Archive for November, 2011

November 26, 2011

Jalil Reki’s murder is a test case for rights champion Sherry Rehman – by Laibaah

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While elite media and human rights organizations are currently busy in projecting Sherry Rehman (Pakistan’s new Ambassador to the USA) as a champion of human rights in Pakistan, here is a first opportunity for Ambassador Rehman to demonstrate her commitment to human rights not only in Pakistan but also internationally.

A dead body that had been found dumped in the Aap Sar area of Turbat two days ago was identified on Thursday (24 Nov 2011) as being that of Baloch Republican Party (BRP) Central Informational Secretary Jalel Reki.

According to the victim’s father, Jalil Reki was whisked away on February 13, 2009, by a group of armed men

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November 24, 2011

Husain Haqqani’s replacement with Sherry Rehman was jointly engineered by Uncle Sam and Pakistan Army – by Laibaah

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This is not a definitive post, however, there are some indications to suggest that at least some USA officials were, to some extent, on board with Pakistan army in trapping and ultimately deseating Ambassador Husain Haqqani in the memogate scandal.

Admiral Mullen initially denied the existence of any memo, only to miraculously find a copy a week later. Why did Mullen first deny and then remember the memo? Was the memory trick to gain something from Pakistan army and repair relations – perhaps by agreeing on person equally acceptable to the USA and the

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November 24, 2011

Pakistan’s urban elitist liberals must not uncritically promote Sherry Rehman

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“My identity is that I am Pakistani and we are first class citizens here, no matter how pushed around we are.” – Sherry Rehman (interview with Huma Imtiaz in 2010)

Related posts: Some gems from Declan Walsh’s article promoting Sherry Rehman

Where Ansar Abbasi and Mosharraf Zaidi converge: “PPP killed Sherry Rehman’s bill”

Adil Najam and his pseudo-liberals’ outpouring of sympathy for Sherry Rehman – by Sarah Khan

I was shocked but not surprised to see a swift somersault in Pakistan’s urban elite’s discourse on Twitter on 23 November 2011 in the aftermath of Prime Minister Gilani’s decision to replace Ambassador Husain Haqqani with

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November 22, 2011

Misappropriating Imam Hussain for Husain Haqqani

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Husain Haqqani’s resignation and urban elites’ sham-e-ghariban on Twitter

Related post: Husain Haqqani, memogate and urban elites’ pandemonium on Twitter

Chiltan salma jafar
Now please! the country has a lot of Real problems and we need to move on.

JunaidQaiser Junaid Qaiser
HH’s resignation won’t weaken D civilian govt. I’d say that 1’s departure as #US envoy can’t stop democratic

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November 21, 2011

Husain Haqqani’s press corps – by Nadir Hassan

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Related posts: Husain Haqqani, memogate and urban elites’ pandemonium on Twitter

Husain Haqqani’s resignation and urban elites’ sham-e-ghariban on Twitter

A critical analysis of Husain Haqqani vs Mansoor Ijaz saga

If there is anyone more upset than the PPP government about what increasingly looks like the end of Husain Haqqani’s tenure in Washington, it is Islamabad’s press corps. During his time as Pakistan’s ambassador to the US, Haqqani was always freely available for comment and loved nothing more than to give an unsolicited titbit or two, ironically enough, usually on BBM.

But journalists are also finally realising how Haqqani may have played them. Soon after Mansoor Ijaz wrote his infamous column in the Financial Times, Haqqani was quick to get into action. He was typically vigorous in giving off-the-record briefings, all of them trashing Ijaz as a fabulist. He would begin by

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November 21, 2011

Memogate: Urban fake liberals and right wingers’ coordinated plan against democracy

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Husain Haqqani’s resignation and urban elites’ sham-e-ghariban on Twitter

Usual suspects have approached the Lahore High Court to place Ambassador Husain Haqqani’s name in the Exit Control List!

This is a serious development which suggests that noose tightens even further around Husain Haqqani. ISI-stooges (Iftikhar Chaudhry loving, Imran Khan worshipping lawyers) have approached the

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November 19, 2011

Memogate: Mr. P kon tha? – by Safdar Abbas Syed

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President Zardari in a meeting Mr. P and Mr. P

زرداری حکومت گرانے کے لیے سرگرم ’مسٹر پی‘ کون تھا؟

لندن (صفدر عباس سید) پاکستان میں’میموگیٹ‘ کو لیکر منتخب حکومت کے گرد تواپوزیشن جماعتیں اور میڈیا گھیرا تنگ کرتے جا رہے ہیں لیکن کسی نے ابھی تک یہ نہیں پوچھا کہ سینئر پاکستانی سفارتکار کے ساتھ بلیک بیری مسیجنگ تبادلے میں پاکستانی امریکن بزنس مین منصور اعجاز نے

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November 18, 2011

Mansoor Ijaz’s interview with Dawn newspaper, names Husain Haqqani as the man behind the memo

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Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani. — File photo

WASHINGTON: Mansoor Ijaz, a Pakistani-American businessman, told Dawn on Thursday that it indeed was Ambassador Husain Haqqani who asked him to deliver an alleged incendiary memo to the then American military chief days after the May 2 US raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound, seeking his help to avert a possible military coup in Pakistan.

Ijaz also said he decided to disclose the contents of this alleged secret memo because

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November 18, 2011

Copy of Mansoor Ijaz’s secret memo to Admiral Mullen, Ijaz claims memo authored by Husain Haqqani

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Related posts: Haqqani must resign: A PPP Jiyala’s view on the memogate

Husain Haqqani, memogate and urban elites’ pandemonium on Twitter

Husain Haqqani’s resignation and urban elites’ sham-e-ghariban on Twitter

Memogate: Mullen throws Husain Haqqani under the bus

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Download memo at this link: Mansoor Ijaz Memo

Transcript:

CONFIDENTIAL MEMORANDUM

BRIEFING FOR ADM. MIKE MULLEN, CHAIRMAN, JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF

During the past 72 hours since a meeting was held between the president, the prime minister

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November 17, 2011

Express Tribune must not distort facts about Husain Haqqani

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It is now well established that by virtue of his influential position as Pakistan Ambassador to the USA and excellent social skills, Ambassador Haqqani has been able to create a personal clout within Pakistan’s urban elites, most of whom remain vehemently anti-PPP and anti-Zardari.

In the aftermath of the memogate, currently many urban-centric writers, bloggers in Pakistan and internationally are busy in presenting Ambassador Haqqani as indispensable for democracy in Pakistan, promoting his real and imaginary services to democracy and the PPP. This issue has been dealt in detail in a previous post which can be read here.

In the present post, we would like to present only one example of

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November 17, 2011

Husain Haqqani, memogate and urban elites’ pandemonium on Twitter

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Related posts: Husain Haqqani’s resignation and urban elites’ sham-e-ghariban on Twitter

A critical analysis of Husain Haqqani vs Mansoor Ijaz saga

Express Tribune must not distort facts about Husain Haqqani

There is a great pandemonium of urban (fake) liberals on Twitter. Mansoor Ijaz has published his BBM conversations with an unknown government official. Admiral Mullen has finally acknowledged that the memo in fact existed and was delivered to him. Najam Sethi has predicted that Husain Haqqani might soon lose his job. Husain Haqqani himself has offered to resign.

With the much speculated resignation of Husain Haqqani in sight, there is an environment of mourning in the circle of Pakistan’s urban elites on Twitter.

غلام بھاگتے پھرتے ہیں مشعلیں لے کر
محل پہ ٹوٹنے والا ہو آسماں جیسے

(Loose translation: Slaves are running around in a state of frenzy as if the sky is going to fall on the palace.)

It is quite entertaining to see known PPP-phobes or Zardari-phobes to see competing with each other praising Ambassador Haqqani and highlighting his indispensability to Pakistan and PPP. Those who usually keep complete silence

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November 16, 2011

Hajj concludes ‘peacefully’ with bloody batons — by Abbas Zaidi

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Hajj is a great opportunity for freedom of expression and a great opportunity to breathe freedom in the holiest Muslim place in the world. But then freedom is anathema to the House of Saud

According to AFP and SPA news agencies, Saudi Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdel Aziz has hailed the ‘success’ of this year’s hajj “despite the risk of chaos feared in the wake of the Arab Spring”. He especially referred to “some pilgrims” (read Iranian/Shia), who he said had planned to “exploit the international and regional changes taking place to cause chaos”.

When Nayef was elevated to crown prince a few weeks

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November 13, 2011

Why Imran Khan should be worried about PTI’s Vice President Shahid Qazi’s resignation – by Laibaah

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Imran Khan and his political party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) suffered its biggest blow yet as one of its main leaders from Balochistan resigned, alleging that the party was toeing the line of Pakistan’s all powerful military establishment.

According to news reports, Central Vice President of Imran Khan’s PTI, Shahid Qazi resigned from the party blaming the central leadership of ignoring the province. Shahid Qazi, who is also a member of PTI’s Central Executive Committee (CEC) and its core group, also tendered his resignation from the basic membership of the PTI.

Qazi listed several grievances against the party chief Imran Khan including

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November 12, 2011

My romance with Imran Khan – by Asmat Randhawa

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Imran Khan has organized no dharnas against Baloch genocide and Shia genocide


I have been fan of Imran Khan since 1991, the time when I could not even spell his name in English. After winning the cricket world cup, he became the blue eyed boy of the nation. Later on his philanthropist work for building cancer hosptial and later building an educational insitution of a high standard made him even more popular for many like me in Pakistan. His political views, however, were confusing for people like me specially his

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November 10, 2011

Liberal fascists launch an attack on Imran Khan’s financial credibility – by Riaz Malik Hajjaji

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About the author

As the tail wind of the Hazrat Imran Khan Tsunami, I want to inform you, my millions of readers, of the latest media attacks by the liberal fascists on Imran Khan.  We all know that in Pakistan, the media is dominated by liberal fascists like Kamran Shafi, Farhat Taj, Dr. Taqi, Nadeem Paracha, Fasi Zaki and Dr. Siddiqa. These are

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November 6, 2011

Please forgive Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan – by Laibaah

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The following statement by Dr. AQ Khan has been recently published in several newspapers:

Instead of criticizing Zardari and Nawaz, Imran must suggest solutions
ISLAMABAD: Dr Abdul Qadeer, a renowned scientist, has said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) neither possesses a team nor a party, hence can’t bring about a revolution. Talking to a private TV channel, he said that in other provinces there was anarchy and killings but the Punjab Chief Minister was being targeted over a natural calamity, dengue. Without an appropriate leadership, slogans

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November 5, 2011

Javid Naseer Rind, another Baloch journalist silenced by the Deep State – by Laibaah

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Another Baloch journalist, Javid Naseer Rind, was killed today. His mutilated dead body was recovered from Khuzdar.

Javid Naseer Rind, the former Deputy Editor of Daily Tawar, a leading anti-military-state Baloch newspaper published in Urdu language, was kidnapped on 10 September 2011 from Hub Chowki, Lasbela, the industrial town of Balochistan. Police quoting eyewitnesses said abductors were riding in two separate cars who held Javed Naseer at gun-point and bundled him into the car and drove

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November 4, 2011

JI-USIP Report: Pakistan Elite’s Mindless Quest for Lebensraum – by Abbas Zaidi

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Abandon hope all ye who enter here (Dante Alighieri)

These past few weeks Pakistan’s print and electronic media has been awash with articles and talk shows vociferously supporting “Pakistan, the United States and the End Game in Afghanistan: Perceptions of Pakistan’s Foreign Policy Elite” produced by Islamabad-based Jinnah Institute (JI) and United States Institute of Peace (USIP), the report is

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November 3, 2011

A critical analysis of Husain Haqqani vs Mansoor Ijaz saga

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Related posts: Deconstructing Husain Haqqani – by Aamir Mughal and Sarah Khan

Qasida-e-Husain-Haqqani – by Malik Siraj Akbar

I have no major issues with personal clouts and tribal loyalties as long as such clouts and loyalties are used for collective, not personal, benefit. However, questions arise when individuals with shady past and dubious present misappropriate intellectual and political capital of a political party to create and activate a media tribe to promote their personal interests while ignoring or even

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November 3, 2011

Journalism and the plight of Baloch

by Mureed Bizenjo

Not a single day passes without abduction, torture, arrests and enforced disappearances of the Baloch people in the largest but the most underprivileged province of Balochistan by the state-run institutions, military and Para-military forces.  Journalists in Balochistan are cleverly monitored, either threatened or forced to halt their activities if their publications happen to go beyond the content of journalism defined by the state. If not that, their bullet-riddled tortured or headless bodies may be found somewhere on the roadside. Studies by the nonprofit committee to protect journalists reveal that 16 journalists were killed in 2010, and 9 have died so far in 2011. The state perpetrates all

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