Friday, December 17, 2010

The World Is A Spin:Pakistan, Afghanistan, U.S Foreign Policy Crises.

What did the US attack on post 9/11 attack on Afghanistan achieve? No clear answer? There is one! It started a clean up though late, slow, messy and entangled of the massive dirt that was left post "Jihad" Afghanistan and Pakistan of the 80's. Neither the cleanup is complete nor is it easy. What is the deadline? Only time will tell.
So let us start with the initial US "dirtying " our clean and tolerant country with its smart ideas of inserting and cooking up th "Jihadi" dish with our deranged CO(late) and all the Osama bin Ladens and other fools in Peshawar which became a city with dollars, guns, foreigners and criminals of all creed and color to boost up the so called "Mujahideen" to chase the Soviets out. Post Soviet departure and US  flaccid interest in that Pakistan, all the little monsters , snakes in religious garbs who could only sustain their venomenous existence through clandestine operations and funding started spreading their fangs and tentacles into the "dis-educated" "poor" Pakistani society where least literate children started to learn the "Fazail" or the advantages of "Jihad". This meant any other race, colour, country or religion. So much so that the sectarian divisions which in Islam are naturally many were not tolerated and were included in the enemy list.So the religious ethnic intolerance reared its ugly head again and by this time the Afghan Taleban and the foreignours who were given built up religious sanctuaries in FATA and NWFP, and whose ideology was a particular Sunni sect became more organised and powerful. Poor Pakistani government! At this time it was again led by a dictatorial army general who after all could not cut its own feet, hence the Taleban(Pakistan & Afghan ) with their criminal networks continued to grow/ the Punjab factions of the militants also managed to strengthened under the Musharraf era who continued to fool Mr. Bush and his entire government with his antics of cooperation. Post Musharraf regime when the elected government came into power and Mr Zardari who was previously named Mr 10 % managed to disentangle the web somehow and ordered a kind of crackdown in areas such as Swat because both the army and the US wanted it too, the Nizame Adal farce was seen by all.
Two years later and some of the militant setups cleared in Pakistan, the Pakistani forces and government are facing the internal terrorist attacks and because the civilian casualties are so many and difficult to prevent with these resources this effort may take a long time. the militant organizations have done a clever move. They are now organizing themselves into a political force and are  using the Aasiya Bibi blasphemy  case and the "Khatame Nabuwat" (The last prophet seal). This is  a clever move as the larger segment of the Punjab population is sensitive to these issues. The already in the fold religious parties and right wing parties like the Jamaate Islami and the Pakistan Muslim League(Nawaz) will be backing these issues. The slippery JUI-F will blackmail the government for their own monetary interests. If the militants gain political sympathy and vote which they will , the issues of the nuclear arsenal falling in the hands of the terrorist will come true.The Pakistan Army has a very crucial role to play here. Its not Obama or the US war it has to fight. It is Pakistan's war. It is high time that it took its heroic role this time and came out of the post Zia entangled mess clean.
The floods have devastated the economy. It is not that the government of PPP is corrupt. It is that the entire nation is corrupt. So add to it the victory of terrorists in politics and this scene is a bigger nightmare for the West than the Al Qaeda, if there is any big network left. Add to it the primitive Afghan Taleban gaining control in Afghanistan  and nuclear arsenal what option is left? We do not want a nuclear attack on a region that is so densely populated with big nations like India and China in the neighborhood but with the conservatives already in one of the houses and Mr Obama's popularity wavering , who knows what the US may finally opt for?

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Sexual Harassment In The Workplace Bill Implementation In Pakistan.
In the above mentioned blog post I had written about the girl student nurse rape case at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center , Karachi . This case is also facing a lot of hurdles as the culprit is is continuously applying influence to avert serious procedural trial but due ti intense public, NGO and international pressure there is slow progress on the case. The Sindh courts have entered the case for trial and some sessions have taken place. The lawyers following this case both voluntarily and as representatives go regularly for the hearings in which often the culprit is not present. It is a sad irony that this doctor was a medico-legal officer at the JPMC and therefore in many cases he has to appear as giving evidence. How can fair and clear evidence be given in cases where the medico-legal officer himself is so corrupt and criminal minded.
The Sexual harassment in the workplace bill that was passed in Pakistan  in 2009 had to be implemented in all government and other institutions, media houses, educational institutions and private corporations and offices. Initially it was to be started in larger government institutions. No report has been made public as to what organizations have actually done any work in implementation. no general work plan for the implementation has been given.
A news item "Legislation on anti-sexual harassment " in Dawn newspaper dated 2-12-2010 on page two national has given the details of how PEMRA, Pakistan electronic media authority has asked media agencies to comply with this law.The National implementation Watch Committee which comprises the National Commission on the Status of Women and civil society groups, government, private sector and media personnel , is overlooking the procedural nitty gritty of the implementation. I did a television program  last year on the implementation of this bill but I have seen very few programs on media to spread this awareness. There is need to frequently air such programs and also cover cases widely as soon as they are reported, including their progress.Dr Fouzia Saeed who is the chairperson, according to Dawn report has said that 36 out of the 44 ministries in federal Government have implemented the legislation.The State Bank has also issued notice to all banks in public and private sector to adopt this law.
Alliance Against Sexual Harassment (AASHA) in Pakistan has given the details and also the code of conduct for download for the organizations. . As they have worked incessantly for the framing, passing and implementation of this law, their efforts are commendable.
Only through creating continuous awareness about this law, its implementation in each and every workplace in Pakistan will the safe and free environment for work will be created. It is a difficult road but not unachievable goal. It is also close to the Pakistani cultural and religious ethos.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Of Sexy Wikileaks, Unholy Alliances and Steroidal Muscle.

The too old Saudi King who may be soon replaced by his Prince.
There is a saying in Urdu "Hathee ke daant dikhane ke aur aur khane ke aur" meaning tha the elephant tusks are only cermonial. So it seems that the now Wikileaks that seem so sexually promising and then impotently disappointing appear to be. Rafia Zakaria, the sister of Fareed Zakaria and daughter of Rafique Zakaria is so right in her latest Dawn newspaper artcle. Says she that "for all the breathless agony that followed the revelations, the cables themselves provided little to substantiate the claims of a catastrophe that had accompanied their release." ( HTTP://WWW.DAWN.COM/  ). I am however neither excited of the "revelations" nor so fond of repeating that the now "B" grade geo network is running a the ticker news continuously on its strange and unethical television channel. So who cares that sitting army head is happy to act behind the scenes. Who damn cares that the previous ambassador who by the way had a ? CIA background was assured by the prime minister of a complete action in Bajaur. I can almost visualize the Geo network as a sick monster with spit and fake blood dripping from its mouth when  writing anti-US newstickers.What would be the result if no action was taken.
 By the way wasn't Bajaur a den of people who were training to destroy all those Pakistanis who differed like Barelvis, Shias, liberals etc  with the help of Muslim foreigners and some say Indian agents and  Deobandi Taleban style aka Shemzai alias Islamist in Afghan Taliban style ( pretending to be Pakistani) terrorists? So who funded the initial set up? And why is there a howl albiet a wounded stray dog like about King Abdullah asking favors of the US to eliminate so and so. Where do the petro-dollars come from when the Pakistani national beggars (not the present elected government) and in 1980 the Ziaists who fuc****d up Peshawar and the entire NWFP, its generation with guns, militancy, wrong religious pumping, if not  from Saudi Arabia.saudis will use their influence all over the world and why not? Why do you think that the Ghostly Osama Bin Laden has a big bone of contention with the Saudi family? Oh its not the US alone naked in this unholy bath and alliance. Its all of us dearies, Pakistanis, hypocrites and all. A country where the Sunnis have united to kill or hang a poor old Christian Aasiya Bibi in revenge for Aafiya Siddiqui though the Islamic justice system is entirely different and where forgiveness is loved by Allah and even the prophet of Islam was very careful in declaring a verdict as seen b the example of  a woman who wanted adultery punishment to escape the wrath of the punishment of fire in the afterlife. A tooth for tooth means hang Aasiya Bibi. Poor governor Salmaan Taseer who is declared an infidel expelled from the circle of Islam by small time tellevision and halwa eating Sunni power groups created by the Ziaist and the good old Saudis and US back in the eighties. Look at my luck! Instead of writing and praising the beautiful movie "Dirty Dancing" I have to write this. So the Sunniist with ample bellies, their new slick, sexy videos on the various tv channels with body movements, face expression good enough to drive any fully veiled, burqa lady and the quietly accepted in Pakistani society homosexuals crazy, declare the poor Christian Aasiya bibi with children who was uptill now living respectfully in the sexy Punjab, has been suddenly declared blasphemous. This is our kind of Pakistani, Islamic national Wikileaks. Aah poor me. Self pity, confusion. So the custodian of the Kaaba Sharif made to look like a monster? Asking Iran's nuclear facilities to be attacked by the US? Tch! Tch!
Such a shock for the halwa eating, always dreaming erotica Pakistanis! But then the agricultural, down to earth Ahmedinejad is slyer , yes, sharper. He doesnt believe in conspiracy theories. Look how conveniently he forgot the Holocaust? Although the Zionist state of Israel is the result of the "Awakening". Says he that this is a trick to make the neighbours and brothers enemies.
I see the entire sexy Wikileaks Saga almost like the one thousand and one nights in an entirely different light. The US may appear to look stern and squirmish but the entire spotlight has shifted from Osama Bin Laden's Al-Qaeda to well so many other issues.
Take for instance China getting bored of North Korea behaving like a spoilt child. now that is news! China always wanted to be the regional Bully. How can it give this major role to any one else. How convenient that there are no major Wikileaks about India as yet. Let the good people read the 2500 documents while I listen to Amir Khusro songs in Raag Bagheshwari and keep on helping the poor, women, children and sick in Pakistan.
The weak looking Wiki Leaker Assuange.
By the way the US should not bother to punish the weak, unsexy looking Assuange who looks like he had malnutrition, calcium deficiency , is definitely not the horny, testerone filled, assaulty type. US should drive him over into Pakistan where just for bieng white, of uncertain religious leanings he will be thoroughly buggered, given asylum, used all over by everybody and if not converted to a certain kind of Islam maybe bombed to smithereens or implicated in a crime he never committed. Alternatively he maybe given princely treatment but still buggered and forgiven for a rape that he committed, made a hero of because it was of a White, ?Christian? female in the US.Sexy stories from the Wikileaks continue meanwhile ...slurp...slurp! Spit.