Friday, November 9, 2007

The Clock starts Ticking..

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The unashamed façade is crumbling… The delicate veneer of lies is being shattered… Even as the military declares war on civil society, it has set in motion its own demise. The response of the police-state to the various student protests around the country has laid bare its own cowardice; they are scared of the students. They will try to suppress us further, to intimidate us into timid obedience. But we will not be silenced. In Complete Unity, we will lay bare the sins of the oppressors; In Complete Unity, we will voice ourselves against them; In Complete Unity, we will bring them down.
March on, my friends…

31 comments:

The Pakistani Spectator said...

The Pakistani Spectator fully supports and admires the courage shown by the students.

The Pakistani Spectator
pakspectator.blogspot.com

al-republican said...
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al-republican said...

Great going guys!

I have dedicated my latest post on my blog to you guys!

To the author of this blog: Please feel free to correct me on my opinions - I do not want to disseminate incorrect information in this critical time.

ej said...

please allow non-blogger accounts to post comments as well.

And Yes, when army thinks it can sit shamelessly while the biggest traitor gets away with anything, it's high time the most educated and true moderate tabqa (students, lawyers and media) of the society takes things in their own hands, As for democracy, if we can withstand and throw out dictators, we can throw out corrupt and opportunistic politicians as well.

Kamran said...

the people of pakistan need to bring down the very people who swore to protect us...but this struggle is at the moment not nationwide....i live in karachi...i know many people here who are interested in taking action but are afraid....if it were the police or rangers we could hadle them....but its the MQM that really scares the people here....they have ways to know who you are....and people think they may get violent on their families to enforce the will of the government (aka musharraf)....

Omar said...

The farce that is the current situation in our nation is brilliantly encapsulated in the utter idiocy that prevails on our television screens. What is also reflected in what we can watch on our screens is a total disregard and disrespect for anything that is lawful, but that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise all things considered.

If you browse the channels post Black Saturday you will find PTV regaling you with waves of brilliant satire and other rip roaring laugh riots. The PTV news especially is something that the Marx Brothers would have envied and something Woody Allen might still take inspiration from to revive a sadly sagging career. PTV provides all the fodder one could possibly need for a lifetime of lampooning especially those mind-boggling financial reports that suggest the country is the country is, thanks to current policymakers, going through an economic and cultural boom (those would be all those fashion shows Mr. Aziz likes to show his gora friends to stun them with our progressiveness and apparently the Pakistani masses have so much money to spend they just don’t know what to do with it! Welcome to 1984 and the wonderful world of Doublespeak, a language that one thought had died out with the crumbling of the Iron Curtain and the Berlin Wall and all the eventual fall of the grisly dictators that plagued South and Central American nations for so long, but fortunately the fine art is alive and flourishing right here on PTV like never before.

Then as if to absolutely underline an utter contempt for the law, the only channels that are flooding are TV waves are playing Indian movies which are officially banned by Pakistani law, but then, one forgets that there is no law at the moment. Fascism has come home to roost in this country – finally we are paying for the years of falsely glorifying our armed forces as being deities while in fact they are just mere mortals like the rest of us; no better, no worse. You thought Apartheid died with Mandela’s revolution in South Africa, well, yes and no because in fact Apartheid is alive and well here in Pakistan in a slightly altered form with the armed forces as the master-race and all civilians as their fodder; one a super class and the other the underclass.

Oh, incidentally the other channels we have on our screens after the imposition of Fascist Law are some cooking programs cooking up something fishy, some with mind-altering Indian soap operas, some sport channels pilfered off the satellite waves from South Africa without paying for them and then the obligatory quack pseudo-religious shows spewing hatred and of course the cartoon networks though the recently added local kids channel has been removed for being far too subversive no doubt, or perhaps it is run by people who have been deemed enemies of the state?

It is amazing that the internet has not yet been shut down but let us not speak too soon and be thankful for small mercies; that and being granted very generously the right to breathe for the moment. Amidst the gloom and deep depression that prevails there is a silver lining that is beginning to emerge and that is the youth of this country.
Tears well up watching the young students at LUMS and other colleges and Universities staging protests – tears of sheer pride, they are carrying on their young shoulders the burden of the nation and their bold steps will not be in vein. Let the Armed Forces, at long last not gain respect by sponsoring bad propaganda soap operas with ridiculous names like Wilco but by earning respect and admiration by doing the job an Army is supposed to perform; that being to defend this country from external threat, to uphold the constitution of this nation and certainly not to turn on its own people.

Every single Pakistani is supremely proud of their beloved armed forces and the soldiers who for example performed so heroically during the ghastly aftermath of the 2005 Earthquake, yet this respect and loyalty is seriously under threat as more and more so and with good reason their ex-heroes more as a parasite, and a treacherous two-faced usurper by the Pakistani public at large. Everywhere you look, you can see wealth that has been amassed by the Super class; the banks, housing societies, land, schools, hospitals, airlines, leasing firms, construction – all dominated by the them in one way or another. But the public may not be educated but they certainly aren’t stupid and nobody in this country is fooled by the motives of the present regime – now little more than a laughing stock in terms of respect from the common Pakistani. Gone is that brilliantly spin-doctored and nurtured glorious illusion and the worship of everything that is Fascistic.

The Youth of this nation have had enough and they are about to make their voices ring out loud and clear for the betterment of their country. Let a soldier or a policeman dare to try to fire a shot at a young Pakistani student, the entire country will be up in arms. The spark has been lit; the fire is burning and will consume those who are against liberty, for our freedom that our forefathers died for is not something true patriots are going to give up without one hell of a struggle. Violence does not have to be the answer as it can never provide a satisfactory solution to anything, yet when cornered, even pacifists will be left with only one choice; to defend themselves and their rights.

maeeju said...

Appeal for support to lawyers and judges in Pakistan



I am fortunate to be under house arrest while my colleagues are suffering. The Musharaf government has declared martial law to settle scores with lawyers and judges. While the terrorists remain on the loose and continue to occupy more space in Pakistan, senior lawyers are being tortured.

The civil society of Pakistan urges bar associations all over the world to mobilize public opinion in favor of the judges and lawyers in Pakistan. A large number of judges of superior courts are under arrest. Thousands of lawyers are imprisoned, beaten and tortured.

In particular the cases of Muneer A Malik, Aitzaz Ahsan, Tariq Mahmood and Ali Ahmed Kurd are serious. Muneer A Malik, the former President of the Supreme Court Bar Association and leader of the lawyers' movement has been shifted to the notorious Attack Fort. He is being tortured and is under the custody of the military intelligence. Tariq Mahmood, former President of the Supreme Court Bar Association, was imprisoned in Adiala jail. No one was allowed to see him and it is reported that he has been shifted to an unknown place. Mr. Ali Ahmed Kurd, former Vice Chair of the Pakistan Bar Council is in the custody of military intelligence and being kept at an undisclosed place. Mr. Aitzaz Ahsan, President of the Supreme Court Bar is being kept in Adiayala jail in solitary confinement.

Representatives of bar associations should approach their governments to pressure the government of Pakistan to release all lawyers and judges and immediately provide access to Muneer A Malik, Tariq Mahmood, Ali Ahmed Kurd and Aitzaz Ahsan. The bars are also urged to hold press conferences in their country and express their solidarity with the lawyers of Pakistan who are struggling to establish the rule of law.



Asma Jahngir

Advocate Supreme Court of Pakistan

Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan

Omar said...

is this omar s. khan?

also can we reproduce your post on our op-ed pages? let me know at omarq@cyber.net.pk

omar r. quraishi
op-ed pages editor
the news

Indian said...

Your neighbours, Indian students are with you. March on and do your might to protect Individual freedoms. We are so proud of you. Sar uthake jiyo, seena thanke chalo!!

asad said...

There will be a big Demonsrtation infront of Pakistan Embassy in Berlin Germany on Saturday 10 Nov.
Update u with details soon. Main organizer are students from Hamburg, Frankfurt and karlsruhe.

SiBlogger said...

Keep it up!

Us qaum ko shamsheer kee hajat nahi rehti
Ho khudi jis kay jawanon ki manand-e faulad
Allama Iqbal

That nation does need weapons
The resolve of whose youth is strong as iron

You are the future of Pakistan.

SiBlogger said...

Keep it up!

Us qaum ko shamsheer kee hajat nahi rehti
Ho khudi jis kay jawanon ki manand-e faulad
Allama Iqbal

That nation does need weapons
The resolve of whose youth is strong as iron

You are the future of Pakistan.

http://free-pakistan.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

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Zombi3 said...

GG ALL!!!

eMad said...

Power to Students. Truly it is this force, with no ulterior motives, and a true and inner belief that will rattle the very foundations upon which this regime has built itself.

mountainman said...

We salute the courage shown by students at LUMS, FAST, PU and other campuses. But let us not delude ourselves by saying that Mush is a temporary aberration from the norm followed by Pakistan's military, especially its top leadership. Those from Sindh and Balochistan have born the brunt of military oppression for a long time when Punjab slept peacefully or acquiesed in the projects of military domination in Bengal and Balochistan. For instance, Balochistan University has been under seige for several months now because the students decided to stand up to an ex-military VC who runs the campus like a garrison. It comes as no surprise then that Baloch leaders /activist bear a disproportionate share of the military's ire even in the current struggle in which their numerical participation is less: Ali Ahmed Kurd, Hasil Bizenjo and Yousuf MastiKhan just to name a few who have been charged with treason and are being tortured by secret agencies in undisclosed locations. As important as the current protests are, they should be seen as a part of a long-term strategy to end military intervention and adventurism, esp in marginalized areas such as Balochistan and NWFP.

Fauja_tain_patas said...

Fauja_tain_patas said...



Musharraf and Nadeem Taj, ISI chief have a shouting match
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Insiders in Pakistan army reveal that General Nadeem Taj (relative of Sehba Musharraf) was at the presidency last night. Nadeem Taj is architect of the recent emergency/martial law.

The brainstorming session soon degenerated into "blamestorming".

Nadeem Taj refused to take blame for the fiasco and refused to resign. This kind of defiance is unprecedented in Pakistan army.

Inam said...

I fully agree with what's said above. In solidarity with all of you anti-Musharraf regime. Soon, I hope, we will be rocking the streets accross the country. Let's prepare for that day, and never let this struggle down. The military junta and and its Big Boss, the United States, need to be told that once united, no one can break us apart. Never forget that this is our land, our people and they have occupied it for long. Let's not forget that unity among our ranks on a minimum agenda, as Justice Wajihuddin told me the other day, is the prime stone for victory.

In soldiarity, and ready for action...

M Junaid Khan said...

I greatly appreciate the students and specially the administration of LUMS as i never expected them to come out in such huge numbers.
I fully appreciate your just struggle and my blog page "Pakistan-The Land of Pure"
http://thelandofpure.blogspot.com/ is always there for you people
Keep it up!

Anonymous said...

Go Lions! Go fu%% Musharraf.

saba said...

Extremely proud of the student community. There's hope for a better tomorrow for Pakistan because our student community has a conscience. Down with the regime!

Syed Umair Javed said...

fuck musharraf...............we will bring you down once and for all!

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matthew broussard said...

if there is a ban on"assembly" that doesn't necessarily exclude collective protest on a massive level. if people gather to protest they create an easy target for the oppressive police. would it be possible to have aprotest which is capillary: dispersed throughout the territory and society? could all interested protester and concerned citizens just stop what their doing at a specific time: say 11:30 am on monday, and step into the street blocking traffic, wherever they happen to be? the police can't be everywhere, all the time. and such a move would stop the country dead in its tracks for a long while due to ensuing logistical problems and also send a stong message to the govenment: the same one which Ms Bhutto said: "they can't arreste everyone" especially if they aren't all in the same place. and that the country can shut the military down, even without having means or money or arms. in the wake of a media blackout and oppressive military force, one could imagine taking advantage of alternative ways of thinking: exactly what the military is incaple of.

Anonymous said...

people i talk to around lahore say, if the students come out in the streets, the government will fall.

nate said...

If possible, and if you're not already, I might suggest you use http://twitter.com to broadcast messages about when/where to meet and/or ongoing news coverage. People can subscribe to receive text messages via SMS on their phones or other ways.

Also, if you do, I might suggest using a hashtag so the news you put out can be aggregated. Something like #pkemergency or #pakistanconflict. Obviously the smaller the better, but it still needs to be understandable.

Please start doing this so we can aggregate the news you guys are putting out.

Thanks.

Boorie Rana said...

Wow, how proud we must be of all our 'protests' and 'rallies' and 'what not' against Musharaf!....But have you guys ever thought of the real life consequences it is going to bring to our country?...
If you think that Musharaf is the enemy around here then 'aaaaaiiiin' WRONG ANSWER!!! We ALL are the enemies of this homeland!...WE protest because we do not want the government to run properly, we want it to fail comprehensively...what do you think by protesting against the Government, things are going to get better??? Sorry, but its only going to make our futures worse! Today its a simple protest, tomorrow its going to a civil war! Ask yourselves sincerely, do we all want something as bad as a civil war to victimize our homeland? Our loved ones to die right before our eyes? See America attack us like She did on Iraq? on Afghanistan? And ask India to rule us? With all of you dreaming of a better tomorrow, getting good education from LUMS or NUST or FAST or IBA or "whatever" and then ending up with nothing in your hands? All of you here on this blog have atleast this much money in hand that if civil war breaks, you'll easily flee to Europe or America or Australia, i guarantee, none of you will stay! But what about those who cant go? who dont even have enough money to buy supper let alone going abroad, WHAT ABOUT THEM? Have you ever thought about it? They'll have to go through the hell that YOU guys created by protesting in the first place!
I'm sorry but if that's the kind of future you want? GO for protests!...
What's the difference between us and illiterate people then?...Remember, we're the leaders here, we have to lead the illiterate ones...are we going to lead them to a rebellion? Such a pity, bright, hard working and EDUCATED students with a shallow thinking!

fauja_tain_patas said...

Please delete my earlier message. I am starting to feal the hear, if you know what I mean.

Thanks!
Please do it immediately.

Sameen said...

To Boorie Rana: First of all, I don't think anyone is planning a civil war here. We are holding PEACEFUL protests to register our concerns about the violence and injustices being carried out by our government.
Secondly, there are already civil wars going on in Pakistan. People are not leaving en masse as you predict. People who are abroad care enough about the situation right now to want to come back and to do what they can where they are.
Thirdly, it is ignorant and unrealistic to sit back and watch while innocent people are beaten, brutalised and arrested. Many of these people are women and children. This battle is not just that of the students of LUMS and FAST and other universities. It is YOUR battle because at the moment, you have NO rights. The police can come and arrest you for no reason, they can even kill you. Nobody deserves that kind of treatment and nobody deserves to be told they are incapable of democracy or human rights.
So, please understand that this above just 'us'. It's about this country and future generations. It's about making a statement that injustice will not be tolerated. And to say all of this, to do all of this, is our right and no one can take it away.

dasher said...

Please delete Fauja's earlier message.

Anonymous said...

This is my contribution to show the world how much we despise this world's most organised & disciplined gang aka Pakistan Army.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vy17zlAeL20

Nigraan said...

Ooook... Cool down buddy. The delicate 'veneer' was never that solid was it? Who among 'us' has had some great illusions that were actually 'shattered' by the military regime's latest actions? I think most of us figured that they would basically resort to just about ANYthing to hang on... Ever since the Chief Justice fiasco earlier, this really shouldn't be such a major surprise. Not to underestimate the value of such words - this talk of war, timid obedience, 'Complete Unity' is probably pretty good as a rallying cry before a protest march on the street (or better still in a Braveheart or Gladiator type light-of-every-teenage-boy's-eyes movie, complete with action figures)... However, let's face it. We should pretty much have been expecting this. Remember the times when Nawaz got people to trash newspaper offices when bad news was being reported? So what else is new? Yes, the sheer scale of the brutality is actually pretty disturbing. But let's face it - that's just because we're seeing it reach the centre and that's where the cameras are and that's where are aquaintances are. Meanwhile, on the periphery this has been happening for YEARS and YEARS... even before Musharraf. Now it is not so easy for those at the centre to dismiss this as putting down trouble created by trouble-making traitors who HAVE to be dealt with, painful though it is... (sigh) he events are the same, our attitude is what has changed. And my own deepest regret that scrapes and clenches my insides is that we did not do anything then. We did not do anything for them. Yes, we spoke. But we did not DO anything.