Live From The Political Circus In The Capital…

On the political front a lot has been going on the Capital. Most of it can be adequately compared to a form of parliamentary circus. Things are quite serious, and probably on a critical turning point in the history of Pakistan, Here is how you can get a brief overview of key developments in the capital:

Media people were thrashed and beaten in the parliament. When the media persons staged the walkout some non-journalists were found sitting in the press gallery that prompted the protesting journalists to ask them to leave the press gallery; however, they refused and ultimately the refusal led to a severe scuffle between them.

Shaukat Aziz said in an interview here that some of muslim league people are playing double agents by having interests with the opposition, or they are not speaking up for the government.

Musharraf has accused ruling party leaders of leaving him in a lurch whenever he is faced with a crisis. Expressing his disappointment with ruling party leaders, he said “I bluntly say that you always leave me alone in the time of trial and tribulation. Whether it was a change in the Afghan policy, Dr A Q Khan and Bugti issues, the judicial crisis or the May 12 incident, you never came to my support”.

Musharraf deplored that out of 1,000 provincial ministers, parliamentary secretaries and chairmen standing committees, he could not see even 10 of them speaking in his defence. “I see the party nowhere. You people are not mobilised”.

Ch Aitzaz Ahsen has alleged that the affidavit submitted by DG MI is based on forgery and counterfeit documentation, that has gross inconsistencies in dates, invoices and paper work. He accused the military intelligence branch of making significant blunders in haste to defame the chief justics in Geo’s “Capital Talk” here.

Where as Wasi Zafar does not believe media to be the fourth pillar of state. Minister for Law Wasi Zafar in categorical terms said the house will maintain its sanctity at all costs. “I don’t consider the journalists to be the fourth pillar of the state. If they want to become that pillar they will have to be upright and behave in a neutral manner,” Wasi Zafar said.

Just for consumption of you folks, the real face of so called propaganda of present government that it has “liberated” the local media can be found here, where Pakistan ranks at the abysmal bottom (157 out of 168), just like it does at the lowest levels of other key indicators like corruption, judiciary economy and government. Mind you this ranking is from way back in October 2006, before the PEMRA ordinance. Let’s hope for a clean sweep to the 168th position after the ordinance is in place…

2 Comments so far

  1. Phil (unregistered) on June 8th, 2007 @ 3:40 pm

    Musharraf has accused ruling party leaders of leaving him in a lurch whenever he is faced with a crisis. Expressing his disappointment with ruling party leaders, he said “I bluntly say that you always leave me alone in the time of trial and tribulation. Whether it was a change in the Afghan policy, Dr A Q Khan and Bugti issues, the judicial crisis or the May 12 incident, you never came to my support”.

    I broke a tear when I read that in the news paper! ROFL! Welcome to Pakistan, Geni! ;)


  2. jahnanara (unregistered) on June 9th, 2007 @ 3:49 am

    Good synopsis backpacker. I think it is time for a decisive battle to figure out key pakistan kiss ka hai….. humara ya in logon ka. The affidavit today is an eye-opener…it is basically an affirmation of what we have known all along i.e. involvement of the intelligence agencies in everything.



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