Shame on the whole lot of them

Published: May 14, 2010
The writer is Director News for Express News and 24/7 (

The writer is Director News for Express News and 24/7 (

I don’t know which is worse: being financially or morally bankrupt. We seem to be nearing both. For the financial aspect, we’ll have to judge the forthcoming budget, but as far as the moral dimension is concerned, let’s judge the actions of our prime minister.

On Tuesday he went to Muzaffargarh to campaign for the infamous Jamshed Dasti. The said gentleman is – how should I say it – a cheat. He cheated his voters, his party, the state, and the people of Pakistan. In the last election he bought himself a fake degree. Basically he cheated and he lied. His degree was challenged, he was hauled up before the Supreme Court where he made a fool of himself and then to save himself further humiliation he did the only honourable thing he could do: he resigned. The PPP high command then did what to them was the honourable thing — they gave Dasti the party ticket to contest from the same constituency in the by-elections which were being held because the seat had fallen vacant, because, you guessed it, Dasti had resigned, because he cheated and lied.

So far, so bad. Now the prime minister went a step further. He went to Dasti’s rally and praised him to high heaven. And if this wasn’t enough, in clear disregard of the Election Commission’s rules, he told the people of the constituency that they would get mega projects (one of which alone is worth a billion rupees) if they voted for the candidate.

Surely, the prime minister should have known the following rule laid down by the Election Commission of Pakistan: ECP Code of Conduct 2007, Article (3):

“[A]fter the announcement of the election schedule till the day of polling, no candidate or any person on his behalf shall, openly or in secret, give any subscription or donation, or make promise for giving such subscription or donation, to any institution of their respective constituency or to any other institution, nor shall commit to undertake any development project in the respective constituency.” And here’s Article (16) of the same Code of Conduct: “Ministers shall not combine their official visits with election campaign.”

Can it get any clearer than this? Actually it can. On May 13 the prime minister stood in the National Assembly and mangled logic and reason magnificently. Justifying Dasti’s ticket, he said it was the party’s decision and he had to abide by it. Say what? And check this logic out: he said his brother had applied for the same ticket and since Dasti got it, if he had not campaigned for him, people would have said he was holding a grudge because his brother was turned down. What is this? A family soap opera?

Dasti is one of hundreds of politicians who submitted fake degrees to make their way into parliament. They’re all morally bankrupt, as are those who defend them. This whole sorry saga of fake degrees is fast exposing the hypocrisy that infests our political system. It’s not just the prime minister and his party that have come out looking bad from this whole episode. If the PPP has given the ticket to Dasti, then the PML-N has also awarded tickets to established fake degree holders like Azam Chela from Jhang (he won the by-election), and Ajmal Asif from Faisalabad — he’s contesting the upcoming poll.

The Election Commission, whose responsibility it is to keep a check on these excesses, and haul up the prime minister for flouting the Code of Conduct, is sleeping. What else can it do? From its lack of action, it would be fair to say that it is a toothless and spineless body. Just like the fake degree holders and their apologists. Shame on the whole lot.

Published in the Express Tribune, May 14th, 2010.

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  • Ali Haider
    May 14, 2010 - 12:28AM

    Shame on the whole lot, indeed!!!Recommend

  • May 14, 2010 - 12:41AM

    Okay we already have had lots of long discussions on this issue in media and on various internet forums and I can understand most of the Pakistanis (including me) are not happy with recent actions of our PM.

    Being the voice of common Pakistanis, people like Fahad seem to be more depressed as he has written a touchy piece that made us think towards sick behavior of our parliamentarians.

    Action speaks louder than words: As Fahad has already stated that we are on the verge of financial and moral bankruptcy. I think its hightime to go one step a head, I suggest Fahad to go and submit a petition against eligibility of fake degree holders and do something in practical because mere criticism on Government is not producing any results. Recommend

  • Dr. Altaf ul Hassan
    May 14, 2010 - 1:56AM

    @Mr.Fahd Husain.I admire your feelings to provide an educated leadership to this country.But with due apology I beg to submit that Mr.Jamshed Dasti won the last election in an open contest by commanding the opinion of the clear majority of his contituency.He was undoubtedly an elected representative of the his contituency.He contested the election and he won.Other contestants were also there but he was the people’s choice,which we should give due regards.His degree was challenged and he resigned.It may be fake but many people believe that the law in force for holding a bachelor degree as a prerqusite for contesting the election was also in contradiction with the fundamental human rights which is why it was abolished and it is also not a compulsion even in societies with hitghest literacy rate.I must say that he contested the previous election in violation of the law framed in contradiction with fundamental human rights and this law has been abolished and is not in force at present.Now if he is contesting again,what wrong he is doing.Let the people of his contituency make a chioce to elect or reject him.If you consider yourself a better choicee or any one else thinks so,being a highly educated one as compared to Mr. Dasti and in this way you think you can provide an educated leadership to this counrty,you should come forward and defeat him openly through the clear mandate of public instead of making mockery of the opinion of the voters of this country.This is in accordance with the spirits of democracy.Please also never forget the overall performance of graduated parliament of Musharraf tenure.Did it make any differenceRecommend

  • Tarqiue
    May 14, 2010 - 4:49AM


    We are not saying that Mr Dasti has no right to contest the election just becuase he is illiterate . The argument Mr Fahad is buliding up is that Mr Dasti has lied and maligned the respected institution of Pakistan named Parliament. How can a self admitted liar and bit imposter can be allowed to contest the election.And if PM argues that it was the party decision,he should have voiced his concern and disagreement instead of rally support for Mr Dasti.Recommend

  • cmsarwar
    May 14, 2010 - 5:10AM

    Fahad has failed to take notice of the most potent justification given by Dasti & Co.They say that the matter now lies with the highest of the courts,the Peoples Court who will give their final verdict in elections.Are you not reminded of an old Punjabi movie where comedian Zareef held his Chachae de Adalat.(Uncle’s Court).In fact,it is not Gilani alone.It is the whole system successfully manevoured and installed by the forces that be after Musharraf had to be removed.Now we are being ruled by the civilian face of Musharraf
    Dr.Altaf is very brilliant in his advocacy of People’s Choice being the ultimate morality.He should take time to study how far people matter in our existing system and how far does the electoral mechanism ensure that people are heard.Dasti is there and so is Gilan’s brother.And so are all the Sharifs and there is such a free and fair expression of people’s will and choice.Good luck to the Land of the Pure,the purest ,right now, being Zardari,Gilani and Sharifs.Recommend

  • Najmul Aleem Sayyed
    May 14, 2010 - 7:23AM

    Yes indeed this is extremely shameful for the prime minister to participate in jamshaid Dasti’s election campaign but this is not the only saga of PPPP’s govt.Take the case of Ahmed Riaz Shaikh that was promoted in clear violation of SC orders.An other high up in the cabinet after being nominated in the UN report was rewarded.Reports about accepting the long pending resignation of NAB chairman after he has been summoned by the SC to spell the beans.SC verdict on NRO that still awaits its implementation.The issue of writing a letter to the Swiss authorities for reopening of cases is bieng dealt with in bear violation of the SC decision.The Prime Minister was misguided on the issue of restoration of judiciary.The 7 trillion embezzlement in different ministries and departments speaks well of the unceasing claimes of good governance and transparancy.A pertinent question for we, Pakistanis is “The great thing in this world is not so much where we are but in what direction we are moving.Recommend

  • Ali Haider
    May 14, 2010 - 7:30AM

    The question is not about him having a fake degree. The question is also not about the constitution requiring a bachelors degree.

    The question really is that the person “forged” a document for his personal benefit and in such a case should he be allowed to hold a public office (probably handling public money) or not. Despite the fact that a majority of people elect him, should he be allowed?

    Dr Altaf: from your logic then, if a known murderer runs for an election and gets elected you would not have a problem with him. Even if he is given the law ministry. Right?Recommend

  • Fasih Ali Khan
    May 14, 2010 - 10:42AM

    Excellent Article, Mr. Fahd Husain. Shame on them all Surely. They are proving that they are the Ultimate Deceivers and don’t mind Deceiving this Nation again and again.

    How Pity….. Now the Illiterates and the State Deceivers would be Legislators for this Country. We can’t be blamed for missing Mr. Musharraf you on each turning in this Country. All his Reforms are drowning down, below their empty therefore, heinous slogans.

    Alasssss …. I’m Sad for Pakistan.Recommend

  • Assad Khan
    May 14, 2010 - 10:52AM

    Frankly speaking im against the whole degree necessity for our parliamentarians. are we that elitist that we are willing to disenfranchise the majority of our population from being members of parliament because they are illiterate? that is ridiculous. an education doesnt guarantee any great moral or ethical character. frankly this entire requirement has forced parliamentarians like dasti to stoop low enough to buy degrees. Recommend

  • Yasir
    May 14, 2010 - 10:52AM

    Dear Fahad your column is part of a concerted nefarious media campaign to malign democracy.Do you Nawab of Kala Bagh the governor under Ayub Khan was illiterate.Mullahs in Zia’s Majlis e Shoora were bearded version of Nawab of Kala Bagh.And look at the role of educated lot represented by Mushahid Hussien Syed.Mushahid did a series of stories on MRD movement in Zia period after touring Sindh and all activists interviewed by him in Sindh were arrested soon after publication of those stories.He was on skoop in Sindh.Later you see how he joined PML-N and later stabbed his benifactor in the back by becoming an approver against Sharif brothers and later joining dictator Musharaf and Chahudry Shujjat and co.You also benifitted during that period when you were hired on contract by PTV on 3 lakh rupees per month because of your kinship with Mushahid.Are Chaudhrys graduates from Oxford and Cambridge?Did you use this word Shame in your articles during Musharaf’s dictatorship when your entire family headed by Mushahid was availing all kind of benifits?Recommend

  • Nauman
    May 14, 2010 - 11:37AM

    It is without doubt a big shame but it will be a bigger shame, if they get elected by the people [as in the case of Azam Chela]. It’s our responsibility to vote for the right people, and if we don’t do this, its shame for every individual.

    P.s Mr. Fahd, you are doing a wonderful job.Recommend

  • Ammar
    May 14, 2010 - 11:40AM

    @ Mr. Fahad and his admirers,

    We discuss too much about corruption and justice nowadays. We see people humiliated in the lower courts every day, so the situation of justice is pretty much in the face of everyone. People including CJ were astonished to know that people are brutally tortured in police stations as if nobody knew about the state of affairs at police stations! How funny:) Now come to the election rules, nobody pointed finger on other parties when their big guns lead the processions and announced heavy development projects for getting their candidates elected. There is no justification for the wrongs, PM committed, in this particular campaign. But the question is of justice. Let me ask everyone whom I addressed, how much time, our true souls (the media men), have dedicated for others’ ills, other than those of PM or his cabinet members. Where is the Justice? In order to sideline the coverage of 18th Amendment, our media put more importance to the petty marriage affair of Shoaib and Sania. When they had no other issue to discuss but the all important 18th amendment, they (the media men) started to shout that what’s in it for the ordinary people? Before this development our dearest mujahideen were building an opinion that president (Zardari) is not ready to forego his powers for two solid years. Where is the so called justice? What kind of hypocrisy is this?

    “Heads I win Tails You Lose” kind of justice is not going to work anymore. You just keep up the wrong opinion building of the middle class. You keep them ignorant. this is the same middle class that bribe the patvari, the thanedar, and all influential people to get their jobs done swiftly. But despite all these facts, they also have frequent attacks of piety. Keep up the wonderful work.

    By the way there is another kind of corruption. Intellectual Corruption!Recommend

  • ali bilal
    May 14, 2010 - 11:43AM

    Leave it because its our luck Recommend

  • May 14, 2010 - 11:56AM

    Those who are against Dasti’s misconduct and don’t want him to contest election should consider Imran Khan’s case as well, technically Imran also falls under disqualification for being a member of the National Assembly as under the laws of the land that no person involved in such extra-marital (as per Rules of Procedure Clause 16 )affairs could contest elections or continue as a member of parliament.

    Imran’s ineligibility may be verified by the then ruling of Los Angeles Superior Court that had declared on July 30, 1997, that Imran Khan was father of a daughter of Anna Luise alias Sita White born out of wedlock.

    So if Dasti is constitutionally ineligible to participate in election, what about Imran ? Recommend

  • Khalid Munir
    May 14, 2010 - 12:12PM

    Not so long ago there was a dictator who joined army after passing his F Sc exam. He cheated his oath of not induldging in politics and overthrew an elected government, declaring himself the President of Pakistan. The courts did not ask him that why he cheated the nation, rather validated him, few of those judges are still passing judgements. He made a rule that an elected representative has to be a graduate. This condition was against the spirit of the constitution( Please do not forget that we have a constitution, and it has a spirit also which i have yet to see), which guaranteed the right to contest elections. Amjad Dastee cheated a cheat.
    About 20 years back I had to go to a court to vouch for a friend’s identity. Another case was in progress. The subject was relating to family law and the the man claimed he was a shia. Judge asked him to name 12 Imams. He tried but could not go beyond 3 names. So the judge said how can you claim to be a shia when you do not know the names of the Imams. The man was silent for a few moments and then said in punjabi ” judge saab tusee punjwaan kalma sunao”( Honable Judge please recite the fifth kalima). Judge ordered him out of the court and so was I because I laughed. Amjad Dastee was not prepared when he was aksed questions.Recommend

  • Asfandyar
    May 14, 2010 - 12:45PM

    The whole system is corrupt and to whom should we point out because there are so many. The irony for pakistan has always been that it has always been cheated by its own people so whom should we trust? Is it the leaders who should be blamed or the people who select them? Seems we all are corrupt. I think pakistan requires a strong leadership like khumani who can really take a solid stand at all fronts and think only about people and country rather than themselves. The leadership of a country reflects its people and i gues with the leadership in hand this is what we really are……..

    Atleast what we can do is raise a voice and make people aware of what actually is going on.

    My vote goes with you.Recommend

  • Aariz Memon
    May 14, 2010 - 1:10PM

    “The difference in the words and work done” is the law for Pak politicians.Recommend

  • Dr. Altaf ul Hassan
    May 14, 2010 - 1:49PM

    @Mr. Fahd Husain and Co and all those who have levelled charge sheet against Honourable Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and Mr. Jamshed Dasti and started their malicious media trial without any solid reasons.Breaking news being displayed on TV screen right now for all of them.Honourable Lahore High Court,Multan Bench has dissmissed the petitions against Mr. Dasti right now at this moment when I am writing these lines and has declared him qualified for the forthcoming by-election.
    How will you compensate for their character assasination done so far? Is there any forum for them to seek remedy?.Recommend

  • Fasih Ali Khan
    May 14, 2010 - 3:41PM

    @ Dr. Altaf ul Hassan

    So what is the Point ???

    Guilty of being a crime declared ‘Inncocent” by your ”Independent Judiciary” And you want us to ”Respect” that now ???Recommend

    May 14, 2010 - 3:48PM

    Mr Fahad you are 100% right our”so/self called” leaders are morally and ethically bankcrupt without iota of shame. shame on them all.Recommend

  • Rabia
    May 14, 2010 - 4:04PM

    It’s so idiotic to look at this as an issue of hopeless moral corruption. It’s more of a structural issue – the fake degrees are a direct consequence of the graduation requirement. There hasn’t been an election with this requirement removed. Once there is such an election, the number of fake degrees will obviously go down.

    The problem is that you people take this completely simplistic view of morality and human nature and start screaming and beating your breasts about “fake degree holders”. I don’t support ANY party’s MNA or MPA being disqualified due to a fake degree. We should collectively accept this fake degree issue as a consequence of Musharraf’s election laws. Recommend

  • Rabia
    May 14, 2010 - 4:13PM

    but I agree with the author about the PM’s violations of campaign rules.Recommend

  • Fakhar
    May 14, 2010 - 4:35PM

    Fahad you are nephew of Mushahid Hussien Syed and son of a Brigadeer so why won’t you use this derogatory language about democrats? What about Chaudhry Shujaat and his lot including Mushahid Hussien?Have you ever written in this about them? Recommend

  • nawaz bhatti
    May 14, 2010 - 5:45PM

    Mr. Fahd is totally right when he quite bluntly and clearly exposes the sorry state of affairs of moral integrity on the part of parlimentarians who have got themselves elected through fake degrees and political parties under their dictatorial bosses who rescue them. This is not a good omen for the country and its future by any stretch of imagination. One can only hope and pray for our country that is being sruck at its very roots by these moronic entities and demogogues called ‘akistani politicians’.Recommend

  • Fasih Ali Khan
    May 14, 2010 - 5:54PM

    @ Fakhar

    Please. Try not to be personel. Stay on the Topic. You can have your own point of View regarding the Issue, Say it Openly but do not get personel. Appreciated.Recommend

  • adeel azhar
    May 14, 2010 - 6:00PM

    @ Rabia….even if was the worst of the laws it had to be followed. Even Dasti’s performance in the assembly has shown he is a waste…Recommend

  • No more BS
    May 14, 2010 - 6:04PM

    @ Fahd

    I agree but please take this a step further and tell us how can we make empower the election commission ? Because the president appoints the Chief Election Commissioner and the parliament determines the funds – how can we expect it to take action against these cheats, corrupt and incompetent leadersRecommend

  • spin kane
    May 14, 2010 - 6:27PM

    Our media, both print and electronic, is unfortunately dominated by people who are not gifted with clear thinking,are mediocre,not well read and have great disliking for politicians.They are misguiding the so-called educated(Degree holders)middle and lower middle class, people,specially from Central Punjab.Dasti ,though not a graduate,in all probability is likely to be more clear headed than Fahad.They are voted by people,whom most of the “CHATTER GROUP” consider illiterate.We must respect the verdict of people.In Pakistan a degree just enables you to write and read, it does not in anyways make you wise.Remember mediocre excel in every field in this country,including media.Do not have this belief that the day corruption is eliminated,this country would be a super power,it will not.Recommend

  • Ahmad Jibril
    May 14, 2010 - 7:05PM

    Excellent article, Fahd. Youve hit he nail on its head. We have to expose this cheating lot and make sure they do not get elected to public office.

    Dr Altaf’s arguments make me laugh. Voters do not make laws. Governments do. And courts implement them. The Election Commission laws are clear. How, then, can a person who has cheated the whole nation and lied under oath be allowed to run for a public office?

    People like Altaf should understand the meaning of democracy before advocating ‘fundamental rights’. Recommend

  • Rabia
    May 14, 2010 - 8:02PM

    adeel azhar sahib,
    I disagree. If we are going to judge people for omissions and poor ethical choices that they have made in the past, then we should also hold the present lot of judges accountable for their patently unlawful actions validating the 1999 coup and taking oaths under PCO.

    At a certain point one has to accept that certain realities are structural and simply move on. One example is the legal community’s support of the CJ despite his behaviour and past track record, and we should apply the same standard when assessing the situation of these fake degree parliamentarians. It’s not ideal, but there needs to be some baseline. Of course the standard for faking ones qualifications should be applied strictly in the next round of elections and no such excuses must be made at that point. Recommend

  • Hammad
    May 14, 2010 - 8:04PM

    u know the problem of total moral degradation is not limited to our politicians. the problem goes much deeper than that. the blame should not be put on the politicians only. instead of writing “shame on the whole lot” u should have written shame on all of us. frankly every single one of us in our own capacity cheats. the sabzi wala will cheat the customer. the doodh walla will swear on his dead mother’s grave that he is giving u the purest of milk while selling us sub grade product. the car mechanic will lie and steal. the person at the bank will lie on the face of the customer just so he can spend free time doing nothing. so in my view the politicians are the same as the people.Recommend

  • May 14, 2010 - 8:35PM

    Our so called leaders are morally and ethically bankcrupt without iota of shame.Recommend

  • Khalid Munir
    May 14, 2010 - 9:03PM

    Dastee did not cheat the nation. Niether did he cheat his voters. He flouted a law which was carved by a dictator who did not have any right to rule this country. Recommend

  • spin kane
    May 14, 2010 - 9:11PM

    More than 90% humans are ordinary people,they can not think clearly.They go on appearance.Thinking is guaranteed to every human being,but clear thinking is not.But the problem is that these ordinary people are not aware that their thinking is not clear.Another human nature is that we believe only those things which we want to believe and reject all other truths.Contesting elections in this country is not an easy process.The one who wins should be respected for the fact that he is representing thousands of people.Fahad should write a piece titled “SHAME ON ALL DICTATORS”,who misruled this country for almost 40 years.Give some time to the democratic process.Don’t show contempt for politicians.It is good for this country.Recommend

  • Shabah
    May 15, 2010 - 10:58AM

    As Winston Churchill said,

    “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for dinner.”

    Democracy has come to Pakistan (again) so now endure it. ;)Recommend

  • Qazi
    May 15, 2010 - 11:44AM

    Fahad should also write on Shame Journalism, and Sponsored Opinion Builders:)Recommend

  • Qazi
    May 15, 2010 - 11:51AM

    Please ask the Judiciary to hear reveiw petition of Malik Qayyum on NRO verdict. Let the CM Punjab tell, what happened to Rana San’s illegal plaza. Let the Justice be done! :)Recommend

  • K Sheikh
    May 15, 2010 - 4:00PM

    I agree with Fahd’s thesis. This Dasti guy should be taken to task.

    Spin Kane’s arguments sound so muddle headed and yet he is talking about ‘clear thinking’.

    Fahd, keep exposing characters like Dasti and Spin Kane. We have no shortage of them in our hapless country Recommend

  • spin kane
    May 15, 2010 - 9:06PM

    @K Shiekh sahib i am sorry that you have been hurt by my comments which was in no way my intention.You seem to be a degree holder from Central Punjab,depending on your age your political preference had been Zia,IJI,Nawaz Sharif and Musharaf.With my muddled head i think you are unfortunately part of that 90% group.God bless you. Recommend

  • dr. Altaf ul Hassan
    May 15, 2010 - 11:37PM

    And now Jamshed Dasti wins also in the long run,for your kind information please.Recommend

  • Umar Hashmi
    May 16, 2010 - 5:52PM

    I believe we need to focus on the system and the code of conduct rather than focusing on individuals.

    The system should not allow cheats/criminals/looters to be qualified to stand in an election. If there is a loop hole in the system then it needs to be plucked.

    Going to public for vote and winning election does not absolve anyone from the criminal act performed. Our system should filter out such people and allow only those who have untainted character.

    Criminal acts can not be left to the people to judge. Its not their domain. We have to leave these to the experts to decide.Recommend

  • Tariq S Khan
    May 17, 2010 - 2:25AM

    No doubt ‘Dasti’ is back, ‘jaisae thay’, ‘as u were’. In my opinion, it is the Judiciary which faltered.
    Fahad & Co, u guyz r doing a great & a sacred job. May Allah Almighty be with u. Ameen! Recommend

  • Iftikhar
    May 17, 2010 - 10:32AM

    What a shame !!! Jamshed Dasti’s win in the by-elections has supported someone’s idea that, for MNA/MPAs minimum education qualification should be atleast graduate while the voters’ minimum qualification for casting of vote should atleast be matric …..

    This episode, sadly reflects the mental level of voters of that constituency …….Recommend

  • Qazi
    May 17, 2010 - 4:13PM

    No one has the right to redicule the collective visdom of the people of a particular constituency. People in this habit are prisoner of history. Only this lot of shameless people has never allowed the democracy to work and backed the dictatorships. Recommend

  • ayesha fahd
    May 17, 2010 - 10:18PM

    How is the judiciary quiet on all of this, have they gone morally bankrupt too.Recommend

  • MI
    May 18, 2010 - 10:57PM

    “We” or should i say “I” the people of Pakistan, care for Pakistan only if it works for “ME”. That’s what people of MuzafaGarh did, Dasti was delivering what his constituency “PEOPLE” want. Dasti’s constituent don’t care what Dasti does to Pakistan. Dasti doesn’t abide the law , doesn’t matter, who is? Face it: Knowledge is Power and “WE” don’t have it.Recommend

  • Tayyab Fahim
    May 19, 2010 - 9:17AM

    Shame on sham democracy and shameless politics. It is generally said and believed that politicians in Pakistan don’t learn from their past mistakes. It is argued that they are never shy to touch new lows. Regrettably this time a prime minister held in higher esteem than the president has stooped low.

    His appearance in Muzaffargarh by-polls’ public meeting to campaign for the ruling Pakistan People’s Party’s candidate Jamshed Dasti was simply shocking and mournful. How could one with even a slightest of moral standing, dare to do what Gilani did so glaringly?

    Our ‘great democrats’ are in no mood to correct themselves. They seem to be enjoying repeating their past mistakes and believe in repeating them with greater vigour. They insult the intelligence of every sane person. They say democracy is the best revenge. Perhaps they are taking revenge from democracy and punishing the people voting for them. Their acts have let our heads down in shameRecommend

  • Tayyab Fahim
    May 19, 2010 - 10:43AM

    It is generally said and believed that politicians in Pakistan don’t learn from their past mistakes. It is argued that they are never shy to touch new lows. Regrettably the Honorable PM appearance in Muzaffargarh by-polls’ public meeting to campaign for the ruling Pakistan People’s Party’s candidate Jamshed Dasti was simply shocking. How could one with even a slightest of moral standing,
    Our ‘great democrats’ are in no mood to correct themselves. They seem to be enjoying repeating their past mistakes and believe in repeating them with greater vigour. They say democracy is the best revenge. Perhaps they are taking revenge from democracy and punishing the people voting for them. Recommend

  • Syed Wasi Haider
    May 19, 2010 - 2:35PM

    i dont have too much interst in politics, but i was very surprised when i came to know that jamshaid dasti in lime light, and he got popularity with in few years, he rise up very quickly.he is basicly from dasti Trible of Muzaffar garh. personly i think he is just materic he dont have any college degree, but if he fond the degree then its mean that is fake, regarding his victory and his popularity just i want to inform you that he is inter act with the common peoples of the city and also with all srrounded villages near muzaffar garh, he is serving without any fee, (court probs, land matters, and house custodian matters, even fight betweem other tribes and all other little and minor probs.) same like any filmi hero, so he got attention in the city and also in the all nearest villages. specilay he got double trust of the peoples of the city when he stand up in election against his cousin Abdul Hayee Dasti, (who was contineuly winner since long time) and he beat him with great voting power. i remember in 2005 he was becoming hero of the city , everybody was with him, he won the heart of the peoples, and common man of the city belive him same like Qaid.
    after that again he clean sweep in 2008 election. meanwhile he contineue to help the poor peoples , specily laboures and jobless peoples., after this success he was in Parliment, then he faced case against his eligiblity in court. he resigned, but you can see, he again got more then 66000 vote from his pole in recent Election.
    in your colum i agree he is against of the rule and he made fake degree yes off course he did wrong, but why again he is getting victory??? then i just wana say, this is the big Question Mark against the system?
    when your system cant work for common man your police your court and your fudal laws and land lord dont wana help you, and meanwhile one man come and he is doing help, even he got bad charchtor in the front of educated peoples. but he is doing help and trying to solv probs of the peoples, so peoples should vote him, this is the human nature. THANKSRecommend

  • kami
    May 24, 2010 - 11:55PM

    Its more about ethics i guess. producing fake degrees, cheating with the general public, lying on different issues. This became the moto of PPP. instead of ROTI KAPRA N MAKAAN they should be saing anything else. Its not only Dasti but in the case of Rehman Malik and Babar awan too. the way President is backin g these two persons. the way PPP is in confrontation with Judiciary is really harmfull for the system. the people r chanting slogans of democracy. they should b ashamed of it. we don,t need this kind of democracy but we need basic rights.
    we should not expect much from PM gillani or his team. God bless PakistanRecommend

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