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AN INVITATION : PAKISTAN INDEPENDENCE EVENT DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 14, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

PAKISTAN INDEPENDENCE DAY

PARADE & FESTIVAL

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2013

 

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HISTORY OF CORRUPTION OF SHARIF BROTHERS

Unknown-6HISTORY OF CORRUPTION OF NAWAZ SHARIF SO CALLED POLTICAL LEADER OF PAKISTAN PART 1

History of Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif So Called Poltical Leader of Pakistan

12DEC

In the early eighties, after that Nawaz Sharif had completed his education his father Mian Muhammad Sharif started him in the business. However, this proved a disaster. As a second option Mian Muhammad Sharif set him up with Pakistani actor Saeed Khan Rangeela to get him into acting (something which Nawaz Sharif wanted).

A few days later Saeed Khan Rangeela sent his regrets to Mian Muhammad Sharif saying that his son was too dumb for acting and movie industry. Mian Muhammad Sharif then a cricket coaches to train his son for cricket, but his physical fitness was too low for the sport. It is rumored that by mid-day on his first day at training Nawaz Sharif threw the bat down and left the stadium saying, “This is too tough for me.”  As a last resort he paid General Ghulam Jilani Khan a considerable sum of monies to introduce Nawaz Sharif to General Zia-ul-Haq recommending him for a political post, who in turn made Nawaz Sharif the Finance Minister of Punjab. This was the day when the street thugs of Mohni Road had stepped on to becoming the national thugs of Pakistan.

The day Nawaz Sharif had become Finance Minister, the entire family’s earnings were few million rupees and had only one refinery. From there they went on to: Ittefaq Sugar Mills was set up in 1982, Brothers steel in 1983, Brother’s Textile Mills in 1986, Brothers Sugar Mills Ltd in 1986, Ittefaq Textile units in 2-3 in 1987, Khalid Siraj Textile Mills in 1988, Ramzan Buksh Textiles in 1987, Farooq Barkat (pvt) Ltd in 1985. By the time of Zia ul Haq’s fateful plane crash, Mian Muhammad Sharif’s family was earning a net profit of US$ 3 million, up from a few million rupees. By the end of the decade their net assets were worth more than 6 billion rupees, according to their own admission, nearly US$ 350 million at the time. But this turned out to be small-change when Nawaz Sharif became the Prime Minister.

When Nawaz Sharif became prime minister, the group took a decision to secure project loans from the foreign banks and only working capital were taken from the nationalized commercial banks. The project financing from foreign banks was ostensibly secured against the foreign currency deposits, a number of which were held in benamee accounts, as repeatedly claimed by Interior Minister Naseer Ullah Babar at his press conferences. In 1992 Salman Taseer released an account of Nawaz Sharif’s corruption stating that the family had taken loans of up to 12 billion rupees, which were never paid back. On March 2, 1994, Khalid Siraj, a cousin of Nawaz Sharif claimed that the assets of the seven brothers were valued at Rs 21 billion.

These were the accounts of profits and companies which were openly known to public. However, the family kept their side business going all the while ” the gambling dens and heroin control in Lahore ” and along with their industry the side business also mushroomed.

During the Afghan-Soviet War Nawaz Sharif’s cousin Sohail Zia Butt started working under the drug baron Mirza Iqbal Beg, then Pakistan’s second biggest drug lord after Ayub Afridi. Mian Muhammad Sharif and his sons had a permanent share in his gambling and heroin business. In 1990 Suhail Butt won a seat on the Islami Jamhoori Ittehad ticket in the Punjab Assembly. It was through Sohail Butt’s association that Nawaz Sharif became a close associate of Mirza Iqbal Beg. It was through him that Nawaz Sharif became benami owner of many of the privatized government entities, such as Muslim Commercial Bank. Sohail Zia Butt other than getting involved in the drug business made billions in the co-operative societies’ collapse, mainly through the National Industrial Credit and Finance Corporation. It was Nawaz Sharif’s share in his cousin’s drug business which he used to buy off the generals thereby delaying the inevitable dismissal of his government.

In 1995 when Mirza Iqbal Beg was imprisoned, Sohail Zia Butt took over his drug empire. It is at this time that he became one of the biggest drug and crime bosses in Pakistan and was nicknamed the “King of Hera Mandi” and at one time all six underworld gangs of Lahore were working under him.

By 1995 family’s declared annual profits from industrial units had increased 1500% from US$ 30 million to staggering US$ 400 million.

This is the short version of how in mere 15 years small street thugs running gambling dens became leaders of a country running narcotics, underworld and smuggling empires, untouched by everyone.

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US Agent Nawaz Sharif’s Sajda to John Kerry, Shakil Afridi, Ghadaar-i-Azam’s Sentence Overturned

How dare they overturn Shakil Afridi’s jail sentence. Shakil Afridi is a CIA agent who endangered the lives of Pakistani soldiers by divulging some information to foreigners, exactly what sergeant Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden did; and look what Bradley got, 35 years in jail incommunicado, never to be released alive. I say the same should be applied to Shakil Afridi. I am sure USA is bribing some people here. What is different between Shakil Afridi and Bradley Manning, pls compare yourself.
 
John Kerry, the US secretary of state, raised the issue of Afridi’s imprisonment with Nawaz Sharif, when visiting Islamabad in July.
 
Nawaz Sharif, bowed to John Kerry and ordered overturning of Shakil Afridi’s  sentence. Therefore, Mir Jafar Shakil Afridi, is now enjoying freedom of house arrest and is looking for a reward and prosperous life in US. Let us Pakistanis raise the issue of sergeant Bradley Manning with Washington. Or do we not have enough balls.
 
M.A.K
 

Bradley Manning, (born December 17, 1987) is a United States Army soldier who was convicted in July 2013 of violations of the Espionage Act and other offenses, after releasing the largest set of restricted documents ever leaked to the public. He was sentenced to 35 years in prisonand a dishonorable discharge.

 

 
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Pakistan overturns Bin Laden doctor’s jail sentence
 
Ruling offers hope to Shakil Afridi, who was convicted of treason after helping CIA agents hunting Osama bin Laden
 
Jason Burke, south Asia correspondent, and Saba Imtiaz in Karachi
 
The Guardian, 29 August 2013 
 
A Pakistani administrator has overturned a judgment sentencing a doctor who helped CIA agents hunting the al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden to 33 years in prison. Lawyers for Shakil Afridi, who was convicted of treason in May last year, played down his chances of release, but experts said the decision could be related to a recent improvement in difficult relations between the US and Pakistan. John Kerry, the US secretary of state, raised the issue of Afridi’s imprisonment when visiting Islamabad in July.
 
Michael Kugelman, south Asia expert at the Woodrow Wilson Centre in Washington DC, said: “The US considers this a priority issue. It is a very dysfunctional relationship but has perhaps stabilised to the point where Pakistan is ready to act on a request like this.” Afridi, a former public health officer who reportedly did not know exactly whom the CIA was trying to target when he agreed to work for them, was arrested following the night-time raid on Bin Laden’s compound on 2 May 2011.
 
As first revealed by the Guardian, in the weeks running up to the assault by US navy seals Afridi ran a bogus hepatitis B vaccination campaign for the CIA, designed to collect blood samples in the hope of finding people who matched the Bin Laden family DNA. A match would have helped to definitively identify the extremist leader. Afridi, 49, was not charged over that alleged offence but for his links with Lashkar-e-Islam, an Islamic militant group active in Khyber agency. He was found guilty of conspiring against the state.
 
Sahibzada Mohammad Anees, who oversees the implementation of local laws in Pakistan’s semi-autonomous tribal agencies, ruled that the official who heard the case exceeded his authority when handing down the sentence last year. That judgment was passed in consultation with tribal elders in Khyber agency, which lies between the frontier city of Peshawar and the border with Afghanistan. Anees ordered a new trial.
 
Afridi’s sentence angered the US, which withheld £22m in aid for Pakistan in retaliation. The then US defence secretary, Leon Panetta, publicly stated that Afridi “was not in any way doing anything that would have undermined Pakistan”. However, it was welcomed by Pakistani security agencies who said the physician had got what he deserved. There have been signs that Pakistan’s civilian bureaucracy and courts are increasingly prepared to challenge the country’s powerful security establishment.
 
However, more than two years after the killing of Bin Laden, Afridi is the only person to have been arrested in connection with the event. The raid, conducted by US special forces transported from Afghanistan in stealth helicopters that evaded Pakistan’s air defences, was seen as a humiliation for the country’s military establishment. It severely undermined relations between the US and Pakistan. Afridi’s lawyer, Samiullah Afridi, said he was not hopeful about any retrial. “The [original] decision was announced by an assistant political agent, who is an administrator, and it is going back to him [to decide again].
 
“We do not have any expectations because whatever happens will be according to what the [security] agencies want. We want that Dr Shakil Afridi should be tried by a lower-level judge, at the very least,” he said. The appeal was heard by a bureaucrat because under the colonial-era laws in place in Pakistan’s tribal agencies the decisions of political agents, the officials charged with administering justice in the agencies, cannot be heard in a court of law.
 
The lawyer Afridi said he had been unable to contact his client and inform him of the ruling. “His lawyers and his family have not been able to meet him for at least eight to nine months, but perhaps he has seen the news if it has appeared in the media,” the lawyer, who is not related to his client, told the Guardian.
 
The hunt for Bin Laden
 

 

The plan to obtain DNA samples from Osama bin Laden’s family to confirm his presence in the Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad was set in motion after US intelligence agencies tracked a courier known to be linked to al-Qaida to a large, non-descript compound with high security where, they learned, a tall man with an extensive family lived.

 
The agency monitored the compound from satellites and through surveillance from a CIA safehouse nearby, but wanted further confirmation that Bin Laden was present before mounting a risky operation inside another country. DNA from any of the Bin Laden children or grandchildren in the compound could be compared with a sample from the al-Qaida leader’s sister, who died in Boston in 2010, to provide evidence that the family was present.
 
So (CIA) agents approached Dr Shahid Afridi, the health official in charge of Khyber, part of a tribal area that runs along the Afghan border close to Abbottabad. He agreed to help. The doctor went to Abbottabad in March 2011, claiming to have procured funds to give free vaccinations to locals against hepatitis B. Bypassing local health service officials, he paid generous sums to low-ranking local government health workers to administer vaccines door to door in Bin Laden’s neighbourhood.
 
One consequence of the operation has been to deepen existing suspicions among many in Pakistan that polio vaccines are part of a western plot against Islam. This has been described as a major setback in efforts to tackle the disease.

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SENSE AND SENSIBILITY

 

 

Human Society is not something static, it changes and evolves, with the passage of time. The change may be for better or for worse.

 

As the circumstances of a country, at a particular time demand, the people of the country are prompted to put their heads together, work for it and bring about a desirable change.

 

A view of the world map reveals something interesting. As we move from west to east, we see that in addition to the geographical changes, the mental approach to life and social behaviour drastically changes in almost all eastern countries. The people of eastern countries are more religious, more formal and more emotional than those of the western countries. It is very interesting phenomenon that as soon as you enter the eastern region, most of these countries are found to have a remarkably poor economy, poverty, ignorance, backwardness, as if the geographical changes have something to do with the difference in man’s attitude and approach to life..

 

When things get worse, economy reaches the stage of total collapse, the country reaches the brink of bankruptcy and life becomes miserable, then the people wake up, start thinking, and according to the circumstances and available resources, they make joint efforts and bring about a desirable change. But this does not happen in Pakistan.

 

The  recent figures of foreign exchange reserves in Asian developing countries are like this: (In billion US$) Peoples Republic of China: 3,240, Japan: 1,272, South Korea: 312, Brazil: 372, India: 289, Pakistan: 6.59.

 

Not until very long ago, the Chinese nation was literally in deep slumber under the influence of opium. A huge population, with too many mouths to feed and very little food available. They realized the seriousness of the situation, made plannings and started working on it and today they are the largest exporters of the world and a booming economy.

 

South Korea sought advice from Pakistani economic and industrial experts and with the advices and suggestions so obtained, they planned and worked hard and today, after Japan, they are the most industrialized country of Asia.

 

Until recently, Brazil was known to be in the grip of corruption and poverty, but now they too have come out of their economic depression and are already moving towards a better economy.

 

Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia have come out of their economic recession and are now exporters of their industrial products to the international market.  Even Bangladesh is recovering from a poverty stricken economy and is moving towards economic prosperity.

 

Nothing in Pakistan happens like this. Conditions in Pakistan are ripe enough, perhaps more ripe than in any other country to make the people realize the seriousness of the situation and urge them to act, but nothing happens. We suffer and groan under the burden of corruption, greed, unemployment, poverty, ever rising cost of living, lawlessness, crimes. But it never crosses our mind, like other nations, to think and do somethi8ng to change.

 

What you have is not important. It is whether you utilize, and how you utilize what you have, is what matters. What we have in Pakistan, we do not use it for our welfare. We either leave it unutilized or plunder and squander it away.

 

Nature has gifted us with the natural resources like minerals, natural gas, oil, agricultural lands, rivers, sea ports, toiling manpower and talent, needed to put any country on the road of progress and prosperity. With these resources, we can make this country as one of the most prosperous countries of the region in a very short time. What we are lacking is the will to act.

 

A question that keeps recurring in mind is why this is so. Why we Pakistanis do not ponder and act. Are we doomed? Are we left with not even an iota of self-respect? Can nothing wake us p? Is our conscience completely dead?

 

I think Pakistan will make a very good subject for the psychologists and sociologists, and it will not be a bad idea at all for them to conduct researches to trace out and identify the roots and causes of our insensibility. Why are we unmindful of and unmoved by our pathetic conditions? Why are we so insensible, impudent and complacent?

 

 

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Saudis offer Russia secret oil deal if it drops Syria

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Saudis offer Russia secret oil deal if it drops Syria
 
Saudi Arabia has secretly offered Russia a sweeping deal to control the global oil market and safeguard Russia’s gas contracts, if the Kremlin backs away from the Assad regime in Syria.
 
27 Aug 2013
 
Saudi Arabia has secretly offered Russia a sweeping deal to control the global oil market and safeguard Russia’s gas contracts, if the Kremlin backs away from the Assad regime in Syria.
 
 
 
The talks appear to offer an alliance between the OPEC cartel and Russia, which together produce over 40m barrels a day of oil, 45pc of global output. Such a move would alter the strategic landscape. The details of the talks were first leaked to the Russian press. A more detailed version has since appeared in the Lebanese newspaper As-Safir, which has Hezbollah links and is hostile to the Saudis.
 
As-Safir said Prince Bandar pledged to safeguard Russia’s naval base in Syria if the Assad regime is toppled, but he also hinted at Chechen terrorist attacks on Russia’s Winter Olympics in Sochi if there is no accord. “I can give you a guarantee to protect the Winter Olympics next year. The Chechen groups that threaten the security of the games are controlled by us,” he allegedly said.
 
Prince Bandar went on to say that Chechens operating in Syria were a pressure tool that could be switched on an off. “These groups do not scare us. We use them in the face of the Syrian regime but they will have no role in Syria’s political future.” President Putin has long been pushing for a global gas cartel, issuing the `Moscow Declaration’ last to month “defend suppliers and resist unfair pressure”. This would entail beefing up the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF), a talking shop.
 
Mr Skrebowski said it is unclear what the Saudis can really offer the Russians on gas, beyond using leverage over Qatar and others to cut output of liquefied natural gas (LGN). “The Qataris are not going to obey Saudi orders,” he said. Saudi Arabia could help boost oil prices by restricting its own supply. This would be a shot in the arm for Russia, which is near recession and relies on an oil price near $100 to fund the budget.
 
But it would be a dangerous strategy for the Saudis if it pushed prices to levels that endangered the world’s fragile economic recovery. Crude oil stocks in the US have already fallen sharply this year. Goldman Sachs said the “surplus cushion” in global stocks built up since 2008 has been completely eliminated. Mr Skrebowski said trouble is brewing in a string of key supply states. “Libya is reverting to war lordism. Nigerian is drifting into a bandit state with steady loss of output. And Iraq is going back to the sort of Sunni-Shia civil war we saw in 2006-2007,” he said.
 
The Putin-Bandar meeting was stormy, replete with warnings of a “dramatic turn” in Syria. Mr Putin was unmoved by the Saudi offer, though western pressure has escalated since then. “Our stance on Assad will never change. We believe that the Syrian regime is the best speaker on behalf of the Syrian people, and not those liver eaters,” he said, referring to footage showing a Jihadist rebel eating the heart and liver of a Syrian soldier. Prince Bandar in turn warned that there can be “no escape from the military option” if Russia declines the olive branch. Events are unfolding exactly as he foretold.

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