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The genesis of corruption by Tahir Kamran

The genesis of corruption
Tahir Kamran

 

June 19, 2016 

Is a corruption-free Pakistan possible?

 

 

 

A few days back, an old acquaintance asked me about the future pattern of Punjab politics in the wake of a scam as big as the Panama Leaks. I told him nothing is likely to effect any change in the existing pattern of Punjab politics. Not a single parliamentarian has raised a voice or threatened to depose the current rulers because ‘the first family’ has off-shore companies and the source of capital invested is shrouded in obscurity.
Of course it is corruption. But then isn’t that the way of life in the land of the pure? If it is an art, we have perfected it; if it is a science, we have excelled in it. More worryingly, we have accorded legitimacy to corrupt practices. In fact, we celebrate both corruption and the corrupt.
In the Victorian era, man was defined as a symbol of masculinity, white (read Caucasian) and rational with values derived from the Christian faith. If we try to define Pakistani ‘man’, corruption has to be an essential trait that he is bound to carry in order to qualify as ‘man’. He also has to be yaran da yar, (friend of friends) which means a real ‘man’ shows no respect for any law or regulation when it comes to his friends, cronies or sidekicks.
Thus in our case, violating the law or even constitution for that matter symbolises how powerful someone is. For the poor, corruption may be a means of climbing the social ladder but for the rich and affluent, corruption is the means to express power.
Another acquaintance jestingly said the other day that he has tried to make a payment of a few dollars to get his name included in the list that has emerged out of Panama Leaks. I asked him why he did that, knowing he wasn’t serious. He replied that it was a sign of ‘respectability’; it becomes damn easy to marry off a daughter to a boy from a good family if you can affirm your wealth.
Historians (particularly Edward Gibbon) have inferred from the past that when wealth becomes the principal determinant of the values that society respects, the fall of that society becomes inevitable. The same happened with the Romans and they fell, never to rise again. The generation of wealth and even more so its distribution should be carried out through mutually agreed regulations, which the Romans started flouting with impunity, and hence their fall.
For the poor, corruption may be a means of climbing the social ladder but for the rich and affluent, corruption is the means to express power.
Indeed, it needs no less than a miracle for any nation/civilization to rejuvenate itself. China can be put forth as one rare example. But it too will have to go a long way to match the sole super power, USA.
Another of my friends says, “corruption and Pakistan are like two peas in a pod”. His observation seems sweeping, yet it cannot be easily denied. The first and foremost cause of corruption was embedded in the cataclysmic event of Partition. This is depicted in the relevant chapters from the works of Ilyas Chattha, Urvashi Butalia, Yasmin Khan and Vazira Zamindar. Such events as the partition of India are no less than the upheavals of history bringing about the tectonic shift in the established norms of sociology and culture.
As a consequence of an event of such magnitude, usually a break from the past (though selective) is intended which causes rupture in the centuries-old tradition. The process of evolution which is usually gradual and steady is markedly disrupted. Such disruptions tear the affected people apart from the socio-cultural norms and practices which have hitherto defined their collective ethos. Every one, in such a scenario, is running for life. En masse relocation and genocide, such as were concomitant to partition, gave a big blow to the sensibility that binds people together.
Many living the life of relative deprivation in united India saw Pakistan as a land of opportunities, and came to the newly-founded country for economic gains. In the newly established state of Pakistan, regulatory structures were not in place to check any arbitrary practice aiming to amass wealth or to grab property. Thus the people who could, did all that was possible to secure wealth. Partition catapulted many from rags to riches. These sort of sudden changes contravene the smooth and gradual process of evolution, which people find really hard to come to terms with.
Another cataclysmic event was secession of East Pakistan, which gave a big jolt to the morale of the people. The trust in the future of the country was considerably undermined, a ripe situation in which corruption could proliferate.
Unfortunately Pakistan’s politics, right from the outset, was marred by inconsistent transitions. One political order was substituted by the other, with the two having hardly anything in common. Hence, the transition was abrupt and instantaneous. Political compromises of the oddest kind were made merely for personal gains. Characters like Ghulam Muhammad, Iskander Mirza and Ayub Khan did not allow institutions to germinate and blossom. The will of the people was not sought, in the first place; if and when elections were held, non-political actors wielded more power than the elected ones.
Therefore, institutions remained weak and their fate uncertain. Religious ideology was deployed for self-legitimisation with disastrous consequences. In such a scenario, when state institutions were weakened beyond measure, corruption flourished rampantly.
Such political choices made by the Pakistani elite conjured up a social fabric which was amenable to practices which were corrupt to the core. I do believe that a social movement spearheaded by the intelligentsia can stall that trend. But Pakistan’s history fails to register the existence of any social movement aimed at raising awareness among the people about such an issue of wider significance. So, thus far, there is no hope for a corruption-free Pakistan.

 

 

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Pakistan’s progress is slow due to corruption and incompetence in country: CJP

Pakistan’s progress is slow due to corruption and incompetence in country: CJP

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Pakistan’s steps toward progress and prosperity are being slowed down by corruption and incompetence, said Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali on Saturday.

Addressing the Azad Kashmir Judicial Conference 2016 at a reception here, the chief justice said the country could be put on the path to progress and prosperity by eliminating corruption and incompetence.

He said 60 percent of cases had been pending with the high court’s for a long time and the main reasons for the backlog were incompetence, negative thinking, and corruption in government departments.

He said 20 percent cases were pending in the courts due to mala fide intentions, egotism and the case for case trend.

He said judges were the servants of the masses and not their rulers.  He said the attitude of judges towards the parties should be positive, God-fearing, tolerant and amicable during the hearing of cases.

He further added that peace was impossible without a judicial system and that self-accountability was inevitable for good governance. “Since judges perform a sacred duty, their attitude should be positive in the courts,” he said.

Justice Jamali said improvement could be brought in the judicial system through the use of the latest technology and there was also a need to benefit from the experiences of other countries in this regard. He said corruption and incompetence were eating the country like termites.

Justice Jamali said Kashmiris must be allowed to exercise their right to self-determination in accordance with the UN resolutions. He said the Muslim countries were facing conspiracies from outside while inside they faced chaos.

He said the bar was an important part of the judicial system and therefore the duties of its members were manifold.

“Creation of an effective society is impossible without flushing out basic social ailments,” he added.  He said it was the responsibility of judges to change their attitude and fulfill the requirements of the Constitution and the law.

He urged the bar to cooperate with the judiciary in order to improve the judicial system.

CJP urged the bar not to pressurise judges so that the court proceedings could be completed in a pleasant atmosphere.   Chief Justice of Azad Jammu and Kashmir also addressed the conference.

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Sharif Family’s Gulf Steel in UAE – Defaulted on Loan from BCCI

 Sharif Family’s Gulf Steel in UAE – Defaulted on Loan from BCCI

 

  Gulf Steel – The actual state

  
Sharif brothers ; Bank loans and Gulf Steel 

 

Gulf Steel Dubai was in debt in early eighties. BCCI people working at that time know that Sharif family sold the factory to partially settle their debts with BCCI and may be other banks. BCCI filed a case against the company, Mian Mohammad Sharif & Shahbaz Sharif to recover the balance of loan. Because of default in payment of amount decreed by court (about AED 6.5M) in favor of BCCI , arrest warrants were issued against older Sharif & Shahbaz. With the help of  Ejaz ul Haq , who at that time worked for BOA Bahrain the loan was written off by BCCI and at the request of Mian Sharif to Zia ul Haq, Nawaz Sharif was made finance minister of Punjab. 

 

Nawaz Sharif’s claim that he sold Gulf Steel to buy flats in London is wrong. It is a pack of lies. 

 

 

Out of 200 Million Pakistanis;how many Pakistanis have such luxurious surrounding.

 

 In early 1990, Shahbaz Sharif and Mian Tariq Shafi ((first cousin & brother-in-law) visited Regional Office of BCCI in Dubai and received two payments of AED 4 M each (total AED 8M) in cash. The amount was booked as loan with interest suspended from day one. Shahbaz used a fake name (Rashid Rahim). The AOF showed address as c/o Middle East Regional Office and no telephone no. According to story circulating in BCCI at that time it was donation for IJI which was established by agencies to bring Nawaz Sharif to power. 

When BCCI was closed in July 1991, the liquidator started follow up of the loans at Lahore. The Central Bank auditors had serious objection on these loans because it was given to non-residents with no collateral. Tariq Shafi paid some amount but the liquidator could not recover any amount from Shahbaz Sharif because the loan was in a fake name. The way the loans were given clearly showed that an understanding was given to Sharif family that it would be written off in future.

 
The Pakistani nation should know that the family is nothing but a bunch of crooks.

The above is based on events as related by an ex employee of BCCI Dubai.

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SHARIF FAMILY ASSETS

SHARIF FAMILY ASSETS

 Americans agreed to work together with Zardari and Nawaz Sharif. News

 The central question is when did the London property was purchased in 2006 or much earlier and in whose name?

 
The No 17 apartment at Avenfield House was purchased in 1993 when Hussain was doing his LLM. The family has lived in that 5 bedroom apartment eversince. Later, 17 A the apartment next door was purchased. The No 16 Apartment, right opposite to No 17 was purchased in 1999. Was said to be owned by Shehbaz Sharif. No 16 has been on rent from time to time. Then in 2006, the No 16 went to NS. These properties have changed ownerships several times since then making it nearly impossible to follow the transactions.

The First daughter says she has only one asset – a BMW gifted by a Gulf ruler. Did she hand it over to the treasury and paid nominal amount to own it? Car gift because of being PM’s daughter she received from a Middle Eastern Ruler, did she hand it over to the state. 
 

The black BMW 650 convertible sports car model 2005 was owned by NS in London. He had it shipped to Karachi in November 2007, a couple of weeks before their arrival in Pakistan. It was never a gift from any Gulf ruler. The cars history can be confirmed from British motor registration authority by simply sending the chassis number. 

 
The Saudi govt however gifted a bullet proof car model 2007, MB S-600 to NS, when he arrived in Pakistan, which is not even in the news. As such no custom duty was paid by NS on this S class. The saudi embassy probably got the taxes exempted.
 
Everything is know to everyone concerned but nothing will happen to the Sharifs. A determined Gen. Musharraf and his team knew much more than that but could do nothing except build weak cases which were never proceeded with.
 

 Hussain Nawaz on Geo

 

Hussain Nawaz came on Geo & Express because Indian Express, a well read Indian newspaper, that obviously got access to the Panama Leaks, called him to explain his name in the leaks. Knowing that the cat is out of the bag, he tried to counter it by admitting the ownership prior to the news breaking in Pakistan.
 
 
1. How come Hussain, who was never visible except when they would accompany father in trips to India, China and Turkey to meet business people, suddenly erupted into action a month ago and unleashed series of TV interviews to explain his position? 
 
It is evident he came to know about the upcoming leaks from questions received from media including the News. 
 
2. The central question is when did the London property was purchased in 2006 or much earlier and in whose name? If we correlate the issue with Hudaibya Paper Mill case which exposed Sharifs as owners in the London High Court judgment in 1998. The Raymond W Baker Book Both Sharif Brothers were shown as owners and paid dues when Parkland property was attached. Offshore companies’ names became known and payments were made through intricate man oeuvres. It was then that daughter Mariam’s name also figured. Raymond W Baker’s book Capitalism’s Achilles Heel which traces their wealth was also published at that time. 
     
3. When were the names of Nawaz and Shahbaz removed from record? Did he go to Saudi Arabia to tamper and straighten record including sources and dates of funding? 
 
4: what has been Father’s activities in London which he visited about 70 times during last two year at state expense? Why does he invariably makes a stopover in London during every visit to US or Europe while coming and going? Even the Charsadda tragedy did not interrupt that schedule. Is the premier using these visits to exploit his position to promote children’s business in clear conflict of interest? 
At that time while the university was drenched in blood, he did not return and stayed back just to tell an investment conference how safe and attractive Pakistan was for investment. 
    
5. Opening Offshore companies may not be illegal but it is important that through them the movement of assets and resources has to be scrutinized to ascertain sources. How these assets were purchased and who provided funding? 
 
6. Trustee may not be beneficiary but cannot hold shares as is evident in case of First Daughter. Her husband did not disclose her asset and financial dealings. 
 
7. It is not difficult to open a regular company in London. It is very simple it can be done in one day so why dubious ways were adopted to open several offshore companies. To evade/avoided taxes and other details. How much tax the children and earlier NS and Shahbaz saved or paid? 
 
8. To the valid question as to the children do not bring their untold wealth to invest in homeland when the father asks others to do that, a funny explanation has been given. It would have raised objections that the children would have been accused of using influence of father and uncle. Then why Hamza Shahbaz, Salman are doing extensive and varied businesses including monopolizing poultry and dairy business to ensure they get special tax concessions from ‘uncle Dar’ and yet push prices to dizzy height for poor common people. Also being filthy rich they could launch charity institutions in the country if not do business. 
 
9.   The way the children have earned billions of pounds and amassed wealth from modest resources make them geniuses. The father should display patriotism and bring them to Pakistan to use their wiz dry in enriching the country. The First Daughter is non filer and claims to be dependent on father at state expense. Who has no source of income himself and lives in mother’s house. Uncle also does not have and house of his own and lives in Wife’s house. 
 
10.  The First daughter says she has only one asset – a BMW gifted by a Gulf ruler. Did she hand it over to the treasury and paid nominal amount to own it? Car gift because of being PM’s daughter she received from a Middle Eastern Ruler, did she hand it over to the state. 
 
11. Did Capt. Safdar disclose the off shore company of his wife in his declaration when contesting election?  
 
12.  If everything was legal, nothing prevented NS to declare their children’s assets to possess high moral position before the people no matter whether it was legally incumbent or not. 
 
13.  Much is made of Ittefaq Foundry asset. It was nationalized by Bhutto along with other major industries in 1970s. Gen. Zia slammed his nationalization policy. But through Ghulam Ishaq Khan, the only industry that was privatized was Ittefaq. It was owned by six brothers. How was it worth in 1981 when Sharif became finance minister? This can been demonstrated through disclosure how much tax was paid after that. There was phenomenal/ dizzy growth of only Sharifs. After becoming PM is multiplied further. Rules were amended to promote Ittefaq at the cost of Heavy Mechanical Complex and also destroyed world’s second biggest Ship Breaking industry in Baluchistan.
 
14. What were the ages of Hussain, Hasan, and Mariam in 1992? 
 
15. The Government should refer the matter to World Bank and request it to track the funding of off shore companies because it has efficient mechanism for that. 
 
The issue must be raised through public rallies (in the court of the people), media, assemblies and various other forums piece by piece. 
 

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