Posts Tagged ‘National

11
Sep
08

The Gloves Come Off!

I’m not convinced we are winning it in Afghanistan. I am convinced we can… We are looking at a new, more comprehensive strategy for the region that would cover both sides of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. In my view, these two nations are inextricably linked in a common insurgency that crosses the border between them!

Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, USA

And so it has begun: the open, and unabashed attack on the sovereignty and freedom of Pakistan. The U.S. military, faced with rising insurgent violence in Afghanistan, will revise its strategy for the region to include militant safe havens in neighboring Pakistan. Within a span of 12 days, there have been 7 attacks launched by the United States from across the border on villages in Pakistan. The cup ran over when on September 3, the American Special Operation Forces conducted a full fledged raid inside Pakistan that resulted in the deaths of some 20-30 innocent Pakistanis. The attack for condemned by Pakistan, resolutions were passed in the United Nations but as always, United States paid no heed. Instead, they openly proclaimed the raid as their show and promised further operations on Pakistani soil. According to the NY TIMES, the authorization for this has come right from top: Bush himself! It was back in July when President Bush secretly approved ground assaults inside Pakistan. According to the orders issued, Pakistan is to ‘notified’ when limited ground assaults are conducted inside the country but a permission will not be asked for!

Let’s reconfirm for our understanding… The United States Armed Forces will now cross, jump, fly, or walk over the border to shoot, bomb, kill, take captive, and/or investigate nationals of one of their most important allies in the war against terrorism WITHOUT seeking the country’s approval?

You got that right!

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09
Sep
08

Text of President’s Oath

Flag of the President of Pakistan

Flag of the President of Pakistan

President Asif Ali Zardari has today taken the oath and is now the 12th President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Following is the text of the President’s oath:

“(In the name of Allah, the most Beneficent, the most Merciful.)

I, Asif Ali Zardari, do solemnly swear that I am a Muslim and believe in the Unity and Oneness of Almighty Allah, the Books of Allah, the Holy Quran being the last of them, the Prophet hood of Muhammad (peace be upon him) as the last of the Prophets and that there can be no Prophet after him, the Day of Judgment, and all the requirements and teachings of the Holy Quran and Sun nah:

That I will bear true faith and allegiance to Pakistan;

That, as President of Pakistan, I will discharge my duties, and perform my functions, honestly, to the best of my ability, faithfully in accordance with the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the law, and always in the interest of the sovereignty, integrity, solidarity, well-being and prosperity of Pakistan:

That I will strive to preserve the Islamic Ideology which is the basis for the creation of Pakistan:

That I will not allow my personal interest to influence my official conduct or my official decisions:
That I will preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan:

That, in all circumstances, I will do right to all manner of people, according to law, without fear or favour, affection or ill-will:

And that I will not directly or indirectly communicate or reveal to any person any matter which shall be brought under my consideration or shall become known to me as President of Pakistan, except as may be required for the due discharge of my duties as President.

May Allah Almighty help and guide me (A’meen).”

Only time will tell how well he lives up to these pledges…

See also:

List of Presidents of Pakistan

09
Sep
08

The Fruit of ‘Pakistani’ Democracy: President Zardari

All so called patriotic rallies, all sit-ins, all strikes and damages incurred to public properties and buildings, all efforts to get rid of a dictator have paid off! Democracy has won in Pakistan, Ladies, Gentlemen, Politicians, and Laywers (yes, the politicians and the lawyers are a separate breed in Pakistan). So what has been the ultimate and most promising thing to emerge from this struggle to be ‘democratic’ again?

Answer: President Asif Ali Zardari!

Ain’t that ironic! *chuckles*

All hail the new ‘democratic’ and ‘legally elected’ President of Pakistan: The man who has as many cases against him across several continents as the wide spectrum of his assets! The ‘Mr. 10%’ who rose from being a mere Environment Minister to becoming a President! The President of the very same country he was jailed in for well over a decade! This is Pakistani democracy! The easiest and most convenient way to rise in power and stay put, no matter how corrupt or vile you maybe.

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28
Aug
08

Extended: Daylight Saving!

What did I tell you?

This government is in shambles. They don’t know what to do and how to do what needs to be done. WeCite gave you the heads up about the extended Daylight Saving last week (Aug 22)!

Oh and did I mention that they also might not shift the time back one hour after August for energy conservation reasons? That means even longer fasts!

It was back on June 1, 2008 when clocks were set forward by one hour to save electricity. This move was said to be for three months only and by that time-line, clocks were to be set back one hour on September 1. Now, the daylight saving might continue till November 1 as the government has declared that Pakistan Statdard Time will remain 6 hours ahead of GMT till October end!

An energy deficit of 4,500 megawatts is what Pakistan faces with low hydroelectric power generation. That of course is according to the government. The real figures may or may not be through the roof!

Already, there are rumors circulating throughout Lahore that load-shedding might be extended up to 16 hours to cushion the electricity and power demands. It is only a matter of time when your electricity bill double up now!

Also, if they have extended the daylight saving as we had predicted, does that means that petrol pumps WILL stay closed once a week and there will be a cap of 15-20 liters on petrol/diesel purchase from any station?!

HA!

Pakistan! Are you beginning to feel DEMOCRATIC and FREE? *chuckles*

26
Aug
08

Honeymoon’s Over!

The gloves have finally come off!

It was, of course as any sane person would have said from the start, only a matter of time!

One week! One week is all they could last as one!

With President Musharraf out of the way, PML-N has now officially pulled out of the ruling coalition as a protest against the PPP government for not reinstating the 60 senior judges sacked by the former President in November last year.

Like I said, it was only a matter of time… and the right opportunity.

In his press conference where he was flanked by his brother Shahbaz Sharif and other senior leaders of his party, Nawaz Sharif had quite a lot to say about his one time ‘brother’, Asif Ali Zardari:

Zardari has violated an agreement we had by nominating himself as the presidential candidate instead of announcing the name of a person who was ‘non partisan’, nationally respected, and accepted by the coalition partners.’

Nationally respected?

What did he mean by that?

Did he knew all along that Zardari is not a respectable guy? You don’t need to be a genius to figure that out. So that leaves only one option. Nawaz knew all along that Zardari is a leech, just like himself. The two have never gotten along and it was only a coalition of necessity that brought them together… only till the timing was right. The entire nation was made a fool with promises of free judiciary, democracy, freedom, and more freedom of all sorts. So then why do we still have load-sheddings, and a seemingly not so free judiciary, or a secure country for that matter? No. Nawaz Sharif and Zardari knew it all along. They knew how to make a fool out of this country because hey, they have done that so many times before. Same formula… works every time… like a charm.

Democracy any one?

But what flavor would you like? PPP’s or PML-N’s?

22
Aug
08

Petrol Pumps might have weekly holidays!

There you go! I least expected to hear this news but there it is!

According to a news in Pak Tribune today, the current government is considering closing down petrol pumps across the country for one day every week! And that’s just not it. In order to ‘effectively’ ration petroleum products, consumers will not be allowed to purchase 15-20 liters of petrol and diesel in one go from one petrol pump!

I can literally imagine the ugly scenarios that will unfold if this policy comes in to play!

Consumer: Fill my car up, please!

Petrol Station Worker: No can do! Don’t you know you can not have more than 20 liters in one go? Get 20 from here and drive to another to get another 20 and so on till your car is full!

or

Consumer: Oh no, I’m running low on fuel. Must get more!

(after thought)…oh sh*t, it’s the weekly holiday for petrol pumps! I’m dead meat!

I don’t know about you but I sure am considering installing a petrol tank right next to the water tank on my roof top!

This government has gone nuts! If it wasn’t enough that they are considering the king of corruption aka Zardari as the next President, introducing such policies is an open invitation to the over-emotional nation that we are to frustrated looting!

Oh and did I mention that they also might not shift the time back one hour after August for energy conservation reasons? That means even longer fasts!

As Shehzad Roy rightly said in his recent song, Laga Reh:

Mujhay fikr yeh nahi kay yeh mulk kaisay chalega.

Mujhe fikr yeh hai kay kaheen aisay hee na chalta rahay!

Translation:

[ I’m not worried about how this country will run. I’m worried about it running wild! ]

Zardari, Nawaz and co… LAGA REH! *chuckles*

21
Aug
08

WeCite Dailies – National

35 ‘suspicious’ Games spectators from Pak detained

Nawaz Sharif starts showing his true colors. Threatens to quit Pakistan coalition

Musharraf may seek sanctuary in UK

Washington to Islamabad: Focus on terrorism!

Britain admits having played a role in resignation




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