Memo Scandal: Don't shoot the messenger

Well no one can ride on your back unless it is bent? Shamelessly none of the politicians and rulers including President Asif Zardari and Prime Minister Gillani have bothered to visit security forces dying day and night in thousands on the borders of Pakistan. None of them went to attend the funerals of 24 soldiers killed by the US-NATO attack on Salala Pakistani Check Post on 26th November 2010. They are the only democrats in the world who abuse their own institutions and provide more than enough material to the enemies of Pakistan.
People can read book of Mr Hussain Haqqani; Pakistan: Between Mosque and Military. It is ironic that Pakistani military is getting beating, battering and blame at the same time from its allies and so called politicians and rulers including Supreme Commander. Pakistan has lost more soldiers and civilians as compare to losses of NATO, USA and allies since 2001.
Why current ruling elite is allowed to play this dangerous game in Pakistan is a billion dollar question? Theses hustlers and crooks have made everyone who comes in their way, partner in their crimes including treachery.  A Pakistani analyst was quite right in saying that; 'everyone who matters in Pakistan exactly knows what the hell is going on but they all have interests abroad.  It is not a rocket science to understand that Pakistani  establishment which can make a nuclear bomb, a missile program to deliver but why they cannot make electricity for industry; repair a railway engine; dig a hole to get gas out, dig another hole to get gold, copper and coal which is already there in Pakistan? Simple answer is that they are protecting their petty interests by sacrificing huge national interests. It is time to wrap up these nasty crooks and hustlers.
It is shameful for all the petitioners of the memo gate that a small time convicted crook was allowed to harass and threatened their prime witness an American citizen, Mr Mansoor Ijaz. He is only providing evidence against a family member of another US citizen?
Supreme Court of Pakistan and respondent can examine the evidence and make up their mind after judging it not before. Not allowing Mr. Mansoor Ijaz to reach the high level fact finding commission, which consists of three chief justices of provincial high courts, is in itself leaning towards contempt of court and perverting the course of justice. Surely the commission will and should keep in mind the ground realities of law and order in Pakistan and honour of a foreign national who is only trying to assist in the enquiry.  Supreme Court has clearly directed the commission to use all means in fact finding including travelling abroad. A country where convicted criminals become head of security and looters of national treasure head of
state anything is possible?
If Mr Mansoor Ijaz is not feeling safe due to constant attacks of the Pakistani government ministers than Commission should not hesitate to travel abroad because:

(a)  It is in Pakistan's national interest to get in to the bottom of this memo gate;
(b) Mr Ijaz is a witness offered to provide objective evidence as well as verbal evidence. Should he be penalised for helping Supreme Court of Pakistan?
(c) Court and commission must consider that If Mr Hussain Haqqani, former Pakistani ambassador to USA is not feeling safe in his own country and in his own house in Islamabad how can we expect an American citizen to behave especially, when
government machinery is involved in harassing him.
(d) If Mr Mansoor Ijaz is a devious person what was Pakistani Ambassador Mr Hussain Haqqani doing with him and why all of a sudden he has become a monster?
(e) It is the responsibility of the Commission to use all available and reasonable means including electronic as well as video conferencing to get the truth and hear out the witness.
(f) If Pakistan's spy master ISI Chief General Shuja Pahsa found him (Mansoor Ijaz) and his objective and oral evidence credible than Commission must hear him out and give him full chance to put his evidence in front of the Court? Justice is blind so faith and face of Mr Mansoor Ijaz shouldn't matter.
Mr Mansoor Ijaz is a US citizen and quite rightly loyal to his country and close friend of Israel. It is these Israeli connections which late Benazir Bhutto, Asif Zardari and Hussain Haqqani have/had used or wanted to use. It was not Mansoor Ijaz who brought down late Benazir Bhutto's government. It was the promises she made to the guarantors brought down her government? The current regime is also making promises which they can't fully deliver and when things go wrong they run to find shelter in Dubai for secret meetings and cry for help. The secret memo is also full of these kinds of promises?
Mansoor Ijaz had been introduced to the government of Pakistan by then ambassador Ahmad Kamal to the UN as `an influential Pakistan-American who could help Pakistan by securing a waiver to resume [US] aid to Pakistan. He could deliver votes in the US House of Representatives for the passage of the Brown Amendment if Pakistan released 15 million dollars to a satellite company RADA with which he seemed somehow associated. Maleeha Lodhi, then ambassador in Washington, turned down the proposal. She said it would be `illegal'; besides, it might also be a trap.
Kashmir was part of the UNSC Agenda on a permanent basis, but interestingly during Ambassador Ahmad Kamal's tenure it was deleted and termed as "Burnt wood". Once the media broke the story, Pakistanis struggled hard and could only manage to bring back the issue on the Security Council agenda on a temporary basis. Every year in February the Pakistani Mission is now required to write to the UNSC and get a 12-month extension. Failure to make that application can result in deletion of the approved Kashmir resolution from the UN Security Council.

One must salute Mr Mansoor Ijaz for his loyalty to his own country USA. At the same time shame on those who are neither loyal to US nor Pakistan but claim loyalties to both under oath.  

(Dr Shahid Qureshi is writer on foreign policy based in London)

Dear Friends,
The world needs to create 600 million new  jobs over the next decade to sustain economic growth and maintain social stability, the UN International Labour Organization (ILO) said in its annual report on global employment.  Entitled 'Global Employment Trends 2012: Preventing a deeper jobs crisis,' the report said world faces the additional challenge of creating decent jobs for the estimated 900 million workers who subsist on less than $2 a day, most of them in developing countries.  After three years of continuous crisis conditions in global labour  markets and against the prospect of a further deterioration of economic activity, there is a backlog of global unemployment of 200 million, according to the report.

More than 400 million new jobs will be needed over the next 10 years  to absorb a labour force expansion of an estimated 40 million people. Despite strenuous government efforts, the jobs crisis continues unabated, with one in three workers worldwide or an estimated 1.1 billion people either unemployed or living in poverty, said Juan Somavia, the ILO Director-General.

"What is needed is that job creation in the real economy must become  our number one priority," he said. The economic recovery that started in 2009 was short-lived, according to the report, which notes that there are still 27 million more unemployed workers than at the start of the crisis.
The fact that economies are not generating enough employment is reflected in the employment-to-population ratio (the proportion of the working-age population in employment), which suffered the largest decline on record between 2007, when it was 61.2 per cent, and 2010, when it fell to 60.2 per cent, according to the report.

There are nearly 29 million fewer people in the labour force now than  would be expected based on pre-crisis trends. If these discouraged workers were counted as unemployed, then global unemployment would swell from the current 197 million to 225 million, and the unemployment rate would rise from 6 per cent to 6.9 per cent.

The report presents three scenarios on the employment situation in the future. The baseline projection shows an additional 3 million unemployed for 2012, rising to 206 million by 2016. In the second scenario, if global economic growth rates fall below 2 per cent, then unemployment would rise to 204 million in 2012.

The better scenario assumes that there will be a quick resolution of the euro zone debt crisis, which would lead to global unemployment dropping by one million this year. Some 74.8 million young people between the ages of 15 and 24 were unemployed last year, an increase of more than 4 million since 2007, according to the report.

Young people are nearly three times as likely as adults to be unemployed. The global youth unemployment rate, at 12.7 per cent, remains a full percentage point above the pre-crisis level.
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