Daily Archives: February 27, 2010

Lawyers torture cops in Lahore

This is a disturbing report. Rule of law will remain a distant dream when officers of the court start behaving in this manner. PTH

Lawyers torture cops, Geo team

Friday, February 26, 2010
By Numan Wahab

LAHORE: In yet another act of hooliganism, lawyers tortured the Anarkali Police SHO and a Geo News correspondent on the premises of the District and Sessions Court on Thursday.

The Samanabad police arrested two people — Sajid Hussain and Nisar Hussain — who happen to be brothers of a woman lawyer, Mohsina Javed, on Wednesday night in a case. On Thursday, ASI Akram of the Samanabad police produced the accused brothers in a court where Anarkali police Naeem Anwar Bajwa and Inspector Zaheer of the Islampura police were also present in connection with different cases.

A group of lawyers attacked the Anarkali SHO and Islampura police inspector, who had nothing to do with the Samanabad arrests and tortured them severely. The lawyers also ripped their uniform, official documents, abused and threatened them with dire consequences. In the meanwhile, a Geo News team rushed to the spot but the lawyers did not let it cover the incident and instead threatened it and deprived Geo News correspondent Asim Nasir of his official card. They ripped the camera bag, abused and violently pushed the Geo News correspondent and cameraman. Continue reading

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Our new co-editors

PTH is lucky to have attracted the time and commitment of two formidable co-editors. I am most grateful for BC and AZW to contribute their writings and take the time to edit, moderate and upkeep this cyber-zine. With our formidable YLH, the trio have been helping me in keeping the elusive ‘fine [im]balance here. Please welcome them  – I am sure that their identities are not new to the readers. Here are brief profiles that reflect their interests, pursuits and more – Raza Rumi (founding editor, PTH)

B. Civilian escaped from an unpopular political history as a libertarian into the world of Dilbert. He has recently liberated himself from this refuge and has become a student of Law, not the texts that are taught and qualify a student for a degree, but the great principles underlying the nature and kinds of human interaction. His initial and child-fresh contributions to PTH are based on his dawning understanding of the nature of man and the interaction of man with the cosmos. B Civilian believes in a democratic, plural and progressive Pakistan as envisioned by Jinnah.

AZW is a Pakistani professional, currently found writing for PTH along the icy shores of Lake Ontario. He passionately believes in Pakistan as a progressive Muslim state that can become a model for Muslim world. AZW works in the financial markets, calls reading and long distance running his two favourite interests, if they ever can be classified as interests that are spelled out together. He strongly believes that society is a complex organism, yet for this organism to prosper, the underlying rules are quite simple. To start with, complete rule of law ensuring individual safety, honour, and property rights is a must. The government’s sole role is to provide protection of its citizens, ensure a level playing field for all the society members, and provide healthcare and up to high school education for free to all of its participants. That’s all there is for the government to do. Democracy and capitalism are by nature loud and garrulous. And it pains him to see that Pakistanis frighteningly jump on military bandwagon too often to look for artificial stability. He is cynically optimistic, believing that future is what we make of it, and the direction is as important as where we currently are.

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Pakistan: democratic governance is the only way forward

by Raza Rumi
Given the average shelf life of any civilian government, it is almost miraculous that the incumbent government has survived and there are signs that its removal is not immediate. The longevity of civilian order has less to do with the inherent strengths of its style of governance or delivery of public goods that it had promised in its manifesto. The survival of this government is an outcome of the lack of options for the establishment as well as its international allies, notably the Western powers. Leaving the conspiracy theories and the excessive over-reliance of the analysts on the American factor, we can safely argue that the military establishment of Pakistan and its intelligence agencies has found themselves in a unique situation since the assumption of the presidency by Asif Ali Zardari.

The truth is that Pakistan People’s Party, an anathema to the civil-military bureaucracy, has assumed the most important and powerful offices that a civilian government can aspire for. Two years ago, when the Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani was Continue reading

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