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HAVE RAWALPINDI BRAINS THEREFORE A PLAN B? by Salman Inqalabi

HAVE RAWALPINDI BRAINS THEREFORE A PLAN B?

Salman Inqalabi

The behavour of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif regarding the case of Indian Agent-cum-Spy-cum Organiser of Terrorism in Pakistan, Kalbhushan Jadhav remains shrouded in mystery. No one has been able to win Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan’s ‘bet’ that he would be prepared to lose Rs. Fifty thousand, if our patriotic Prime Minister mentioned in any of his speeches the name Kalbhushan even once. The implied meaning in Chaudhry Aitzaz’s famous bet is that for our government’s head, a person called Kalbhushan Yadhav doesn’t exist. He could well be a ‘creation’ of our ISI’s imagination. Or a tool invented by our Army to create a wedge between the developing relationship of LOVE and FRATERNITY between the families of Modi and Mian.

It was rumoured in the days before the announcement of Kalbhushan’s trial and conviction in a military court, that secret ‘parleys’ were going on between the House of Modis in India and the House of Sharifs in Pakistan to find a way to bail Kalbhushan Jadhav out. Then the earth shook for Mian. Jadhav was sentenced to death. The story didn’t end there.
The familiar character Jindal made an unexpected and unannounced entry. He came like a monarch in the darkness of an Islamabad night.
Without security clearance. Without notice. Met our Prime Minister in the mountains of Murree. Went back as secretly as he had come.
And now these International Court of Justice proceedings!
Has a wayout been found from the impasse that had been plaguing the love affair of two most powerful political families of the former sub-continent—Mians of Raiwind and Modis of Gujrat?
Behind this sinister love affair, the ‘sublime’ trophy is WEALTH. Untold wealth. Uncountable. Topless. Bottomless. Unfathomable.
The cost to Pakistan ? It’s security. It’s future. Is our Army unaware? Can’t be.
Pakistan security arrangements are not so bad as to allow Jindal’s plane to enter Pakistan’s airspace unnoticed. We have the most alert army in the world.
Have therefore Rawalpindi Brains a plan B?

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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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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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Nawaz Sharif Web of Lies: Coating Lies to Protect Previous Lies ad Infinitum

 

PM Nawaz Panama Sharif

 

Web of Lies

 

 

 

 

 

Ask Nawaz Sharif, Pervaiz Rasheed or Rana Sanaullah, how many times in the political arena have they spoken the truth, and you will probably be met with stony silence. The reason of-course is quite simple. Speaking the truth or acknowledging it, never came naturally to them or for that matter, the majority of PML-N’s leadership. While the PML-N is quite capable of stooping to the lowest possible depths in order to recruit like-minded liars into their party, perhaps in the future they should invite party applications exclusively for a category of people who seem to thrive in the PML-N – Compulsive liars.

 

Web of Lies

What is the definition of a compulsive liar? To simplify things, let us go with the most common definition. “A compulsive liar is someone who lies with ease and finds comfort in it. The person may even continue to lie when presented with the truth in cold, hard facts. Getting a compulsive liar to admit he or she lied can be nearly impossible”. PML-N has many people who fall under this category, starting with Nawaz Sharif, the man who continued to claim publicly time and time again that he had never made a deal with Musharraf, which took him from the confines of Adiala Jail to the hospitality of the Saudis in Jeddah. Nobody believed him to begin with, given his previous track record, and once again Sharif was exposed when the signed agreement between the Sharif family and Musharraf’s government was released to the public

Sharif being one of the world’s most gifted compulsive liars, when confronted with the document in an interview, acknowledged the document was correct, however questioned the amount of years he had actually agreed to stay outside of Pakistan. The fact that yet another one of his lies was exposed did not make a difference to him, in fact he proceeded to outdo himself recently when, after repeatedly begging the army chief to intervene and negotiate with the PTI in August 2014, he came onto the floor of the national assembly and violated the sanctity of the house and the office of the Prime Minister, when he lied to the nation yet again by claiming he had not asked the army to intervene in breaking the deadlock. This particular lie was quickly exposed, when the ISPR swiftly moved to dispel this notion and released a statement confirming that it had indeed been asked by Sharif to meet with the PTI and break the deadlock in Islamabad.

Given this track record, it is no surprise that Nawaz Sharif has surrounded himself with people who share his lack of morals and integrity. People like Pervaiz Rasheed and Rana Sanaullah, appear on national television daily, and blatantly lie to the country. When a PTI rally is attacked by PML-N goons, Rasheed and Sanaullah appear on TV, claiming no such event occurred. When video footage is released showing the act in progress, and the PML-N affiliated culprits, these same people continue to deny the event, and instead of accepting responsibility, they attempt to cast suspicions on the footage itself.

This is a shameful reality of Nawaz Sharif and his henchmen, who have used every possible avenue and opportunity to hide facts, obstruct the course of justice, and continue to deny facts and figures, even when confronted with factual evidence. From refusing to accept their role in the rigging of the 2013 general elections, to the cold-blooded murders of innocent civilians in Lahore, Islamabad and Faisalabad, or the millions spent on buying the loyalties of media houses and journalists. The list is endless.

Characters like Khawaja Saad Rafique, caught on camera manipulating the elections in his own constituency, were rewarded for stealing the election through the Ministry of Railways. Interestingly however, Saad Rafique has not managed to enjoy his stolen victory these days, as his constituency is at the top of the list of constituencies the PTI is bent on auditing. If that was not enough, Iqrar Ul Hassan and the ARY team recently exposed a major scam at the Ministry of Railways, causing Saad Rafique sleepless nights.

To add a little bit of color or craziness, depending on which side of the bench you are sitting on, PML-N recently also activated the likes of Marvi Memon, another Pervaiz Rasheed protégé who seems to be well on course for replacing Rasheed as the PML-N’s most naturally gifted liar within its ranks. Memon, who also seems to enjoy spending tax payer funds at the PTV offices in Islamabad attempting to combat PTI’s social media team, is best known for her loyalty to her-then “Uncle” Pervez Musharraf, and the PML-Q. Clearly however, once that honeymoon was over, she came to the understanding that she belonged in the PML-N, a party that was filled with people with “distinguished” pasts such as herself

 

Nawaz Sharif in Hall of Fame of Panama Papers

 

 

Indeed, the majority of the people who left the PML-N high and dry in 1999 and 2000, were all accepted back into the ranks by the Sharif brothers, and today hold important positions within the party. This despite the fact, that the Sharif’s are on record in the news and print media, swearing that they will never accept the people who were part of Musharraf’s regime, or those who had left the party after the Sharif’s were thrown out of power, back into the PML-N.

The lesson therefore is quite clear – if you are looking for a party that has an abundance of compulsive liars, party-hoppers, thugs and criminals, then you do not need to look any further than PML-N.

 

Nawaz Sharif Has Lost Pakistani Nation’s Trust Forever

 

 

 

Lies Liars and Nawaz SharifSuch is the reality of the PML-N, that it becomes painfully obvious why PTI Chairman Imran Khan and the PTI leadership do not trust Nawaz Sharif and his party. The characters within the PML-N, each have a past and track record of lying, dodging the law and resorting to violence and threats when confronted with factual evidence of their wrong doings. In such an environment, expecting them to stick to their word is equivalent to expecting it to snow in Karachi! To say the chances are slim, would be an understatement.

What then is the next option? Plan C is in motion, sending a clear message that the PTI will not back down from its constitutional right, and will display its incredible street power in a peaceful protest across Pakistan. We have already witnessed the incredible resilience and passion of PTI workers and supporters across Pakistan and overseas, and this wave of support will continue to grow and remain focused on the goals of the Azadi March which originated from Lahore on August 14th.

However, the PTI leadership must continue to tread cautiously while dealing with the PML-N, given the history of lies and deceit that are part and parcel of PML-N, and its leadership which is full of shady characters, most of whom would have been disqualified from ever holding any public office, if we had an election commission with any backbone and integrity. Sadly, the ECP much like the Judiciary is living in its own version of Pakistan, where apparently everything is working perfectly as long as Constitution Avenue remains clear for their motorcades, and their pay cheques continue to flow into their bank accounts.

Courtesy:

http://insaf.pk/mediagallery/blogs/17922-lies-liars-and-nawaz-sharif-by-yasir-shah

 

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The Sharif Family Saga of Corruption

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sharif Family Saga of Corruption

 

There is no probing required by any military court. NAB, under Gen Amjad and Gen Khalid Maqbool has already done a lot of probing into the money laundering case by Sharif family from 2000 to 2002. I wonder why NAB is silent and why it is sitting over all that evidence?
 
The entire details of money laundering and money trail during the 1990s, which was also used to buy off the Avenfield House apartments, has been confessed by Ishaq Dar, Saeed ahmed ( present deputy governor, Haroon Pasha and Kamal Qureshi of Ittefaq/ Sharif Group and a Money Exchange operated by Zaigham, in April 2000 in the interim Hudabiya Paper Mills Reference. 
 
Later in Sept 2001,a supplementary Reference by the name of Hudabiya Paper Volume two, was filed with irrefuteable evidence showing receipt of transactions and statements of money changers, implicating the sharif family in money laundering.
 
Ishaq Dars statement’s in this money laundering case is an ‘irrevocable statement’ as it has been recorded under section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

 
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In his statement, Ishaq Dar accused Nawaz and Shahbaz Sharif of money laundering in the Hudaibiya Paper Mills case. At one point in the 43-page statement, Dar said that on the instructions of Mian Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif, “I opened two foreign currency accounts in the name of Sikandara Masood Qazi and Talat Masood Qazi with the foreign currency funds provided by the Sharif family in the Bank of America by signing as Sikandara Masood Qazi and Talat Masood Qazi”.
 
Qazis are a Pakistani family settled in London, with whom Ishaq Dar was lodged up as a paying guest while he was doing his Chartered Accountancy. He somehow managed to get hold of copies of their passports which he used for opening fake accounts. Dar himself used to sign all cheques on behalf of the Qazis. This is all confessed by Dar while he was lodged at Chamba House ( NABs temporary HQs in Lahore) from Jan to April 2000. Haroon, Kamal Qureshi,  Dar, Naeem and a Lahore money changer- Zaigham were all produced before the court at Circuit House Lahore in April 2000 after the completeion of their 90 days detention, when the Hudabiya Reference was filed. Dar advised to the others in the court that they should fully cooperate with NAB as the game is over. He however feigned that he had been beaten up severely during his detention and needed assistance while walking.
 
Some of the Qazis have shifted to the U.S after the NAB Reference was filed as they felt insecure in Britain.
 
Dar said that all instructions to the bank in the name of these two persons were signed by him under the orders of “original depositors”, namely Mian Nawaz Sharif and Mian Shahbaz Sharif.
 
Dar further states “The foreign currency accounts of Nuzhat Gohar and Kashif Masood Qazi were opened in Bank of America by Naeem Mehmood ( Dars office assistant) under my instructions (based on instructions of Sharifs) by signing the same as Nuzhat Gohar and Kashif Masood Qazi.”
 
Dar stated that besides these foreign currency accounts, a previously opened foreign currency account of Saeed Ahmed,  (present Deputy Governor state bank and a former director of First Hajvari Modaraba Co and close friend of Dar from his student days) and of Mussa Ghani, the nephew of Dar’s wife, were also used to deposit huge foreign currency funds provided by “the Sharif family” to offer them as collateral to obtain different direct and indirect credit lines.
 
Dar has disclosed that the Bank of America, Citibank, Atlas Investment Bank, Al Barka Bank and Al Towfeeq Investment Bank were used under the instructions of the Sharif family.
 
Interestingly enough, Ishaq Dar also implicates himself by confessing in court that he along with Haroon Pasha and Kamal Qureshi of Sharif group and Naeem Mehmood (Dars office boy) had opened fake foreign currency accounts in different international banks.
 
Dar states that an amount of $3.725 million in Emirates Bank, $ 8.539 million in Al Faysal Bank and $2.622 million were later transferred in the accounts of the accounts Hudaibya Paper Mills.
 
The Qazi family upon coming into knowledge that millions of dollars are lying in their accounts in various banks lodged a complaint to the police in London in 1998.
 
Dar updated the P.M of the situation and as a result the entire 7 member Qazi family was invited over to Lahore as State guests by the prime minister, and pacified! 
 
Where are those files? The last time I saw them were at the office of Maj Farooq Adam, the Prosecutor General of NAB during the initial years. No further probe is required. Only a verdict needs to be awarded!
 
By the way, one of the co-accusseds later read out both volumes of the Reference to the Sharifs at Saroor Palace. They were not satisfied with the amount of wealth they had and raised eyebrows at each other in suspicion. 
 

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