Bilawal Cannot Hold a Party Office

Benazir Bhutto‘s son Bilawal Zardari has been appointed as the new chairperson of the party in its central executive committee meeting on Sunday, Dec 30, 2007, at Naudero, Larkana.
However, according to Pakistani law, Bilawal is ineligible to become PPP’s chairperson.  According to the Political Parties Order and Pakistan’s Constitution, Bilwal can’t be the chairperson of PPP as he is only 19-years-old.
According to the Political Parties Order 2002: “Every citizen, not being in the service of Pakistan, shall have the right to form or be a member of a political party or be otherwise associated with a political party or take part in political activities or be elected as an office-bearer of a political party: Provided that a person shall not be appointed or serve as an office-bearer of a political party if he is not qualified to be, or is disqualified from being elected or chosen as a member of the Majlise- Shoora (Parliament) under Article 63 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan or under any other law for the time being in force.”
According to the Constitution, a person has to be at least 25 years old to become a member of the Parliament. Thus, Bilawal is ineligible to be the chairperson of the PPP. Under the law, he cannot hold any party position till he turns 25.
What appears to be a big blunder could be a possible deliberate move to counter advances by others to stake claim. Fatima Bhutto, the daughter of Murtaza Bhutto and the niece of Benazir Bhutto, is 25. Her mother Ghinwa Bhutto is the head of a breakaway faction of PPP — Pakistan People’s Party (Shaheed Bhutto Group).The PPP leadership is aware of the importance of the “Bhutto factor” in the party’s success in the forthcoming elections. It must have felt that only a ‘Bhutto’ can keep the party united. However, the dilemma is that there are three breakaway factions of the PPP — the PPP, the PPP (Shaheed Bhutto) and the PPP (Sherpao) — and every faction claims to be the true follower of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.

Benazir had, in her will, named her husband Asif Ali Zardari as her successor. Zardari manipulated the situation quite tactfully. Even as he accepted his wife’s decision, Zardari cleverly passed on the baton to his son Bilawal. The move resulted in 19-year-old Bilawal changing his surname from Bilawal Zardari to Bilawal Bhutto.

Zardari knows that only a ‘Bhutto’ can keep the PPP effectively alive. A non-Bhutto name will not survive long. Owing to his limitations, Zardari knew he will not be able to keep the party united. He may be accepted as the party’s leader for the time being by the senior leadership; however, when the grief over Benazir’s death subsides, it will be difficult for him to remain in full control. Thus, Zardari played his cards well by making Bilawal the party’s leader than taking that seat himself.

Zardari is now the co-chairman of the party. In this capacity, he will be the person at the helm. He will be making the party’s decisions. Bilawal’s chairpersonship will be symbolic. Zardari, over the years, has proved himself to be a shrewd politician.

Ever since he married Benazir, he has spent more than 10 years in Pakistani jail on charges of corruption (though not a single charge was proved). Benazir paid his courage a great tribute by calling him the ‘Nelson Mandela of Pakistan.’

Zardari proved his political astuteness when Benazir was prime minister twice. He had the ability to influence his wife’s political decisions. He has done the same even after her death. She wanted him to be the party’s chairman. Instead, he assigned this job to his son — a great disappointment to many.

What it proves is that politics in Pakistan is not a discipline; political parties are not an institution. No qualifications and experience is required to be a politician. Other disciplines are far more professional. If you have to hire a butler, you would look for a number of things in the prospective candidate. But in politics, nothing is a pre-requisite.

“This simply shows the poverty of Pakistani politics,” says Ayaz Amir, a renowned columnist who is now contesting a National Assembly seat from Chakwal on a PML-N ticket.

“It is surprising to note that the PPP could not find any trusted, senior leader from the party. A Bhutto name is indispensable, which is again the poverty of Pakistani politics,” laments Ayaz.

But does it matter that politics should be a discipline; political parties should be institutions? The fate of the people of Pakistan is not in their hands. The political parties may win elections and form governments, but they never represent the wishes of the people.

They might want to change the lot of the people, but they are held hostages by the dictatorial forces like the military establishment, jihadis and clerics. The best example is of the judiciary. For the first time in Pakistan‘s history, the judiciary under Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry had started operating in an independent manner. It was not tolerated by the then in-uniform President, who sacked the former under the cover of emergency on November 3.

So, it really does not matter who heads the PPP — Bilawal, Zardari or any X, Y, Z. Pakistan would continue to be run by three As — Allah, Army and America.

Fauzia Minallah Draws Mush


Let Us Not Suspend All Critical Thinking

Bhutto: A Short Break from the Hagiography

Bhutto’s assassination was disgusting and depressing, but that doesn’t mean we should now suspend all critical thinking – and yet her sainthood status has now been confirmed in the saturation media coverage following her death.

A former U.S. intelligence official with whom I spoke had this to say:
“Without being disrespectful of Bhutto’s memory or of her tragic
death, a dispassionate analysis suggests that she was a calculating politician, regardless of the saintly mantle her followers and
supporters are bestowing on her after her death. She did not
accomplish much as Prime Minister; in fact, her tenure was marred by corruption, nepotism and poor governance.”

“Unfortunately for Benazir, she was a creation of the West, but she had no chance of defeating Musharraf in the coming elections or expediting the return of democracy to Pakistan. She returned to Pakistan after securing a political deal with Musharraf, under U.S. auspices and guarantees; she naively thought she could beat Musharraf in the elections or that she could persuade him to give up power and restore democracy to that country.”

“Her U.S. supporters pushed her forward without a clear plan of how to deal with Musharraf or how to remove him should he resist U.S. pressure to go democratic. Let’s not forget that Musharraf only reluctantly allowed her to return and only begrudgingly voided the corruption charges against her. It was wishful thinking at best and ignorant at worst to have expected Musharraf to share power with Benazir or to tolerate an electoral victory by her. His donning a civilian suit in place of the military uniform has not made him a democrat. Benazir Bhutto was bound to fail had she lived, and it is doubly tragic that in death she is perceived as the savior of Pakistan.”

US Intelligence Official Blames Army for Benazir’s Assassination

U.S. Intelligence Official Points Finger at the Musharraf Army:
Publisher: HARPER’s Magazine – New York, NY, USA

Who Killed Bhutto: Alternative Theories

Eli Lake, a friend from The New York Sun, sent me a story saying: “American and Pakistani military leaders are seeking to account for what may be renegade commando units from the
Pakistani military’s special forces in the wake of the assassination
of Benazir Bhutto.”

I am still sticking with my original guess, but the former U.S.
intelligence official I spoke with earlier about Benazir’s saintly status had some further, very interesting thoughts:

“First, I would not be surprised if some pro-Musharraf elements within the Pakistani security services were involved in the assassination. Of course, it is convenient to blame the dastardly act on Islamic radicals, but in fact, the Musharraf camp would gain the most from her death. And I don’t trust any Pakistani government investigation of this crime.”

“Second, we need to watch what action or a series of actions the military, under Parvez Kayani, would take in response to Bhutto’s murder. Will such action support Musharraf or undermine him and will it involve reinstating the state of Emergency, suspending the Constitution, and canceling the elections? Will the military conclude that the growing violence in the country is caused by Musharraf’s continued rule and therefore decide to remove him? Before they embark on this course of action, the military would have to ensure continued U.S. support after sacking Musharraf. Should the United States promise
support, as we did in Iran on the eve of removing the Shah, what
guarantees could the U.S. extract from the military as a quid pro

“Third, if the above idea has merit, I can imagine Pakistan becoming more lawless and violent and its nuclear arsenal at risk. In this scenario, the U.S. military goes to Pakistan ostensibly to protect its nukes, but in fact to widen the so-called ‘war on terror’, which will conveniently take the American public’s eye off Iraq and Afghanistan. Benazir Bhutto’s assassination becomes a distant memory and irrelevant.”

“Fourth, I do not mean to imply that Islamic militants could not have been involved or could not carry out such an act. This is of course the prevalent view all over the media. But I do think we should take another look. Talking heads seem to be in agreement that Musharraf would benefit from her death – groupthink at its best! If he blames her assassination on Islamic militants, as he has done, and if such a strategy is accepted on face value in the West, especially in Washington, he would be free to either cancel the elections or choreograph them as he likes. In either case, he would guarantee his continued control. By holding elections, well-orchestrated in advance and with anticipated results, he would project himself as pro-democracy while at the same time continue with his authoritarian rule. I didn’t think Bhutto posed a real threat to Islamic militants because they didn’t see her as a credible challenge to Musharraf. He has been a wily figure who has mastered the art of speaking to Washington and playing the [Bush-Cheney] Administration like a yoyo.”

Admittedly, the above ideas are out-of-the-box, but isn’t this what analysis is all about?

Hillary Clinton Says Army May ve Killed Benazir

Hillary: Pakistan Troops Might Have Killed Bhutto


CLINTON, Iowa, USA, 29 December 2007 (Newsday) – Hillary Rodham Clinton waded into Pakistan’s volatile internal political situation Saturday, raising the possibility the country’s military might have assassinated Benazir Bhutto because the killing took place in the garrison city of Rawalpindi.

Clinton’s remarks came as Pakistan [Tyrant] Pervez Musharraf’s
government seemed to reject a call for an independent international investigation of the murder that Clinton and John Edwards proposed on Friday.

During a question-and-answer session at an elementary school here, Clinton offered a detailed prescription for the troubled county, suggesting that the U.S divert aid away from its military to social welfare programs.

And for the second time in as many days, she cast doubt on Musharraf’s contention that the bombing that led to the death of the country’s most popular opposition leader was masterminded by “al-Qaida”

Clinton, who earned the endorsement Saturday of the influential
Concord (N.H.) Monitor, emphasized her foreign policy experience and spoke about her 12-year relationship with Bhutto, Pakistan’s former Prime Minister.

In August [2007], her aides accused [U.S. Senator Barack] Obama [D-IL] of helping to destabilize the nuclear-armed Pakistan by suggesting he would deploy U.S. forces in the country to hunt for Osama bin Laden.

But Saturday, Clinton delved into Pakistan’s internal affairs,
suggesting its “feudal landowning leadership,” led by Musharraf, has protected “al-Qaida” to preserve its tenuous grip on power. In an interview on Friday, Clinton called for an international probe into Bhutto’s assassination, saying “there was no reason to trust the Pakistani government.”

An Interior Ministry [of Pakistan] spokesman rejected that suggestion Saturday, saying: “I think we are capable of handling it.”
Source: Newsday daily newspaper – Melville, New York, USA

Statement of U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton on the Death of Benazir Bhutto

( – “I am profoundly saddened and outraged by the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, a leader of tremendous political and personal courage. I came to know Mrs. Bhutto over many years, during her tenures as Prime Minister and during her years in exile. Mrs. Bhutto’s concern for her country, and her family, propelled her to risk her life on behalf of the Pakistani people. She returned to Pakistan to fight for democracy despite threats and previous attempts on her life and now she has made the ultimate sacrifice. Her death is a tragedy for her country and a terrible reminder of the work that remains to bring peace, stability and hope to regions of the globe too often paralyzed by fear, hatred and violence.”
“Let us pray that her legacy will be a brighter, more hopeful future for the people she loved and the country she served. My family and I extend our condolences and deepest sympathies to the victims and their families and to the people of Pakistan.” – [Thursday, December 27, 2007] p=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=3254 27767c0a815e6a0

E-Mail of Benazir Bhutto Says Pervez Musharraf Killed PPP Chief 616094e2c853db8

US Intelligence Official Points Finger at the Musharraf Army 459c07ed023b46c – USA

Sedition Charges Against Punjab University Teachers

As part of the crackdown on protests against emergency, the Government of Pakistan recently brought sedition charges against fourteen faculty members of the Punjab University (Lahore, Pakistan). These charges were in response to the faculty members speaking out and organizing a protest walk on their campus against the imposition of emergency rule. The Government of Pakistan has also issued a ban on political discussions and debates on campuses, which is a violation of one of the most basic tenets of academic freedom.
Most of you must by now be familiar with the vanguard role played by members of the Pakistani judiciary in the current political struggle against dictatorship. The unprecedented expression of solidarity by members of the international law community has been extremely important in building up the pressure against the Pakistani government, and in keeping up the spirits of the lawyers and their family members. Students (and educators) comprise the next largest group of protesters and so are being targeted in similarly illegal and brutal ways. This is a call to school and college/university faculty, academic unions and organizations to express their solidarity with the above mentioned faculty members of Punjab University as well as all those being targeted by the Pakistani state, and to demand that the government drop these charges immediately.
It should be noted that even when emergency rule is lifted, these and other such charges will not be automatically dropped nor will the dissenting judges be restituted. Please sign the petition and forward to others, and please consider creating faculty/student solidarity committees on your campus, and issuing separate letters of protest and solidarity. It is imperative at this stage to get as many signatures as possible, as well as to send as many letters/faxes/emails to the individuals and institutions listed below as possible. You can sign the petition at (the text is pasted below).
Time is of the essence, so please sign the petition and send your letters ASAP. Your voice counts.
Below are links to three related articles. If you have any questions please email
Shefali Chandra (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Lubna Chaudhry (SUNY, Binghampton)
Sofia Checa (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
Arslan Razmi (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
Rakhshanda Saleem (Harvard Medical School and Lesley University)
Sahar Shafqat (St. Mary’s College of Maryland)
Saadia Toor (College of Staten Island, CUNY)
Sedition case against 14 PU teachers
Political debate banned in colleges
DAWN, November 22 2007
LUMS professors, students charged under MPO
Daily Times, December 05, 2007
Send your letters/faxes/emails to:
General (Retd.) Pervez Musharraf
Pakistan Secretariat
Islamabad, Pakistan
Fax: (92) 51-922-1422
Email:,, or via the website

Embassy of Pakistan in Washington, DC
3517 International Court, NW
Washington DC, 20008
Phone: 202-243-6500, Fax: 202-686-1534
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Punjab University Administrators:
Dr. Muhammad Arif Butt
Vice Chancellor, Punjab University
Lahore, Pakistan
Phone: (92) 42-923-1098, Fax: (92) 42-923-1101
General (Retd.) Pervez Musharraf
Islamabad, Pakistan
Mr. Musharraf:
We, the undersigned, are appalled by the charges brought against 14 faculty members of the Punjab University under sections 124-A, 188, 143/149 and 16-MPO. They have been charged with sedition and provoking the masses against the government for its action of imposing emergency and promulgating the PCO.
The charges against the Punjab University faculty were registered after the said academics organized and participated in demonstrations against the promulgation of emergency and abrogation of the constitution. These were peaceful protests held inside the campus. We demand the withdrawal of the charges against the faculty members of Punjab University.
We are also appalled by the restrictions on academic institutions and civil society in general including the ban on open debate in all colleges and universities, as well as the curbs on constitutional rights of freedom of assembly and association of the citizenry of Pakistan. University campuses are supposed to be the center of political debate and activity, not zones of repressive censorship. The undersigned condemn the curbs on free speech and attempts to silence voices through intimidation and harassment. We also condemn
the suspension of the constitutional rights of freedom of assembly and association. The ban on political debates on campuses is a violation of the most basic tenet of academic freedom; we demand that this ban be lifted immediately.
We express solidarity with our colleagues at Punjab University and all those in Pakistan engaged in the just struggle to end the state of emergency and restore the constitution and the rule of law in Pakistan.
The Undersigned
cc. Pakistani Embassy in Washington, DC
Vice Chancellor, Punjab University

Taliban Wont Be Motivated to Kill Benazir


    Taliban would not be motivated to kill Benazir.
Musharraf is their bigger enemy who assisted the americans against them with tremendous logistical support.

Benazir’s brother was killed in Karachi by the MQM. They are the most callous, irreligious, and secular hardened killers, with no compassion just like Musharraf. For example, who killed the registrar of the supreme court, Hamid Raza execution style?

They are bonded to Musharraf by the Mohajir blood.

Musharraf is pro-American. His only son in there and so are his brothers. He trusts them. He is being tutored personally by Negroponte. CIA provides free consulting to him and Negroponte personally tutors him. Ponte went there to tutor Musharraf on how to handle the Judiciary in a machiavellian fashion, by inflicting a mortal disabling wound , and that is exactly what Mush did.

Pakistan’s enemies are quietly watching because Mush and MQM is doing their job and you maintain pin-drop silence when your enemy is destroying itself.

This is the way to handle an islamic nuclear country by making it crumble from inside by putting a militant minority of biharis (who were the back-stabbers to their very neighbors and muslim brothers, the bengalis in 1971 on the basis of language and ethnicity) like the Kallu Mush, on top of the majority in the country. Being cornered, they will heartily and mightily fight and destroy each other with wanton and abandon.
 Musharraf and MQM believe that it is their historic opportunity to setup a Mohajir Caliphate – forever.

The goal of CIA, Mossad, is to create Tamil-Sinhalese
intensity and style hatred in Pakistan, and MQM is the perfect tool. We must guard against it and resuscitate a hero like Dr A.Q.Khan to serve as the bridge. It will kill many birds with one stone.

It will kill many birds with one stone.

Musharraf and MQM dream has no feasibility, but their belief in it will indeed make the CIA/Mossad plan not only feasible but successful.

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They want to destroy Pakistan and the national spirit of the Pakistani people.

 In America they did this by corrupting the people at the level of job,  housing and sex.

Coldwell banker is a pyramid scheme of screwing people of all
 ethnicities by (real-estate) agents of their own ethnicities selected by corruption and depravedness.

 In Pakistan, military is going to be corrupted in this way, by DEFENSE HOUSING SOCIETIES. People have suffered amnesia as a result of 911 hammer. It was an inside job. The islamic states of the past, Spain etc were weakened in this way.

 The neocons, the most rabid nation on earth, the KHAZARS, the Ashke-NAZIS, who even sold their own mothers for their zionist dreams ( and read the book, “holocaust victims accuse” by Rabbi Weismandel free on the internet google-it) gives proof of that.