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Plea against appointment of AJK Chief Justice

Posted by Kashmir Portal on June 16, 2009

Plea against appointment of AJK Chief Justice
SC calls for AG assistance

(Pakistan Observer Islamabad)

The Supreme Court here on Monday sought assistance of Attorney General of Pakistan in a petition challenging the appointment of Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Azad Jammu & Kashmir. A three-member bench of the apex court comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Chaudhry Ijaz Ahmed and Justice Mahmood Akhter Shahid Siddiqui issued he notice to AG and adjourned the hearing for two weeks. Justice Syed Manzoor Hussain Gillani of AJK Supreme Court filed the petition through Advocate Akram Sheikh under article 184(3) of the Constitution.

The court also directed to club another petition from an AJK judge against his non-confirmation with the same matter. Justice Syed Manzoor Hussain Gillani in the petition said that having no other remedy or forum available to protect his legal and Constitutional rights from being prejudiced at the hands of the Government of Pakistan, the petitioner invokes the kind indulgence of this August Court being the ultimate arbiter of justice for the territories comprising Pakistan. The petitioner had prayed the court to issue directions to the Prime Minister for issuance of a fresh advice for appointment of the petitioner as the Chief Justice Supreme Court of AJK, with a direction to the President of the AJK to act upon the advice instantly.

Advocate Akram Shiekh appeared before the court apprised that appointment of the Chief Justice was made irrespective of the law pointed out by the working paper. Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry asked the counsel about jurisdiction of Supreme Court of Pakistan and said `we do not want to interfere in other country’s domain’.—NNI

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The demise of Pakistan is inevitable

Posted by Kashmir Portal on June 16, 2009

The demise of Pakistan is inevitable

Its military establishment, hatred for India and history of injustice means Pakistan is a victim of the divisive logic that created it

Pakistan’s fight against the Taliban is an illusion. The world may view it as a battle for Pakistan’s soul, but the generals in Rawalpindi, with whom real power rests, are not so sure. If they were, 200,000 of their finest fighters wouldn’t be chewing grass on the eastern border with India while the so-called battle for Pakistan’s survival rages on in the north-west.

Blackmailing the world by threatening imminent collapse is vintage Pakistan. Recently, President Asif Ali Zardari told Der Spiegel that the safety of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal depended entirely upon how well the world supported democracy in his battered country. “If democracy in this country fails, if the world doesn’t help democracy,” he warned, “then any eventuality is possible.” Having placed the burden of Pakistan’s recovery from the mire of its own making on the world’s shoulders, Zardari listed the “help” that his government expected: “billions of dollars”.

But Pentagon documents released earlier this month give an alarming account of where the benignant billions of aid dollars poured into Pakistan’s coffers over the last decade have ended up: on the most modern weaponry – combat aircraft, laser-guided kits, anti-ship missiles, air-to-air missiles – for use against India. Under the cloak of this conflict, Pakistan has equipped itself for battle with its traditional enemy, rapidly increasing its nuclear weapons at the same time.

The Taliban’s recent targets have unsettled their erstwhile paymasters, but nothing seems to deter Islamabad from continuing with its policy of patronising Islamic extremists – so long as they are devoted to destroying India. Punjab is littered with these groups. In Lahore last month, Yahya Mujahid told me that his group, the banned Jamat-ud-Dawah, would continue to fight against Indian rule in Kashmir. The operations “have gone somewhat cold”, he admitted. But he spoke confidently and strode assuredly – a man who knew things would turn in his favour.

Three weeks later, Hafiz Saeed, Jamat-ud-Dawah’ s leader, who had been detained after India produced several dossiers linking him to last November’s Mumbai attacks, was freed. Among the reasons cited by the Lahore high court in ordering Saeed’s release was this bolt from the blue: “The security laws and anti-terrorism laws of Pakistan are silent on al-Qaida being a terrorist organisation. ” The trial was a farce, a repetition of Pakistan’s time-tested tactic of appearing to act against anti-India jihadis while not taking any action at all.

Mani Shankar Aiyar once described Pakistan as a country “divided against itself, but united against India”. From that delusional feudal megalomaniac Zulfi Bhutto’s pledge to wage a “thousand-year war” against India to General Pervez Musharraf’s desperate attempt in 1999 to nuke it, hatred of India has been the constitutive sine qua non for Pakistan’s survival. It is the one bugbear that makes Pakistanis out of Sindhis and Baluchis, Pathans and Punjabis.

Many Pakistanis I spoke to agreed that their country has gone to the dogs. But Kashmir still evokes the romantic idea of a Muslim nationhood. Pakistan continues to be defined by the struggle that created it – a struggle founded upon the premise that Muslims and Hindus cannot co-exist in one nation. With all of India’s social failings, its success at forging a nationality out of its diversity stands as a towering repudiation of this idea, and merely by being itself, impeaches the logic of partition. Pakistan cannot justify its existence as long as India accommodates religious diversity. It is not enough that Pakistan is a Muslim country: for its creation to be truly vindicated, the country it was carved out of must be Hindu. As long as Kashmir, a Muslim-majority state, remains part of India, Pakistan will view partition as unfinished business and itself as its incomplete product.

But the Pakistan that was created in 1947 ceased to exist in 1971 with the creation of Bangladesh – in a manner that doesn’t just cast deep moral questions on Pakistan’s claim to speak for Kashmiri Muslims, but also offers an object lesson against indulging procrustean nationalisms, of which Pakistan remains a paragon. Created expressly to safeguard the Muslims of the subcontinent, Pakistan perpetrated the biggest genocide of Muslims since the arrival of Islam in south Asia. At least seven million East Pakistanis in what is now Bangladesh were slaughtered by West Pakistani soldiers within the space of a few months in 1971. The Islamic bond which animates Pakistan’s jihadist policy in Kashmir was absent during this massacre. It was secular India, its forces led entirely by non-Hindus – a Muslim air marshal (Idris Latif), a Sikh commander of ground forces (JS Aurora), a Parsi chief of army (Sam Manekshaw), and a Jewish strategist and principal negotiator (JFR Jacob) – which intervened to liberate Pakistanis from the madness of Pakistan.

What remained of Pakistan in 1971 became a plaything of the military-feudal- political elite who turned it into a back office for the outsourced wars of big powers. Three decades later, Pakistan represents state failure, religious extremism, terrorism, nuclear proliferation. Few dispensations have failed their people on the scale that Pakistan has: it exists solely to provide subsistence to the military establishment.

Within the next 20 years, Pakistan as we know it today will probably not exist. Built on the idea that differences between people must ultimately culminate in permanent division, Pakistan has become a victim of the very logic that created it: from Karachi in the south-east to Peshawar in the north-west, Jinnah’s children are carrying his divisive message to its logical extreme. The tragedy is that this is not an aberration, but the acme, of the idea of Pakistan.

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SC takes up plea against AJK CJ (Daily Times)

Posted by Kashmir Portal on June 16, 2009

SC takes up plea against AJK CJ

ISLAMABAD: A three-member bench of the Supreme Court (SC) will today (Monday) take up a petition challenging the appointment of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) chief justice. The bench consists of SC Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Ijaz Ahmed and Justice Mahmood Akhtar. Earlier on May 27, the SC had allowed the senior-most judge of the AJK Supreme Court to submit an amended petition against the appointment of AJK SC’s incumbent chief justice. “We will not be issuing any directions against the AJK officials; rather whatever order is issued in the instant case will be against our own prime minister and the law ministry,” Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry had observed. masood rehman

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JK govt brings in policies to boost cross-LoC trade

Posted by Kashmir Portal on June 11, 2009


Jammu and Kashmir government on Wednesday said it has put in place a sound mechanism to boost cross-LoC trade and make it a success.

All necessary infrastructures for hassle-free trade has been provided for flourishing business across the LoC, Chief Secretary S S Kapur said chairing a high level meeting in Srinagar.

He said the government is vigorously encouraging trade in locally-manufactured products to benefit state manufacturers.

The Chief Secretary said J&K Bank would take up the matter with the bankers of the other side regarding financial arrangements for carrying out cross-LoC trade.

Kapur asked the state officials to speedy disposal of pending cases of travel documents to make travel across LoC easier.

He also asked for framing project report for construction of permanent infrastructure at Salamabad in Baramulla district and Chakan-da Bagh in Poonch district so that financial assistance could be sought from the Centre.

The Chief Secretary said that additional Rs 1.50 lakh would be provided for land acquisition at Salamabad and improvement of infrastructural facility at LoC trade centres.

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JK NAP and its forming.

Posted by Kashmir Portal on June 11, 2009

Jammu Kashmir National students federation was formed in 1966 by some progressive students from POK. Its first president was former POK prime minister Mumtaz Hussain Rathore. JK NSF has been produced a large number of political leaders, activists, academics, intellectuals, since its formation. There are so many political activists active in different political parties in POK are trained by JK NSF during students career. JK NSF has been continued its political struggle in POK colleges and university campuses during three decades. After three decades, JK NSF leadership started an open dialog in early 90s among different pro-independence political groups. This discussion continued till mid 90s, JK NSF leaders felt that it is very important to have a new political party which can continue JK NSF political struggle in masses. It was very important task for JK NSF leadership to launch a new revolutionary political party in POK. JK NSF headed by its president Engineer Hassan Muhamood, secretary General Nadeem Aslam. JK NSF visionary students leaders had realized that it is the need of the time to have a revolutionary political party in POK area. After long discussions, debates, seminars had been launched in public halls, colleges and university campuses. JK NSF members also participated in these discussions launched by their leadership. JK NSF leaders had made contacts with other progressive left groups in POK and brought them in to these discussions, some opposed this proposal of forming new party and some of them did join it. After long deliberations, JK NSF General council had approved new party proposal in its central convention held in 1995 and JK NAP was formed in the same year.
Soon after JK NAP was formed in 1995, it did attract a large number of youth from POK area. JK NAP elected (Late) Sardar Anwar Khan advocate its first president. It was an historical moment for JK NSF youth and JK NAP cadres when they elected a towering personality, top intellectual and long time revolutionary political leader as president of this newly launched revolutionary party of this oppressed and occupied region of Kashmir. JK NSF leaders now started joining this newly formed revolutionary party and with in a decade party has spread its revolutionary message all over POK cities, towns and villages. During this period JK NAP also suffered some internal external crisis but trained, committed, ideologically well equipped comrades have struggled hard to counter all ill wills and brought out this revolutionary party on track. It is very important to know that JK NSF has been written its history with the blood of its youths through out these 4 decades and sacrificed many of its activists including one of its central General secretaries Faheem Akram, who was killed by pro Pakistani local Govt,s agents in Bagh city. JK NAP was the direct out come of this 4 decades struggle of JK NSF and JK NAP activists did follow the sacrifices of JK NSF comrades and last two comrades during a unity march towards one of the most oppressed regions of this unfortunate Kashmiri nation, the occupied Gilgit Baltistan, formerly known northern province of Kashmir. It is a region, the most brutally ruled by Pakistani state.
After struggling hard in the region of POK, JK NAP leadership had decided to expand its organizational structure abroad, where half of POK population lives, especially in UK, Europe, U.S.A and middle eastern countries have been holding 1.6 million Kashmiris from POK areas. JK NAP national Council decided to form JK NAP international council, Nadeem Aslam central leader of JK NAP and former JK NSF central secretary General of JK NSF was appointed as its spokesman and Javed Inayat as its coordinator. International council has already formed its several branches, which have been functioning more than 10 countries since two years. It is very important to know that IC JKNAP has decided to launch an aggressive campaign among Kashmiri diaspora preparing them to play their important role to defeat the enemies of our divided nation. IC JK NAP leaders, activists and members have been active on different fronts to bring all freedom loving Kashmiris together. It is JK NAP intention to launch an aggressive policy against foreign occupation not only in different regions of Jammu Kashmir but also on international front. IC JK NAP will be soon paying an attention towards launching a diplomatic activities and will be exposing Indian and Pakistani states institutions crimes committed against innocent Kashmiri civilians both side of LOC. It is JK NAP intentions to create awareness among Kashmiris towards their democratic rights, which have been violated by our occupiers since 6 decades. JK NAP has been expanding its organizational based in POK areas and youths from this area is considering JK NAP a real ray of hope and joining its ranks in all over POK. Internationally IC JKNAP has extended its working capacity, especially in U.K. which is a home of a little less than a million POK people, party has announced its local convention on 4 oct 2009, which is a great success for IC JKNAP generally and particularly for U.K branch. It is also good to know that lots of our old time JK NSF leaders and activists are also joining JK NAP nationally and internationally, last week 16 JK NSF former leaders, activists from Bagh joined JK NAP ranks and 20 JK NSF leaders from Kotli joined JK NAP, we all welcome them, it is a great success for our party,s strength. This week JK NAP also holding its central convention in Poonch city of Rawalakot. It will be a thrilling gathering for POK youth and big leap to our freedom struggle. In will be a source of inspiration to all occupied regions of Kashmir. We hope that Kashmiris from all divided regions will sooner or later get united and overthrow the menace of foreign occupation, which has been a source of all problems. It must end as soon as possible.

Javed Inayat,
coordinator IC JKNAP.

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