Former Pakistani Air Force Man Hanged

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A former Pakistan Air Force chief technician, convicted for an assassination attempt on former president Pervez Musharraf, has been executed, a media report said Saturday.

Khalid Mehmood was executed in Rawalpindi's Central Jail Friday night, Dawn online reported.

Mehmood was sentenced to death Oct 3, 2005 for his involvement in an assassination attempt on Musharraf Dec 14, 2003 in Rawalpindi.

He was shifted to the jail Oct 27, 2010.

The executions of those convicted of terrorism started as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif lifted the moratorium on capital punishment in the aftermath of Peshawar school carnage that left around 150 people, mostly children, dead.


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Pervez Musharraf attack case: Ex-PAF technician hanged

RAWALPINDI: A former Pakistan Air Force (PAF) chief technician Khalid Mehmood, convicted in the Pervez Musharraf attack case, has been executed in the Central Jail Adiala, DawnNews reported Friday night.

Khalid Mehmood, along with four others, was awarded the death sentence on October 3, 2005 by the Field General Court Martial under the Army Act for his involvement in an assassination attempt on Gen (Retd) Pervez Musharraf on December 14, 2003 in Rawalpindi.

Also read: Four convicts in Musharraf attack case executed in Faisalabad

He belonged to Chak No 372 police station of Dunyapur in the Lodhran district with the present address of Lava, near high school Talagang, Chakwal.

Mehmood was shifted to Adiala Jail on October 27, 2010.

Strict security measures had been taken before his execution. Army and Rangers personnel were deployed in and outside the Adiala jail. Besides this, aerial surveillance of the area was also carried out.

Pervez Musharraf attack case: Ex-PAF technician hanged - Pakistan - DAWN.COM
 

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This might be a superfluous question, given Pakistan's inward political situation and its battle with Moslem extremist terrorism, but what were the motives of the would-be assassins of former president Pervez Musharraf? Were they anti-state Taliban? It seems strange that a serving member of the armed forces (I assume he was still serving in the Pak Air Force at the time of the assassination attempt) would have aligned himself with the Moslem extremists and fanatics.
 
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This might be a superfluous question, given Pakistan's inward political situation and its battle with Moslem extremist terrorism, but what were the motives of the would-be assassins of former president Pervez Musharraf? Were they anti-state Taliban? It seems strange that a serving member of the armed forces (I assume he was still serving in the Pak Air Force at the time of the assassination attempt) would have aligned himself with the Moslem extremists and fanatics.
Musharraf was a wily fox.

He was hunting the hare while running with the hounds. He gave Osama bin Laden and other terrorists safe havens secretly, while proclaiming form the rooftops that he was the first vanguard in the war on terror so that he could fool and milk the US.

However, Pakistan and its Armed Forces had been radicalised well before his time by Zia.

They thought Musharraf was a stooge of the US and had to be eliminated and so this bloke hanged was the cat's paw (a person who is used by another to carry out an unpleasant or dangerous task).

May like to read this from Farid Zakaria
The radicalization of Pakistan's military
Pakistan's military has traditionally been seen as a secular and disciplined organization. But the evidence is now overwhelming that it has been infiltrated at all levels by violent Islamists, including Taliban and al-Qaeda sympathizers.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opini...stans-military/2011/06/22/AGbCBSgH_story.html
 
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Pakistan is in a real mess. I don't think this is what Mohammed Ali Jinnah had as his vision for the country.
 
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They should have allowed this man to fly one of Pakistan's rust buckets. That would have been cheaper than the noose.
 
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Pakistan is in a real mess. I don't think this is what Mohammed Ali Jinnah had as his vision for the country.
I was reading somewhere that Pakistan has obliterated any reference to Jinnah's Aug 11 speech to the Constituent Assembly that he visioned a secular state.

That would actually go against the concept of Pakistan being a homeland for Muslims I presume.

That is possibly the start of the schizophrenic mindset of Pakistan. Wants to be a modern country and yet clinging on a their decadent philosophy of the Middle Ages.

Have you been to Indonesia (beyond visit Bali). What do you feel about Indonesia?
 
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I was reading somewhere that Pakistan has obliterated any reference to Jinnah's Aug 11 speech to the Constituent Assembly that he visioned a secular state.

That would actually go against the concept of Pakistan being a homeland for Muslims I presume.

That is possibly the start of the schizophrenic mindset of Pakistan. Wants to be a modern country and yet clinging on a their decadent philosophy of the Middle Ages.

Have you been to Indonesia (beyond visit Bali). What do you feel about Indonesia?
No, I've not travelled widely in Indonesia. Indonesia has its troubles, too, of course. But it seems to me that a Moslem country trying to be a modern, secular state is like trying to square the circle. It is an impossible task. A secular Moslem or Islamic country is a contradiction in terms. Islam is antithetical to secularism. Others may disagree, but it seems that way to me.
 

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No, I've not travelled widely in Indonesia. Indonesia has its troubles, too, of course. But it seems to me that a Moslem country trying to be a modern, secular state is like trying to square the circle. It is an impossible task. A secular Moslem or Islamic country is a contradiction in terms. Islam is antithetical to secularism. Others may disagree, but it seems that way to me.
It is true that Islam has rigid boundaries and no flexibility since it has confined to the diktats of the Quaran, Hadith and the Sunnah. Ijtihad or Islamic legal term that means "independent reasoning" was prevalent, but was discontinued since Sunni jurists argued that all major matters of religious law had been settled, allowing for taqlid, "the established legal precedents and traditions," to take priority over ijtihad. That leaves no space for flexibility.

Yet, I am told that till of late, the Islam of Indonesia was way 'cool' where compared to that of the Asiatic continent, where they clamoured for the Arab identity as their actual, when in actuality they were all converts, mostly from the downtrodden class of society and thus more clutching in their fervour to be 'Arabs' in descent, even if that was a fraudulent claim.

Even now, Indonesia they believe in Abangan, which is a belief system integrates Hinduism, Buddhism and Animist traditions.
 

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Many Pakistanis seem to want to be pseudo-Arabs and are great Arab admirers (though I don't know why) and wish to imitate them. Hence, the prevalence of the Al-Bakistan phenomenon that has been previously discussed.
 
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Many Pakistanis seem to want to be pseudo-Arabs and are great Arab admirers (though I don't know why) and wish to imitate them. Hence, the prevalence of the Al-Bakistan phenomenon that has been previously discussed.
They wish to delude themselves of their origin of the lower classes and wish to wipe out the stigma from their mind and their body. Sadly, they fail. Ghosts of the past still haunts.

DNA can never be wiped out.

Deendar Changar

This is the story of Pakistan which is has a past and now re-living it so as to differentiate themselves in delusional mist of memories.

Pakistan's caste system: The untouchable's struggle
Pakistan's caste system: The untouchable's struggle – The Express Tribune

And the above is from a reputed Pakistani newspaper.

But then folks like @Neo will prattle pious platitudes to obfuscate what the Pakistan commentators themselves state. ;)

Living in denial.
 
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Musharraf was a wily fox.

He was hunting the hare while running with the hounds. He gave Osama bin Laden and other terrorists safe havens secretly, while proclaiming form the rooftops that he was the first vanguard in the war on terror so that he could fool and milk the US.

However, Pakistan and its Armed Forces had been radicalised well before his time by Zia.

They thought Musharraf was a stooge of the US and had to be eliminated and so this bloke hanged was the cat's paw (a person who is used by another to carry out an unpleasant or dangerous task).

May like to read this from Farid Zakaria
The linked article was a good and informative article, Ray, and I'm linking to it again to keep for future reference. Cheers.
The radicalization of Pakistan's military
 

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