May 12: The “Judicial Circus” comes to town

The facts of the case:
May 12 is when the suspended chief justice of Pakistan (CJP), Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, is scheduled to visit Karachi. Preparations to “welcome him” are in full swing. Justice Chaudhry will speak at the Sindh High Court. Security is being worked on, and only lawyers and journalists will be allowed to enter the arena.

Apart from the lawyers, the opposition parties are all up and clamouring for attention as well, especially the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), the Awami National Party (ANP) and the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML – N). Meetings are being held left, right and centre, and preparations are on to “welcome to CJP” in Karachi.

The MQM jumps in:
The CJP’s scheduled visit to Karachi was announced earlier in the day on Tuesday. By around 11:00 p.m., the MQM had jumped into the fray as well. A press release was sent out from the MQM International Secretariat in London, saying that the party had organized a rally for May 12. What on earth for, you ask? Well, they have an answer! The MQM rally is “to support the judiciary and to speak out against the political jugglery in the name of the independence of the judiciary.”

Oh yes, let’s support the judiciary — by organizing a COUNTER-RALLY on the SAME day as theirs! Idiots.

Now while I *do* agree with the “political jugglery” bit, I don’t agree with the dirty politics that the MQM is trying to bring in here. Political jugglery there most certainly is — no bigwig who’s out there shouting and ranting is doing it for the CJP or even the judiciary; everyone has his/her own agenda, a major portion of which involves getting rid of President General Pervez Musharraf.

The MQM-waalahs, however, are taking this too far now. Do they really think people are believing this BS that they’re trying to pass off as truth? When will they learn to respect our intelligence? Idiot-savants most of us may be, but we’re not absolute morons, you know. Give us a BREAK!

May 12: Apocalypse?
Okay I admit, “apocalyse” is an exaggeration. But we really cannot expect things to run all smoothly on May 12. The MQM will try its damnedest to outdo the CJP rally. Media coverage will become a bone of contention again, as it did on Saturday, May 5.

What happened on May 5?
The CJP was visiting Lahore, and a massive rally was organized. A lot of media coverage had been planned out. In a bid to outdo this, the president organized a rally in Naukot, and being the government k pithoos that the MQM are being right now, an MQM rally was organized in Karachi. Now all of this is fine — everyone has the right to do whatever he or she wants to. This is a free country, after all. As usual, however, the MQM took things too far.

The took over the Karachi Press Club for their rally and press conference. Press Club members were asked for identification before being allowed entry into the premises. Who was asking them for identification? The overzealous MQM-waalahs. For journalists, this was akin to someone entering THEIR house and asking them to identify themselves before being allowed in — somewhat like journalists taking over Nine-Zero, and asking for identification before allowing MQM people in.

Also, while sitting at the press club, some sector incharges made phone calls all over everywhere and ordered Geo News, Aaj TV, AryOne World, AND CNN to be taken off air (there! NOW y’all know what happened!). WHY was this done? Because the MQM rally was not given much coverage. Well, no shit, einstein! :P

The MQM issued a press release later in the evening, saying that the party had no involvement in the transmission-blocking fiasco. Rather, they said, it was the “reaction of the people” to the fact that the MQM rally had not been given much coverage. HAHAHAHAHAHAH!!! Now stuff like this makes me wonder whether to laugh or to cry. Really. The problem with the MQM is that their lower-level goons get wayyy too zealous and mess up. I have a lot of respect for some MQM higher-ups, such as Dr Farooq Sattar. They’re good politicians. Stunts such as these, however, ruin it all.

Deja vu, anyone?
So yeah, the point of the entire rant was, be prepared for May 12. History just might repeat itself — with a vengeance.

117 Comments so far

  1. UZi (unregistered) on May 11th, 2007 @ 12:23 am

    Salman: I’m a journalist. I work for Daily Times, Karachi. Yes, it IS my fulltime job. I’m a sub-editor and a reporter. Why do you have to know about my paycheque? O_o

  2. Salman A. (unregistered) on May 11th, 2007 @ 12:28 am

    just to get an idea if I should recommend this profession to anyone? and whats wrong with giving some clue about how much a journalist makes?

  3. UZi (unregistered) on May 11th, 2007 @ 12:38 am

    lol okay!

    Yaar, journos ki pay is never fixed — as in, other people will not be getting what I’m getting, and vice versa. My paycheque is .. well, let’s just say it’a a tad more than 20k and a tad less than 30k. : ) Apart from this, my cellphone and transport are free.

    This, however, is the “higher end” of the spectrum for someone at my level (beginner). I started off in August 2006 at 10k per month.

    It depends on a person’s performance and all, so there really aren’t any set packages, as far as I know. And yes, DO recommend people — God knows this field needs tameez k people!

    Hope that helped!

    PS: If you know anyone who’d like to join, tell them to send me an email: urooj AT dailytimes DOT com DOT pk.

  4. Salman A. (unregistered) on May 11th, 2007 @ 12:45 am

    thanks for being so honest. i truly admire it. the situation is not good- journalists are definitely under paid. and that answers why there arent many tameez k log in this field. you being an exception though..

  5. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on May 11th, 2007 @ 12:49 am

    RedMunk, first of all it has not been made by Lal masjid people. How come you can say that it was made by them? I would like to know the wisdom you used to figure it out. Just because Mush is being targetted? Who is not targetting him? Should I call you a Lalmasjid supporter too becuase in few posts you had been targetting Musharraf?

    Whatever things mentioned in the video actually happened and there is no wild imagination.

    You sound confused to me. Not being able to decide what is good and what is NOT good. Anyway, it’s not my issue. May God give you enough wisdom to comprehend different things-ameen.

  6. Salman A. (unregistered) on May 11th, 2007 @ 1:10 am

    Uzi, write up something on this and make people aware of our real enemies instead of sunni Vs shias and muhajir Vs punjabi.. if i try to backtrack with my limited knowledge and capability and try to find out when and where our problems started, the murder of our last patriotic leader tells a lot..

    this is where the ‘satya naasi’ of our country began:§ion=0&article=85526&d=18&m=7&y=2006

  7. SELF (unregistered) on May 11th, 2007 @ 1:43 am

    پولیس نے استقبالیہ کیمپ اکھاڑ دیے

    چیف جسٹس آف پاکستان جسٹس افتخار محمد چودھری کی 12 مئی کو کراچی آمد کے سلسلے میں سیاسی جماعتوں کی طرف سے لگائے گئے استقبالیہ کیمپ پولیس نے اکھاڑ دیئے ہیں۔
    یہ کیمپ جماعت اسلامی، پاکستان پیپلز پارٹی اور لیبر پارٹی کی جانب سے لگائے گئے تھے۔

    Another action taken by “awaam”… :)

    Very crude.

  8. UZi (unregistered) on May 11th, 2007 @ 1:51 am

    @ Salman: I agree @ satya naasi.

    @ Self: I heard about this too. The ARD president (Qaim Ali Shah) and MMA leaders were ranting about it. Sad, sad state of affairs. “Crude” is the right word to use here. I wonder what’ll happen on May 12 — people should remain indoors until and unless it’s a matter of life and death.

    Even if it is (a matter of life and death, that is), I think people will be much better off indoors, because with the circus going on all over everywhere, I don’t think anyone will be able to get to hospitals on time.

  9. wasiq (unregistered) on May 11th, 2007 @ 2:27 am

    what ? only one lunch box and one juice…..they are giving a lunch box with two juices and a bottle of water…..waisay with two lunch boxes one water bottle bhi chaley gaa…..7:00 o’clock tak final kar deyna bhai ko aur bhi kaam hain….!!!

    When the going gets tough
    The tough gets going

    Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
    Wooh, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

  10. Red_Munk!! (unregistered) on May 11th, 2007 @ 8:03 am

    Adnan, yes. Im confused.

    Please, Help me :
    Adnan, yes. Im confused.

    Please, Help me :

  11. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on May 11th, 2007 @ 10:49 am

    RM, I expect you are not being sarcastic :-). Anyway, God is more nearer to you than me or anyone else. What stops you to getback to Him?

  12. Red_Munk!! (unregistered) on May 11th, 2007 @ 1:02 pm

    In case you missed it:

    Muneer A Malik’s piece in todays DAWN.

    also check out the ever-brilliant Ayaz Amir:

  13. Kashif (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 4:03 am

    I have flight on 12th May 2007 of Dubai ! :( at 7 o clock PM. I am not sure I will be able to even see AIRPORT …
    It’s my 13th day of 14 days Visa Expiry , I can afford flight delay but not canceletion, If I won’t get seat in next flight My visa will be expired, Never hated Govt. before this incident.

  14. Red_Munk!! (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 7:39 am

    Imagine the ppl who fall sick & have to be taken to hospitals.

    Or the one’s who are on medications that might not be available due to closure of roads/shops.

    Senseless :{.

  15. kik (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 3:09 am

    no load shedding in city on Saturday and there wont be any on Karachi. All KESC workers are scared of coming to work :p
    yippee there should be strikes on saturday and sunday if that can solve the problem of POWER :) but not at the cost of lives :(

  16. kik (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 3:13 am

    *there wont be any on Sunday

  17. wasiq (unregistered) on May 15th, 2007 @ 7:32 am

    Darinda jee…did you see what the WEST HAM did to the champions on the HAPPY MOTHERS DAY……

    @ o’ bitch! stop missing me iam almost their!!!!

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