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03 November, 2007

The imposition of emergency announced by President General Pervez Musharraf in his capacity as Army Chief has put to rest the rumors circling around the country for the past few weeks.

President Gen Pervez Musharraf in his capacity as Army Chief under article 232 of the constitution announced the imposition of emergency. All civil rights from article 232 till 237 have been suspended.

Prime Minister and Cabinet members would continue to perform their duties while Senate, National Assembly, and provincial assemblies would remain intact.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry has been removed from his post as army troops take control of the Supreme Court.

All communication contacts have been cut off mobile and Internet services have been suspended and private TV channels transmission closed down.

The army has taken control of the federal capital and a large number of troops and rangers have been deployed at public places, embassies and other key government installations. More than 1000 troops of frontier constabulary have been summoned to maintain security.

1)Is this act justified at such a crucial time?
2)Will emergency help curbing Extremism and fundamentalism?
3)Is this the end of a free Judiciary?

Reader Comments:

could be a great movie if wasn't shown in reality

All politicians write, produce and direct such movies, few are block buster and few rejected. The poor, blind people following politicians and media instructed by politicians. People in media are promoting among nations and hatered among countries and no one can stop them.

Most of the politicians are like dogs around the world chasing the same greed. They also have done so many things, they won't be able to cure later.

WAQAR, United Kingdom - 27 December, 2007

army intervention - never again

Never Again
On going debate on the article “Never Again” written by Brigadier (Retired) Javed Hussain in “Dawn” on 15 April 2008 followed by a letter to editor written by Major (R) Shamshad Ali Khan published in “Dawn” on April 27, 2008 , Brig ® Javed Hussain once again on tried to defend his point of view in response to the letter written by Prof Khalid . Some how seem to be adoption of sentimental approach by the authors while commenting upon the role of army ( particularly of four Army Chiefs ) since 60 years and asking army to seek apology from the nation . History reveals that army never interfered in the political scenario of the country at her own. Political leaders always invited them to intervene except twice first, handing over the government to next General by Field Marshal Ayub as result of anti government drive of Z.A. Bhutto and other example was toppling over of Nawaz Sharif regime by President Musharraf after his forceful removal from appointment of Chief of Army Staff). Initial 17 to 18 years of Pakistan History are the complete reflection of political instability; anarchy, joining American Block and tilting foreign policy against the will of nation. In early fifty’s Indian Prime Minster Nehru said that changing of his trousers in numbers is much lesser than changing of Pakistani Prime Ministers.
Keeping political differences and controversial points at a side there are some established facts that industrial revolution, strengthening of ideology, construction of dams, development of infrastructures, building of Armed Forces , introducing independent media , handling natural disasters , conducting fair elections and establishing present democratic set up happened to be possible in military regimes. Yes, at the same time I would also like to admit here that Zia’s rule was the one which put the country in that trouble, coming out from which will take another 20 years or so. The nation rejected these elements and made the moderate elements to win just after the incidental death of General Zia in an air crash near Bhawalpur on 17 August 1988. Similar results have also been noticed as result of fair and peaceful election of February 18, 2008. Due credit should be given to those elements who ensured its conduct certain and put the country on right path.
We should not take war as small packet of operations, it’s the wholesome effort displayed by complete nation. Overall remarkable results were achieved by newly born Pakistani Armed Forces over Indian Forces who were greater in numbers and resources. General Musa Khan is the author of his autobiography, Jawan to General and "My Version" spelled out in his books:
“It is pretty much clear to the world that Indians are big losers. Always like losers they invaded Pakistan's Lahore at night without warning which shows there coward ness. Well a small army pushed back a huge Indian army, not only that Indians got heavy damage. Even if India would have brought 10 divisions, I am sure only a single brigade of Pakistan could hold it back. “.
The debacle of India – Pakistan War 1971 was resulted purely due to failure of political process.
Concluding my discussion on the topic, I must say that Pakistan Army is an institution on which nation rightly proud because it always led the nation in crises. Present Army Chief Actions of disengaging army from the politics are being well received by the nation. Pakistan easily defended its land against coward invaders. Indians who knew the reality of 1965 War and Kargil Sector cry of their defeat when they are alone. I request Dawn management to republish my article on the subject to republish my article on the subject which has been published in The Frontier Post on May 4 , 2008 . Brig ( R ) Javed should also ready my article instead restricting himself on a point of no discussion. The title of my article is Army Intervention – Never Again”.

zaheerul hassan, Pakistan - 09 May, 2008


Pakistani people should remember the history, that is almost ignored and forgotten.

WAQAR JAHANDAD, United Kingdom - 17 July, 2008

Abusing Attitude...

What we have done to stop this in Pakistan. Women and children are getting abused by the people around and sometimes by own parents, guardians.
When a husband is manuplating and abusing his wife because he believes that there is no one to ask.
Government has taken a very progressive steps but are they got implemented?

Can anyone tell that what can be done to prevent this kind of sufferings to the woman in pakistan.

WAQAR JAHANDAD, United Kingdom - 20 August, 2008

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