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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Will India, Pakistan stop playing pot and kettle? Jawed Naqvi, Ansar Abbasi, Shakeel Anjum & Obaid Abrar Khan

With this attitude Indians are basically double guessing Pakistan’s Supreme Court, which did not find grounds to keep Hafiz Saeed in captivity any longer. Indians would not normally like others to question their apex court. And if you did something like that in India you could be sent to prison as Arundhati Roy was, for questioning the Supreme Court’s hitherto unquestioned wisdom. So Indians should first canvass to change the colonial-style judiciary and the blind faith in their courts. And then perhaps they would be justified in questioning the integrity of Pakistani judges and to pontificate about their superior judiciary to the rest of the world.

As far as compulsions go India has had quite a few of its own. There has not been a single conviction in the genocide of the Sikhs in 1984. Does anyone know why? Not one person has been sent to jail for breaking the law (and also the heart) of India in Ayodhya in 1992. The Justice Shrikrishna Commission Report on the pogrom against a minority community by a well-armed group of fanatics in Mumbai, assisted by the police, has been all but thrown into the dustbin. It had named names and given police wireless records of the culprits and their culpability. Nothing happened. When a group of Indians protested against the killing of nine Christians in Pakistan by Muslim extremists I thought there should have been many more angry demonstrations against what happened across the border. There should be demonstrations in both countries against atrocities committed by religious fanatics. The massacre of Christian tribes people and Dalits in Orissa is a case in point where there should have been a collective condemnation of the horrific killings. That’s the way we used to be. If we have a common destiny, then we have a stake in each other’s pain and grief. Will India, Pakistan stop playing pot and kettle? Jawed Naqvi

Allah hee Allah Ker Bhaiyya!

The government has already been informally told that Article 264 of the Constitution secures and protects the benefits obtained under a law/ordinance before it is repealed. The said article ensures that the repeal does not affect any right, privilege, obligation or liability acquired, accrued or incurred under the law during its enforcement and before it is repealed. Around three hundred public office holders and their supporters have benefited from the NRO whose cases were initiated by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and the amount embezzled and assets accumulated allegedly touched the figure of over Rs 100 billion. Ansar Abbasi

In an unprecedented first in Pakistan’s history, a former chief of the army staff, Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf has been booked for a criminal offence that could actually see him land in prison or at the minimum turn his stay abroad into a permanent exile. An ironic fate of twist for a man who once boasted that he would never allow Nawaz Sharif and Benazir Bhutto to end their exile on their own and return to Pakistan. The table stands turned on its head.The Islamabad police registered an FIR against him for illegal confinement of the country’s top judges after Nov 3, 2007 here Monday. The criminal case (FIR No 131 dated 10-08-09) under section 344/34 of the PPC has been registered by Secretariat Police not on the initiative of the government, but following the orders of the additional sessions court. By Shakeel Anjum & Obaid Abrar Khan


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