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 National Government Has Become An Absolute Imperative. Saeed A Malik.

 National Government Has Become An Absolute Imperative

Saeed A Malik

 

From 2008 onwards, the central aim being pursued by the governments in power stood naked and exposed, without a shred of modesty nor any sense of shame. This central aim was to loot Pakistan. There is therefore a direct correlation between the exponential rise in Pakistan’s national debt and the assets of its”leaders”. Our national debt is not just a serious issue. It is potentially a catastrophic one. This is not a matter for speculation which may be argued against, for this a mathematical reality. The figures are out there. Our debt is known and so is our income. It is also known that we do not have the income to repay our debt, the first installments of which are due from us in 2018. Non-payment means bankruptcy. And bankruptcy means economic sanctions at the very least. To avoid these sanctions a pound of Pakistan’s flesh will be required by the lenders. And one does not need to guess too hard that this pound will include our nuclear assets; an end to CPEC; and a free hand in Baluchistan. In short Pakistan will lose its defense capability; will be truncated for all practical purposes; and its only chance to get out of its present economic mess will die the death of an unrealized dream.
In short, the level of corruption in Pakistan and the huge national debt this has spawned, are existential threats to the viability of our independent existence.
There is also a nexus between the looted money and terrorist funding. Our leadership has therefore given us the twin gifts of economic catastrophe, and its financial support of terrorist groups. Either of these gifts would have been enough, in the long run, to have taken Pakistan down. But coming together, their lethality could well wring Pakistan’s neck.
It is often suggested by the apologists for the government that the real cause of our debt is the costs incurred due to the war against terror, whose smooth execution has actually been hindered by the government i.e they have stood with the enemy in this war.
Be that as it may, the fact is that the almost seventy percent fall in the prices of oil has more than met the costs of the war on terror. The cost however which cannot be met is the cost of economic terrorism waged by our leadership against our country.
But the immensity of the theft that was visited on Pakistan leads one to ask, how could this have even been possible? The answer to this question is a very simple one for those that have the honesty to face the problem squarely without blinking. This situation is the direct result of the “system” which is trying to masquerade as a democracy. The public representatives elected to parliament are not elected to legislate and govern. They are elected to loot and plunder the state, because the very order is based upon a ” returns on investment” system. In short this is a system where “madate” has come to mean a mandate to loot and plunder. The logic being spewed by a frothing Nawaz Sharif to proclaim his innocence tells us that this interpretation of “mandate” is the one he goes by.
Under this “system” the one seeking a seat in parliament has to first make an investment, which begins with his purchase of a ticket from those who supposedly give us our “democracy”. A person who “invests” ten crores to get elected, comes motivated to earn fifty crores if elected. Thus the “system” is rooted and founded on theft and villainy. And that is what should be expected from it.You cannot expect to sow bramble, and hope to get roses.
At the level of a political party, this system metastasizes into a vast criminal enterprise, which was what both Zardari and Nawaz Sharif were running. The mechanics of this “system” are very easy to understand. To commit economic fraud on your country you cannot do it alone. You need to be facilitated. And this facilitation is done by the secretary of your ministry. And so you get yourself a corrupt secretary. And here begins the undermining of the bureaucracy. Pretty soon you have placed all such institutions which can help you make or hide money [like the FBR, SECP, OGDC etc etc] under corrupt bosses. With the passage of time the whole civil service  becomes diseased, ministering only to you at the cost of national interest.
The second enterprise you embark upon is to give yourself immunity from the law and any form of accountability. For this you subvert the police, the FIA, NAB, and any and all such organizations which can hold you accountable, going right up to the judiciary.
To make the “system” work without any challenge, you also co-opt the political opposition into this criminal enterprise and sign with them a “Charter of Democracy.”
Lastly you want to ensure that the elections that are held, return you to power each time they are held. For this you rig the election commission, as well as the interim governments sworn in to hold elections, and take help from your man in NADRA. And lastly you amend the constitution to further strengthen your immunity from accountability and to ensure your perpetuation in power. This has divided the country between a rotten “elite”, and the hopeless rest, and driven the state to the margins of extinction.
By the time you have “achieved” all this, the “system” that you have brought about, stands in direct opposition to any form of accountability and therefore against this central pillar of democracy: while a mangled constitution stands opposed to national interest. The situation therefore is so created, that any citizen who stands with national interest, will per force have to oppose the constitution. This is the sorry pass where the combined exertions of Zadari and Nawaz Sharif have dragged the nation to.
The only institution which could not be subverted by this duo, despite their best efforts, was the Pakistan Army, and lately, a rejuvenated judiciary. But sadly, the army, which guards our national security, stood back and allowed the very foundations of the state to be undermined by mega corruption, without moving a muscle to thwart it. Without this negligence to duty, we could not have reached this stage.
The system which uses the label of democracy but is geared to breed only criminals, needs to go and new one put in its place. The only way this can be done is to eliminate, as far as is possible, the promise of monetary gain from political office, so that increasingly such people enter politics, as are committed to serving the people and the country. The most important single step in this direction is to reform the civil service and the police. Each of these must have their own secretariats to deal with the promotions and postings and transfers etc of their cadres, so that no minister can have in his ministry a secretary of his choice. These postings should be done entirely on merit by the service itself. If the officer who facilitates the corruption of a minister is denied to him, theft and chances of it will greatly be reduced; while a relatively independent police force, largely operating without political interference, will take away the comfort of immunity which is now being enjoyed by all the ministers.
Any constitution and system of laws is predicated on the assumption that those sworn to uphold it, will be the last ones to undermine it. But in our case these are the very people who have mangled the constitution, and they subvert the spirit of what is left of it, on a daily basis. And there is little to hold them accountable.
Just examine the situation that this criminal enterprise has brought about. We have a prime minister in parliament; we have one in Jati Umra to whom all the ministers report; and we have one in the shape of Maryam Safdar  whom all the ministers who once constituted her “gaali galoch” team, report to. Together these three prime ministers have one aim in common i.e they are all committed to undermining and conspiring against the Supreme Court and the Pakistan Army, the only two institutions left standing. They are openly violating every legal norm, and the relevant articles of the spirit of constitution in doing so. This, then is your “system” which, it is daily alleged, is in danger of being derailed.
This is a joke that has lost its hilarity and must now be terminated.This system must not only be most assiduously derailed, but mercilessly beheaded. Pakistan is in the grip of a dire emergency. This emergency should be recognized and declared before further harm can be done to the state. This is the job of the President, the C.J and the Army Chief, who should join together to come to the aid of the state. They must bring to an end, this criminal enterprise about whose criminality little doubt remains. They must not allow it further tenure to commit grievous wounds on the state.The President should announce national emergency and the formation of a National Government while the supreme Supreme Court must give radical new interpretations of law to give legal cover to every such measure as is deployed towards salvaging the state. And the Court must invoke all relevant articles of the constitution to take assistance from the Army to stem the current rot.
The National Government should 
— as the first order of business,immediately put every suspected criminal on ECL pending investigation and trial.
–form, with the help of the Supreme Court, summary courts to try people for corruption. The proceedings of these courts should be monitored by the Supreme Court.
–define mega corruption and institute death penalty for it, convertible to life imprisonment in case the convict repatriates wealth stolen from the state.
–set in motion efforts to retrieve Pakistan’s stolen assets stashed abroad.
–suspend the 18nth amendment of the constitution, and issue ordinances to give legal cover to its actions.
–dismiss the large numbers of civil servants and police officials who have acted as personal servants of people exercising political power, to the detriment of the state. And retrieve from retirement such officers of these services who had a reputation for integrity and ability, and place them in the most important slots ravaged under the present dispensation.
–set in motion reforms of the civil and police services so that these institutions become independent of political masters of the future.
–do electoral reforms.
–issue an ordinance to the effect that all citizens under any indictment in a court of law, may not take part in any political activity till cleared of the same.
–ensure that elections to parliament are held no later than eighteen months, but those fighting such elections must sign a declaration that if elected, they will sign into law all such ordinances which have been issued by the national government.
–among the first orders of business, get into negotiations with the Chinese government, on a bail-out package, should Pakistan not be able to meet its international debt obligations.
–define mega corruption and include it among national security imperatives, and create an institution where it can be monitored,freely debated , and killed in infancy. A national security council could be such a forum.
–define a minimal politcal role for the army insofar as national security issues are concerned. The army and its heft are a reality. To treat this reality as non existent, is to hobble the system through imbalance. It is this imbalance which has resulted in the present situation. Had there been a functioning and effective national security council to take up corruption issues at their incipient state and squelched their further progress at that stage, things would never have reached their present pass. A very good example here would be the huge LNG scandal. The press reported it when this fraudulent deal was being hammered out. It could have been killed in childhood, but it was allowed to prosper. And now it will kill tens and thousands of our children because of the consequences of poverty it will visit on so many additional families.
In the past, army generals have moved in to redress an emergency situation. Emergencies are temporary phenomena, but the generals made their reigns permanent. And the Courts gave legal cover to the generals to get away with it. This did immense harm to both the army and the country. Now here is a chance for both the Judges and the Army to redeem their past, and to give their country a future.
I would like to end this with my essential premise i.e any system founded on a” return on investment” basis must per force subvert every mechanism of accountability. And if accountability is destroyed as a result, call this system whatever you may, but it cannot be called democracy. Such a system is designed for loot and plunder with immunity. And this has been levied on Pakistan with unprecedented zest since 2008, while the leaders got exponentially richer at the cost of the state, to the hypocritical applause of bought out “intellectuals”, who continued to call this hands off mayhem, a “democracy.”
P.s. The most  malign and effective adjunct of the criminal enterprise is NAB. If the Supreme Court is really serious about seeing its orders being implemented, they must begin with throwing the book at Qamar Zaman Choudhary. They must take the space away from petty hoodlums which they are using to do incalculable harm to the state. And the Court must follow and put away in jail, all those who have committed contempt against it, and are continuing to do so. This will take the pith out of Nawaz Sharif’s “revolution”, and reduce the insignificance, which should always have been his station in life, but for Gen Jilani’s one egregious mistake. Legal action against Nawaz Sharif’s section commanders will take the wind out of the potential anarchy which is being sought to be built up by him, and the instability craved by him will be stayed.
Saeed A. Malik.

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Orange Line Scam Nabbed: Evokes Bad Tempered Diatribe From Bad Tempered Nawaz Sharif

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The arrest of the contractor of Orange Train project by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has reportedly angered Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who on Tuesday lashed out at the accountability watchdog, a local news agency Online has claimed.

The news agency citing NAB sources said that NAB Lahore had arrested Amir Latif, the contractor whose construction company Kalson Private Limited is currently working on Orange Line Metro Train project as a Joint Venture Project (JVP).

The NAB officials arrested Amir Latif on charges of fake payments in another project, the NAB sources said.

The sources revealed that severe pressure was being mounted for the immediate release of Amir Latif but investigation was being conducted into his crimes in the interest of the nation. They said that had sought physical remand of the accused. Additionally, NAB has also started to investigate the construction of Raiwind road.

The provincial chapter of NAB has expedited operations against elements allegedly involved in corruption across the province. NAB has made it compulsory to submit the details of all the contracts and projects worth over Rs 500 million to NAB office.

NAB has uploaded a form on its website in this regard and it has been made compulsory for all government institutions to submit it in NAB’s office before awarding any development project.

On the other hand, NAB has also arrested five people allegedly involved in the embezzlement of Rs 850 million.

Meanwhile, NAB’s officials had to complete the inquiry of cases pending against PM Sharif by December 31, 2015. The new deadline for the completion of the inquiry, the sources claimed, has been set for March 31.

Sources said that the Punjab government had expressed dissatisfaction over NAB’s demand of submitting details of all the development projects worth over Rs 500 million, while PM Sharif had categorically warned that stern action would be taken if NAB did not reform itself.

After the statement of the PM against NAB, a high-level meeting is likely to be convened soon with NAB Chief Chaudhry Qamar Zaman in the chair to review the situation in Punjab.

 

 

 

Corrupt Nawaz Sharif’s Orange Line Scam Nabbed:Evokes Bad Tempered Diatribe

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ISLAMABAD –The arrest of the contractor of Orange Train project by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has reportedly angered Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who on Tuesday lashed out at the accountability watchdog. 
 
 
Dunya News citing NAB sources said that NAB Lahore arrested Aamir Latif, the contractor whose construction company Kalson Private Limited is currently working on Orange Line Metro Train project as a Joint Venture Project (JVP). The NAB officials arrested Aamir Latif on charges of fake payments in another project, the NAB sources verified. The sources revealed relentless pressure was being mounted for the immediate release of Aamir Latif but investigation was being conducted into his crimes n the interest of the nation. They said they have sought physical remand of the accused. 
Moreover, NAB has also begun to investigate the construction of Raiwind road. The provincial chapter of NAB has expedited operations against elements allegedly involved in corruption across the province. NAB has made it compulsory to submit the details of all the contracts and projects worth over Rs 500 million to NAB office. NAB has uploaded a form on its website in this regard and it has been made a necessity for all government institutions to submit it in NAB’s office before awarding any development project. On the other hand, NAB has also arrested five people allegedly involved in the embezzlement of Rs 850 million. According to sources, the arrested individuals include Mian Maqsood Akhtar, Rana Salim Akhtar, Pervaiz Iqbal, Chaudhry Ahsan Akhtar and Ijaz Hussain. The accused were involved in producing inappropriate profits for the Shah Abdul Latif and Company. 
 
 
Meanwhile, NAB’s official’s had to complete the inquiry of cases pending against PM Sharif by December 31, 2015. The new deadline for the completion of the inquiry, the sources claimed, has been set for March 31. Sources said that the Punjab government had expressed dissatisfaction over NAB’s demand of submitting details of all the developmental projects worth over Rs 500 million, while PM Sharif had categorically warned that stern action would be taken if NAB did not “reform” itself. 
 
 
After the statement of the PM against NAB Chief Chaudhry Qamar Zaman, a high level meeting was convened with NAB Chief in the chair to review the situation in Punjab. 
 
The sources reported NAB has also prepared a foolproof documentation for Metro Bus scandal, and has started to probe in to the matter. As per documents, the Punjab Government claimed the estimated cost of production of Metro Bus project to be 30 Billion but playing devil’s advocate NAB gave out its estimations i.e. 50 Billion spent on the project, thus coming down hard on the govt as well as putting the responsibility of being accountable. 
 
 
While on his visit to Multan Regional Bureau NAB Chief reviewed its performance on basis of annual inspection performed by Inspection & Monitoring Team. NAB) Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry expressed his firm resolve to eradicate corruption by adopting zero tolerance policy against the menace throughout the country. 
 
 
Highlighting strengths and weaknesses of NAB the Chief appreciated the current performance and directed all officers/officials to work more vigilantly, honestly and diligently to eradicate corruption and corrupt practices.
 
 
It is highly expected, said the sources, that the latest Pak-Qatar LNG deal will also be speculated by NAB since the government has placed all eggs in one basket while binding Pakistan and its citizens into such a frightening contract of 15 years in which Pakistan will have to pay some five million dollars daily for fifteen years while politicians will get some Rs 400 billion in kickbacks if the deal to import LNG from Qatar on hefty rates is finalized.
 
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) is likely to initiate probe into the bank accounts of Petroleum Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Secretary Arshad Mirza in connection with alleged scandal worth Rs 48 billion.
 
Sources in NAB told Online that the noose would further be tightened around the MD PSO Imran Sheikh and officers of Sui Southern Company. The petroleum ministry by violating the OGRA rules accorded LNG worth Rs 48 billion to the blue-eyed persons of PM Sharif which brings a severe loss to the national kitty. The sources further revealed that Irfan Siddiqui, Adviser to PM, said that the NAB was just trying to sabotage the LNG project as the secretary petroleum had already recorded his statement regarding this scam in NAB.
 
 
The Pakistan Economy Watch (PEW) on Friday had said politicians should not try to make fortune overnight by exploiting energy demand-supply imbalance in Pakistan. Abdullah Tariq, SVP of PEW revealed in a press statement, the government has bent all the rules and regulations for the import of 500 million cubic feet of LNG per day under a long-term contract. 
 
 
Secretary Petroleum Muhammad Ejaz Chaudhry got fired for resisting the Pak-Qatar covenant while efforts are on the move to “discipline” Oil Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) which has also opposed the deal, he further claimed. Tariq said that the ministers who are uneasy over letters from Ogra against LNG import plan to dissolve the department or bring under the direct control of the petroleum ministry. 
NAB has given a free hand to its Punjab Bureau and its officials to probe corruption cases and Orange Line Metro Train (OMT) is the top-notch scandal for the looming and inevitable enquiry, informed the sources. Since its inauguration till construction, OMT project has been under constant criticism and different political parties have expressed their disapproval of the project. The former CM Punjab, Chaudhry Pervez Elahi termed Orange Metro Line Project bigger than Nandipur Power Project, another mega scandal of PML-N, for making dollars and labeled it as an anti-employment and anti-environment project. 
 
 
 
Late in January, the locals of Samanabad, Lahore staged a protest against the construction of Orange Line Train project. The residents received 24-hour deadline from the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) to vacate their houses causing agitation amongst the protesters who burnt tyres, blocked the roads and removed the barriers put in place for the OMT project. The protesters claimed that they were being thrashed out of their homes without any compensation or alternate arrangements. 
 
 
 
The protesting residents said that the mismanagement in construction of the multi- billion project has turned their lives into hell. Whilst the contactors have not undertaken any plan to control the pollution and disorderly traffic prior to the start of construction, the protesters have also demonstrated against noise and dust pollution and traffic problems they face on daily basis due to the construction project of OMT.
 
 
 
However, a sum of Rs 1 billion has been paid by the LDA as compensation during one day and payment of more than Rs 2 billion has been made so far to the local residents in order to locate them in different residential areas. 
 
 
 
UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights Karima Bennoune, in a press release issued by the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner, said government’s forced eviction of residents from their houses is completely unjustified as it does not have a resettlement plan. 
 
 
 
“The project will not only destroy physical sites but the ways of life that have been developed there, that people cherish and through which they express their dignity and identity,” she said
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

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Faisal Raza Abidi Reveals the Corruption of PML-N Elite Junta

 

نوازشریف کی کرپشن کے کارنامے سنئیے اور خود حساب لگا لیں کہ قوم کی مجرمانہ خاموشی نے پاکستان کو نوازشریف کی شکل میں تباہی کے کس دہانے پر لاکھٹرا کیا ہے – ایڈمن

Posted by Syed Faisal Raza Abidi on Thursday, February 11, 2016

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PEOPLE ARE DYING ON ROADS & THESE JOKERS ARE BUSY IN MERRYMAKING:Eye Opening Details of the House Gifted to Maryam Nawaz’s Daughter


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Eye Opening Details of the House Gifted to Maryam Nawaz’s Daughter
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“The Audacity of Hope” by Sherry Rehman

The Audacity of Hope” by Sherry Rehman

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The flight to New Delhi for Pakistan’s Prime Minister to attend Narendra Modi’s inaugural among other SAARC leaders is a short one, but it is nothing short of a diplomatic coup for both. The symbolic ceremonials of the event can at best be, well, just that: Symbolic.

 

It is Sharif’s bilateral meeting with the newly anointed PM of India, Narendra Modi, that has more than all the usual suspects chattering. Contrary to conventional wisdom, the average Pakistani no longer thinks about India, except to visit, trade or watch Bollywood movies. But this time, everyone has an opinion on two things: whether Sharif should have gone, or not, and more importantly, what he should expect from his first meeting with a BJP prime minister.
 

As former President Zardari said in support of the move, it’s a good decision, but a difficult one. It’s a tough call because hardliners are at their shrillest peak in trashing any reciprocity as a compromise with received history, Kashmir and Gujarat. Sharif must also know that to be taken seriously on foreign policy, the current muddle-through on counter-terrorism policy at home must change.

 

But it is smart politics because the positives far outweigh the negatives, just like the numbers for the decision far outweigh those against it in parliament. Pakistan is now a noisy democracy. Its elected representatives have spoken with a consensus on waging peace with India, which includes the main opposition party.
 
Given the limits of short-run diplomacy, what can take this meeting beyond a photo-op?
 
A first encounter after years of stalled dialogue can only hope to do three things. If the aim is to re-set ties, and not just drive PM Modi’s stock up on the global stage, then the two can at least go beyond sizing each other up. They can use the meeting to kick-start a long, often challenging journey of planned engagement to make South Asia a prohibitive, more lonelier place on the planet for terrorists, poverty and energy insecurity. They don’t need to make a calendar or a roadmap. That’s not what Prime Ministers do. But they can certainly direct their Foreign and Home Ministries to plot a course for the ‘new normal’. They can flesh this out in September at the UN sidelines, or earlier.
 
Two, they can buck a trend, and some criticism, to set a higher value on legacy politics than on just business. Don’t get me wrong. Business, trade, economic integration are the future, and must drive the motor for game-change. Yet all of us who have been powerful advocates of economic change as the lead engine in bilateral ties, have to step back and remind ourselves that while rightist governments dominate in both countries, at this point in time, history will not bend without a hand at its helm. The politics of extremism are at an unprecedented high in both countries, albeit in very different form and intensity. Pakistan faces a rash of terrorist violence and intolerance bordering on bigotry, especially with minorities. Afghanistan, is facing multiple vulnerabilities, including a security and economic vacuum. Such transition likely, if not surely, begets chaos. And while comparisons with Indian formal protections against religious intolerance may be odious and even misplaced, to the outside world, the BJP is still the benign face of a communalist machine that messaged anti-Pakistan sentiment in its election campaign. This is in stark contrast to Pakistan’s election, where none of the mainstream political parties even bothered to mention, let alone demonize India.
 
So what must the business-backed PMs do? Still plug hard for economic ties, but make the executive leap to broader course correction and resumption of full spectrum composite dialogue, including Kashmir. Before that can realistically be uninterruptible, PM Sharif has the Mumbai-trial baggage to sort, while PM Modi has to moderate some of his colleagues’ hawkish talk.
 
Lastly, Messrs Modi and Sharif really should take ten minutes out to game out what happens in event of a crisis.
 
Let’s not even pretend that the region is inured from that, or that through 2015 the Line of Control cannot flare up dangerously. Both must know that any real test of diplomacy will be during a flashpoint moment. Heads of nuclear states usually get this. Yet we still leave two hot borders and crisis management systems on autopilot. Both have been in politics long enough to know that usually between India and Pakistan, broad policy intentions spelt out at press stakeouts fall into the black hole of strategic drift. So before the next crisis erupts, they must commit to a time-lined plan to prevent events taking on a life of their own.
 
This is indeed an order as tall as the Minar-i-Pakistan which another vintage of BJP PM had the foresight and vision to visit. It is time another, more empowered BJP PM looked to history.
 

For Pakistan’s Sharif, his parliamentary numbers also mandates him to lead history at home. It’s true, the military’s worries can’t be wished away. They need to be dealt with, not ignored. Moving away from Siachin and Kargil mindsets in both countries won’t be easy. But big crowns come stuffed with thorns, as we all know. Even the smallest ambition for peace between India and Pakistan needs statesmanship and roadblock-mitigation. Hope is not a plan, no matter how audacious.

 

Sherry Rehman is President of Jinnah Institute. Rehman has served as Federal Minister of Information and Pakistan’s Ambassador to the USA in the PPP Government. She tweets @sherryrehman

 

This article also appears in The Times of India and The News (Pakistan) today.

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