Monday, 30 January 2017

Let Ayyan go, SC orders Interior Ministry

Ayyan can fly

Struggling between the columns of ECL, the alleged money launderer of $500,000 or more, Dollar Girl Ayyan Ali has been swaying from Adiala Jail to court rooms and around airports trying hard to get her name off the ECL. Her 'struggle' bore fruit and she can finally leave the country after a three-member Supreme Court bench lead by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar discarded the interior ministry's plea to keep the model's name on ECL and upheld the decision of SHC to remove her name from the same.

The Sindh High Court verdict

As of 19th January, the SHC ordered the authorities to remove Ayyan's name from ECL which was later suspended on the request of federal government for 10 days who wanted to challenge the court's verdict in Supreme Court.

Judge Phulpoto was appointed as a referee judge to decide the fate of Ayyan's petition after one of the judges approved of the model's plea while the others rejected it.

CJP Nisar maintained that it seemed that the government was trying to keep the model in the country by any means whatsoever. "The referee judge gave the right verdict in the case," he said. And 'regretted' that a long time had passed since the First Information Report was registered but the investigation in the case wasn't completed.

Money Laundering

Ayyan Ali was arrested on 14th of March, 2015, on the charges of money laundering after custom officials recovered an amount of $506,000 from her luggage at Islamabad's Benazir Bhutto International Airport before she could board for Dubai.

Nomination in Murder Case

A custom officer Ejaz Mehmood, who was investigating the money laundering case of the model, was shot dead in 2015. The Dollar Girl was nominated for the same.

The Political Twist

The airport entry pass of a personal assistant to a 'former president' was cancelled for trying to facilitate Ayyan's attempt of money laundering.

Expectations from Panama

With the supermodel's case being wrapped up by the Supreme Court, there's another case running in another court room headed by a five-member bench that is - The Panama Leaks Case or the biggest case in the history of Pakistan. And with the Sharif family accepting the ownership of the famous London flats, the burden of proof lies on the defendants to show that the property was bought by legal means and the 3-times Prime Minister of Pakistan didn't use the public office for the purchase of the same in any way whatsoever.

In such a case, there are three possible verdicts that can come out: 1- Proven guilty. 2- Proven innocent. 3- Not enough evidence to prove the guilt.
The Panama case would prove out to be a positive step towards the betterment of the country. BUT, in the longer run. Not in the near future. The Chairman Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf along with millions of people have attached too high expectations with the court hearing the case.

Price for injustice

Benazir Bhutto once said "There are two sets of justices: One for the Prime Minister of Larkana. Another for the Prime Minister of Lahore."
History begs to prove the same that we've always seen the Bhuttos being hanged and punished by the honourable courts and they've never ever dared to give a verdict against the Sharifs.

Indeed, this case will determine the course of our country for the future but not just yet for EVERY MAN has a price, doesn't he?

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

FATA to become part of KPK

Living under the black law of British-era rule called FCR (Frontier Crimes Regulations) act, people of FATA have always been denied basic rights of appeal, wakeel, daleel. The militancy-hit area is run by the Governor KP on the orders of the President of Pakistan by the federal government. The jurisdictions of Supreme Court and High Courts don't apply on FATA. The jirga system runs the federally administrated tribal areas. Penetrated with talibanization, the women have been denied with the basic rights. Cutting short, an area too much oppressed.

As of 24th January, 2016 - The federal government has decided to merge FATA with KPK for which required legislation would be carried out after the approval of the federal cabinet.
According to the plan, FATA will be put under the control of provincial government and an annual grant of 100 billion has been proposed for FATA's development as a result of the merger will be given from the Federal Divisible Pool.

The British-era law known as the FCR Act is a black law and an open violation of universal human rights and contradicts the 1973 constitution of Pakistan. The merger, therefore, would extend the jurisdiction of Supreme Court and High Courts to the tribal areas by amending the article 247 and other relevant laws. As a result, the residents of FATA will be able to protect their fundamental rights as any other citizen of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Yes, that's right. The people of the tribal areas, till now, were not even full citizens of Pakistan.

Almost all the political parties support the merger of FATA with KPK including Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Awami National Party (ANP), Pakistan People's Party (PPP), Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) and Jamaat-e-Islami (JI).

The PTI-led KP government had adopted a resolution on December 14, 2016 in favour of merging Fata with KP that would help rehabilitate and reconstruct the infrastructure including roads, communications, power lines, water supply, education and health facilities. And of course, basic human rights.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

5000 Days.

5000 days... 5000 days of rape, harassment, assault, extreme torture.
5000 days of being kept away from children, of being imprisoned, of being charged for crimes that were probably not even been committed in the first place. 

Yes, 5000 days of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui being held in the FMC Carswell, Fort Worth Texas, Divided States of America (post-Trump world) convicted; sentenced to 86 years in prison. 

A soft-spoken, down-to-earth, kindhearted girl with a scarf, as her mates define. A Pakistani-Muslim with a PhD in neuroscience from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as she was. A woman working for the welfare of Muslims through various charitable organizations as much as for jail inmates. A lady working for the welfare of Islam in an extremely anti-Islam and anti-Muslim country. A humanitarian working for refugees through different organizations. 

I'm not engaging anyone in the argument of her working for Al-Qaeda or not, of her assaulting the guards or not, attempted murder or not, of her carrying various documents and notes of bomb making and containers of sodium cyanide or not, of her buying highly scientific military equipments or not, of her being in the hands of talibaan in Afghanistan or not, of her being under the influence of Abdullah Azzam (the mentor of OBL) or not, of her being abducted by US or Pakistani intelligence agencies or not, and of everything she was always accused of. 

The sole purpose of this piece is to remind the people who have (if) forgotten the unending and countless promises our so called 'Democratic' politicians have made and are still making about the bail and safe return of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui. Be it the then Prime Minister of Pakistan Mr. Yousuf Raza Gillani or the then opposition leader (now) Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif or the chairman of the party who symbolizes itself as the only group who's upto break the status quo of the country and who tends to change the system as a whole, Mr. Imran Ahmed Khan Niazi, our politicians and leaders have made countless promises over the passage of time about the release of Dr. Aafia. But by far, no progress made, no steps taken, nothing. Amidst all the issues either Panama leaks or Dawn gate or the race to being the strongest opposition party against the PMLN government, it seems like our leaders don't even remember Dr. Aafia Siddiqui's name. But of course, like all other promises and commitments made, let's believe the fact that the promise of the bail of Dr. Aafia was merely a 'political statement' to gain mileage and votes. Hence, nothing else. 

The conclusion to be made is; our leaders and politicians are very much intoxicated by the addiction of their powers and they probably don't even care about the children who haven't seen their mother in a long time, the woman who's been being raped, assaulted, harassed since ages!

5000 days... Of nothing done, nothing achieved! 

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

From Baqir Najafi to Qazi Faez Isa.

There has been a mayhem in the political and media circles since the Quetta inquiry commission report by Justice Qazi Faez Isa has come out. While many are asking Chaudhry Nisar to resign as they see the report as a charge sheet against the ministry of interior and Chaudhry Nisar himself, there's one person who thinks that the report is biased i.e Chaudhry Nisar. 

We have seen a history of commission reports from Hamoodur Rahman commission to Abbottabad commission report to Model Town commission, there are two possible course of actions after a commission completes its findings: 1-The report is never made public. 2-And if made public, no action is taken against those accused. 

Referring to the title and the reason I mentioned Justice Baqir Najafi is that the Model Town massacre report was never made public but many media houses and journalists were able to get their hands on it and they see it as a charge sheet against the provincial Law Minister Rana Sanaullah. Politicians make a lot of claims about high moral grounds to get vote of the public but the same politicians when in government don't give a bit of heed to high moral grounds. Be it the provincial government of Kpk or the federal government or the provincial government of Punjab. Yes, you read it right. The government of Kp is in the list of lacking high moral grounds. A few months before the APS attack, somewhere in August, a threat alert about a possible attack on Army Public Schools and Colleges was circulated to the provincial government. The questions that arise here are: Why wasn't the threat dealt seriously? Why wasn't necessary action taken? When there were supposed to be 23 guards on the security of APS, why were there 3 on the 16th of December, 2014? No matter how many questions are raised, our politicians and leaders will never have the courage to resign on the principles of high moral grounds. Neither Chaudhry Nisar nor Rana Sanaullah, not even the concerned minister of Kp, none will resign. 

That's all what we have learnt. From Justice Baqir Najafi to Justice Qazi Faez Isa, no action taken, none put forward for justice, no one resigns. Its about time the government makes the Baqir Najafi's report public.