Thursday, 16 August 2007


Hey guys… It’s been a while since we wore the sheriff's badge again… Today, we pick out another plagiarised editorial in the Herald… This time Robin Abreu at his very very very crafty best… Why best? Here's why…
You guys must listen to this story....

You see, once a burglar broke into a house in Assagao during the rains. The burglar jumped the compound wall and landed in a patch of wet mud. He walked across the lawn, opened the window (which he had sought out during his reconnaissance earlier in the day) and hopped in. Once inside he sneaked up to the cupboard, cracked open the lock and stashed the loot in a bag he carried. On the way out, he lit a match to look around for something else he could carry with him. He suddenly saw that his muddy feet had left a trail across the floor. So what did he do? He stripped off his shirt and as he traced his steps back he scrubbed the floor off mud trail all the way to the window. You guys know why he did this… For fear of being caught.
And why are we telling you this story… Cause our dear old Editor Robin Abreu, Goa’s undisputed burglar of words, emulates his house-breaking counterpart to perfection.
This time Robin takes off on an NDTV story, filed by its correspondent in Pakistan.

We show you how…


Is this the beginning of the end for President Musharraf?

Barely hours after (This is exactly what we meant, when we said wiping off the tracks. What Robin tries to do here is just tweak words/phrases a wee bit to ensure that folks like us who run a google search to nail his copywork, fail. Where the NDTV story states ‘A day after’, Robin cleverly converts that bit to ‘Barely hours after’) he rejected an emergency, speculation is rift (Speculation is rift, or is it ‘rife’ Robin… run a spell check man…20,000 readers pay to read this paper) in South East Asia, that Pakistans problems are about to begin (here again guys… see this… while the NDTV story says ‘precursor to more problems, our Robin simplifies it saying ‘problems are about to begin’) all over again. And for India in particular, any unrest in Pakistan is a precursor for trouble in the North. And the signs are there that there is more to come.
With the Karachi stock exchange plummeting and political leaders like Benazir Bhutto warning of more intense legal challenges ahead of the Presidential elections, alarm bells have begun to ring that the worst is not yet over for Pakistan.
So is Musharraf is slowly losing grip on his power. With elections around the corner, Musharraf would like to be re-elected as President when the assemblies vote between mid-September and mid-October. But his conflict with the judiciary where he came out second best and the opposition could be a stumbling block in his reelection process. And if Nawaz Shariff does come back, then Musharraf is in for some more headaches. However Pakistan’s biggest ally, USA is not going to help out. The reason, the constant presence of Taliban in Pakistan and the suspicion that Pakistan is harbouring Osama Bin Laden. Till all these problems are sorted out, Musharraf will keep on getting sleepless nights.


NDTV Correspondent
Friday, August 10, 2007 (Pakistan)

A day after President Musharraf rejected an emergency Pakistan is worried all that intense speculation is a precursor to more problems.
Pakistan's president, General Pervez Musharraf, may have poured cold water on speculation he was planning a state of emergency but now it's the country that is counting the costs.
The Karachi stock exchange plummeted and political leaders like Benazir Bhutto are warning of more intense legal challenges ahead of the Presidential elections.
''After some time there was a little bit of clarity regarding emergency, the market has bounced back a little bit.
''Still it is in the minus point and almost Rs 20 billion worth of market capitalisation has been wiped out,'' said Zafar Moti, Broker, Karachi Stock Exchange.
On the streets of Pakistan there is no doubt Musharraf is slowly losing grip on his power.
Ideally, Musharraf would like to be re-elected as President when the assemblies vote between mid-September and mid-October.
Though his confrontation with the judiciary, and the opposition could be a stumbling block.

Power sharing deal

The Supreme Court has admitted a petition by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to return and a power sharing deal with Benazir Bhutto is in trouble, after her insistence Musharraf give up the uniform.
''General Musharraf and his advisors believe it is constitutional. The PPP political advisors, legal advisor believe it is not. So, this is an issue, which will probably end up in the court if it gets ahead.
''Obviously the Election Commission of Pakistan has to announce the schedule for the Presidential elections. That has not happened yet, it is expected. But it will probably be disputed and end up being a legal matter,'' said Benazir Bhutto.
It seems pressure from America also influenced the decision not to impose emergency as at the borders with Afghanistan more trouble is brewing. President George Bush has hinted at swift action and many are wondering if perhaps there is a growing impatience with Musharraf a once staunch ally.