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Friday, August 21, 2009

Why treason trial is not doable, Canadian Government `mindset' blamed for abuse of our Muslims abroad

Multiple sources with direct knowledge of what happened in the corridors of power between August 11 and August 18 last year said that the deal that finally saw Musharraf’s departure was cobbled together by the top PPP leaders, including President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, US Ambassador to Pakistan Anne W Patterson, Britain’s special envoy to Pakistan Sir Mark Lyall Grant and an emissary of the King of Saudi Arabia.“The bottom line of this deal was to grant Pervez Musharraf a graceful departure from the Presidency with guarantees that there would no impeachment or court proceedings against him in future,” said a senior official with the direct knowledge of what happened in the decisive week. Why treason trial is not doable - Kamran Khan

You remember Liliane Khadour, don't you? She was among those at the Canadian high commission in Nairobi who caused Suaad Hagi Mohamud all that grief. Well, the diplomat's tour of duty has "concluded" – as in, terminated. But she clearly was not alone in creating the mess. What's being done about the other officials? And what's Ottawa doing about the chorus of complaints about the attitude of Canadian immigration officials in Nairobi toward Somalis, including visiting Somali Canadians? And what of Stephen Harper? After refusing for weeks to tend to the case, he has been cleverly distancing his government from this shameful episode. He shouldn't be allowed to get away with it. He began last Thursday with the innuendo that Mohamud's was "not an easy case," implying there was more to it than meets the eye. If so, let's hear it, Prime Minister. The next day, he urged Canadians to be cautious when abroad, implying that she hadn't been. Fact: she had done nothing wrong, except to visit her sick mother. He then made a particularly misleading statement: "We do our best to aid those in various forms of difficulty, but ultimately we're not the sovereign government once people leave our territory." Fact: it was not Kenyans, but Canadian officials who were the main culprits.

This week, Harper said: "When we became aware last week ..." Is that the royal "we"? Or is he referring to his office? In either case, it's not reassuring that the Prime Minister and/or his entourage didn't know what most Canadians did. Government `mindset' blamed for abuse of our Muslims abroad


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