Wednesday, 17 September 2014

D Chowk- Pakistan’s domestic Kargil, Dr Mohammad Taqi

D Chowk- Pakistan’s domestic Kargil, Dr Mohammad Taqi
September 18, 2014
Months into his third stint, Mr Sharif was perceived by the establishment to be getting too big for his boots already

Pakistan is now into the second month of the twin dharnas (sit-ins) by Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) and Allama Dr Tahirul Qadri’s Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) in and around the D-Chowk of the federal capital. These 30 plus days have shaken virtually nothing. The elected Prime Minister (PM), Mian Nawaz Sharif, though rattled initially, remains firmly at the helm.

The Khan-Qadri duo blew a lot of hot air from atop their cargo containers but failed to deliver the goods that they had promised their minders. Even by the most generous estimates the crowds did not surpass more than 20,000 on the PTI/PAT’s best days. Those within the security establishment, who had egged on these two firebrands to bring down the democratic system, were clearly not prepared for the sit-ins turning out to be total duds. The dharna debacle at D-Chowk is effectively the security establishment’s domestic Kargil: an ill-timed and ill-planned adventure gone terribly awry with no exit strategy in sight.

Like in the summer of 1999, when the Northern Light Infantry men and irregulars sneaked up the Kargil heights without giving much thought to the opponent’s range of retaliatory options, the container mounted Khan-Qadri double barrelled shotgun was discharged against the democratic setup without considering the contingency plans if the elected PM did not resign on their whim.

However, blinded by their hate for democracy and Nawaz Sharif, one reason for which is his pledge to make public the inquiry into the Kargil fiasco, they decided to play roughshod. The establishment simply had not liked the results of the 2013 elections to begin with and was palpably uncomfortable with its nemesis, Mian Nawaz Sharif, securing a comfortable majority in both Punjab and at the Centre. Drumming up electoral rigging allegations 14 months after the fact was merely a ruse to destabilise him.

The establishment has been blocking the PM every step of the way even before the December 2013 change of guard in Rawalpindi. Mr Sharif was not allowed to make key diplomatic appointments to the US, UK and India. His original nominee to lead the Pakistan High Commission in the UK, Mr Kamran Shafi, drew a particularly rancorous response from khaki quarters. Ultimately, the PM agreed to appointing career diplomats to all three positions. 

PM Sharif’s peace initiative with India was torpedoed after the Pakistani High Commissioner in New Delhi decided to meet the Kashmiri separatists just before the foreign secretary-level talks. Mr Nawaz Sharif opening a direct diplomatic channel to Afghan President Hamid Karzai through the Pashtun nationalist leader Mahmud Khan Achakzai further ruffled feathers in Rawalpindi, where they saw it as trespassing on its exclusive domain.

The establishment wanted to put an end to the civilians slowly chipping away at its monopoly or even holding it at a standstill. The in-house change in the National Assembly was not viable numerically and the former president, Asif Zardari, had judiciously closed the door on the undemocratic dismissals of elected governments by divesting himself of those powers that his predecessors had repeatedly used on the security establishment’s instructions. The establishment became exponentially desperate. 

The drama at D-Chowk is but a political equivalent of the Kargil infiltration. Just as the Kargil misadventure was the military’s desperate and reckless attempt to ostensibly break the status quo with India with utter disregard for the consequences, the Khan-Qadri assault on parliament has been designed to reverse the small gains the democratic dispensation has made vis-à-vis the praetorian guard since 2008.

The Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Major General Asim Bajwa, has expressed his dismay at the army being mentioned as the “scriptwriter” of the farcical tragedy unfolding in Islamabad. He tried abysmally to dispel the impression that certain corps commanders had suggested imposing martial law, and said, “Everyone is allowed to discuss their opinions in a free and frank manner but the army chief’s decision is considered final and troops follow his lead.” General Bajwa’s failure to categorically state that neither the chief nor the generals even considered imposing martial law suggests, prima facie, that there indeed had been some discussion about mounting a coup d’état.

This is an ominous sign and underscores the wayward institutional thought process that has produced four overt adventurists in the past. Why should there be any “free and frank” discussion about an insurrection at the highest military forum at such a critical political juncture? What justification did they have to even bring up the putsch as an option? Have they not learnt one bit from history?

General Bajwa went on to quote the army chief’s speech some months ago on how the “armed forces of Pakistan believe in the continuity of democracy and upholding of constitution and law. This is the only way the country can make its way into the ranks of developed countries.” On the face of it, the statement is reassuring, but scratch the surface and underneath is the same mindset that detests civilian supremacy in the affairs of the state.

The military spokesman could not bring himself to state unequivocally that the armed forces will uphold the constitution and serve as and when commanded by an elected civilian government. The generic lip service to the constitution indicates prevaricating if not withholding an unqualified allegiance to the elected civilian government. The Irish journalist Claud Cockburn had aptly said, “Never believe anything until it has been officially denied.” The mischief still seems afoot. The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) is reportedly being strong-armed into taking up General Pervez Musharraf’s trial as its cause, accommodate him as a leader and also join forces with the Khan-Qadri duo to salvage the political Kargil at D-Chowk from unravelling. 

In her 2009 book Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy, and the West, the late and much lamented Benazir Bhutto wrote: “Sixty years after Pakistan’s creation, the case study of our nation’s record with democracy is a sad chronicle of steps forward and huge steps backward. But this too will change.” While one shares Benazir’s optimism, the establishment in all probability will make one last reckless effort, even as reckless as the ill-starred December 27, 2007, before beating a retreat from its domestic Kargil.

The writer can be reached at and he tweets @mazdaki

Polite request to all, Dr Shabir Choudhry

Polite request to all, Dr Shabir Choudhry

1.    Please note we all have views on JK politics and its future. Depending on our studies, knowledge, experience and political affiliation, we like and dislike certain people in struggle.

2.    All leaders of JK, past and present are human beings; and all are subject to make mistakes. No Kashmiri leader or political activist is infallible. When they make a mistake we have every right to criticise them, oppose them, ask questions or remain quiet.

3.    We live in era of propaganda, those citizens of JK who genuinely dislike our politics and ideology; or those who have loyalty with the forces of occupation may try to side with them, and discredit political workers and leaders.

4.    In this regard, some and NOT all journalists could be used to attack certain leaders and parties to confuse people and harm our struggle for unification and independence.

5.    When we hear or read some negative story, we should wait until facts are out instead of jumping on the propaganda bandwagon, and use foul language and accuse the alleged people with ‘treachery’ and being some one’s ‘agent’. By having this attitude, trust me, you are not serving the cause of JK; you are only helping those who are occupying us.

6.    Let me ask a question, if those seeking accession to Pakistan are loyal citizens of JK, then why those seeking accession to India are ‘traitors’? Remember, we have more than 35% non Muslims in the State of JK; and many Muslims also don’t want to join Pakistan.

7.    Maqbool Butt has his place in history of JK, and our criticism will not affect that status; but there are many citizens of JK (from Ladakh, GB, Jammu) who may not have very positive view of Maqbool Butt. Are we going to call all of them ‘traitors’, and expel them from JK, or kill them?

8.    We need to be tolerant, benevolent and accommodate critics; and that is fundamental requirement of a plural society.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Desperate separatists creating hurdles in flood relief operations in J&K

Without any comments:
Desperate separatists creating hurdles in flood relief operations in J&K
SRINAGAR: In the midst of a natural calamity of a humongous proportion that has affected lakhs of people in Jammu & Kashmir, separatist leaders in the valley have shown their ugly face yet again by leaving no stone unturned in order to create physical hurdles in the ongoing relief and rescue efforts carried out by the armed forces in the state.

On September 13, Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik, led a gang of unscrupulous elements and tried to derail the rescue and relief process launched by the Indian Army, under Operation Megh Rahat, for the flood-hit regions of Jammu & Kashmir.

READ ALSO: Over 2.26 lakh people rescued in flood-hit J&K

According to sources from the army's Northern Command, Malik and his supporters forced ailing lady patients to get off an Army relief boat despite strong criticism of the shocking move by women in the area. Malik told the Army patrol to leave the patients and withdraw from the area.

Also, in spite of unprovoked stone pelting resorted to by a gang of hoodlums, the Army did not open fire in retaliation, preferring to disengage and relocate to a nearby area till the crowd dispersed.

When the Army patrol boat returned, the JKLF chief appeared told the boat patrol to get the patients off and leave. He claimed the Kashmiris do not want the Army rescue efforts to continue. Women in the boat and in the vicinity protested loudly at this insane act by a bunch of goons even as Mir, an aide of Yasin Malik, shouted at the ladies in Kashmiri and forced them to be silent.

In a second instance, hardline Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani appealed to Pakistan (Pakistan army) to come to the aid of the Kashmiri people. The fact, however, remains that his wishes are aimed at creating problems for the forces involved in the relief and rescue operations.

The Indian Armed Forces and National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) has earned appreciation internationally for carrying out with its humanitarian tasks. This in spite of reports of personal losses suffered by the Army.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Extremism religious intolerance and human rights, speech of Dr Shabir Choudhry in Geneva during 27th Session of the UN Human Rights session.

Extremism religious intolerance and human rights, speech of Dr Shabir Choudhry in Geneva during 27th Session of the UN Human Rights session.    
12 September 2014
Mr Chairman

Peaceful co existence, tolerance and religious pluralism is cornerstone of Islamic faith, yet we see innocent people, Muslims and non Muslims killed in name of Islam in Pakistan and in many other countries around the globe. Holy Quran asserts:

“Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from error;” (2:256); however, despite this clear message of Quran forced conversions are taking place in Pakistan and lives of non Muslims are made hell.

Although Mohammed Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan used name of religion to rally people behind him to create Pakistan; but after he accomplished his mission of dividing India and dividing Muslims of the Sub Continent he rejected religious intolerance. In his speech of February, 1948, Mr Jinnah asserted:

“Pakistan is not going to be a theocratic State to be ruled by priests with a divine mission. We have many non-Muslims — Hindus, Christians, and Parsis — but they are all Pakistanis. They will enjoy the same rights and privileges as any other citizens and will play their rightful part in the affairs of Pakistan.”

Source: Religious extremism in Pakistan, by Wasimul Haque
Mr Chairman
Despite this clear vision about the Pakistani society, it is unfortunate that the religious intolerance and hatred has spread in every sector of the Pakistani society, and in a country that was apparently created for Muslims, now even Muslims don’t feels safe here.

Critics may point out that Pakistan is a victim of terrorism and religious hatred; but it is also true that the Pakistani establishment nourished, promoted and exported religious intolerance and terrorism. Their policy of promoting jihad and religious hatred in to other countries has come to haunt them; and one can only blame the Pakistani policy makers and religious groups for this.

In Pakistan, ‘Protection of Pakistan Ordinance’ was passed in 2013, which provided sweeping powers to law enforcement agencies. To human rights organisations and ordinary citizens this is a licence to abuse powers in various parts of Pakistan, so called Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan, as no member of law enforcement agencies could ever be held responsible for their actions

Knowing the history and practise of the Pakistani law enforcing agencies they will use these unchecked powers to target nationalists seeking freedom from oppressive rule of Islamabad; and in this regard people of Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Kashmir could specifically become their victims.

Furthermore, religious intolerance is becoming very serious threat in Pakistan and areas under their illegal control, for example, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan. Fanatic religious groups are not only harassing and intimidating other ethnic groups they are practically forcing people to convert to their version of Islam; and in some cases killing people and burning their houses.

On 9 June 2014, a group of 300 Shia Hazara Pilgrims who returned from Iran were attacked soon after they entered Pakistan. Heavily armed militants from Sunni Islamist group Jaish –Ul Islam stormed their hotel in Taftan and killed at least 30 innocent people that included 9 women and a child.

There is a long and sad history of targeting followers of Shia sect which is about 20 percent of the Pakistani population. They, like other ethnic minorities, are systematically hunted and killed, their houses and businesses burnt and destroyed.

Shias and other minorities in Gilgit Baltistan also face the same fate. Rulers in this area deliberately and systematically promote religious intolerance and hatred to divide people, which make the task of ruling this important region easier for Islamabad. People in Gilgit Baltistan and so called Azad Kashmir are denied of their fundamental rights.

Islamabad deliberately violated State Subject Laws and settled Pakistanis in Gilgit Baltistan to the detriment of the local people who are becoming a minority in certain areas. They are trying to provide some kind of legal cover to their illegal occupation of this region, which could change fundamental character of the Kashmir dispute.

Just like what they did in Gilgit Baltistan, now Islamabad has started violating State Subject Laws in so called Azad Kashmir; and increasingly people from Pakistan are allowed to settle in various parts of Azad Kashmir; and this policy will create enormous problems for us in future.

Mr Chairman

People of forcibly divided State of Jammu and Kashmir are denied their fundamental rights, and suffering on both sides of the Line of Control. Natural disaster in the form of very disastrous flood has enormously added to our miseries and problems. We appreciate the efforts to help the flood victims, but much more needs to be done.

Prime Minister of India, Mr Modi, on humanitarian grounds offered to help victims of the flood on the Pakistani side of the divide. It is normal practise that neighbours and other countries help victims of the natural disasters.

At the time of earth quake in Pakistani controlled Kashmir in 2005, the international community very generously sent help for the people through government of Pakistan. It is sad that most of the aid ended up elsewhere and Azad Kashmiri victims of the earthquake did not get what they were supposed to get. Thousands of people are still living in camps and are not yet rehabilitated.

It must be pointed out that as a direct result of the earthquake, lives of many Pakistani soldiers were in serious danger, and they could only be saved from the Indian side of the Line of Control. The Pakistan army allowed the Indian army to cross the LOC and save lives of the Pakistani army men. But when the Indian army expressed their desire to help and save lives of the civilians, Pakistani military officials flatly denied this on pretext of security. This attitude of senior Pakistani army officers shows that lives of ‘bloody civilians’ of Azad Kashmir were not important to them.

That aside, It is difficult to comprehend why offer of help from Prime Minister of India was rejected. India is a party to the Kashmir dispute; and has an important role in the region and beyond. Despite our differences on various issues with India and Pakistan, it is important to help each other when there is a natural disaster, because it is human duty; and it helps people to understand each other and brings communities close to each other.

So called Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir, Choudhry Abdul Majeed, rejected this offer of help from India. We know that he does not have powers to take decisions of this nature. He was told by Islamabad what to do and what to say. What we need to understand is that Islamabad has huge economic problems; and they have millions of flood victims in their own country.

Above all they have a begging bowl in their hand and are not in a position to practically help us. If they don’t have sufficient resources to feed their own people, rehabilitate the flood victims in their own country; how on earth they will help flood victims of Pakistani Administered Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan?

We can put our egos and political differences aside, and learn to cooperate with each other whenever there is a natural disaster. A starving man needs food, no matter who provides that. Religion of a donor is immaterial to the people who desperately need food, clean water, medicine and shelter. Suffering people, sick and old, and homeless families desperately need help; they are not interested in the size of ego of leaders, and political rights and wrongs. For once, we can leave politics and blame game aside, and make a joint effort to help the suffering people.

Mr Chairman,

To conclude I want to emphasis that struggle of people belonging to the State of Jammu and Kashmir is to regain their lost sovereignty, a sovereignty which they attained on 16 August 1947. We are not interested in any kind of accession. To accede or form some kind of union with another country is a right endowed to nation states. Our first priority is to achieve that goal; and we can think about our future relationship with India and Pakistan once we become an independent country.

Writer is a political analyst, TV anchor and author of many books and booklets. Also he is Director Institute of Kashmir Affairs.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Pakistan’s troubling rape problem BY EZRA LEVANT, QMI AGENCY

Pakistan’s troubling rape problem BY EZRA LEVANT, QMI AGENCY
There are 1.5 million street kids in Pakistan -- an estimated 90% of them have been sexually abused at some point in their lives.
Rape in Pakistan is so common, it’s barely taboo. Last week the Daily Mail interviewed a bus driver from Peshawar who says, after his shift is over, he likes to go into the slums and rape street kids. Sometimes he pays them a dollar. But often he doesn’t – he just joins in a big gang rape.
“Once, there was a boy on the bus and everyone had sex with him,” he told the Daily Mail. “I did it too but what else could I do? They invited me. And he was that kind of boy anyway.” He says he’s raped 12 different children.
This wasn’t a solitary rapist, hiding in the shadows, afraid of being seen or being caught. This was men joining together, unworried about social norms, unworried about someone stopping them.
A poll of 1,800 Pakistani men found that a third don’t think raping street kids is a crime – and they don’t even think it’s a bad thing to do.
And then there’s so-called honour killings – where families kill their own daughters for social improprieties, real or perceived.
Every year close to 1,000 Pakistani girls are murdered by their own fathers, brothers or even mothers, for “moral indiscretions” ranging from going out on a date to dressing in western clothing to marrying the wrong man.
What a horrific duality -- a country that has normalized the rape of children, but would rather murder its own daughters than have embarrassing gossip about them.
No wonder so many Pakistanis are happy to emigrate. Put aside the ongoing terrorist civil war, put aside official discrimination against minority religions, such as Christianity or even other Muslim denominations like the Ahmadiyyas -- Pakistan drives out its best, those who want a better life, a life of freedom and peace and safety.
Canada is the lucky recipient of many such immigrants. The Sun’s columnist Tarek Fatah is a perfect example of that – someone so Canadian he probably has maple syrup in his veins. But not all Pakistani immigrants prefer our liberal values to those of the Peshawar bus driver.
Aqsa Parvez was a young woman who was murdered by her father and her brother for the honour crime of dressing and acting like a Canadian teenager. They imported the worst of Pakistan to Mississauga
Rotherham, UK, has received another import: mass rape gangs. Between 1997 and 2013, that city of just 250,000 had 1,400 girls – as young as 11 – systematically “groomed," raped and prostituted by Pakistani gangs. Fourteen-hundred out of a city of 250,000. The girls were white Christians; in the eyes of the Pakistani Muslim gangs, they were sub-human, like Pakistan’s own street orphans.

Rotherham police knew all about it. But they were paralyzed with fear – fear of being called racist if they dared to act. They found the mass rape of a generation of the city’s girls less intolerable than the risk of being called politically incorrect or “Islamophobic."
Back to Canada. Pakistan is the fourth largest source of immigrants to our country – nearly 100,000 in the past decade. Most of them are wonderful, peaceful Canadians, like Tarek. But how many are like the Peshawar bus driver, or the Rotherham rape gangs, or Muhammad Parvez?
Pakistan, like some other Muslim countries, has a rape problem. Perhaps before opening up the floodgates, we might want to do something as simple as asking a prospective immigrant for their views on women, rape and honour.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Kashmir Floods: Defence forces' heroics expose separatists, 'intellectuals'

Kashmir Floods: Defence forces' heroics expose separatists, 'intellectuals'

New Delhi: 9/9/14
The defence and security forces have emerged as the saviours of the people of Jammu & Kashmir, who are facing the worst flood of the century. These security forces' heroic efforts have saved tens of thousands of lives in the last three-four days. The much 'hated' Indian Army is doing a commendable job across the flood-hit Kashmir Valley. It has reached even the remote corners of the state with rescue equipment's and other essential goods to save people facing death.

In the worst hit state capital Srinagar, the Army, Indian Air Force, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Navy and other paramilitary forces have been rescuing thousands of marooned civilians and some stranded tourists. These brave men have been risking their own lives to save the people, fully knowing that the same people whom they saved might throw stones and hand grenades at them once the situation returns to normal.

The rest of India is hoping that the heroic, humanitarian efforts of our defence forces will change the perception of the local Kashmiris about our military, which is demonized by various vested interests.

The defence personnel have carried plane loads of medicine, food, clothes and other essential materials to different parts of Srinagar and other affected areas. They are still trying to rescue people from the rooftops and other flooded houses.
Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag has made a statement that his men will not return to their barracks till the last person is rescued.

According to local people, the inability and indifference of the Omar Abdullah government is mainly responsible for the loss of lives and flood. The government failed to gauge the situation and prevent the flooding. Despite several warnings and requests, the state government actually did nothing to prevent the catastrophe.
The All Party Hurriyat Conference, the umbrella body of the Kashmiri separatists, which thinks that it is the sole representative of Kashmiri people, is missing from the action. Not a single leader of the Hurriyat has so far come out to help the agencies in relief and rescue operations. According to some locals these separatists are hiding at their flood proof comfortable homes.

A few Kashmiris are trying to do something. But their effort is limited only to the social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

There have been inhuman tweets by some local Kashmiris about the Army even during the crisis. Some are rejoicing the death of some Army personnel and loss to their Army establishments due to flood.

Many people feel that even though the ordinary people of Kashmir are happy with the efforts of the Army, vested interests like Hurriyat and others who survive and thrive by abusing Indian government and the people, don't want to admit that. They fear that it will end their free run.
People in rest of India hope that the ordinary Kashmiris will realise that their one and the only saviour is Indian government, not the separatists and fly by night 'intellectuals'.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Realities behind the Pakistani Revolution, Zulfiqar Shah

Realities behind the Pakistani Revolution, Zulfiqar Shah
Islamabad drama would sooner or later reach climax or the anti-climax. The script writer of the sit-in drama probably has been changing the script according to the tide. Despite going into reasons, dynamics and frictions behind this live theatre of the political jockeys, if not jokers, let us see briefly who has apparently been benefited out of the drama within Pakistan and who has been saying and doing what.

Rent a revolution 
The protest sit-ins that were led by Imran Khan's Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and cleric Tahirula Qadari's Pakistan Awami Tahreek (PAT) used the radical slogans of 'Azadi' (Freedom) and 'Inqalab' (Revolution). Contrary to the fancy slogans, the apparent demands of the sit-ins were to undertake investigations in the 2013 election frauds and the resignation of the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

At the earlier stage, it was seen that both Qadri (left of the right) and Khan (right of the centre) are separate entities but later on it was proved that both have staged sit-ins through 'coordinated efforts'. Those who rebelled with PTI later on said that Pakistan Army was behind the scene. Some even mentioned the names of ISI head General Zaheerul Islam, MI's Brigadier Ejaz and four other generals from the Pakistan Army. It also popped up in the news that both of the protesting leaders much earlier met in London for rehearsal of the drama.
Harvest of another kind
As soon as the preparations of Islamabad sit-ins began in July, Pakistan Army and its associated agencies started military operation in Sindh and Balochistan. Over 100 Sindhi and Baloch nationalists were killed in the fake encounters, military operation, throwing out the dead bodies of earlier abducted Sindhi and Baloch, as well as military backed targeted killings of Sindhi and Baloch in Karachi apparently by the non-state actors.
This also includes the mysterious discovery of dead bodies of the persons whose identities still remains unknown. Simultaneously, hundreds of the Sindhi and Baloch political activists and dissenters were either arrested in fake cases or involuntarily disappeared. Sindh Government said that Pakistan Rangers is killing Sindhi and Baloch in the fake encounters.
What else?
·         Pakistani Tribunal on the mass graves found earlier this year in Balochistan gave clean chit to Pakistan Army in their alleged involvement massacres.
·         Sindhi nationalists, who earlier planned and later on announced the movement against armed forces' occupation of over one hundred thousand acres land in Karachi, postponed the movement due to dominance of Islamabad scene locally and internationally. The land is to be used for developing townships to settle down non-Sindhis in Karachi from Punjab and elsewhere from Pakistan as well as from outside Pakistan in a bid to convert Sindhis in the numerical minority in Sindh particularly in their capital city. Save Sindh Committee, an alliance of Sindhi nationalists, however has announced to launch a massive movement once Islamabad drama is over.

·         Pakistan Rangers, a second tier armed force under the military, saved their officials who were involved in killing Sarfaraz, an innocent citizen, in Karachi. One of the culprits was given death sentence and others were put in the jails for almost life-long. Pakistan Rangers succeeded in taking undue relief from the superior judiciary. The death sentence of the main culprit was converted into the life imprisonment; meanwhile the punishment of his other aids was reduced to a few years imprisonment.
·         Sindh Government was made agreed to recruit 1000 retired army officers in Sindh Police.
·         Many a land grab incident by Pakistan Army were under-reported during the period.
·         It was for the first time in sixty-seven years history of Pakistan that Sindh extra-ordinarily observed protests on the 14 August against Pakistan. Almost all cities and towns were carrying either black flags or the flags of Sindh Freedom political parties. Some of the pro-Pakistan rallies that were organized; however, by the settler non-Sindhis. It also happened for the first time in Pakistan's history that Pakistani armed forces hoisted Pakistani flags in Sindh after cordoning off the settlements of the locals. They also dismounted the black as well as secessionist parties' flags from the various places.
All this went extremely under-reported due to these Islamabad sit-ins, which otherwise surely bound to gain Pakistan wide and international attention.
Hidden strings and intentions
Pakistani newspapers of August 2014 tell too much. They also pointed to many hidden agendas, demands and intentions of the protest sit-ins:
·         Safe exit of General Pervez Musharaf from Pakistan. Musharaf himself gave statements that army should coupe and he also expressed that in the given scenario he would not leave the country. He was hinting for a couple and his rise again to the presidential post if softer coupe becomes successful.
·         ISI head and four senior Generals of Pakistan Army are retiring in September and October. Extension in their services or the promotion of those who are associated with their ethnic and sectarian lobbies in the army.
·         Revival of Local Government system in Sindh against which people of Sindh revolted in 2012 and hence the system was successfully reversed according to the will of people.
Unanswered Questions
·         Allegation of 2013 general election rigging by the political parties and media analysts are on the record in the print, electronic and social media. If one reviews these resources, Pakistan People's Party (PPP)'s seats were claimed to be rigged from Siraki South Punjab and Karachi city. PPP was bound to sweep from there due to PPP government's serious steps for carving out a Siraiki province from Punjab. Unexpectedly to the general feel and folk political wisdom, PTI remained beneficial most from there.

ANP won no seat from Khyber Pakhtunkhuwa (KP), which is almost unbelievable especially in the context of PTI's sweep from the province where it had almost no roots. The overall number of participants of Imran Khan's sit-in talk volumes and the number of Pashtun protesters makes things clearer. Both PPP and ANP are against sit-ins and favor continuity of the government and the parliament. Sindhi nationalists and Pakistan Muslim League - F alleged PPP for elections rigging in some constituencies of Sindh but they are not in favor of these shit-ins.
The moderate Baloch nationalist like Akhtar Mengal and his party, whose defeat was unbelievable to all, also cried for election fraud in 2013; however he is also not in favor of Islamabad sit-in. In fact, the voters turn-out in Baloch areads of Balochistan during the elections held after 2000 have actually remained below five percent. Imran Khan vociferously talked about election rigging by Mutahida Qomi Movement (MQM) in Karachi against PTI candidates but both seem to be in alliance concerning Islamabad sit-ins.
·         When Imran Khan moved from Peshawar, media reported that he is having around 25000 activists and followers. When he reached Islamabad, the participants according to media were 5000. If the both of the media reports are true, then where these rest of 20000 persons went?
·         Media also reports that Tahirul-Qadri's protest is having lesser than 25000 persons. Real or the pseudo, a revolution is not the business of 25000 agitators, with no support among the masses. Whose support is this that both military and judiciary have been showing their sympathy with the protesters?
In fact, those whose allegations of elections fraud can largely be considered genuine, are either against or silent over Islamabad sit-ins. And, those who got maximum benefits from the election frauds are staging protest sit-ins against rigging. Are they protesting against the lesser level of election frauds against the promised one by the military establishment?
The wavering most statements regarding the Islamabad sit-ins were of the MQM and the Punjabi led Pakistan civil society leaders. MQM Supremo Altaf Hussain earlier moderately supported the sit-ins, later on demanded the military rule in Pakistan and said that democracy is not in the interest of Pakistan. Later on, he demanded that the civil actors should not resist amry's path to takeover, and finally he also asked his party's parliamentarians to submit the resignations. And, when he saw that the Islamabad sit-ins have lost their expected impacts, he once again spoke in the favor of democracy.
The civil society of Pakistan also issued some statements. Led by Asima Jehangir and Karamat Ali, the Pakistani civil society actors at earlier stage were against the sit-ins. When they saw that army is making inroads, Asma Jehangir, according to the newspapers said, that none should fear the third force / third umpire. Hence, she went against the virtue of civil society as such by hinting at mediation by the army.
When Islamabad police opened water cannons and rubber bullets on her Punjabi brethrens and sisters involved in the attack on the Parliament, Prime Minister House and Pakistan Television, she wept on a TV channels for the use of violence against the protesters. Surprisingly, when protesters lost the strength, both of the civil society leaders started talking again in the favor of elected government.
The secessionist Sindhi and Baloch nationalists termed the protest series to further colonize Sindh and Balochistan in very modern way through the use of engineering of baseless socio-political movement; however while saying this they also opined that they had no interests in such kind of dramas since both the elected governments and military rule have been occupying their motherlands and exploiting their resources. They also said that they will not inch back on their demand for the freedom of Sindh and Balochistan. The believers of provincial autonomy in Sindh and Balochistan also said that such drama are aimed to further intensify the oppression of Sindhi and Baloch; however they were of the opinion that Sindhi and Baloch would not support military government.
Still unknown
What hitherto is hidden, apart from the above, the other aspects of real agenda behind the Islamabad sit-ins? The drop scene would make it further clearer very soon.