Altaf Defends “Democracy” But Threatens “Erasure” of Court Judges for Ordering Redistricting of Karachi

[Altaf droning on about “democracy,” while threatening something which sounds like war to the Court Justices of Pakistan for daring to order redistricting in Karachi.  I don’t know if he means that his people will literally “erase” these high court justices, or merely a political defeat.]

MQM chief urges federal govt, CJP to take action against judges who used ‘derogatory’ language against MQM

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KARACHI, (SANA): Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain said that some ‘hostile elements’ were using the judges of the country to “disarm” his party, including those from the Supreme Court. “Unfortunately, even the judges of the Supreme Court are involved in the practice of annihilating the MQM,” Hussain said while addressing a large gathering via telephone on Sunday.

He said that the federal government or chief justice should take action against these judges, adding that the delimitation of whole country should be done instead of Karachi, adding that the Lahore High Court should also take back the decision on Kalabagh Dam. He said that no one would be allowed to commit dacoity on the mandate of MQM.

Hussain said that the judges claim to have passed an order for delimitation of constituencies in Karachi to improve the law and order situation and to bar one party for gaining massive electoral support, but such a statement was against the MQM.
He warned the judges to apologise for their remarks against the MQM or their “names will be wiped out”.

Altaf Hussain also urged Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry to take suo motu notice of the judges who used “derogatory language” against the MQM.

“I want to tell the judges that they cannot take away the democratic rights of the people,” he said while terming the remarks by the judges “unconstitutional” and “unlawful”.
“It was against Article 25 of the Constitution. The article 25 says all citizens are equal before the law and are entitled to equal protection of human rights… Then are they [judges] not violating the Constitution? Is this not a crime?” Hussain said while adding that it was also against the oath that judges take before assuming their role.
The party chief maintained that the Supreme Court’s decision will not improve the law and order situation but will rather worsen it.

“To improve the law and order, it is important that such judges are expelled or the Chief Justice should take suo motu action… If the chief justice doesn’t take action then the case will go into the peoples’ court.”

According to Hussain, the Supreme Court bench ordered the election commission to complete the delimitation of constituencies in Karachi in a way that no party can have ‘monopoly’, which was against the law and the Constitution.

“No judge has the right to order the election commission to stop a party from having ‘monopoly’. It is the right of the people to give mandate to a party.”
Hussain also quoted former Chief of Army Staff Asif Nawaz Janjua who said that Hussain’s “chapter has closed”.

The MQM chief retorted, “Altaf Hussain’s chapter was opened by Allah and will be closed by Him too. You are a human being on the earth, wearing a uniform, pretending to be god. Your name will be wiped out first.” Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain said that no one would be allowed to destroy democracy. Altaf said that under conspiracies people were pitched against each other in Karachi.

“Sometimes Pathan, Muhajir and sometimes Sindhi, Muhajir riots were broke out under a conspiracy but the Karachiites realized the game immediately and remained peaceful” he said. Hussain said that making constituencies is Election Commission’s job.

The MQM chief said that his party has been against the feudal system from the beginning. “‘The people are free to vote any party they love”, he added.

He said that planned riots were made in Karachi, adding that there was worst law and order situation in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtoonkhawa as compare to Karachi.

He said that quarrels between Sindhi and Mujahir had been made through conspiracies in past. He reiterated that those who tried to wash away MQM have their selves finished.

Condemning the remarks regarding single party power in Karachi, He demanded of the Chief Justice of Pakistan to take suo moto notice of the remarks of the presiding judge. He also asked the judge to take his remarks back.

Hussain said that no one would be allowed to ambush on democracy. He said that such kind of remarks could harm democracy and the country.

Addressing to a public meeting at Jinnah Ground Karachi which MQM workers and supporters listened throughout the country simultaneously, he said that people grant right to any party through voting. Constitution gives equal rights to all citizens, he stated.

The MQM chief said that his party believes on judiciary and the Constitution, added that, it was Election Commission’s duty to make constituencies.

He said that new constituencies before census was totally against of the Constitution. New constituencies being made to curb MQM’s vote bank, he claimed.

According to Hussain, the new delimitation of constituencies was being done to break the MQM vote bank. “It is for the people to decide who should be elected and who should not. We will not let people rob us of our democratic right,” Altaf said.

Hussain further said it was unconstitutional to conduct delimitation of constituencies prior to conducting a new census.

Altaf Hussain added that those who spoke of finishing the MQM were finished themselves.

Commenting on the wave of violence in Karachi, the MQM chief said the ethnic conflict in the city was fuelled by conspiracies. It is worth mentioning here Altaf Hussain’s telephonic address was over one hour long and at the end of the address Altaf thanked the media and party workers and leaders for holding public gathering.

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More Bloody Tragedy From the Veterans At Ft. Carson

[SEE:  What Is Different About Ft. Carson, Colorado Soldiers?]

Soldier’s slaying in US is bitter irony for family

By By DAN ELLIOTT | Associated Press
Bevenley Thomas, right, talks about niece Army Spc. Brandy Fonteneaux shown in a family snapshot as she stands beside her sister and Brandy's mother Verona Fonteneaux Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, in Houston. Sgt. Vincinte Jackson is charged with murder and premeditated murder in Spc. Fonteneaux's death. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
Associated Press/Pat Sullivan – Bevenley Thomas, right, talks about niece Army Spc. Brandy Fonteneaux shown in a family snapshot as she stands beside her sister and Brandy’s mother Verona Fonteneaux Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, in Houston. Sgt. Vincinte Jackson is charged with murder and premeditated murder in Spc. Fonteneaux’s death. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

DENVER (AP) — Army Spc. Brandy Fonteneaux’s death came not on a battlefield in Afghanistan but on an infantry post in Colorado — allegedly at the hand of a fellow soldier — and that makes the pain even worse for her family.

The 28-year-old from Houston had been stabbed 74 times when she was found in her room in a Fort Carson barracks on Jan. 8,Army investigators said. Officials said she had also been choked.

“We could have taken this much better if Brandy had been killed in war,” said Fonteneaux’s aunt, Bevenley Thomas, who raised her from infancy. “But to be murdered here in the U.S. in your barracks in your sleep is just not right.”

A court-martial is scheduled to start Monday for Sgt. Vincinte Jackson, an Army combat engineer charged with murder and premeditated murder in Fonteneaux’s death.

If convicted, his sentence could range from life in prison with a chance for parole in as few as 10 years to life in prison without possibility of parole, Army officials said.

His attorneys declined to comment.

Jackson, an eight-year Army veteran from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., was 40 at the time of the killing. He was with the 576th Engineer Company, 4th Engineer Battalion. Fonteneaux was a food operations specialist in the 4th Engineer Battalion.

Authorities haven’t publicly divulged any motive for the killing. There was no evidence Fonteneaux was sexually assaulted, Thomas said, although Army officials told the family some of her clothing had been removed or pushed up to her neck.

Fonteneaux knew Jackson but they were not close, Thomas said. Fonteneaux had told her family that Jackson confided in her about his crumbling marriage.

Thomas said she asked Fonteneaux if she and Jackson had a romantic relationship, and she replied, “No, Mom, he’s married. He’s too old.”

“I know her like that,” Thomas said. “We didn’t have secrets.”

Jackson deployed to Iraq for five months in 2005-06. He went to Iraq again in February 2009 for about two months and then was sent to Afghanistan for nearly a year. Jackson received the Purple Heart, but the details of his injury were unavailable.

Thomas, also from Houston, said Army officials told her family that Jackson did not show signs of post-traumatic stress at the time of the killing. She still wants the military to pay more attention to servicemen and women returning from combat deployments.

“I definitely want justice, but I also want them to look closer at our soldiers,” she said. “The least we can do is to make sure that they are healthy and get themselves back into society.”

“I don’t understand what’s going on out there (at Fort Carson),” she said.

Fort Carson officials say they recognize the effects of multiple combat deployments and have programs in place to help soldiers and their families at the post just outside Colorado Springs.

Mental health teams have been decentralized and placed within Fort Carson’s major units to make it easier for soldiers to get help, the post said in a written statement. Nutritional counseling, fitness classes, therapy, child care and other services are also available.

At a pretrial hearing in May, prosecutors and defense lawyers both made an issue of Jackson’s mental state, the Colorado Springs Gazette reported.

“Sgt. Jackson had a knife with him and he snapped,” said Capt. Jeremy Horn, a defense lawyer. He said prosecutors have no evidence of premeditation.

Prosecutors said Jackson acted with deliberation and could recall the gruesome killing in detail.

Fonteneaux grew up in Houston nurtured by three sets of parents: Thomas, her aunt; Verona Fonteneaux, her biological mother and Thomas’ sister; and her godparents.

“I asked my sister if I could raise Brandy,” Thomas said. Thomas wanted a child but had suffered miscarriages, and Verona Fonteneaux had five children and financial problems, and needed help, Thomas said.

Brandy Fonteneaux had a nurturing personality herself, her mother and aunt said. When her track teammates at Texas Southern University grew discouraged, she would say, “Hey, let’s just give it our best.” As a food service specialist in the Army, she would withhold dessert from fellow soldiers facing a fitness test.

She got a degree in kinesiology from Texas Southern and then joined the Army in 2009 to help pay off college loans. All the while she remained close with her family. “She didn’t grow up and get away. She grew up and became closer,” Thomas said.

She spoke with her family daily by phone, text or Skype until Saturday, Jan. 7, when no one heard from her. The next day, the family asked Fort Carson officials to check on her, and she was found dead in her room.

Since then, it has been hard for her entire extended family, her mother and aunt said. Their houses are lined with photos of the young woman with her broad, beaming smile, and they feel her absence keenly at family gatherings.

“I have my days,” Verona Fonteneaux said. “Some days I’m OK. Sometimes I sit and cry.”

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America’s Collaborators from “Anbar Awakening” Still Being Hunted In Iraq

Iraq officials say bombing kills 3 from family of anti-al-Qaida militiaman south of Baghdad

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Associated Press

BAGHDAD –  Iraqi authorities say a bomb exploded near the house of an anti-al-Qaida militiaman south of Baghdad, killing him, his 8-year-old son and another family member.

A police officer said that the blast hit early Sunday in the town of Iskandariyah, 50 kilometers (30 miles) south of Baghdad. The Sunni fighter’s wife and two daughters were also wounded.

A medic in a nearby hospital confirmed the casualties. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to the media.

Since the height of Iraq’s insurgency in 2006-2008, Sunni Arabs who joined forces with the U.S. military to fight al-Qaida have been favorite targets for Sunni militants who consider them traitors.

FULL LENGTH FILM: “Breaking the Taboo” About America’s Bloody Failed Drug War

FULL LENGTH FILM: “Breaking the Taboo”

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 Richard Branson’ ‘Breaking The Taboo’ Takes Aim At The War On Drugs
This film Sundog Pictures released its feature documentary “Breaking the Taboo” to YouTube on Friday, giving the world a free look at its nearly hour-long film.
Narrated by Oscar winning actor Morgan Freeman, “Breaking the Taboo” is produced by Sam Branson’s indie Sundog Pictures and Brazilian co-production partner Spray Filmes and was directed by Cosmo Feilding Mellen and Fernando Grostein Andrade. Featuring interviews with several current or former presidents from around the world, such as Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, the film follows The Global Commission on Drug Policy on a mission to break the political taboo over the United States led War on Drugs and expose what it calls the biggest failure of global policy in the last 40 years.
A big thank you to Borderland reader “Gerardo D” for bringing the film to my attention.  You readers continue to play an important part of my contributions by sending information to me. Thank you-thank you!
A disclaimer of sorts, remember this is a film produced by others and is not necessarily a point of view I have either in whole or part, that is up to each of you to decide for yourselves.

Pak, Brit and American Governments Walking On Eggshells Over This MQM London Raid Thing

[Apparently, the Scotland Yard raid on MQM’s London offices has not been reported anywhere in the Western press, only in a story on BBC Urdu.  It is also apparent from this omission that Altaf’s spies really do work for the British and American secret services and they are really sweating with this latest interference in foreign policy by the British courts (re: the case of Binyam MohamedArresting Taliban To Cover America’s Ass) and Scotland Yard.]

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Dr Imran Farooq murder: Scotland Yard raid offices in London–(UPDATED)

FO’s unusual statement in defence of MQM

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ISLAMABAD, Dec 8: The Foreign Office said on Saturday that the Muttahida Qaumi Movement was an important coalition partner of the ruling alliance and hoped that “misgivings” about it would be cleared soon.

In an unprecedented move, the foreign ministry came out with a statement amid hearsay accounts about a raid carried out by London Metropolitan Police at a “business address” in the city’s Edgware neighbourhood on Thursday and Friday in connection with investigations into the murder of MQM leader Imran Farooq two years ago.

The FO made a mention of the ‘secular’ credentials of MQM. “The Muttahida represents secular forces in the country,” the spokesman said.

Egypt’s Morsi annuls controversial decree

Egypt’s Morsi annuls controversial decree

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Egypt President Mohamed Morsi (AFP/File)

CAIRO: Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on Saturday annulled a decree he issued last month expanding his powers, an official told a Cairo news conference.

“The constitutional decree is annulled from this moment,” said Selim al-Awa, an Islamist politician acting as spokesman of a meeting Morsi held earlier with other political leaders.

A referendum on a draft constitution would however still go ahead as planned on December 15, Awa said, explaining that constitutionally Morsi was unable to change the date.

The two issues — the decree and the referendum — were at the heart of anti-Morsi protests that have rocked Egypt in the past two weeks.

The controversial decree issued November 22 had put Morsi’s decisions beyond judicial review — a high-handed measure fiercely denounced as dictatorial by the opposition.

Opposition leaders demanded it be rescinded and the referendum be scrapped before they entered into any dialogue with Morsi to calm a crisis which exploded into street clashes this week that left seven people dead and hundreds injured.

Egypt’s powerful military on Saturday warned Morsi and the opposition to sit down for talks, otherwise it would take steps to prevent a “disastrous” degradation of the situation.

– AFP/fa

Afghan Intelligence Chief Nearly Succumbs To Underwear Bomber

Af-Pak blame game over assassination attempt

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ANITA JOSHUA

Afghanistant President Hamid Karzai during a press meet at the presidential palace in Kabul on Dec. 8, 2012.
APAfghanistant President Hamid Karzai during a press meet at the presidential palace in Kabul on Dec. 8,

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai’s contention that the suicide attack which injured Afghanistan’s intelligence chief Asadullah Khalid had been planned in Pakistan was quickly contested by Islamabad on Saturday.

In a statement, the Pakistan Foreign Office said: “Before levelling charges the Afghan government would do well if they shared information or evidence with the Government of Pakistan that they might have with regard to the cowardly attack on the head of NDS [National Directorate of Security]. They would also do well by ordering an investigation into any lapses in the security arrangements around the NDS chief. On its part the Government of Pakistan is ready to assist any investigation of this criminal act.”

‘Plotted in Pakistan’

Earlier in the day, Mr. Karzai had said in Kabul that Thursday’s attack was plotted from the south-western city of Quetta in Pakistan. Though he stated that he would take up the matter with Islamabad, Mr. Karzai did not directly blame Pakistan for the attack. According to an AFP report from Kabul, he said the Taliban would not have been able to carry out the bombing and that “bigger hands were involved”.

“We know that this man who came in the name of a guest to meet with Asadullah Khan came from Pakistan. We know that for a fact. That is clear,” Mr. Karzai told reporters about the attack for which Taliban has taken responsibility.

Mr. Karzai’s contention was that the Taliban cannot carry out such attacks. “It was an absolutely professional and engineered attack — bigger hands were involved.”

Last year, Kabul had similarly blamed Pakistan for the assassination of High Peace Council chairman Burhanuddin Rabbani, straining the bilateral relationship for months.

Hidden bomb

As opposed to the assassination of Rabbani when the assassin had managed to evade security by hiding the explosive in his turban, this time the bomber had hidden the bomb in his underwear, triggering worries across Afghanistan about even more offensive security frisking.