Dictatorship showing its true colors : GEO attacked by police

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Never one could imagine that this man who gives lectures on enlightenment has the same thinking that all the dictators have.

As per Jamal, there was a big public hustle bustle with police in Saddar and press club area. But so far protests in Karachi has been peaceful & we pray it remains same. In an another development, i heard few saying that Altaf Hussain has finally commented from his side

Today is indeed a sad day in the history of Pakistani media. GEO has now been officially attacked. This breaking news link has just been sent by TM. IG police once commented that without the approval of upper police the sipahi cannot take one paisa from awaam. Does it mean, this is the real Mush, as without his approval no one should dare attack media?.

116 Comments so far

  1. d0ct0r (unregistered) on March 18th, 2007 @ 7:56 pm

    people must be busy with other things.. today iz sunday :P

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  3. omar r. quraishi (unregistered) on March 18th, 2007 @ 10:05 pm

    err — uzi — it was NOT a personal comment because i made it a point to base it on what you said here — in case you forgot i do not know you personally so it cant be a personal comment — and this is not about having a ‘herd’ mentality or ‘sticking together’ — i am hardly the kind of person who lives at the press club but i know that if the govt attacks today even a newspaper i hate the next day it could be mine — clearly that’s something you cannot comprehend for now — like i said what you wrote on this post shows that you still got a lot of growing up to do — as a journalist of course — that actually is my judgment and of course you are free to disagree with it

  4. omar r. quraishi (unregistered) on March 18th, 2007 @ 10:32 pm


    Editorial, The News, March 18, 2007

    Dealing with dissent

    One would have thought that going by the tumultuous events of Friday and the general response of the nation to them, on Saturday the police would have been ordered to be a little more circumspect in their dealing with those protesting the ‘suspension’ of the chief justice. On Saturday, the ‘action’, so to speak, seems to have shifted to Lahore, with dozens of lawyers arrested, manhandled and lathi-charged by the trigger-happy Punjab police. And while the chief justice’s lawyers are now claiming that the tight security cordon around him has been relaxed, it should be remembered that this has happened (pending independent corroboration) only after the Supreme Judicial Council made it clear on Friday that there were no restrictions on the movement of Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry. As for Saturday’s actions by the police, they were mostly unprovoked again, this time beginning when lawyers were prevented by the police from going inside the premises of the LHC to attend an all-Pakistan convention organised by the Lahore High Court Bar Association. The police lathi-charged the lawyers and fired tear gas shells and this rash action eventually snow-balled into a full-fledged street battle between the unarmed lawyers and the Punjab police constabulary.

    The question that one would like to ask is why cannot the government let the lawyers meet if they want, why cannot it be okay with people protesting whatever it is they wish to protest against, provided it is peaceful and does not disturb public order. Surely by now, it should have realised that an all-out confrontation with either the lawyers’ community or the media is going to be a futile if not downright negative exercise in that it will only serve to further exacerbate an already tense situation and that this heightening of tension will only damage the government’s own credibility and lower its image in the eyes of Pakistanis in general as well as the outside world. As for the attack on the office of The News and Geo TV on Friday, the government has reportedly suspended 14 policemen who allegedly took part in the raid. A judicial inquiry has been promised as well one can only hope that it succeeds in unearthing the real perpetrators of this naked assault on press and media freedom. Again, it is worth reiterating that it defies common sense and logic to believe that junior-level policemen on their own would attack and ransack the offices of a national newspaper and a news channel in the heart of Islamabad, a stone’s throw from the Parliament House, the Prime Minister’s Secretariat and the Presidency.

    The best way forward for the government would be to allow peaceful forms of protest. As it has already said, the matter is now before the SJC and the directives of this body should be followed. One of them relates to the coverage of the SJC’s proceedings and of the hearing of the reference. Here, as directed by the SJC print and electronic media have reported only the press release detailing Friday’s proceedings. The government, and especially the electronic media regulator PEMRA, should not seek to unnecessarily extend this directive, as has been done so far, to order newspapers and TV channels not to cover the events and incidents arising out of Justice Iftikhar’s suspension and to desist from giving him any coverage.

    Such a blanket prohibition impedes the people’s right to be informed on all matters related to the chief justice’s ‘suspension’ except of course those that are sub-judice, i.e. the contents of the reference against Justice Iftikhar and the proceedings of the SJC to examine it. Also, by prohibiting any coverage of the issue, a situation may well arise in which, because of absence of any information, rumours begin to gain currency and that only serves to destabilise things further. As a first step, the government should call off the police on the lawyers and permit them to exercise their democratic right to register a peaceful protest and this should be applicable for civil society in general. As has already been pointed out by some commentators, those at the helm of affairs should realise that the rise of the information age, characterised particularly by the coming of age of the country’s electronic media (and to some extent of the Internet, especially blogs and so on), has changed everything. Clamping down on the flow of information and on dissent is next to impossible and only counter-productive. Ban a TV channel and one will find the information on the Internet or on a blog, blackout a newspaper and get the story on a web forum. The dictum that the Internet is perhaps the biggest encourager of a democratic mindset (and certainly a facilitator of a level-playing field in terms of who controls and provides information) has never been as true as now in Pakistan’s case. Now only if the country’s polity was as democratic, with its head of state and head of government, both accountable solely to the people.

  5. UZi (unregistered) on March 19th, 2007 @ 1:20 am

    You know what, Qureshi saheb, stuff your BS. You have no right to classify my abilities as a journalist. Good riddance.

  6. MB (unregistered) on March 19th, 2007 @ 8:57 am

    Me becoming a sand witch between UZI & OMAR

    Help !!!!!!

  7. MB (unregistered) on March 19th, 2007 @ 8:58 am

    By the way that “Dealing with dissent” was well written, especially the last para.

    Need more of that…

  8. Pkhan (unregistered) on March 19th, 2007 @ 4:34 pm

    “Dealing with Dissent”,No one will object for peaceful demonstration but looks like Lawyers community and Politicians are trying to make it a circus?For example Omar Qureshi’s Boss suspends him Pending investigation. Are you going to bring out your family and start protesting?or you are going to wait and see the result of the inquiry and then protest?This chief Justice might have taken some bold steps but he is also not above the law.

  9. omar r. quraishi (unregistered) on March 19th, 2007 @ 6:19 pm

    thanks mb

    uzi — u should learn to take some criticism without getting into verbal abuse

  10. UZi (unregistered) on March 19th, 2007 @ 7:43 pm

    Qureshi saheb, you should learn to realize that you have no right to label people as immature or whatever (professionally or otherwise). I’m generally not abusive towards people I’m discussing stuff with. Rest assured, therefore, that any “verbal abuse” (and I’m using the term very vaguely here) directed at anyone from my side is well warranted. Cheers.

  11. BoZz (unregistered) on March 21st, 2007 @ 2:30 am

    The charges against the CJ.


    ISLAMABAD — Following is the list of charges levelled in the ‘open letter’ written by a noted pro-government lawyer and leading TV anchor, Naeem Bokhari, listing the charges against the deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry which forms basis of the reference filed by Gen. Pervez Musharraf against him:

    My Lord,

    (On your appointment) I believed that you were vigorous, capable of lifting up the Supreme Court, creating an espirit-de-corps among your brother judges, restoring the dignity and grandeur of the apex court, particularly considering the long tenure before you. Alas this has not come about.

    I am not perturbed by your insistence on protocol (despite my belief that the Chief Justice would rise in the eyes of everybody if he walked from his residence to the court and hooters, police escort, flags is just fluff not the substance of an office). I am mildly amused at your desire to be presented a guard of honour in Peshawar. I am titillated by the appropriation of Mercedes-Benz car or is it cars, the use of the Punjab Government’s plane to offer Fateha in Multan, to Sheikhupura for Fateha on a Punjab Government helicopter, to Hyderabad on a Sindh Government’s plane for attending a High Court function, the huge amount spent in refurbishing the chamber and residence of the Chief Justice, the reservation for yourself of a wing in Supreme Court Judges guest house in Lahore, the permanent occupation by the Supreme Court of the official residence of the Chief Justice of Sindh, who per force lives in the basement of his father’s house.

    I am not perturbed that Dr Arsalaan (your son) secured 16/100 in the English paper for the Civil Services Examination, that there is some case against him in some court in Balochistan, that from the Health Department in Balochistan he has shifted to FIA, that he has obtained training in the Police Academy, that he reportedly drives a BMW 7-Series car, that there is a complaint against him with the National Accountability Bureau.

    My grievances and protests are different. I am perturbed that the Supreme Court should issue a clarificatory statement on his behalf.

    I am perturbed that Justice (retd) Wajihuddin Ahmed should be constrained to advise you on television that “people who live in glass houses should not throw stones at others”.

    I am appalled that you announce decisions in court, while in the written judgment an opposite conclusion is recorded.

    My grievances also concern the manner in which the last and highest court of appeal is dispensing justice, under your leadership. My Lord, the dignity of lawyers is consistently being violated by you. We are treated harshly, rudely, brusquely and nastily. We are not heard. We are not allowed to present our case. There is little scope for advocacy. The words used in the Bar Room for Court No. 1 are “the slaughter house”.

    We are cowed down by aggression from the Bench, led by you. All we receive from you is arrogance, aggression and belligerence. You also throw away the file, while contemptuously announcing ‘This is dismissed’.

    Yet this aggression is not for everyone. When Sharifuddin Pirzada appears, your Lordship’s demeanour and appearance is not just sugar and honey. You are obsequious to the point of meekness.

    So apart from violating our dignity, which the constitution commands to be inviolable, we suffer discrimination in your court. I am not raising the issue of verbal onslaughts and threats to police officers and other civil servants, who have the misfortune to be summoned, degraded and reminded that ‘This is the Supreme Court’.

    The way in which My Lord conducts proceedings is not conducive to the process of justice. In fact, it obstructs due process and constitutes contempt of the Supreme Court itself.

    My Lord, this communication may anger you and you are in any case prone to get angry in a flash, but do reflect upon it. Perhaps you are not cognizant of what your brother judges feel and say about you.

    My Lord, before a rebellion arises among your brother judges (as in the case of Mr Justice Sajjad Ali Shah), before the Bar stands up collectively and before the entire matter is placed before the Supreme Judicial Council, there may be time to change and make amends.
    I hope you have the wisdom and courage to make these amends and restore serenity, calm, compassion, patience and justice tempered with mercy to my Supreme Court. Yours faithfully, Naeem Bokhari, Advocate Supreme Court of Pakistan.

  12. bt (unregistered) on March 21st, 2007 @ 12:32 pm


    don’t u sleep at night??

  13. F. AHMED (unregistered) on March 21st, 2007 @ 4:03 pm

    Just check out this article and c how the democrats are trying to bribe the Republicans into voting for legislation sponsored by them, using the war in Iraq as a cover:


    all politicans are the same!

  14. Red_Munk!! (unregistered) on March 22nd, 2007 @ 2:48 am

    I read the charges today & call me Naive, buh WHA!!?

    11 of the 17 pages against the CJ are accusations against his SON. Who to my understanding is 21+. Proper Adult.
    + Bokhari has a problem with CJ doing a “Sifarish” for his son—WTF!? where did this dude land from?. Is that not a norm in this society?. I cannot belive that Mr.Bokhari never succumbed to Nepotism.–This being a Lota who’s sucking up to whoever’s in power!.
    The CJ using Gov vehicles or making use of the Protocols that he is Entitled to as the CHEIF JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT OF ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF PAKISTAN (In case anyone has forgotten the mans official designation). Since the Gov (Ill leave Mush out of it since he is so high and mighty!), is so pious & does not abuse any sort of power, could Mr. Bokhari or better yet Prime Minister Shortcut, explain to the Awam & especially the people of Karachi as to why every other month we have to suffer in traffic for HOURS because of an officials arrival.
    I remember last year, some relative of the PM’s wife was getting married @ Khy-e-Hafiz and the whole of Phase 5/Zamzama/Clifton roads used to get vacumed for 5-6 hours every day for 4-5 days constantly leaving hundreds of people dreading to leave their houses or risk getting blocked at one of the traffic sigs.

    Accusing the CJ of Bullying/Nepotism? How old are you Mr.Bukhari? Or did you misplace your ovaries? (wait dont answer that).
    And since you say “We are treated harshly, rudely, brusquely and nastily. We are not heard. We are not allowed to present our case. There is little scope for advocacy. The words used in the Bar Room for Court No. 1 are “the slaughter house”.

    Since you keep mentioning “We”, where are all your brother judges who have been abused by this ‘Jallad’ ?
    Wait, dint they call ure letter a load of bull & suspend your bar licence?

    The issue of one of the CJ’s family members having a 7 series BMW with the # plate “Razia 1”, since you are getting that petty and personal Mr.Bokhari, Care to esplain how you got the two BMW’s & a Red Merecedes that you used to flaunt around Lahore? (Note: Im too young too know this personally, all hear-say).
    & If you are attacking the man’s charecter, could you explain your regular visit to Lhr Gym, getting drunk & posessing a reputation of being a womanizer (Oh and dint u go through a messy divorce?).

    But please dont answer anything in the above para. You sir are the upholder of justice in this country.
    So could you please write another Open Letter to the Honurable President of Pakistan and request him, Why was his Father-in-Law given the contract to build a Circular railway in Karachi(4 areas/boroughs (sp?) & Not city-wide), with an initial payment of over over $50 Mill. Please inquire as to – (& im not being foolish enough to know where the money went) – Why hasnt any plan been laid out, let alone work being started.

    Since you fight for upholding of our National Institutions, Could you please inquire about the State of PIA (Kirmani making a Fortune in 777 deal while PIA ki halat to sab ko pata hai),

    State of Pak Railways (I ferget the General’s name, the one who bought Engines from China and within 90 days of delivery only one of the trains is working. Accidents ko to bhool hi jao).

    Privitaisation of PTCL, why is it that Brazil Telecom gets sold for 12 Billion in the year 1997, while PTCL , catering to a populus of 160 Mill(and growing), gets sold for peanuts along with LAND and other assets.

    Attempted Privitization of Pak Steel to a group of Arif Habeeb & Tawarki Group. Dono taraf Shortcut ki ungliyan ghee mein.

    Just a handfull of questions that might make a better body for your next great Public service.

  15. MB (unregistered) on March 22nd, 2007 @ 12:31 pm

    If you allow me i can put your comment as open letter to concerned as a full new POST ?

    also check this out

  16. Red_Munk!! (unregistered) on March 22nd, 2007 @ 5:10 pm

    Sure ga. & with reference to your article, There you go. Im not saying that since everyone is doing it, its right. But if MPA’s and low level ministers are involved in such gross abuse, no open minded person can hold a grudge against the CJ. Can they?
    + as per Mr.Bokhari’s suggestion “my belief that the Chief Justice would rise in the eyes of everybody if he walked from his residence to the court “, he DID try that. Apart from Hair loss, Trauma & bruising, kya milla? Ulta Mis-Information said that he was trying to be political and anti-gov when he walked.
    (The CJ’s lawyers said that the GOV had taken away his cars and he did not have a choice but to walk).

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