Another attack on a sane voice!

Things are shaping out to be exactly like they had been predicted. All the sane voices in the country now are being threatened to be silenced forever, or to take a different stance!

News is coming in that the Minority Minister has been attacked. His opinions have been a very small silver lining that has been coming out of the Margalla Hills where the government has decided to speak as little as possible so as not to ignite the religious bloc, that – as it is becoming more and more apparent since the death of Salman Taseer – comprises of more than half of this countries population!

This is not the end of it! Sherry Rahman who presented the bill for the repealing of the bill have been scared into a corner, while the article today byAbbas Ather shows the courage of a man despite all that is surrounding him! It is now in these bits of courage and protest that all of us can find encouragement for our own scared souls!

A friend of mine recently exclaimed to me that how they talk all the time that Pakistan is going to the dogs! He lives in London, so he can give this statement without ever worrying of what impact it can have for all of us sitting out here, living within this country!

I guess we need to make ourselves contend with whatever we can get!

 

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The Floods that wouldn’t stop!

We have yet to see the end of the recent floodings that have hit Pakistan quite unexpectedly. Described as one of the worst disasters that the world has ever seen, worst than the Tsunami, worst than the Haiti Earthquake.

Two weeks in to the disaster and already 3 million people have been effected and more rains are expected soon, which could just mean more hardships for the people. The floods and the rains was more than anyone could have imagined, and was is one of the major reasons why the relief efforts could not be as quick as was the need of the hour.

The flood is of a massive scale, and tackling with it also requires a massive scale effort, and the institutions and organizations are just not in place to make that possible.

The media is all over the place. they have been having a heyday with this disaster, where they can play their blame games, and have Opposition Leaders over that could discredit the Government. More so, the emphasis on the role of the Great Armed Forces and the way our “Jawans” rose for the occasion is almost delirious.

The Pakistan Army being called to assist in the Flood Relief Efforts

All of a sudden this emphasis on the army is very disturbing, and suspicious at the same moment. the recent fiasco of the President going for his European Tour and the ISI Cheif cancelling his own tour has already igniated a wave of suspicion and the words “Martial Law” are being brought up in every Drawing Room conversation. These words are a very dangerouse thing, especially for a country for whom “Democracy” (no more how faulted) is a rare concept.

The Government efforts are being completly dismissed and ignored, while the Army remains the main focus of our media. I mean wouldn’t it be wiser to consider that it is the Government that calls the army? And the army works on our tax money, just like the Government and the people sitting in the Parliment does. So why is it that the Army is better than our Government?

Are we to expect that the latest propoganda about the army and its efforts and it rescue’s is all part of a preplanned intervention that would be forced upon us? Or is it just another way to discredit the Democratic Government? Should we expect a change of faces?

The army is more or less has have had a say in what happens in this country,

DAWN.COM | Front Page | Is there life after democracy?

While we’re still arguing about whether there’s life after death, can we add another question to the cart? Is there life after democracy? What sort of life will it be? By democracy I don’t mean democracy as an ideal or an aspiration. I mean the working model: Western liberal democracy, and its variants, such as they are. So, is there life after democracy?

Attempts to answer this question often turn into a comparison of different systems of governance, and end with a somewhat prickly, combative defence of democracy. It’s flawed, we say. It isn’t perfect, but it’s better than everything else that’s on offer. Inevitably, someone in the room will say: ‘Afghanistan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia . . . is that what you would prefer?’

The question here, really, is what have we done to democracy? What have we turned it into? What happens once democracy has been used up? When it has been hollowed out and emptied of meaning? What happens when each of its institutions has metastasised into something dangerous? What happens now that democracy and the Free Market have fused into a single predatory organism with a thin, constricted imagination that revolves almost entirely around the idea of maximising profit? Continue reading

IReport CNN

This week ireport CNN did a report on the Tiananmen Square protest and how people were stopped or how the coverage was blocked. They criticized the strong censorship that the Chinese government has.. But the thing are we criticizing censorship or Chinese Government… cause if we are here to say that censorship i wrong and people should have the right to express their views openly and should have access to news openly.. then maybe even the USA should come under criticism as well…

During the war in Afghanistan and Iraq.. the Bush administration had censored the showing of the casualties and the return of the dead bodies and coffins from the war zone..

What we need to determine is that if censorship is wrong, then its wrong for all nations.. and you cant pick and choose who to criticize.. Or either ..ITS HIGH TIME THAT YOU LEAVE THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT ALONE…

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/jul/29/iraqandthemedia.usa

A MUST READ…