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Posted December 27, 2007on:
The Bhutto Assassination has already begun to have severe impacts on the world. While people are crying and mourning, a very close friend, disheartened and tied up with family problems says that his city is dead, the rest of the country is on fire.
Individuals all over the world, particularly the states are the aftershocks of the massive quake that is shaking the country. Texas, a state with a major population being Desi’s have been reporting on the unrest and tension in cities such as Sugarland (Read the Houston Chronicle’s post with Barkat Charania Here).
Imagine this: with so much tension, one wrong move or one wrong word on the part of any prominent leader or organization may spark riots. There are supporters of each political party in the United States as there as in Pakistan, and there may well be fights emerging between them- this across the seas, tens of thousands of miles from where the tragedy occured. If this happens in every major country, not only will there be stress in Pakistan, but in other countries leading to stress on Pakistan. This may call for the United States to topple the military and the current care taker government for its interests in order to re-stabilize the scenario in both the local and international communities.
Earlier the same day, a few members of Nawaz Sharif’s party were shot and killed by an opposition party. We set light to our own busses and cars. Pakistani brothers and sisters, we must realize that this does nothing but cause more anger and we are the ones who with our own hands add to the loss.
The future prospects of Pakistan? The General Elections? This is how it might carry on: No other emergency or martial law is imposed. A new political candidate is selected for PPP and will have an equal chance at winning the elections as did Bhutto, despite having no prominence. The popularity of the party has already been boosted even further by what has ensued and now, PPP will not think in terms of a candidate winning the elections, rather, the political party, an ideology, a movement winning the election. The saviors?
Nawaz Sharif has an increased chance of winning the election now, however. With a major competing candidate out of the way, the PPP being dispersed, it remains to be seen if they can pull back together. In the meanwhile, Nawaz has an open gateway to win a major amount of votes.
The Musharraf regime has and will constantly come under critical fire from the country and foreign allies, and although Musharraf will be blamed in particular, each member of the party is at risk of revengeful crimes.
For the record, it is not clear as to whether this is Al Qaeda or another faction that was responsible for this event. Benazir was a secular leader and so had attracted hatred from extremists.
A word about the way the assassination was committed. There was enough security for guns to have not been allowed in the procession. However, the security may not have been too tight in terms of being able to detect explosives (this is after all, a suicide bombing). Since Benazir’s vehicle was surrounded by individuals, the explosion may have been intended to disperse the crowd, leaving Benazir an open target for any sharp shooters. Benazir’s political style may have also been studied by the assassins, since the vehicle glass was bullet proof. However, usually, Bhutto pulls down the window to wave at the crowd and so, it is plausible that the assassins may have played on Bhutto’s predictable method. The assassination was also committed at the same location as the late Liaquat Ali was killed. This cannot be a coincidence.
It is official. Benazir Bhutto, leader of the Pakistani People’s Party has been assassinated in Pakistan in a rally. Bhutto died of a gunshot wound to the neck, after which a suicide bomber blew himself up – this according to CNN. There is perhaps a lot of speculation, mourning and anger looming in the air. Everything seems to be chaotic, and the recent socio-political situation of Pakistan is reminiscent of a phrase, “order out of chaos.” When I wrote the articles, As the Fog Clears Parts 1 and 2, on Chowrangi, I never considered this a possibility.
It is important at this point to focus, not on what has happened, but what will ensue in what I believe will be a series of events leading either to a revolution or, well, nothing. People will either eventually forget about it, or instead of just demanding justice, will take it into their own hands.
A major portion of the Pakistani population and ex-pats will say that this is the Musharraf government at work – Satan at his best. But please, countrymen, let us not over-attribute, and remember that Bhutto had a lot of enemies. This assassination may well be an attempt to defame the Musharraf government. All the same, it is not even rational (at this point) to rule out that this was not an assassination attempt by the Pakistan Muslim League (PML, Musharraf’s Party).
It may well be Nawaz Sharif to secure his throne, since he is the obvious rebounder. Although Sharif claims to now boycott the election, he has done so before, only to compete in the January 2008 elections.
It may well be Mr. Zardari, who may come back to Pakistan with renewed vigor and lead his party to salvation. After all, he does have a disturbing track record.
It may well be the local or foreign intelligence agencies, trying all the more to destabilize Pakistan through internal stress.
It may very well be the Taliban, or other local extremists.
What I am trying to say here is not that one of these individuals or organizations have committed a heinous crime, a murder, deciding the fate of not just a country, but of human beings; rather what I am trying to say is that there are an equal number of possibilities as to what happened and why and that we must reserve judgement. What happens in a country such as Pakistan, which is so famous in the international media, has global repercussions. We must contain ourselves before we give our state up for grabs to a number of ill-intending entities. Let us not be another Afghanistan, another Palestine, another Iraq, or perhaps Iran.
Stay in your local communities. Keep a vigilant eye out for any suspected activities, and report to the police on their hotline numbers (Madadgar 15 in Karachi) of even the remotest suspected threat. Take care of chores during those times of day when there are not a lot of people gathered together. A suicide bomber is going to target a large crowd, not a dispersed one. Look for people wearing thick heavy clothing (for they may well be c4 strapped to the chest), some people with their hands constantly in their pockets, or those people you have not seen before.
Avoid keeping your cars outside of a safe and secure area, for this may allow enemies to use them in their illegal activities. Avoid taking routes which are deserted for that matter, for you may be stopped by dacoits or kidnappers. Stay out of home for as little as possible. Arrive from work early. Take extra security measures in securing your home and family. Be prepared for any emergencies (include a first aid kit, clean water, toiletries and important legal documents).
My brothers and sisters, this is a dark and gloomy day for all of us. Stay strong, Pakistan.
If anyone would like to add anything else, please do so.
To understand what happened in Pakistan roughly Sixty One hours ago, one needs to take a look at and understand the sociology and workings of the media. This article is not meant to be a critical analysis of the situation. The author is not directly involved. This article is also not meant to be one of scholarly stature.
The independent media, as we now know it, came to Pakistan roughly 10 years ago. Along with broadcasters and news channels, came a wave of employment, talent and economic progress. The independent media was allowed in by the government, but was funded by private institutions. Whereas the exact location of the funding is not known, there is no doubt that a lot of the funding may come from political institutions or “parties” as we know them in Pakistan. Just as in the west, CNN and Fox News have completely differing opinions and views, so does the same thing happen in Pakistan. The reason for different views are the investors. If a party or institution invests in the media, they want to see their own views reflected. This is what happens in the west: one news channel is for the Republicans, whereas the other is for the Conservatives (for sake of argument). This is one reason why the Pakistani media has been so leftist. The views reflected are not necessarily of the public, nor of the employees, rather, the views of those who pay wages to these employees, in turn shaping not only their view, but also the public.
A lot of the times, the media resorts to sensationalism. What is sensationalism? Dog bites Man. This is old news. We already know the outcome. Man bites Dog. Hold on: rewind. What was that? Man bites Dog. This is sensationalism: it immediately stirs the listener’s mind and is the cause for great hype. I hear this news, call up a friend and tell him what the media is showing in turn setting off a chain reaction of television sets being turned on. This leads to profit: The sole motive of any privately run institution. In context of what is happening currently in Pakistan, then, the dramatic background music, images of clashes between security officials and civilians, and riots all form a part of sensationalism, enticing the viewer to turn on the television set. Whatever the truth, does not matter, television is selling, making money and that is the true motive. This adds to the leftist tilt.
Many on occasions, the media will side with the viewer to give them what they want to see and hear. In the context of Pakistan, a lot of people side with one of the political parties such as PPP, MQM, and PML-N. The presidents of these parties hold either spiritual or tribal hierarchical significance. The followers – or “underlings” for lack of words – of these leaders then side with the party that they represent. So, if I was to consider Mr. Altaf Hussain as my “pir,” to incur his goodwill, I would also side with his party, the MQM. As a result, a large majority of the populace sides with one particular view, usually that of the party leader. To have the party leaders (who may or may not finance the television broadcasters) views reflected, along with the crowd, the media rakes in more ratings and approval. Never mind if the views these stations reflect are very leftist, it brings in more money and higher ratings. This partly answers the question: “so are all the T.V. channels lying?” They are just being businessmen.
With reference to Geo, a highly popular news channel, I would like to draw attention to what it did wrong. Over my examination of the archival footage from Geo, I noticed that when anchormen are in phone conversations with prominent figures and correspondents, note how when there is a hint of something being said which is contrary to the view held by the station, the anchormen cuts the individual off and asks another question. An example was when a spokesperson for the Pakistan Human Civil Rights Association was discussing the conditions of the seventy odd members who were arrested. The question asked was about the size of the jail being too small to fit so many individuals. As the spokesperson went on to say that she did not think the size was too small, the anchormen interrupted, asking her another question.
Over years, especially in Canada, there have been independent institutions which govern and judge the media’s actions, both private and state-owned. For a brief period, there were new broadcasting acts and amendments to these acts every year. For the record, Canada is a country which is has existed since about the mid 1500’s. Pakistan’s media, having not even reached adolescence, has a lot left to be desired. In his conference, Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said that there are rules that need to be followed, the media needs to be sensitive to people and that all of this is fair. Anyone of rational thought would agree that an organization breaks down if there are no set laws or policies governing the institution. The Prime Minister mentioned that criticism, especially constructive criticism is always welcome. I would like to add, however, that bashing, culminating hatred, and maligning government institutions is equal to treason. The PEMRA ordinances are just like the broadcasting acts in Canada in context of social and political sphere. The media needs to come to the table to sort out an understanding.
Dr. Shahid Masood, a very well respected man of high integrity stated on national television that their job as the media was to show a balanced account of what was happening, to show that in society and politics, there are two edges. However, no one from the Musharraf Regime was coming forth to the media to discuss and explain even if over the phone, as to why certain actions were taken. I believe this is a genuine problem, and I laud Dr. Shahid Masood for stating this. Discourse and debate needs to take place for the citizens of Pakistan to gain a better understanding. Note however, Dr. Shahid Masood said the above on Geo TV with whom he does not have any direct ties, and consequently, may not reflect Geo’s or its financial backers’ opinion. Constantly, there were calls from individuals of all stature condemning what is happening in our country except those from the current government giving food for thought for the general masses, trying to take them into confidence. Were the calls being filtered out, not being made by the Geo staff for comment is something that may well be under speculation. Note also, that breaking the laws imposed by the government, Geo still broadcasts to Pakistan albeit on the web.
We have to understand that our history is not a pleasant one. We have gained independence while being burnt at the stake, brutally murdered, beaten and made victims of many other gory acts. As such, we as Pakistanis think with our hearts not with our brains. We do not try to analyze the situation, rather attack on what the media feeds to us. Given, what happened should not have, but we have to ask ourselves, if that is purely the current administration’s fault. Did we as individuals, and as society as a whole have any role in the events that unfolded? Did our rage and impatience help at all? What happened was not a good thing, but was necessary. We as bastard children of the media do not understand the importance of functional government, especially since we have rarely ever been part of a democracy, if at all. However, we need to take action, not by coming to the streets and chanting spells of hatred, rather use wit and intellect to overcome the situation: we need to look forward to what can be done, as opposed to fight about what happened and why.
In the end I would like to express my own personal opinion: I support the President Pervez Musharraf and his administration fully, Dr. Shahid Masood an individual I hold in high esteem and regards and the Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz. All the while I hope and pray for the country’s salvation, and for the Lord to grant us understanding, patience, love and humility.
Note: This is going to be very unprofessional and roughly transcribed.
- PCO imposed due to Judiciary’s action against Executive and for working against War-on-Terror
- Only 4 Judges from Supreme Court take oath under new PCO
- 16 Judges in Lahore refuse to take oath
- 23 Judges refuse to take oath in Sigh High Court, only four take oath under PCO
- CJ of Peshawar High Court refused to take PCO oath
- 17 Judges Full Court Bench is now announced for Current Situation
- Top Generals are meeting General Musharraf in President House
- General Musharraf will perform “Meray Azeez Hum Watano” at 11:00 PST
- Police surround Imran Khan’s residence
- Aitezaz arrested
- Judges of Sindh High Court ordered to report to Governor House for new PCO oath
- Police surrounds house of Aitzaz Ahsan’s house
- Mobile phones shutdown in Islamabad by orders of National Security Council
- Supreme Court emergency session suspends PCO – Geo TV
- Suspension of 1973 Constitution is Martial Law – Dr. Shahid Masood
- 1973 Constitution Suspended in Pakistan
- ARMY Enters Supreme Court – Chief Justice Supreme Court Iftikhar Chauhdry fired by Army
- Emergency to be only imposed on Judiciary and Media – Geo TV
- Musharraf to perform “Meray Azeez Hum Watano” tonight
- Emergency Bar council meetings announced
- 30 minutes deadline given to all cable operators in Pakistan to stop Private TV Channels – ARY
- Roads to Judges colony in Islamabad blocked – ARY
- TV channels shutdown in Pakistan – ARY
-pakistan is at a dangerous turn.
-painful, important decision.
-if action not taken immediately, pakistan in danger.
-one promise: what ever i do, whatever decision i have taken, first and foremost taken on the foundation of pakistan. Pakistan first.
-above personal gains, considerations, pakistan first.
-Entire country thinks along the same lines.
-Past few months, Pakistan has faced many circumstances.
-Frankly speaking: fundamentalism, terrorism, suicide bombings all over pakistan at its edge.
-no one scared of law enforcement agencies.
-Sadly, all of this is also happening in the HEART of pakistan, Islamabad.
-trying to take rit of government. Govt. within a govt.
-Fundamental ideologies being imposed.
-In my view, this is a direct attack on Pakistan’s principles.
-Government situation: semi-paralysis. All senior govt. officials taking rounds of courts. Being punished. Being embarassed in the courts.
-Therefore, they are not taking any decision. 100 suo-moto cases in the supreme court and 1000s of applications. All cases are concerned with govt executives.
-Law enforcement agencies: demoralized, particularly in Islamabad. No hope, lost hope: all officers being punished by the supreme court. 10 officers convicted. scared of action.
-Democracy: obstacles. 3 stage transition was proposed towards democracy. From failed, defaulted state. stage 1: 99-02 total control. Stage 2: 02-07 Democratic system, elected govts, senate, assemblies, etc.
-Overseen by Musharraf, governed by the democracy. Made a record, every institution completed their term. Last Stage of this transition: Was certain when assemblies finish their tenure, there will be presidential elections.
then general elections. Then elected govt. Political reconciliation. FULL democracy. I had hoped for this.
-Unfortunately, some elements are trying to interefere, causing obstacles, not allowing this even though all the time has passed, only a few months were left. Purposely, for personal political gain.
-With great sadness, I have to say We were going towards success and now everything indicates we’re going downwards, but I am still trying to stop.
-Investors, so much money coming in, has stopped. They are looking if Pakistan is going to be stable or should be establish somewhere else. 7 years of imrprovement, infrastructure, telecomm, IT, building and construction.
-Social sector: education and health: success based on this, unfortunately, god forbid, this hard work doesnt get washed.
-Based on all of these reasons, the country has become a victim of unhappiness.
-I am being mocked. I have been listening to this. Watching in disbelief. I had hoped that we will rise above all of the hardships. This has not happened. Conditions becoming worse.
-In media, I would like to say that even media (some channels) and some programs have contributed to this negativism, downslide. I am sad because this is the same media who I gave independance to. Only PTV existed.
Media needed to be independent. I asked to stop negativism. They can be independent but be responsible.
-I ask the entire country why this happened. I think this is because of judicial activism. The lawmakers are being challenged.
-On recommendation of the primeminister I sent supreme judicial council against the CJ. I had no personal gains. But i was pointed but I did not say anything but those events lead to this situation.
if one of us make a mistake, does not mean the whole country should be destabilized
above my ego, for stability of pakistan and its institutions, i accepted this decision.
-Thank you for giving me 57% of the votes for Presidential elections. But the case in the court still stuck. No judgement. Date keeps on slipping forward. Cloud of uncertainty.
-This country is in my heart, in my soul. I cannot watch it slide down.
-Time for action: Surveyed the entire situation. in this three pillar state, Judiciary, Executive, Legislation we need harmony.
Nawaz on Musharraf’s Speech
Shed all his anger on the supreme court.
Worse than Martial Law because attack on judiciary system.
Declared emergency because he thought that the judiciary would cast a decision against him.
Decision will be maked within 90 days.
If judges not allowed to enter supreme court, sit under a tree and make decisions.