Countdown for the curtains to fall on the biggest circus act has begun. The act initiated after an allegedly treasonous memo involving the Americans. A memo co-authored by the envoy of a country, allegedly with the consent of his Head of State, and above all, involved a conflict between de jure civilian rulers and de facto military rulers. All the details, facts and fiction packaged and processed together result in the Memogate mania of Pakistan.
We are well aware about the extent the awfulness of Pakistani politicians. There are numerous examples that testify the claim, but the limits of this insanity have unfortunately not been determined as yet.
An example of this was demonstrated when the convicted Prime Minister of Pakistan, Yousuf Raza Gillani was recently interviewed by a CNN journalist on his visit to United Kingdom. Even though there were various issues that were discussed, some of the answers by the Prime Minister were either equivalent to doing a stand-up comedy or make you pity the state he leads.
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It was one of those moments which everyone remembers where they were and what they were doing, and will continue to do so for the rest of their lives. Benazir Bhutto’s assassination came as a shock to nearly the entire world, but more than that to her country, Pakistan.
I remember precisely where I was when I got the first text messages, and as more and more frantic messages started pouring in, I still remember the feeling of disbelief more than panic or anything else. It was only when my father called to urge us home at the soonest and that things were ‘getting bad’, that the panic and realization sank in – it really was true. That Benazir Bhutto, the first women Prime Minister, the leader of the Pakistan People’s Party had actually been assassinated.
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Things in Pakistan are certainly heating up – thanks in part to the memogate scandal that has rocked the very foundations of the country. With the cracks between the army and the civilian government showing very clearly for the first time, the situation in the country is tense and several changes can be expected in the next few weeks.
That the memogate has played a pivotal role in shaking the foundation of the PPP led civilian government. But are things really as they seem?
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A tense showdown between Pakistan’s powerful army and its besieged civilian government brought President Asif Ali Zardari hurrying back from Dubai early on Monday, after weeks of growing concerns by his supporters that the military has been moving to strengthen its role in the country’s governance, New York Times in a report said on Monday.
Soon after the memo became public, the army demanded that the government investigate allegations that the memo was orchestrated by Husain Haqqani, then Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States and a close aide to Mr. Zardari – a charge Mr. Haqqani denied as he was recalled from his post. Opposition lawmakers quickly joined the chorus calling for action, and message records appearing to implicate the ambassador were leaked to the news media.
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The deadline for submission of the public and official statements on the memogate scandal ended on the 15th of December. The memogate scandal has revealed wide fissions between the armed forces – which generally has an upper hand in Pakistan and the PPP-led civilian government. It would not be wrong to say that the memogate scandal is going to define the future of Pakistan for years to come.
With the exception of the President of Pakistan, Asif Zardari – the Army Chief General Kayani, Director General of Pakistan’s spy agency ISI, General Pasha, Prime Minister Gilani as well as both Hussain Haqqani and Mansoor Ijaz have all submitted their official statements in the memogate scandal.
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In the dynastic world of Pakistani politics, few things are non-kosher, so it comes as no surprise that politicians of all the ruling parties are lining up their children for the upcoming elections of 2013.
Lining up voter banks, saving seats and cushy jobs that lead their off springs to safe parliamentary entrances, the politician parents are there to make sure their sons and daughters are all properly taken care of. It isn’t just the ruling PPP which has Bilalwal Bhutto lined up to take up the throne, everyone is doing just that too! The blood might be young, but the dynasties remain the same – so the faces might change, but it’s only superficial.
Want to know who makes it to the list of ‘let’s buy a seat in the senate for our kids’? Without further ado, we present to you: Pakistani Politicians And Their Children
The memogate saga has just claimed its first victim – the Ambassador to the United States, Hussain Haqqani. Haqqani’s resignation was accepted by the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Yousuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday and on Wednesday the government announced the instatement of Sherry Rehman as the new ambassador to the United States.
The memogate has ended up showcasing the wide rift that occurs between the civilian government and the military establishment inside the terror-ridden country. With Hussain Haqqani facing possible charges in the future, what is the future of Pakistan’s democratic government? Would he sue his accuser, Mansoor Ijaz – the US based businessman of Pakistani origin, or is there some other controversy going on which is behind the scenes.
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Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States, Husain Haqqani has offered to resign over the ‘Memogate’ – allegations relating to a purported attempt by the country’s President to get help from the U.S. in fighting off a possible military coup.
Husain Haqqani decided to resign from his designation after reports claimed that Husain Haqqani had acted as an envoy for President Asif Ali Zardari, who allegedly wanted to forward a message to the Pentagon that he (Zardari) was ready to replace Pakistan’s military leadership if the U.S. came to his government’s support. Mr. Husain Haqqani clearly denies carrying any such request by Asif Ali Zardari. Husain Haqqani has now been called back to Islamabad an investigation is underway.
May 13, 2011 was the day when newly trained FC cadets were mounting buses and coaches at Shabqadar Tehsil of Charsadda, Peshawar for a 10 day leave. They had been training and were leaving for a family visit in their civilian clothing. Shabqadar is just about 30 KM north of Peshawar, the main city in the North-West region where militants linked to Al Qaeda and Taliban have repeatedly attacked the government forces. On the Festive Friday morning the Tehrik-e-Taliban claimed their first major strike in vengeance of Osama Bin Laden’s death, by detonating dual bombs among the happy FC cadets. They converted the scene into a bloodbath marking the attack as the deadliest in nuclear-armed Pakistan this year, with a current death toll of 98 and 97 wounded. Destroying 20 nearby shops and 12 cars. MORE