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Presidentís address to Parliament and flight diversion of vocal opposition members

19 January, 2004

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It's reported that government in order to rebuff the expected agitation of opposition during inaugural address of President General Pervez Musharraf, diverted the flights of two of the top Alliance for Restoration of Democracy (ARD) leaders to Peshawar from the Federal Capital.

One of them, Ms. Tehmina Daultana central leader of Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) has termed the diversion of her flight as conspiracy against her in order to stop her from raising her voice in Parliament. She has also submitted an application for the registartion of FIR against President for his alleged involvement in hijacking besides filing a privilage motion in the national assembly.

1-Do you think opposition leaderís claim of Plane hijack is justified?

2-Did government gain something from diverting the flights that were carrying few opposition members of the Parliament?

3-Who and how should anyone be held responsible for these diversion of flights?

4-Is this a similar case of Hijacking through which former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was convicted?

Reader Comments:

Chance meeting

According to a 'chance theory' related to 'playing cards', a 'king of spade' has a chance of 1/52; a black coloured card has a chance of 1/26 and any ace has a chance of 1/13.Meeting between the two world leaders out of 175 attending '2005 World Summit'had a chance of 1/175. Top officials denied any planned meeting between heads of Pakistan and Israel.We as a Pakistani Nation have strange traditions; what our leaders plan rigorously for the betterment of this poor nation, does not happen and what happens depends on mere chances.óIslamabad

Mir Tabassum Mairaj, Pakistan - 20 September, 2005

Naked aggression

An Arab-American group sued top Bush administration
officials Monday, claiming it bungled the evacuation
from Lebanon of US nationals, leaving them vulnerable
to the Israeli military offensive.
In their suit against US Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld
filed in a Detroit, Michigan federal court, the
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC)
asked the court to order the government to stop
shipping weapons to Israel as long as US citizens
remain in danger inside Lebanon.
"At no time has President (George W.) Bush, Secretary
of State Rice, or Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld called
for a ceasefire in Lebanon," said ADC president Mary
Rose Oakar.
"To the contrary, the Bush administration has
encouraged the violence by sending an urgent shipment
of bombs to Israel, giving that country the green
light to continue in its indiscriminate bombing of
Lebanon," Oakar said in a statement.

This news tells about the mind of Bush administration,
which appears to be aggressive and partial against the
Muslims in general and against the Arabs in
particular. On the other hand Muslim rulers are
showing weakness of their character and confusion of
their mind, and lack of courage for any unified bold
action. Israel, although on the shoulders of United
States, appears to be a defecto super power. A little
over 15 millions are ruling and dictating SIX
billions, which includes ONE billion Muslims also.

Mir Tabassum Mairaj, Pakistan - 25 July, 2006

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