I received this email from a reader in Australia. Happy to note that we are allowed to post it. Readers are invited to comment and offer their views (Raza Rumi).
I’m a lover of cricket in all its forms. I played it, my son still plays it as do two of my grandchildren. I like to see tough contests, and unlike many other Australians I don’t mind if we lose if the opposition is clearly better (OK, may not quite so with England).
I was strongly looking forward to the current tour by Pakistan, but I’m almost breathless at the way the teams shoots itself in the foot, the toe, the mouth and whatever else they can find. I remember the Pakistani greats – Imran, Javed, Wasim, Waqar and so on, and they must feel really embarrassed by this tour.
Yousuf is fine batsman, but he’s no captain at this level. Trying to beat Australia in Australia with defensive tactics almost beggars belief. Political figures should step out of team matters and leave appointments to those who know them best.
Is anyone in Pakistan fed up? How do you feel about this matter?
Feel free to post my views on the Pak Tea House site because I’d like to see what response it gets
Michael Whitting – Aussie Tragic
Cross Post from Daily Dawn, Published January 24, 2010
By Azaz Syed and Matiullah Jan
We are publishing a disturbing investigative report by Dawn that shows a possible miscarriage of justice. We do not know of the actual guilt of the accused, but the investigative report shows a possible serious lapse of the judicial process before the ultimate punishment was meted out to the accused; the capital punishment.
The charges against the accused were serious. He was accused of actually participating in the plot to murder Pakistani President and his entourage, and dozens of innocent policemen and civilians died in that attempt. Yet, the report below shows that serious doubts hang about the way he was prosecuted, the allegations of torture, and possibility of state witnesses who gave testimonies against the accused under extreme duress. One of the many disturbing aspects of the case was the fact that the ultimate arbiter of the accused fate was none other than his alleged target, the President of Pakistan.
Despite the woeful history of the judicial process in Pakistan, the country cannot afford to act the same way of the enemies it is fighting. The State of Pakistan offers a social contract to its citizens that none of the bloody extremist groups have even imagined offering to the Pakistanis, except an ideology soaked in a violent and extreme anti modern interpretation of the religion. A state’s primary responsibility is providing for the safety and welfare of its population; and that includes providing the due process to an accused. A fair and timely process entails that all appeals are afforded to the accused before the punishment is handed out, more so in case of the capital punishment. Fighting the terror unleashed by bloody religious groups does not mean that we resort to heavy handed justice. In words of Martin Luther King, an injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Injustice sets dangerous precedents, and turns rulers into tyrants due to lack of accountability. Injustice pervades the society insidiously, putting all the society inhabitants at risk of being failed by the judicial system some time in the future.