Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Politics behind Azadi March by Kashif Hasan Syed

The below analysis on Imran Khan's Azadi march is written by Kashif Hasan Syed

On June 27th, in Bahawalpur Jalsa PTI leader Imran Khan announced Azadi march and sit-in at Blue area, Islamabad. Last year, federal capital Islamabad witnessed a similar sit-in, that time led by Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), which ended with a promise of election reforms by then PPP led government but the promise of election reforms never materialized. Imran khans sole reason for Azadi march and sit-in is that he believes elections held on May 11th 2013 were rigged. Initially he demanded investigation in four constituencies, which he alleged rigging by voter thumb verification. While speaking at Bahawalpur, Imran changed his stance from investigation of four seats to a complete audit of elections that took place in May of 2013. He further stated that it's the final round.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Why Local Government? by Kashif Hasan Syed

The article on  the need and importance of Local Government is written by
An effective local government plays a major social and economic role in a vibrant society. By definition it's the form of government that is closest to the citizen of the state. It’s a form of government where citizens resolve their grievances at local level. Its main function is to safeguard interest and wellbeing of a community. A successful local government enjoys the trust of the community and behaves like a spring board for its growth and economic uplift. Even in countries who witnessed high economic growth rate, absence of local governance made it difficult for delivery of essential services to the citizen due to distant government. Hence there is increased emphasis on decentralization and devolution for better delivery of services the state has to offer.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Pakistan’s internal security challenges beyond 2014 (Part 2) by : Kashif Hasan Syed

Part 2 of analysis by Kashif Hasan Syed

Karachi being the economic capital of Pakistan has a pivotal place in Pakistan internal security but Karachi is also a city where state has failed to provide security to life and property of its citizens, arising from street crimes, organized crimes, intolerance and extremism. The city of 20 million habitants generates 65 percent of country’s revenue and 25 percent of GDP. Despite generating bulk of Pakistan's revenue Karachi gives a look of a neglected city with crumpling infrastructure and ever growing population, bulk of which comprising of workers migrating from others provinces especially Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab. After Pakistan efforts to control home grown militancy, Karachi witnessed a substantial increase in influx of Pashtuns from KPK. Beside victims of war, came the Taliban and other extremist element fleeing the operation up North. Local Pashtun population made it difficult to identify them as they were able to gel easily in the Pashtun dominant areas of Karachi.

Pakistan’s internal security challenges beyond 2014 (Part 1) by Kashif Hasan Syed

This analysis is written by Kashif Hasan Syed

From its birth Pakistan as a nation has faced security challenges from forces within and without. During early years, Pakistan had to go to war with her neighbor India over Kashmir, her stand that Indian control of Kashmir defies the basic principles of subcontinent division. Three major wars with India took place in years 1948, 1965 and 1971. 1971 marks the unforgettable part of the nation’s history where it faced dismemberment due to failure of the military and political leadership to amicably resolve their political differences after the historic elections. The west Pakistan gave lead to Bhutto's PPP "Roti, Kapra and Makan" slogan whereas East gave lead to Mujib-ur-Rahman’s Bengali nationalism. Bhutto came at the helm of affairs of what was left of Jinnah's Pakistan as first president and civil martial law administrator. But in his tenure he introduced his own brand of Islamic socialism, giving in to Islamic opposition parties, Jamat -e - Islami and JUI in particular, with subsequent Islamization of 1973 constitution.

Reply to : East of Edgware

The below article is the rebuttal to the East of Edgware

While living in Karachi and establishing a political party to represent and take the middle class politicians to parliament, Altaf Hussain never had goal to pursuit power in Pakistan. Traditionally, in Pakistani politics, all the party leaders have goals of getting elected in the parliament and achieve the minimum position of becoming Chief Minister of the ruling area. Unlike all the politicians, Mr. Altaf Hussain never contested in any election while living in Pakistan nor did he desire any office to which he could be appointed. For breaking the tradition of dynastic politics, Mr. Hussain has always kept his family away from participating in the election in Pakistan.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Target Karachi

Politically MQM is ruling Karachi for nearly three decades.  MQM was the only political party in the political arena of Pakistan which has brought the sectarian harmony in Karachi. Before the genesis of MQM, the sectarian divide in Karachi was much visible. MQM brought the secular ideology by gathering the most educated group of people under the umbrella of Muhajir (migrants from India) nationalism. This phenomenon narrowed down the sectarian divide in Karachi and urban Sindh.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Modi as Prime Minister

 The below article is written by Kashif Hasan Syed. For his further views and analysis he can be followed onTwitter.
Narendra Modi, the chief minister of Indian state of Gujarat, has sworn in as Prime minister of India after the historic win of his party, the BJP, which won 280 of 545 seats, giving them an outright majority and landslide victory over its political rival, the Congress, which was virtually wiped out. Modi is known for his stern demeanor and imposing rhetorical style. He has been a member of the right-wing Hindu nationalist group Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) for nearly four decades, a Hindu paramilitary group that champions Hindutva the belief that Hinduism is the true culture of India and should guide its way of life.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Rebuttal to Murders and Protests

This letter to editor is written by Kashif Hasan Syed in reply of an editorial published in Daily Times under the title of Murders and Protests.
But going against the norms of Journalism, Daily Times didn't publish the rebuttal to the editorial.

Dear Editor,

I am writing this in reference to your editorial "Murders and protests" published on 4th May 2014.

MQM is the biggest supporter of operation against criminal gangs that started last September but also demands accountability on how it's being conducted; its fear being that it would be used to target political workers. With time MQM apprehensions are proving to be correct. MQM chief Altaf Hussain has clearly stated that LEA are free to arrest any miscreant within MQM ranks but this should take due course of law. Ugly reality of Karachi remains that people are being killed on daily basis irrespective of the fact that a strike has been called or not and linking two together is rather unfair. You wrote "No proof that the murders were committed by any state party acting outside the law " , MQM in a press conference on 1st May 2014 clearly provided the details and circumstances in which the four young boys among others were abducted and wants formation of judicial commission to investigate and apprehend the perpetrators . Here I agree with you that "the case is one of murder and must be treated that way", but also believe that responsibility lies with state to investigate and provide justice in case of any wrong doing.

MQM being part of government or not is suffering from violence either at the hand of state or non-state actors. What options does MQM have when it's workers face enforced disappearances and later their tortured mutilated bodies found dumped. MQM has filled numerous petitions in SHC for recovery of its missing workers but all in vain. State and its machinery has clearly failed in this regard, hence MQM was compelled to give a call for protest because normal channel of governance were not able to deliver. I think you have missed the point of MQM protest as it has workers still missing and fear they will face similar fate as what happened with the four young boys. This situation narrows down MQM’s options. Yes closure of city for a day does not bow well for MQM as city of Karachi is its base and majority of its voters face difficulty but in my personal opinion is necessary to jolt the collective consciences of this nation because it is failing in providing constitutional guarantee of life and liberty to her citizens.

by: Kashif Hasan Syed