Haroon Rashid Wins 4-0 vs Aitzaz Ahsan

Recently columnist Haroon Rashid(HR) wrote an article on the games played by Aitzaz Ahsan(AA), confirming what has appeared on this blog (e.g. see here and here) and, as expected,  Aitzaz was quick to respond to what he called “accusations” — I call them statements of facts — by HR. But in trying to clear his name by further telling lies, AA has only managed to confirm what HR and I have stated.

Below are the so-called “accusations” by HR and the lies offered by AA as “clarifications”.

“Accusation” #1:
There really was no accusation here. HR stated AA had refused to defend Zardari using the excuse that he had to earn a living (“work with sweat and blood”) to pay for his kids’ school fees. Of course AA was lying as every one knows his kids are not in school (I think they are enjoying high-paying jobs overseas thanks to Aitzaz’s connections) and even if they were in school, Aitzaz has himself accepted he makes millions a month so he hardly has to worry about school fees for his kids. And AA suggesting he would not be paid by Zardari for his services was ridiculous indeed and I do believe Zardari was willing to pay him enough to “take care of all his expenses for a hundred years.” AA certainly might not have wanted to take his fee in cash for appearances sake but we know he would have taken it in favors which would have been a lot more lucrative and we do have the as precedence

  1. him receiving an LPG quota,
  2. him defending CJ resulting him in upping his fee up to rs 20 Million per case.

“Clarification” #1:
Aitzaz right away starts off with the greatest of fabrications. He quotes HR but the quote is 100% fabricated. AA says HR has stated:

“I demanded fee from Mr. Zardari to fight his case and apparently refused to help him further.”

Huh? Where did HR say that? What HR stated is right above. Can you find HR saying anything close to what AA claims HR said — and that too with a supposedly direct quote? Well, I certainly can’t. HR CERTAINLY DID NOT SAY THAT! Are we to assume a “brilliant lawyer” is so stupid as to not being able to copy one sentence? Most likely AA is doing this intentionally to twist things.

But starting with this lie (“HR said I demanded fees”), AA goes into this long rant about all the occasions he had not charged fees from his corrupt PPP buddies for defending them in court and doesn’t shy away from having helped them get away with it. Hello! That is not HR “accused” you of and at least have the decency/sense not to make up quotes to suit your purpose.

“Accusation” #2:
HR talks about the recent details that have come out about the LPG scandal in which consumers were bilked an extra 220 Billion. He tells us about 20-ton-a-day quota that AA enjoys. HR does say AA got the quota not because he is “a friend” of the LPG Mafia Don Iqbal Z Ahmed but  because of Benazir Bhutto’s looking after her lap dogs.

“Clarication” #2:
What is interesting is that AA comes back not disagreeing with HR about the other people that got the LPG quota (and confirms his own 20-ton a day one) and even suggests they were improper as each of them faced some sort of an “Accountability Bureau” but — this is so funny — he says only his was on the up-and-up and he repeats the lie that his wife got it from his “friend” Iqbal Z Ahmed. He claims his his wife getting the LPG windfall was proper because:

  1. He never was accused before, and
  2. Musharraf never canceled it.

My!  Is that the best defense you can offer, Mr. Brilliant Lawyer who charges Rs 2 crore per case? Amazing what bull you have been getting away with! Your first defense is now out the door as you have — belatedly but finally — been accused and the second defense just confirms the next accusation that you in fact were playing every side but the lawyers (the only side you were supposed to be playing). Also managing to secure such a lucrative deal (netting AA anywhere between Rs 3 million to Rs 38 million per month) admittedly due to nepotism — and not qualification — itself speaks volumes!

“Accusation” #3:
HR talks about the lawyers movement and does say AA pulled a fast one on the lawyers by calling off the “dharna” on his own, leading some young ones to tears by being stabbed in the back by their very leader (HR was being kind here — I have accused AA of not only that but a similar role in the second Long March. Remember at this time AA was NOT among the leaders of the Lawyers movement but managed to insert himself into Nawaz’s vehicle and again managed to halt the Long March in Gujranwala as preplanned (unless you are ready to believe Nawaz is a genius to have predicted it days ahead))

“Clarification” #3:
AA puts up a false claim that some “All Pakistan Lawyers Representaives” organization (is there one?) was “undecided” on dharna in May 2008 (first Long March) but had decided to do so in Jan 2009 (second Long March). Well Mr Aitzaz, if the lawyers were “undecided” in May 2008 as you yourself say, then who gave you the right to decide it for them? And if they had decided in it’s favor in Jan 2009, then again why did you announce it’s cancellation??

Aitzaz follows this crap with some silly excuses for him acted that way. He says it was too hot in June (is that a revelation or is June always hot?) and the guys in black coats (lawyers) would have suffered (Oh, and they did not suffer during the Long March when the sun was out but would have suffered more say at 3 in the morning?). Next he says he cancelled it because he was afraid some lawyers would have attacked the parliament and would have been arrested and no one would have bailed them out (Oh, so the lawyers were so helpless and alone?). Next he adds he did it for the women and kids who were present who would have suffered (Oh thanks AA for being so caring — we know women have no sense to make that decision for themselves or their kids). But AA is not done yet. Then he adds that anyone not supporting his decision were in fact agents of the forces  wanting to do away with democracy (ignore the fact that Mush the dictator was sitting in the presidency) and those who wanted to spill blood and guts — another pathetic ‘excuse’.

Accusation #4:
HR talks about the time AA took CJ to meet Zardari under the pretense “to offer condolence for the death of Benazir Bhutto”. Of course it was a senseless move and a lot of fingers were pointed at CJ and HR rightly wonders if the real purpose behind it was AA trying to raise his rate.

“Clarification” #4:
AA goes into another rant against being called greedy and opportunist and gives us a list of qurbanis (how could a jiyala not shout qurbani when he has no legs to stand on — in fact you know he has trying to divert from the issue at hand) he gave like “I turned down the PMship”, blah, blah, blah.

But in all of that rant, he, of course, makes no mention of his rate having skyrocketed (his opportunism already proven by the BoP and the LPG affairs alone).

So what do you think? I score it 4-0 in favor of Haroon Rashid.

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13 Responses to “Haroon Rashid Wins 4-0 vs Aitzaz Ahsan”


  1. 1 Observer January 16, 2010 at 3:00 am

    I don’t know why people still have doubts about AA. Personally I got suspicious about this fella after the first Long March, when he called of the Long March at a crucial state alongside the ganja “sher”. When he made the stunt at the second long March there were NO longer any room left for any kind of doubt. It was the writing on the wall that Aitezaz Ahsan is a Trojan Horse. I consider him a very dangerous man – not because he can fool me, but because he is still able to fool many others. I am amazed that he can do that- after all he is NOT that smart. Maybe these people want to be fooled. If so, then shame on both!

    Also look at his role here:

    PPP-PML-N rift may jeopardize democracy: Aitzaz

    In fact he is for status quo, but only as long as he and his cronies can get piece of flesh from Pakistan’s body. Obviously the “fight” or rather nora kushti with the military was all about a piece of flesh. What a dirty mind!

    • 2 nota January 16, 2010 at 1:39 pm

      @Observer
      “Also look at his role here:
      PPP-PML-N rift may jeopardize democracy: Aitzaz”

      Yeah I saw that in Dawn. They put it as under:
      No threat to democracy, says Aitzaz
      Speaking of people wanting to get fooled, these statements came at “a workshop organised by the Lahore High Court Bar Association” during his campaign to sell “the Holder of Public Office (Accountability) Bill pending in the National Assembly.” So much for the hope in lawyers.

      Of course these three going gaga is no surprise:
      nukey (no surprise there)and adds this:
      afzilly, and
      jizzy, despite stating this:

      HR is one of the few honest journalists we have
      20 Tons daily quota means
      20000 kg @profit of Rs 21/kg
      Rs420000/daily profit
      1.26 crores monthly profit
      Now how much he needs for bacha fee
      That was quote of the day
      “Zardari was stunned and talk to one of his friend I was planning to take care of his expenses for the next century.”


      😉

      On a side note, this of course is not surprise (and doubt it “just happened”):
      Sharifuddin Pirzada is president’s ‘treasured guide’
      And neither is this:
      Zardari starts new legal battle with CJ “on merit”

  2. 3 Ahmed January 21, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    Get a life,people…..
    These are all accusations.Atleast he had the moral courage to come up with a valid answer for that idiot’s column…..
    He is one of the best and morally sound people in this hellhole we call Pakistani Politics…………..

  3. 5 Observer January 22, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    “He is one of the best and morally sound people in this hellhole we call Pakistani Politics…………..”

    I suggest he gets out of this “hellhole” ASAP!!!!

  4. 6 Observer January 22, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Buddies in consultation with each other?

    President consults Aitzaz, Awan, allies over NRO

    Link: http://geo.tv/1-22-2010/57559.htm

    Excerpts:

    “Ahsan explained to the President the details and legal implications of the apex court’s verdict on NRO.

    The sources say that the Presidency will consider formulation of its future strategy in the light of the recommendations and guidance of Aitzaz Ahsan.”

    Aitzaz is “quick” that he can bat on his own bowling 🙂

  5. 7 nota January 23, 2010 at 1:06 am

    Surprised? No. The point I have been trying to make is he was always with this camp and not the “lawyers”. Remember Aitzaz’s teammates are (and have always been) jewels like Sharifuddin Pirzada, Malik Qayyum, Babar Awan, Latif Khosa, Farooq Naek, Waseem Sajjad, S M Zafar, etc.

  6. 8 Observer January 23, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    @nota

    Ohhh, no. He can hardly surprise me any more. I admit he is good, but not that good that he can make fool of us all the time – enough is enough! I might not know all about AA (dirty) activities, but I have figured out this too smart guy a long time ago. As earlier mentioned I got seriously suspicious when he called of the first long march alongside the other “savior” called ganja Sher. When he repeated the trick with the same crook, then there was no room for any good will towards the Trojan Horse AA.

    I don´t think we have seen the full extent of the shady activities of both AA, Ganja sher and other crooks. They will only come to “day light”, IF we ever get an honest NAB. The only chance we have of such accountability is if PTI wins a future election. First of all I doubt they will win more than a few seats (20-30 seats), and if they – against all odds – are able to form a government in 5-10 years, then I am afraid that the PTI leader will be wiped out. We have too many corrupt people.

    There are many smarter people than him (IK), and also better politicians, but I still reckon him as the best choice under the current scenario. He is brave and non-corrupt. In terms of intelligence he is not bad either. These qualities can be the platform for maybe not perfect, but at least a decent leader. We have tried the crooks several times each. At least by giving PTI a chance we are not taking any risk. I refuse to believe that PTI can do worse than PML and PPP.

  7. 10 Observer January 23, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    Soch raha hai Pakistan
    NaN koi dhanda naN koi kam – Rishwat aam traffic jam
    America key ham baney ghulam – sari dunjaN meiN badnaam
    Hoga kya mera anjam – yeh soch raha hai Pakistan

  8. 11 Observer January 25, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    Our journalists……Surprised?…..not really.

    http://anmolurdu.info/adab/?p=2129

    • 12 nota January 25, 2010 at 1:33 pm

      Hey, they left out the best ones…

      For the record, the “ladies” are:
      — Meher Bukhari of SAMAA TV
      — Saima Mohsin of DawnNews
      — Rashida Sayal of ApnaTV
      — Asma Sherazi of Ary
      Guys are mostly PTV with one exception (third pic from top). I think that guy is bureau chief of Geo. You know his name?


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