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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Thank you, MQM

I am not a member of your party. Or any other party. In fact, I have a great deal of opposition to all the political parties in this country.

Credit, however, must be given where due. Your walkout against the shocking development in the Swat Nizamé Adl affair is to be commended.

Or this would have been the image in my mind:

7 Steps to Happiness for Windows Users

1. Open a new file in your computer..
2. Name it ’Taliban’
3. Send it to the Recycle Bin.
4. Empty the Recycle Bin.
5. Your PC will ask: ’Do you really want to get rid of ’Taliban’?
6. Firmly Click ’Yes’
7. Feel better? Hmmmmm. Nawaz, tomorrow? Zardari, next?

Given the asses who lead us, you could have a ball all year with this feel-good activity.

Mac Users: It's worth installing Windows via Boot Camp just for this!

Update: Thank you Ayaz Amir, too [see comments section]

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Blogger Zakintosh said...

At least I have one other disappointed friend

14 April, 2009 03:08

Anonymous aMmAr said...

Ah, feeling much better. Thank you very much Uncle Zak ;)

14 April, 2009 10:04

Blogger Abid said...

Dont want to be too critical of this, but i feel that boycotting means there is no representation of a dissenting voice. It would be a bigger statement if they`d have cast their votes for NO.

bottom line = as much as i disagree with MQM on possibly just about everything, i commend them for their consistent stance on this matter.

14 April, 2009 10:18

Blogger sarah islam said...


A stupid question, and feel free to ignore it. What DO middle class, normal Pakistanis really want? Is this ok by them? Do you think the protests will die down eventually?

So does this mean that women can't work anymore? What happens to the minorities?

I am chilled to the bone.

14 April, 2009 10:23

Anonymous Jehan said...

I am still in shock at the speed at which the Nizamé Adl Bill was passed, and share your disappointment.

Although I support none of the political parties, I too am grateful that the MQM refused to sign the Nizamé Adl and walked out.

14 April, 2009 11:07

Blogger Zakintosh said...

This from today's 'The News - International'

'Progressive’ MPs prefer to play it safe

ISLAMABAD: In a show of rare defiance, PML-N MNA Ayaz Amir stood up to the otherwise compliant members of his own and other parties in the National Assembly on Monday, probably in the light of open threats by Tehrik-e-Taliban (TTP) leaders to launch attacks on those who would dare to defy the deal [...] Ayaz Amir, a liberal intellectual and columnist, was the only parliamentarian to shout, “This agreement was signed under the shadow of guns and most importantly the guns of Taliban had turned out to be more powerful than the guns of our Pakistan Army.”

It was crystal clear that the serious threats of Taliban spokesman Muslim Khan, carried by all the morning newspapers on their front pages, were very much on the minds of all the scared looking parliamentarians. So except for those in favour of the deal, no one from the Punjab or Sindh spoke out [...] All the women, mostly belonging to the elite class of the country sitting in the Parliament conveniently[?] preferred to stay quiet as they did not heed to the warning of MQM leader Farooq Sattar who said a day would soon come when the Taliban would issue a fatwa against the presence of women parliamentarians in the house as, according to them, it was also against their Shariah.

14 April, 2009 14:14

Blogger Maleeha said...

This reminds me of a woman parliamentarian from the MMA who once said, "We (women) are only in the Parliament because there are reserved seats for women that our men cannot fill. If we (women) do not fill these seats, women from other parties will gain an advantage over us. If there were no reserved seats for women, there would be no need for women to be in the Parliament." Anyone want to take a wild guess as to who this woman might have been?

14 April, 2009 14:29

Blogger Bystander said...

Dear all,

It was a sad day yesterday. The government and the parliament together in a matter of few minutes gave in to hardcore militants, criminals and terrorists by handing them over the valley we once called the Switzerland of Pakistan. Why did the government prefer to relinquish its writ with such ease remains unclear. I for one cannot believe that army, intelligence and the entire government machinery put together could not have resisted Taliban in the valley of Swat. And if they genuinely could not, I like many others feel vulnerable sitting in this metropolis.

The proceedings in the parliament added to the frustration of common citizens of this godforsaken country. Not only our law enforcement agencies, army and government appeared incapable to contain Taliban but even our public representatives were ‘scared’ to utter a word against taliban or the proposed peace (???) deal. Hence the ordinance sailed through. Where do the hapless citizens go? There is no respite. Today it is the valley of Swat ; tomorrow it could be some other place. We have set a very wrong precedence.

I am forwarding a news item that I felt must be shared with all. We should give credit where credit is due. Kudos to Ayaz Amir for taking a bold stand against the Taliban in the assembly. When everyone appeared scared and dared not to utter a word, Ayaz not only spoke but spoke fearlessly. Thank god for people like him.

Moreover, while I am no supporter of MQM, I feel they also deserve shaabash for taking a courageous stand against the Taliban. All of their members stayed away from voting in protest. At least the rulers of Karachi have the courage to denounce taliban. We need such bold people in our assemblies. Even one JUI member stood up to ask which shariah are they going to impose.

Strangely, as the report tells us, no woman member said a word against the deal which is going to impact women the most. All the so-called activists who perhaps find it fashionable to talk about womens rights were exposed when the time came to stand up for those rights. I was specially disappointed with PPP women members. They were quiet when Senator Zehri and MNA Bijarani were inducted into cabinet (women members of cabinet neither quit their posts nor utter a word against these people) and they were again quiet when nizam-e-adl was sailed through. So much for feminism and activism.


14 April, 2009 16:51

Blogger Sophia said...

I am confused. I dont know what hat to wear at this point. Should I feel like a secular, liberal and fear for my freedom and rights in case Taliban take over, or should I see this as a repetition of history albeit in different order and start working on protection from proto-fascist MQM or should a pacifist in me take a heave of sigh that we can take NAR as a step towards peace.

14 April, 2009 20:46

Blogger Bystander said...

NAR a step towards peace? what does that mean? where in the world do murderers bring peace? With regards to MQM, at least I am only thanking them for their positive role during the proceedings in NA. Credit should be given as and when it is due.

15 April, 2009 12:09


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