I guess with Kamran Khan off the air, it is Wasi Zafar who gets the last laugh!

    Indeed his BIG ARM is the LONG ARM and it did finally get to Kamran Khan. Now its Ansar Abassi’s turn.

  67. Sabahat says:
    March 15th, 2007 3:18 am

    Saad, it is NOT dignified of Ansar ABbasi to call Wasi Zafar a mental patient and so on, a far more dignified response (i think) would have been to laugh at his poor English skills and his not understanding a simple term like the ‘long hands of the law’. (Admittedly easier said than done), but that is what would have set him apart.

  68. Mumtaz says:
    March 15th, 2007 4:19 am

    It seems that while condemning the Law Minister, there is a tendency of seeing this incident in isolation at several levels.

    The arguments by several people — on this forum and in the national media — goes something like this: Mr Zafar is inherently a deranged person, hence his behaviour. Here the blame is on his personality, and not on the sociology of politics in Pakistan. We all know how leaders come into being in a society that is patriarchal to the core, and operates in a patron-client style. People who are loud, aggressive, and maverick become leaders (in almost all spheres of life). Mr Zafar is no exception. People who have witnessed political leaders closely will vouch for me.

    Others are criticizing Musharraf for his selection, and for being a dictator — that he is. But what about earlier regimes? We have had a number of incidents in the past — both in democratic governments and martial law regimes — in which the people holding offices have used their “power” to abuse the rights of others who were less powerful — not in a sadistic way, but, of course, to gain more space and power. This is what politics is all about, especially in a country like ours.

    Removing the Law Minister is a solution in the short term. A regime change in Pakistan is also a short to medium term solution for the issues that we are facing. But, we should not be romantic about the return of democracy. We have had democracies that were only a little better than the martial law regimes. Don’t get me wrong: I am pro-democracy, and against the intervention and rule of armed forces. But the social structures that bind us, make our leaders so intoxicated that they are unable to contain them. Having said that, I am, like others, looking forward to the elections and hope to have democracy restored. The process should go on…

  69. Saad says:
    March 15th, 2007 5:30 am


    I did not hear Ansar Abbas calling Mr. Wassi a mental patient, rather a joker (Maskhara to be exact). Would you mind clarifying it for me as to where did you hear him calling the law minister, a mental patient?

    And please, it is not like the editor was talking to a nobody, he was talking to the Law minister. The least you expect out of a person of that strature is to know what he’s talking about.

  70. Omar R. Quraishi says:
    March 15th, 2007 5:53 am

    good rebuttal saad — btw if you go on sabahat’s blog — she seems to equate politics with journalism — says that both as “bastions of blackmail and deceit” — or something to do that effect

    this is from today’s The News (editorial)

    A matter of shame

    The abusive language used by none other than the law minister against a journalist of this newspaper during a live round-table discussion aired by a US-based radio network is shameful. The minister, who in the past has been reported for slapping a waiter in a five-star hotel and also looking on as his son allegedly thrashed a passenger at Karachi airport in 2005 (the passenger became irate after he saw the son jump the queue), was clearly out of line as he spoke in very intemperate language on the programme. The minister seems to have become annoyed by the presence of the said journalist who had some two years ago covered the airport incident. He then referred to the headline of that 2005 story and extrapolating from its headline, ‘Long arm of the law’, went on to make crude and unprintable remarks.

    Fortunately for the journalist this was being recorded and the transcript of the show has now been aired on private television networks and is widely available on the Internet and several Pakistani blog sites. The minister did try to deny that he hurled abuse at the journalist but has been proven wrong. His manner of speaking and the content of his speech is most unbecoming – not only of a member of the prime minister’s cabinet but also of a civilized person in general. In most countries, when such things happen the government functionary exposed in this manner himself voluntarily steps down or is made to step down by his superiors. Only time will tell whether similar good sense prevails in this situation.

  71. Maria says:
    March 15th, 2007 6:08 am

    I dont know what to write.. well i have no words left after listening mr wasi ,,,he behaves like a illetrate person its so shamefull to hear such kind of language,, infact mr wasi dont deserve to be a law minsiter , i think we should not blame poor wasi because i feel he is a physco patient.. i suggest him to go to a physco hospital, for a better medical treatment, poor man needs it..

  72. Saad says:
    March 15th, 2007 6:29 am

    LOL – Musharraf has accidentally given a clue as to what the SJC will be deciding in the case of CJ Pakistan.

    He’s currently in a ‘Jalsa’ claiming that he’ll be show the reality of the politicians after the SJC has given it’s verdict in the case of the Chief Justice Pakistan. And that he’ll himself come on the television and declare the verdict once it has been delivered by the Supreme Judicial Council. Now will someone kindly tell me as to what will he be saying on National tv INCASE the SJC issues a verdict in favor of the CJ?? Yep according to the logic and timing of this statement by the President, the decision has already been made and the SJC will simply be used as a rubber stamp.

    May Allah Almighty damn him, Amen!

  73. Saad says:
    March 15th, 2007 6:32 am

    Pakistani media, it’s time for you people to go for the kill :D.

  74. Sabahat says:
    March 15th, 2007 6:34 am

    Saad, I meant he called him that later in retaliation (on GEO, not the VOA show). If you watch this video clip that has now been added above you will hear something to that effect from Ansar Abbasi.

    I would again like to clarify that I am in no way defending Mr. Wasi Zafar’s conduct but I will reiterate that this episode and many other ones also reveal journalist behaviour to be as high handed as any politician’s.

  75. Saad says:
    March 15th, 2007 6:41 am


    Ansaar Abbasi said that it’s a manufacturing fault (unki tarbeeat hi aisi hoi hai) with the Law minister and that he feels sorry for the Govt. of Pakistan who has made ministers out of jokers like him. Nowhere in that clip has Ansaar said, that the law minister is a mental patient. Kindly give it a hear, again.

  76. Sabahat says:
    March 15th, 2007 7:47 am

    Right, he has said manufacturing fault and also either here or somewhere else genetic defect, thats why i wrote ‘mental patient or something of that sort’, sorry for the rather casual tone employed by me since exact words are of utmost importance here and that is what I am basing my argument upon.
    But really my point is not that, my point is that the way ‘The News’ and GEO have reported this incident doesn’t seem entirely accurate to me,
    ‘started hurling abuse’ and ‘gaaliyaan nikaaleen’ and ‘went on to make crude and unprintable remarks’ sound like more than what actually happened (and i am strictly talking about what was spoken not saying that such behaviour by him was not unethical or in any form acceptable).
    I think his translating the Punjabi abuse into English (and thus rendering it unintelligible for most people) dilutes it somewhat and I still think its not ‘hurling abuse’ and ‘gaaliyaan nikaaleen’ and a whole lot of other things ‘The News’ article and Kamran Khan’s diatribe made it out to be.
    I repeat it is distasteful, shameful and unbecoming like Omar R Qureshi says of any civilized human being but I would prefer my reporting to be temperate and unpadded.

  77. Omar R. Quraishi says:
    March 15th, 2007 8:02 am

    Sabahat he called him a ‘maskhara’ — btw if the govt and the media were the same sabahat, pray tell us why the latter would be so critical of the former at this particular juncture –

  78. Darwaish says:
    March 15th, 2007 8:12 am

    There is no doubt some element of mis-reporting in GEO’s coverage of this incident (some namak mirch to be precise) but I think Ansaar Abbasi said these things after Mr Wasi Zafar came live on GEO and called him blackmailer and remarks like kitne paise liye hein and paise le kar likhte hein. This is even more shocking to me. Although I would have loved to see Ansaar Abbasi keeping his cool as Sabahat mentions. Whatever you say about Pakistani media, I think they are becoming mature with time and the coverage of this historical event, in general, has been excellent and very accurate so give credit where its due.

    I also wonder if it is legal to call someone a blackmailer and other remarks which our honorable law minister gave during a live show? In most civilized countries, he would have been forced to resign immediately and taken to court for this. Perhaps a lawyer can help us understand or may be its OK in Pakistan?

    Btw, the funniest part of the VOA show was when participants were debating the meaning of statement in president’s notification CJ was CALLED BY the president and minister sb asked hosts (nihayat badtrameezi se) to use dictionary and that he needs to teach them English and the meaning of ‘called by’.

    God save Pakistan. Ameen.

  79. Omar R. Quraishi says:
    March 15th, 2007 8:16 am

    err excuse me sabahat — but what wasi zafar said was crude and unprintable — i think that is the general consensus — you are the first person i have met (either in cyber space or real life) who think that what the law minister said has been blown out of proportion

  80. Sabahat says:
    March 15th, 2007 8:30 am

    Darwaish, i totally agree with all you have said in your comment. I did not hear the parts where Zafar accussed Ansar Abbasi this way. It is indeed shocking and he should be taken to court for defamation without proof.
    And indeed the great irony of the show was Wasi Zafar trying to teach English to the others when in all probability this whole mess came into existence because of his own lack of English comprehension skills.

  81. truth says:
    March 15th, 2007 8:55 am

    This person, ‘Wasi Zafer’ seems to be a choora (sweeper) from his language. Who made him minsiter? oh, well the person who made him minster is actually Busharraf. Naam hee kaafee hay. Traitors.

  82. Pervaiz Munir Alvi says:
    March 15th, 2007 9:05 am

    There is no shortage of men like the law minister in Pakistan. Once I had the misfortune of sharing a table with Mr. ShahBaz Shariff (brother of ex-prime minister) and Mr. Ijaz-ul-Huq (son of a former general-president) at a dinner in Washington D.C. Both were scheduled speakers at the event. Throughout the dinner their respective handlers were coaching them how to deliver a short speech in English to an American audience. This incident gave me an opportunity to observe the low educational and intellectual level of the two gentlemen. One has served as a chief minister of Punjab in a civilian government and the other is currently serving as minister of religious affairs in the present military government. There seems to be a very little difference in the demeanor of all these gentlemen. That they are the leaders of Pakistan speaks volumes about our society and even about ourselves individually.

  83. Amir says:
    March 15th, 2007 10:37 am
  84. Adnan Ahmad says:
    March 15th, 2007 11:03 am

    “Throughout the dinner their respective handlers were coaching them how to deliver a short speech in English”

    I was never into pets but I like it.

  85. Abdullah Haq says:
    March 15th, 2007 11:11 am

    “I did not hear the parts where Zafar accussed Ansar Abbasi this way”

    So dont you think your post on your blog need another appendix :)?

  86. Jady says:
    March 15th, 2007 11:29 am

    As days pass by, I am loosing hope for Pakistan(in becoming a better state) with this kind of news emerging everyday. I feel said, at the same time lucky of not being stuck in Pakistan!

  87. Lahori says:
    March 15th, 2007 2:24 pm

    If you look at teh other story on Wasi Zafar at this website as lined in the story you will see that someone mentioned that Wasi Zafar is the brother of an ISI big wig general.

    That is why no one has been able to touch him for so long.

  88. Jady says:
    March 15th, 2007 11:50 am

    Here you go another link, of a good deed by Duffer Zafar. In the last part of the article, you will find another of his good acts to humanity(Slapping a waiter in Marriot, Islamabad).

  89. Anwar says:
    March 15th, 2007 12:06 pm

    Can anyone provide a glimpse of the academic credentials of the minister… He must have been to a school or a college, or by misfortune, attended a university as well(?) If so did he fake his degrees?

  90. Sabahat says:
    March 15th, 2007 12:08 pm

    Mr Adnan Ahmed, whatever was said once the situation snowballed is not the main area of concern that I am addressing. It would do to give all that I have written another reading :)

  91. Sabahat says:
    March 15th, 2007 12:21 pm

    That’s Mr. Abdullah Haq.

  92. SHAK says:
    March 15th, 2007 1:46 pm

    Law minister Wasi zafar beat waiter of a restaurant according to bbc. Listen BBC


  93. M.Saeed says:
    March 15th, 2007 2:06 pm

    This story confirms about the completion of Brain Drain from Pakistan. All brains have migrated abroad, courtesy World Bank, IMF, UN and other greener pastures attracting the brains. Of late, even able bodies are being drained through human trafficking and smuggling. What is left is left to the devices available with Wasi type of rogues to deal.

  94. Sobaan says:
    March 15th, 2007 2:20 pm

    I think we all including Sabahat, Saad and who so ever should stop arguing on things which are not much relevant. Wasi Zafar spoke dirty and no on is denying that. These guys (politicians)are like that and we all know this fact quite well.
    What really breaks my heart is where are we all heading towards? do you think poor Ansar Abbasi is safe after talking like such on the media against this barbaric guy. This  Wasi Zafar who doesn’t have any respect and manners to talk on the live international media can do any thing to anybody who will try to resist or counter him.
    When will the time come when these so called politicians (I don’t call them leaders anymore)change? When are we going to hear some good and positive news from our country? everyday you read newspapers and u come across things which are making happenings worse and worst.
    Why why why???

  95. Adnan Ahmad says:
    March 15th, 2007 2:29 pm

    wazeer-e-qunoon aap qunoon hoanda aey!!

  96. March 15th, 2007 3:58 pm

    Geo’s show KAMRAN KHAN K SAATH was not aired tonight. On the other hand, police have arrested lots of political activists in LHR and ISB.

  97. Bhindigosht says:
    March 15th, 2007 4:32 pm

    GEO left the TV screen black for 10 minutes in the Kamran Khan program. This is a throwback to the Zia days.

  98. March 15th, 2007 5:13 pm

    kamran khan must be exposing some more truth about so called educated cabinet…

    Wht a independent journalism it is…

    THIS IS INDEPENDENT PAKISTAN.. PLZ dont see GEO or other channels ..just watch PTV:)

  99. Ismail Hussein says:
    March 15th, 2007 9:44 pm

    ATP. In all of this historic comotion, I want to take a minute to thank you all for the great work you are doing. Indeed, information is power and this website has now proved what a powerful medium this is in keeping people connected.

  100. Fariha says:
    March 15th, 2007 9:40 pm

    I had always wondered how change will come. How a system of absolute power will be toppled. Now I know.

  101. shak says:
    March 15th, 2007 5:52 pm

    see bbc on banning of Kamran Khan show (here and here)

  102. Umar Shah says:
    March 15th, 2007 6:15 pm

    Inqilaab kay beej boay ja chukay, all deeds, words and roads are leading to it. Its inevitability cannot be denied. When everything in a country becomes a joke inqilaab is bound to come. Kab hoga yeh nahi keh saktay, lekin hoga zaroor!

  103. March 15th, 2007 7:51 pm

    [...] It was Kamran Khan’s Show in which Mr Wasi Zafar’s misbehavior on VOA was reported (video of that program here). He was also the host of Geo’s live transmission which showed and commented on the misbehavior with Chief Justice of Pakistan and his family last Monday. I guess Kamran Khan has finally paid the price of speaking the truth and his efforts to present facts to the people of Pakistan. [...]

  104. Aqil Sajjad says:
    March 15th, 2007 8:29 pm

    Someone just told me that the name of Wasi Zafar’s brother is General Zaki Zafar. Not sure where he is posted etc though. Any more information on him?

  105. Disciple says:
    March 15th, 2007 8:38 pm

    May be Wasi Zafar has earned Musharraf’s favours due to Wasi’s ability to administer ‘Jald aur Sasta Insaf’ anywhere anytime.

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  107. Nadeem Ahmed says:
    March 15th, 2007 10:49 pm

    Poor Pakistanis are in between two extremes, one side are Talibans and the other side, people like Wasi Zafar.

  108. Ch Allah Daad says:
    March 15th, 2007 11:26 pm

    Except those few nasty words uttered by him, he is no different from most of the politicians, if not better. The attack by Nawaz Sharif on Supreme Court was more shameful than Wasi Zafar’s words. Benazir’s comments and behaviour towards Supreme Court were even more uglier than these words,Still these polticians are darlings of Pakistani politics. Everyone of us who have ever voted these people including Wasi Zafar, should be ashamed of themselves.

  109. Mohammad Asif says:
    March 16th, 2007 12:57 am

    There must be a code of conduct in such talk shows. Such a mis language is especially in presence of a female is extremely disregarded. VOA is not doing enough. VOA should devise code of conduct guidelines all participant must abide by. Law Minister must be communicated by VOA to avoid such abusive language in its talk shows.

  110. March 16th, 2007 1:57 am

    [...] The last week has been a whirlwind of disturbing development. Starting with the removal of Chief Justice Chaudhry Mohammad Iftikhar by the President, things just kept going from bad to worse. Protesting lawyers were mistreated, as was the Chief Justice, Minister Wasi Zafar embarrassed himself as well as the nation yet again, and most recently we saw that not just the judiciary but also the press is under stress as private TV channels are told to cool off and the GEO TV news show by Kamran Khan was banned. [...]

  111. March 16th, 2007 2:28 am

    Dear Lahori, I think this episode is far from over and I certainly hope that the last laugh will not go to Mr. Zafar. Indeed, it seems that he finally might have gone too far and is about to be axed.

    According to a report in The News today:

    ISLAMABAD: Law Minister Wasi Zafar is going to be sacked after President Gen Pervez Musharraf returns to Islamabad, a senior official said.

    “The president will be back after a couple of days,â€

  112. Shahzeb Abbasi says:
    March 16th, 2007 3:04 am

    Revolution is in the air…yet i fear it shall be hijacked by the same bunch of looters and corrupt politicians. Why this nations suffers alck of rationale and reasonable leadership is beyond me. Is it the society, the parents, the education policies, the politicians. the army…or maybe our favourite punching bags the RAW/Jewish forces/Qoumi dushman. Blacking out Kamran Khan today and sealing off Islamabad the President and all his men are trying to ignore the whole problem. Musharraf reminds me of Humpty Dumpty who is about to fall off the wall…and what a fall it shall be….

    VIVA La Revolution…

  113. Khakan Lone says:
    March 16th, 2007 8:11 am

    ji aj is program ki recording suney k bad “M really feelin shame of bieng a Pakistani”

    ye hamarey minister ka hal hai k hes abusing in a live program of VOA “round table”
    kya image parey ga hamarey barey,pakistanion k barey man outer world per

    m really down after listen all dat stuff

    Allah hamarey syasat danon per reham farmaye or inhan rahey rast per laye….Ameeen

    i cant say y thin else

  114. Zeeshan says:
    March 16th, 2007 1:45 pm

    this is really sad. i find it shocking that mushy has still not sacked wasi zafar and he still represents Pakistani Law. Ansaar Abbasi was right, ‘kaise kaise maskhare hame rule kar rahe hein’

  115. March 16th, 2007 3:57 pm

    I’ve heard this all and I found nothing wrong with law minister response. There was no single question for which he dont have answer. Aitzaz and all others were just politicising. No fact ut talk.

    Sorry to say, there was not a single serious question from general public. People were not understanding that that was a talk show and they were suppose to ask questions. Not just to share their emotional feelings or to pass comments. Everyone has something to say.

    As far as the misbehaving is concerned then I would say that our leaders are like us. People are taking it as “misbehaving” but the fact is that this is our culture. What do you expect from minister or person from higher authority from Pakistan? Law minister is true picture of what we are as culture.

    People who saying misbehaving, I dont know which planet they live. You dont minbehave? I dont misbehave? No making it an issue that its misbehaving? Grow up guys.

    If you had any real factual question against law minister then it was a issue but misbehaving is an issue? Grow up.

  116. Asma says:
    March 16th, 2007 4:11 pm

    Interestingly …. a few minutes back a clipping of wasi Zafar was shown in which he condemned the attacks and personally said sorry to ansar abbasi on his words and behaviour and offered him to come have tea and we are like friends …. WOW … poor him :>

  117. Samdani says:
    March 16th, 2007 4:15 pm

    Tea with Mr. Wasi Zafar.
    Now that is an invitation I woudl like to get.
    Actualy, no, I would not!

  118. Ujk says:
    March 16th, 2007 4:17 pm

    Geo news office was attacked today…Ansar Abassi sits there…..Police is under the law minister…..great!!! the horrible minister’s Revenge.

  119. TS says:
    March 17th, 2007 7:31 am

    oh c’mon. wasi zafar has now apologized so leave him alone. although it seems that someone has ordered him to do that :P. his face was telling thousand stories.

    Mushy is also trying to distance himself from the CJ reference and saying that he was not behind anything, he just forwarded the reference which was sent by govt. Is he not the govt???

  120. March 18th, 2007 12:55 am

    [...] Radio program Aap Ki Duniya on Voice of America’s (VOA’s) – now of the Wasi Zafar outburst fame – hosted an hour-long Round Table on blogging in Pakistan. [...]

  121. Lahori says:
    March 18th, 2007 9:47 pm

    Wasi Zafar may well become the token fall guy here to be scapegoat. But frankly, I will be glad for at least that. He should have been kicked out so long ago. Its about time, even if this is a token gesture.

  122. dsd says:
    March 18th, 2007 5:26 am

    lol..wake up ppl! the media is takin advantage of their *freedom*! n lukin at that kamran guy i jus wish the geo ppl were a bit more educated!

  123. sumaiyya says:
    March 18th, 2007 8:53 am

    i think we first have to solve the issue of changing our law minister who talk in such an unethical manner rather than cjp one!

  124. Irfan Brohi says:
    March 18th, 2007 10:20 am

    What a disgrace that we have stooped so low to accept such nincompoop jokers and idiots as our honourable Law Ministers. This is the very difference between an elected government and a government imposed by the military. An elected government ministers are accountable to the public and media where as in dictatorships, such third grade ministers can get away with any thing. What a display of enlightened moderation which Musharraf never gets tired of projecting. Atleast now he should be ashmed if not after remaining in power by force un-ethically and un-constitutionally.

  125. omar r quraishi says:
    March 18th, 2007 1:27 pm

    Editorial, The News, March 18, 2007

    Dealing with dissent

    One would have thought that going by the tumultuous events of Friday and the general response of the nation to them, on Saturday the police would have been ordered to be a little more circumspect in their dealing with those protesting the ‘suspension’ of the chief justice. On Saturday, the ‘action’, so to speak, seems to have shifted to Lahore, with dozens of lawyers arrested, manhandled and lathi-charged by the trigger-happy Punjab police. And while the chief justice’s lawyers are now claiming that the tight security cordon around him has been relaxed, it should be remembered that this has happened (pending independent corroboration) only after the Supreme Judicial Council made it clear on Friday that there were no restrictions on the movement of Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry. As for Saturday’s actions by the police, they were mostly unprovoked again, this time beginning when lawyers were prevented by the police from going inside the premises of the LHC to attend an all-Pakistan convention organised by the Lahore High Court Bar Association. The police lathi-charged the lawyers and fired tear gas shells and this rash action eventually snow-balled into a full-fledged street battle between the unarmed lawyers and the Punjab police constabulary.

    The question that one would like to ask is why cannot the government let the lawyers meet if they want, why cannot it be okay with people protesting whatever it is they wish to protest against, provided it is peaceful and does not disturb public order. Surely by now, it should have realised that an all-out confrontation with either the lawyers’ community or the media is going to be a futile if not downright negative exercise in that it will only serve to further exacerbate an already tense situation and that this heightening of tension will only damage the government’s own credibility and lower its image in the eyes of Pakistanis in general as well as the outside world. As for the attack on the office of The News and Geo TV on Friday, the government has reportedly suspended 14 policemen who allegedly took part in the raid. A judicial inquiry has been promised as well one can only hope that it succeeds in unearthing the real perpetrators of this naked assault on press and media freedom. Again, it is worth reiterating that it defies common sense and logic to believe that junior-level policemen on their own would attack and ransack the offices of a national newspaper and a news channel in the heart of Islamabad, a stone’s throw from the Parliament House, the Prime Minister’s Secretariat and the Presidency.

    The best way forward for the government would be to allow peaceful forms of protest. As it has already said, the matter is now before the SJC and the directives of this body should be followed. One of them relates to the coverage of the SJC’s proceedings and of the hearing of the reference. Here, as directed by the SJC print and electronic media have reported only the press release detailing Friday’s proceedings. The government, and especially the electronic media regulator PEMRA, should not seek to unnecessarily extend this directive, as has been done so far, to order newspapers and TV channels not to cover the events and incidents arising out of Justice Iftikhar’s suspension and to desist from giving him any coverage.

    Such a blanket prohibition impedes the people’s right to be informed on all matters related to the chief justice’s ‘suspension’ except of course those that are sub-judice, i.e. the contents of the reference against Justice Iftikhar and the proceedings of the SJC to examine it. Also, by prohibiting any coverage of the issue, a situation may well arise in which, because of absence of any information, rumours begin to gain currency and that only serves to destabilise things further. As a first step, the government should call off the police on the lawyers and permit them to exercise their democratic right to register a peaceful protest and this should be applicable for civil society in general. As has already been pointed out by some commentators, those at the helm of affairs should realise that the rise of the information age, characterised particularly by the coming of age of the country’s electronic media (and to some extent of the Internet, especially blogs and so on), has changed everything. Clamping down on the flow of information and on dissent is next to impossible and only counter-productive. Ban a TV channel and one will find the information on the Internet or on a blog, blackout a newspaper and get the story on a web forum. The dictum that the Internet is perhaps the biggest encourager of a democratic mindset (and certainly a facilitator of a level-playing field in terms of who controls and provides information) has never been as true as now in Pakistan’s case. Now only if the country’s polity was as democratic, with its head of state and head of government, both accountable solely to the people.

  126. Roshan says:
    March 18th, 2007 7:26 pm

    Wasi Zafar for the chop? (Daily Times)
    ISLAMABAD: Federal Law Minister Wasi Zafar is set for the chop, according to reliable sources in Islamabad. The top candidate for the job is the former law minister Senator Dr Khalid Ranjha. Daily Times has learnt that the president and prime minister both have been deeply embarrassed by Zafar’s many gaffes which have made him an object of ridicule in the media. It is understood that Dr Ranjha has been closely advising the government on the legal aspects of the current situation and is staking a claim on the job on the basis of his advice and closeness to the establishment. staff report

  127. Asad says:
    March 18th, 2007 8:30 pm

    Read the Article Stand up and be counted in the Nation:
    Musaharaf and Company are going to sing and swing together:

    The President also instructed, “all the ministers must stand up and be confident while meeting the media people, as we should sing and swing together,â€

  128. Nauman says:
    March 19th, 2007 12:03 am

    Haad hai kis kisam kay loogoon kay haath main hamaray qanoon ka nizaaam hai

    I am really disappointed….

  129. Nauman says:
    March 19th, 2007 12:04 am

    Oh and he is the minister for Human Rights too

    :) this nation is doomed

  130. Ahsan Inam Ullah says:
    March 19th, 2007 3:06 am

    The Attack on GEO TV was done by same Wasi Zafar, as daily News office is situated in same building, and police was just searching for Journalist Insar Abbasi. Wasi Zafar’s Brother is army General and in his power lust he is like mad dog. We should do something for people like Wasi Zafar, what image they are portraying for pakistan?. Our Law Minister is just appointed being brother of army general, who doesn’t even know how to speak in public.As pakistanies we are most pathetic nation that people who even are not worth of selling eggs on road are enjoying ministries.

  131. Ahsan Inam Ullah says:
    March 19th, 2007 3:21 am

    and its totally absurd that the minister who is himself involved in attack on geo is condemning it. We all should spit on face of that 3rd class law minister. My best wishes are with Insar Abbasi. Durrani, The true “loota” who started his political career as media in charge of MMA, and now he for money with other party. These all people just need money.

  132. mazhar butt says:
    March 19th, 2007 12:48 pm




  133. CJ Reference says:
    March 20th, 2007 5:38 pm

    Here are the 35 charges against CJP. BBC has published a copy of reference.

    In my view, these are stupid kind of charges and looks like a joke to me. I can’t believe Mushy is getting such poor legal advice.

  134. ASLAM says:
    March 21st, 2007 4:04 pm

    So, no news of his removal. Seems like the President has actually praised him for his ‘guts’. Even the one consolation of his removal is not going to happen!

  135. Sam says:
    March 22nd, 2007 10:54 am

    Even after so much protest, Wasi Zafar is still law minister. He must be laughing at us. This explains alot about the status of ethics and morality in Pakistan. Same will happen in case of CJ too.

    I wonder how long this country can exist like this.

  136. March 22nd, 2007 2:54 pm

    He actually seemed to be a rhino :0 I dont know but here in Pakistan the least concerned people are bade the ministers. For instance, education minister should have been the last person to be made a minister for education. So same holds true for Law Minister.

  137. shaista says:
    March 24th, 2007 2:56 pm

    lol, I agree with Send Gifts to Pakistan. Wasi Zafar has a bright future in Punjabi films (even pushto if he learns to speak the language) once he dicides to retire from politics.

    My question is however, if people like Wasi Zafar are not resigning or thrown out then why we are insisting so much on cricket captain and officials resignations? They have just lost a match.

    His tone has significantly changed. Somebody must have twisted his arm for good.

  138. The Patriot says:
    March 26th, 2007 3:00 am

    Choudarys are much better than him.

  139. Lahori says:
    March 28th, 2007 12:01 am

    This whole episode seems to have disappeared out in teh blue.

    Does anyone know what happened to the Law Minister. Was there any repercussions at al for Wasi Zafar? Will there ever be?

  140. Zee says:
    March 30th, 2007 6:05 am

    CJ misbehave case’s inquiry has been completed today and report sent to SC. Lets see what happens. But I am wondering if any such inquiry was ordered against this sheeda badmaash? Sad to see that he is still a minister, Law Minister that is!

  141. KAWA1 says:
    March 31st, 2007 5:12 pm

    I believe Shida Badmaash’s elder brother is a Fauji General! Is this true? If so how can anyone ever hold an inquiry against him!!

    You remember the famous case of KPT Chairman Admiral Arshad where he siphoned off crores in his position as Chairman. The case was under investigation by a Director FIA who was ultimately summoned by the then President General Zia-Ul-Haq. The Director FIA carried the Admiral’s corruption file to Islamabad to present the fact findings to the President. Zia’s answer to this guy was simple, “Drop it and shred the file. There are so many other corruption cases to follow”. The matter was closed.

    Admiral Arshad who like Zia had the same black mark on forehead ( as kids we were all told that these people go directly to jannat…Such deception!) and were part of the same religious cult and followers of same Pir or Murshid plus both were Generals of a corrupt institution.

  142. HAMZAA says:
    April 1st, 2007 4:07 pm



  143. KAWA1 says:
    April 1st, 2007 11:58 pm

    Hamzaa. Good comment…had a good laugh. I’m sure his brother looks alike if you get him out of the general’s brass uniform..

  144. Emyour2003 says:
    April 5th, 2007 1:29 am

    Loooking for the urdu version of the book,(IN the LINE of FIRE by President MUsharraf) if any one has the link available on the net, kindly sent to
    Many THANKX

  145. Salman says:
    April 5th, 2007 3:30 am

    Hee looks like serial killer ….

  146. AHMED ALI SYED says:
    April 6th, 2007 2:49 am

    This is the misery of Pakistan that the people like Wasi Zafar are ruling our Country. I am of the view that Mr. Musharif, the President should kick them out. I haven’t witnessed any of the politicien of Pakistan who is sincere to the Country all of them are more than hungry to grab the powers and misuse their authorities.

    The precised introduction of the rulers of Pakistan is that

    “The Group who can make people fool by misleading them and who can make false promises to the people of Pakistan with ease”

    We are fed up with the Politiciens of PAKISTAN. I will encourage Mr. Musharaf to enforce Presidential system and do this favour to us soon as they have taken our nerves.


  147. Aftab Zia says:
    April 6th, 2007 7:07 am

    And I am of the view that WE should kick Musharraf and his generals out!!

    They have always created a mess for us and its about time we stand up and teach them a lesson they never forget. This is so depressing!

  148. Akif Nizam says:
    April 6th, 2007 10:25 am

    Wasi Zafar was on the Geo Show “Capital Talk” yesterday and he did not disappoint.

    1) The panel was talking about rigging during elections and Imran Khan accused the govt. of riggin elections regularly. On that Mr. Zafar proudly remarked,” jis main himmat hoti hai, woh riggin kar leta hai”. Hamir Mir had a field day with that comment, he kept repeating it throughout the show.

    2) Toward the end of the show, Hamid Mir asked him what would happen if all the opposition were to unite. To that he said, ” agar yeh sab mil jatay hain, tu in main say kuch mar jaaian gay and kuch zinda ho jaaian gay”.

  149. Adnan says:
    April 8th, 2007 9:44 am

    Imagine what is a life of a Poor person or ( safaid Poosh) in Pakistan.
    GOD Bless Pakistan

  150. Ish says:
    April 14th, 2007 10:33 am

    I saw Wasi Zafar on tv and i think people are unfairly making fun of him. Nobody loves him and he seems like a ziddi bacha. Its fun when he is talking. lol

  151. Jabir Khan says:
    April 14th, 2007 12:35 pm

    Imagine what is a life of a Poor person or ( safaid Poosh) in Pakistan.
    GOD Bless Pakistan

    They are not safe while ‘creatures’ like this are on the lose.

    Remember his slapping a poor waiter in the hotel? And his son beating a passenger who objected on crossing the line?

    God bless Pakistan and poor Pakistanis.

    Lahori wrote: This whole episode seems to have disappeared out in teh blue.

    Because we have become cowards and have lost the moral compass. This is self imposed amnesia when faced with these incidents.


    Bhai don’t insult rikshaw drivers. They have self respect as well.

  152. Ali says:
    April 16th, 2007 12:36 pm

    AOA, yaar I was actually looking for a song sung by Asad Amanat Ali khan and ended up on this forum.
    All I can say is that “hamaray hukmuran hum ma sa he chunay jatay hain”.
    For all those who think that our corrupted culture needs to be changed but living abroad for a better, safer, secure life style, Lets go back?
    Every single person from lowest to the highest grade is not performing his/her duty.(inc me)
    i hope my comments r not taken personally..if anybody feels that way, then my apologiz.

  153. Fahd says:
    April 28th, 2007 6:49 am

    It’s a shame to know that people like Wasi Zafar are running the government and our future lie in their hands. After listening to the above recording, it can be clearly judged that Ansar Abbasi was being precise and commenting on the topic given by the hosts, regarding the “Chief Justice Trialâ€

  154. Malik says:
    May 8th, 2007 10:39 am

    Alas, I wish he would have had fear of Allah, then it was not at all possible that would have treated others like this.
    But there is nothing to worry about.
    “Allah ki Laathi Bay Awaz hay”
    He will learn a lesson soon.

    Fear of Allah was the only thing which kept “UMAR ra” away from bed in the nights and made him to walk around in the city, just to make sure there is no injustice happening to anyone in his rule.
    It reminds me of the greatest quote of Human Freedom by Hazrat Umar ra. which he wrote to one of his governors.
    “Allah has created his me as Free, What made you think of them as slaves”

    It was possible that the Honorable minister would have earned respect and prestige in the eye of people, but of course he would have remained thirsty for not having such “RESPECTS” from all over the world.

  155. Malik says:
    May 8th, 2007 10:44 am

    Alas, I wish he would have had fear of Allah, then it was not at all possible that would have treated others like this.
    But there is nothing to worry about.
    “Allah ki Laathi Bay Awaz hayâ€

  156. razi says:
    May 18th, 2007 12:45 pm

    i was shocked to listen this. i was searching for the clip of wasi zafar when geo correspondent asked about him when he was in hospital. please send me that link please

  157. ali hussain says:
    June 6th, 2007 9:38 am

    shame on musharraf picking wasi kind of ppl for supporting him .” A MAN IS KNOWN BY THE COMPANY HE KEEPS” it means they all are one . shame shame and shame on them. all pskitanis should kick mushharraf and his govt.

  158. MUHAMMAD ADEEL says:
    June 8th, 2007 7:20 am

    I will term wassi zafar as the JOKER of Musharraf’s Cabinet. Certainly from no where he is worthy to be a ‘Law Minister’, the guy simply looks ignorant, uneducated the moment he starts speaking. Anyway JOKER yesterday show some unethical gestures to media persons and reporters outside while leaving national assembly session. He is simply unacceptable… but a true JOKER

  159. Zeeshan Mian says:
    June 12th, 2007 2:45 am

    Wasi Zafar is nothing is nothing but a brother of some army personal and unfortunately as in Pakistani culture under the army rule only the duffer’s related to army personal’s are being promoted.

  160. siama says:
    June 18th, 2007 9:36 pm

    wasi law minister is right

  161. zuhaib rafaqat says:
    July 9th, 2007 1:47 pm

    wasi zafer is stupid and foolish person of the president cabnt,even he dont know how to talk with other?i striclly condemn its misbehavior with mr kamran khan.

  162. Jami says:
    July 9th, 2007 11:33 pm

    Mr. Zafar is really a great man. He is doing what is inherited to him. Congratulations 4 d beaurocrats.

  163. bananafish says:
    August 11th, 2007 10:21 am

    Another little update concerning the suave, sophisticated and cultured Law Minister’s impeccable behavior.

    I came across this video clip a few days ago and thought I should post it here for all to see. All I will say about the video clip which is only 30 something seconds long is that it gets hot and humid in Pakistan and I can understand his desire to play a little “pocket snooker” although there were no pockets involved. The video link is posted hereunder:

  164. Kashif says:
    August 25th, 2007 9:57 am

    Big Arm goes privatized. His ministry is swapped with Zahid Hamid who is Law Minister now.

  165. Z Riar says:
    October 22nd, 2007 11:22 am

    I miss big arm and his funny conversations on tv. Why has he totally disappeared from television? I hardly see him in any show.

    Big Arm in ….. lol

  166. Rana Ejaz says:
    October 27th, 2007 2:36 pm

    This is funny. Where is Wasi Zafar these days? Why do people in his constituency vote for him if he is such an ill mannered person?

  167. November 3rd, 2007 11:48 am

    i am a dual national from uk who has a property in pakistan, the law in pakistan is so corrupt and disgracefull, no matters brought before the courts are resolved.
    i own a house that has been occuppied for over 2 years illegally without my consent.
    i have registered the case in the courts annd nothing has been done, no wonder why pakistan has a bad stigma of fraud and deception, i would like someone to contact me to help with this matter

  168. Mehtab Ahmed says:
    November 28th, 2007 12:14 pm

    Muslim League Quaid-i-Azam didn’t award ticket to Wasi Zafar which means we will not be able to hear his indecent conversations and acts live on tv. How disappointing is that :P. I guess Kings Party has also learned a lesson that Wasi can only bring them a bad name. Shef Afghan Niazi was also not awarded ticket initially but then Mush interfered and he got it.

  169. Murtaza says:
    January 23rd, 2008 7:28 pm

    This is the first time in my life when i feel ASHAMED of being a Pakistani.

    I have been a staunch supporter of musharraf for quite a while but after witnessing this shameful episode, I hope history repeats itself and musharraf meets the same fate as Zia ul haq.

  170. imran says:
    September 19th, 2008 1:04 am

    salam of all ,
    wasi sahib BUSY in jarawala ,

    taking comision from migistrate,police station,contractor,courts,tehsil dar ,patwari,so forth.
    he’s is very busy person.

  171. Qausain says:
    March 20th, 2009 6:05 pm

    Pehlay to main hans loo …. haahahahaha …
    bohat he mazhaya admi thay hamaray former law minister.
    Dosra is baat par hayrat hoti hay kay Musharaf saab nay kasay kasay musheer rakhay hoy thy … no doubt yahi log Musharaf saab ko bhi lay dobay or poray mulk ka bhi nuqsan hoa.

  172. November 16th, 2009 9:32 am

    our present leaders are even more bad. watch youtube what Gilani and Zardari doing.

  173. September 5th, 2010 12:45 pm

    I have just heard this after 2 years it has been posted on this site.

    I now believe that now the present day has proved that what ever Musharraf did at that time was absolutely right.

    We made this into a very confusing story then in 2007 and 2008, it was a simple reference from the President’s office and it should have been followed.

    The Supreme court should have taken its course then and the Chief Justice Iftiqar should have let the proceedings take its time.

    Its very sad that Mr. Iftiqar has made our Country Pakistan go back 20 years. He was actually the person which pressurized Musharraf to take up decision of NRO etc.

    Long Live Pakistan and i hope that Mr. Iftiqar should face his charges.


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