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Pakistan fought the Law and the Law Won

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To avert a dangerous situation from becoming more volatile, the government of Pakistan announced Monday morning to reinstate the fired chief justice of Pakistan’s Supreme Court, Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry to the top seat at the country’s highest court.

Justice Chaudhry had been suspended by then President Pervez Musharraf on March 9, 2007 as the justice was preparing a court decision against Musharraf’s re-election for President for a second term. After suspending Chaudhry, Musharraf then promptly suspended the constitution and declared a state of emergency. Lawyers across the country rallied against the sacking of the chief justice and the judiciary went to war against the government by organizing protests all across the country. This caused Musharraf’s popularity to plummet across Pakistan and after six weeks of protests, Musharraf was forced to restore the constitution and ended emergency rule.

 

A weakened Musharraf announced his resignation from office on August 18, 2008 under impeachment pressure from the opposition coalition government and stepped aside. After the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, Zardari had become the head of her party Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). Musharraf was succeeded on September 6, 2008 by Asif Ali Zardari as Pakistan’s President. Zardari had promised to restore Justice Chaudhry to his seat at the head of the Supreme Court but had not done so due to his fear that corruption charges against him may be brought by Chaudhry’s court as Justice Chaudhry is famous for his anti corruption rulings against the government and other powerful institutions.

Pakistani lawyers and political activists had coordinated a long political march to culminate in a huge rally at the parliament building in the capital Islamabad on Monday to protest the government not having restored the judiciary in Pakistan. Hundreds of thousands of people had taken part in the anti-government procession and there was fear that the protests could turn violent and lead to further instability and possibly a coup by the military to restore order and an end yet again to democracy in Pakistan.

Perhaps fearing both the people’s sentiment against him as well as possible moves by the army against his rule due to the unstable situation, the government of Zardari announced Monday morning that Justice Chaudhry will be restored to his office of the chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

 

We at Pakistanis for Peace believe that this is a good decision by the Zardari government and they must realize what even past President Musharraf came to realize and that is that no government or entity of Pakistan will be able to overcome the mobilization and public support for the lawyers and judges of the country. Also they are seen by the common man as supporters of the people’s rights against powerful institutions and individuals and going against the judiciary is seen as going against the interests of the people of Pakistan as they are the last institution before a ruler assumes absolute power. Having a strong and independent judiciary is needed for a thriving democracy which Pakistan hopes to become one day like India has proven itself to be the last 60 years. The reinstatement of Chief Justice Chaudhry is a necessary step in the right direction towards bringing political stability back to Pakistan, a nation already facing so many internal and external threats.

 

Reported by Manzer Munir for www.PakistanisforPeace.com

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Seasoned Diplomat Appointed Special Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan

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On her very first day as the new Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton called on the Prime Minister of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari to advise him and the Pakistani government that the Obama administration has designated former US ambassador to the UN, Richard Holbrooke as a special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

A senior diplomat at the State department stated that it was a touch-base meeting between Clinton and Zardari but she also wanted to advise him that Pakistan would continue to be a crucial ally to the US and also a partner in fighting extremists in the region. It is noted that back in the 80’s the United States had appointed a similar envoy during the Afghan-Russian war and the individual had been instrumental in helping the Afghan resistance groups comprised of the mujhaideens fighters successful in repelling the Soviets with US and Pakistani backed assistance.

The US government terminated the special envoy position after the end of the war and the pullout of the Soviets but the incoming Obama administration is keen on reestablishing the important position.

Richard Holbrooke is seen as a very capable career diplomat very familiar with the two countries from his time as the American ambassador for the UN. He was also nominated 7 times for the Nobel Peace prize and is also the only person to have held the assistant secretary of state for two different regions of the world. He also was instrumental in brokering the peace agreement among the Bosnian warring factions that led to the Dayton Peace Accord in 1995. During Bill Clinton he was considered heavily for the Secretary of State position before eventually losing out to Madeline Albright as the head person in charge at the State department.

More recently he also served as a senior advisor for Hillary Clinton’s campaign for President and is seen as a close confidant of the former first lady.  President Obama and Secretary Clinton have stated that the Afghanistan and Pakistan border and the situation in the two couuntries will be one of their top foreign policy concerns. The appointment of such an experience and powerful diplomat underscores this commitment by the new administration.

Pakistanis for Peace believes that the appointment of Richard Holbrooke as the special envoy to the region is a welcome sign to a region that will be a critial focus for the US and for this new president. An accomplished and well experienced diplomat such as Mr. Holbrooke will ensure that when he talks, Kabul and Islamabad are aware that it is essentially Secretary Clinton or President Obama himself that they are conversing with and this direct link back to Washington will enable the two countries to fight the militants better. There is not just change afoot in Washington DC, the appointment of Richard Holbrook signals the arrival of a more robust and engaging US policy towards Afghanistan and Pakistan.

-Reporting by Manzer Munir for  www.pakistanisforpeace.com .

Temporary Halt in Bombings

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January 19, 2009, Israel announced a cease-fire after 22 days of utter
chaos and destruction in Gaza.  Twelve hours later, Palestinian
militants followed suite and declared a week long cease-fire.  More
than 1300 people have died of which 1% are Israelis.
Earlier, a summit hosted  by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and
French President Nicolas Sarkozy, called on International leaders to
discuss the crisis and its resolutions.

Also present were Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas and UN
chief Ban Ki-moon.   Although no concrete resolutions came at the end
of the summit, each side did make its own unilateral declaration of
a cease fire.  Still far from any permanent peace agreement the Israelis and
Palestinians each declared their demands.  Israel demands a complete
halt to the missile attacks on their Southern border by Hamas or any
Palestinian militants.  Hamas wants Israel to withdraw from the Gaza
strip within a week and to remove all bans and allow access to
humanitarian needs.  Or as stated by Charles Clayton, the national
director of World Vision Jerusalem, an aid group, an “18-month
blockade of the 1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza,” needs to come to an
end.  And he added that this blockade has “devastated the economy,
halted services, aisraels-wailing-wall2nd rendered the people of Gaza entirely dependent on
humanitarian aid.”  In the near future, the Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has planned
a meeting in Jerusalem.  Leaders of the UK, France, Germany, Italy,
Spain and the Czech Republic are expected to attend.  What, if any,
positive outcome will be reached at this meeting, remains to be seen.  As always, unless all sides are true and honest at the negotiating table, there will not be any lasting peace between these two long warring tribes of the children of Abraham.  Pakistanis for Peace calls on its Jewish and Muslim brothers in both countries to sit down and make an ever lasting peace with the help of perhaps the most important American President since FDR coming into office in Washington DC on Tuesday January 20, 2009. These two groups of people need to realize that with Secretary Clinton and President Obama on board, they have true allies in Real and Everlasting Peace and Never a better time than now to attain it. The Jews and the Muslims greet each other the same way when they meet their families or friends on the street. They say “Shalom” and the Muslims say “Salaam”. Both mean “Peace” in Hebrew and Arabic. Interesting that such a common word and form of greeting and salutation can be so uncommon in the lands of Jesus. Let’s continue to hope for peace in the region on the eve of this historic presidency in the United States across the Atlantic.

President Barack Hussein Obama, 44th President of the United States

President Barack Hussein Obama, 44th President of the United States

 

As  reported by Manzer Munir in Orlando, FL USA and Taneem Ali and M. Lameesa Ali in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Pakistan moves troops from Afghan border to Indian border

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The US government today acknowledged that Pakistan has began shifting troops from Afghanistan border on its west to the east and the long border with India due to heightened tensions between the two countries following the Mumbai blasts of last month. There are confirmed reports inside Pakistan of the elevated national security concerns within Pakistan as well as sightings of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) jets seen patroling the border over Lahore Pakistan using US made F-16’s. US commanders in Afghanistan are worried that Pakistani troops going to the Indian border will leave them undermanned in helping fight the insurgency within Afghanistan.

As a Pakistani American with family and friends in both India and Pakistan, I am very concerned. Not only because they have nuclear weapons aimed at each other and share a huge border! But also because it is against our vital interests in the US to see south Asia explode and much of East and West Asia as well as parts of Europe affected by a nuclear holucast caused by an all out war between the two nations.

Furthermore, we need Pakistan to continue to help our American troops and personnel in Afghanistan fighting the Taliban and Bin Laden’s boys and do not need the Pakistanis to lose their focus on the war in Afghanistan against the terrorists on Pakistan’s west border with Afghanistan. So, India to the east sharing a huge border and Afghanistan to the west with another war going on over there, it is too much even for one of the largest armies in the world (Pakistan) to deal with considering how easily India could win a war with Pakistan. It would obviously come at a very very steep price and God Willing incoming president Obama and secretary of state Hillary Clinton will be up to the job of diffusing the most dangerous situation in the world when it comes to Pakistan and India.

Please check back often for near daily updates on the situation from a grassroots level as we at Pakistanis for Peace have friends on the ground in both countries monitoring the situation. Website Pakistanisforpeace.com launching soon where this blog will be integrated. Until then, please continue to visit us here at wordpress.

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Thanks and lets pray for peace on Earth or at least in some very dangerous places! Ameen.

A Movement Begins

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