Aur Cycle puncture hogayi …

And as I listen to …

Too much love will kill you
Just as sure as none at all
It’ll drain the power that’s in you
Make you plead and scream and crawl
And the pain will make you crazy
You’re the victim of your crime

Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Lahore have seen a clean sweep of PML here. The bigwigs are paying here … ! An interesting thing I heard the other day, from Ch.Zahoor Ellahi Road (Lahore) free distribution of cycles for all (whoever comes) was arranged on 16-17. I hope unki cyclein salamat hain =)

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21 Comments so far

  1. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 12:42 pm

    so dictator is on run now? Bhag Musharraf Bhag!

  2. Kamran (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 12:45 pm

    I am no fan of Musharraf but PPP majority means, Pakistanis have sunk their destiny themselves again, like 1970.

  3. JayJay (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 1:03 pm

    It is a good news for Pakistan that opposition parties have won; that means there was no rigging. Q-League has also been magnanimous in conceding the defeat and congrtulating N-League and PPP.

  4. go figure (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 5:56 pm

    no were going to let the country be looted again by those who already looted it twice each time. PPP and Nawaz , both came to power two times and did nothing, this is their third time now and I don’t there will be any difference.

  5. go figure (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 5:56 pm

    no were going to let the country be looted again by those who already looted it twice each time. PPP and Nawaz , both came to power two times and did nothing, this is their third time now and I don’t there will be any difference.

  6. KAMI (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 8:56 pm

    ADNAN don’t worry about Mush, knowing him, I can say with confidence that he will not run, he has faced every adversity head on and will not shy away from this one too. He may quit or he may survive, time will tell. During the past eight years he took some tough decisions, some good and some stupid but more importantly, he set this country on the right course despite opposition from Mullah’s and Seculars alike. He gave this country four elections two parliamentary and two municipal, resurrected our financial and educational institutions and gave us a very effective local government system. Furthermore, he choose the tough road, did what he felt right for the country and was never tempted to take the easy way out. Its no secret that I am a Mush supporter, but I can see the election results and know what the people are saying. Their aspirations should be respected.

    As for Nawaz Sharif, finally he listened to some sound advice and pulled away from Imran Khan & company. It is all too evident now that if he had succumbed to a boycott, he would have been no where. Good for him. But the dilemma is that he is totally reliant on somebody else’s brains, its about time he charged up his neurons, that will serve him good.

    For PPP / Zardari it’s the moment of truth, the ball is in their court. They now have to make all the choices and decisions, for them everything is not black & white. Further down the road they have to decide whether their party will evolve or continue to be a family asset and eventually become dormant. Sympathy vote will not last for ever.

    Coming to MQM, they seem to have come out of this election even stronger, getting even more votes than 1988. This shows that if you have roots in the people, and work for their good while in power then incumbency is not an issue. So good for them too.

    And now ANP and the routing of Mullahs from NWFP, in fact from the whole country. ANP suffered a major setback, last time around due to the outfall of the 9/11. Mullahs did win but soon it became evident that winning elections on an issue is one thing and running a government is another. Mullahs miserably failed in that area and have been subsequently kicked out. So their stint in power has ironically been a blessing for the nation, they now know what it is like being ruled by clergy. I see quite a few hands reaching for their ears. As I have said in another comment, people should go back to their routine, i.e. of going to the Mosque on Fridays, listen to the Khutbaa and forget what the mullah said on their way back.

    On the whole, from Karachi to NWFP secular forces rule supreme, it’s now up to them to work for a broader agenda and not indulge in petty fights and petty issues, otherwise people have demonstrated that they can change their minds pretty quick.

  7. mir (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 9:53 pm

    Various alternatives for the players:

    Zardari plan:
    PPPP + PMLN (for now) + ANP + Independents + PMLQ lotas enticed to PPPP + MQM to form government. Then get rid of main threat Nawaz/Shahbaz, (once he has enough numbers) and set up governor rule in Punjab or entice Wattoo/Chattha wannabes to dump Nawaz. Continue War on Terror as a strong US ally.

    Foolish Nawaz plan:
    PPPP + PMLN + ANP + Independents + PMLQ lotas returning to PMLN
    = Take revenge from Musharraf, army, Chaudhries, MQM-Karachi and other "bewafa" individuals
    Problem: Nawaz will
    – Demand to restore Judges sympathetic to terror suspects/Lal Masjid
    – Oppose any threat to AQ Khan,
    – Oppose military action or foreign interference in tribal areas
    – Refuse to play second fiddle to Zardari
    But Zardari may want to follow US orders and ignore Nawaz’s ideas

    Clever Nawaz plan:
    Reunite Muslim League (66 + 36 seats or so, now that the Chaudhries are weakened, i.e. more than PPPP), forget revenge and accept all allies, rebuild trust with Kayani, in due time work out a replacement for Musharraf acceptable to army, cool down the extremism without more bloodshed, keep the country out of dangerous international conflicts.
    Problem: Nawaz is vindictive, not clever;
    Also, he split the anti-Bhutto vote to give PPPP more seats overall, so now ethically, Zardari should be invited to put together a majority and form the government. If Zardari can do this without PMLN, then Nawaz is out. Too bad for Nawaz.

    US plan: PPPP + Musharraf + PMLQ + ANP + MQM + plus any others except Nawaz
    = continued War on Terror, and Nawaz out in the cold because of his stance on judges, AQK and FATA. Too bad for Nawaz.

    Militants, tribals, madressahs and their foreign guests ("wo to hamare muazzez mehman hain"): Musharraf say shakayat thi, ab Zardari se milye.

  8. Ramla A. (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 9:58 pm

    I agree with Kami.

    I have a lot of respect for Musharraf.

  9. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 11:31 pm

    Kami, I know Pakistani history is not as sweet as Heer Ranjha but still its a fact. Every dictator’s supporters used to say same words for him that "He" is courageous and will not run away but it was witnessed by everyone how Yahya,Iskander Mirza,Ayub & Zia faced the humility.

    I read on other forum that the lady *enjoyed* empowerment first time in her life. Poor lady had no idea that such empowerment had already been enjoyed lots of time by Kamis and illetrate villagers of Pakistan who had no choice other than to follow what their "Sain" or "Hazoor" ordered them. SUch mazarays and Kamis always treated their "Aaqa" as God since they don’t have capability to think on their own therefore even something crap is said or done by their Sain or Makhdoom is more precious than Ten commandments. Earning degrees don’t make one educated. Other day I was reading in papers that Mush called CJ iftikhar "neech" and "3rd Class Insaan". I mean , come on, this is the language of our President who’s head of state. If a head is such immature and ill mannered then how could you expect fro nation to get civilized? I must salute CJ Iftikhar that he ignored the military kid’s rant.

    So called educated feminists who always supported Musharraf never raised voice against the humility of women by police because they were ordered by regime. Such pro women are sad part of our society and prove my point that biggest enemy of women is not a man but other moronic women.

    Pakistan need to focus more on such psuedo educated lot than genuine Jaahil because such educated lot is like cancer for our society since they dwell among us.

  10. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 11:37 pm

    I have a lot of respect for Musharraf.

    by a woman.

    and this is how Musharraf respect our women

    if still women likes to support Musharraf then I would just like to say a misra which is a twised form of Iqbal’s shair for such class that is:

    Wajood-e-Zan se Tasweer-e-Kainaat mey Zung(rust)

  11. KAMI (unregistered) on February 20th, 2008 @ 1:03 am

    ADNAN you don’t get it do you? It’s not about Musharraf or any other personality for that matter.

    If you read between the lines I have said, "He took some good and some very stupid decicions". Being as a student of history, when I look back into the bleak past of this country then I can say with great confidence that compared to his predecessors both millitary and civilian the overall legacy of the man is positive. Despite being a millitary ruler he gave us an independent media and the freedoms that now we take for granted. And most importantly, unlike the dictators of the past he never shied away from giving the people opportunity to vote, nobody can take that away from him. So if we are lucky enough to continue our journey on the path of democracy, then Mush will always get the lion share of credit.

    That said no personality or leader is bigger than the country and the system. Its now totally up to Musharraf to add anything good or bad to his legacy.

  12. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on February 20th, 2008 @ 1:16 am

    @Kami: you need to read about Ayub Khan before you talk about Musharraf’s positive. *nuff said*

    Despite being a millitary ruler he gave us an independent media and the freedoms that now we take for granted.

    and took back too. *grin*- As long as Media was not being "dangerous" for him, he didn’t react. The day he saw that Media is keep busy to take his clothes off, he came forward and banned everything.

    as you claimed that you are a history student, you would have read that when Ayub’s ending days started, he had not accepted "Public Opinion" unless he himself heard "Ayub Kutta Hai hai". Same happened with Yahya, he kept thinking that awam is with him unless he saw himself the reaction of Pakistani awam against him when he was visiting some place. same disease actually become bed partner of Musharraf. He also thinks that Pakistan is nothing without him thus he has to be in power all the time. It should not be surprising that like his seniors, he also tastes similar piece of cake in his tenure.

    an interesting article on BBC.

  13. Raheel Lakhani (unregistered) on February 20th, 2008 @ 10:28 am

    aj kal truck ka zamana hai.. purani daur cycle ka tha. ab toh cycle puncture ho hi jani thi :p

  14. IUnknown (unregistered) on February 20th, 2008 @ 10:48 am

    @adnan .. u r so very right in ur last comment. each and every word is reality.

    Yahya aur ayub ka anjaam mush. ko pata nahi q samajh nahi ata

  15. Sadia Khan (unregistered) on February 20th, 2008 @ 11:16 am

    hmmmm…and…hmmmmm. General Sahib made mistakes since March 2007. He is human after all, I think he panicked. The worst was surrounding himself by people like Chaudhrys of Gujrat, could never figure out that complex relationship given the difference in personalities. Election results look good, lets hope Amin Fahim or Aitaz Ahsan is able to lead the country. At least Mushraff allowed a real election.

    If you must judge Mushraff please read this article, I think it is a very fair evaluation of all his goods and bads:
    Musharraf’s Last Stand
    (January 21, 2008 By Fareed Zakaria)

    Lets all share our updated views three years down the lane and see how Zardari and Nawaz perform. Pakistan

  16. Khanabadosh (unregistered) on February 21st, 2008 @ 3:22 am

    PMLN is invincible in urban areas of Punjab. Look at the margin. It is almost impossible to defeat PMLN in urban areas of Punjab. Here lies the strenght of the party. He is in such a bargaining postition now and establishment is well aware of it and rather worried. In case this verdict by the people is not respected this will be rather dangerous for the country.

  17. sab (unregistered) on February 21st, 2008 @ 9:51 am
  18. Sidhusaaheb (unregistered) on February 21st, 2008 @ 10:48 am

    Moral of the story: Never offer bicycles, when you can offer motor-cycles!

  19. MB (unregistered) on February 24th, 2008 @ 7:52 pm

    For 5 years we kept on saying this man is a cheater but the PRO-MUSH never listend . . . check this out

    And "HE" use to think the public likes him

    Like him ?

    My foot

  20. Hameed Akram (unregistered) on February 25th, 2008 @ 11:04 am

    My foot…now please put your foot in your mouth, the source Maj. General Athesham Zameer has retracted and said this article was all lies attributed to him, he was never asked to do anything wrong.

  21. KAMI (unregistered) on February 26th, 2008 @ 2:58 am

    MB like him or not he is still by far the best for the country, and will do what is right and not shy away from responsibility.
    There is no distant second right now, in 2002 PPP was the single largest party PM ship was offered to them with Amin Faheem as the choice, but BB could not take that chance. At that time Mush was committed to not allow either Nawaz Sharif and BB any share in power and the people were behind him on that, After all they were thiefs likes of which were not seen in the history of this country.

    As for your ICON Imran Khan, he is back too…. Absent form the streets and the elections and now lecturing what is to be done. HOW PATHETIC!!

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