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Apology and after:  Editorial in Dawn, September 30th, 2014

PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s message to party workers and followers is reminiscent of the sentiments of a general who is striving to keep his troops together for the next battle.  In an open letter, he has apologised to those who may have reason to part ways with the PPP and has asked the disillusioned to stay put a while longer, making it incumbent upon himself and Asif Ali Zardari to take some drastic steps towards the party’s revival. The PPP has not only been reduced to a regional party, more or less confined to Sindh, its support is considered emotionally inspired. It has drawn widespread criticism for not keeping pace with the people who have far more at stake today than backing a political party purely out of their love for the ‘martyrs’ the party has produced. Declaring one’s intention to take up where Ms Benazir Bhutto left off can only be meaningful if the PPP is willing to back its words with reorganisation along practical, result-oriented lines all over the country.


The old stories about how the PPP once swayed Pakistanis across various divides are now mere opium that can only make those at the party’s helm oblivious to the current realities. It was easier for the PPP in the 1960s during the years leading to its founding. The repair now is a much more sensitive job, not least because others have been more inventive and mobile than the PPP, and the debate about whether or not they have moved in the right direction is a luxury which Bilawal Bhutto Zardari cannot afford at the moment. The simple reality is that the people have found themselves choices and a new force to challenge the long-time PPP opponent — the PML-N — that had over all these decades provided an automatic justification for the existence of the PPP. The PTI is a challenge to grapple with. Imran Khan appears to have eaten deep into the PPP support base particularly in Punjab comprising anti-PML-N pockets — and the PPP’s policy of playing the appendage of PML-N is further harming its cause.


To say that apologies are solutions would be as futile as dismissing this message by the PPP chairman as an instrument of surrender. For whatever it is worth, his letter does provide broad lines of policy and identifies the PPP with the ‘left-wing’ forces. It falls short of stating the obvious about who controls the politics in the country, but at the same time does promise resistance to “right-wing parties” that “appease” the extremists. For practical reasons, the edgy PPP jiyala would be hoping that these appeasers in the new party rule book would include both the PTI and PML-N. Though this is a dangerous course, this ideological focus is as crucial to Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and his party’s rise as to the effort to organise at the grass roots. http://www.dawn.com/news/1135178/apology-and-after


September 30, 2014   No Comments

 PTI’s Lahore rally:  Editorial in Daily Times, Sept 30th, 2014

While the original Islamabad sit-in may be seeing dwindling numbers after one and a half months, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf’s (PTI’s) decision to take the agitation to other cities all over the country seems to be paying off. Compared to the Islamabad rally even at its peak, the Karachi rally a few days ago was bigger, and the Lahore rally on Sunday bigger still. Does this mean the lost momentum in Islamabad is being regained through the new strategy of spreading the agitation all over the country? That question may be answered in the days to come since the PTI has announced its intention to hold rallies in Mianwali, Peshawar, etc, in the next phase of its campaign. While the PTI can take comfort and even satisfaction away from Minto Park in Lahore, it is still possible to question the politics and end result of the agitation. First, to give credit where it is due, many issues of concern to the common man that were not being highlighted by our democracy have been raised by the PTI in its rallies and otherwise. This has sparked off a response from a people fed up of being ignored and their problems not addressed. However, the jury is still out whether this is a critical mass. The trend generally amongst the public appears to be that having pointed out some failings of the system and sparked off a debate about these and other issues in the public space, the PTI would be better served, and would have the opportunity to play its role better in national life if it revisits its strategy and some of its demands. Amongst the latter, the insistence by Imran Khan that Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif must resign is one of those unattainable demands that have arguably painted the PTI into a corner from which there is no retreat and seemingly no way out. Making a virtue of necessity, Imran Khan continues stubbornly to stick to this demand, to the extent of saying his party’s agitation will not end unless the PM goes home. “Go Nawaz go” may be an attractive slogan for the PTI’s enthusiasts, but apart from its diehard supporters, the PTI has not managed to grip the imagination of the vast majority of people through it. The reason is that most people, even if they agree with the PTI’s complaints about the election process in 2013 and Nawaz Sharif’s style of governance, do not find the demand for his resignation reasonable. Election complaints can and should be dealt with through the judicial commission the government has offered and which the PTI in principle has accepted. The audit of the 2013 elections, unlike the one in Afghanistan’s presidential polls, need not be a total one nor consume as much time. It should focus on the seats about which there are complaints of alleged rigging and/or anomalies in the polling process. Ideally, the PTI wants this audit completed within 45 days, a tough but not unattainable target. At the same time, the conundrum about the resignations of PTI’s parliamentarians has travelled in similar style from the National Assembly to now the Punjab Assembly too. The Punjab PTI MPAs insist they want to be called by the Speaker of the Punjab Assembly collectively to ascertain their resignations are voluntarily offered and not due to any pressure, in similar fashion to the standoff with the National Assembly Speaker. Analysts see this as a sign the PTI is not confident of the individual elected members’ commitment to the resignations strategy. Travelling out of the system after winning seats makes little sense, while leaving the question of the PTI-led ruling coalition in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa dangling in the air.

The enthusiasm of the PTI’s members and supporters in their rallies aside, the politics of the PTI, stripped of verbiage and hype boils down to defining ‘change’ as the claimed ability of the PTI team to manage the existing political, economic and social system better than anyone else through reforms and better governance. It in no way implies any revolutionary reframing of property relations (land, wealth, etc) or offer much in the way of sops to the poor. The transmogrification therefore of the “Go Nawaz go” slogan into “Go system go” as Imran has recently stated in his speeches is nothing but empty and misleading rhetoric. The PTI’s movement is no revolution, at least in the accepted meaning and definition of the term.  http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/editorial/30-Sep-2014/pti-s-lahore-rally


September 30, 2014   No Comments

A broken system :  Editorial in Dawn, September 30th, 2014

IN Pakistan, one of the major factors contributing to rampant lawlessness is quite simply that criminals don’t get caught. And if they do, weak investigation and prosecution means that soon enough, dangerous individuals are back on the streets.   In fact, the data collected by the Faisalabad police serves as an eye-opener to indicate just how rotten the system is. Information collected by the district police reportedly shows that over the last five years, around 8,000 suspected criminals have been released for a number of reasons. Some of the suspects were apprehended for alleged involvement in crimes ranging from murder to robbery.


The reasons for their release will be familiar to anyone with an idea of the workings of Pakistan’s law-enforcement and criminal justice systems. The suspects were let off because witnesses were too afraid to testify, while even investigation officers and judges faced threats. Alarming as the figure seems, considering the moribund state of the law-enforcement and prosecution systems countrywide, the numbers for the district should not be too surprising. Due to massive holes in the system, the Faisalabad police have resorted to ad hoc measures to detain suspects, such as applying Maintenance of Public Order laws. This comes across as a relatively more tolerable way of keeping suspects behind bars, given that our law enforcers are known to use other, extra-legal methods, to ‘get rid’ of troublesome suspects.


To assess the situation perhaps a similar district-level exercise could be carried out countrywide. In each district, the police should make public the number of suspects released, along with the reasons why. This would give reform efforts benchmark figures to work with. The next — and more difficult step — involves improving the capability and capacity of police forces to investigate crime. Today, mostly archaic methods — that largely rely on confessions, statements and informers — are used to build a case. Officials have often cited the need for using forensics to aid investigation efforts, hence it is time noble intentions were transformed into action and scientific investigation techniques introduced at the grass roots. And as the investigation system is modernised, the prosecution system also needs to be overhauled. The need for effective witness protection programmes has long been highlighted in the country, yet progress is painfully slow. Unless the state ushers in long-lasting changes in the investigation and prosecution systems, it will be unable to provide justice to the people and law and order will continue to plummet. http://www.dawn.com/news/1135177/a-broken-system


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PTI-PML-N rift may bring about another group in GTCCI

GUJRAT: Cracks have appeared in the Shaheen Group which has been ruling the Gujrat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GTCCI) for long as some of its key members, belonging to the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, have quit it over, what they termed, the group head’s move of making the GTCCI a platform of the PML-N instead of keeping it a non-political organisation.


Apparently, some leaders of the group were annoyed over the display of their photos on the billboards erected on different city roads, showing PTI local leader Afzal Gondal along with federal minister Khwaja Saad Rafique.


It is pertinent to mention Shaheen Group’s President Haji Nasir Mahmood, uncle of the PML-N lawmaker from Gujrat, remained district secretary general of the PML-N in Gujrat and he held his grip very strongly in the chamber affairs in the last one decade.


As Mr Gondal was the PTI’s candidate from NA-105 in 2013 general elections and had been waging struggle against the PML-N government, he also termed his projection on billboards with Saad Rafique a move to damage his politics.


The unity of Shaheen Group seems to be in danger of split for the first time since 1998 as the disgruntled leaders have pledged to launch a new group of the business community in the next elections of the GTCCI to be held in Sept 2015.


Another senior member of the group, Muhammad Shafique, a former member of the executive committee of the GTCCI, has also lodged a strong protest in a statement issued here by saying that the PML-N had made the chamber as its political wing instead of keeping it away from the political parties.


Mr Shafique, who also belongs to the PTI, vowed to get the GTCCI liberated from the clutches of the PML-N leaders to make the chamber a reasonable forum for the business community.


The tug-of-war between the main stream political parties of the country have now started gripping the local business forums as some young people riding motorbikes had appeared on the road passing through the venue of the GTCCI’s annual general meeting on Saturday and raised slogans of “Go Nawaz Go” during the speech of federal minister Saad Rafique.http://www.dawn.com/news/1135175/pti-pml-n-rift-may-bring-about-another-group-in-gtcci

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PML-N fails to devise strategy for countering PTI’s sit-in

By Ali Hazrat Bacha in Dawn, Sept 30th, 2014

PESHAWAR: The provincial chapter of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz managed, after a long time, to gather a large number of its workers to show its strength and devise a strategy for countering the sit-in, staged by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf in Islamabad against its federal government, but it failed to achieve the desired goal from the event owing to internal differences and indiscipline.


The workers convention of PML-N, held on Sept 19 in Peshawar, had been planned in the party’s provincial council to devise an effective strategy for countering the PTI’s protest and announce a future line of action so that the workers could also hold such rallies in their respective districts against the provincial government of PTI in Khyber Pakhunkhwa.


Although PML-N activists from different districts had reached in time to Eidgah Ground, the venue of the event on Charsadda Road in Peshawar, yet none of the leaders turned up timely to engage the workers till start of the convention.


It was a good opportunity for the party leadership to give a message to the workers for mobilising people against the provincial government but it fell pray to indiscipline, lack of coordination among the organisers of the event and internal differences among the old and new workers of PML-N.


The PML-N leaders could not convey the party’s message to the crowd, perhaps, owing to lack of coordination among the leaders of different groups within the party. The workers were seen divided.


They were displaying the posters and photos of the leaders of their respective groups. They raised slogans in


favour of their group leaders while only few slogans were heard in support of PML-N central leader Mian Nawaz Sharif.


Similarly, indiscipline among the workers was quite visible as most of them were trying to reach to the stage which caused disturbance and also created problems for journalists, who boycotted the event but PML-N provincial secretary information Nasir Khan Musazai managed to bring them back to the venue for coverage.


The blunder, which spoiled the spirit of the big gathering, was committed by none other than PML-N provincial president Pir Sabir Shah, who raised the slogan of ‘go Nawaz go’ repeatedly to which the participants responded with whistling, shouting and hooting. PML-N senior vice president Eng Amir Muqam tried to cover-up Mr Shah’s mistake by denying it before the media but he could not do so because media had flashed it to the extent that it became talk of the town.


According to sources, it is no more a secret that PML-N is suffering from a rift in the province.


The supporters of Mr Muqam are still called the ‘new-comers’ in the party. Grouping in the party is also visible in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata). PML-N workers express their views, off and on, with sorrow about rift in the party.


Sources said that PML-N workers were still loyal to their leadership despite the fact that they had some serious grievances and used to blame the federal ministers of their party for avoiding the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.


The PTI’s sit-in has infused a new spirit in the PML-N workers to get moblised but the party’s future still seems bleak in the province mainly owing to lack of coordination among its local leaders.


Background interviews with some senior PML-N activists suggest that the party’s future is bright but it needs serious steps on part of the central leadership to remove the differences and take action against all those, who are using the workers for their personal projection.


Sources said that PML-N central leadership should focus on Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to initiate some mega projects, take pragmatic steps for welfare of the people and development of the province.


Referring to the destruction caused by militancy and terrorism in the province, they said that the previous federal government neglected the affected families which increased unrest among people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.


“It is very suitable time for PML-N to serve the people, redress their grievances and also activate its dormant workers to strengthen the party in the province,” sources said.


They also suggested changes in the office-bearers of the party at provincial level and said that all groups should accept each other sincerely and honestly for the future of the party.http://www.dawn.com/news/1135279/pml-n-fails-to-devise-strategy-for-countering-ptis-sit-in

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PTI’s complaint against PM: Police’s inability to comprehend English complaint delays FIR

By Munawer Azeem in Dawn, Sept 30th, 2014

ISLAMABAD: The inability of police officials to comprehend the complaint written in English language caused an inordinate delay in the registration of an FIR against the prime minister and some of his cabinet members for the August 30 violence in the Red Zone.


Police officials said after the court’s directions on Saturday, the staff of the Secretariat police station had been trying to decipher the wording of the complaint filed by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) to register the case.


They said police officers, who could read the complaint and copy some of its contents into the FIR, were not available.


The area superintendent of police (SP) was, however, helping the staff of the police station but due to his engagements in other duties, including looking after the security arrangements at the sit-ins, he could not spare enough time to complete the task.


On Saturday evening, the capital police received directions from the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Shahrukh Arjumand to register the case. Later, lawyers of the PTI also approached the senior police officers for the registration of the case.


The lawyers were told to approach the station house officer (SHO) of Secretariat in this regard.


“On Monday afternoon, the process to copy the complaint into the FIR register started and is still continuing,” a police officer told Dawn at 9:45pm. “But it is yet to be completed due to the endless English.”


However, he explained that after allotting number (221), the FIR was now considered to have been registered.


The case was registered on the charges of murder, attempted murder, rioting, armed with deadly weapons and unlawful assembly along with section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act.


“So far, the names of the prime minister, chief minister Punjab, interior, defence and railway ministers, IGPs Islamabad, Kashmir and Punjab and a few officers of the local administration have been mentioned in the FIR.”


He said there was an endless list of accused in the complaint lodged by Shah Mehmood Qurishi, the PTI vice-chairman.


The complainant alleged that PTI workers were killed and injured due to firing, shelling and baton charging by the police on the direction of government leaders and officials when they were peacefully marching towards the Prime Minister House on August 30.


Earlier, the Secretariat police had registered a case in response to a complaint lodged by PTA deputy secretary information.http://www.dawn.com/news/1135266/ptis-complaint-against-pm-polices-inability-to-comprehend-english-complaint-delays-fir


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JI to renew Pakistan Movement

LAHORE: The Jamaat-e-Islami is beginning the Takmeel-e-Pakistan Movement from the Minar-e-Pakistan on November 23 in order to revive the historic and spirited struggle of the Muslims of the Indo-Pakistan Subcontinent ending up in the establishment of a Muslim state.


JI Central Information Secretary Amirul Azeem while addressing the JI Media Standing Committee for the JI Ijtemah, here on Monday said that the historic Pakistan Resolution was adopted at the Minar-e-Pakistan lawns in 1940 and within a short span of seven years, the nation, with Almighty Allah’s help, was blessed with this separate homeland.


He said that the nation would once again attend the JI Minar-e-Pakistan meeting with the spirit of the Pakistan Movement and resolve to build a strong and prosperous Pakistan.


The meeting was attendedby Dr Farid Ahmed Piracha, Syed Waqas Anjum Jaaferi, Dr Wasey Shakir and Shahid Hashmi from Karachi, Syed Muhammad Bilal, Shahid Shamsi and Farooq Chauhan.


Amirul Azeem said that the only way to pull the country out of the prevailing crisis and hardships was that the nation reaffirmed the pledge made by their forefathers and to achieve the goal for which huge sacrifices had been offered.He said that the JI would unite the nation for this sublime cause. http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-13-33218-JI-to-renew-Pakistan-Movement



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Imran asks Nawaz to declare assets: by Mumtaz Alvi in the News, Sept 20, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan Monday asked Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to declare his assets, which will be vetted by his team of lawyers.


Imran also asked ex-president and co-chairman of PPP Asif Zardari to declare his assets and that how he managed 60 million dollars, stashed in Swiss banks and how much was in the name of his children.


Unless there is accountability of the rulers, he cautioned, the menace of corruption would not be eliminated from Pakistan. In his speech to the party’s sit-in here at the Parade Ground, he urged the Election Commission of Pakistan to upload details of assets of Prime Minister and other legislators on its website. He asked people to also send emails to the Election Commission for making the assets’ details public.


Imran alleged he was sure Nawaz would never disclose his source of income and that he would also not reveal his wealth and assets, alleging the Prime Minister had transferred them abroad to hide his corruption and skip tax payment.


He vowed to go to courts, if Nawaz did not declare his assets and those of his family members. Imran said his assets were in his own name and nothing is hidden, if anything proved incorrect, he would quit politics.


“It is time for the nation to hold the looters accountable, who plunder the nation and keep people like animals. Nawaz, we shall study each and every detail of your assets to prove you lied to the nation and misdeclared your assets,” PTI chief charged.


He asked Nawaz how he managed to possess so much wealth and that one of his sons owned a company in England worth Rs200 billion. “What type of prime minister is he that he and his family pays a few lakhs tax here and in England, their taxes amount to billions of rupees,” Imran contended.


Imran alleged that by submitting an affidavit, either Ishaq Dar had lied about money-laundering or Nawaz. “In any case, either Dar or Nawaz lied, therefore, Nawaz can’t be prime minister if he lied and Dar should not be a finance minister, if he lied,” PTI chairman charged.


He said, “If a person could ask Hazrat Umar (RA) about his dress, then why should not people of Pakistan question prime minister about his wealth and source of income”.


Imran alleged two families had been ruling Pakistan turn by turn for the last 35 years and shifting assets and paying not taxes. “Until and unless, the rulers pay taxes, how can they ask the nation to pay taxes. Therefore, they resort to price hike,” he charged.


Under what law, he asked Minister Ahsan Iqbal and a private university, they had expelled a student for merely raising chants of ‘go Nawaz go’.He said things had gone beyond match-fixing and rigging allegations and it was now a war for peoples’ rights. Imran said he would offer Eid prayers at the sit-in venue and offer sacrifice of animals. http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-13-33213-Imran-asks-Nawaz-to-declare-assets


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 Imran’s Lahore show wake-up call for PML-N, PPP: by Mazhar Abbas in the News, Sept 20, 2014

Whether one agrees with Imran Khan’s politics or not, he has certainly dented the mainstream political parties. And the main reason behind it is the support he is getting from the middle class, especially the youth. But can he maintain this support for a longer term depending on his strategy and determination? His Sunday’s show at the Minar-e-Pakistan is a wake-up call for all the parties, particularly the PML-N and the PPP.


The MQM felt the heat during the last general election when Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) surprised them by pulling almost seven lac votes in Karachi. Now Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is sensing problems within Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), which has already lost a big chunk of support in the Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in particular.


Imran once again hit Sharifs home ground Lahore on Sunday. It is in their own interest not to listen to those party leaders who called it a “failure.”However, it would be political naive if Imran Khan has started thinking it’s the end of power of Sharifs in the Punjab, particularly in Lahore. Both have the capability to bounce back, but what they have failed to understand since the last elections is the kind of support Imran is getting from new voters, from 18 years to 21 years.


None of the parties has attracted the youth like Imran. He will also have an additional advantage in the next election if the overseas Pakistanis get the chance to vote.Initially, Sharif’s counter-strategy of distributing “Laptops” free of cost among the youth did attract students but the PML-N failed to transform the scheme into political support for it. Thus, they need to redefine their strategy to catch the middle class and the youth.


Pakistan is a cricket-loving nation and Imran is regarded as the most successful captain who won the 1992 World Cup for them. He is also the only mainstream politician, who is yet to be tested. Thus, he did not carry the baggage of power and despite having government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where his government has not done much for the relief of the people, he is making inroads into Sharif’s strong base in the Punjab.


The PTI surprised the MQM, the powerful party in urban Sindh, in the last elections. Its candidates not only pulled large number of votes from its strong pockets, but also there were reports that for the first time even some of the families of MQM workers voted for the PTI.


Though the MQM retained majority of its seats, the general body meeting of the party on May 19 last year was the clear indication that the party leadership felt the heat. The PTI, due to infighting and poor organisation lost the initiative and the MQM bounced back in the by-elections. But, since the last elections the MQM is in the process of reorganization and accountability within the party.


Imran has also rooted out Pakistan’s powerful religious party, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islami in Khyber Pakhtunkhawa not only in general elections, but also in a number of by-elections including the home town of Maulana Fazlur Rehman.


Even the JUI’s criticism of Imran and PTI’s liberal and western color in its rallies and dharna could not change the people’s opinion.Now, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has also woken up and made a timely appeal to his party leaders and workers. His apology for the past mistakes, combined with appeal to them not to leave the party, if they are thinking of joining other parties, showed the seriousness that he felt.


Bilawal Bhutto is young and not as charismatic as was his slain mother Benazir Bhutto, who had faced such situation during her political career. The kind of political space available to Bilawal’s grandfather Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir is not there for the youngest chairman of the party.


By the time Benazir Bhutto returned from exile in 1986, the establishment was in the process of building the political image of Sharifs. Perhaps, it was BB’s biggest political blunder not to make the Punjab her political base like her father did. The kind of reception she got on April 10, 1986 and public meeting at Minar-e-Pakistan is still considered to be the biggest ever at the said venue.


Prior to the 1988 elections, the establishment dumped the then PML President and Prime Minister Mohammad Khan Junejo and Nawaz Sharif emerged as the main challenger for Benazir.


Benazir’s PPP was cut to size, first in 1988 and then in 1990. The worst came in 1997 when she got only 18 seats and was completed rooted out in the Punjab. In 2002, the PPP emerged as the major political party despite that Benazir had been kept out, but Musharraf created a split.


All this must be in Bilawal’s mind. However, what he needs to understand is the real and genuine political support which Imran has i.e. the youth. Therefore, even if the establishment has soft corner for Imran and silent support, there is massive genuine support for him thanks to the poor governance of PPP and PML-N in the past few years.


Bilawal also needs to understand that his father, former President Asif Ali Zardari, who surprised many with his political skill, could not do much to organize the party. The PPP defeat in the Punjab is not merely because of Taliban threat but also due to bad political decisions. The PPP Punjab leaders have not worked as effectively during elections as they could have.


The PPP is facing a serious ideological dilemma of leadership since the assassination of Benazir Bhutto. Despite completing full five years in power, the PPP could not fill the vacuum of Benazir. Thus, the old workers as well as young lot are getting attracted to Imran’s charisma, aggression, anti-US stance and capability to challenge Sharifs.


Bilawal and Asif Zardari have to keep a fine balance between supporting democracy and supporting Sharifs, but they have to make Punjab as their political base if they really want to regain the PPP’s position as the biggest political party in the country.


Imran’s confidence to defeat both the PPP and PML-N could be overconfidence, but his self-believe at times reminds me of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, who was the only politician who single-handedly challenged the combined opposition not only when he was in power but also when he was out of power.


All popular leaders in Pakistan had paid the price of getting too popular. Bhutto and Benazir also paid it. Nawaz Sharif and Altaf Hussain also faced hardship and I really concerned about the rise of Imran and future ahead of him. http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-13-33212-Imrans-Lahore-show-wake-up-call-for-PML-N-PPP


September 30, 2014   No Comments

Jamaat seeks reforms in electoral system

TIMERGARA: The Jamaat-i-Islami has demanded of the government to introduce reforms in the electoral system in the country.


Addressing a gathering at Ahyaul Uloom Balambat here on Sunday, the leaders of Jamaat-i-Islami also demanded that national elections should be held on the basis of proportional representation.


The gathering was addressed by JI central leader Mian Mohammad Aslam, MNA Sahibzada Yaqub Khan, former MNA Maulana Asadullah, Al-Khidmat Foundation president Noorul Haq and Dr Iqbal Khalil.


Speaking on the occasion, Mr Aslam said that electoral system in the country should be changed by amending the constitution. He said that under the present system only minority groups came into power.


About the sit-ins by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehreek in Islamabad, Mr Aslam said that JI chief Sirajul Haq and members of the political jirga suggested an honourable way both for the government and protesters to resolve the crisis.  The JI leader said that PML-N bagged only 20 per cent of the total votes. That’s why it had a weak government, he added. He said that JI had presented a 30-page election model to the government. Mr Aslam termed delay in holding local government polls a violation of the constitution. He said that government should hold local government polls as soon as possible.


The participants of the meeting, through a unanimously adopted resolution, said that they would not support removal of the prime minister through unconstitutional means. http://www.dawn.com/news/1135013/jamaat-seeks-reforms-in-electoral-system


September 29, 2014   No Comments