Parliament Takes Strong Exception To Qazi Anwar Stating The Truth

"Crazy"? Hardly!

Talking to lawyers and media in Quetta the other day, SCBA President Qazi Anwar (rightly) stated:

…the judiciary is free to function under the Constitution and nobody including Parliament would be allowed to restrict its independence.

Qazi continued the smugglers sitting at the Parliament could not be allowed the power to appoint judges, adding lawyers will correct themselves if all the institutions are back on the right path.

It is unthinkable under the Constitution to have a criminal as President of the state, as President needs to be free from all crimes including corruption under Article-248 of the Constitution, he maintained.

Of course this didn’t sit well with the smugglers, thieves, and other criminals sitting in the parliament. They screamed at this ‘contempt of parliament’. Speaking on a point of order, MNA Shiekh Waqqas Akram said that all the politicians had great respects for the lawyers and they never talked against them, adding that there were some great people like Aitzaz Ahsan, S M Zafar and Justice Waseem Sajjad (Interesting choice of lawyers to name, Sh Waqas 😉 )

Waqas also said there ought to be a law against this kind of truth being spoken:

Demanding inclusion of a clause ‘contempt of Parliament’ in the constitutional reform bill, he said that a joint privilege motion should be moved and if it was not done, he would do it in personal capacity.

(Of course there is as he sheepishly admitted on a talk show the next day — he just wasn’t aware of it 😛 )

Oh, and what was the reaction of the great defenders of the judiciary and law? Well, Khawaja Saad Rafique of PML-N said “Qazi Anwar was not mentally fit and was uttering confused things

Well, I loved it when today that crazy old man reiterated his earlier stance saying parliament has no right to appoint judges!

Spurious lawmakers

Naeem Sadiq confirms Qazi Sahib spoke the truth and is not really a whacko — sorry PML-N 😉 :

Of the many gifts given to the nation by the 2002 parliament, there were 60-odd holders of fake degree and an equal number of those who were either loan defaulters or had had their loans written off. Many others even wanted in criminal cases. It was common knowledge that fake bachelor’s degrees were officially provided to many from the King’s Party and madressah sanads (certificates) were overnight upgraded to degree level to accommodate a large number from the religious tribe.

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) raised no protest against this official lowering of education standards. The Election Commission looked the other way. As expected, many of these conmen rose to great heights, becoming MNAs, ministers and even vice chancellors of universities. Thus, for five long years, the people of Pakistan were forced to suffer these spurious MNAs and MPAs, who moved in the corridors of power in the same manner as spurious drugs circulate in the market.

With the BA requirements still in place, the 2008 elections created a fresh market demand for the manufacture and sale of fake degrees. We have once again ended up with many fake degree-holders and yet others who declared fake records of their assets. Many with huge properties and assets in foreign lands pretended to be paupers at home. Two events of the last few days have, however, produced a ray of hope, because they might have an impact on future elections. Through a constitutional petition in the Supreme Court, a citizen has challenged the assets statements filed by parliamentarians before the Election Commission of Pakistan. The Supreme Court also heard a case of fake degrees against three parliamentarians, who agreed to resign as a face-saving option.

The three, who were made to step down “honourably” (instead of being sent to jail), represent only the tip of the iceberg. Many others whose cases have still not been challenged yet continue to occupy positions of great power and importance.

A federal minister, who proudly displays his framed degree in the background [that’s BABAR AWAN, The “LAW” Minister], each time he conducts a press conference, has a degree from a certain Monticello University. (http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/06-army-colonel-lawyer-detained-on-espionage-charges-05-rs). However, the American Council on Higher Education Accreditation formally designates Monticello University as non-accredited. (http://www.michigan.gov/documents/ Non-accreditedSchools_78090_7.pdf.)

These and many other similar cases involving sitting parliamentarians have appeared a number of times in the print media. But they have failed to move those who ought to have prevented such lapses, in the first place.

Pakistanis need to question the credentials of their representatives and protest against them where they turn out to be bogus. It does not have to be their fate to suffer at the hands of those who hold fake degrees, make false asset statements and possess dubious characters. Why is the scrutiny system of the election commission so porous, so corrupt, so incompetent or so weak that it allows such blatant errors to go undetected? The Election Commission, the Higher Education Commission and the Federal Bureau of Revenue have repeatedly failed to scrutinise and filter out those with fake degrees or incorrect asset statements.

The judges of the Supreme Court had to ask only four questions to figure out the falsehood of a minister’s academic qualification. Why couldn’t the Election Commission ask the HEC and the FBR to verify the documents of all parliamentarians? If it is not the direct responsibility of the Election Commission, then who in this country is responsible for scrutinising these documents?

A new format for scrutiny of educational, financial and personal data of all parliamentarians needs to be defined to ensure that fraudulent people do not end up as our leaders. A three-stage filtration process needs to be adopted. Feedback from the public and scrutiny by the HEC and the FBR, and by the Election Commission itself. The Election Commission could place the facts declared by parliamentarians in national newspapers and ask all citizens to provide information on inaccurate declarations. For example, any citizen should be able to say that such and such a house in Islamabad, London or America also belongs to the parliamentarian in question but has not been included in the declaration.

Such reports (with an anonymity option) should be immediately investigated by special teams with authority to dig out the facts. The HEC and the FBR should be asked to scrutinise degrees and confirm if the degrees and the financial facts submitted by the politicians are genuine. Finally, the Election Commission must itself take responsibility for proactive scrutiny of facts by teams specially trained for this purpose.

Electoral reforms are urgently needed to improve the quality of the electoral process. Computerised voter lists must be displayed on a dedicated website. Voter education programmes must be initiated to help voters make informed choices about candidates. Voting must be made compulsory for all, and citizens must have the negative voting option when faced with a situation of having to vote either for rapist Tweedledum or murderer Tweedledee. We have had parliamentarians who served out full five-year terms without being exposed for their fake degrees or false asset declarations.

The government departments and the Election Commission have chosen the path of least resistance and opted to look the other way. While Article 62 of the Constitution stipulates many subjective, difficult-to-verify moral and religious requirements, the least we must do is to verify what is obvious, objective and easy.

Finally, one hopes that the Supreme Court will move beyond the polite “step-down” options for fake degree holders and go for the root cause – the ineffective Election Commission. Shouldn’t the Election Commission itself be held accountable for failing to verify the bona fides of these unethical individuals?

The writer is a management systems consultant and a freelance writer on social issues. Email: naeemsadiq @ gmail.com

“Crazy”, eh, Kh. Saad Rafiq?

Interestingly, the parliamentarians were up in arms against the stripping of Dasti, and they were heard screaming on TV channels “Parlaiment is supreme” and “SC had no right to [expose] a parliamentarian like that” and “SC has no right to question him as he has been elected by the people”.

Also, please do keep in mind one of the questions asked Mr Dasti was “What is 2 times 4?” Of course he could not provide the correct answer. Another? “What year did you graduate?” “I don’t know” came the reply. “What courses did you take?” “I don’t remember” “Can you name first two surahs of the Quran?” He gave the wrong answer (Remember the fella claimed to be a degree holder in religious studies) 🙂

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7 Responses to “Parliament Takes Strong Exception To Qazi Anwar Stating The Truth”


  1. 1 Project Humanbeingsfirst.org April 1, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    Hello. Just for reference, the following is an excerpt from a letter I wrote in 2007 to HEC’s then chairman Dr. Atta and to its Executive Director Dr. Sohail (the latter I believe is still there and is someone I know – I consulted for them for about 2-weeks at HEC in 2005).

    None of the things the News columnist advocates is possible. Which is why his narrow view of only the partial description of the problem was published in The News, but significantly, my complete description of the problem was not only not published anywhere in Pakistan, but the copies of my HEC letter sent to the highest echelons of purse-strings power in Pakistan remained un-acknowledged. My good friend in the Planning Commission at the time explained the silence by saying: “it’s a vulture culture”! Indeed, for when the arsonists run the fire-brigades, only pious platitudes may be waxed in poetry – which is what this article you quoted from really is.

    (I would even challenge both this supremacy of Parliament crap, as well as the judiciaries new found virtue crap being uttered here and there. Yes, in this instance just as in many other cases, narratives do intersect with some observeable truth – so we gravitate towards the narrative as gospel. But in reality, either these guys uttering gospel don’t understand the complex world they live in and remain content making accurate tabsaras on katputli tamashas, or, deliberately only tell half-truths. But this is not the topic of this comment.)

    Here is what fuller truth looks like, and this is in the context of HEC spending 6 to 9 billion rupees on crappy imported universities which all through the 2-week period I was at HEC, I had running battles against. And before me, many worhthy scholars from mathematicians to physicists, all of whom I either know, or know of, had also opposed these hare-braininess of HEC. But none of them had also identified the core problem in any of their public writings which is why from Dawn to The News aired their opposition. Even the New York Chronicle of Higher Education refused to print this 2007 letter to editor I sent them:

    http://iratepakistani.blogspot.com/2007/03/letter-to-chronicle-editor.html

    Here are a few pertinent passages from my long letter to HEC – let me know when you might read such a thing in The News:

    http://iratepakistani.blogspot.com/2007/03/seeding-genuine-education-system.html

    ‘Indeed, the inexplicable obscurantism demonstrated by both of you over the past several years, from the pressing issue of ignoring the exposes on fake degrees, to proliferating substandard universities and diploma mills through uncourageous inaction ; to persisting in autocratic administration of a public service rather than creating collaborative task forces in which notable ideas can be subjected to proper vetting, analysis, refinement, culling, and rejection cycle among a jury of peers and area experts ; to zealously pursuing the unilateral product of your own “unconstrained imaginations” that is not subject to any [public or even peer-review] discussions or rational debate [, but] is rushed into immediate implementation as the next best invention since sliced bread which is glamorously pitched as such to all and sundry in glossy [Presentation] slides using the credibility of your own distinguished names ; is not just abuse of fiduciary trust and responsibility entrusted to you, but criminal negligence of your duties as one endowed with [sufficient] unelected public power and debt-financed public money and spending the privilege foolishly.

    For the fleeting pleasures of your fantorgasmic indulgences, our children and grandchildren, yours and mine, will now be footing the bill. This must be a crime in some just judges book. Would you perhaps have made the same ad hoc choices had your own expensive homes in Pakistan and elsewhere, including all your material and intangible assets, been put up as collateral for your various [hare] brained schemes only to be returned to you if your schemes bore sweet fruits, and to revert to the state in compensation if only weeds grew? How much more due diligence might you have done when your own money was at stake?

    I also feel compelled to draw your kind attention to the cynical ground reality around us. The cited references amply demonstrate the complexity of the global stage we live on, the agendas of different developed nations when they offer us gratuitous help (often reminiscent of Greeks bearing gifts), and our uncanny inability to progress due to our own follies of consistently accepting or acquiescing to leadership who cannot lead. If by some Machiavellian outlook, the unstated goals of our education system however have all along been to merely perpetuate a subservient client state by deliberately creating generations of students incapable of taking over the reins of their own destiny; to merely keep the nation perpetually engaged in providing frontline proxy services to the ever evolving imperatives of global superpowers on the Grand Chessboard – one day “noble jihadis carefully nurtured in the madrassahs invited up to the White House to win World War III”, the next day “Islamofacist terrorists and suicide bombers against whom a lifetime of World War IV is to be waged”; to merely make us perpetual consumers of greedy multinationals where our factory churned, college educated, English enabled elite may find easy employment for sales and tech-support, and our lower strata of marginally educated society – educated enough however to follow directions of their task master supervisors – conveniently harvested as “slaves” through economic conscription where none of the labor laws that apply in the “civilized” developed nations, apply in the name of globalization and trade treaties that developing nations are left with no choice but to sign due to their heavy debt burden; then for all these subterfuges, the present policies and actors, well intentioned though some of them may arguably be, are absolutely the perfect choices.

    Since I don’t believe the aforementioned Machiavellian hypothesis, that these subterfuges have indeed been anyone’s deliberate unstated goals, and nor would any conscionable Pakistani, nor any other person of honor and self-respect regardless of national boundaries, be he or she in the West or the East, the North or the South, ever subscribe to these treasonous aspirations against their own peoples, even though many may, and indeed have become unwitting or unwilling participants to it throughout Pakistan’s long troubled history, I must rightly conclude that as men of honor and dignity with substantial accomplishments in your own respective technical fields, your ineffective stewardship of HEC up to this point has merely been due to dramatic and substantial incongruence, a mismatch of skill sets to the problem domain and job description.

    The nature of the problem space to bring a rational transformation to our education system is indeed too big in the civilian sector to be dealt with in such military style autocratic fashion by a handful of technocrats compartmentalizing the problem with a military mindset arbitrarily into higher education and lower education, when a more holistic and systems approach for the entire education system with a much more open and collaborative style of strategic effort and long term planning and execution, is the job requirement.

    Finally, in conclusion, please permit me to once again remind you that prima donnas taking on public roles to solve the nation’s problems must be held accountable commensurate with their positions. Good intent alone, or specialized primary expertise and/or distinction acquired in unrelated fields, are not an excuse to acquire public power and to hold on to it come what may. And as the purpose of this whole education system transformation is so that we can move our poor beleaguered and often sold out nation to a civil, participatory, and actively engaged vibrant and progressive society, we must begin by setting the expectations of its very designers.’

    – ### –

    Oh well! Only a “nut-case” ranting in a “vulture culture”!

    Fire has to be fought with fire in order to extinguish its ravages – not mere words. So far, only words, and more words have been the water-sprinkle.

    This is why, I wish for a real “balance of terror” instead of the “unilateral terror” we have today on the Grand Chessboard. See:

    http://print-humanbeingsfirst.blogspot.com/2008/04/balanceof-terror-tounilateral-terror.html

    Perhaps, like two scorpians checking each other in a deadly emabrace in a bottle, (Robert Oppenheimer’s allusion), the surrounding vegetation, us, can find some temporary room to breathe in their stalemate. And this is also the prescription to counter outside meddlesomeness (ref your comment in another thread) – counter it with a second genuine meddlesomeness and manuever them both into a stalemate-check and counter-check on each other. The Non Aligned Movement had the right idea but failed because Communism and Capitalism were merely the Hegelian Dialectic of the same elite, i.e., the Cold War was a fabrication just as this ‘war on terror’ is.

    But this is indeed the basic system design concept of survival of the ‘untermensch’ applied to hectoring hegemongs when “hegemony is as old as mankind.” And this system can’t be initiated when the arsonists are running the local as well as global fire-brigades.

    This brief analysis immediately identifies the first battle: clean house of our own Mir Jaffers and Mir Sadiqs. But all nations need to do that in the same epoch so that we may forge alliances to counter “full spectrum dominance” of the ubermensch with “full spectrum deterrence” of the ‘untermensch’. All this has been explored elsewhere on my website.

    But – still only words without power. Just imagine the same ideas with power! And this is also why we are relegated to re-hashing platitudes in perpetuity, just like the Ten Commandments! If platitudes had power in its own right, we would not be having “hegemony is as old as mankind” over the last 3000 years! It is in the nature of power, it appears, before which platitudes fail. And while we have that recognition in pithy sayings like “power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely”, we keep accepting that very same absolute power domination upon us even in the smallest matters of our lives, and then wonder why things don’t work at the nation level!

    Zahir Ebrahim
    Project Humanbeingsfirst.org

  2. 2 Project Humanbeingsfirst.org April 3, 2010 at 2:41 am

    For completeness, this is HEC chairman’s distinguished profile – at the time I wrote him my letter he only had 600 publications, now it’s over 761 (161 papers in four years!):

    http://www.pakistanileaders.com.pk/profile/Dr_Atta_ur_Rehman

    “Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman has over 761 publications in the fields of organic chemistry including 15 patents, 94 books and 59 chapters in books published by major U.S. and European presses and 508 research publications in leading internatinal journals. On the basis of his researches 68 students have been awarded Ph.D. degrees in various areas of natural product chemistry. … His Awards and Honors are too long to be summed up in this very brief profile. … He has won four Civil Awards (Nishan-e-Imtiaz (Highest National Award), Hilal-e-lmtiaz. Sitara-i-lmtiaz and Tamgha-e-lmtiaz) … He aspires to make the educational institutions of Pakistan ‘Pockets of Excellence’ and has indeed come a long way in making ‘Higher Education Commission’ as a institutionalized set up. … He works day in and day out, thus serving Pakistan with commitment and dedication.”

    It is important to understand the kind of people who run/ran HEC – this is Dr. Atta’s and his Executive Director’s lofty aspirations:

    http://humanbeingsfirst.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/cacheof-session-v-atta-ur-rehman-retrieved-1-22-2007.pdf

    http://humanbeingsfirst.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/cacheof-statistical_booklet_on_hec2001-02to2003-04-retrieved-1-21-2007.pdf

    http://humanbeingsfirst.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/cacheof-hec_med_dev-2005-2010-retrieved-1-21-2007.pdf

    So it is 2010 – take a look at the medium term development plan up to 2010. Where are we?

    Lest one fail to fully grasp the use of the word “incongruence” in that sentence in my letter (and that appreciation is still clearly lacking in The News columnist’s platitudinous laundary list of tasks):

    “I must rightly conclude that as men of honor and dignity with substantial accomplishments in your own respective technical fields, your ineffective stewardship of HEC up to this point has merely been due to dramatic and substantial incongruence, a mismatch of skill sets to the problem domain and job description.”

    This “incongruence” is always by calculated design in a client-state or one in the process of being colonized – but always made to look inadvertent, the outcome of shortshightedness, follies, foolish squandering of opportunities, and/or personal failings such as greed, corruption, and self-aggrandizement, etc. – whether a robber baron or a butcher is appointed president through elections or military command changes hands to execute the same policies, or geniusses and wonderboys are appointed by fiat to head education transformation, or pious parliamentarians are elected to define ‘democracy is the best revenge’!

    Because, if chance alone permitted good or bad people, competent or incompentent people, to rise at the helm of affairs, then, at surely the laws of probability alone would dictate that at least 50% of the time we might get good helmsman making good decisions in the best interest of the people, and god forbid, a slave-state might actually progress!

    So, to ensure that this does not happen, we are apportioned 100% “incongruence” instead – be it Mr. ten percent, General Macho standing tall in the line of fire, or genius with 761 publications – all the same con-game of “tickling” the right funny-bone of the individual “incongruence” so that overarching agendas of puppetmasters elsewhere can continue to be devilishly met.

    Under such circumstance, only platitudes may be permitted to reign in society – as evidenced from those three glossy pdf HEC presentations cited above – before the microphones, in the presses, and before international bodies opening their coffers for our “development”. Just like Orwell noted in “1984” – virtuous platitudes masking the core hedious axioms and demagoguery of empire.

    Finally, fyi, here is that same platitude in action for Palestine – a congenital siamiese twin of Pakistan (but few dare to recognize it publicly):

    http://print-humanbeingsfirst.blogspot.com/2010/04/open-letter-to-palestinian-intellectual.html

    Go home and cry – for what else can one do when the disease can only be cured with drastic chemotherapy? No Taxol is available.

    Zahir Ebrahim
    Project Humanbeingsfirst.org

    • 3 nota April 3, 2010 at 1:29 pm

      Allow me to repeat this bit:

      Because, if chance alone permitted good or bad people, competent or incompentent people, to rise at the helm of affairs, then, at surely the laws of probability alone would dictate that at least 50% of the time we might get good helmsman making good decisions in the best interest of the people, and god forbid, a slave-state might actually progress!

      So, to ensure that this does not happen, we are apportioned 100% “incongruence” instead – be it Mr. ten percent, General Macho standing tall in the line of fire, or genius with 761 publications – all the same con-game of “tickling” the right funny-bone of the individual “incongruence” so that overarching agendas of puppetmasters elsewhere can continue to be devilishly met.

      Under such circumstance, only platitudes may be permitted to reign in society – as evidenced from those three glossy pdf HEC presentations cited above – before the microphones, in the presses, and before international bodies opening their coffers for our “development”. Just like Orwell noted in “1984? – virtuous platitudes masking the core hedious axioms and demagoguery of empire.

      Because, if chance alone permitted good or bad people, competent or incompentent people, to rise at the helm of affairs, then, at surely the laws of probability alone would dictate that at least 50% of the time we might get good helmsman making good decisions in the best interest of the people, and god forbid, a slave-state might actually progress!

      So, to ensure that this does not happen, we are apportioned 100% “incongruence” instead – be it Mr. ten percent, General Macho standing tall in the line of fire, or genius with 761 publications – all the same con-game of “tickling” the right funny-bone of the individual “incongruence” so that overarching agendas of puppetmasters elsewhere can continue to be devilishly met.

      Under such circumstance, only platitudes may be permitted to reign in society – as evidenced from those three glossy pdf HEC presentations cited above – before the microphones, in the presses, and before international bodies opening their coffers for our “development”. Just like Orwell noted in “1984? – virtuous platitudes masking the core hedious axioms and demagoguery of empire.

      Certainly plain and simple statement of what is — and has been — going on for ages but amazing how most of us simply refuse to believe it. Why? That is something that bothers me always. I tend to believe it is mostly because we have ourselves become so corrupt that we have taken this ‘system’ is what we have our full faith in. What is really interesting is I find people who haven’t ‘benefited’ from it — and that is the majority — do have this faith/hope that one day “sada we phudu lag jai ga” and in that dream they go on helping it along.

      Re: Palestine, now why would you think it would be any different? I would say the state they are in, I am certain things are much worse there than over here (I say it with a bit of caution as I don’t truly believe things could be any worse).

      P.S. You can ignore the following as I am just jotting down thoughts that come to mind…

      Whenever Atta is mentioned, this approved HEC project always comes to mind:

      The HEC website records the research award grant list of 2003-2004, one of which is :
      Quranization of courses at the M.Sc. Level. Higher Education Commission, Islamabad. Dr. Saadia Khawar Khan Chishti 5,581,000, three-Year. Researches by Muslims as well as by non-Muslims have confirmed that Al-Quran has the roots of disciplines both known as well as unknown to humanity. As such, it becomes obligatory for any Islamic state to weave the Quranic perspective into its curricula. Broadly speaking, the main focus of this project is Quranization of existing science courses at M.Sc.level by weaving the Quranic perspective into the syllabus without changing the contents of the course.”

      And this one:

      There are many other puzzlers on the same web page. A grant for Rs 5,355,000 has been awarded to the Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) for research in a specialized area of chemistry. According to the project summary, this work aims to correct the mistakes made in this area by a Nobel Prize winner in chemistry.
      Such grand notions of challenging Nobel Prize winners are highly suspect in the world of science, but not impossible. What is worrying is how anyone believes this can be done at AIOU, which is a distance-learning university with no tradition of cutting edge chemistry research. The principal investigator listed for this project is not from AIOU and already holds several other full time jobs at other institutions. The HEC website lists him to be Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman, chairman of the HEC.

      Let’s not forget a lot of the other ones are stolen from somewhere else (and I can bet you same is done for the research results — plagarize-and-publish) e.g. This “QUANTUM INFORMATION AND QUANTUM COMPUTATION” swiped from here.

      — Another place Atta and his CIIT ‘team’ (Dr Zaidi, etc) made billions via Virtual University (VU) — headed by another MIT return. Note: COMSATS and VU sit side by side in Lahore

      — They place their children in good companies, then sign contracts of work with those companies and money comes also via their children who are paid high salaries – all legal!

      — Preston University example: There is a fake American university called Preston. This university has not even have a single classroom in US. This one room university was made by a Pakistani Abdul Basit. There is a loophole in Two US states (Wyoming and California) where you can register an office as a ‘postsecondary’ institute and issue certificates based on distance learning (Model for VU?). These fake universities open campuses in third world countries and call their certificates ‘MBA Degree’, etc. Dr Atta awarded this Preston University Charter, making this university-with-one-room become a ‘proper’ US university in Pakistan!

      Sad thing is it has better campuses in Pakistan than many other universities…

      BTW: HEC office in Islamabad is also the property of the very same Abdul Basit

      — COMSATS rector Dr Junaid Zaidi and Dr Atta-ur-Rehman “made it” the old fashion way: By employing and awarding scholarships in CIIT to sons of generals/high ranking army officers, bureaucrats and their friends and relatives. Dr Zaidi’s own son got inducted in CIIT and was awarded PhD scholarship in a lateral way and institutional coverage was provided in this white collar crime (for instance, scholarship committee includes his immediate relatives and friends). Zaidi opened a campus in Attock to please Dr Atta who is from Attock and as are PM (Shuakat Aziz) + Chaudary Bros son-in-law…..He is using the same modus operandi and opened campuses in Vehari, Multan and Larkana to attract the attention of PM and Mr Asif Zardari. These bureaucrats are no sincere to any government but only themselves and they just want to make some money and abuse power and look for — and always find — politicians and generals who can join hands with them in looting the country.

      — But they are ‘groomed’ and learn the tricks from their masters; it is no surprise that most generals’ children get education from elite US institutions in package deals to support US. Even Bilal Musharraf has degrees from Illinois, U.C., and Stanford. His “brilliance” can be judged from the fact that he was working as a simple accountant — that is until his dad usurped the top job and overnight he became “a venture capitalist”.

      — The tasks assigned to Dr Atta & Co was not only to ruin higher education but destroy public colleges as well and they have successfully done that.

      — Last but not least, let us remember before HEC, he was at the helm of the IT Ministry and I without doubt accuse him of ruining the IT potential of this country and leaving us where we are today, scrapping the bottom of the barrel and callin it “IT” (we are only allowed to compete for “medical transcriptions” and “call-centers” — basically ‘janitorial’/slavery jobs.

      — A great disservice was done by him of putting the “IT” and “Telecommunication” under one roof. They are NOT! Add to that the much-touted “tele-density” shit. All it has meant is hawking cellphones to kids and poor — both have become totally hooked. The young ones have lost interest in education and are consumed by their Nokias while most poor I know spend more money on Jazz credit than the food for their kids.

  3. 4 Project Humanbeingsfirst.org April 4, 2010 at 2:17 am

    “– Another place Atta and his CIIT ‘team’ (Dr Zaidi, etc) made billions via Virtual University (VU) — headed by another MIT return.”

    Do you have some more information on this? Are you refering to the rector of VU? What are the scandals there? Please let me have any news reports you might have come across as well. I have not followed up on this VU and only know what’s in glossy Presentations and on its website. What’s the dirt on it?

    “– The tasks assigned to Dr Atta & Co was not only to ruin higher education but destroy public colleges as well and they have successfully done that.”

    Yes indeed. I have to say that Pervez Hoodbhoy, like Isa Daudpota, has been on HEC’s and Atta’s tail publicly from the very beginning. Daudpota had some sensational detective-digging on the fake degrees and reported it in the newspapers many years ago – citations are in my letter to HEC.

    As an aside, a friend of mine says all this is explainable, in fact all hectoring hegemons’ bizarre rise to power from anonymity in all societies through time immemorial is explainable, if one accepts that such misanthropes, lacking in any empathy for the common humanity and devoid of any sense of personal shame and remorse after the fact, are genetically pyschopathic sociopaths! See Political Ponerology!

    This new theory which got me curious only because of its proponents’ claim that Zbigniew Brzezinski tried to suppress its publication (see sott.com), is trying to explain an empirical observation that rulers and their coterie of sychophants and circus clowns most often appear to be misanthropic in any society, and attributing that to genetics. Islam of course does not suggest the ponerologist’s model.

    I don’t know enough here to make it intelligible why people agree to do evil in the first place, and not feel remorse afterwards. “Experts”, including prophets, have variously called it “the banality of evil” to “Shaitan winning the game of temptation”. However, what is also empirical is that most ordinary folks who falter time and again, including yours truly, also feel badly afterwards. And psychologists claim that is the normal mode of existence for most of humanity, it’s called having a conscience.

    But apparently, not so for this coterie of sociopaths, the Attas, Samar ‘Albright’ Minallahs, and Bush to Mush to Obama to ten-percent crop of errand boys in the service of empire. They have no conscience to begin with. How can they experience any shame?

    The real question however remains: what to do about it – regardless of whether these misantropes are genetically inhuman, outright alien, or even Annunaki’s children, or merely the ordinary petty criminal endowed with inherited powers and yet to be shown the gallows before they will feel the conscience.

    I don’t care which reason is more pedantic for the scholars – I only care what the fck can ordinary human beings do to break the chains of our own voluntary servitude to these mistanthropes! In theory, it’s all so straightforward: http://mises.org/rothbard/boetie.pdf (I won’t mention Surah Asr, because, apparently, no two people understand it the same anyway – but Boetie’s prescription all 7 billion of us can understand trivially.)

    Zahir Ebrahim
    Project Humanbeingsfirst.org

    • 5 nota April 4, 2010 at 11:51 am

      Funny you mentioned sott.com. I was thinking almost exactly the same (sott.net).

      What to do about it? I really don’t know. Trying to make people aware that there is something wrong and its not just them who are at fault is a monumental task in itself — they are dying by a thousand cuts but clueless they are being bled (and intentionally). I think the problem is this truth that those psychopaths can be so evil is beyond their comprehension so they just refuse to buy it (“What? No one is going to kill a million just to make a million$! That’s crazy!” — well it is but it is the messenger who is labeled the “nut-job” 😉 )

      I am going to paste the contents of that BOÉTIE piece as that says a lot in itself (“In theory, it’s all so straightforward” indeed):

      The Political Thought of Étienne de La Boétie by Murray N. Rothbard

      The Politics of Obedience: The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude

      Part I—The fundamental political question is why do people obey a government. The answer is that they tend to enslave themselves, to let themselves be governed by tyrants. Freedom from servitude comes not from violent action, but from the refusal to serve. Tyrants fall when the people withdraw their support.

      Part II—Liberty is the natural condition of the people. Servitude,however, is fostered when people are raised in subjection. People are trained to adore rulers. While freedom is forgotten by many there are always some who will never submit

      Part III—If things are to change, one must realize the extent to which the foundation of tyranny lies in the vast networks of corrupted people with an interest in maintaining tyranny

  4. 6 Project Humanbeingsfirst.org April 5, 2010 at 1:14 am

    And to augment your augmentation of Étienne de La Boétie circa 1500 AD, below is a short excerpt from Plato circa 400 BC!

    I have always felt that if people simply took the time to read even a little bit, that, that would be a leaping start to breaking one’s chains of voluntary servitue. This is why I write. But I am finding that people fundamentally don’t want to read… because if only they did, and with genuineness of purpose, they will not only see that “they are dying by a thousand cuts” but will no longer remain “clueless they are being bled”! (what an accurate depiction btw, thanks!)

    That’s all it takes really – motivate people to read. All else will surely follow!

    Even the first word of the Divine to the Messenger was “Iqra” – Read!

    Why was it “Iqra”? Why not “think”, or “reflect”? Because I believe it is the most fundamental source of all awareness which leverages and harnesses others, an external source of knowledge which is a force multiplication that is not available via the Sufis’ solo introspection alone!

    God didn’t tell the Prophet of Islam: “Introspect” as the first commandment. But to Read! Followed of course by “to reflect” and “to introspect” and to approach with a “cleansed heart” otherwise one cannot “hear”!

    I find that “read” was the first Divine teaching rather fascinating…. Anyway, here are Plato’s remarkably insightful words for the public’s reading pleasure which elegantly explain why Boetie’s straightforward prescription continues to fail. Reproduced from:

    http://prisonersofthecave.blogspot.com/2007/04/introduction.html

    Plato is speaking to his disciple:

    “[…]

    I want you to go on to picture the enlightenment or ignorance of our human condition somewhat as follows:

    ‘Imagine an underground chamber like a cave, with a long entrance open to the daylight and as wide as the cave. In this chamber are men who have been prisoners since they were children, their legs and necks being so fastened that they can only look straight ahead of them and cannot turn their heads. Some way off, behind and higher up, a fire is burning, and between the fire and the prisoners and above them runs a road, in front of which a curtain-wall has been built, like the screen at puppet shows between the operators and their audience, above which they show their puppets.’

    ‘I see.’

    ‘Imagine further that there are men carrying all sorts of gear along behind the curtain-wall, projecting above it and including figures of men and animals made of wood and stone and all sorts of other materials, and that some of these men, as you would expect, are talking and some not.’

    ‘An odd picture and an odd sort of prisoner.’

    ‘They are drawn from life’, I replied. ‘For, tell me, do you think our prisoners could see anything of themselves or their fellows except the shadows thrown by the fire on the wall of the cave opposite them?’

    ‘How could they see anything else if they were prevented from moving their heads all their lives?’

    ‘And would they see anything more of the objects carried along the road?’

    ‘Of course not.’

    ‘Then if they were able to talk to each other, would they not assume that the shadows they saw were the real things?’

    ‘Inevitably.’

    ‘And if the wall of their prison opposite them reflected sound, don’t you think that they would suppose, whenever one of the passers-by on the road spoke, that the voice belonged to the shadow passing before them?’

    ‘They would be bound to think so.’

    ‘And so in every way they would believe that the shadows of the objects we mentioned were the whole truth.’

    ‘Yes inevitably.’

    ‘Then think what would naturally happen to them if they were released from their bonds and cured of their delusions. Suppose one of them were let loose, and suddenly compelled to stand up and turn his head and look and walk towards the fire; all these actions would be painful and he would be too dazzled to see properly the objects of which he used to see the shadows. What do you think he would say if he was told that what he used to see was so much empty nonsense and that he was now nearer reality and seeing more correctly, because he was turned towards objects that were more real, and if on top of that he were compelled to say what each of the passing objects was when it was pointed out to him? Don’t you think he would be at a loss, and think that what he used to see was far truer than the objects now being pointed out to him?’

    ‘Yes, far truer.’

    ‘And if he were made to look directly at the light of the fire, it would hurt his eyes and he would turn back and retreat to the things which he could see properly, which he would think really clearer than the things being shown him.’

    ‘Yes.’

    ‘And if,’ I went on, ‘he were forcibly dragged up the steep and rugged ascent and not let go till he had been dragged out into the sunlight, the process would be a painful one, to which he would much object, and when he emerged into the light his eyes would be so dazzled by the glare of it that he wouldn’t be able to see a single one of the things he was now told were real.’

    ‘Certainly not at first,’ he agreed.

    ‘Because, of course, he would need to grow accustomed to the light before he could see things in the upper world outside the cave. First he would find it easiest to look at shadows, next at the reflections of men and other objects in water, and later on at the objects themselves. After that he would find it easier to observe the heavenly bodies and the sky itself at night, and to look at the light of the moon and stars rather than at the sun and its light by day.’

    ‘Of course.’

    ‘The thing he would be able to do last would be to look directly at the sun itself, and gaze at it without reflections in water or any other medium, but as it is in itself.’

    ‘That must come last.’

    ‘Later on he would come to the conclusion that it is the sun that produces the changing seasons and years and controls everything in the visible world, and is in a sense responsible for everything that he and his fellow-prisoners used to see.’

    ‘That is the conclusion which he would obviously reach.’

    ‘And when he thought of his first home and what passed for wisdom there, and of his fellow-prisoners, don’t you think he would congratulate himself on his fortune and be sorry for them?’

    ‘Very much so.’

    […]

    ‘Then what do you think would happen,’ I asked, ‘if he went back to sit in his old seat in the cave? Wouldn’t his eyes be blinded by the darkness, because he had come in suddenly out of the sunlight?’

    ‘Certainly.’

    ‘And if he had to discriminate between the shadows, in competition with the other prisoners, while he was still blinded and before his eyes got used to the darkness – a process that would take some time – wouldn’t he be likely to make a fool of himself? And they would say that his visit to upper world had ruined his sight, and that the ascent was not worth even attempting. And if anyone tried to release them and lead them up, they would kill him if they could lay hands on him.’

    ‘They certainly would.’

    […] ”

    – – end excerpt Plato.

    And that’s where “nut-job” comes from!

    Zahir Ebrahim
    Project Humanbeingsfirst.org


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