Archive for January, 2011

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Shaheed Salman Taseer’s Stand On Blasphemy Law Of Pakistan

January 12, 2011
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Assassination of Taseer is loss of entire country: Musharraf

January 12, 2011

ABU DHABI: Chief of All Pakistan Muslim League, (APML) Pervez Musharraf while expressing grief over the assassination of Governor Punjab, Salman Taseer has said that this was not only loss of the PPP but the whole country.

According to a statement issued from the Abu Dhabi Secretariat, former President Pervez Musharraf was of the view that it is the loss for the whole country. He was seasoned politician and always worked for betterment of the country, he added.

Musharraf further said that it seemed that the current government has failed to cope with terrorism from the country. He also expressed grief and sorrow with the family of Salman Taseer.

Source: Online News

 

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Musharraf’s counterterrorism formula: a three-tiered strategy

January 12, 2011

If elected back to office in Pakistan, former president Pervez Musharraf will apply a three-tiered strategy- military, political, and the socioeconomic- to fight terrorism.

In an interview with Foreign Policy, when asked how would his “approach to fighting terrorism change” if he got elected in Pakistan polls, Musharraf replied: “We have to use the military, the political, and the socioeconomic-a three-tiered strategy. We have to wean away the people from the Taliban.”

“In the past, we [thought that we] needed to gradually get [the regions] away from the tribal culture and bring the government into play- provincial government, local government, and national government. But the demand of the day is very different now. We need to empower the ex-tribal maliks to counter al Qaeda and the Taliban because those tribal maliks were the ones who held sway over the tribes,” he added.

Musharraf said that if the 9/11 attacks had not happened, one would have preferred elections and local government to do away with the tribal culture.

“But now, with the Taliban being there, we need to get that same tribal culture back and ask the tribal maliks to take charge against the Taliban and al Qaeda,” he added.

The former military ruler laid emphasis on educating the masses in the tribal agencies, especially the women, calling it “a long-term strategy of transforming the tribal agencies and integrating them with the rest of Pakistan.” (ANI)

Source: Sify News

 

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Musharraf vows to return to Pak before next polls

January 12, 2011

DUBAI: Former Pakistan President and chief of All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) Pervez Musharraf has vowed to return to his country before the next mid-term elections.

Musharraf said that thousands of people were joining his party, and were waiting for his arrival in Pakistan.

The former President also said that he would win the next elections and serve the people in better way, the Nation reports.

His comments came at a time when the federal government in Islamabad is scrambling to save its ruling coalition, following its key ally Muttaheda Qaumi Movement’s decision to sit on opposition benches in parliament.

Musharraf had served as the tenth Pakistan President from 2001 to 2008, and was the Army Chief of the Pakistan Army from 1998 to 2007.

In August 2008, Musharraf resigned from the post of President under impeachment pressure from the coalition government.

Source: The Economic Times

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Musharraf says the UAE is not a launching pad

January 5, 2011

(By Nadeem Hanif)

Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf holds a press conference at his Burj Khalifa apartment.

DUBAI // The former president of Pakistan says he is not using the Emirates as a launching pad to build support for a political comeback in his home country.

However, Pervez Musharraf told a packed news conference yesterday that he intended to return to Pakistan before the new elections.

He also rejected assertions that he was a dictator during his nine years in office, insisting that he was a “self-made, middle-class man” who loved his country.

“I’m not using Dubai as a base,” he said. “It would be wrong to say Dubai is a base because the rules here don’t allow it.

“I believe wherever I am is my base. I travel to the UK, the US and Europe, and I have support there also. I must admit I am surprised so many of the media are here today and I feel from this reaction that there is support for me in Pakistan.”

More than 30 Pakistani reporters, television crews and supporters were squeezed into the press conference, which was at times chaotic in Mr Musharraf’s Burj Khalifa apartment.

The former army general came to power in a bloodless coup in 1999 before leaving office in 2008.

Mr Musharraf said he had the option of continuing to live a comfortable life, doing lecture tours in the West, but wanted to return to Pakistan to help his country.

He was aiming for his All Pakistan Muslim League party to gain a majority in future elections, he said.

“The aim is to go back before the next elections. We need to build the momentum and we will gather that when we reach Pakistan,” he said.

Earlier, he had said the sign of a true democracy was how political parties behaved while in power, not by whether or not they had been elected by the people.

“You should judge a democracy by the government’s performance, not by the simple fact that they were elected to office,” he said.

Source: The National

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Security before democracy

January 2, 2011

By Pervez Musharraf – Former President of Pakistan

DEMOCRACY is an obsession with the West. Perhaps, rightly so because after the failure of communism and socialism, democracy has emerged as the only successful form of government.

However, when one looks around in the Third World which is experimenting with democracy, one sees an unacceptable manifestation of the same — a democratically elected government is in place but taking the country towards disaster. Therefore, clearly, politics/democracy needs to be reconciled with national security — progress/development of the state and welfare/wellbeing of its people.

What are the imperatives of democracy? Are fair elections and an elected government the only requirement of democracy? To me, that is merely a label. How the elected government governs is the true essence of democracy. Democracy’s primary functional concern ought to be: ‘Are people masters of their own destiny? Are they empowered enough to look after their own interests?’

People implies masses belonging to all segments: vertically, the rich and powerful, feudal lords, tribal chiefs on top and the grass-roots common man at the bottom; horizontally, all provinces/states, tribes, religions, sects, castes, men and women.

I strongly believe the danger lies in denying power, not in sharing or giving power.

How does national security affect democracy? First and foremost is security against external threats implying the maintainance of adequate forces to pursue national interests with honour and dignity. Clearly, no state, no democracy.

This is the ‘traditional security element’. Pakistan has suffered from an existential threat from the east since independence, after its first war with India in 1948. Therefore, for its security, it adopted a military strategy of minimum defensive deterrence quantified into force levels for the army, navy and air force.

But when the armed forces, well-organised and well-managed as they are, also become strong in numbers, they tend to acquire a voice in national governance.

Next is security from internal threats or centrifugal forces acting against national security, homogeneity or integrity from within society. This is the ‘non-traditional security’ aspect; its various elements which are confronted for functional democracy to evolve are ethnic, tribal, religious or sectarian disparities and discord; regional or societal development inequities; poverty, joblessness and economic disparities; illiteracy; food and water issues.

Let’s discuss how to ensure national security to protect the state in all its dimensions and tailor democracy to suit a typical Third World environment. I will quote examples from my practical experience.

The people’s destiny must be entwined with that of the state so that they develop a stake in it. This is possible when the state rises economically and its wealth is distributed equitably among all regions and peoples.

With the economy put on the upsurge, we have to ensure its benefits trickle down to the people. In Pakistan we identified poverty and joblessness among the rural uneducated, the urban educated unemployed and the urban uneducated unemployed. We tackled each systematically.

For the rural uneducated unemployed, we focused on agriculture and agro-based industry, dairy and livestock. For the urban educated unemployed, we focused on the telecommunication and information technology sectors. For the urban uneducated unemployed, we emphasised building and construction which is labour-intensive. We reduced poverty from 34 to 17 per cent in seven years.

Education and skill development needs to be pursued vigorously. Public-private partnerships can pay rich dividends. We created the National Commission on Human Development; the National Vocational and Technical Education Commission was created for skill development which in turn led to innumerable vocational training centres imparting three- to six-month turnaround courses for construction skills. The overall strategy was for universalising education up to middle class and then diverting the people towards skill development.

Food, water and energy should be considered as the inalienable right of all. Sixty per cent of diseases in Pakistan are water-borne. We initiated a project of installing water-filtration plants down to the union council (15 to 20 villages) level. Electricity was provided to all villages with more than 50 houses. Simple food kitchens for the poorest segments need to be provided with public-private philanthropic participation.

These are the main areas of human security as part of non-traditional security which will reinforce national security and enhance the people’s stakes in the state. This brings me to the aspect of sustainable democracy.

First and foremost, democracy must be tailored to fit the environment in which it is to function. There is no set formula. No country’s example can be superimposed on others without adjustment.

In Pakistan, democratic institutions are under-developed, and democratically elected governments have always failed to deliver. Whenever there has been a dysfunctional, elected government running the state aground (which invariably has been the case), people take the only recourse of appealing to the army to take over. The army’s response to this mass national appeal can only be unconstitutional. There is no constitutional salvation.

In such a crisis, which has struck all too often, the question that gets debated is whether upholding democracy is more important than rescuing the state. An institutional role, therefore, has to be evolved for the military to voice its concerns to prevent any unconstitutional act, which the public pressurises them to do.

This I call checks and balances.

The other important factor is the empowerment of the people. We must devolve authority to the lowest level — empowerment and authority devolution to the district level and below means giving them political, administrative and financial authority.

Empowering the people is inadequate if women and minorities are not integrated into governance. They must appropriately be represented at all tiers of political authority so that they feel the satisfaction of belonging and participating in nation-building. We empowered women and minorities by giving them reserved seats in the district, provincial and national assemblies besides their right to contest openly from any constituency.

The ultimate factor behind all development of the state, welfare of its people, the country’s unity and integrity is collective economic wellbeing. Economic strength is the mother of all development and the guarantor of national security and sustainable democracy.

Source: Dawn

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Year 2010 in review

January 2, 2011

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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Crunchy numbers

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The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 22,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 5 fully loaded ships.

 

In 2010, there were 73 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 139 posts. There were 72 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 5mb. That’s about 1 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was October 2nd with 597 views. The most popular post that day was Membership for All Pakistan Muslim league (APML).

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, mail.yahoo.com, twitter.com, google.com.pk, and live.feedjit.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for apml membership form, pakistan, apml pakistan, all pakistan muslim league, and apml.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Membership for All Pakistan Muslim league (APML) September 2010
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QUAID-E-AZAM and HOLY QURAN December 2009

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APML – All Pakistan Muslim League Official Logo – The Shaheen. September 2010
31 comments

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How to join APML? October 2010
27 comments

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Pervez Musharraf: Most popular Pakistani leader on Facebook January 2010
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