Sunday, November 04, 2007

State of Emergency

Emergency mubarak! That's the buzz phrase amongst my Pakistani circle today. It was expected to come any time soon and I will give my 2 cents on the situation later.

I hope you guys caught Musharraf's speech last night? His entire speech can be surmised in one word - hogwash! Sorry, Sir, you cannot fool Pakistanis anymore. This is NOT about "Pakistan first" as you so religiously preach. This is about "Musharraf first" and the facade fell off last night when you addressed the entire nation. Your speech lacked reason, cohesiveness, integrity and credibility. I am sorry to say, Sir, but you made a total clown out of yourself!

You are no better than the countless other unsolicited "saviors" who came riding with pomp and valor. Just like all the rest, you got afflicted by that Pakistani disease that inflicts every "savior" that has graced the land of the pure - lack of an exit strategy. Heroes are supposed to come riding in the middle of the night, do their work and disappear into the horizon by sunrise. Alas, leave the disappearing act aside, you even took off the mask that donned your face! Howzat for bravery, folks!? Zorro should learn a thing or two from you!

May I ask you, Sir, whom have you placed the emergency against? Yourself? And I thought emergencies were declared by civilian/political governments. What is an emergency for the military-walas? Common, Sir, you can say it - MARTIAL LAW. What a sad state of affairs and all this because you can't see beyond your nose. Or as you put it in military euphemism, "I have never learned to lay down my weapons in times of adversity...".

Emergency mubarak, everyone!

14 Comments:

Blogger Khurram said...

I will give you my FOUR CENTS! I'm just happy Mushi finally took a step to piss off them Yankees:P.

November 04, 2007 1:11 AM  
Blogger al-republican said...

Hahaha, but they are not pissed off, Khurram!

They have just given out a statement that this emergency will not affect America's support to Musharraf in the war against "terror".

November 04, 2007 1:14 AM  
Anonymous Musharraf first said...

Jealous ho app!

Hey khurram, are you still looking for a second wife ?

November 04, 2007 11:50 PM  
Blogger al-republican said...

hahaha you are back!

November 05, 2007 6:11 AM  
Blogger Tamed Cynic said...

Shahab,

Your analysis is pretty much spot on. Here is what I found on the net.

Mush Vs Lincoln

there are way too many similarities between the two:

1. When Lincoln made his famous speech during civil war, his audience was Americans. When the dictator made his famous speech during civil war, his audience was Americans

2. When Lincoln spoke, he chose English that was widely spoken and understood in America. When dictator spoke, he chose English that was widely spoken and understood in America

3. Both Lincoln and Mush fought off enemies using american troops and american weapons

4. Lincoln got shot in the end. As for Mush, well the jury is still out on that, for at least as long as the judges are in...in jail that is :D (man! the things these enlightened progressive moderates do to fcuk Pakistan!)

Difference.

Lincoln is credited with fighting war on behalf of slaves. The dictator is credited with fighting war on behalf of masters
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One wonders why the dictator neglected mentioning Bush...after all they both share same goals on different scales. Bush is busy bringing peace to the world one war at a time. Mush is busy bringing democracy to Pakistan one coup at a time...with this being his second coup in 8 years

November 05, 2007 9:23 AM  
Blogger al-republican said...

Hahaha nice, Nomi!

Good observations! I am not getting the time to write yaar - I have so much to say!

Btw, what's the status on the Dubai trip?

November 05, 2007 8:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i will give my 3 cents from an American, Muslim Indian, Dubai based angle:

So yaani why do this? I dont get it? Shahab is right, it is all about Musshy. And i dont also get why pakistan unanimously doesnt hang its hat on Mushy and say enough is enought we wont become your soldiers of your personal empire?

When i see the police beating up lawyers and civilians i dont get it.
I am sure the entire pak population will soon realize that this is BS and just turn its back on Mushy. I am afraid that then will become chaos, anarchy and civil war.
Which will then require military intervention. Again.

So whats the solution here fokls? Complete melt down so that a complete overhaul can be done? That costs too much blood.

Peace.
AD.

November 06, 2007 12:04 AM  
Blogger al-republican said...

AD-

Unfortunately, the way things are going, that seems to be the only solution. The other less violent solution is the army rising up against its head.

You know what even crazier, AD, I was talking to Umer a few days ago and man he supports what Musharraf is doing! That is where the problem lies. People are willing to endorse this kind of action. I guess it all becomes 'kosher' because it is better for a "liberal" to use the baton rather than a mullah. This is exactly what people like Musharraf preach to such an audience: Please support our extra-judicial proceedings otherwise the terrorists will takeover.

Such an absurd message appeals to the elite so much that they lose sight of things such as the media, lawyers and judges being beaten up by the batons of these liberals! Since when did these guys become "terrorists"?!?

November 06, 2007 12:28 AM  
Blogger Tamed Cynic said...

There has been a blog created by luminites where you can read the latest updates and also voice your opinion. The site address is: http://pakistanmartiallaw.blogspot.com. If you have any piece of writing that you would want to contribute, then please write to

theemergencytimes@gmail.com

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November 06, 2007 4:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pakistanis-a people with an opportunity that THEY f*cked up, electing stoogies (both Bhuttos and Nawaz) who f*ck them up more and then-looking for an excuse to blame the army (Zea and Mushi) for their f*ck ups. Why didnt the Pakistanis ever say much against Mushi during his 8 years? Why did they all applaud the economic 'reform' and his relentless bombing of his own country folk (in NWFP) and his 'war on terror' - so now you cry foul when the guns and batons are turned against you? serves you right.

Shame on you that you watched when he sent 'em in for the Afghanis (proclaiming that 'HE' saved the country from ole Uncle SAM-is HE your Allah now?),

...and shame on you when you applauded his 'curbing' of the dirty mullahs and shutting of schools (let alone the number of human rights abuses conducted with this modus operandi),

...and shame on you when you watched in the sidelines and on CNN when he bombed the bajeebers out of the NWFP folks MORE THAN ONCE

...and more shame on you for applauding 'all the great stuff he did for the country' (which is no defence for all the crooks before him)

...and shame on you for not getting upset with his continual wiggling for the top spot (not just these few months-it has been going on for the last 4 years-you all forgot the promises he made when he was last 'elected') and the wrangling he did on his dirty deals with the Dirty Bhutto woman (maybe Mr Sharif shoulda choughed up more money or assurances for el generale?).

Where were/ARE all the petitions against all these transgressions of mr M?

SO now you can petition away and scream and cry like the rotten middle/upper class (elite) whores/children you are. Its all ok when the money's rolling in and you drive your fancy cars-its no good when he decides to whoop your fancy ass(ets) as well? :P

-TT

November 07, 2007 2:40 AM  
Blogger rosh said...

It's quite sad, really - a country with such rich culture & beauty, be reduced to another selfish wannabe's greed & fancy.

Honestly, I don't think Benazir shall be any better - she's going to place herself before the people of Pakistan.

Amongst my set of friends in Toronto - a few are those from rich affluent families from Lahore & Karachi. Some know Musharraf quite well, there are pictures of him in their home over dinner and casual visits. They maybe my friends, but am disappointed given their support for Musharraf -'cause some are using it for personal gain than anything else.

November 08, 2007 1:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will this give the US excuse to station troops in Pakistan?

-FR

November 09, 2007 2:18 AM  
Blogger Ash said...

tamed- i am curious- are you seriously comparing musharaff to abe lincoln? really? i beg to differ; while lincoln may not have been a flawless president, he did believe in the union of a people and the country was going to war with itself- not even, really, over slavery (that was simply a by product) but over industrial means verses agricultural means and their lack of comprimise w/ each other for the good on one nation. i challenge to seriously study more of that u.s. history. as for musharaff...his state of emergency was not necessary and against what he claims to stand for- the u.s. should have been and should be more harsh about the situation- however, at this point, almost one week later...the world will watch and see...

November 11, 2007 6:22 PM  
Blogger al-republican said...

ash-

You missed the sarcastic humor in tamed's post. Musharraf in his address to the nation quoted Abraham Lincoln trying to justify the emergency enforced by drawing a parallel with the abeyance of the constitution during Abe's time.

Musharraf's desperation was pretty apparant and now people are taking pokes at him for comparing himself to Lincoln!

November 11, 2007 9:18 PM  

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