Becoming Police-State

Recently there has been much debate about the issue of law & order but one aspect which is being ignored is the incompetency of the law-enforcers to enforce law when required & excessive usage when not required at all. TET covers this story (also DAWN) about civil society activists protesting and the police resorting to their typical terror tactics. Amid all this the poor police has become a teetar-batair between every section of society. The upper wala’s use them as personal pets & the general public view them as evil-doers. Their wrong usage has made them a sandwich of no use.

While emergency is absent on paper some recent pictures and stories from Teeth Maestro’s blog & TET give an impression as if ones right to protest will soon be declared a crime in our country. Instead of moving forward we are going reverse especially after the much fanfared Police Order 2002. . These apparently ordinary men/women are from civil society & look at the treatment met out by police (obviously on orders from above). When i compare this with 12th May when terror was LIVE for anyones viewing i wonder where we are heading. Those who should be behind bars are roaming free & those who are just ordinary citizens protesting for their views are being terrorized.

A simple question is, whats wrong in a protest that is causing no one any harm. Why cannot our law-enforcers show their hidden-strength on days like May 12, 18th Oct or aftermath of 27th December?

22 Comments so far

  1. redsnapper (unregistered) on January 15th, 2008 @ 1:54 pm

    This is from a friend who got arrested day before yesterday. I’ve removed his name from the mail. Particularly read the second paragraph.

    The media is under a clampdown and such things are not reported anymore.

    The point is, live a zombie’s life and we’re ok. Let your conscience speak, and you’ve had it.

    And if you feel appropriate, do forward it to others – or not. Whatever you may please.

    Forwarding my daughters observations which she sent to her friends.

    Dear All,

    My parents were part of a peaceful vigil yesterday outside deposed judge, Justice Bhagwandas’ house, to protest agaisnt his virtual house arrest. Police mobiles arrived and picked up some of the men in the group, including my father and [********], a close friend (who had previously been arrested in connection with the lawyers movement). They were released late at night after a request was put in, however an FIR was registered against them. They were allegedly disrupting the peace. Sections 147 and 148 of the Pakistan Penal Code deal with rioting and rioting with a deadly weapon (candles???).

    Ironic that peace activists are accused of disrupting the peace. What peace? And at what price? Must people barricade themselves in their homes and public figures disappear from the public eye to achieve this peace. I wonder how long this cavalier attitude towards citizens rights will continue.

    Following is the Dawn news account:

  2. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on January 15th, 2008 @ 3:25 pm
  3. Sameer (unregistered) on January 15th, 2008 @ 5:18 pm

    I think baat sirf police state ki nahin balkah hamare yahan jo lack of justic hai us ki hai… aik taraf Ex CJ Iftikhar chaudry ko kaha jata hai kah ghar khali karo dosri taraf hamare pres sahib abhi tak army house use kartay hain…. jab public ki Accountability ka dar khatam hojaye tou ruler apni man maani kartay hain….shortcut aziz country se bahir jakah firm tak establish karli kaun pochne wala hai?

  4. pkhan (unregistered) on January 15th, 2008 @ 8:36 pm

    @ Redsnapper
    Make the Whole country as Activist and eat up the nation by Protesting/agitations,jihad etc.These are the MOST corrupt judges on the Face of this EARTH.If they are retire or forced to retire, they should not become Political activist, on the other hand Peace of the Neighborhood are being destroyed just to gain some political point, TEll him to join the Political party. Because NON of the POlitical party is supporting those Corrupt judges?We talk about Police Corruption but have you not heard about Lawyers who are FRONT man for the Corrupt Judges>

  5. balma (unregistered) on January 15th, 2008 @ 9:15 pm

    I used to think police is the most corrupt institution in Pakistan, but I was recently corrected by someone that the police can do badmashi only on the bul-bootah of lawyers+judges.

    Come to think of it, this axis of evil judges-lawyers-police is the main source of problems in PK. Of course, there are sharif judges as well as ikkaa-dukkaa shareef lawyers and police, but we are talking in genreal: these are three most disgraced professions of Pakistan – axis of eveil.

  6. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on January 15th, 2008 @ 10:08 pm

    BALMA – POLICE is Most Feared / Detested ICON of NO_Mercy on the Globe.

    IF policeman know the law and can write a Correct Challan with applicable PPC (Pakistan Penal Code) clauses, People like Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto end up on death board.

    It is in the history of Z.A Bhutto case that FIR was written by an Inspector who was later suspended, but the FIR was sealed. It reopened after Zia took over, and based on that FIR and applicable PPCs he was sentenced.

    Law & Lawyers ‘IF’ act HONEST, common person will never hestiate to goto police station., for complaints.

    Police & lawyers are like – Dog & Stone – in spirit of Court of Justice, whereas it is vice versa in Pakistan.

    Because both claim to know the LAW more then other, and try to prove other one wrong.

  7. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on January 15th, 2008 @ 11:42 pm
  8. balma (unregistered) on January 15th, 2008 @ 11:50 pm

    She is hoping for a revolution that will make things like this possible in Pakistan too. koee Dhang kaa revolution to aanaay say rahaa Pakistan may!

  9. Reality_Check (unregistered) on January 16th, 2008 @ 6:44 am

    Its an irony that some of us choose to protest for civil liberties, when we had more than any time in our history and drove our country into a screwed up crises. Right now I think we have had enough of protests.

    The thing we dont realize that its a time of war, with a heartless enemy, its not like going to war with a country, the enemy is ruthless and it went on offensive since Lal Masjid. So act like a nation needs to act in times of war, your security forces need support and not nonsense and a clear mandate.

    A question, How many of the civil society went to the graves of the police victims to lay flowers?

    As for the great Teeth Maestro, the PTI / Hameed Gul Advocate, the less said about him the better.

    I have said earlier, compared to Pakistani and third world standards these detentions/releases, lathee charges etc are nothing, believe me you dont want to re-visit the torture cells of the past.

  10. alam (unregistered) on January 16th, 2008 @ 8:18 am

    @Jamal Shamsi

    i always dreamed of becoming a darzi, for all the priveleges in Pakistan.

    Damn, this news sux, u ruined my day

  11. MB (unregistered) on January 16th, 2008 @ 8:46 am
  12. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on January 16th, 2008 @ 12:18 pm

    MB Good link – seems like you also read the document link which i posted, does it co-relate –

    It is time that people from metros shall wake-up and assess themselves what they wish., because we all have to make a choice., if not soon then may be in near future.

    Unified resistance, gorilla warfare is what defeated invaders in Vietnam in Afghanistan – and conventional methods of war have saved Oo Bee eLL till date.

    by the way – ALL NEW CELL Phones are GPS enabled – in the name of mapping, but user position can be pinged and tracked by the service provider close to 10 meters.

  13. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on January 16th, 2008 @ 2:57 pm

    ALAM :) sowwie !

  14. balma (unregistered) on January 16th, 2008 @ 7:41 pm

    Reminds me of an old Indian movie, Tailor Master I guess was the name and Sanjive Kumar is the tailor. funny movie.

  15. balma (unregistered) on January 16th, 2008 @ 8:56 pm

    I guess I was correct. The writer of the article at the abvoe URL, Javed Chaudhry (and Chaudhry as in what Balma means by chay vows), is a perfect example of taalibaan creeping into the jounalists ranks. Talibaan and afghaan heros! My ass, afghanistan has not produced a hero ever…they are loser chhoop kay vaar karnay vaalay…no brains, no education, no baahduri – just bevaqoofs…for centuries….pure idiots.

    I hope Javed Chay will immediately move to afghanistan to join his afghan and taliban heros.
    And, I hope he is carrying a GPS enabled cell phone in Afghanistan. Sent-kom, please watch for this Javed Chay Vow guy’s entry in the land of criminals (afghanistan).

  16. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on January 16th, 2008 @ 9:53 pm

    (and Chaudhry as in what Balma means by chay vows)

    Balma Chudhary, Thanks for letting us know your full name.

  17. king_faisal (unregistered) on January 16th, 2008 @ 10:31 pm

    balma, you take these urdu-medium-type journalists too seriously. these journalists, and their readers, are not going to amount to anything more than chaprasees and therefore are completely harmless and to be pittied upon. by reading their articles, you good a good insight into why muslims have been getting their asses kicked by the goras for the last three hundred years. ultimately its this mindset which is a bigger threat to pak than the jehadi menace. the fact that dau takkay kay journalists are screaming so loudly these days is sign that pak is on the right path.

    this particular bozo in question probably does not make more than rs 10,000 per month. his existing life is punishment enough for him. i say let him in pak. here, he will longer than in afghanistan and therefore suffer misery for a longer period.

  18. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on January 16th, 2008 @ 10:44 pm

    King faisal sounds like another ABCD around us. :-).

  19. king_faisal (unregistered) on January 16th, 2008 @ 10:59 pm

    beyta, i am a product of north nazimabad. i took 2-d and 4-k to my school in saddar and i wasted my buchpun playing tape kirket in putlee gulees of nazimabad and federal b-area waghairah. aint no here who is a bigger homeboy here than i am. no one here knows the urdu medium mentality better than i do.

  20. balma (unregistered) on January 16th, 2008 @ 11:13 pm

    King Faisal,
    My only objection is to your insulting of Urdu language. Also, ridiculing of how much this Chay Wow( that is chaudhry) makes. That is irrelevant. And, as I said, most of the articles in Dawn and News are badly written…i.e. bad English….and as I said recently elsewhere on KMB, taliban mentality has creeped into Dawn and News as well, as can be seen by their photographers only presenting hijabans and phantom-burqua posh.

    Otherwise, I see what you are saying.

    And, you Ed O’Reilly, what exaclty did you not like in my comments on Javed Chay’s article that you decided to call me chaudhry? yeh maskharah-pun bund karo, aur hosh kay naakhun lo. Talibans are nobody’s hero. This Javed Chay should be immediately sent to AFghanistan with a GPS tracked cell phone in hand and with a call to sent-kom on his crossing of daraa-e-khaibar.

  21. king_faisal (unregistered) on January 16th, 2008 @ 11:36 pm

    balma, my ridiculing of urdu medium is akin to a kulla insulting fellow niggers. since urdu is my maadri zabaan, i feel i have the freedom to talk crap about it. non-urdu speakers better watch out though.

    i also agree with you sentiments on english newspaper. pak press and media is to a great extent, responsible for the jahaluth we see around us in pak. people who know better have a duty to make themselves heard.

  22. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on January 17th, 2008 @ 3:24 pm

    Balma Chudhary, it was not about like or dislike. you yourself summed up every lame thing by labeling it as “Chudhary” that’s Y it would be easier for me to call you chudhary from now on.

    i took 2-d and 4-k to my school in saddar and i wasted my buchpun playing tape kirket in putlee gulees of nazimabad and federal b-area waghairah

    Thanks for letting me know core issue with you. TUm par bachpan anay se pahla jawani agaye. From reading your comments, I do believe that your childhood was wasted rather got utilized in some positive thing.

    Back to your whining. Dude, this blame game is quite boring now. Instead of asking others what have THEY done now, why don’t you see yourself what have you done for this cuontry? ye rona dhona band karo and grow up. Pakistanis should getrid of disease of “Holier than thou” and do something constructive

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