Islamabad Judge Frames Musharraf in Lal Masjid Case; Karachi Operation; Syria Attack


Senator (1k+ posts)

Vindictive Pakistani judges' relentless pursuit of Musharraf continues with an FIR ordered against the former president for Lal Masjid operation conducted in 2007.

Nawaz Sharif government is working with Sindh provincial administration to carry out "targeted" operations by rangers and police against criminal gangs extorting money from businesses and killing innocent citizens of Karachi.

United States is pushing for military action against Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad for alleged use of chemical weapons by his forces.

FIR Against Musharraf:

Islamabad High Court Judge Noor-ul-Haq Qureshi ordered a local police official in the nation's capital to register a criminal case against President Musharraf for Lal Masjid operation back in 2007. The judge threatened to hold the reluctant police officer in contempt unless he registered an FIR against the former president, forcing the poor officer to do so against his personal judgement.

Lal Masjid Vigilantes

The forced registration of a case against a former president in Lal Masjid case sends a very alarming message to the current and future government executives including presidents and prime ministers of Pakistan: "Don't mess with anyone who takes up arms to challenge state's writ in the name of Islam and the Shariah Law. If you do, you will be dragged into courts headed by right-wing Islamist judges who sympathize with the Shariah vigilantes".

Most of the Islamabad High Court judges are from the Rawalpindi Bar Association which has the strongest right-wing Islamist connections in the country. Its members treated Punjab Gov Salman Taseer's killer Mumtaz Qadri as a hero and showered him with rose petals. Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of Islamabad High Court was a Jamaat-e-Islami candidate in 2002 elections. He has represented former Lal Masjid Imam Maulana Abul Aziz who led Lal Masjid vigilantes in defying the writ of the state to enforce his version of the Shariah law.

In April this year, Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui ordered former President Pervez Musharraf's arrest by revoking bail that was properly granted earlier by Justice Mushir Alam, a Sindh High Court judge in Karachi.
Although Judge Siddiqui has recused himself from Lal Masjid case, the fact is that other judges of the Islamabad High Court are activists with similar views as right-wing ideologues. Qureshi's biography on Islamabad High Court website describes him as "having dynasty of well esteemed Siddiqui Qureshi clan migrated to Sindh with Ghazi Muhammad Bin Qasim." The appointments of both judges were confirmed by former President Zardari under the threat of contempt of court by Pakistan Supreme Court judges.

Karachi Operation:

Karachi is often called the urban frontier. It is also a goose that lays golden eggs; its businesses are forced to part with an estimated Rs. 830 million every day in extortion money (bhatta) to criminal gangs and terrorists of various kinds operating in the megacity of 20 million residents. The problem is that, in spite of such vast amount of protection money, the businessmen are feeling more unsafe than ever; they are getting kidnapped, tortured and killed by the ever-greedier extortionists. Could this kill the goose that lays golden eggs?

Nawaz Sharif government is in the midst of yet another law-enforcement operation by police and rangers against criminal gangs in Karachi. It has the same problem as the myriad operations before it; Most criminals and gangsters are affiliated with Karachi's powerful politicians who spring them lose after they are arrested by rangers and handed over to the police.

Historical Chart of Karachi Killings

Karachi's past history tells us that violence goes down significantly when it is run by an elected local government. In recent history, the quietest years have been the years when an MQM-led local government has been put in charge of running Karachi. Nawaz Sharif should try this as well: Ensure local elections and allow an empowered local government with police powers to tackle its crime problems. If it fails, then Martial Law under governor's rule should be considered to clean up Karachi.

Syrian War:

Syrian Child Refugee
There have been recent headlines made by the threat of the Obama administration to punish Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad for his alleged used of chemical weapons against civilians near Damascus. This needs to seen in the context of a major humanitarian disaster than started to unfold when, as part of the Arab Spring elsewhere, ordinary Syrians rose up against the Assad dynasty's dictatorial rule over a period of 43 years. Taking a page from his father's playbook in Hama where thousands were killed by Hafez Al-Assad for defying hi,m , Bashar responded with brute force to suppress a peaceful protest movement against his repressive rule. This time, the Hama formula backfired on Assad as the Opposition took up arms with foreign help to fight the regime. It's a major humanitarian crisis in which over 100,000 Syrians have been killed so far, several hundred thousand have been injured and disabled and millions have been uprooted from their homes and forced to live in refugee camps in Syria, Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon and Iraq.

Will the US strikes against Assad help resolve the Syrian humanitarian crisis? The answer is NO.

Viewpoint from Overseas host Faraz Darvesh discusses with Riaz Haq, Sabahat Ashraf, and Ali Hasan Cemendtaur new cases against Pervez Musharraf; the upcoming Karachi operation to arrest terrorists and criminal elements; and what benefit would a US attack on Syria have.

This show was recorded at 1 pm PST on Thursday, September 5, 2013.

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Prime Minister (20k+ posts)
Govt,Kiyani,Chaudry Iftikhar and all political parties agreed to talk TTP and all brands of Terrorists,I suggest our interior ministry office should be shifted to Lal Masjid,then I am sure 'Negotiation " will fruitful 100%.We must Offer few ministries to TTP it wsill solve all issues of Pakistan.