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29 MPAs in fake degree scandal

Out of a total of 371 members in the House, at least 29 legislators representing three major parties – the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) – have either been proven of having a fake academic degrees, or are suspected of the illegal act, Daily Times has learnt.

An investigative report compiled by Daily Times disclosed that three members from all three major parties have been disqualified for having fake degrees, while six members, including a woman lawmaker, have tendered their resignations from their assembly seats in a bid to save their reputes. However, at least eight lawmakers, including five women legislators, are still facing disqualification cases enlisted in the Lahore High Court under charges of having fake BA degrees, while the academic degrees of another 12 members of the provincial assembly are suspected of having fake degrees and have reportedly been challenged in different election tribunals.

The court has already disqualified three members of the Punjab Assembly, Mian Muhammad Aslam Chela of the PML-Q from PP-82 Jhang, Haji Nasir Mahmood of the PML-N from PP-111, Gujrat and Rauf Khalid of the PPP from PP-284 Bahawalnagar after it was proven that their BA degrees were fake. Six other members, including PMLQ members Ms Naghma Mushtaq Lang and Muhammad Ajmal Asif, PML-N members Mir Badshah Khan Qaisrani, Rana Mubashir Iqbal and Maher Pasha Jakrani and the PPP member Allah Wasaya alias Chunnu Khan Lughari have tendered their resignation from the Punjab Assembly in order to save their reputation after they were challenged by their opponents on the authenticity of their academic degrees.

The investigative report disclosed that different writ petitions have been filed in the LHC against provincial minister Ch Abdul Ghafoor Nagra of the PMLN from PP-161 Lahore, MPA Haji Zulfiqar Ali of the PML-N from PP-267 Bahawalpur, Mian Tariq Mahmood of the PML-Q from PP-113 Gujrat as well as five women lawmakers namely Ms Raheela Khadim Hussain, Ms Saima Mohiyuddin, Ms Mehmooda Sahi, Ms Farrah Deeba and Ms Shagufta Sheikh, in which their academic qualification and degrees have been challenged. Federal Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira, talking to Daily Times said the BA degree restriction was imposed by former president Pervez Musharraf, but the Supreme Court had given a verdict against it, “so this limitation is not compulsory for parliamentarians in future”.

Consequences: Answering a question about the fate of the PPP members holding fake degrees, he said that his party had a strong believe in transparency so the people who had used unfair means to be elected as a member of parliament must face the consequences according to the law.

Taking up issue: Separately, PML-N leader Pervez Rasheed said his party was taking the issue of fake degrees seriously and had already taken steps to verify the qualification of their members’ degrees again.

SOME Scandals of the PAK Cricket Team

The Carribean Rum
Starring: Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Mustaq Ahmed, Aqib Javed
On the eve of the first test match between Pakistan and the West Indies during Pakistan's tour of 1993, Pakistan's bowling attack was held up by the Grenada police at a beach. They were caught with rum, marijuana, and 2 suspicious looking females. The police held them on charges of marijuana possession and the 4 spent a night in jail as the first test was pushed ahead by a day. The incident was widely reported and the Pakistani press initiated a religious attack on them. Wasim and Waqar were the captain and vice captain of the team.

Son of a Pitch
Starring: Aamir Sohail
Back in the late 80s the Pakistan U19 or the Pakistan A team was on a tour of Zimbabwe. The XI for the next morning had been announced by the captain after a practice session and Aamir Sohail was not in it. When the teams turned up at the ground for the match they found that the pitch had been dug up and play was not possible. It was later found out that Aamir Sohail had paid the ground a visit the night before and dug it up because he was not in the playing XI.

Canadian Potatoes
Starring: Inzamam Ul Haq
By now a famous incident that took place in Toronto during one of the Sahara Cup tournaments between Pakistan and India. There was a spectator in the crowd with a mega phone chanting "aloo, aloo, aloo" (potato, potato, potato) at Inzamam every time the ball came to him. At a later stage during the match, Inzamam who had been fielding in the covers moved to 3rd man close to where the spectator was. As the over ended the 12th man - Mushtaq Ahmed walked around the boundary line with a bat. He handed the bat to Inzi who jumped into the crowd and threatened to beat up the man with the mega phone. He took a few swipes but missed as the security held him at the right moment. For once I would say, thank God Inzi did not connect - if he had he would have been serving time for murder. Instead he got suspended for a few matches.

Love in the Air
Starring: Shahid Afridi
The Pakistan team was flying back from Sri Lanka after a tour in the late 90s. In the flight, Shahid Afridi decided that he was in love with this girl sitting across the aisle. He walked up to her and declared his undying love only to see the girl's brother walk up and punch Afridi in the face. The Pakistani players held Afridi just in time otherwise the protective brother would have had his face disfigured. Recently in a TV interview Afridi was questioned about the incident and his reply was: "Today I am a father of 2, but back in the day I used to fall in love with every beautiful girl". Its funnier when he said it in urdu: "aaj to 2 bachon ka **** hu lekin jawaani ke dino me jo khubsoorat chehra dekhta tha, usse pyar ho jata tha".

Rocked at the Sun Fort
Starring: Hasan Raza, Atique Uz Zaman
The setting was the Sun Fort hotel in Lahore, the occasion was Pakistan team's camp at the Gaddafi stadium, the purpose was training for Pakistan's tour of England in 2001, and the incident was getting caught with call girls. Javed Miandad, the Pakistan coach at the time, caught Hasan Raza and Atique Uz Zaman with call girls in their hotel rooms. The 3 players were suspended for a certain period of time. The newspapers were full of religous attacks yet again. It was later reported that a hotel staff member had told Javed Miandad that some girls were visiting the players' rooms.

High on the Highway
Starring: Hasan Raza, Taufeeq Umar, Misbah ul Haq, Zulqarnain Haider
Drunk driving and carrying alcohol without a license is a grave offense in the UAE. Cars and licenses are confiscated and the guilty are put behind bars. The law here is quite strict.

The Eurasia Cup in 2006 was played in Abu Dhabi and involved the A sides from Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and the international teams of UAE, Netherlands, and Ireland. Pakistan A defeated the lankans in their last group game and had a day off before the final against India A - availing the day off the 4 **** players left for Dubai from Abu Dhabi around mid night. They were on their way back at 6am when the police hauled their car over for speeding. The driver was a local Pakistani friend of the players who was reeking of alcohol. On checking the boot of the car, the Dubai police found cans of beer and took the 4 players and the driver to jail. The players were only released on the insistence of the Abu Dhabi Cricket Council and other top officials but not before 8pm on the eve of the final of the tournament.

Hasan Raza scored a match winning unbeaten 106 and shared a 4th wicket partnership of 174 with Misbah who scored 73 to lead Pakistan A to a 6 wicket win in the final the next morning. Taufeeq Umar gave them a solid start with a run a ball 40.

Casino Royale
Starring: Ijaz Ahmed
The 1999 World Cup final was to start at around 10am London time. The players woke up at around 7am to see Ijaz Ahmed walking into the hotel. When questioned he admitted that he was out all night gambling at some casino. Strangely enough he played the final and was let off scot free.

Match Fixers
Starring: Pakistan
There were too many players involved in this to list them down here and its a chapter that I hope remains closed in Pakistan despite Shoaib Akhtar coming out with disturbing facts. I know it was prevalent throughout the 90s and early 2000s, I hope to believe that after the 2003WC no player was involved in it, but I also know that its difficult to rid this menace off Pakistan when boys at the mere age of 16-17 are offered tens of thousands of Rs. back home to perform poorly for their clubs, departments, and regional teams.

Unfortunately, Pakistan will always have the image of "only bad boys play cricket" and their players will keep getting involved in controversies around the world. At the same time we are fortunate enough to have such intriguing characters playing cricket in Pakistan that we will continue to be entertained by them on and off the field.

None of them though reaches the heights of the bad boy image that Shoaib Akhtar has been able to create for himself. Or for that matter Shane Warne. who do you reckon is the bigger one? Warne or Shoaib? Or does Sir Ian Botham go above them?

Who is Faisal Shahzad

NEW YORK – A Pakistani-born U.S. citizen Faisal Shahzad was hauled off a plane about to fly to the Middle East and will face charges in the failed attempt .
Shahzad was on board a Dubai-bound flight that was taxiing away from the gate at Kennedy Airport late Monday when the plane was stopped and FBI agents and New York Police Department detectives took him into custody, law enforcement officials said.



Faisal Shahzad spent five months in the city of Peshawar before he came to America and then he planned the attack.
He basically belongs to Pabbi, Nowshera and remote town of Northern Pakistan in the province of Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa.
His one house is in Hyatabad, Peshawar and one in Karachi.
He has one brother and his family is well off.
A law enforcement official says the man accused of driving a bomb-laden vehicle into Times Square was arrested onboard a flight set to leave a New York airport for Dubai.
The official familiar with the investigation tells a foreign news agency that Faisal Shahzad was taken into custody aboard the flight at Kennedy International Airport.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the investigation.
The official says investigators still don’t have evidence that Shahzad is connected to the Pakistani Taliban or any foreign terror groups.
The official says, “He’s claimed to have acted alone, but these are things that have to be investigated.”

 

Chori Aur Seena Zori: Dost Muhammed Khosa

Despite serious financial constraints, a Mercedes Benz car is about to be purchased for Punjab Governor Salman Taseer’s ‘fleet of vehicles’ at more than Rs25 million. Official documents suggest that owing to the financial position of the provincial government, Rs25.4 million would be drawn in advance through a supplementary grant before the close of the current financial year as a special case, by relaxing rules. The government of Punjab had imposed in October last year “a complete ban on purchase of vehicles, refurbishment, interior deco ration of offices, establishment of new offices, furniture and fixture, procurement of generators, air-conditioners and other luxury items etc”. A few weeks back, the federal government slashed the Public Sector Development Programme for the current year by more than 45 per cent to Rs250 billion from the budgetary allocation of Rs446 billion because of a severe financial crisis and rising fiscal deficit, halting development activities for public welfare. In December, the federal cabinet announced wide-ranging austerity measures to curtail government expenditure, restricted the entourage of the president and the prime minister to seven vehicles and that of governors and chief ministers to six vehicles. It also announced use of only locally manufactured vehicles and armoured vehicles for official purposes. The approval for the purchase of Mercedes for the governor was given by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. Since the expenditure is to be incurred by the provincial government, the chief minister also has approved the costly purchase in violation of his government’s policy decisions. The policy directive issued by the provincial government bans such extravagance, envisages reduction in expenditure and calls for observing austerity and ensuring economical use of public resources. A circular issued on Oct 9 said that any departure if warranted under ‘unavoidable circumstances’ would only be considered and recommended by an austerity committee constituted by chief minister. “The recommendations so formulated are to be submitted to the chief minister for appropriate orders.” The committee was not consulted for the procurement of the Mercedes. Documents suggest that the chief minister initially suggested that the governor’s secretariat should request Mr Taseer to consider whether such an expensive pur chase could be postponed in the present financial situation. However, he later sanctioned the Rs25.4 million price estimate of Shahnawaz Ltd when the governor concluded that the vehicle was critically important for carrying out official business. The governor was of the view that since the Mercedes cars of Governor’s House were also used by VVIPs and foreign dignitaries during visits to Lahore, the new vehicle must be part of the governor’s fleet. He said the purchase could not be postponed for an indefinite period and almost six months had already passed since the initial request. Sources close to the chief minis ter said the new Mercedes was not justified on the basis of VVIP duties and for foreign dignitaries because bullet-proof vehicles were available in Lahore for the president and the prime minister and for foreign dignitaries. A source close to the governor said the car being purchased would replace an old vehicle purchased in 1994 for official use. He said the old car had been declared unfit for VIP use. He said that since the federal cabinet division had conveyed the approval of the prime minister for the purchase or import of the car, there was no need for the provincial government to get its approval from the austerity committee.

In yet another criminal case involving a PML-N figure, the Mozang police have registered a case against MPA Malik Feroze Joya, his brother Munir Joya and a son in a car fraud case. Munir Joya is the RTA secretary.

The police, who have yet to arrest any of the suspects, claim that Joya brothers are not found guilty in the hitherto (police) investigation.

Architect Hassan Jameel Chaudhry of Faisal Town’s HBFC scheme has accused the MPA, his brother and son Umer Feroze Joya of taking away his car worth Rs1.8 million parked at Canal Motors. They got it registered in the name of Umer Feroze in connivance with the Punjab Excise and Taxation Department, he said.

He stated in his application that he had parked his new car he had bought in January 2010 at Canal Motors owned by Rana Qaiser Nazir for sale on Feb 11. He said evidence and discussions with ex-employees of Canal Motors revealed that MPA Feroze of Mianwali, along with another MPA and 30 gunmen, reached the showroom on Feb 12, got the original registration book at gunpoint in the presence of the showroom owner and drove away with the car.

The showroom owner, however, informed Hassan that his car was stolen by unidentified people and “did not reveal the truth”.

Hassan lodged an FIR under section 406 of the PPC with the Faisal Town police against Rana Qaiser and his staff on Feb 21. Qaiser and others have gone missing since Feb 19 for their alleged involvement in fraud cases.

Hassan later came to know on March 28 that according to the excise department’s record his vehicle had been transferred in the name of Umer Feroze. The suspects, he said, used fake signature and thumb impression on transfer letter with forged stamp papers. There was no signature and thumb impression of any witness, he said.

He said this proved that the staff of the Motor Registration Authority also was involved in the process. Hassan challenged the transfer at MRA against which they issued a legal notice to both parties for hearing on April 20. The suspects did not appear before the authority.

The authority deferred the matter for another 22 days by giving another date of May 12 under pressure of the MPA’s brother, said Hassan who finally got registered a case under sections 420, 468 and 471 of the PPC against the three on April 23.

He further said the Mozang investigation police raided the house of Munir Joya who threatened the police team with dire consequences. The police returned without any arrest.

Hassan said Mr Joya had been calling at his cell phone and threatening and abusing him. He has appealed to the chief minister, the IGP and the Lahore High Court chief justice to take notice and provide him justice.

Civil Lines Division SP (Investigation) Shahzad Asif Khan, however, said Joya brothers had been exonerated in the Faisal Town case by the investigation police after they produced genuine transfer documents.

He said their investigation found that the complainant had got registered two similar cases involving Joya brothers, wondering how the two FIRs of a single incident could be lodged and how two punishments could be made in similar cases.

He said Munir Joya was RTA secretary but the registration of cars was the responsibility of the excise department.

The SP said the police could not arrest Joya brothers without evidence, adding that he had called both parties at his office on Wednesday (today) for inquiries. He expressed ignorance about any police raid at the house of Munir Joya.

Rs25m Mercedes Benz being purchased for Taseer

Despite serious financial constraints, a Mercedes Benz car is about to be purchased for Punjab Governor Salman Taseer’s ‘fleet of vehicles’ at more than Rs25 million.

Official documents suggest that owing to the financial position of the provincial government, Rs25.4 million would be drawn in advance through a supplementary grant before the close of the current financial year as a special case, by relaxing rules.

The government of Punjab had imposed in October last year “a complete ban on purchase of vehicles, refurbishment, interior deco ration of offices, establishment of new offices, furniture and fixture, procurement of generators, air-conditioners and other luxury items etc”.

A few weeks back, the federal government slashed the Public Sector Development Programme for the current year by more than 45 per cent to Rs250 billion from the budgetary allocation of Rs446 billion because of a severe financial crisis and rising fiscal deficit, halting development activities for public welfare.

In December, the federal cabinet announced wide-ranging austerity measures to curtail government expenditure, restricted the entourage of the president and the prime minister to seven vehicles and that of governors and chief ministers to six vehicles. It also announced use of only locally manufactured vehicles and armoured vehicles for official purposes.

The approval for the purchase of Mercedes for the governor was given by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.

Since the expenditure is to be incurred by the provincial government, the chief minister also has approved the costly purchase in violation of his government’s policy decisions.

The policy directive issued by the provincial government bans such extravagance, envisages reduction in expenditure and calls for observing austerity and ensuring economical use of public resources.

A circular issued on Oct 9 said that any departure if warranted under ‘unavoidable circumstances’ would only be considered and recommended by an austerity committee constituted by chief minister. “The recommendations so formulated are to be submitted to the chief minister for appropriate orders.” The committee was not consulted for the procurement of the Mercedes.

Documents suggest that the chief minister initially suggested that the governor’s secretariat should request Mr Taseer to consider whether such an expensive pur chase could be postponed in the present financial situation.

However, he later sanctioned the Rs25.4 million price estimate of Shahnawaz Ltd when the governor concluded that the vehicle was critically important for carrying out official business.

The governor was of the view that since the Mercedes cars of Governor’s House were also used by VVIPs and foreign dignitaries during visits to Lahore, the new vehicle must be part of the governor’s fleet.

He said the purchase could not be postponed for an indefinite period and almost six months had already passed since the initial request.

Sources close to the chief minis ter said the new Mercedes was not justified on the basis of VVIP duties and for foreign dignitaries because bullet-proof vehicles were available in Lahore for the president and the prime minister and for foreign dignitaries.

A source close to the governor said the car being purchased would replace an old vehicle purchased in 1994 for official use. He said the old car had been declared unfit for VIP use. He said that since the federal cabinet division had conveyed the approval of the prime minister for the purchase or import of the car, there was no need for the provincial government to get its approval from the austerity committee.

The Rottweiler of Islamofascism is cannibalized by his own ilk

Khalid Khawaj’s bullet-ridden body thrown onto a rubbish mound in Waziristan reminds one of William Shakespeare’s central theme in his tragedies: Evil is self-destructive. Khalid Khawaja was an extremely evil man who was one of the ISi experts who dedicated their lives to undermining democracy and promoting Islamofascism in Pakistan. He cheered the Lal Masjid terrorists when they terrorized the people of Islamabad for not following the Dark Ages ethos of Wahabism.
It was Khalid Khawaja who in 1989 arranged a meeting between Nawaz Sharif and Osama bin Laden to bring down the democratically elected government of Benazir Bhutto. It was Khalid Khawaja who barked up every right and wrong tree to prove that the terrorists of the Lal Masjid were saintly, peace-loving Muslims. It was he who set up a “human rights” group to tell the world that the Taliban were a bevy of Islamic Che Guevaras fighting for justice and international brotherhood against imperialism. He used his financial resources (stolen from the national exchequer just like his fellow ISI Islamist-robbers) and political contacts to hide the unspeakable atrocities the Taliban have been carrying out in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
He was a de facto ambassador of the Wahabi Monarchy of Saudi Arabia in Pakistan. His wickedness was boundless and he was able to corrupt an already-anti-People’s Party Supreme Court. The evidence? Here is the evidence: According to PML-N leader Senator Pervez Rashid, “Khalid Khawaja offered us that Nawaz Sharif should file a petition against Zardari [challenging his ability to become Pakistan’s president] and he will manage a Supreme Court verdict against Zardari within 24 hours but we refused to play in the hands of Khawaja.”
But he was relentless. He filed a case in the court of the fellow Islamofascist Chaudhry Iftikhar against the constitutional immunity of the president of Pakistan. He did not live to see the day, but Chaudhry Iftikhar may oblige him posthumously.
Again, he was able to stop the government of Pakistan from extraditing terrorists like Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and five American youths to the United States. He was right: the Islamofascist judges of Pakistan were at his beck and call. One after the other he filed petitions in various courts for the release of terrorists and murderers. He cheered on as Ahmedis, Christians, and Shias were killed by his fellow Talibanic Islamofascists.
But in the end, the evil of which he was a part came full circle. He was killed by the Lashkar-e-Jhangivi terrorists, the group whose mission is either to kill all the Shias of Pakistan or force them to convert to Wahabism. The evil created by the ISI is so stupendously insane and paranoid that it is suspicious of everyone including its own creators.
Khalid Khawaja’s funeral prayer was led by the Imam of the Lal Masjid; Lal Masjid, the infamous bastion of Islamofascism in Islamabad. His friends, followers, and supporters have dispatched to him to paradise where he will sleep with 70 ever-virgin houris till the Doomsday. Meanwhile the evil of which he was a part will continue to doom the minorities in Pakistan.
The words of Khalid Khawajs’s widow—that he is a martyr and she is proud of him—have been echoing with a shattering noise for their emptiness, hypocrisy, and madness. He was not martyred, but cannibalized by his own ilk. Like Shakespeare’s Iago and Edmund, the Satanic Khalid Khawaja will inspire revulsion in anyone who stands for goodness.

Democracy versus ‘the establishment’ in Pakistan

At independence, Pakistan inherited an over-developed colonial state structure, a relatively weak political class, and a fragmented society from the British. Rather than sparing efforts for nation-building, the colonial state structure, designed to maintain a hold over ‘subjects’ rather than ‘citizens’, soon asserted its control over the polity and sidelined the political class in national decision-making.
It did not take long for the military, the most organised state institution, in connivance with the bureaucracy and the judiciary to expands its domain of influence and consolidate its role as ‘the’ power broker in the country. Starting from Governor General Malik Ghulam Mohammad, who dismissed the first constituent assembly of Pakistan because the prime minister, Khwaja Nazimuddin, had challenged his action, down to General Musharraf toppling the elected government of Nawaz Sharif, there has been no looking back. The non-elected forces that have exercised power over the national destiny are today known as the ‘establishment’ in our political parlance.
The UN Commission on Inquiry Report on Benazir Bhutto’s assassination has defined the term as: “The military high command and the intelligence agencies form the core of the Establishment and are most permanent and influential components.” As controversy on the UN report grows louder for pointing a finger towards the ‘establishment’, albeit indirectly, for its errors of omission in Benazir’s assassination, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani felt it necessary to dispel the impression that there are any differences between the PPP and the establishment on his way to Bhutan to attend the 16th SAARC Summit.
The hostilities between the PPP and the establishment go back a long way, to the time when it implemented, although selectively, its radical socialist programme in the 1970s. Land reforms and the nationalisation policy of the first PPP government directly affected the propertied class, many of whom belonged to the establishment. It is thus not surprising that the entire industrial and feudal class joined the opposition camp and there was not a murmur when General Ziaul Haq mounted his coup against Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.
After Bhutto’s controversial removal from the scene, the PPP has gone through introspection and drastically discounted its original agenda in adopting market capitalism, but its old adversaries still view it with great suspicion.
Although the establishment — weakened primarily by the ill-advised policies and decisions of the Musharraf regime, the abortive jihadi policy that backfired and, finally, the assassination of Benazir Bhutto — has had to make a tactical retreat and hand over power to the PPP coalition government after holding relatively free and fair elections, the inherent tensions between the two centres of power remain.
Despite its flaws and weaknesses, the list of the PPP coalition government’s achievements is not small: it rid the country of a dictator, elected a civilian president, restored the judiciary (albeit at the eleventh hour, after public pressure mounted), created consensus on the National Finance Commission (NFC) Award that had been hanging fire throughout Musharraf’s years in power, created political consensus in support of the war on terror, and passed the historic 18th (Constitutional) Amendment.
The unity of political forces has made it very difficult, if not impossible, for the entrenched forces to defy the political government’s stretching of the limits of the traditional power configuration, given that the military is currently occupied with a full blown war against an elusive enemy. The tide of consensus, created through a policy of reconciliation remarkably carried forward by Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani against all odds, has been too strong to resist.
These accomplishments have augmented the image and stature of the political class tremendously. But it does not mean that the apparently weakened establishment will sit back quietly. If history is a guide, it will strike back as soon as an opportunity arises. The political class will have to retain the unity it has shown on major issues over the last two years if we are to block such a reversion to a sorry past.

The standards the Supreme Court is setting for others, shouldn’t it be applying some of them to itself?

The political landscape is undergoing a shift, with some of the rules of engagement changing. Consequently, it is no longer true to say that the president, the prime minister and the army chief constitute Pakistan’s ruling troika.
President, prime minister and parliament, collectively, now find themselves reduced to the position of one part of this trinity, signifying a diminution in the authority of both government and parliament.
The space thus vacated is being filled increasingly by a robust and hyperactive Supreme Court (SC), now widely seen as the second member of this troika. It is taking up matters, and exercising its suo moto jurisdiction, in an ever-expanding variety of fields, causing unease in the halls of government.
It is a measure of the government’s diffidence, its exceptional lack of self-confidence, that even where it could have stood its ground — as in the matter of Justice Ramday’s extension and the desired elevation of Lahore High Court chief justice Muhammad Sharif to the SC — it backed down at the last minute, embracing discretion over valour. But with the SC in full throttle regarding its suo moto interventions, the government can be forgiven for wondering whether it was right to make such a virtue of surrender.
The army chief is the one constant in this sea of flux, his authority not only undiminished but enhanced: firstly, by the weakness of the federal government; and, secondly, by the army’s operations in Swat and South Waziristan. Small wonder that if the government is diffident, General Headquarters is riding a wave of triumphalism, the demoralisation of the Musharraf years a distant memory. As any student of Pakistani history knows, a growing imbalance between the military and political arms is not a good thing. It is the ground which nurtures Bonapartism.
To either side of this troika is a chorus consisting of the media. Just as a newly-empowered judiciary is still trying to get its paces right, a newly-empowered media is still in the process of finding the right note for itself. On the whole it is doing a splendid job, but elements in it seem little better than evangelists out on a self-proclaimed mission to reform the universe.
The SC sometimes gives the impression of taking its cue from these reformers. Time was when governments would get sleepless nights from real or imagined intrigues emanating from the GHQ. Today the danger to government is less from that quarter than from the holy marriage between media gladiators and judicial activism.
An active judiciary on the side of the people is something we have never had before. Now that we have one, this is something to celebrate. For too long generals and judges have collaborated to undo democracy. We need a new collaboration between democrats and judges to strengthen democracy. Sadly, this is not happening because democracy is failing to settle down, people are angry because of power cuts and food inflation, and many of the steps the higher judiciary is taking are contributing to this state of uncertainty.
The SC is doing everything in good faith. There shouldn’t be any doubts on this score. But, unwittingly for the most part, its hyper-activism, the tendency it has shown to stray into fields which, strictly speaking, lie not in the judicial domain, are serving to distract the attention of the political government.
To be sure, governance is not what it should be. There is too much corruption in its territory, too much incompetence, too large a body of ministers not yoked to a common purpose. It doesn’t help to have a president who has a huge image problem. It doesn’t help to have a prime minister who is as much a product of accident as the president. But the government’s plight is being made worse by the Molotov cocktails, so to speak, coming from the SC’s direction.
The SC has done much good and its activism serves to keep senior officials on their toes. But not all its interventions have had happy endings. The Lahore High Court intervened in the matter of the pricing of sugar and we immediately had a sugar crisis on our hands. The SC looked into the question of petroleum pricing but nothing was settled to the public’s advantage. Clearly, there are things the judiciary just cannot fix.
It is a good thing the SC is insisting on transparency in the LNG issue. Its judgment in the civil servants’ seniority case should serve as a salutary reminder to the government that there can be no such thing as absolute and unchecked prime ministerial discretion when it comes to the promotion of civil servants.
But the question arises that if these are the standards the SC is setting for others, shouldn’t it be applying some of them to itself? If the executive authority is not to exercise blind discretion in the promotion of senior civil servants, should the chief justice of Pakistan have absolute discretion in the selection and appointment of high court and Supreme Court judges? What is then so wrong with the 18th Amendment which spreads responsibility for judicial appointments, virtually eliminating governmental influence and only tempering to some extent the discretion of the chief justice?
It is not a little strange, however, that those in the forefront of the petitions in the SC challenging this particular provision of the 18th Amendment can be questioned about their own conduct in the recent past. Qazi Anwar, the president of the SC Bar Association, and senior lawyer Akram Sheikh, who are among the leading petitioners, felt no qualms about appearing before Chief Justice Dogar. They are now judicial purists of the highest order. But does it never cross their minds that only who have not sinned should cast the first stone?
Is it also not strange that those in the forefront of the lawyers’ movement, whose leadership indeed kept the movement on the right path — Munir Malik, Aitzaz Ahsan, fiery Ali Ahmed Kurd, Tariq Mahmood — are either quiet these days or in private nurse the gravest suspicions about the moves to take parts of the 18th Amendment to the SC?
If Dogar is to be considered the touchstone of judicial evil, there should be some consistency in reckoning the guilt of those who had anything to do with him. As already mentioned, those who attended his court and appeared before it are now the leading defenders of judicial independence. The Nov 3 judges who went along with Dogar are in the wilderness, where they deserve to be. But one or two are not.
All the judges elevated to various high courts by Dogar were dismissed by a stroke of the judicial pen soon after Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry’s rightful restoration. But at least 10 of the 17 present SC judges took oath under the maligned Dogar. It takes some effort to reconcile oneself to this idea, especially given the SC’s zealousness in so many things these days. So much for consistency and double standards.
In the 18th Amendment parliament has undone the validation conferred on Musharraf’s coup by the 17th Amendment. But parliament has shown grace by giving protection to the judges who swore fealty at the altar of Musharraf’s PCO and then, in the Zafar Ali Shah case, endorsed Musharraf’s coup and even conferred on him the right to amend the Constitution. Included amongst this number was My Lord the Chief Justice. No one’s past is perfect. But the least an imperfect past should be able to do is inculcate a measure of tolerance.
It is not only political and military power which can go to one’s head and lead to that common frailty of humankind: overreaching oneself. It applies to all forms of power, including judicial power, not that this admonition in any way is applicable to the present holders of high judicial office. Far be it from me even to suggest it. But perhaps it is useful to keep this caveat in mind as we go about pursuing the elusive goal of political stability and try to figure out ways to ease the plight of our sorely-tried people.

ایک سو چھ جمع ایک بے ایمان

ہوا یوں کہ چند کور کمانڈروں نے فیصلہ دیا کہ ہوا میں موجود ایک جنرل کو ملک کا چیف ایگزیکٹو بن جانا چاہئیے . ملک کی سب سے بڑی عدالت نے فیصلہ دیا کہ اس جنرل کو آئین میں ترمیم کا حق ہے . اس جنرل نے ملک میں بہت سی چیزیں تبدیل کیں . سپریم کورٹ نے اس کو کچھ نہیں کہا .
اب ایک دن اس جنرل کو پتہ چلا کہ بی اے کے سلیبس میں ایک ایسی چیز موجود ہے جو ایک بے وقوف کو عقل مند بنا دیتی ہے . اس نے الیکشن لڑ نے کے لیے بی اے کی ڈگری کو لازمی قرار دے دیا. سپریم کورٹ نے اس پر کوئی اعتراض نہیں کیا .
اتفاق سےبہت سے سیاست دانوں نے جو اپنے علاقے کے لوگوں میں قابل قبول تھے کبھی نہیں سوچا تھا کہ ڈگری ان کے کام میں حائل ہو سکتی ہے جیسے محترمہ عا بدہ حسین جو امریکہ جیسے ملک میں سفیر رہ چکی ہیں جیسے نوابزادہ نصراللہ خان جن کی زمینیں سیاست میں آنے کے بعد کم ہوئی تھیں
اب کچھ لوگوں نے تو بی اے کا امتحان دیا اور اخباروں میں مذاق کا نشانہ بننے ، کچھ نے اپنے بیٹوں ، بیٹیوں اور بہوؤں کو امیدوار بنایا .
کچھ نے سوچا کہ ویسی ہے ایمانی کی جا ۓ جیسی جنرل نے کی تھی کہ ملک پر قبضہ کر لیا ، ویسی ہی بے ایمانی کی جا ۓ جیسی سپریم کورٹ نے کی تھی کہ ایک جنرل کو آئین میں ترمیم کا حق دے دیا. ان لوگوں نے مدرسوں سے ڈگریاں لے لیں
بے ایمان جنرل کا گیارہ نومبر والا اقدام ابھی تک قانونی ہے
بے ایمان جنرل کو آئین میں ترمیم کا حق دینے والے جج سپریم کورٹ میں بیٹھے ہیں
لیکن مدرسے کی ڈگری لینے والا بے ایمان ہے
شاہد مسعود ، ہاں اسمبلیوں میں ایک سو چھ بے ایمان لوگ ہیں جن کی ڈگریوں پر اعتراض ہے، سپریم کورٹ میں ایک بے ایمان ہے جس کے فیصلے پر اعتراض ہے ، کیا یہ ہو سکتا ہے کہ ایک سو چھ بے ایمانوں کو اسمبلیوں اور ایک بے ایمان کو عدالت سے نکال دیا جا ۓ

Favorable Judgment of LHC to a fake degree holder


The Lahore High Court Judgment on Ajmal Asif is such a blatant example of discrimination by judges. On same account Nazir Jutt ( former MNA and election candidate from NA-167 ) was disqualified only because he was PPP ticket holder? Is this Justice my lord? Following are the newspaper reports on both judgments of LHC.

Notice issued to Nazir Jatt in bogus degree case

An election tribunal of the Lahore High Court on Monday issued notice for May 21 to Nazir Ahmed Jatt, former MNA and election candidate from NA-167 of Vehari in by-polls, on allegations of bogus degrees.
Petitioner Sajjid Mahi had challenged Nazir Ahmed Jatt’s qualification to contest bye-elections alleging he had bogus degree of FA and rest of his certificates/degrees were awarded by a madrassa and he did not possess a BA degree.
Three-member elections tribunal comprising of Justice Anwar-ul-Haq, Justice Mansoor Ali Shah and Justice Nasir Saeed Sheikh while hearing election petition of Sajjid Mahi issued notice to the former MNA.
Earlier, the respondent’s qualification was challenged in the Supreme Court when he was MNA but he had promptly resigned as MNA to save himself from disqualification by the apex court.
As he is taking part in the bye-elections from the same constituency of Vehari, the petitioner has again challenged his qualification before the election tribunal.
The LHC tribunal will resume proceedings on May 21 into the matter.
Besides, Jamshed Dasti, a candidate from NA-178, withdrew his petition from the LHC election tribunal, which he had filed to challenge his disqualification in the elections. Jamshed did not mention any reason for withdrawing his petition. It is said he had reached some compromise with his rival candidate.

Resignations on fake degrees: May 15 by-poll to cost exchequer Rs12m

The by-election to each National Assembly seat, according to the Election Commission of Pakistan, costs the exchequer Rs4 million and that of provincial Rs2million. The ECP will be spending Rs12 million on May 15 when he by-poll to two NA and as many PA seats is held.

The by-poll to these seats -– NA-167 (Vehari), NA-178 (Muzaffargarh), PP-259 (Muzaffargarh) and PP-63 (Faisalabad)—is being held on identical reason, that is, the fake degrees possessed by 2008 general election winners. But to the utter surprise of the general public the two major parties, PPP and PML-N, have adopted these ‘cheats’ and fielded them again.

The PPP fielded Jamshed Dasti from NA-178, Nazir Jatt from NA-167, Allah Wasaya alias Chunnu Leghari from PP-259 while PML-N picked Mian Asif Ajmal for PP-63.

“Though there is no provision in the ECP rules to bar a candidate from re-contesting in case he or she has to vacate the seat for possessing fake graduation degree, a rival candidate can challenge the qualification of such a candidate before a returning officer,” an ECP official told Dawn.

The PPP is of the view that there is no question of ‘moral grounds’ in awarding a ticket to such candidates as degrees have nothing to do with politics while the PML-N claims that it will not have awarded a ticket to its party candidate if such a situation has arisen.

“We have awarded a ticket to Mian Asif Ajmal as we have a commitment with the unification group MPAs that they will contest next elections on PML-N platform. So we are honouring our commitment,” PML-N Senator Pervez Rashid responded to a question by Dawn.
And at the same time he has the view that

“the PML-N will not re-award a ticket to any such candidate of its party keeping in view the moral grounds,” the PML-N senator said. 
 
“I think the people of his (Ajmal)’s constituency will reject him if they think that he had done something wrong by becoming an MPA on the basis of a fake BA degree,” Rashid said and added that going through re-election was also a form of punishment.

PPP central information secretary Fauzia Wahab was however very critical over ‘select’ accountability of her party men. “The degrees of some 50 per cent MNAs have been challenged in the courts since long but the cases of a few of them are being taken up, why?

“I think there should not be any bar of degrees on politicians. Politics is not something that is learnt through obtaining degrees,” she said.

Justice Tariq Mahmood (retired) said the democratic system should be allowed to run smoothly and such issues would be settled automatically.

PML-N slammed for by-polls ‘rigging’

The Punjab PPP has lambasted the PML-N leadership for using negative tactics to rig the upcoming by-polls in various constituencies of the province.

Flanked by senior PPP provincial leader Usman Salim Malik, Punjab PPP general secretary Sami Ullah Khan, in a press conference on Tuesday, came hard on the PML-N for its ‘moral bankruptcy’ which had become obvious due to its maneuvering in the by-polls.

He said the PML-N had awarded party ticket to Mian Ajmal Asif from PP-63 against PPP Punjab president Rana Aftab Ahmed despite the fact that Ajmal had to resign for possessing a fake graduation degree.

He said Ajmal Asif was a ticket-holder of the PML-Q in the February 2008 polls but now, despite all its tall claims of principled politics and hatred against Musharraf, the PML-N had fielded the same man as its candidate.

Sami Ullah Khan also expressed dismay over the statement of Punjab Law Minister Rana Sana Ullah Khan for terming PP-63 a battle between Mian Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari. He appealed to the judiciary to declare Asif Ajmal disqualified for possessing fake degree as it had done in case of two PPP candidates on similar allegations.

PP-63 by-election

On April 10, 2010, Mian Abdul Qayum, a labour leader in Faisalabad, submitted his nomination papers as candidate for the Punjab Assembly constituency 63 by-election on May 15. The other candidates are from the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PMLN) and the National Muslim League. We need your support to contest this by-election.
The seat was declared vacant when Mian Asif Ajmal resigned after, during a Supreme Court hearing, it became clear he has submitted bogus degrees to the election commission in 2008 to prove that he is a graduate. Asif Ajmal is an industrialist and owner of a textile factory. He was arrested by police in 2008 after he and his goons fired on workers of his textile factory when they were demanding wage increases and union rights. One worker was killed and more than a dozen seriously injured. He spent nearly one and half months in jail at but was released using his political influence among police and courts. He was elected in the February 2008 election, nominated by the Pakistan Muslim league Q, he later joined PMLN. Mian Nawaz Sharif has nominated Asif Ajaml to contest this seat on the ticket of the PMLN, a party that claims to defend democratic traditions and the fight for an independent judiciary.

The Pakistan Peoples Party's Punjab president, Rana Aftab, is once again contesting the election after he was defeated in 2008 general election. He has been member of Punjab Assembly two times earlier. He is a rich farmer and an advocate by profession and die-hard PPP activist.
Amjad Warraich, a former member of parliament and leader of a new Muslim League under his leadership, has also announced that he will contest this seat. His wife is member of national assembly and his brother is in Punjab Assembly. There is no end of gluttony within this family.