Doctor for Pakistan’s President ??

A very interesting news piece grabbed my attention in today’s paper where a PIMS professor has approached ECP as a candidate for president.

News says:

A professor at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences has approached the chief election commissioner with the aim to contest the forthcoming election for the president. Prof Dr Anwar ul Haque, who has been heading the PIMS Department of Pathology for the last 10 years, told The News by the telephone on Thursday that if Musharraf could contest the polls while in service, he could also do so. In a letter to the CEC, the professor demanded provision of forms for filing his nomination for the post of president.

16 Comments so far

  1. Nosheen (unregistered) on August 24th, 2007 @ 12:10 pm

    very cute and very interesting news
    it’s like if my little brother can have a candy why can’t I? good rationale doc.

  2. gulzar (unregistered) on August 24th, 2007 @ 12:35 pm

    Unfortunately the Doctor does not have an army which can only say yes to boss.

  3. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on August 24th, 2007 @ 2:04 pm

    As they say

    Every Country has an Army – But Pakistan Army has a Country,

    well said the poor doc does not have an Army

  4. JayJay (unregistered) on August 24th, 2007 @ 4:55 pm

    Let us see if medical professionals, from specialists to GPs to nurses to medical technicians, line up behind the professor as a disciplined institution. First lawyers, now docs. Civil society is talking, rather shouting, now.

  5. malaika rizwi (unregistered) on August 24th, 2007 @ 8:18 pm

    hehe thats great! never heard something like that before. now a doctor will be running for president! hmm…. well i hope he has a cure for the illness pakistan is suffering from

  6. gulzar (unregistered) on August 25th, 2007 @ 12:00 am

    Corruption is endemic in Pakistan. There is no cure for it. I bet you bring an angel and we will corrupt him. So I think that corruption should be legalized in this pakland. BB is sitting in Newyork waiting for a signal to come back and loot more. Do you think that any body will remain honest after so much of hype about her corruption

  7. JayJay (unregistered) on August 25th, 2007 @ 10:33 am

    A view from across the border

    People of Pakistan
    Posted online: Saturday, August 25, 2007 at 0000 hrs Print Email
    Court put its foot down reflecting popular will to stand up and be counted — Islamabad take note
    Watched from New Delhi, the Pakistan Supreme Court’s decision allowing Nawaz Sharif and his brother to return to the country carries import beyond the changing political alignments. The crucial aspect is that the court refused to be drawn into the government counsel’s arguments about a secret deal forbidding the Sharifs from returning to Pakistan. The court adhered closely to the fundamental rights listed in the country’s constitution, implying that in the eye of the law they are invulnerable to third party pacts. Combined with court scrutiny of the powers of arrest by intelligence agencies, it would be easy to see this as a case of judicial activism. But that could be a limited view of these developments. As our Lahore-based columnist argues today, the courts’ recent assertiveness is certainly connected to the current political temper in Pakistan. Nonetheless, this temper is driven by the sentiment on the street that the next steps in Pakistan’s immediate civil-military re-alignments must be transparent and in consonance with the rule of law.

    Seen this way, the judgment is another instance of civil society in Pakistan asserting itself possibly more meaningfully than it has managed to do before. This is not to cast doubt on the strength of civil society — even in the high noon of military rule Pakistan has been, at worst, an imperfect dictatorship. Dictators like Ayub Khan and even Zia-ul Haq had to make overt moves towards democracy. And General Musharraf, within three years of his coup, was compelled to allow parliamentary rule, howsoever weak. So what is changing now? Consider the street protests that made inevitable the restoration of the chief justice of the Supreme Court and the nervousness of certain political parties and the president in firming up their reported deal.
    Together, these could be manifestations of a people no longer tolerant of backroom deal-making and the so-called doctrines of necessity.
    It would be myopic therefore to read developments in terms purely of their pro- or anti-Musharraf/military implications. Just last month, for instance, the army’s action against vigilantes in Islamabad’s Lal Masjid was seen to have a lot of popular support — reflecting a desire for primacy of the rule book. This assertion of civil society could rattle many vested interests. But the more astute among Pakistan’s key political and military strategists should see how respect for this popular mood would put their country more beneficially at ease with itself.

  8. Mohammad Akram R (unregistered) on August 25th, 2007 @ 4:51 pm

    Dajjal, Yaggog and Maggog

    Dajjal has one eye to look world one eye not spiritual eye like satellite cameras, GPS, Radars and media they are dajjal eye, dajjal heaven his own place like his countries they are look like peaceful places he called them heaven but actually they are traps and take you in hell because these countries law against Islamic rules and who will effected by dajjal like dajjal killed them those Muslims get shahadeth (shaheed) that dajjal called hell but its not hell peoples get shahadet.

    Zulkarnan Allah Salaam said (Allah mention in Quran) Dajjal will appear that time when Iron and Copper will fly on earth surface and Yaggog and Maggog will fight each others, Now this is the time all flying machines dependant on copper and iron with out these elements not possible to fly on earth surface even cannot move.

    Communism and Christianity (Yaggog and Maggog ) collapse each others when they strength down than Islam sun will rise in whole world not with these present Molvies educations, there will be new system will rise that system only for poor peoples and they will crush the both Communism and Christianize systems then poor peoples faith convert into Islam and churches will convert into Masjjid (Mosques) but Pakistan this land peoples have key roll in this whole process. I don’t believe present Molvies, Ulma and Umma but soon you will also don’t believe them just believe on Quran and read if you don’t understand read again and read again Allah give you the right path Allah most merciful, Allah give everything who request from Allah.

  9. Kamran (unregistered) on August 25th, 2007 @ 5:21 pm

    Dear Akram

    I fully agree with you on your last lines (that Allah and Quran are the true guidance), but what other nonsense have you written! You seem to be very confused.

  10. Tania (unregistered) on August 26th, 2007 @ 12:23 am

    Meanwhile, IBA ppl fight over cricket matches:

  11. KAMI (unregistered) on August 26th, 2007 @ 10:39 am

    Civil society is alive and well in Pakistan, as demonstrated immediately after the earthquake and now during this judicial activism. Sadly govt, millitary, politicians and the moulvi’s are lagging far behind.

    @Akram Bhai hamara kya Qasoor hey? It seems that you are the one that needs Gods help and guidance the most. These predictions of conversion after conversion and Yajooj after Majooj, please just tell me who will be the president after Nov 07? By the way you are also using Dajjal technology to post your comments :-)

  12. JayJay (unregistered) on August 26th, 2007 @ 1:26 pm

    That’s what happen to you if you want to start dreaming of following another public servant, althugh from a (very) different institution, to become the president of the Islamic Republic, without losing your professional overalls.

  13. thanos (unregistered) on August 27th, 2007 @ 5:30 am

    I just went to the main page of The Daily Times, looks like a hacker has defaced it. He’s a Jim Morrison and the Doors fan judging from this that he left on the main page:

    hack3d by ic3d r0s3 :):) greetz to (linuxg0d) ,(savechanges) ,(pagefault) and old whackerz crew;;;;;; to PHA and yeah to the criticized one (abunasar) : keep it up kid;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;; and still after 2 yrs ………….. — THIS IS THE END BEAUTIFUL FRIEND ?? ;;;;; Mr. Mush PLz GOOOOOOOOO

  14. Babar (unregistered) on August 27th, 2007 @ 2:38 pm

    What the heck is this civil society? I have just started hearing about it for I guess last 8-9 months.

  15. 1967 (unregistered) on September 3rd, 2007 @ 11:34 am

    Well if an army walla can do it, why can’t a doctor do it as well? The point is not about candies, it’s about consistent desecration of rules and law by the army boots.

  16. MB (unregistered) on September 3rd, 2007 @ 11:56 am

    very interesting

    I see it in a different light
    I see it as a polite and democratic way of protesting MUSH wardi.

    Good catch IMB

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