History, how we write it. Why we do not learn from it

Lt. General (retired) Abdul Majid Mallik has written his autobiography in Urdu, published in 2015 with the title Hum Bhi Wahan Maujood Thai” (translated “I was also present there” 

It mentions  (translated): 

“An important event like Kargil required research and analysis but we showed our traditional lack of interest. But India is far ahead of us in these matters. In India not only inquiry takes place, but the report is also published, those responsible are punished. After Kargil, they continued this practice of holding an inquiry. The failure of Indian Army Intelligence was recognized, and necessary corrective action was taken in this respect. Unfortunately, in Pakistan, no such inquiry is held in such matters.” (p.252)  Continue reading “History, how we write it. Why we do not learn from it”

Public Interest Litigation under Article 184 of the Constitution

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) has been examining and has noticed the following shortcomings in the handling of cases of public interest litigation under Article 184 (popularly known as ‘suo moto’ action) of the constitution. As published in Dawn newspaper Karachi dated September 16th, 2011 with a follow-up story published on September 7, 2018. Continue reading “Public Interest Litigation under Article 184 of the Constitution”

My Most Embarrassing Experience of Service

I am reproducing the report that I submitted to the Chief justice of Pakistan on 6th Feb 1990.

“Report on the Delayed Arrival of the Pakistan Delegate at the Inaugural Session of the Seminar on the Independence of the Judiciary held at New Delhi, India on 20th January 1990

On our arrival at the Indra Gandhi Air Terminal, New Delhi, India, on the evening of 19th January 1990, Mr. Imdad Ali, Protocol Officer of our High Commission, and also an official of the Indian Supreme Court received us, the latter presenting bouquet, the former having arranged the transport from the airport to the hotel.  The Protocol Officer handed me a small envelope (Annex I) containing the visiting card of the Pakistan High Commissioner with the following writing on it: –

“Welcome to Delhi.  I shall call at the Hotel at 9.30 a.m. tomorrow and accompany you to the opening session”. Continue reading “My Most Embarrassing Experience of Service”

Show that there exists a constitution in the country

In a book written by Syed  Shahid Hussain Khan CSP, it is mentioned that National Defence College of Pakistan was raised to the status of University. There is no copy of Constitution to be found in it, only a commentary. Not surprising that Gen Musharraf found no solution but he did find it only in a letter written by President Lincoln of USA. (See Musharraf’s book of “In the line of fire” page 152). The key part of that letter is

“I felt that matter otherwise unconstitutional might become lawful by becoming indispensable to the preservation of the constitution through the preservation of the nation. I assumed this  part and now avow it”

Will Gen Musharraf ever disclose which President’s dream justified sending not only the convict but his entire family into exile with a hefty security deposit with him in US dollars, not to return for ten years not to take part in politics for the same number of years? Oscar Wilde has said somewhere, the truth will be found out sooner or later. Continue reading “Show that there exists a constitution in the country”