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In power, it’s performance that matters, not seniority

In power, it’s performance that matters, not seniority


Ashraf Mumtaz


When Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif went to participate in the swearing-in ceremony of Indian prime minister Nirendra Modi, his daughter Maryam Nawaz said her father was more experienced than the new Indian leader and was also senior in age. She was absolutely right. Mr Sharif has been holding the office of the head of government for a third time while for Modi it was the first chance.

But what the budding PML-N leader, who is the chairperson of the Rs 100 billion loan programme launched by her father for the youth, did not realise was the fact that in politics seniority was not as important as performance of any office-holder. He who outperforms others is a better leader compared to his rivals even if he has no past experience and is younger in age.

Just a brief mention of the decisions taken by Mr Modi after taking over would give the PML-N leader – and others – an idea of what the new Indian leader plans to do for his country.

According to the Indian media, in the first cabinet meeting after taking charge of office on Tuesday, Prime Minister Modi set up a special investigation team (SIT) to unearth the black money stashed abroad. Justice (retired) MB Shah will head the SIT team, while Justice (retired) Arijit Parsyat will be his deputy.

“SIT shall have jurisdiction in the cases where investigations have already commenced or are pending or awaiting to be initiated or have been completed. SIT will prepare a comprehensive action plan including creation of necessary institutional structure that could enable the country to fight the battle against unaccounted money”.

India’s Supreme Court had ordered the establishment of such a committee back in 2011, but the Manmohan Singh government had failed to comply with.
The team set up by Mr Modi comprises such former judges and relevant officials that it would not be possible for anyone to save his ill-gotten wealth abroad.

The new Indian prime minister is also said to have issued a directive to his ministers: not to give their relatives jobs in ministries, especially for their personal assistance.
A recommendation for the purpose had been made by the upper house in the past, but the Indian government remained unmoved. 


It’s the Modi government which is determined to enforce the recommendation.

According to the Indian media, ministers have been directed not to award contracts of projects in their jurisdiction to their relatives.

Fairness demands that Modi’s decisions should be commended.

It is said that Indians have stashed trillions of dollars in foreign banks, and in case the new government succeeds in bringing them back, it will not have to impose taxes on people for several years.

There is no reason to say that Modi’s initiative will not yield results. A leader who himself doesn’t have ill-gotten wealth is not expected to let others involve themselves in corrupt practices. And he will go to any extent to claw back the ill-gotten money lying in foreign banks.

Now, let’s have a glance at the policies that the third-time Prime Minister Sharif has been pursuing.

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, a close relative of the prime minister, said recently that Pakistanis had $200 billion of ill-gotten money in Swiss banks and the government would take steps to bring the same back. Talks with the Swiss authorities would be initiated in August and would take several years to complete and yield results.

Opposition leaders have been urging the prime minister and Mr Dar to bring their own money back to Pakistan first, but both the ‘saviours’ don’t say if they would ever do so. 


PPP Senator Aitzaz Ahsan said recently that although Mr Sharif was urging British investors to invest in Pakistan he himself was the third biggest Asian investor in Britain.

Since the rulers are not willing to take the risk of bringing their money to Pakistan, 

nobody else is expected to follow suit. And Mr Dar’s efforts to bring back the looted $200 billion would remain confined to files.

Superfluous to recall that the PML-N government had repeatedly assured the nation that it would bring back $60 million Mr Zardari allegedly has in Swiss banks. But so far, there is no progress on this front. Mr Zardari’s counsel said in a previous interview that the former president’s did not have a single dollar in any Swiss bank.

As for Modi’s directive that ministers should not employ their relatives in their ministries, 


Maryam Nawaz should spare some time to compare the policy of the Hindu leader with the one of her father. The Indian prime minister wants his colleagues not to employ their relatives in ministries, while in Pakistan all important positions have been occupied by the same family. And the ministers have then crammed their relatives everywhere.
Modi’s directive that contracts should not be awarded to relatives is also not applicable in Pakistan.

The Indian media said that Prime Minister Modi had kept his relatives away from his swearing-in ceremony.

Here in Pakistan all family members, relatives, relatives of relatives, friends and friends of friends were present at the swearing-in of Prime Minister Sharif.  Still, it’s true that our prime minister is senior to the Indian leader.



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Salaam & Hats-Off to PM David Cameron : Islam in Actions of Premier David Cameron

Did the Pakistani media ever cover this ?


UK, Prime Minister 


David Cameron failed to find a seat on public transport (UndergroundTrain) … In Pakistan can we ever imagine politicians traveling in public transport?

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‘Excuse me, are you the PM?’ Indian woman asks Mr.David Cameron



October 17, 2011 

And this is me on the Tube with Dave someone or other! Passenger persuades PM to pose for photo despite failing to recognise him
17 October 2011

It was impossible to tell whether his fellow Tube passenger would be delighted or annoyed to see him – but David Cameron must have been confident that she’d at least know who he was. The Prime Minister, travelling on the London Underground to an appointment because it was quicker than going by car, tried to make a good impression with commuters by complimenting a young mother on her baby. But the conversation stalled somewhat when the baffled woman had to ask her husband who the strange man was inquiring about their child.


Say cheese: Sanyogita Mayer got David Cameron to pose… once she found out who he was

Sanyogita Mayer, 27, was travelling with her husband Yanko, 31, and their three-month-old daughter Sayama when Mr Cameron approached them. Mrs Mayer, who recently moved to Westminster from India, said: ‘We were on our way to go shopping. This man got on at Westminster and came past me and said: “Is it your baby?”


‘I said “yes”, and he said: “Your baby is really beautiful.”


‘I thanked him for saying that and he moved away but stood near me. I asked my husband: “Who is this man complimenting my baby?”


‘When he told me it was the Prime Minister I told him to stop joking with me. But my husband insisted so I went up to Mr Cameron and I said: “Excuse me, are you the Prime Minister?”


Cameron who? Mrs Mayer with her husband Yanko and their daughter, 16-week-old Sayama


‘He said “yes” and I started laughing. Then I apologised for having to ask him the question.’ Mrs Mayer, who has featured in eight Bollywood films, told Mr Cameron that politicians in her native India would never travel by public transport. ‘He told me he had a very busy schedule and it was quicker for him to travel by train than go by road,’ she added. Mr Cameron, who was accompanied by a (just one) bodyguard as he traveled on the Jubilee line, responded by striking up a conversation about her home country.


He told her that he had used the train in Delhi, visited Mumbai and once received a signed cricket ball from Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar. Mrs Mayer, who said she felt ‘compelled’ to take a photo of the meeting, added: ‘I was so surprised that a man like him would travel on the Tube and I was very struck by how down to earth he seemed.’ Mr Cameron can at least comfort himself with the fact that he is not the first prime minister to have been overlooked on the Tube.


When Tony Blair tried to strike up a conversation with Georgina Leketi-Solomon in 1999, she ignored him – and the embarrassing episode was caught on camera by the press. Following the ‘misunderstanding’, Miss Leketi-Solomon was invited to Number 10 for a chat and a tour. By contrast, singer Rihanna caused a stir when she was spotted travelling on the Underground last week. She was seen taking the Jubilee line to her concert at the O2 Arena, much to the shock of fans, who posted photographs on Twitter and Facebook.


Flanked by security guards, Rihanna then left the station and jumped into a waiting car which drove her just 100 yards to the backstage area of the venue.




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