Pakistan: Chronology of a Political Meltdown

Posted on November 5, 2007
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Adil Najam

As I wrote yesterday, the emergency declared by Gen. Musharraf is deeply disturbing, but not really surprising. The horrendous political situation that Gen. Musharraf described in his ‘Emergency’ speech is, in fact, true.

Extremism and violence has gone out of hand. Society is deeply divided. Religion has been high-jacked and is now routinely used to incite violence. The writ of the government is being trampled. Politicians have failed and people do seek recourse in the judiciary. People are frustrated and deeply disturbed. We have been writing and discussing all of this and more on this blog repeatedly. We cannot, therefore, deny what is obvious.

However, none of this is a justification for a suspension of the Constitution and for the declaration of emergency. In fact, all this is damning evidence of government failure. A suspension of the constitution will not and cannot resolve any of these issues. It is more likely to – and has already – made each of these situations even worse.

We had written recently that Gen. Musharraf is now operating on a ‘Karr lo jo karna hai‘ philosophy… “do whatever you will, I am here to stay and will do whatever it takes.” Right now he seems to believe that an Emergency is what “it will take.” Maybe so. Maybe it will buy him a little more time to hold on to power. But, for how long? And, at what cost?

Gun at sunset in Islamabad after emergencyWe have also written before that Pakistan is a democratic society trapped inside an undemocratic state and that we are living through Pakistan’s moment of democratic struggle. Perversely, the events of the last days have again proved this thesis. The reason that Gen. Musharraf has to apply increasingly more draconian measures to hold on to power is precisely because society is progressively unprepared to maintain a patently undemocratic order. This is precisely why the targets of this current action are the two forces that have emerged as the most vibrant and important custodians of the nation’s democratic spirit: the judiciary and the media. With politicians, who seem far less interested in real democracy, you can always cut deals; less so, it seems, with the spirit of justice and free speech!

What will happen in the next few weeks? Probably, they will get worse. Just how much worse things might become, and how, will depend on what happens in the next few hours. Benazir Bhutto is back in Pakistan, but seems mysteriously silent; or at least cautious. Word is that she will speak to the Presidency soon. What comes out of this will be important. Whether the gag on the media will be permanent or not will also matter. And if it is lifted, how will the media ‘behave’? The street reaction today (Monday), especially of the legal fraternity will be another key indicator. As always in this beloved client state of ours, the reactions from Europe and Washington – including on aid continuation – will also have an effect. But ultimately, it is really about whether the democratic spirit of the Pakistani populace will be broken or not. I suspect – I hope – it will not.

To go back to the beginning of this post. The events of the last two days are disturbing, but not surprising. A review of some of the posts on this blog posted over the last year or so, shows why. The depiction below not only provides one blogs-view of a chronology of a political meltdown, it also highlights the various dimensions of the downward spiral that Pakistani politics has been slipping down on. Without any further commentary, let me just list a few of these posts. Follow some of these links and the comments there. Doing so have been educative to me, and begins to explain just why we are where we are.

Aug. 26, 2006: Nawab Akbar Bugti Killed.
Sep. 10, 2006: Spreading Lies.
Sep. 14, 2006: Monitoring Friday Sermons by Police.
Sep. 25, 2006: Rumors of an Internal Coup Cause Frenzy in Pakistan.
Sep 30, 2006: Who is Giving Pakistan a Bad Name?
Oct. 1, 2006: Grading Gen. Musharraf: A Performance Review.
Oct. 16, 2006: Democracy in Action?
Nov. 2, 2006: The Cost of Milk and Being a Lakh Patti.
Nov. 8, 2006: Allotment of Expensive Plots for Bureaucrats.
Nov. 16, 2006: The Politics of the Women’s Rights Bill.
Nov. 18, 2006: Will the MMA Resign? And if so, then what?
Nov. 21, 2006: Another Journalist Disappears in Pakistan.
Dec. 15, 2006: Supreme Court Blocks Hasba Bill.
Dec. 28, 2006: Brutally Shameful.
Dec. 31, 2006: Cost of Living: Inflation 2006?
Jan 5, 2007: The Politics of Politics.
Jan. 26, 2007: Insecurity: Suicide Blast at Marriott Islamabad.
Feb. 21, 2007: Mad Anger: Woman Minister Murdered.
Mar. 4, 2007: Kidney Hill, Karachi: The Battle Heats Up.
Mar. 7, 2007: PTCL Fumbles a Censorship Extravaganza.
Mar. 9, 2007: President Removes Chief Justice. Why?
Mar. 12, 2007: Shameful. Distressing. Disturbing.
Mar. 13, 2007: Law Minister Wasi Zafar Misbehaving on VOA.
Mar 15, 2007: Kamran Khan Show on Geo Banned.
Mar. 23, 2007: Celebrating the Democratic Spirit.
Apr. 7, 2007: Lal Masjid Assault on Islamabad.
Apr. 18, 2007: Sahil Bachao: The Battle for Karachi’s Waterfront.
Apr. 27, 2007: Benazir Musharraf Deal.
May 4, 2007: Jahalat: Polio Vaccine Campaign Facing Threats.
May 7, 2007: ATP at the Supreme Court Today.
May 12, 2007: Karachi Burning: Clashes, Firing, Violence, Deaths.
May 12, 2007: ATP Goes to Lal Masjid.
June 1, 2007: Military Inc. Causes Waves in Pakistan.
June 2, 2007: Electronic Media Under Siege in Pakistan.
June 4, 2007: Pakistan Cracks Down on TV News Channels.
June 7, 2007: Will there be Elections in Pakistan in 2007?
June 9, 2007: CJP Crisis: Where is Pakistan’s Prime Minister?
June 23, 2007: Lal Masjid Storm Chinese Massage Parlor.
July 3, 2007: Colateral Benefits: Judicial Assertiveness in Pakistan.
July 3, 2007: ‘Operation Silence’ Against Lal Masjid Islamabad.
July 10, 2007: The Gun Battle at Lal Masjid.
July 17, 2007: Suicide Bomber Targets Lawyers Rally.
July 20. 2007: Supreme Court Reinstates the Chief Justice.
July 27, 2007: The Battle for Lal Masjid Continues.
Aug. 8, 2007: Emergency Being Declared in Pakistan? But Why?
Aug. 23, 2007: Supreme Court: Nawaz Sharif Can Return to Pakistan.
Sep. 4, 2007: Bomb Blasts in Rawalpindi: Pakistan at War.
Sep. 14, 2007: Taliban and Extremists at War Against Pakistan.
Sep. 21, 2007: Manipulated Elections: Karr lo jo karna hai.
Sep. 26, 2007: Can we disagree without being disagreeable?
Sep. 29, 2007: Disturbing Images from Islamabad.
Oct. 6, 2007: Musharraf Gets Votes, But Loses Big Time.
Oct. 10, 2007: Emerging Shape of Pakistan Politics.
Oct. 18, 2007: More than 100 Dead… And Benazir Returns.
Oct. 19, 2007: The Midnight Attack.
Oct. 21, 2007: The Doctrine of Necessity.
Nov. 3, 2007: Emergency Declared in Pakistan.

98 Comments on “Pakistan: Chronology of a Political Meltdown”

  1. PatExpat says:
    November 5th, 2007 2:41 am

    From DAWN today

    We need to learn from other systems, and why not from the United States of America whose bidding we do, having no choice in the matter? As powerful as the most powerful man in the world may be, the President of the Sole Superpower, he is powerless when it comes to his own supreme court

  2. Daktar says:
    November 5th, 2007 2:41 am

    The term ‘political metdown’ is a good one. That is what it has felt like. I also agree that things will get much worse before there is any hope of them getting any better.

  3. Marc says:
    November 5th, 2007 2:42 am

    We, a German trading company, are woking together with a company from Pakistan since some years. We hope, for the people and for the economy, that the political situation will not influence Pakistan economy, because I think the political situation will be even more bad if there are more unemployment people.

  4. Daktar says:
    November 5th, 2007 2:45 am

    The first picture is appropriate. As your list of posts shows (it is a nice andrevealing list that jogs the memory) the mess we are in has not only exposed Musharraf as another Zia but also a lot of it is really of Zia’s making (specially the religious intolerance and violence part).

  5. sada says:
    November 5th, 2007 2:45 am

    No doubts that what Mushrraf sb counted in his speech and you had also mentioned in terms of prevailing situation in Pakistan constitute a fact. However, this is the failure of this regime at the most and then we can start holding any one else liable. Politicians have failed? Ok, lets assume it for a while-though they have not been given a fair chance in the recent history of Pakistan but we all know that cultivation of so called Jihadi culture is not a gift of politicians or for that purpose event not of much blamed mullahs!! It is just initially and adventure and lately a misadventure of A & A (America and Army) Go and ask an ordinary Swati about Maulana Sofi Muhammad and Maulana Fazlullah? Who has been supporting them other than Pakistani miltary establishment and the military has started selling at its best price! Be it a Jihad or anti-Jihad, we should decide not to play dirty US game and this is the start and end of whole problem. Najam bhai say it loudly. Believe me, mullah

  6. Abizaib says:
    November 5th, 2007 3:02 am

    Something no one is talking about is Benazir’s Corruption charges that SC was not willing to drop. All the focus is on Musharraf’s presidential legitimacy. What if both Musharraf and Benazir were getting into trouble at the same time? What if Benazir was sent to Dubai as per plan and then the imposition of Martial Law? What if all this is one big game – Mush-Benazir style?

  7. libertarian says:
    November 5th, 2007 3:15 am

    Looks like Dawn is shut down. All Op-Eds have disappeared. At the bottom of the front page is the foll:
    Note: Make sure to reload these pages so you’re viewing the current version.

  8. temporal says:
    November 5th, 2007 3:16 am


    it all boils down to the people. if they come out on the streets in numbers they can force yet another coup by kiani…

    if they do not come out in the streets…then pakistan will continue to flounder…and yet another opportunity will be lost

    classic hard place and rock!

  9. Adonis says:
    November 5th, 2007 3:26 am

    @ Abizaib,

    Justice Wajihuddin is echoing your point. He has said that this martial law has been declared with the approval of the beneficiaries of NRO aka Benazir and Altaf.

  10. Yousuf says:
    November 5th, 2007 3:27 am

    Maybe we should accept the fact that we are a set of TROUBLED people. We may never find ourselves agreeing to anything in unison (and thats ok since it’s democracy… right?).

    Our people will do anything to prove their point, whatever they have at their disposal. There’re guns, rockets, suicide attacks, rallies, batons, dandays, spray paints. Then there’re judges, suo motos, ordinances, media, emergency+, the general, the BB, politicians, rallies, jalsays. This gave rise to some disturbing combos as well; judges in rallies, suicide attacks in rallies, a general in a rally. The list is long and the combinations are endlessly dangerous.

    Something was needed to keep them separate. Maybe it’s for the best. Let’s pray.

  11. Junaid says:
    November 5th, 2007 3:35 am



    Send it to all of your friends!


  12. SH Kavi says:
    November 5th, 2007 3:42 am

    I think if we look at the recent history of two countries , namely, Ukraine and Czech Republic, we will learn something from their experiences .The “Orange ” Revolution in Ukraine and “Velvet” in Czech Republic can give us great inspiration for assembling, organizing, and protesting peacefully.Mass media can play a critical role in disiminating the information to the masses.

  13. sada says:
    November 5th, 2007 3:43 am


    You arev raising a strong point as BB and Mushrraf entered a deal which was taken up by the Supreme Court and an injunction has also been issued in that regard. Today’s Asghar Khan’s comment is also critical in this regard that BB will speak against this for couple of days and then she will enter in an arrnagement with Musharraf on the name of preserving national interest. What a great loss we have suffered in deed. Supreme Court could not deliver detailed judgements in so many important cases such as Steel Mill provatization etc. and now most the judges have sent homes and technically speaking those judgements will never appear. All record of “clean” government will disappear in one go…such a huge loss!

  14. Abizaib says:
    November 5th, 2007 3:56 am

    @SH Kavi

    Kavi, if you notice and read more you will find out that those colored revolutions were due to direct sponsorship of the US. I am not sure if we want to be inspired by such a setup.

    @Adonis @sada
    Actually I don’t want to take credit for this BB corruption and BB-Musharraf deal points. The only place I read this was at a Pakistani Blog Pak Affairs ( Author went into great detail explaining what’s going on in Pakistan with historical context. I recommend you check that one out too. He seems balanced in his views. I think the title is Martial Law Lite…

  15. Adonis says:
    November 5th, 2007 3:56 am

    The News is reporting that Benazir is arriving in Islamabad today for talks with Musharraf.

  16. Shaji says:
    November 5th, 2007 4:02 am

    I agree with Abizaib in the other comment. I think this coming revolution (if I’m interpreting the signs correctly) should not only be against Mush and Mulla but also the third term for BB as well, which again would be illegal, but some of us might accept it.

    Isn’t it time we stop settling for the lesser of two evils?

  17. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    November 5th, 2007 4:06 am

    Adil Najam,

    Reality of the Day

    The two masks, yes but the original one is missing, Yehya
    Khan’s Cheif Martial law Adminitrator (Civil)
    Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto !!!! the master mind of Ayub’s
    overthrow and new Martial Law of Yehya,
    beating around the bush does serve any thing, historical
    truth should be hidden.

  18. Shaji says:
    November 5th, 2007 4:09 am

    RUMOR ALERT!!! Kiani is thinking about this very thing.

  19. SH Kavi says:
    November 5th, 2007 4:21 am


    I will be greatly offended if someone equates BB with revolution.

  20. Shaji says:
    November 5th, 2007 4:34 am

    I would never equate BB with revolution. I was/am saying that we should revolt against her as well.

  21. Aadil says:
    November 5th, 2007 4:53 am

    I’ve already heard a few people here in Islamabad talking about a coup against Musharraf. I’ve checked all the possible websites for the spreading news but haven’t got anything. May be its a rumour circling around..

  22. Adonis says:
    November 5th, 2007 4:55 am

    @ Aadil

    Technically its musharraf who has staged a coup so anything else like that will be counter-coup..

  23. Adonis says:
    November 5th, 2007 4:59 am


    Spokesman of President House says that musharraf is not incommunicado and the news of coup are just rumours.

  24. sada says:
    November 5th, 2007 5:02 am

    President house in islamabad had issued a press clarification declaring all rumours rubbish and wrong. In fact I have very little hope from miltary bosses in Pakistan and even if they are going to so thats wrong to replace one regime with another with wrong hopes. Lets people standup and bring some change.

  25. Junaid says:
    November 5th, 2007 5:06 am

    We should desire and change and definitely works towards it BUT let’s not make the mistake again and ask for coup by Kiyani but “coup” by people and then ensure the rule of law. That is the only way we can progress as a nation.

  26. sada says:
    November 5th, 2007 5:07 am

    Look, the most humble and soft spoken legal mind in the country who si a sitting judge and has never spoken earlier on such issues is also sounding out his discontent! Justice Rana Bhagwan Das (I wonder that Pakistani websites are also writing him ex-judge!!) said today that he is still SC judge and that 7 judges of the supreme court have issued an injunction against any emergency order plus PCO. He has termed every thing which is going on illegal.

  27. Shaji says:
    November 5th, 2007 5:08 am

    Ah well… back to the revolution :(

  28. Aadil says:
    November 5th, 2007 5:22 am

    Please, sign the online petition and oppose the offenisive act of declaraing emergency on part of the current regime ….

  29. November 5th, 2007 5:30 am

    Adil Bhai,

    As usual you have hit the nail on the head especially in highlighting government failure in tackling extremism and the like. This martial law is a charge sheet against Mush himself and I can’t believe he has put a gun to the head of 160m people only to renew his power, to think I once supported this usurper in his early days makes me sick.



  30. November 5th, 2007 5:34 am

    I can not agree with you that:
    “Extremism and violence has gone out of hand. Society is deeply divided. Religion has been high-jacked and is now routinely used to incite violence” ,
    We must not forget that Religion has always been under control of the Mullahs from the beginning they have always been fighting over petty issues. The question of Jihad has always been a matter of debate between the polarized sociey of sub-continent. Since the times of British rule , Jihad was always the question which created rifts among the muslims, even Ahmedi question had also roots in the same question of Jihad.
    Then just recently in 80′s Jihad was again a question of great debate, when there were people fighting the so-called Jihad in Afghanistan.
    Then the question of Shariat has also been from the time of Jinnah, even during the movement for Pakistan, people were divided on question of Shariat in Pakistan, How can you forget Tahrik-i-Nizam Mustafa, then Shariat Bill of General Zia and Nawaz Sharif and then Islamic front.
    Then religion has always been used to incite violence. This violence has sometimes been bloody. I’ll take the liberty of choosing “Ghazi Ilm Deen Shaheed” case as an example. Then recently in 80′s and early 90′s fighting between shia’s and sunni in Pakistan is a great example of using religion to incite violence.
    So our society has always been deeply divided. Religion has always been used to incite violence.
    Now the question “Extermism and violence has gone out of hand?” is misleading. Whose hands are these. Let me tell you the Extermism and Violence should be in the control of Government. It is the hands of Government of they day , whose hands it can go out of control. And this has always been under the control of Government, even British government.
    But the truth now is that our General and his army needs extermism and violence to be out control. They are life line is associated with the growth of violence and extermism in the society. Let me give you the most recent example.
    Our tinpot General came on television and told a balatant lie , that the Supreme court was helping terrorists and releasing them. The two so-called judges Nawaz Abbasi and Javaid Butter were the hearing the case of Lal Masjid on a Suo Moto notice of Nawaz Abbasi. Both of these Judges have taken oath under PCO. This was great conspiracy against the upright judges of the supreme court. General is trying to fool US and Western countries by telling them that he is fighting their war on terror. He is actually supporting the terrorists. How rediculous it is to say that

  31. SH Kavi says:
    November 5th, 2007 5:52 am

    One should never underestimate the power of well-organized, non-violent, and peaceful protest. It puts you on moral high ground and it devastates the resolve of oppressor.

  32. Qandeel says:
    November 5th, 2007 6:01 am

    I might’ve been blind before but to me all the hues of dictatorship are now coming to light. It is disgusting. To have your country in such a stranglehold, and blab nonsense on TV to justify the choke, goes on to show the despicable impunity Mush commands.

    What kind of a speech was that? I might’ve given him half an ounce of sympathy if he weren’t reading off pieces of paper (a state of emergency plus plus plus and he can’t give a speech ad hoc?) in a horrible Urdu machismo accent… and then quoting Lincoln!? The audacity.

    I thought Condoleeza Rice looked like a crook with those evil slit-eyes but Mush outdid her.

  33. omar r. quraishi says:
    November 5th, 2007 6:16 am

    BTW the police has arrived at Jang

  34. November 5th, 2007 6:59 am

    SH Kavi Saab,

    I agree with you 100%, peaceful protest shows our moral superiority over Mush’s vile actions so I urge the people of Pakistan to resist peacefully in their millions, please heed my call as at



  35. Haider says:
    November 5th, 2007 8:39 am

    I don’t get the point, we people keep on blaming our rulers but the rulers are but just a reflection of society. Until and unless we don’t reform ourselves we will continue to get rulers like musharraf and most likely much worse.

  36. Shehzad Ahmed Mir says:
    November 5th, 2007 10:28 am

    I agree with Adil on all fronts. This emergency is indeed due to governments failure to control events in Pakistan. However let us not acquit other major players such as the media, the TV channels, the newspapers, the magazines, who have played a very big role in bringing this about. And please, just by saying that innocent media is just the mirror of our social ills, is not suffice to bail them out of this. Then we also have the Courts. Supreme Court was becoming the ”WAPDA Complain office” and pretty soon they would have hung a Mughal Bell outside the court room. Anyone could ding dong and get justice!!

    Everyone here seems to be the expert on analyzing the problem. Question is What would you have done given the same situation and ground realities if you’d been in the shoes of the emperor? Waiting for your next blog to address this Adil.

  37. Lal Salaam says:
    November 5th, 2007 10:29 am

    Big protests today outside LHC. Protest in LUMS as well. This is what makes me proud to be a Pakistani..WE RESIST, however dark the hour…….

  38. Sohail Agha says:
    November 5th, 2007 10:43 am

    This is what the ‘Full Human Being’s media’ Financial Times wrote today….(Our own being not yet Human Enough to have the Rights according to the in-effective subcontractor (thekedar)

    ”A desperate power grab in Pakistan

    ….That is wholly bogus. Gen Musharraf is not acting to protect his country

  39. BitterTruth says:
    November 5th, 2007 10:43 am

    The logic that rulers are from society is only partially applicable here. The more appropriate case is when the people have selected someone. As we all know Musharraf was NOT selected by us to rule on us. He was selected to led the army, which arguably, was best to do.
    The role of army has crippled us and army as well. The respect we had for them is long gone. They always start looking to overthrow the democratic government…khoon lag gaya hai is kay munh ko…

  40. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    November 5th, 2007 11:07 am

    up till now only lawyers are out and being” rattled”

    where is the left seculars/Liberals/ marxists/ maoist
    Roshan Khayal sex free freeks.??? they seemed to be
    very enthusiatics and ” militants”.

  41. Ahsan says:
    November 5th, 2007 11:13 am

    “Pakistan is a democratic society trapped inside an undemocratic state”


  42. jk says:
    November 5th, 2007 11:13 am

    Lal Salaam. The time to resist was about 20 years ago. Now people are resisting when things almost can’t get any worse. Pakistan is one inch away from becoming another Burma.

  43. MQ says:
    November 5th, 2007 11:50 am

    I listened to Musharraf

  44. Sohail Agha says:
    November 5th, 2007 11:54 am

    Breaking News on SKY News:

    ”Miliband calls on Musharraf to honour commitment to resign as army chief and lift media restrictions immediately”

  45. Adnan Ahmad says:
    November 5th, 2007 11:58 am

    The line at the top right is the most powerful from the poem, the ATP credo, which has been much dicussed here. I have been mesmerized by this line ever since I was a child.

    Hum deikhein gey

    LAAZIM HEY key hum bhi Daikhain gey

    That’s Faiz!

    Musharraf’s journey on the downward spiral has been astounding to say the least. Not too long ago when he visited the U.S. he sounded like a man with a vision, the best available leader for Pakistan. People followed him wherever he went and spoke. For reasons that have been discussed in detail on this blog and in the this post he has effectively changed that image forever and it should be a moment of reckoning for him that people have started comparing him with Zia. Zia, the Lucifer.

    That said, the politicians whose ineptitude made Musharraf a star are still there and still very much the same. Nawaz Sharif LIED on the record that he didn’t sign any agreement to leave and a week later admitted. Benezir, as Adil once mentioned, gave up everything that her father might once have stood for and looks very very unimpressive. Others, one could write an essay on their goofups and hollowness. The tragedy is that people are looking for a savior with character and credibility and they don’t have one. People are depressed not just because what Musharraf has done but because others pretending to be the saviors would have taken almost exactly the same actions if they were in power. If taken back to 96 Benezir may choose Amin Faheem or even Asif Zaradari over Farooq Laghari to remain in power. Nawaz Sharif may give Ali Quli Khan a chance over Musharraf.. The list would go on.. Dishonesty and Corruption is what is killing us. From top to the down it has plagued the country and it has now turned into cancer. On a tangent about few judges taking oath yesterday.. a friend commented.. “yaar aik car aur thoray protocol key liyai kiaa kartey ho..khoaf karo”

  46. Roshan says:
    November 5th, 2007 12:29 pm

    @ Adnan,
    Your comments are so valid that it should be part of original post.
    Just to add a little bit on your point “tragedy is that people are looking for a savior with character and credibility”. No doubt people are looking for a credible savior, but history shows that leadership emerges out of this situation. For instance ZA Bhutto did not have that popularity unless he disembarked from Ayub’s camp and went for hunger strike and got huge public support.
    Even Justice Chaudhry and Aitezaz Ahsan got so much support and respect in the country within the period of four months and are considered as the icons of Independence of Judiciary.
    This resistance in the coming days will be instrumental for the emergence of sincere and dynamic leadership.

  47. Raza Rumi says:
    November 5th, 2007 12:48 pm

    Adnan Ahmad
    Well said – most pertinent. This is our real dilemma (and misfortune).

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  49. Abid says:
    November 5th, 2007 1:52 pm

    There are many reasons for the mess in our

  50. ayesha sajid says:
    November 5th, 2007 2:03 pm

    i once quoted a line from Khalil Gibran , i feel all of it needs to be shared here …. how apt …

    Pity the nation that does not wear the cloth it weaves, eats the bread it does not harvest.
    Pity the nation that acclaims the bully as hero and that deems the glittering conqueror bountiful.
    Pity the nation that despises a passion in its dream yet submits in its awakening.
    Pity the nation that raises not its voice save when it walks in a funeral, boasts not except among its ruins, and will rebel not save when its neck is laid betweent the sword and the block.
    Pity the nation whose statesman is a fox, whose philosopher is a juggler, and whose art is the art of patching and mimicking.

    Pity the nation that welcomes its new ruler with trumpeting and farewells him with hooting, only to welcome another with trumpeting.

    Pity the nation whose sages are dumb with years and whose strong men are yet in the cradle.
    Pity the nation divided into fragments, each fragment deeming itself a naion.

    We are indeed a nation to be pitied !

  51. November 5th, 2007 2:28 pm

    “God helps those who help themselves”

    Can all of us start a campaign by tying a black ribbon on our right arm in protest to the illegal acts committed? Do we have that level of courage to start with?

  52. Loren says:
    November 5th, 2007 2:28 pm

    Thank you for the discussions. Shanta Devarajan, Chief Economist of the World Bank South Asia Region, comments on his blog ( about the situation in Pakistan and are inviting people to share their views on this important matter.

  53. Umar Shah says:
    November 5th, 2007 3:22 pm

    As we bicker amongst ourselves, try to figure out who to blame, figure out whether this is another conspiracy with players such as the US govt, Musharraf, Benazir or the Army…all is eerily quiet on the mullah/terrorist/extremist/live and let die front or as it is geographically known as our ‘tribal areas’. We dont see any photos of these extremist being pulled at, beaten, lathi-charged, that treatment is only reserved for the educated, unarmed and reasonable majority of Pakistan. Aren’t the terrorists one the main reasons why this emergency has been imposed?

  54. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    November 5th, 2007 4:01 pm

    Pakistani Nation’s dilema,

    Listen before its too late !! otherwise

    Tumhari Dasta’n tak bhi ne hoggi Dastanon main !!

    ” When you as a nation become bad and corrupt with
    an open revolt against Almighty, then you will be
    governed by “Hakims ” who are even worst than you.”

    Just look at ourselves.!!!!

    ” I don’t change people’s situation who does not
    change from deep inside.”

  55. Viqar Minai says:
    November 5th, 2007 4:16 pm

    Aaj TV news is reporting more than a thousand lawyers arrested , and some media personnel as well, during protests across the major cities in Pakistan (including Lahore, Karachi, Gujranwala, Peshawar …).

    In a statement CJ Iftikhar Chaudhry has termed the emergency unconstitutional and illegal, and Justice Bhagwandas has defiantly insisted that he remains a SC justice.

    International pressure is increasing.

    Attorney General has reportedly said that the parliamentary elections will be held on Jan. 8/08. I am baffled as to how he can be making such statements while the EC remains completely silent. Even the general’s official spokesman is unaware of what the attorney general knows.

  56. November 5th, 2007 5:18 pm

    This man will split pakistan into many pieces.He is working on western agenda.He has attacked the very foundation of Pakistan.Wake up from your deep slumber before its too late.he has to be confronted.Musharaf is a wreckless gung ho.

    Animals in west enjoy more rights than humans in muslim countries.Why is there no democracy in any muslim country?Is it against the very spirit of religion?Why Pakistanis are waiting for international community to intervene,afterall the rest of the world fought for their rights themselves.Musharaf has openly denied Paksitanis of human rights and democracy in his speech.I wonder what moral grounds will west find to support this “megallomaniac” who is their partner in so called war agianst terror.

  57. Sidra says:
    November 5th, 2007 5:23 pm

    Jeevay Jeevay Junglistan…

  58. November 5th, 2007 5:43 pm

    I lost in Kargil and Army lost its confience in its self forever. I destroyed parliment in 1999 and now I destroyed the justice system o Pakistan.I am the most intelliget,Loyal and brave leader of history.Koi Shak.

  59. Ahmad R. Shahid says:
    November 5th, 2007 5:44 pm

    Even though there is always the silver lining in the clouds, but what if that silve lining is too dim now? What if we descend into chaos ala Burma? What if protests, if any, fizzle out due to police high handedness?

    That Pakistan would be much more horrible than it is now. I wonder if all this talk of “revolution” and “democratic change” doesn’t really materialize and we face even worse dictatorship and Mush is replaced by another military dictator?

  60. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    November 5th, 2007 5:46 pm

    Dr. F Rasool

    because we muslims (if its true) are nothing but
    immitators, monkeys, mentaly colonized, stooges
    of the colonials, with blind eye, and we don’t want
    to be criticised for that,
    Dr. Saheb, when we become corrupt and bad, then
    we are rules by people even worst than us .

    Please think over it.

  61. RJ says:
    November 5th, 2007 6:24 pm
  62. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    November 5th, 2007 6:36 pm

    Pervaiz Musharraf,


    Your first message was sabotaged, then sombody helped
    your PS and taught him simple English, It happens with
    Bush as well, no problem Sir, but tell us, Ban Ki Moon
    has also farted, why ??who the hell he is ?? it reminds me
    of Bade Ghulam Ali’s golden thumri:

    tori tirchii Najaria key Ban, ho krajwa mien lagii……..

    Sir, app nay Dunda chala dia hey, app chuppay howay
    nazariatti Chooron par kab Yalghaar karen gay ??
    jo Pemra kay pichay chuppay howay hein
    aur jo Lal Salaam kertay phir rehay hein !!!
    aur jo na’ara lagatay hein pichlay 60′ salon say:

    Hum Dekhain gay, app unhein kab Dekha’en gay ???

  63. Ahmad R. Shahid says:
    November 5th, 2007 6:38 pm

    There is no choice but to hang Musharraf now.

  64. Ahmad R. Shahid says:
    November 5th, 2007 6:45 pm

    There is only one risk in hanging Musharraf, that of sympathy wave for him. Even hanging of the most cruel dictators, such as Saddam Hussein, brings tears. That might make him a hero for some, specially the Army. So the solution lies not in assassinating or hanging Musharraf but to die his own political or natural death, which of course he would, being mortal. That way he won’t become a hero of any sub-section of the society and would be good for the long-term advancement of the society, which is greatly hampered by the IDIOT Army.

  65. Adam Insaan Khan says:
    November 5th, 2007 6:52 pm

    -”The operation was succesfull,
    -but the patient died”

    -or is it ………. the ” patience ” died” ?????????

  66. Adam Insaan Khan says:
    November 5th, 2007 6:59 pm

    - by the way , Generals are not good surgeons, so
    what could the outcome be anyway,
    May Allah show Mercy on Pakistan,
    after this traumatizing operation, dont hope that there will be too many “post-operational complications”.

  67. maniza says:
    November 5th, 2007 7:03 pm

    Here it is, Faiz sahib’s poem translated by my other and and I today.

    Today In the market place, though chained and fettered walk!
    The misty eye, the fiery spirit , not enough
    The allegations of intense love, not enough

    Today in the market place, chained and fettered walk !
    Walk waving your arms– dance in ecstasy, walk!
    Walk to protest in sorrow, walk with blood splattered clothes, walk!
    Destiny awaits you, walk!

    The masters too, the masses too.
    The arrow of accusations too, the stones of abuse too,

    The unhappy daybreak too, the failed day too.
    Who else is their companion other then us?

    In the city of the beloved who is defiant?
    Who is worthy of the executioner’s hand?
    Take courage, wounded ones, walk!
    Let us once again go to be murdered–friends, walk!

    Aaj Baazar Mein pa bajaulan chalo

    Chasme naam jane shorida kafi nahin
    Tuhmat e ishq e poshida kafi nahin

    Aaj bazaar mein pa bajaulan chalo
    Dast afashan chalo mast or raqsan chalo
    Khak bar sar chalo khun ba daman chalo
    Rah takta hai sab shahr e janan chalo

    Hakim e shahr bhi majma e am bhi
    Tir e ilzam bhi sange dushnam bhi

    Sobho nashad bhi roz e nakam bhi
    Inka dam saz apne siwa kaun hai

    Shahr e janan mein ab ba safa kaun hai
    Dast e qatil ke shayan raha kaun hai.
    Rakht e dil bandh lo, dil fagaro chalo
    Phir hamin qatl hoaen yaro chalo.

  68. Sadiq says:
    November 5th, 2007 7:33 pm

    Adil Bhai:
    Very well written article. God bless you.

  69. Javaid Aziz says:
    November 5th, 2007 7:44 pm

    From Daily Times. This is the legal situation.

    Former judge, former DAG question PCO by COAS

    Staff Report

    KARACHI: Justice (retd) Mushtaq Ahmed Memon and former Deputy Attorney General Barrister M. Naim-ur-Rehman have challenged the Provisional Constitution Order (PCO-2007) before the Sindh High Court through their counsel Anwar Mansoor Khan, former Advocate General Sindh.

    The petitioners made the President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Prime Minister and Secretary Cabinet Division respondents. They stated that they, in the name of imposing an emergency, have in fact imposed military rule, are in excess of authority, have put the Constitution of Pakistan in abeyance, and have thrust upon the people of Pakistan a PCO.

    The respondents have no authority to impose upon the people of Pakistan a supra constitutional order/extra-constitutional measures by an individual, being contrary to the law and the constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, they maintained.

    The petitioners also relied on an order passed by a seven-member bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan filed by Barrister Aitezaz Ahsan on behalf of Justice (Rtd) Wajihuddin Ahmed, who expressed the apprehension that the respondent may change the composition of the bench by adopting extra-constitutional measures by either putting in place Martial Law, or bringing the PCO, or imposing an emergency.

    They maintained that the matter was taken up on Nov 3 by a seven-member bench which restrained the president and the PM from taking any such action contrary to the independence of the judiciary. This included fresh oaths under the PCO or any other extra-constitutional step.

    The Chief of Army Staff, Corps Commanders, Staff Officers and all concerned of the civil and military authorities were also restrained from acting on the PCO which has been issued or from administering fresh oaths to the Chief Justice of Pakistan or judges of the Supreme Court and the chief justices or judges of the provincial high courts.

    The Nov 3 order was communicated to the SHC before the PCO was passed, whereby the respondent and the functionaries were restrained from doing what has been stated in the order. Despite this, the respondents, in blatant disregard of the lawful order passed by seven judges of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, issued the PCO, committing contempt of court, in addition to violating the order.

    In the SHC, 12 out of 27 judges were called upon to take a fresh oath. The petitioner submitted that all the judges knew of the order by virtue of Article 189 of the Constitution (all decisions being binding on all the courts), and a lawful order was binding on every court including the SHC. In addition, Article 190 requires all the executives to act in aid of the SCP, the petitioners maintained.

    The respondents, contrary to the provisions of the Constitution, proceeded to issue the PCO and gave direction for its implementation. The directions were unlawful, illegal and void, they submitted.

    The petitioners maintain that the present disposition, thrust by the executive cannot be deemed to be a high court in terms of Articles 192, 193 and 194 of the Constitution, whereas any further judges are appointed under the PCO and in contravention of Article 193 of the Constitution cannot be deemed to be judges of the court.

    The respondents, their agents, employees, subordinates or the like have no jurisdiction in law or the constitution to remove or restrain, directly or indirectly, any judge or the Chief Justice of the Sindh High Court, except under Article 209 of the Constitution. As such the respondents, in doing so, especially in view of the Constitution and the order of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, have acted to subvert the constitution and act contrary to it. The facilities lawfully granted to the judges cannot be withdrawn or curtailed and in doing so the respondents have acted unlawfully. They submitted that this may be treated as public interest litigation.

    The petitioners maintained that the act of calling upon the judges to take a fresh oath under the PCO was illegal, corum non judice, and of no legal effect and that the respondents had no jurisdiction to prescribe a fresh oath and to restrain the judges from performing their constitutional functions as judges of the SHC, especially in view of the order dated Nov 3.

    The respondents were obliged to act under Article 189 and 190 of the Constitution and refrain from issuing the PCO and any of them had no jurisdiction, authority or justification to place the Constitution in abeyance.

    A situation does not exist where an emergency could have been imposed.

    The court was prayed to declare that the PCO dated Nov 3 is ultra vires the constitution and any order and any action passed on the basis thereof is corum non juris, to declare that all the actions contrary to the order dated Nov 3 passed by the Supreme Court of Pakistan is unlawful, corum non judice, void and of no legal effect; to order implementation of the order passed by a seven-member bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan in letter and spirit and to direct the respondents accordingly, to restrain the respondents, the government functionaries, their servants, subordinates and persons acting for them or on their behalf, from taking any action contrary to the Nov 3 order and if any action has been taken, to undo them.

  70. Khairulbashar Siddiqui says:
    November 5th, 2007 7:55 pm

    I will say it again. It is easy to blame Musharraf. But do we have a single good person in Pakistan at higher level. If Judiciary council would have proved that all the references against CJ was wrong than I can say that Musharraf is wrong.
    Unfortunately he was as corrupt as any other ” so called pakistani politician”. Without musharraf you will have the government of Taliban minded extremist, which is worse than any thing. Wake up , democracy can not give you a secure Pakistan, when Majority is bad.

  71. Asad says:
    November 5th, 2007 8:36 pm

    3000 unarmed people have been arrested, beaten and tortured and you think the country is secure?????
    Unbelievable….. How can you justify this…
    As I am writing this ARY is reporting that in Lahore alone 1200 hundred unarmed lawyers have been arrested. In Karachi they are holding 50 Lawyers for the last 2 hours in a prisoner transport vehicle.
    This is shameful and horrible.

  72. Mutazalzaluzzaman Tarar says:
    November 5th, 2007 8:07 pm

    “Without musharraf you will have the government of Taliban minded extremist, which is worse than any thing. Wake up , democracy can not give you a secure Pakistan, when Majority is bad.”

    Are you blind? Have you ever lived in Pakistan? Do you know anything about Pakistan? The most popular parties in Pakistan are the PPP and PML-N both of which are not “Taliban-minded extremist” parties. They each have their set of problems but extremists they are not. “Taliban-minded extremists” have never held any significant power in Pakistan. Only time they have been successful is under dictatorship. As they say, dictatorship needs extremism and extremism needs dictatorship. We didn’t have suicide bombings going on in Pakistan under any of the much-reviled democratic governments.

    I expect such poorly thought out and ill-informed drivel from a redneck gora but not from a supposed Pakistani who posts as Khairulbashar Siddiqui. Every Pakistani knows that the likes of Jamat-e-Islami and JUI, etc (who despite being right-wing parties are not as extreme as Taliban) are considered a joke in Pakistan. They have never wielded any serious political clout and they never will. The only real players in Pakistani politics are PPP and PML-N – neither of which are extremist parties. If you’re a Pakistani, you should know that.

  73. Kruman says:
    November 5th, 2007 9:12 pm

    Jusitce Ramday, Justice Bhagwandas, Justice Raza Khan talk to media from their residences where they are being held under solitary confinement. Catch the videos here:

  74. Parvez says:
    November 5th, 2007 9:52 pm

    I see lot of anger and hopelessness. There are no leaders to direct the people. There is fear and depression. There are no freedoms at national level. I know ordinary Pakistanis are resourceful. This could be redirected into something positive. Here is my humble suggestion:
    Take the current situation as a challenge and opportunity. Start with small steps and see what happens. In your local area, go out and say hello to your neighbors and see if they are doing ok and if need be offer help in small things. If meet any policemen or army Jawan don

  75. M. KAZMI says:
    November 5th, 2007 10:17 pm

    Dr. Najam, heard your very good commentary on NPR this morning on the situation in Pakistan. Do you have an internet link to it that you can share?

  76. Reluctant Expatriate says:
    November 5th, 2007 9:38 pm

    The current situation in Pakistan parallel to the events of 1979 in Iran. A brutal army dictator is opposed by the religious right as well as the secular middle class. The religious right in Iran took advantage of the secular middle class to out the despot dictator first. Thereafter the religious right got rid of the secular element to bring Iran to the present day regime. I do hope the secular movement realise this and careful to not align with the Taliban elements.

  77. Israr says:
    November 5th, 2007 10:23 pm

    Position statment
    Independence of judiciary is fundamental element of a state and Pakistan’s current situation demands all the civil society in general and legal fraternity in particular to come together and demand respect and independence of judiciary in Pakistan, We believe that it is important not for Pakistan and Pakistanis but citizens of the world to declare this assault at the judiciary as reprehensible. We request all those that value a civil and peaceful coexistence work to ensure that The Supreme Court and High Court be allowed to exercise their constitutional mandate and their power be restored. we invite you to issue an unequivocal condemnation of the acts directed against the court and continue to recognize the Legal fraternity ” s position that they recognize the court as it exists under the constitution and not as under a provisional (un) constitutional order.
    Pakistan bar council position is both morally and legally correct that the Court under the constitution continues to enjoy the mandate given to it as per the constitution.It is a battle between rule of Law and Rule of the Gun and we ask you to be on the side of rule of Law .
    Please comment as I plan to reach out based on the response

  78. Basit says:
    November 5th, 2007 10:37 pm

    I want to know if there’s some meaningful way in which I can register my protest against this move. I think there has to be something more organized.
    Is there some website, or can the webmasters set up something? It could be something where even Musharraf’s supporters (I’ll reserve my comments on those morons) could register their views.
    We need to become more organized if something is to come out of this.

  79. Nauman says:
    November 5th, 2007 10:48 pm

    Israr. I like the wording of your petition. We should propagate this point. Stand with the lawyers in Pakistan and not accept the removal of the Justices. Can we start getting support for the petition somewhere?

  80. sada says:
    November 6th, 2007 1:22 am

    here is an article from today’s The News. Just go and see what is being written in urdy in Jang and then what is the stance in english newspapers. I think government is closely maintaining a censorship on urdy media as it is largely read in the masses:
    Back to square one

    Tuesday, November 06, 2007
    Dr Shahid Masood

    “One of the true tests of leadership is the ability to recognise a problem before it becomes an emergency.”

  81. Kruman says:
    November 6th, 2007 1:48 am


  82. omar r. quraishi says:
    November 6th, 2007 6:59 am

    Editorial, The News, Nov. 6, 2007

    Filling the jails

    The country’s jails are fast filling up as ever greater numbers of miscreants and extremists, dangerous men and women all, arrive at their gates. They come by the van-load, bumped and bruised, battered and beaten, having been detained after being caught red-handed in the act of committing a felony — a felony usually taking the form of standing in the road and waving a banner or, at the more serious end of the spectrum, shouting a slogan. This includes hundreds of lawyers who have been brutally beaten and arrested nationwide as well as members of civil society voicing their protest against the whims of one man bent on pushing the country to ruin. Some of those newly sampling life in jail have clearly crossed the boundary into out-and-out terrorism — they have declared themselves to be politicians, no less, and have been duly carried off to await an uncertain fate.

    Curiously, none of these dangers to the security of the nation appear to have been — at the time of their arrest or detention — in possession of anything more lethal than a fine legal mind, a couple of ball-pens and some hastily scribbled notes. Some of them come equipped with the kind of intellect that can stop a man dead in his tracks at a hundred meters. Others possess yet more dangerous weaponry — they have the ability to string half-a-dozen words together coherently whilst at the same time holding several conflicting ideas in their head at the same time — self-evidently, they are all individuals likely to shake the pillars of society to their foundations. Which is why they are being locked up

  83. omar r. quraishi says:
    November 6th, 2007 7:08 am

    Editorial, The News, Nov. 6, 2007

    US role & reaction

    The United States is in a real soup after the second Musharraf coup against his own self. Statements of top US leaders betray a sense of helplessness in the White House, the State Department and the Pentagon. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has come out strongly demanding that Musharraf should quit his army post and Pakistan should move towards elections under the constitution. She also said America would review its aid package to Pakistan and implicitly, but belatedly, also admitted to a serious US policy flaw in relying too much on Musharraf which Washington has been doing for the past six years. Defence Secretary Robert Gates on Monday asked Musharraf to return his country to a law-based, constitutional and democratic rule as soon as possible saying that the state of emergency and suspension of the constitution was a disturbing development. A White House spokesman chipped in, saying that the move was unfortunate. The defence secretary further said that the US was reviewing all assistance programmes and the Pentagon also later said that it was suspending its annual defence talks in Islamabad scheduled to begin today. Influential US senators have been talking even tougher. The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Democratic Senator Joe Biden, has been severely critical of the Bush administration’s “Musharraf policy” saying that this is why Washington’s options are now limited. He also said that he would be pushing the US president for a review of the relationship to make it focus on channelling aid to help moderates in Pakistan.

    Another influential member of the US Senate, Republican Senator Arlen Specter said he would not support American aid to Pakistan with the new development since these were against the cause of democracy. The senator said that America needed to get “very tough with the dictator”. It should be remembered that these are not empty words, because those who have spoken them do have the power to influence policymaking in America. Many US think-tanks and analysts had been for days cautioning the Bush administration of the consequences of a policy that relied too much on a dictator who was fast losing popularity and his grip on power — and their warnings have now become reality. A change in US policy is thus very much on the cards, especially when one considers that both houses of Congress are controlled by the Democrats, who have been at odds with President Bush over his handling of the war on terror and specifically Pakistan. Besides, many Americans will question the sending of billions of taxpayer dollars to prop a military dictator who has ravaged the constitution and trampled on human rights and the press in his own country. It would be fair to say that Washington’s continued display of support for General Musharraf is crucial to his survival. The nature of the emergency — which is nothing more nor less than a severe martial law — is such that this support may well be coming to an end.

    The US is only worried about the war on terror and the 24,000 US troops next to the troubled Pakistani tribal areas. If Washington gets assurances from Pakistani power brokers and stakeholders that its interests will be watched, personalities may no longer be of interest to it. Right or wrong, the US has acquired a balancing role in Pakistan’s domestic power games. It is time now that it stood on the side of democracy and stopped working with an autocrat whose only objective seems to be to preserve his own rule at any cost, regardless of what happens to his country and its people.

  84. Matt says:
    November 6th, 2007 7:17 am

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  85. Fahim Ali says:
    November 7th, 2007 12:34 am

    True its time to suffer… Nation can do nothing. Emergency just another name of torture…. Also read an interesting article on the following link that truely portrays whats going on during emergency:

  86. pervaiz mir says:
    November 7th, 2007 2:53 am

    MR ADIL NAJAM :- I feel surprised when a person like you starts believing that what ever has been aired by the president in his recent speech about the sad situation in the country its responsibility lies on the political leaders.Leaders which have been away from the country are in noway holders of any sort of contribution into the mess solely created by the dictator and his political allies with him in the government nor the judiciary can be engulfed in the scenario.What is judiciary supposed to do when brutality videos are placed in front of it .Now again when the same story is being repeated is it right to batten the lawyers and the journalist .In the eyes of people like you it may be right because now there is no one to answer to as the dictator said in his speech that the officers of police are now not willing to work .By this he meant that now the force which they have been using so vehemently to beat the general public is afraid that action could be taken against them.
    He is a strong believer that by using iron hand on lawyers , journalist and similar factions of the society he can prolong his tenure and same the thinking of the people around him who also are of the same school that the power they are enjoying is just because of the uniform and without it they are no more.
    One should also think that why every time there is a blast in the country the present ministers are not the target and only the opposition leaders are on the hit list.
    This tactics is being used by the government to keep away all leaders from Pakistan which if present can create problems for them.
    They are only interested in such kind of democracy which suites them and not the public.For them democracy is just a burden and an eye wash which they to show to the world and nothing else.Where is that boom in the economy which had been so highly cried about in the past by different government functionaries.
    When the decision of the apex court became evident the economy is down the hill and all the lame excuses which the dictator could extend and be fool the people of Pakistan.On top of everything the dictator is asking the nation that what is going on in the country.WHAT A JOKE.

  87. Dr Sohail Manzoor says:
    November 9th, 2007 10:59 am

    Mush just to save his job has put the today and tommorrow of 160 milion people at stake.

    He becomes the First general to impose martial law twice!!

    Each one of us needs to PROTECT the country by expressing our views in public.

    wear a black arm band to register protest against emergency in Pakistan

    Save Pakistan— GO MUSH go

  88. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    November 12th, 2007 7:50 am


    @ you say

    “Every Pakistani knows that the likes of Jamaat-Islami
    and JUI etc. (…….) are considered a Joke in Pakistan”

    Oh, really ? you think all the Pakistanis are PPPist or
    PML Nonist ? if you are correct then “thank you” for
    bringing Pakistan to a total ruin !!

    Thank God, you are not a political analyst of any of these
    Parties, you would have been sacked the very first
    minute. You are running very fast,

    Wait and see !

  89. ismail says:
    November 14th, 2007 4:26 pm

    There is a rising in Pakistan that makes us proud. We are not a be-hiss quom yet:

    First KU Teachers Vigil for Arrested Anti-Emergency People held on Nov 13

    Students show keen interest in organising against emergency laws

    Next: Seminar by MB Naqvi on Draconian Laws on Thurs Nov 15, 11:30am Arts Audi KU

    The first Karachi University vigil against imprisonment of thousands of people against emergency was held on Nov 13 at 1pm outside Audio Visual Centre, KU. 23 teachers and students participated.We were wearing black arm-bands and held a banner that read ‘Restore Constitution, Judiciary and Human Rights’. A number of Rangers were deployed by the administration around the place of demonstration and they blocked the path leading to the main road. The vigil was organised by United Teachers Forum.

    After the vigil teachers and students gathered at a teachers office and discussed ways to bring more people to the demonstrations to be held in near future. Some five students then came to the meeting and asked for teachers help in organizing the students, this was highly welcomed by all the present. Some teachers offered the students to come to their classes and speak to the students about the need to act against military rule. As usual the protest demos by LUMS students came into the discussion several times.

    United Teachers Forum has announced to organise a lecture by senior journalist and highly respected peace and pro-democracy intellectual Mr M B Naqvi on Thursday November 15 at 11:30 am at the Arts Auditorium, his topic will be Popular Struggles against Draconian Laws (with emphasis on media freedom). UTF welcomes all teachers, students and pro-academics to attend the seminar. for entry details contact Dr Riaz Ahmed, Applied Chemistry, Karachi University at 0322-2990708

    other dates to remember:

    1.Nov 14 Wed 10am-4pm Kar Press Club journalists hunger strike, visit the strike camp and express your solidarity

    2.Nov 15 Thurs 3pm Kar Press Club public meeting on Emergency, all welcome

    3.Nov 20 Tues 3pm Kar Press Club, rally by journalists.

    all organised by Pak Fed Union of Journalists

  90. Qaiser says:
    November 14th, 2007 5:26 pm

    I just went through the excellent list of links you have here. This has built up and Musharraf seems to have become more and more desperate over time. As your articles over time show, this was coming and this is not a show of strength by Musharraf but a show of weakness.

  91. Abassi says:
    November 15th, 2007 3:59 pm

    Yes things have been building up to this but it seems things will now get even worse!

  92. Abdullah says:
    November 15th, 2007 4:22 pm

    Your coverage of these events as they have unfolded is comendable. I did not realize till I went through the list how thsi website has been writing boldly about these unfolding events at every juncture. Bravo and keep it up.

  93. Ambreen says:
    November 19th, 2007 12:36 pm

    ‘Meltdown’ is the right word.
    All these events add up to a systematic dismantling of all political voices. The parties, the judiciary, the media, civil society, the smaller provinces. This is very dangerous for future of Pak politics.

  94. Daktar says:
    November 24th, 2007 4:57 pm

    I just emailed this post to a non-Pakistani friend who had asked why things are going bad in Pakistan. Told him to follow the links in the chronology and it will tell the whole story of why the things that happened happened.

  95. adeel says:
    March 26th, 2008 5:53 am

    i love pakistan
    aur me chahta hu ke mera pakistan hamesha khushaal rahe aameen.

  96. Talha says:
    November 8th, 2008 3:49 pm

    Durring the period of Musharaf,media was not playing its job.Media was just doing propaganda against President and Govt.
    The litteracy rate of pakistan is less than 30% and more than 70% are Illiterate so, how can we talk about media.In rural areas people just see the thing and do not explore it,they just see and believe on it.They even can`t comment on that.
    The media is fullflashing the bombing in Pakistan

  97. Muhammad Luqman says:
    September 7th, 2009 11:42 am

    In the post-Musharraf era, things will change dramatically.

  98. Watan Aziz says:
    September 13th, 2010 8:51 pm

    I think, a new post is in order.

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