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Article 89

Source: National Reconstruction Bureau of Pakistan

All emphases mine.

1) The President may, except when the National Assembly is in session, if satisfied that circumstances exist which render it necessary to take immediate action, make and promulgate an Ordinance- as the circumstances may require.
(2) An Ordinance promulgated under this Article shall have the same force and effect as an Act of [79] [Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament)] and shall be subject to like restrictions as the power of [79] [Mailis-e-Shoora (Parliament)] to make law, but every such Ordinance-

(a) shall be laid-

(i) before the National Assembly if it [80] [contains provisions dealing with all or any of the matters specified in clause (2) of Article 73], and shall stand repealed at the expiration of four months from its promulgation or, if before the expiration of that period -a resolution disapproving it is passed by the Assembly, upon the passing of that resolution;
(ii) before both Houses if it [81] [does not contain provisions dealing with any of the matters referred to in sub-paragraph (i)], and shall stand repealed at the expiration of four months from its promulgation or, if before the expiration of that period a resolution disapproving it is passed by either House, upon the passing of that resolution; and
(b) may be withdrawn at any time by the President.
(3) Without prejudice to the provisions of clause (2) an Ordinance laid before the National Assembly, shall be deemed to be a Bill introduced in the National Assembly.

This is in clarification of the Press, Newspapers, News Agencies and Books registration (Ammendment) Ordinance of 2007.

Text of the Press, Newspapers, News Agencies, and Books Registration (Amendment) Ordinance 2007

Source: Associated Press of Pakistan

(All emphases mine unless stated otherwise)

Ordinance No. LXIV of 2007


to amend the Press, Newspapers, News Agencies and Books Registration Ordinance, 2002

Whereas it is expedient to amend the Press, Newspapers, News Agencies and Books registration Ordinance, 2002, (XCVIII of 2002), for the purposes hereinafter appearing;

And Whereas the National Assembly is not in session and the circumstances exist which render it necessary to take immediate action;

Now, Therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by clause (I) of Article 89 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the President is pleased to make and promulgate the following Ordinance;- Continue reading →

News and Analysis

Scathing commentary at the Guardian website:

Gen Musharraf has called Washington and London’s bluff, knowing they have no option but to back him. In launching what is, in effect, his second military coup in eight years, the general has exposed the impotence of the US and Britain to control a key ally with nuclear weapons. With troops on the ground in Afghanistan, and the military situation in Nato’s war against the Taliban and al-Qaida delicately poised, the US cannot make more than faint bleating noises when its key ally across the border buries democracy for the foreseeable future. Condoleezza Rice said last night that Washington was reviewing the aid package to Pakistan, but the options of the US secretary of state are limited – if, that is, she wants Pakistan’s army to continue its costly campaign in Waziristan. The American empire, if there is such a thing, is only just coming to terms with the fact that one of its pro-consuls has gone awol.

On the Lahore High Court protest today:

لاہور سے سینکڑوں وکلاء کی گرفتاری کی اطلاعات ملی ہیں جن میں ضلعی بار ایسوسی ایشن اور ہائی کورٹ بار ایسوسی ایشن کے عہدیدار بھی شامل ہیں۔

ایک پولیس اہلکار نے نام نہ بتانے کی شرط پر بتایا کہ پولیس نے ہائی کورٹ سے تقریباً چار سو سے زیادہ وکیل گرفتار ہوئے ہیں۔ وکلاء کی ایک بڑی تعداد زخمی بھی ہوئی۔ صبح سے دوپہر تک ہائی کورٹ میدان جنگ بنا رہا جہاں ہر طرف آنسو گیس پھیلی ہوئی تھی اور پولیس وکلاء کو پکڑ پکڑ گاڑیوں میں ڈالتی رہی۔


Riot Gear: Lahore High Court

At around 8 a.m. today, November 5, ’07, lawyers and civil society gathered in the central courtyard of the Lahore High Court to protest the imposition of martial law, the oath-taking by certain judges of the superior courts under the new Provisional Constitutional Order and the arrests of at least 500 lawyers and citizens since the new coup began on November 3.

When we got there, there were about 100 odd people, perhaps 150, mostly lawyers making a racket in the courtyard and generally talking to each other and any “civilians” that happened to be around. Anyone not wearing a black coat – the lawyer’s uniform – was a civilian in this case.

The slogans shouted were the usual sorts, easy to adapt from one protest to the next: Musharraf kutta haye haye; CPO murdabad; aaeen key dushman murdabad. Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry was lauded as the hero of the moment. Aitizaz Ahsan as well.

Then at around noon we went out towards the gates of the High Court to find them locked from the outside and an army of riot police on the other side of them. Continue reading →

Riot Gear: Candlelight Vigil

This afternoon, around 70 people were arrested from the headquarters of HRCP in Lahore and taken to Model Town police station. These people are leaders of civil society – lawyers, doctors, professors and such. They were talking about arranging a protest of some kind and not even protesting themselves when they were arrested and carted off to a jail. Their friends and family have been outside the police station ever since.

Now, at 8:40 pm, I’m hearing that there is a candlelight vigil going on in front of the police station. Inside, they’ve been asked to sign some sort of paper saying that they’ll behave from now on, before they’re let go. They have, predictably, refused.

So we’ll see what happens. There’s a protest tomorrow morning as well.

Riot Gear: Cardinal Sins

Ali Eteraz wrote an article for the Guardian a few hours after Emergency/Martial Law was officially imposed. It contained a general survey of the situation and an analysis on a) what was likely and b) what was best for Pakistan. And it was a fairly conservative and cautious analysis.

I don’t mind conservatism. I think caution is good and sensible, especially in a country where getting whooped upside the head for assembling in public is likely and has a long history. The conservative approach – that is to say, the approach that says “do only what is necessary and nothing more, conserve what is established” – has tremendous merit. But the fundamental problem with conservatism in regard to the current Emergency is that the status quo was heading towards further democratization in a somewhat organic fashion. It was organic to the freedom brought about by Musharraf, king of Enlightened Moderation, that the lawyers should come out and protest against the dismissal of the Chief Justice. It was organic to Musharraf’s regime of slow, three-stage democratization that there be freedom of the print and broadcast media. That section 144 has not been in effect in recent months is testament to the fact that Musharraf was, in fact, working towards a democratization, whether he realized it or not. Continue reading →

Riot Gear: State of Emergency and Martial Law

Dear Diary, today we had emergency!, no! martial law, no! emergency! declared on us by Gen. Pervez Musharraf, moderate and enlightened president of Pakistan.

Now this is what’s going on: I’m watching CNN IBN via internet streaming because all the private news channels have been suspended. Musharraf will speak via PTV at 11 pm. But he’s declared that the judiciary has overstepped its bounds and so needed to be dismantled. He was afraid that the Supreme Court would reject his candidacy for president in the upcoming election and so, speculation is and I think it’s true, he declared emergency and removed everyone against him would be out of power.

Interestingly , he did not (or has not yet) cite Swat, Chaman and the general unrest (unrest!) in the Frontier as the reason for the state of emergency. It would seem more credible to do that. Swat has been in an uproar and many Pakistanis have died on both sides. There are perpetual military operations in the Frontier, in Chaman, in Swat, in Waziristan and anywhere in between. Surely, there is a state of emergency in those areas. But instead, there’s a somewhat petulant complaint against the judiciary and an act that is the equivalent of yelling “mein nahi khelta!”, taking your marbles and going home.

Or send your friends home and lobbing their own marbles after them. Grenad-shaped.

For regular updates, I have found no place better than Pakistan Politics. I don’t know who runs it but will attempt to find out. In the meantime, they are my heroes, being so excited about giving news quickly that they misspell half the stuff they’re typing.

I’m at my computer for a good while. If anyone finds an internet link to what Pakistan Politics is calling the performance of “meray azeez hum watanon”, let me know. I don’t have a TV and my radio is having issues too.

Bhutto Blast: Other People’s Thoughts

October 18 was a very good day for somebody. I don’t know who though.

Huffington Post

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All Things Pakistan

Click “more” for a long clip of the live GEO News coverage. It’s in Urdu, but the carnage, you know, isn’t. Continue reading →

Crooks and Liars!

Crooks and Liars has just put up the story of the Turkey block on WordPress. With this, I can officially chill out and go back to the very mundane matters of my own life. This is great: because I have to return to Lahore on Monday, before which I need to get an oil change on my Cultus, and then I will be designing a course on Art & Society for first year college and revamping my History of Ideas course for BNU, where I work. So, all-in-all, I’ll have my hands full soon and I’m glad a high traffic site has taken up some of the slack.

Blue Gal is totally my hero. May she have a thousand sons, if that’s her fancy. If it’s not, may she have a thousand of whatever she most desires. Or any appropriate amount really (I don’t like to go overboard).

Today, the blogosphere is a beautiful thing.


In the process of all this blockless blogging and saving Turkey from itself (just being facetious, don’t get knickers in a twist), I ran into a reference on a blog called Inkless Paper to The Great Firewall of China, a website that has probably the most interesting and engaging FAQ I’ve ever read. Here’s some of it:


Once again: who is censoring in China?

Censorship is practiced by various interest groups at various levels:
The government, who regulates the internet by means of an extensive arsenal of laws and administrative regulations.
Foreign, i.e. Western, internet providers such as google.cn and yahoo.cn
who argue that if you wish to do business in China, you must obey its rules.
The Chinese commercial internet providers, who also have to adhere to government rules.
The moderators of Chinese chat rooms & discussion forums, who block ‘sensitive’ postings.
The cyber cafes; everyone who wishes to go online in an internet café,
is obliged to register beforehand.

This ‘voluntary compliance’ with existing regulations can have major consequences. According to ‘Reporters Sans Frontières’, in 2003 dissident Jiang Lijun was sentenced to four years imprisonment for ‘undermining the state’. His conviction was based on a draft email found on his Yahoo page. This draft contained proposals for a more democratic China, which, according to the prosecution, could be regarded as taking part in “subversive activities that aim to undermine the authority of the Communist Party”. Yahoo provided the necessary data to find Jiang.

Apparently there has been an initiative called Adopt A Blog that came out of Sinosplice. People outside China would host Chinese blogs and assist in circumventing the firewall. I’ve been trying to get the site for Adopt A Blog but there seems to be nothing there. I don’t know if its because it collapsed, because there’s something wrong with the server it’s on or because (very unlikely) Pakistan has blocked it. Anyone know anything?

I have to say, getting back to the Great Firewall, that I tested by site on it and it shows up blocked, but Google Analytics tells me I’ve had visitors from China on my blog, though not recently. If you check out the FAQ, you’ll find that there are a lot of reasons this could happen and they’re not spread too wide, geographically. So I don’t know. But anyway, it’s absolutely fascinating, so check it out.

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Official Press Release

via DBTB:

The lawyers of Adnan Oktar have accused a Turkish blogger, Edip Yuksel, of running a slander campaign against their client, Adnan Oktar. In this regard upholding their petition in court the Fatih 2nd Civil Court of First Instance, number 2007/195, has ordered the Turkish authorities to block all access to the entire WordPress.com domain in Turkey. Oktar’s lawyers go on to argue with the administrators of the WordPress organization to remove and prohibit any blogs on the site that may contain any reference to Adnan Oktar or his pen name Harun Yahya, or any combination of the four names.

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