Another Zardari/Sharif Collaboration

With the NRO mess not going away, and more stories of corruption by Sharif Brothers making the news, more and more signs are pointing towards the two families (three if you can call MQM a family) joining hands to cover each others back.

First was the attack by PML-N stalwarts against Zardari detractors and today we learn the two are collaborating not only on NRO-Plus and plan to pass it unanimously, but have jointly written a script to blame someone else for their corruption in order to ‘prove’ all cases were ‘politically motivated’ and they are clean as a whistle:

PPP’s New Line:  “Jehangir Badr, whose prime target was no other than former President Farooq Ahmed Khan Leghari during the entire press conference, said that not only the NRO beneficiaries, but those who had to pay billions of rupees to banks should also be held accountable.

PML-N’s New Line: “Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif Wednesday said it was Farooq Leghari who filed lawsuits against the leaders of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP).

Please remind me which is the ruling party and which one is the opposition?! And isn’t Shahbaz forgetting about Saif-ur-Rehman???

Note: No doubt I agree with Jehangir Badar that “Farooq Leghari, his son Awais Leghari and other members of their family, should be held accountable for their various corruption scandals such as cooperatives and PTCL scandals” but it should be done alongside the holding accountable PPP and PML-N and other NRO beneficiaries and not instead of it, as seems to be the plan. And why didn’t Badar think of this before???? Farooq Leghari’s corruption did begin when PPP was in power. Also, how is PPP going to deal with the fact that Zardari’s henchman Malik Riaz of Bahria Town is a business partner of Farooq Leghari?


I am surprised Badar left out the name of his colleague Senator Jamal Leghari, the elder son of Farooq, who is no less corrupt. That Farooq and Awais are guilty of corruption, there is no doubt about that either. It is a fact that Farooq Leghari (and Jamal and Awais jointly) had less than 1250 acres of land when he became president but today Farooq Leghari alone has acquired more than 12,500 acres of agricultural land (I have no clue about the acquisitions by Awais and Jamal Leghari but they have been on a land buying spree as well). And this does not include other property and bank accounts. Awais alone built his house in Islamabad at a cost of Rs 8 crore. His cousin Sumaira Malik of the ‘Cat House’ fame has spent twice that. Her sister Ayla Malik’s (these days with DunyaTV)   husband (now ex) Sardar Rind has bought another 12,500 acres in the same area as Farooq Leghari. Farooq’s cousins of course are not only among NRO beneficiaries but also big loan defaulters (but sitting pretty in the National Assembly or as Nazims)

Note: Let me remind Mr Badr that it was Awais Leghari who became Privatization Minister for a day to sign the sale of Pakistan Steel Mill (PSM), the sale that was over-turned by CJ Iftikhar and was the main and last straw that led to the CJ’s dismissal by Mush. I am sure Awais got offered a pretty penny to go along with that scam.

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27 Responses to “Another Zardari/Sharif Collaboration”


  1. 1 Aamir Mughal November 27, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    Dear Sir,

    Here are the details not just the above but Mehrangate Scandal: Tummandar Sardar Farooq Ahmed Khan Laghari

    http://chagataikhan.blogspot.com/2008/11/tummandar-sardar-farooq-ahmed-khan.html

  2. 2 nota November 28, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    Thanks Aamir. But let’s keep in mind that Mehrangate was at the very beginning of the corruption career of the Tumandar. I know he has made a killing since then in his years kissing Mush’s and Chaudhries of Gujarat’s butt. Let’s not also forget he put his sons, cousins, and nieces in on the job of looting as well. Some names to come to mind:
    Awais Leghari(son): Managed to get him appointed Minister Telecommunication and IT. He made a killing awarding IT contracts and cellular contracts. And like I said, he must have made a pretty penny signing the sale of PSM as Privatization minister for a day. Also managed to make a deal with Malik Riaz of Bahria to sell him the side of a mountain in Fort Munro (aka ‘Tuman Leghari’)
    Jamal Leghari(son): Had him “elected” Nazim, D.G. Khan where he stole public money like crazy. He did such a great job that he was voted out despite all tries to have him (s)elected again (I remember a story from that time: When he was Nazim, a supposedly honest DCO was appointed to the district. Of course Jamal went to his dad demanding he be removed. Farooq went to the Chaudhries who asked him for names of people he would prefer as replacements. I am told even the Chaudhries were surprised Farooq would name “such corrupt people” and even they refused to go along. So Farooq went to Mush and had the deed done.) Despite all efforts, jamal lost the next election so dad again came to the rescue and had him ‘elected’ Senator, a position he even enjoys today.
    Jafar(cousin) and his wife Mina Ehsan Leghari: Manage to continue getting new loans and have old ones “forgiven”
    Mansoor Leghari (cousin): Current Nazim DG Khan. You can imagine the rest.
    Sumaira Malik (niece): Already mentioned. Got very ‘close’ to Mush and Shauki.
    Ayla Malik (niece): Got her married to Sardar Mohammad Rind and used the relationship to buy 12,500 acres of land dirt cheap along soon to be built Kachi Canal (Rind also acquired 12,500 acres along the canal). Part of the deal was to use Rind’s muscle to acquire the land and gain “qabza” (possession)
    Maqsood Leghari (cousin) : Made billions under Farooq and on the run. Did come back for a bit under the NRO but on the run again.

  3. 4 Aamir Mughal December 13, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    More on Awais Leghari:

    From the website of Shaheen Sehbai [link is dead text is as under]

    “QUOTE”

    Prime Minister Jamali Orders a Probe on Secret Report

    How a Present Minister Leaked a $25 Million Phone Tender to His Party SOUTH ASIA TRIBUNE – By Rauf Klasra – August 3-9, 2003

    ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Zafarullah Jamali has directed the Intelligence Bureau (IB) to probe the unprecedented leakage of international tenders worth $25 million prior to opening of bids for the expansion program of government-owned mobile telephone service, U-Fone.

    Young Federal Minister for Information Technology and

    Telecommunications, Awais Leghari, son of former President Sardar Farooq Leghari, who had appointed the Board of Directors of both PTCL and U-Fone, is being accused of giving favors to some of his favorite companies.

    Pakistan Telecommunication Limited commonly referred to as U-Fone is a 100 per cent owned subsidiary of PTCL. It came into existence in 2001. Government owns 88 percent shares in PTCL. It is a GSM-based technological enterprise with almost 500,000 customers nationwide. Mobilink is its main competitor whereas other competitors,Paktel and Instaphone, are based on Analog system.

    MS Nortel of Canada provided the equipment to U-Fone under an agreement. It was a turn key project agreement. The said Canadian company provided the entire network by virtue of which U-Fone is operating in the market today. U-Fone has to increase its network in Pakistan.

    Although, a smart and young minister from Dera Ghazi Khan, Awais Leghari denies these charges but secret reports sent to the Prime Minister have clearly indicated his name in the scam.

    According to an official estimate, people involved in the leakage of the tenders and bids to a particular firm could pocket at least $4m to $5m out of the deal which has become a cause of serious political tussle between theJamali Government and former President Farooq Leghari.

    General Pervez Musharraf is said to be displeased with these corruption reports about Leghari and a clear hint has been given to the elder Leghari by PM Jamali that Awais could be out of the Government in a cabinet reshuffle likely next week.

    But, Farooq Leghari has threatened to walk out of the Government alliance if his son was replaced on charges of corruption.

    A highly classified report sent to the Prime Minister has advised the Prime Minister to immediately intervene in the first financial scam of his government, otherwise, tax payers would suffer a massive loss of $10m on purchase of equipment from a particular firm at much higher prices for the expansion of mobile service in other cities of Pakistan.

    This classified report sent to Prime Minister has been prepared by a ministerial level person in the Jamali cabinet who is not ready to disclose his name. This report clearly establishes the link of Awais Leghari with those who were leaking the tenders to a particular international company.

    The PM has also been asked in the secret report to get the copy of the agreement of $25 million regarding expansion of official mobile service from U-Fone and pass it on to National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to maintain transparency.

    When contacted by South Asia Tribune, Spokesman PTCL Sultan Hassan said that he had no information about any such inquiry or other details of the developments as claimed to be part of a report to the PM by some concerned government quarters.

    Chief Executive of U-Fone, Arshad Khan strongly defended the performance of his company saying it had done a good job in the past and would continue to perform its duties in the greater interests of the entire nation. He said only people with vested interest were spreading such rumors to malign the company. He also lectured this scribe on the benefits of reporters staying away from such issues as this was against the interests of the country.

    Mr Khan who actually helped launching of U-Fone mobile service and making it a success story, said the company had been doing everything in a transparent way and concerned quarters had already been conveyed our view point on the issues involved. On the question of an inquiry, he said he could not give the details and those should be asked from whoever had either ordered the inquiry or started the probe. He repeatedly made it clear that the company was being run on professional and commercial lines.

    Meanwhile sources in the Prime Minister Secretariat confirmed that Mr. Jamali had ordered Director General IB to inquire into the matter and submit him the report after it was brought to his notice that tenders were leaked before the formal opening of the bids. According to available copy of the report submitted to the Prime Minister regarding irregularities in the U-Fone expansion program, tenders were invited for the “new cities expansion” category. It was planned to expand the network of

    U-Fone service.

    In order to procure equipment for these new cities under the third phase, five new vendors were pre-qualified by the board and management of the mobile service company for the bidding process. They were Alcatel,

    Ericsson,Huawei Technologies, Motorola and Siemens.

    PM was informed that tenders were invited and subsequently bids were opened on March 26, 2003. But prior to opening of bids, papers of one of the bids were found to have been opened. This matter was agitated. PM was informed that the Board of Directors decided not to go for the re-tendering process as it would consume time and official phone service might lose the prospective market/potential customers. The Board, it may be added, has several members appointed by the young minister under probe.

    Moreover, it was told that it would also not be in the financial interests of the U-Fone company since its rival,Mobilink, was already ahead of the U-Fone, as it was actively involved in the process of commissioning the equipment for its proposed expansion. U-Fone probably will be in a position to do so in six to nine months, PM was told with the apprehension that there were chances that the Government-owned mobile service may lose its market.

    The PM was also informed that there were doubts about the honesty levels of some of the Directors of U-Fone, since they owed their recent appointment to Minister Awais Leghari. Fears were conveyed to the PM, that these Board members may work even against the interests of the company, if the situation so demanded.
    The PM was informed that this can be very aptly verified from the record if there is any, as the word in the market was that even the minutes of the meeting of the U-Fone Board were not circulated to some of the Directors. The PM was told that this Board had already decided about the procedure of bidding which was not fair and if the Government did not intervene, U-Fone will suffer an irreparable loss, according to some estimates close to $10-12 million. The PM was told that the negotiations being carried out at the U-Fone Headquarters showed equipment worth $24 to $25 million may be bought for $28 million or more and the extra amount will end up in the safe accounts of many. The report to the PM said the expansion program, commonly referred to as the Third phase of U-Fone, can be categorized under two schemes:

    (a) the existing network expansion category

    (b) The New Cities expansion category.

    Since both these categories are included under the same expansion program, therefore, this concern, amongst others, has caused reason to prepare the report.

    The Existing Network Expansion Category: The inexorable logic from the afore stated will be that the cities ofPakistan in which U-Fone is already operational will inevitably be equipped with the network of MS Nortel. So, theneighboring cities of such areas where the services of mobile phone is already available have to be provided with the equipment of Nortel. It is logical and will of-course be cheaper too. These cities have been included in the further expansion program now being termed as the third phase.

    The Board of Directors of U-Fone has approved this. The report said it might be worth mentioning that the Federal Minister for IT&T Awais Leghari recently appointed the majority of the Directors of the Board of both PTCL and U-Fone.

    With these considerations, one is poised with an important issue and that is of the price i.e. will U-Fone pay the same price which it paid at the time of its start on, or will it be any other price. The report says that Nortel will and should remain as the solve vendor for the proposed expansion under this category.

    The New Cities Expansion Category: The report said the government is trying to provide network in order to enable the U-Fone mobile telephone services to the people in other cities in addition to major ones.

    Therefore, in order to procure equipment for these new proposed cities under the third phase, five new vendors were pre-qualified by the Board and the management of U-Fone for the bidding process namely Alcatel, Ericsson, HuaweiTechnologies, Motorola and Siemens.

    But, the bids were leaked. The report has now suggested that the government may immediately constitute a committee to ensure something like this does not happen again. At the same time, we must also ensure that U-Fone does not lose its prospective customers either. But in any event, before the conclusion of the agreement, the NAB should approve it.

    We may have recourse to any of the following:

    (i)We can either recall for the entire re-tendering. This might cause a further delay of at least four to six months but as it is our main competitor Mobilink has won the race. It is opening its market to its customers in a couple of weeks.

    (ii) Since the vendors will remain the same, we may alternatively ask all the remaining four to compete with each other in the presence of a committee especially constituted for the purpose. If this proposal is accepted, then the entire exercise should be over within a week and U-Fone may invariably save millions of US$ with our small efforts.

    Moreover, Nortel will have to match the same price and it will.

    (iii) it must be categorically borne in mind that there is no technological difference in the equipment of all these vendors. At least U-Fone’s management should not have any problem since they were the ones who pre-qualified all these categories after technical evaluation.

    (iv) by this exercise, an important factor will also be elucidated. Nortel who has been enjoying monopoly status so far in supplying equipment and has been charging their desirable charges in connivance with PTCL management, this would have to be settled scores with us at our terms. This exercise will also unveil the magnitude of the corruption in which our management has been actively involved.

    “UNQUOTE”

  4. 5 nota December 14, 2009 at 4:16 am

    @Aamir Mughal
    Yeah I remember that one. And if I remember it correctly, it was the very first scandal involving Awais as Minister IT. There certainly are many more since then. And wasn’t he was on the NAB list (to get rid of which he joined PML-Q?).

    BTW: I have also heard he was the one responsible for the arrest of Amal Kansi. I am told he Amal was his friend it it was Awais who invited him over for a hunting trip to D G Khan and once there, Amal was arrested. Word is he got $2 Million and that’s how he gained american friendship which later propelled him to a federal ministry (that too was a part of the payoff.)

    • 6 Aamir Mughal December 14, 2009 at 4:41 am

      You are right on the mark

      Bajour mayhem and Pakistan’s power mafia
      Tuesday November 07, 2006 (1511 PST) http://www.paktribune.com/news/index.php?id=159200

      They spotted him and reported his presence to the so-called Tehajudguzar president who in turn did not waste time to inform the Americans to make their kill and reward him. In a joint operation by American marines assisted by ISI, Mir Aamil Kansi was raided and arrested while he was soundly asleep.

      The normal procedure—if at all the Pakistani president wanted to hand him over to the Americans since he was wanted in the United States—was to send Aamil Kansi to the relevant Pakistani court for legalising his extradition to the United States on an American request. The Pakistani law had to be shown at least some respect by the person who was designated as its supreme upholder by the Constitution by providing Mir Aamil Kansi an opportunity to defend himself against charges seeking his extradition. Despite the fact that Kansi’s extradition could not be stopped, “FL” wilfully allowed Pakistan ‘s independence and sovereignty to be shred into pieces by denying Aamil his legal rights.

      Aamil Kansi was caught napping by the American marines who had no business to carry out their raid in sovereign Pakistani territory. To cover up their extra-territorial operation President Farooq Leghari popularly known as “FL” among his close friends for obvious reasons of usability and instant disposal as well, ordered his media managers to give the raid the spin of an ISI operation helped by the Americans. From Dera Ghazi Khan hotel arrested Aamil Kansi was bundled into an American helicopter and airlifted to Afghanistan to show that he had been nabbed there. We do not know who got American reward on Aamil Kansi’s head, the upsurge of personal prosperity in “FL” house and sharing of the crumbs by those who handled the operation in the country’s premier intelligence agency were rather gloating and bloating as well.

  5. 7 nota December 14, 2009 at 5:18 am

    Right (but I do want to repeat FL’s role goes much beyond just informing the Americans — he had Kansi entrapped. The story in question just ignores this part)

    BTW: I hear the victims of Kansi were not just random employees working at CIA Headquarters. In fact the two shot dead were those Kansi had had dealings with and were his intended targets.

    On a side note regarding:

    This lengthy digression becomes relevant on two accounts in the context of the recent horrendous Bajour killings in Pakistan and the disclosure of the most brazen fact by General Pervez Musharraf in his Arabian night memoirs that Islamabad received millions of dollars from the United States for handing over hundreds of “terrorists” confirming most equivocally that whether it is the Praetorian regime or the terrorists—both are having best of the two worlds— “making a living out of terrorism”—as Selig Harrison candidly put it about the players in the game.

    Funny how back then the killings in Bajour were described as “horrendous”. I say they are horrendous even today…

  6. 10 Aamir Mughal December 19, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Syed Talat Hussain [AAJ TV] Praising Musharraf in 1999 and justifying the Military Coup, watch the video

    • 11 nota December 20, 2009 at 8:02 am

      Good find 🙂

      But I must confess even I was happy. happy not that Mush had taken over but that Nawaz was gone.

      • 12 Aamir Mughal December 20, 2009 at 3:28 pm

        I wonder where was Mr Athar Minallah and other Civil Society Activists during all this [may please be read in the light of Human Rights Criteria set by Athar and co.]

        “QUOTE”

        The crackdown, announced late Saturday night after General Musharraf suspended the Constitution, was clearly aimed at preventing public demonstrations that political parties and lawyers were organizing for Monday. “They are showing zero tolerance for protest,” said Athar Minallah, a lawyer, and a former minister in the Musharraf government. REFERENCE: Musharraf Consolidates His Control With Arrests By JANE PERLEZ
        Published: November 4, 2007 http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/04/world/asia/04cnd-pakistan.html?_r=1&hp

        Asif Zardari, husband of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, has waited for more than 5 years for the start of his trial on charges of killing his brother-in-law, Murtaza Bhutto in 1997. In April 1999, Zardari was tried and convicted separately on corruption charges. In December 2001 Zardari received bail but was not released; the NAB ordered his continued detention on suspicion of corruption. Despite government claims that NAB cases would be pursued independent of an individual?s political affiliation, NAB has taken a selective approach to anti-corruption efforts (see Section 1.d.). The Musharraf Government in 1999 created by ordinance the NAB and special accountability courts to try corruption cases (see Section 1.d.). The NAB was created in part to deal with as much as $4 billion (PKR 208 billion) that was estimated to be owed to the country’s banks (all of which were state-owned at the time; several have since been privatized) by debtors, primarily from among the wealthy elite. The Musharraf Government stated that it would not target genuine business failures or small defaulters and does not appear to have done so. The NAB was given broad powers to prosecute corruption cases, and the accountability courts were expected to try such cases within 30 days. As originally promulgated, the ordinance prohibited courts from granting bail and gave the NAB chairman sole power to decide if and when to release detainees. The ordinance also allowed those suspected by the State Bank of Pakistan of defaulting on government loans or of corrupt practices to be detained for 15 days without charge (renewable with judicial concurrence) and, prior to being charged, did not allow access to counsel. In accountability cases, there was a presumption of guilt, and conviction under the ordinance can result in 14 years’ imprisonment, fines, and confiscation of property. Those convicted also originally were disqualified from running for office or holding office for 10 years. In August 2000, the Government announced that persons with a court conviction would be barred from holding party office. This provision was used during the general election to prevent certain candidates from entering the contest. REFERENCE: Pakistan Country Reports on Human Rights Practices Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor 2002 March 31, 2003 http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2002/18314.htm

        Pakistan

        National Level: The Musharraf Government in 1999 created by Ordinance the NAB (National Accountability Bureau) and special accountability courts to try exclusively corruption cases. These Courts are part of the national judicial system and operate under the Chief Justices of the High Courts of Pakistan. For up-to-date statistics on the number and type of cases files, convicted and acquitted, please refer to the Appendix. The NAB was created in part to deal with as much as $4 billion (PKR 208 billion) that was estimated to be owed to the country’s banks (all of which were state-owned at the time; several have since been privatized) by debtors, primarily from among the wealthy elite. The Musharraf Government stated that it would not target genuine business failures or small defaulters and does not appear to have done so. The NAB was given broad powers to prosecute corruption cases, and the accountability courts were expected to try such cases within 30 days. As originally promulgated, the ordinance prohibited courts from granting bail and gave the NAB chairman sole power to decide if and when to release detainees.

        The ordinance also allowed those suspected by the State Bank of Pakistan of defaulting on government loans or of corrupt practices to be detained for 15 days without charge (renewable with judicial concurrence) and, prior to being charged, did not allow access to counsel. In accountability cases, there was a presumption of guilt, and conviction under the ordinance can result in 14 years’ imprisonment, fines, and confiscation of property. Originally, those convicted were set to disqualify from running for office or holding office for 10 years. In August 2000, the Government announced that persons with a court conviction would be barred from holding party office. This provision was applied during the general election to prevent certain candidates from entering the contest. REFERENCE: I. Special Corruption Courts in Asia http://www.u4.no/helpdesk/helpdesk/queries/query19.cfm

        The new government’s principal vehicle for detaining former officials and party leaders, however, was the National Accountability Ordinance, a law ostensibly created to bring corrupt officials to account. The ordinance confers sweeping powers of arrest, investigation, and prosecution in a single institution, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), and permits detainees to be held for up to ninety days without being brought before a court. The law was later amended to facilitate conviction by shifting the burden of proof during trial from the prosecution to the defense.
        There were persistent reports of ill treatment in NAB custody, particularly in the case of high profile detainees who were held early in the year in Attock Fort. Persons convicted under the ordinance were prohibited from holding public office for a period of twenty-one years. An amendment to the Political Parties Act in August also barred anyone with a court conviction from holding party office. The combined effect of these acts, as they were applied, was to eliminate the existing leadership of the major political parties. While administration officials said that parties would be allowed to participate in future elections to the Senate and national and provincial assemblies, local government elections, scheduled to be held in December, were to be conducted on a non-party basis.

        The Musharraf government also suppressed political activity by conducting raids on party offices, preventing political rallies from being held, and lodging criminal cases against rally organizers under laws governing sedition and the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) Ordinance. The sedition law, Section 124-A of the Pakistan Penal Code, criminalizes speech that “brings or attempts to bring into hatred or contempt, or excites or attempts to excite disaffection towards, the Central or Provincial Government established by law.” Section 16 of the Maintenance of Public Order Ordinance prohibits speech that “causes or is likely to cause fear or alarm to the public” or any section thereof, or which “furthers or is likely to further any activity prejudicial to public safety or the maintenance of public order.”

        Rana Sanaullah Khan, a member of the suspended Punjab provincial assembly from Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League (PML), was arrested in Faisalabad on November 28, 1999. The arrest came after he criticized the army at a meeting of former legislators and urged his colleagues to launch a protest movement against the military government. He was tortured while in custody, and criminal charges were registered against him under the sedition law and MPO .

        On March 15, the government formally curtailed freedom of association and assembly with an order banning public rallies, demonstrations, and strikes. The order’s enforcement against a procession from Lahore to Peshawar that Nawaz Sharif’s wife, Kulsoom Nawaz, had planned to lead, resulted in the arrests of at least 165 PML leaders and activists. On September 21 the ban was also invoked against 250 members of the hardline Sunni Muslim group, Sipah-e-Sahaba, who had planned a march to celebrate a religious anniversary. REFERENCE: Human Rights Developments http://www.hrw.org/legacy/wr2k1/asia/pakistan.html

        “UNQUOTE”

  7. 13 nota December 21, 2009 at 5:06 am

    @Amir
    Why such sympathies for PPP? They are hardly the victims (though they love to play the role)

    “Asif Zardari, husband of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, has waited for more than 5 years for the start of his trial on charges of killing his brother-in-law, Murtaza Bhutto in 1997. In April 1999, Zardari was tried and convicted separately on corruption charges.”

    I hope you not suggesting the delay in the trial was because of the “victimization” of Zardari and nothing to do with his lawyers seeking delay upon delay? How about those 200 some psychiatric evaluations he presented in other cases to not show up in courts? Are you suggesting this delay was “unusual” in any way? Hardly! I know many people waiting over 20 years even when they want the trial to go through (which was NOT the case here).

    And suggesting Zardari was the “victim” in Murtaza Bhutto case is really appaling. The only victims there were Murtaza Bhutto, those that were murdered that day and Murtaza’s family (BB and Zardari exempted, of course).

    That Zardari and his minions have been found “not guilty” in that case is the biggest miscarriage of justice. Hope you would raise a voice for them and not this filth that is PPP today.

    • 14 Aamir Mughal December 21, 2009 at 5:22 am

      Dear Nota,

      Not the sympathy for PPP [read what I have written in brackets above]

      • 15 Aamir Mughal December 21, 2009 at 5:28 am

        “The tribunal held later in 1997 ruled that Murtaza could not have been killed without approval from the highest echelons of government.” [Justice Retd Nasir Aslam Zahid]Please tell which echelon of the government is highest?

        Read Mubashir Hasan on Murtaza Bhutto Murder [in 1996 DAWN]

        “QUOTE”

        While the people speculated about the motives behind the killing of Mir Murtaza Bhutto, Dr. Mubashir Hasan, a former Finance Minister and a founder member of the PPP, was very blunt in his remarks: “For those whohave removed Murtaza from our midst, the real problem has been and is Prime Minister Benazir. As long as Murtaza was alive, removing Benazir carried unacceptable risks. Murtaza could take over the mantle of the elder Bhutto’s legend. Else Murtaza and Benazir would be striving for a common cause, separately or jointly. That would have presented formidablepolitical problems. Murtaza gone, the way is clear. Benazir stands perilously weakened. She is the next to go. Such are the brutal pathways of realpolitik.” [Dawn 25.9.1996]

        Former interior minister Naseerullah Babar paid glowing tributes to Shoaib Suddle for restoring peace in Karachi when in 1994 the Army was withdrawn from the metropolitan city. He said the ISI was involved in the murder of Murtaza Bhutto. He said he had formed a commission to probe against the ISI but pressure was mounted on him and afterwards the inquiry was givenup. He criticized the MQM decision to join forces with the opposition. He said the MQM should join the government for the sake of peace in Karachi.

        Bill to cut president down to size this week’ News Desk
        http://thenews.jang.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=14093

        “UNQUOTE”

        “QUOTE”

        Kamran Khan, a correspondent of The News, appeared with a written request that he should be heard as a witness to reply to the statement made by the former prime minister, Benazir Bhutto, to clear his name, to which the tribunal said it was not holding a defamation trial. The tribunal said it was not concerned with who had said what and that the former prime minister had named 50 people in her statement and there was no time to allow all those who had been named in her statement the opportunity to hear them. “We have limited time and by March 17 the report has to be submitted to the government and we will not allow you to examine Ms Benazir Bhutto and if we allow that there will be no end to it,” the chairman observed. The chairman asked him to submit a written statement before March 17. He also observed that he (Kamran Khan) should have come forward earlier, when the messages were being sent to him. He was reminded by the tribunal that one of the reporters of The News, Maqbool Ahmed, was given the message to convey to him for his appearance when his name was mentioned in the list submitted by the PPP (SB) party counsel, Manzoor Bhutta. “You kept quiet when you knew about it through the newspapers. You did not wake up until she came and named you by saying ‘if he could be used by me others can also use him.’ “Kamran Khan said he did not know who Maqbool Ahmed was. He said Ms Bhutto had used the tribunal’s platform to say things against him and, therefore, he wanted to reply to her from the same platform, to which the chairman said she had a locus standii, because her brother had been killed and her husband had been arrested in the case.

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      • 16 nota December 22, 2009 at 10:57 am

        Not that simple. True that “Murtaza could not have been killed without approval from the highest echelons of government” (BB/Zardari). Dr Mubashir Hasan’s “realpolitik”? Hardly!

        (More later, including — surprise surprise: the bit played by Aitzaz)

      • 17 Aamir Mughal December 22, 2009 at 12:25 pm

        Dear Nota,

        Not an effort to defend PPP but why the prosecution failed to prove the Murtaza Murder case against BB and AAZ despite having so much resources at their disposal rather all the key witnesses were clipped and one during Musharraf’s Military Regime.

      • 18 nota December 22, 2009 at 2:07 pm

        But that does not mean BB and AAZ are not guilty. They are. 😉

  8. 19 Aamir Mughal December 22, 2009 at 5:27 am

    How is it that those behind the deal-making based on this unconstitutional and illegal ordinance were not named and shamed/charged outright? Indeed, as reported widely at the time, the present chief of army staff was the DG ISI when the final draft of the NRO was being presented to Benazir in Dubai and was part of Musharraf’s team sent to convince her. Let us be grateful for small mercies By Kamran Shafi Tuesday, 22 Dec, 2009 http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/columnists/let-us-be-grateful-for-small-mercies-229

  9. 21 Aamir Mughal December 22, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Dear Nota,

    Pirzada oppose NRO but support beneficiary [Agha Siraj Durrani and as per GEO a right hand man of Zardari] of NRO as a Lawyer.

    http://www.jang.com.pk/jang/dec2009-daily/22-12-2009/u15085.htm

    Reality of Abdul Hafiz Pirzada [who was against NRO in Supreme Court] who accepted the Fees [35 Lakh Pak Rupees] from Zardari to defend him in Swiss Case. Read the details in Hamid MIR’S ARTICLE IN JANG [21 DEC 2009]

    http://www.jang.com.pk/jang/dec2009-daily/21-12-2009/col4.htm

    The same Pirzada and Mumtaz Bhutto too [Notorious Uncles of Late. Benazir Bhuto]: Mumtaz Bhutto’s loved Zoulfiqar Bhutto so much that only after a few days of ZAB’s Murder, both Mumtaz and Hafeez Peerzada got married [Courtesy Monthly Herald Pakisatn Divided They Stand by Mazhar Abbas Issue of January 2008].

    Mumtaz Bhutto loved late Ms. Benazir Bhutto so much that after the dismissal of her second government [1993-1996] by PPP elected President Tumandar Sardar Farooq Ahmed Khan Laghari, he joined the Caretaker Chief Minister of Sindh under President Laghri in 1996 so much for the love of Ms. Bhutto.

    Watch in BBC Documentary: Dirty Role played by the Close Friends [Pirzada, Jatoi and Mumtaz] of Late. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto [Murdered by JI, Judiciary, Military, and USA]

    نوٹس خستہ مگر یادیں تازہ
    آخری وقت اشاعت: Saturday, 4 April, 2009, 18:18 GMT 23:18 PST

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/multimedia/2009/04/090404_090404_bhutto_anniversary.shtml

    • 22 nota December 22, 2009 at 2:00 pm

      Well we agree: Abdul Hafiz Pirzada is scum, Mumtaz is scum, Jatoi was scum, Farooq Leghari is scum.

      BTW: Did you notice Athar Minallah yesteday doing rounds of all talk shows ‘clarifying’ SC’s decision? What was the need? All AM managed to do was raise doubts about the motives of CJ. It just seemed unbecoming of CJ having his spokesperson out selling fish…

  10. 23 Aamir Mughal December 28, 2009 at 7:06 am

    Watch Laghari sitting amidst Chaudhries of Gujarat:

    Banks waive Rs153.5bn loans in eight years By Zulqernain Tahir
    Sunday, 27 Dec, 2009 http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/19-banks-waive-rs153.5bn-loans-in-eight-years-729-hh-04


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