Bloggers flood website over CJ – Daily Times

This news story appears in today’s Daily Times courtesy Urooj Zia

KARACHI: At least 2,500 people from Karachi have pledged participation in a protest against the “unconstitutional suspension of the chief justice of Pakistan” (CJP). A website has been set up for the campaign (http://proud-pakistani.com/). The campaign is being called “White Band for Justice: powered by Proud Pakistanis.”

“We chose to use the white band, as it signifies purity and justice while the latter part of the slogan is essential as it evokes national pride and patriotism, a core value which has for sometime disappeared from the emotions of all Pakistanis. It is time to bring patriotism back into Pakistanis,” said Dr Awab Alvi, one of the members of the campaign.

The movement started on Karachi Metroblogs (http://karachi.metblogs.com/) [link & link]when a couple of resident bloggers made note of the suspension of the CJP, and put up a post about it. A flurry of comments followed, and it was soon clear that barring a few dissenting voices, a majority of the visitors on the blog were against the CJP’s suspension. A couple of visitors even came up with modes of protesting silently (on their respective blogs). “We would like to categorically state that this protest will not carry any type of political affiliation, and will remain impartial as to who is right or wrong,” they said.

We, the bloggers will definitely be the source for a number of good causes in the future, in my opinion this is just the tip of the iceberg. The preparations for the White Band for Justice movement are fully underway and we remain on the look out for good designers, editors and activists to step forward and contribute for the greater good, this battle cannot be run by one individual but should be a combined effort of thousands of Pakistanis. Are you Proud to be a Pakistani, if so, pitch in and pledge your support to the cause.

43 Comments so far

  1. d0ct0r (unregistered) on March 12th, 2007 @ 2:38 pm

    its definitely far more then 2500.. the amount of surge in people searching for news online can be gauged from the fact that few of the popular blogs had their hosting accounts suspended by their hosting companies coz of excessive web traffic..


  2. Concerned (unregistered) on March 12th, 2007 @ 2:54 pm

    Good to see people are finally fighting for a cause, but sad tht the cause had to be something Musharaf did.


  3. AD (unregistered) on March 12th, 2007 @ 3:11 pm

    soo we put up any white band or is there any specific BAND ???


  4. Ramla (unregistered) on March 12th, 2007 @ 5:54 pm

    Any white band. I tore mine from a piece of cloth at home and been wearing it since the day of suspension.


  5. MB (unregistered) on March 12th, 2007 @ 6:03 pm

    @Hey ramla, i have shared few logo stuff with DOC.

    Want me to send it to you as well ?


  6. Saad (unregistered) on March 12th, 2007 @ 6:24 pm

    And it’s most certainly not restricted to Karachi only, either. I and my friends willing to participate in this act of protest are all from Lahore. But yes, all credit goes to you Karachiites for kicking start this campaign.


  7. F. AHMED (unregistered) on March 12th, 2007 @ 6:39 pm

    I was just checking THE NEWS website and to my surprise there was not one single news about the CJ !!


  8. MB (unregistered) on March 12th, 2007 @ 6:46 pm

    BREAKING NEWS

    – Supreme Court in its notification, didn’t write IC as “non-active” or “non functional”

    – Gov. has said that the name of IC from the website was removed due to a technical error.

    The second one is a joke i guess. How come this had to happen with the very same judge on the very same day.


  9. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on March 12th, 2007 @ 6:46 pm

    I was pleasantly surprised to read the news in today’s DT. Great work guys!!


  10. MB (unregistered) on March 12th, 2007 @ 7:26 pm

    Guys
    Hurry everyone, Watch ARY ONE WORLD . A fiery debate going on

    Nisar has taken all cloths off gov.


  11. MB (unregistered) on March 12th, 2007 @ 9:18 pm

    BREAKING NEWS

    After attacking Judiciary, now the private channels are under fire

    A case has been filed against private channels to cancel their licenses for showing programs on IC case.


  12. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on March 12th, 2007 @ 9:27 pm

    He should just declare MARTIAL LAW – or wait arent we already under martial
    law with a snazzy name like Enlightened Moderation

    IDIOTS – he is acting like a child, slapping everyone who dares to point out
    his mistake.

    MB, you and I (amongst many other vocal Pakistanis) better start heading for the hills


  13. MB (unregistered) on March 12th, 2007 @ 9:49 pm

    BREAKING NEWS
    Just now Sher Afghan Niazi has said that the case Naeem Bukhari has mentioned in his letter about Niazi’s son and has said that the IC summoned him and what eva said is absolute false.

    Well well well………after THE NEWS journalist takeing NB cloths off now its gov own guy


  14. SELF (unregistered) on March 12th, 2007 @ 10:12 pm

    Funny how rats are jumping the ship.


  15. Alim (unregistered) on March 12th, 2007 @ 11:03 pm

    Can somebody upload the related shows
    Thanks for earlier uploads.


  16. UZi (unregistered) on March 13th, 2007 @ 12:20 am

    Alright, people, listen up. proud-pakistani.com has been BLOCKED.


  17. d0ct0r (unregistered) on March 13th, 2007 @ 12:32 am

    proud-pakistani.com blocked on my connection too…


  18. SELF (unregistered) on March 13th, 2007 @ 12:35 am

    How come it is blocked from outside PK too? Is the site hosted in Pakistan or the domain controlled from within?

    TM, expect a knock on the door tonight.


  19. SELF (unregistered) on March 13th, 2007 @ 12:39 am

    http://teeth.com.pk/blog blocked too from outside PK.

    Is TM OK?


  20. Saad (unregistered) on March 13th, 2007 @ 12:45 am

    Yep, the blog as well as the hospital’s website is blocked from outside Pakistan.


  21. d0ct0r (unregistered) on March 13th, 2007 @ 12:45 am

    but its not working on proxy either.. maybe teeth is working on it


  22. d0ct0r (unregistered) on March 13th, 2007 @ 12:46 am

    its back online


  23. d0ct0r (unregistered) on March 13th, 2007 @ 12:48 am

    durani should be awarded pride of performance by the dictator….


  24. Saad (unregistered) on March 13th, 2007 @ 1:34 am

    A 2 min report by Geo TV, covering the clash between the lawyers of Lahore High Court and the Punjab Police.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhfForc9elk


  25. SELF (unregistered) on March 13th, 2007 @ 1:44 am
  26. Zahra (unregistered) on March 13th, 2007 @ 3:49 am

    where is TM? is he ok??? from outside pakistan, right now, so far, (!) I can access both TM’s blog and proud-pakistani.com

    do the readers/bloggers/activists in pakistan have access??

    dr. Awab, we’re hoping things are ok at your end, well done on mobilising this great great campaign, and of course hats off to ramla, doctor and MB.


  27. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on March 13th, 2007 @ 4:00 am

    PLEASE CALL OFF THE DOGS — I am alive and kicking, coincidentally my server just took a breather and it was funny to see the out pouring of love ;)

    FYI – PTA has not blocked any site as of yet – wordpress / blogspot / proud-pakistani etc etc all running – rest assured Don’t Block the Blog is waiting on the sidelines with a mouth watering temptation to jump in the minute we smell foul play. which can be soon ;)


  28. omar r. quraishi (unregistered) on March 13th, 2007 @ 7:22 am

    Editorial, The News, March 13, 2007

    All the makings of a police state

    The events since Friday make extremely depressing reading for anyone remotely concerned about the state of the nation. The continued virtual house arrest of the suspended chief justice of Pakistan, Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, is a black spot on this government that will be difficult — one would say, almost impossible — to erase from public memory. As if the humiliation of Justice Chaudhry being summoned to Army House and being asked to explain to the president (wearing army fatigues) the allegations contained in a now-controversial letter was not enough, one now learns that since Friday the suspended chief justice of Pakistan and his family have had their telephone lines disconnected, their mobile phones taken away and have been prohibited from watching television or reading newspapers. According to several reports, most quoting Justice Chaudhry’s family members, the house of the suspended chief justice is swarming with officials of the intelligence agencies and no one is allowed to enter the premises, though retired air force chief Air Marshal Asghar Khan did manage to argue and walk past the guards and meet Justice Chaudhry.

    In doing all of this, the government has clearly overstepped its authority. Justice Chaudhry, if Article 209 has been followed and read properly, has had a reference filed against him for misconduct and abuse of office. However, preventing him from meeting people and restricting his and his family’s movement, and not letting him establish contact with anyone outside his residence gives the impression as if the government considers him a dangerous criminal who is a clear and present danger to society. What the government has been doing since Friday is only going to exacerbate the crisis and lower its credibility — already quite low — in the eyes of (it can be safely said) most Pakistanis because they will think that if this can happen to a chief justice of the Supreme Court then ordinary citizens might just as well forget about receiving their constitutionally guaranteed right to due process and a fair hearing.

    By denying the suspended chief justice the right to move around freely, to meet whoever he wishes or even to talk to the media, the government is in violation of the Constitution, and specifically of the constitutional process by which a member of the Supreme Court is to be removed from office. Surely, the president, the prime minister, members of the federal cabinet and even the brother judges of Justice Chaudhry would agree that his is a case of convicting without even being given a fair hearing. Surely, it can be seen that Article 209 does not authorise the president, or anyone for that matter, with the power to restrict the physical movement of a judge against whom a reference has been filed and to bar him from using any link to the outside world. A lot of damage has already been done by this full frontal assault on the judiciary of the country.

    Of course, no one should defend a judge, no matter how august he may be, if he indulges in conduct unbecoming of his office and misuses his official powers. But allegations should not be equated with proof and conviction — something that the government’s actions suggest is the case — and the method and process outlined in the Constitution need to be followed. This constitutional method does not have any provision for physically restricting a judge under investigation from moving about freely and stripping away his officially entitled privileges — the latter can be done only after the investigation has been carried out and a recommendation for removal made by the Supreme Judicial Council and acted upon by the president. Even in that eventuality, the action should not be seen as high-handed and vindictive — which seems to be the case now, despite the fact that the charges against Justice Chaudhry remain mere allegations. As has been reported widely, on the day of his suspension following the filing of the presidential reference, Justice Chaudhry was stopped from entering the premises of the Supreme Court building and escorted to his house by a senior police official. Even now, with a reference filed against him but none of the charges proved, the suspended chief justice should be free to visit his office if he so wishes because there is nothing in the Constitution that prevents any judge of the Supreme or High Courts, and against whom a reference has been filed with the Supreme Judicial Council, from attending his office.

    There is one other point as well: ministers should not consider the people of this country to be bumpkins who cannot see what is going on. When told that Air Marshal Asghar Khan had met Justice Chaudhry who told him that he (Justice Chaudhry) had no access to the phone, TV or newspapers, one member of the federal cabinet expressed surprise and then went on to say that this itself was proof that the chief justice was free to meet people. Surely, the hordes of journalists, politicians and well-wishers standing outside the gates of Justice Chaudhry’s official residence and denied entry by the security staff posted there speak of an entirely contrary situation, one that really puts official claims that he is free to meet anyone to shame. The government needs to extricate itself from this ugly situation before it spirals out of control. Any delay in repairing the damage can only convince most Pakistanis that they live in a country that has all the makings of a police state. Also, equally importantly, the government needs to understand that for the sake of its own credibility this farce needs to come to an end.


  29. Adnan (unregistered) on March 13th, 2007 @ 9:55 am


    barring a few dissenting voices,

    yeah only 3[Mansoor,Ash and Turab] :-)


  30. MB (unregistered) on March 13th, 2007 @ 11:59 am

    THE NEWS:
    Petition filed with SHC

    A petition was filed with the SHC, praying the court to declare the suspension of the CJP by the president, as well as the proceedings of the Supreme Judicial Council, void and unconstitutional.

    Khalid Mumtaz advocate, through his counsel Nihal Hashmi submitted that President Gen Pervez Musharraf has misused his authority by suspending the CJP. He said the article 209 of the Constitution does not permit the president to suspend or to seize the power of the CJP but he could only forward the reference to the Supreme Judicial Council.

    The court was prayed to declare the proceedings of the SJC unwarranted and restore the authority of the CJP. The petition will be taken up before the SHC’s division bench on Tuesday (today).


  31. Ramla (unregistered) on March 13th, 2007 @ 2:32 pm

    It seems that perhaps due to rush of traffic or whatever, websites and comments are acting up everywhere – also because there are spam filters built in almost all servers now, a sudden rush on often-dormant sites is perhaps read as “spam” by the machines.


  32. ali (unregistered) on March 13th, 2007 @ 9:55 pm

    Sign the Petition NOW!!!

    proud-pakistani.com

    A petition has been created by Pakistanis condemning this recent attack on the judicial system in Pakistan, if you believe in the sovereignty of Pakistan then you must definitely sign the petition and forward it to all Pakistanis who may join the effort to raise their voice and be heard


  33. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on March 14th, 2007 @ 12:23 am

    Way to go KMB and TM :>

    *From your running towards mountains — hope you ppl dont mean towards US* where the actual scene is staging.


  34. Adnan (unregistered) on March 14th, 2007 @ 10:14 am

    How easy for one state[USA] to change the fate of a ruler of another state[Pak,Iraq etc etc]


  35. BT (unregistered) on March 14th, 2007 @ 11:34 am

    i USED TO BE A SUPPRTER OF MUSH BUT NOW I JUST HOPE & PRAY THAT SOME SUCIDE BOMBER GETS HIM ALONG WITH HIS LOTAS!


  36. F. AHMED (unregistered) on March 14th, 2007 @ 1:26 pm

    i just can’t believe what CM Sind is saying now a days.

    he is;

    “khawjay ka guwah dadooo”

    he is accusing the CJ of misusing his power….etc who the hell he thinks he is. he has zero standing, credibility….zero everything infront of the CJ!

    Some one should tell him to stop making a fool of himself!

    the most idiotic charge against the CJ is he used official plane/helicopter, demanded protocol…

    well, he is head of the 3rd pillar of the state and i guess the most important pillar so why can’t he use the official plane/helicopter when the good for nothing President/PM/CM’s do?? when the president goes on 3 week world tour with around a hundred of his goons shamelessly promoting his 3rd rate book on govt time and expence…..remember the president only offered to give the hundred of thousands of US$ to charity, or something like that, when the whole world was in uproar.

    when even the junior most ministers…receive protocol why can’t the CJ?

    I JUST HAD HAVE ENOUGH OF THIS SETUP! IT HAS TO GO NOW!COME WHATEVER MAY. IT CANT BE WORSE THEN IT IS!


  37. F. AHMED (unregistered) on March 14th, 2007 @ 1:31 pm

    as for the CM sind, i think he is just upset that the CJ disallowed the sale of the steel mills in which , iam sure, he was getting a big kickback.

    remember the steel mills was SOLD for arouund 21 Billion PKR when it’s cash in bank was more then 7 billion or so. and when the value of the land it held was morethen 200 billion rupees. just imagine what the kickbak amounts would have been at least a couple of billion for eac the president/pm/cm…etc.


  38. F. AHMED (unregistered) on March 14th, 2007 @ 1:40 pm

    as for the CM sind, i think he is just upset that the CJ disallowed the sale of the steel mills in which , iam sure, he was getting a big kickback.

    remember the steel mills was SOLD for arouund 21 Billion PKR when it’s cash in bank was more then 7 billion or so. and when the value of the land it held was morethen 200 billion rupees. just imagine what the kickbak amounts would have been at least a couple of billion for eac the president/pm/cm…etc.


  39. F. AHMED (unregistered) on March 14th, 2007 @ 1:52 pm

    as for the minister of infomtion: the way he shamelessly defends the undefendable!

    i am afraid he may add mush’s name in his kalima as well.

    i don’t think any one can be proven wrong, point blank, on so many TV channels and still have no shame and repeat like a parrot the same thing.

    yesterday When the info minister was saying on GEO that the tele connection to CJ house is working aitizaz ahsan was told him to make a call right there and prove that it is working…

    Durrani just kept smiling shamelessly and kept on saying that he will just make a call but did not do it.


  40. MB (unregistered) on March 14th, 2007 @ 5:27 pm

    @F Ahmed:
    lolzzzz, i saw that too…Durrani, GOD!!!!
    What can one say. They look like no less than Suicide Taliban whose brain is washed beyond limit so it becomes blank & you then start feeling sorry for them

    In this case money,ISI & Mush being the grinder


  41. Adnan (unregistered) on March 14th, 2007 @ 5:28 pm

    One can contact AAMir liaquat, MQM’s politician and can ask/tell the awam reaction via email.

    aamer.liaquat@geo.tv

    If you wana contact “Mazloomoun ka Saathi” then visit:

    http://www.mqm.org/offices.htm


  42. F. AHMED (unregistered) on March 14th, 2007 @ 6:13 pm

    Dr.Aamir is another plant from Mush’s nursery…..does any one think he will stand up and be counted on this issue…..?

    he liked his show and made him a junior minister. he owes everthing to Mush, after Altaf!


  43. Adnan (unregistered) on March 15th, 2007 @ 4:39 pm

    He was made junior Minister because once he gave a “brave” statment by wishing to send all politcians in Iraq for punishment.



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