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Archive for May 5th, 2017

Learn How to bribe. by Shuja Nawaz, in “Crossed Swords.”

Learn How to bribe.

Mr. Shuja Nawaz , younger brother of former Chief of Army Staff General Asif Nawaz Janjua , in his book“CROSSED SWORDS Pakistan, its Army and the wars within” published in 2008, by Oxford University press writes the full story, what his brother General Asif Nawaz told him.

 

 

 

 

 

“SHARIF ALSO FOUND THAT HE AND THE NEW ARMY CHIEF THOUGHT DIFFERENTLY ON MOST MATTERS. HAVING GROWNUP IN THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY, SHARIF BELIEVED IN THE GIVE –AND-TAKE OF THE MARKET PLACE. PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS WERE IMPORTANT TO HIM AND TO HIS FATHER, MIAN MOHAMMAD SHARIF, KNOWN TO THE PUBLIC AS “ABBA-JI”.
ONE OF THE FIRST ACTIONS THAT THE SHARIF FAMILY INITIATED WAS A GATHERING ARRANGED BY THE PATRIARCH OF THE FAMILY WHERE HE SAT DOWN HIS TWO SONS (NAWAZ & SHAHBAZ) BEFORE THE NEW ARMY CHIEF AND TOLD GENERAL ASIF NAWAZ IN PUNJABI THEIR COMMON TONGUE;
“THESE TWO ARE YOUR YOUNGER BROTHERS . IF THEY MISBEHAVE, JUST TELL ME AND I SHALL FIX THEM!”
THE GENERAL WAS NOT — USED TO SUCH INFORMALITY AND MAY HAVE APPEARED STAND-OFFISH. LATER, HIS TACITURN RESPONSES AT THE BREAKFAST MEETINGS THAT THE PRIME MINISTER WOULD INVITE HIM TO, ALSO DID NOT ADD TO BUILDING CONFIDENCE BETWEEN THEM. SHARIF BEGAN CULTIVATING OTHER GENERALS IN THE ARMY, USING, AMONG OTHE THINGS, FAMILY OR TRIBAL CONNECTIONS TO REACH OUT TO THEM.
IN ONE CASE HE WAS REPORTED TO HAVE GIVEN THE BROTHER OF THE CORPS COMMANDER IN LAHORE A LUCRATIVE LICENCE OF AN INDUSTRIAL UNIT. THIS LED TO THE CORPS COMMANDER BEING SUMMONED FOR A DRESSING DOWN BY THE NEW CHIEF.” (Page 449)

So this was not only the army chief whom Nawaz Sharif tried to bribe but he attempted to bribe the senior commanders of the army. Shuja Nawaz further writes
“REPORTS STARTED COMING IN TO THE COAS THAT THE PRIME MINISTER HAD GIFTED NEW “BMW” CARS TO SOME GENERALS.
THIS CREATED ALARM IN THE MIND OF GENERAL ASIF NAWAZ.
ONE DAY, HE WAS VISITED BY SHAHBAZ SHARIF, WHO BROUGHT OVER THE KEYS OF A “BMW” AND SAID; ABBA-JI HAS SENT AS A GIFT FOR YOU. GENERAL ASIF REF– USED WITH THANKS.
LATER WHEN HE (GENERAL ASIF NAWAZ) WENT TO CALL ON THE PRIME MINISTER IN MUREE, HE FOUND OUT FOR HIMSELF THAT THESE REPORTS ABOUT THE “BMWs” WERE ACCURATE. ACCORDING TO HIM (GENERAL ASIF NAWAZ) AS HE PREPARED TO LEAVE, THE PRIME MINISTER ACCOMPANIED HIM TO HIS CAR, SURROUNDED BY COLLEAGUES.
WHAT CAR ARE YOU USING?”ASKED SHARIF.
A TOYOTA CROWN, REPLIED GENERAL NAWAZ, POINTING TO THE OLD MODEL HE HAD — USED FOR HIS VISIT.
THIS CAR DOES NOT BEFIT YOU, SAID SHARIF IN PUNJABI, THEIR SHARED LANGUAGE, AND SIGNALLED TO A COLLEAGUE WHO TROTTED OFF AND DROVE BACK A NEW “BMW” SEDAN THAT HAD BEEN CLEARLY WAITING FOR THAT MOMENT. SHARIF PRESENT THE KEYS OF THE “BMW” TO GENERAL NAWAZ SAYING:” THIS IS THE CAR THAT YOU DESERVE”.
GENERAL NAWAZ RECALL BEING MOMENTARILY FROZEN BY THE AUDACITY OF THIS ACTION. QUICKLY, HE DROPPED THE KEYS BACK INTO THE PRIME MINISTER’S HAND, AND SAID : THANK YOU VERY MUCH. SIR! I AM HAPPY WITH WHAT I HAVE. SALUTED HIM AND DROVE OFF.
WHAT THE PRIME MINISTER PROBABLY THOUGHT AS A FRIENDLY GESTURE WAS NOT SEEN AS SUCH BY THE ARMY CHIEF , WHO FELT THAT IT WAS A PUBLIC DEMEANING OF HIS OFFICE AND A CRUDE ATTEMPT AT BRIBERY. (PAGE 450)

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