Archive | January 18th, 2013

Zionist Obama Backed Terrorists Threaten Mass Beheadings


FSA : Promise of Mass Beheadings: Message from Abu Hafs, the Sword-Waving Jihadist in Syria.

For those of you in USA, UK, France, Netherlands and Germany, these are the crazy butchers that your country are supporting. The world cries over children killed in a school in the US, yet there is no mention in the western media about the students killed in Syria when a US backed car bomb attacked a university.

Do the west think that Syrian children are unworthy of getting any acknowledgement or sympathy, except from Russia.

This video footage shows an Arab Jihadi (most likely Saudi or Libyan) holding a sword in his hand and speaking to the camera very angrily. This footage is taken from the year 2013.

In his first message, he promises mass beheadings for all ‘traitors of Aisha and Abu Bakr’ – in reference to Shia Muslims and Alawites.

In his second message to the Arab Muslim world, he calls them traitors because they failed to help the Jihadis by sending them rockets to kill more Syrians faster. He also promises to chop their heads off with his sword.

These are the people supported by the West and hailed as “freedom fighters.”

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Russia says US blaming Aleppo blasts on Syria govt. ‘blasphemous’


A man is seen at the site of an explosion at Aleppo University in Syria, January 15, 2013.

A man is seen at the site of an explosion at Aleppo University in Syria, January 15, 2013.
Russia has slammed the United States for its ‘blasphemous’ accusation that the Syrian government was behind the deadly explosions at Aleppo University.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday, “Yesterday I saw a semi-neutral report on CNN that it was not ruled out that this terrorist act had been staged by the government forces themselves.”

“I cannot imagine anything more blasphemous,” he stated during his visit to the Tajik capital city of Dushanbe.

On January 15, over 80 people were killed and scores of others injured in two explosions at Aleppo University in the second largest city of Syria.

The Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Wednesday and blamed ‘terrorists’ for the “merciless bloody provocation.”

According to the statement, the explosions were the “terrorists’ revenge for the significant losses sustained in their confrontation with [Syrian] government forces.”

However, Washington accused Damascus of organizing the deadly attack in Aleppo.

Many people, including large numbers of security forces, have been killed in the turmoil that began in Syria nearly two years ago.

The Russian foreign minister also stated on Thursday that Moscow would “focus on the actions aimed at” stopping the violence in Syria.

On January 6, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that Damascus was always ready to hold talks with the opposition and political parties and that he would call for a “comprehensive national dialog” after the terrorist activities stopped in the country.

The Syrian president also urged “concerned states and parties” to stop funding, arming and harboring militants.

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Morsi called Jews ‘apes and pigs’ in 2010 video


In 2010, Mohamed Morsi, now Egypt’s president, called Israelis “descendants of apes and pigs” and said peace talks with Zionists were a waste of time.

Morsi’s statements were presented in a compilation prepared this week by the Middle East Media Research Institute and posted on the institute’s website. It shows parts of interviews with Morsi that were disseminated or broadcast by Lebanon’s Al-Quds TV.

“Either [you accept] the Zionists and everything they want, or else it is war,” Morsi is seen saying on one video. “This is what these occupiers of the land of Palestine know -- these blood suckers, who attack the Palestinians, these warmongers, the descendants of apes and pigs.”

Last August, Morsi, who became president last June, told Reuters that Egypt would honor the international treaties it has signed, a statement construed as a pledge to preserve Egypt’s peace treaty with IsraHell.

In the 2010 interview, Morsi is seen saying that peace talks “are a waste of time and opportunities. The Zionists buy time and gain more opportunities as the Palestinians, the Arabs and the Muslims lose time and opportunities, and they get nothing out of it. We can see how this dream has dissipated. This dream has always been an illusion.”
He also said, “Resistance should be the practice of the Muslims and the Arabs outside Palestine. They should support the resistance fighters and besiege the Zionist wherever they are. None of the Arab or Muslim peoples and regimes should have dealings with them.” 
In the televised interview, he said, “The Zionists have no right to the land of Palestine. There is no place for them on the land of Palestine. What they took before 1947-8 constitutes plundering.”

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From: Naeem Darr via LinkedIn <>
To: Sammi Ibrahem <>
Sent: Friday, 18 January 2013, 15:37
Subject: Rt Hon Ed Miliband meets the Muslim Community


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Date: 1/18/2013

Subject: Rt Hon Ed Miliband meets the Muslim Community

Thursday evening, the 17th of January 2013, saw the first time that the Rt Hon Ed Miliband, Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Labour Party attended an ‘engagement’ meeting with the Muslim community.

Over 500 hundred people representing over 300 organisations including women’s groups and youth groups from around the country converged at the Islamic Cultural Centre, Regents Park Mosque.

Accompanying Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP was the Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Justice Secretary the Rt. Hon. Sadiq Khan MP.

A whole host of questions were asked from members of the Muslim community especially from women’s organisations and youth groups.

The meeting was an opportunity for the Muslim community to air its aspirations and concerns to Rt Hon Ed Miliband in a two-way conversation with ‘real’ and ‘tough’ community questions and with ‘real’ and ‘genuine’ answers from Rt Hon Ed Miliband – something that was, from the feedback of the meeting, greatly appreciated by the community.

Rt Hon Sadiq Khan said: “I want to thank the Islamic Cultural Centre and all the volunteers who helped organise this landmark event. This is the first time a Leader of a mainstream Political Party in the UK has engaged in such an open and transparent fashion.

I am really pleased that Labour Leader Ed Miliband has began the New Year with an important visit to the Islamic Cultural Centre & London Central Mosque.

Ed set out in his major speech at Labour Party Conference last year that he intends to be a One Nation leader of One Nation. And this includes having more Muslims in all positions of the Labour Party and using the talents of all in our country.

It is welcome that Ed is reaching out to British Muslims. He is not only keen to show how the Labour Party has changed and learnt the lessons of the past but also has the answers to some of the difficult challenges we face.

I am pleased that Ed has given his commitment to look at some of the serious issues raised by the audience and to ensure the dialogue continues.”

For many years the Muslim community has tried to positively engage with politicians and Rt Hon Ed Miliband promised that he will engage with the Muslim community more regularly. His attendance, words and promises were very appreciated by those that attended and any future meeting will certainly be a welcomed event.

If you were at the event #adatewithEd, please Tweet your thoughts and appreciation to both Ed Miliband and Sadiq Khan:

@Ed_Miliband #adatewithEd

@SadiqKhan #adatewithEd

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” لنصب دشمة من رام الله لعيونك جورج عبد الله”- LIBEREZ GEORGES ABDALLAH

Posted by: Siba Bizri

Arabic Shoah  Editor in Chief

  هتافات صارخة أطلقها المعتصمون امام المركز الثقافي الفرنسي – طرابلس، وبدعوة من الجبهة الشعبية لتحرير فلسطين علت اصوات المطالبين بإطلاق سراح الأسير المناضل جورج ابراهيم عبد الله من المعتقل السياسي الفرنسي.

هذا التحرك اتى ضمن سلسلة تحركات ضاغطة يشهدها لبنان في مناطقه المختلفة منذ الرابع عشر من الشهر الجاري نتيجة قرار وزير الداخلية الفرنسي “مانويل فالس” بتأجيل إطلاق سراح جورج عبد الله – مؤسس الفصائل المسلحة الثورية اللبنانية- والمعتقل في السجون الفرنسية منذ عام 1984  بتهمة اغتيال دبلوماسي اميركي وآخر اسرائيلي على الاراضي الفرنسية الى الثامن والعشرين من الشهر الجاري وتزامناً مع الإعتصام المفتوح أما مبنى السفارة الفرنسية في بيروت.

المعتصمون جاؤوا بباصات من مخيمي نهر البارد والبداوي اضافة الى شباب من طرابلس وصحافيين وناشطين سياسيين ومدنيين.

يشكل عبد الله بالنسبة للجبهة الشعبية رمزاً من رموز النضال القومي نظراً لعلاقته الوطيدة معها لا سيما مع وديع حداد أحد أبرز قادة الجبهة الشعبية لتحرير فلسطين والتي تزعمها الدكتور جورج حبش.

وتعتبر قضية ابراهيم قضية مقاومة للمشروع الصهيو- أميركي في المنطقة، لا سيما في ظل الوضع العربي الراهن الذي وصفه جورج عبد الله بانه ” حرب إعلامية بكل ما في كلمة حرب من معنى، حرب ايدولوجية، وحرب عسكرية حين تقتضي الظروف أو تسمح بها، ستسخر كل هذه الوسائل أكثر فأكثر مع تصاعد النضال الثوري وبلورة البدائل التاريخية الضامنة لمصالح جماهيرنا في التحرر والعيش الكريم”.


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Hyperlocal is deserving of its hype


Hyperlocal journalism isn’t new, but it deserves our continued attention as a large and growing part of the UK media landscape, according to Dave Harte

Trinity Mirror’s Birmingham Mail is one media outlet that has successfully partnered with hyperlocal blogs to enhance its coverage. Photograph:

It’s growing year on year. I know because I’ve been counting it.

In fact there’s a growing army of journalists and untrained citizens blogging about the places they live in who aren’t affiliated with any professional media operation but whose contribution to the public sphere increasingly can’t be ignored.

As a researcher on the Media, Community and the Creative Citizenproject (funded through the Research Council’s Connected Communitiesprogramme) I’ve been trying to look at the relationship between people blogging about their local areas and the notion of creative citizenship. Specifically, how we might recognise and value small creative acts, such as contributing to a blog, as a useful, valuable aspect of citizenship in the UK.

During its relatively short life, hyperlocal has been variously lauded by those community activists who see the utilisation of digital technologies as a new tool for maintaining community cohesion and keeping power held to account; and derided by so-called “proper” journalists who dismiss this area as an inadequate, amateur-run replacement for a declining local press.

What it actually appears to be is a diverse, dynamic area of practice. It utilises a wide range of web platforms, with some sites often changing platform and design without notice, with the practitioners, as much as we know about them, coming from a variety of professional and non-professional backgrounds.

I’ve run a news-style blog about the place I live in Bournville, Birmingham for the last three years, writing about 350 stories myself. My journalistic training extends to one term at university and a brief stint at the student union newspaper. Many of my hyperlocal contemporaries have less training than that, if any at all, yet I inherited the Bournville blog from the Guardian’s Hannah Waldram whose early work in setting it up was key to helping her progress into mainstream journalism.

Until recently we had no real sense of the volume of news produced by hyperlocal. An existing database told us how many sites there were (just over 600 and growing) but not how active the sites were. Our project set out to tackle that gap.

What we found was the volume of material produced by hyperlocals is impressive. During a sample period of 11 days in May 2012 there were a total of 3,819 news stories produced from 313 sites. During weekday daytimes they were collectively responsible for producing a news story once every two minutes.

Some sites produce very little, perhaps a story once a week or less.Others manage a much higher output showing that hyperlocal has a very long tail. The collective output may feel high but the coverage your particular area gets may be little if any. Despite the decline in local press – 242 newspapers closed between 2005 and 2011 – there are still just over a 1,000 regional daily or weekly newspapers in the UK.

Nevertheless, our research (which just focused on sites producing individual stories rather than those often very active and valuable sites focused around discussion forums) was enough to convince Ofcom to include a chapter about hyperlocal in their 2012 Communications Market Review. They noted that the sector was “evolving rapidly” and therefore is acting to “broaden the range of local media content available to citizens and consumers at a time when traditional local media providers continue to find themselves under financial pressure”.

Ofcom’s interest in hyperlocal as part of a “local media ecosystem” is worth noting. It might be interpreted as signalling a lack of conviction in the role that the local TV initiative can play in filling the gap left behind by the double whammy of the closure of local newspapers and ITV’s retreat from their public service obligation to produce local news. Perhaps sensing Ofcom’s interest, at least one successful local TV bidder (City TV in Birmingham), explicitly references connecting to existing hyperlocal websites.

In Birmingham there’s an existing though rather loose agreement, in place for over two years now, between hyperlocal publishers and the Trinity Mirror’s Birmingham Mail title that has republished stories found on local blogs as part of its Communities pages. In return the blogs get access if they require it to the Mirror’s image archive.

The relationship works well because the Birmingham hyperlocals don’t seem to be driven by a desire to create economic value from their endeavours. It might be that they’re driven by a desire to raise their social rather than economic capital but whatever the reason, their output remains prodigious and often innovative.

In this sense it could be argued hyperlocal represents a kind of volunteer army of journalists, trained and untrained, eager to contribute and with the potential to change the supply chain for local news. Hyperlocal practitioners are highly networked online, often far better networked than local journalists. Not just between themselves but with local government workers, the police, other public institutions, and of course citizens who live on their patch.

Our research has also examined the content of hyperlocal sites, analysing nearly 2,000 individual news stories. Our findings suggest that the sites are good at speaking the language of community participation but perhaps lack the harder political edge of some of the regional press (though we found many fewer funny animal stories in hyperlocal than you’d imagine).

Yet it would be wrong to frame a comparison with mainstream media purely in terms of who is more hard-nosed than who. The key question is what is the value of the contribution that hyperlocals make? Is the value more civic than journalistic? More creative than economic?

recent article listed “hyperlocal” as one of those buzzwords it hoped to see the back of in 2013. They might be right; it’s certainly a term that has little public recognition. Yet even that rather curmudgeonly US-centric review admitted that the most interesting developments were coming not from the mainstream media’s often failed interventions in this space but from below where the “stuff that actually merits the term has never been more worthy of your attention”. This is what we’re finding in the UK; and there’s more of it that you think.

Dave Harte is a senior lecturer in media and communication atBirmingham City University.

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The military the PPP and Pakistan


Posted by Editor on Jan 18, 2013

By Sabina Khan

The demand by the Hazara community in Quetta for the military to take control of Balochistan has baffled the nation’s top analysts who insist that the military, the ISI and the Frontier Corps (FC) are involved in committing genocide in the province. Strictly sticking to the facts, Pakistan’s military is garrisoned in Quetta and is not deployed there; hence, it is not out there abducting and slaying people as claimed. It is only the FC that is deployed in Balochistan and terrorists captured by it are usually released by the courts. Only after regressive steps were taken to strip the FC of its powers in Balochistan did terrorist attacks increase multifold. The massacre of Hazaras on January 10 has led the government to reinstate the FC with full authority and has furnished it with police powers for two months.

I recently had an opportunity to interview the DG-ISI, Lieutenant-General Zaheerul Islam, where he mentioned that there is an insurgency in Balochistan and for any insurgency to succeed, the law-enforcement agencies have to be made ineffective. During the British colonial rule, Balochistan was divided into A and B areas; the former were directly controlled by the British and the latter through Baloch sardars. This continued after Pakistan’s independence until General (retd) Pervez Musharraf converted the B areas (almost 95 per cent of Balochistan) into A. Hence, maintenance of law and order of the majority of the province was handed over to the police instead of the Levies, who mostly served the interests of the sardars.

However, in 2010, the now-sacked chief minister of Balochistan converted A areas back into B and the police was withdrawn from over 240 stations. This move made the first responders, the police, ineffective and enabled militant outfits, including the Taliban, to reorganise in the area. These groups did not face much challenge from the Levies, who neither had the training nor the resolve to tackle such a situation. The second response consists of the FC, which has been put on the defensive since the issue of the missing people was raised. After the law-enforcement agencies in Balochistan were successfully hindered, violence raged on in the province uncontrolled.

Much as our analysts assert that the military is scheming to take over Pakistan and derail the democratic process, rest assured that the military is content remaining on the sidelines. The PPP government has managed to destroy public institutions like the PIA, railways, steel mills and the energy sector. The average GDP growth rate during the past four years has been the lowest in the history of Pakistan, and as per the IMF, the country’s debt is not sustainable without foreign help.

The 2013 elections will not unleash any substantial political tsunamis because the PPP will likely win the ‘democratic’ election simply due to its ability to secure a large number of seats in parliament. A democracy should empower the people rather than elect corrupt politicians and their brood repeatedly. Thus, till a radical shift takes place, Pakistan is doomed to nosedive into oblivion. Militancy has opened the door to non-state actors who have eroded the writ of the government in external and internal affairs. Furthermore, it has led to sectarian cleansing as was witnessed in Balochistan. The clerics have not used their authority to contain violence and have instead been instrumental in preaching hatred. If the clerics are not contained, sectarian divides will keep the country in a near state of civil war. The judiciary, on the other hand, is yet to punish a single terrorist. Without addressing cases through an oversight office, such as an independent supreme judicial commission, the judiciary will remain heavily influenced, forcing people to seek justice through other means. Likewise, the police have to be depoliticised and granted an independent protocol in order to make it effective.

Constitutional amendments to expunge the Objectives Resolution should be considered since it goes against the unifying concept promoted by Mohammad Ali Jinnah. Any political party that has a manifesto promoting intolerance of other groups shows direct contempt for the Pakistani flag whose white portion symbolises inclusion of minorities in national life.


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Pakistan: The TUQ phenomenon


Posted by S M Hali on Jan 18, 2013


By S. M. Hali

 The “million march” that Allama Tahir-ul-Qadri (TUQ) had promised to launch on January 14, taking the capital by storm to rid Pakistan of its “inept” and “corrupt leadership” has occurred. The “million march”, may or may not comprise a million souls; depending on the view point of the observer. Pro-government as well as those opposition politicians feeling threatened by the ‘million march” are bent upon being myopic and perceive and propagate much fewer numbers. Neutral observers like this scribe and pro-change elements witness a sea of humanity, which may be close to a hundred thousand but more participants are still trickling in despite inclement weather, the numerous hurdles in reaching the venue like barring vehicles, innumerable security checkpoints and other harassment.

What is the TUQ phenomenon? Who is funding it? and what is the main objective of the “million march”? These are some of the questions, which have plagued analysts, potential supporters as well as detractors of TUQ.

First of all who is TUQ? According to Wikipedia, Mohammad Tahir ul-Qadri (born 19 February 1951) is a Pakistani Sufi scholar and former professor of international constitutional law at the University of the Punjab.TUQ founded a Sufism-based organization “Minhaj-ul-Quran International” in October 1981 and spent the next decade expanding it nationally and internationally. The goal of the organization is fairly broad, namely to promote religious moderation, effective and sound education, inter-faith dialogue and harmony, and a moderate interpretation of Islam employing methods of Sufism. Over the past 30 years, the organization has reportedly expanded to over 90 countries.

During the March 2011 session the United Nations Economic and Social Council granted special consultative status to Qadri’s “Minhaj-ul-Quran International” perhaps because it is working in the fields of welfare, human rights and education and has established over 600 institutions where religion and modern sciences are taught in parallel. The product of these institutions has scored high grades in international universities, which is no mean achievement. The students have become ambassadors of goodwill promoting a moderate and non-extremist vision of Islam, the establishment of good relations and understanding between communities and religions. TUQ has also founded The Minhaj University of which he is the head of the Board of Governors, as well as an international relief charity, Minhaj Welfare Foundation, which has been at the forefront of relief and rehabilitation operations, whenever a calamity has struck Pakistan or elsewhere in the world.

TUQ has dabbled with politics in the past too. On May 25, 1989, he founded a political party: Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), which aims to introduce the culture of true democracy, economic stability, improve the state of human rights, justice and the women’s role in Pakistan. The PAT also aims to remove corruption from Pakistani politics. In 1990, he participated in the national election. From 1989 to 1993, TUQ continuously worked as an opposition leader. While he was elected as an MNA in 2002, but on 29 November 2004, TUQ announced his resignation as MNA and left for Canada, where he has been devoting time to managing the network of institutions and delivering religious lectures on moderation.

TUQ is an outstanding business manager too and the successful administration of his over 700 institutions bear testimonial to that. In January 2011, he addressed the World Economic Forum.

On 2 March 2010, Qadri issued a 600-page Fatwa on Terrorism, which is an “absolute” scholarly refutation of all terrorism without “any excuses or pretexts”, stating that “Terrorism is terrorism, violence is violence and it has no place in Islamic teaching and no justification can be provided for it.” Since then, he has devoted much effort and time in devising ways and means of tackling terrorism, addressing international forums, lecturing at the media and organizing anti-terrorism meets have been lauded internationally.

Thus TUQ comes prepared, preaching a message of peace and pronouncing ways and means of eradicating terrorism. His sudden appearance and holding a highly successful rally at Lahore on December 23, 2012 and later at Karachi and now the “million march” has shaken the citadels of power at Islamabad. There are allegations that he is being funded by western powers. Although both the British and US senior diplomats have flatly denied providing financial support to TUQ, yet it is plausible that funding provided by TUQ’s successful educational organizations and donations from millions of his followers internationally may be enough to bear the expenses of his “million march”.

The crux of the “million march” is that middle class educated youth inclusive of boys and girls, marginalized and suffering millions of Pakistanis, beset with problems of power outages, double digit inflation, unbridled terrorist attacks, acute food shortage, topped with the consummate corruption of the leaders, who have forced the nation to be buckled under massive international debts, perceive TUQ to be the light at the end of the tunnel. He is judged to be moderate, educated, religious and a champion of the oppressed class, who may rid the people of their problems of the masses, who are at the moment barely surviving. TUQ also holds a promise for the Occident, being the visage of moderate and enlightened Islam capable of bringing the moderate Pakistanis to the forefront. The world is tired of the advent of terrorism and anyone who holds the promise of taking up the cudgels of eradicating it, would appear to be a “knight in shining armour”.

The big question is whether his means are constitutional and ethical. Peaceful protest rallies are the right of every democratic society. So far TUQ’s means have been free of violence but forcing the abdication of the government under threats of violence is unconstitutional. The reasoning that desperate times call for desperate means may carry weight but violence is not the answer. His demands of a neutral caretaker government before the general elections, electoral reforms and the formation of an effective but neutral election commission are valid. Analysts are likening the movement to the Arab Spring; the difference being that the Arab fever was to topple totalitarian regimes. Here it is aimed at toppling a democratic regime, which may be corrupt but was elected democratically albeit with tampered and bogus electoral rolls. In the Arab Spring, mobs and masses were leaderless. TUQ is leading from the front and is the rallying point but if other likeminded forces do not join him, there is the danger of the movement fizzling out especially in light of the opposition parties as well as the government ganging up to save their interests. TUQ has burnt his boats and if he fails, he can never return to Pakistan’s political arena but with that the hopes of millions of Pakistanis aspiring for change and betterment, will also be extinguished. The haves will continue to prevail over the have-nots.

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Pakistan: Vote Bilawal


Posted by Raja Mujtaba on Jan 17, 2013

By By Asad Rahim Khan

This is a public service message in light of recent, shocking events. It occurred to one that the people may have been less than convinced, over the past few days, to vote for the PPP chairman in the next elections. The people are, as always, mistaken. Even in days as discouraging as these, Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari represents the only sunlight to break through these ever-darkening clouds. It has also come to one’s attention that people are/were demonstrating — in Quetta, Islamabad and Peshawar. They staged sit-ins outside the governor’s house in Lahore, as well as the boy-king’s palace in Karachi. They were woefully misled but, if our fragile democratic project is to succeed, they have a right to express themselves. These aren’t the days of the 111 Brigade; hardly anyone gets tried for treason anymore or tried properly for anything at all for that matter.

The government will continue its noble enterprises and the literal enterprises of its leaders. It has staked itself on Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s immortal address, or at least, a gentle derivative of it: “You are free; you are free to go to your redundant temples and bombed mosques. You may belong to Balochistan’s massacred Hazaras, or the dead from Fata’s drone strikes, or the victims of Karachi’s inter-warring ethnic parties — that has nothing to do with the business of the state.”

Don’t take my word for it. Hours after 102 people were murdered in Quetta, the president and prime minister held an emergency huddle … to discuss Tahirul Qadri. That’s not to say our representatives lack empathy. The prime minister finally did forsake his weighty ribbon-cutting engagements to ‘include himself in Quetta’s mourning’ three days later. No doubt this democracy, having been equated with governance for five years, is a work-in-progress. It’s only human for freezing protesters to want to pounce on well-fed ministers. But the most important fact remains: the people are free, just like the Quaid wanted so many years ago. Free to choose between Raisanis and Magsis, between schizoid chief ministers and bloodshot governors, between FC rule and more FC rule. A fresh mandate refreshes the Bhutto-Zardari brand in a way that most hyphenated brands can only dream of. Gone is that awkward phase when bygone PPP chairmen hawked land reform, Islamic socialism, and other oxymorons. Its current leader is a 24-year-old with a talent for issuing sound bites about little girls the state watched getting hit with bullets.

If you’re voting PPP again, chances are you don’t vote according to performance anyway. Let me say without any pretense that the most wracking feeling to be had is to have to comprehend an en masse refusal to bury dead loved ones. That is what happened in Quetta and it is the furthest point from human dignity imaginable. Some decades down, they’ll be unveiling this latest Zardari’s bronze likeness to the public. And when your grandchildren fall to the ground in veneration, or are thrown to the ground in the latest sectarian bloodletting, please know you read it here first.

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Tahir-ul-Qadri as A Blind Bull


Posted by Ammarah Rabbani on Jan 17, 2013

By Ammarah Rao

Pakistan is going through a tumultuous period of its history, many external and internal elements are making situation more chaotic. While the time border situation is also becoming sensitive and inside insurgencies are flaring-up. In the mean while, Tahir ul Qadri (TuQ) demands heavy security forces for his long march also demanding to abolish the political government. Although, TuQ is protesting to abolish the present government but Rehman Malik seems in perfect form to provide full security and protocol according to TuQ demands.

As far as, blames are concerned that TUQ is hurling on current government are absolutely accurate. But his demands are based on his own interest which are shrouded for he is a foreign national. However, corruptions of present government are not vague before public. And this government might be worst political government but democracy or elected government is always better even than the best dictatorship. We need to keep our mind and eyes open rather than to follow a ‘blind bull’.

TuQ did not come to launch such type of ‘Provoking March’ in any dictator government because he knew the consequences of it. This is the beauty of democracy which allows a peace-full protest. But his long march is like a ‘blind bull’ who has fixed his eye on red spot. He does not take care of boarder situation which is becoming sensitive and inside insurgencies are also flaring-up. And in the mean while Tahir ul Qadri (TuQ) demands heavy security forces for his long march. He does not care about the recent causalities in Quetta incident and with current chaos of Pakistan.

Whereas, Imran knows that twenty five (25) crore are more vital for Pakistan. Imran is a genuine leader who does not need protest with money. Courage is his only source to stand-up with the victims of Quetta explosion.  Imran khan is a man with courage who does not demand any container in any protest. He uses to sleep on road with public. He believes in that Pakistan is moving towards political stability. Whether this is a chaotic political government but what the ‘blind bull’ is doing is making situation more chaotic. This is second full tenure of elected government. Now Imran has emerged as a popular leader in Pakistan. People got fed up from the corruptive behaviors of all other parties. And wise lay man does not want any ‘blind bull’.

Why he seems like a ‘blind bull’? because what speaks is not a reflection of his action. He is sitting in a comfortable container and so-called followers are wandering on chilled roads. Where are his kids and family to sacrifice with lay-man???

His slogan for change is just an eye wash because his points and slogans are going to change according to the political situation and judiciary’s normal herring decisions.  He never came from Canada to fight against dictator system but now he wants to blindly run over the political system. And, Imran has spent his two decades in Pakistan for political stability. He is as consistent as he used to say and if people think that Imran would join TuQ then it would happen only on Imran’s terms and conditions which have always been crystal clear for every party. Imran would never want to run his party in a blind way as a‘blind bull’.

TuQ gives examples of other corrupt politicians who had been in abroad for long time but at least they came back far before him. Pakistan has a history which is filled by such preachers who came in the name of ALLAH and snatched down the political pillars. He is a wise ‘Allama’ of Islamic literature and could have very beneficial and influential to change any extremist thought but he is doing an opponent job. Whereas, the recent explosion in Quetta has flaring-up sectarian factions and he is giving another extremist wave of the sectarian flood.

He is comparing himself with every revolutionary muslim leader and system but never sounds didactic while presenting such comparisons. However, leaders do not need to compare himself on his own because history is more capable to name them. There are few groups who blamed Imran as ‘Taliban Khan’; few called him ‘Islamic fundamentalist’. Some said ‘Imran is Zionist’ and ‘Rushdie’ compared imran with Col. Muhammar el Kaddafi. So far, state and Islam rival energy consistently generates arguments and waves against Imran but he is consistent in his loyal views.

Political analyst has critique on him that he has to focus to strengthen his party especially his right wing. This suggestion has logic but imran must be care full to make coalition party. Few analysts have suggested that, Imran should go for coalition with TuQ but Imran has perpetual and discernible lines of agreement which are based with Pakistan favor by all means. He has opened-up his inner and outer eyes and would never like to act as a ‘blind bull’.

Now, let’s see where this ‘bull’ is going to stop and what damages are possible to be happened in his ‘long march’. But till the date he has not been able to gather few thousand people among nighteen (19) crore of population.

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