Archive for September, 2009

Self-propelled revival effort

September 30th, 2009

Rather than each passing day bringing some relief to a starved nation all essential aspects of Pakistani national life remain in a retrogressive motion with no end to the sufferings of the teeming millions in sight. It is time that Pakistan truly started believing in itself and began to revive itself as a dignified nation with all its national goals clearly defined and pursued in a determined manner.

It is time we stopped living like ostriches hiding our face in the sand and believing that all is well. It is time that we realised that Pakistan today confronts dangers of all sorts. Without a doubt, Pakistan possesses a remarkably patriotic population but it is time to realise that there is a growing discontent amongst this very patriotic population that has been rendered hungry, unemployed, exposed to dangers of lawlessness besides being deprived of the right to self-rule at the local and provincial levels.

It is time to remove our earplugs and listen to the loud and clear voices of dissent emanating from the dry, parched and rugged mountains of Balochistan and find instant remedies. Those of us who have been to inner Balochistan would be forced to agree with the voices of Balochistan that are today crying hoarse over the step-motherly treatment that they have received over the past sixty two years.
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Eid Mubarak

September 20th, 2009

Wishing all my fellow Pakistanis and other muslim brothers and sisters a very very happy Eid. I pray that you all have a lovely day and that this day brings in its wake lots of happiness and prosperity to you all. While you all enjoy your Eid do not forget the millions of fellow Pakistanis who may not have had a square meal on Eid. I pray that Pakistan, this great country of ours, gets up on its feet and stands as an honourable and dignified nation before it is too late.
My heart goes out to the millions of our citizens who, standing in line behind trucks of sugar and flour with hands spread out for a mouthful, get baton charged and trampled under each others feet during stampedes. A proud nation is today a nation of beggars – either we are begging for some sugar at the lowest strata of society or we are begging for aid at the international level at the highest echelons. This proud nation must be awakened and its pride won back by the nation itself.

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Major Amir’s followup interview to Masood Sharif’s interview on GEO TV’s Program JIRGA – 17th Sept 2009

September 17th, 2009

NOTE: The following media is in the Urdu language and NOT in English.

Happy viewing and it is hoped you will leave us your comments and opinions.

Video coutesy of PK Politics and GEO News TV

Welfare funds: civil-military comparison

September 16th, 2009
Kabirwala Gas Turbine and Combined-Cycle Power Plant in Pakistan Developled by Fauji Foundation

Kabirwala Gas Turbine and Combined-Cycle Power Plant in Pakistan Developled by Fauji Foundation

The surest way to fritter away a massive financial capital with no short or long term gains is to distribute it in small sums to millions of people. Such a distribution can never result in poverty alleviation but can open the floodgates leading to massive corruption. Who can ever check whether someone, imaginary or real, living on some distant mountain top in Hazara or Azad Kashmir actually got the paltry amount shown against his/her name in some real or fictitious list? Eventually, billions of rupees are lost with nothing achieved.

The Pakistan Zakat Fund and Bait-ul-maal have now been in existence for many years. Over the 62 years of independence, successive governments have added welfare funds or schemes, most of them as unimaginative as the last one. These schemes have always fizzled out with the demise of the governments that gave birth to them after huge amounts were used without any significant goals having been achieved. Besides these two, there are many other welfare projects on the civil side, for instance, the Employees Old Age Benefit Institution (EOBI) which today controls a colossal Rs160 billion (two billion dollars) management fund. All these civil sector welfare schemes have nothing substantial to boast about, despite the fact that all these schemes over the years have used billions of rupees.

On the contrary, the military — more specifically the army — welfare schemes have done exceedingly well. It may be mentioned here that the air force and naval welfare schemes have essentially followed in the footsteps of the army and have also done well. Even the Police Service of Pakistan has followed the armed services model and formed a police foundation that manages some business concerns. All military welfare foundations are now ever-expanding corporate entities. Sadly, nothing spectacular can be said about the funds managed by the political/civil authorities.
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Masood Sharif Khan Khattak on Associated Press TV – Sept 2009

September 15th, 2009

Masood Sharif Khan Khattak on Associated Press TV – Sept 2009

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Exclusive Interview of Masood Sharif Khan Khattak On GEO TV’s Program JIRGA – 10th Sept 2009

September 10th, 2009
Masood Sharif Khan Khattak On Jawabdey GEO TV

Masood Sharif Khan Khattak On Jawabdey GEO TV

NOTE: The following media is in the Urdu language and NOT in English.

The month of August 2009 witnessed a dubious character from the past who had worked in the intelligence apparatus of Pakistan making, on every TV Channel of Pakistan, so-called and unwarranted revelations galore about important political and other events of the eighties and nineties. If those revelations were to go unchallenged the political history of Pakistan would eventually be wrongly interpreted by the historians of the foreseeable future. It is widely suspected that the campaign launched by the dubious intelligence characters of the past was an orchestrated one for sinister purposes.

Masood Sharif Khan Khattak, a former Director General Intelligence Bureau (DG IB) from the era in question, was an eye witness to the events of the time period that was being distorted by dubious characters. His name figured in many ways in all the discussions taking place on various TV Channels. Thus, the TV channels of Pakistan had wanted to have his views on different matters. Initially, he desisted from becoming a part to the raging controversies. But after a lot of the recent history had been distorted and had stunned the people of Pakistan Masood Sharif Khan Khattak agreed to give a comprehensive interview to GEO TV Program’s renowned host Mr Salim Safi in order to put matters in their true perspective.

The video is the result of that interview which covers all the events of the eighties and nineties that were put in doubt by dubious characters being used in a manipulated campaign meant to hurt the Pakistani Military and Intelligence Establishment and thus weaken Pakistan internally by causing unwarranted fissures.

The point that must be made is that while Masood Sharif Khan Khattak has touched upon all the thorny and heavily contested issues not a single person, organization, political party or any other quarter has repudiated anything said by Masood Sharif Khan Khattak in this interview after the telecast.

Happy viewing and it is hoped you will leave us your comments and opinions.

Video coutesy of PK Politics and GEO News TV

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A civil-military equation

September 9th, 2009
Field Marshal Ayub Khan, General Yahya Khan and General Zial-ul-Haq

Field Marshal Ayub Khan, General Yahya Khan and General Zial-ul-Haq

Musharraf’s nine years of misrule have left Pakistan comparable to a ship which finds itself in stormy waters with its engines seized, the rudder broken and the compass out of order. The magnificent two-year-long relentless struggle by the lawyers and the civil society against a well entrenched dictator eventually, became the basis for Musharraf’s departure and the emergence of the present political dispensation which must now steer Pakistan out of the stormy waters.

Field Marshal Ayub Khan, Gen Yahya Khan, Gen Zia-ul-Haq and Gen Musharraf caused immense harm to the cause of democracy taking roots. But what has to be seen is how these military rulers sustained themselves in power. Yes, they did take power through the sheer military might of the Pakistan Army that they commanded but what was it that actually sustained them in power? The answer is unscrupulous politicians, a docile civil bureaucracy and an indifferent civil society. Each time, after the takeovers had been brought into effect, the Army withdrew to the barracks leaving their commander (COAS) in the company of turncoat politicians, senior civil bureaucrats, dirty rich businessmen and feudal lords to rule the roost. We saw all of this on display during the last nine years.
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Dawn News TV Investigative Report “Return of the Jackals” – 4th Sept 2009

September 4th, 2009

Dawn News TV Investigative Report “Return of the Jackals” – a report on the Masood Sharif Khan Khattak’s Midnight Jackals operation that lead to the successful defeat of a coup attempt on an elected Pakistan parliament.

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

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Civil society in politics

September 2nd, 2009
People Marching Against Tyranny in Pakistan

People Marching Against Tyranny in Pakistan

Even after 62 years of independence, Pakistan is still groping in the dark. One’s heart bleeds for Pakistan when one looks at over six decades of exploitation by the ruling class.

The economy is as bad as it can get. The finance wizards of the government can come up with whatever figures that they like but no one believes them. People believe what they see and at the moment, they see their children starving, their businesses on the decline, fresh graduates desperately seeking jobs, roads absolutely insecure and human life dispensable. All this can make every self-respecting Pakistani hang his head in shame. Every time the Finance Minister proudly announces the receipt of a new installment of loan, it actually means that the nation’s future prospective is further mortgaged to the donor institutions.

The people of Pakistan are already living a life in which they manage everything themselves. The poor live without electricity whereas the rich produce their own electricity at extreme costs using private generators. The poor sleep on the footpath and in the open totally oblivious to his security while the rich sleep well tucked in their comfortable beds but full of fear for their security. In short, the state has abdicated its functions to its citizens on a self-help basis.

Every Pakistani is ready to suffer any amount of hardship as long as that leads to prosperity. The poor and middle class have made all kinds of sacrifices that the motherland has asked them to make. Most affluent Pakistanis love the country just as much as any other Pakistani and they too have proved their patriotism from time to time. But things have not changed, still. Mahathir turned Malaysia into what it is today. Pakistan is still looking for that one soul that will turn out to be its Mahathir.
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