Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Zardari's Knack For Issuing Ordinances

On Mon, 3/2/09, Hasan Shabbir wrote:

From: Anas Mahmood

وسعت اللہ خان
بی بی سی اردو ڈاٹ کام، اسلام آباد

صدر زرداری کے اس تاریخی جملے سے اور کچھ ہو یا نہ ہو جسٹس محمد منیر ، جسٹس مولوی مشتاق حسین، جسٹس انوارالحق اور جسٹس ارشاد حسن خان کے فیصلے متنازعہ نہیں رہے۔یوں مولوی تمیز الدین اور بیگم نصرت بھٹو کے مقدمے اور ذوالفقار علی بھٹو کے ساتھ جو ہوا وہ عین انصاف تھا۔
تھینک یو پریذیڈنٹ زردادی۔۔۔۔تھینک یو ویری مچ۔۔۔۔



Dear Hasan Sahab,

Karl Heinrich Marx (May 5, 1818 – March 14, 1883) was a German philosopher, political economist, historian, sociologist, humanist, political theorist and revolutionary credited as the founder of communism. [Courtesy: Wikipedia]

Karl Marx had said , "History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.

Aziz Narejo A freelance writer currently living in USA. Editor quarterly Sangat. Ex Editor daily The Chronicle, Islamabad.

A very dear and learned friend of mine, Mr Aziz Narejo had commented in August 2008 regarding our current President Mr Asif Ali Khan Zardari


I am sure Zardari will make his two predecessors proud with his work. Also if any one thinks that Pakistan has seen its worst or is going through the most terrible crises of its life, should wait until Zardari assumes presidency. As it is said in USA , “you ain’t seen nothing yet”! Good luck to the luckless people in Pakistan.


Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari

President Asif Ali Zardari on Sunday promulgated an ordinance to amend the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898, authorising setting up of mobile courts and appointing district magistrates. [1]

Parliament has become irrelevant because in view of President Zardari knack for Issuing Ordinance [what was the need of General Election 2008 when the country is to be run through Ordinances instead of debate and legislation in the Parliament]. Lest we froget that during General Musharraf Military Regime the National Assembly passed 51 bills/ordinances in five years, compared to 134 ordinances promulgated by the President. Twenty-seven bills were passed without debate, including the first two annual budgets. In a display of parliament’s irrelevance Musharraf issued four ordinances in July, one day before the NA was to meet. [Courtesy Human Rights Commission of Pakistan - the text in bracket above is written by myself and not of HRCP].

General Musharraf’s preference for ruling by presidential decree instead of legislation by parliament led to some Relative Democracy US President George W. Bush said that democracy was a “lot more stable in Pakistan” than in some other countries. “Well,democracy is – it’s a lot more established in Pakistan than someof the other nations I mentioned,”Bush said in Heiligendamm,Germany.

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto

When late Zulfikar Ali Bhutto ascended the throne after 1971 election, he appointed Ghous Bux Raisani as Balochistan governor and Hayat Khan Sherpao as NWFP governor. This decision sowed the seeds of misunderstanding between Bhutto and the two ruling parties in both Balochistan and NWFP, which were then governed by National Awami Party (NAP) and Jamiat Ulema Islam (JUI-Mufti Mehmood). [2]

Bhutto attempted reconciliation with these two parties when the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) started the implementation process of the 1973 constitution. An amicable resolution to the matter was eventually reached, as the previously appointed governors were replaced by Ghous Bux Bezenjo in Balochistan and Mufti Mehmood in NWFP. [2]

However, the establishment wasn’t happy with this political reconciliation, and tried to create schisms between Bhutto and NAP-JUI alliance by blaming the Balochistan government for creating problems. A drama was staged in Islamabad in 1973 where a larch cache of arms and ammunition was recovered from the Iraqi Embassy, and it was claimed that weapons were going to be routed to Balochistan to create trouble. [2]

Later on, disturbance broke out in Lasbella and despite repeated request by Balochistan government for sending armed forces to help, it was rejected by the federal government. As a protest, both provincial governments resigned and an army operation was launched in Balochistan. Similarly, when ZA Bhutto had to ban NAP after the Supreme Court’s verdict declaring the party as anti-Pakistan, Bhutto continued to make reconciliatory efforts. [2]

Barrister Ahmed Raza Kasuri [Murderer of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Toady of Military Dictators like General Zia and General Musharraf and now a toady of Asif Ali Zardari son-in-law of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto]

The present scenario evokes shades of similarities with the past, as Ahmed Raza Kasuri is turning out to be the protagonist in creating misunderstandings between President Asif Zardari and Nawaz Sharif. It was Kasuri who lodged an FIR for murder against ZA Bhutto on the advice of establishment, which led to the arrest, and later on hanging of the PPP founder. This time round, Kasuri was the lawyer in the case against Mian Nawaz Sharif in Supreme Court. [2]


1 - Mobile courts to conduct summary trials Monday, March 02, 2009 Ordinance promulgated; district magistrates to be appointed; lawyers smell a rat on timing of ordinance [1]


2 - Is history repeating itself? By Tahir Hassan Khan Sunday, March 01, 2009 Karachi [2]


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