Abbotabad compound raid log that reveals too much

A log that reveals too much but not confirmed Ansar Abbasi Friday, March 02, 2012 ISLAMABAD: On May 8, 2011, six days after the May 2 US Abbottabad operation which got Osama bin Laden, I received an email message from a source never known to me before, but it contained a lot of sensitive data, part of which appears to be similar to what the main memogate witness Mansoor Continue reading Abbotabad compound raid log that reveals too much

Lake drainage: Water level decreasing in Hunza Gojal Valley


Alhamdo Lillah; Sud Alhamdo Lillah

In the very first picture of the  tree  a frozen ice thaw is still hanging which shows the water level of the lake. Comparing it with the receding water level of lake now this can be imagined that water level has considerably decreased about 18 feet.

Back at that time this was my guts feeling that only answer to this blockage was the controlled blasting out of the spillway. This was suggested many a times to the authorities through Daily Pamir Times. Anyhow Alhamdo lillah this is done now and  a hope which was once seen lost will come back and life will be returning in the area soon.



While military awaits the orders from the Supreme Courts

There has never been the time that military in Pakistan ever came in power at its own for the heck of it. It was always there on the demand of public and the politicians of the time; when they felt that a group in power has crossed all the limits of their corruption and nepotism. These authoritative rulers with their feudalistic mind set have always took it granted as Pakistan and its people were at their disposal and a personal property owned by them.

Pak military which considers itself the saviour of this country has always stood for the cause and have come in on public demand to rescue and prop up the failing country. History shows that after taking over the country and setting it back on the course; it has always handed over its reign back to the civilians. This is repeated some three times. The last hand over by General Pervez Musharraf is the hall mark of its kind, when country with its vibrant economy and society leading a moderate pace was handed over to the known top leadership in the country to come and run it on a turnkey bases. Continue reading While military awaits the orders from the Supreme Courts

NO Immunity for Zardari

By A Khokar   20 January 2012
In April 1999, Swiss courts caught three criminals; Asif Ali Zardari, Miss Benazir Bhutto and their partner Dr. J. Schlegelmilch, a Swiss lawyer, on laundering some 60 million of stolen and kick back money stashed in Swiss banks accounts. This alerted the Pakistani government and Pakistan put up a claim in the Swiss courts that this stolen money belongs to Pakistani peoples. The case study says that: (excerpt) ‘The Government of Pakistan claims a declaration that it is beneficially entitled to the relevant payments received into the Zardari Swiss bank accounts”, to the background to the purchase of the Rockwood Estate, and to such other assets of the Companies as are found to have derived directly or indirectly from the alleged secret commissions and/ or bribes.’[1]

For their proven crimes Zardari, Miss Bhutto and their partner were convicted for laundering the stolen money in 2003 and sentenced. Later this conviction had gone for their case appeal for reinvestigation of their cases that mean while General Pervez Musharraf granted a general amnesty by issuing a National Reconciliation order-NRO and cases against many culprits were withdrawn. Likewise, the claim of Pakistan in the Swiss court to retrieve the stolen money from Zardari, Miss Benazir Bhutto was also withdrawn. Basing on the grant of NRO; reportedly; Swiss courts also set aside the money laundering case and frozen banks accounts were released back to the Zardari and his associates.

Off late in 2009, this infamous NRO was contested in the courts and same was placed as defunct and any such amnesty or the benefits coined by its beneficiaries were ab initio withdrawn and NRO cancelled. All the cases in the courts were ordered to be re-opened. Government of Pakistan was also asked to reopen the case of its claim in Swiss court.

Ironically; the culprit of pilferage and laundering millions of dollars abroad; MR Asif Ali Zardari by now had become the president of Pakistan and the entire official machinery was made in place that Swiss courts may not be contacted to re-open the subject claim case.

Being a President; Asif Ali Zardari is adamant not to write to the Swiss courts that he enjoys an immunity of any criminal trial in the court under the constitutional privilege entrusted to the President; not withstanding that Zardari being a president may be entitled to an immunity in Criminal cases vide article 248 of Constitution but Pakistan is mere a claimant of recovery of its money in his theft which is a Civil case and sadly; President does not enjoy any immunity in Civil cases.

One wonders how the most renowned lawyer Mr. Ehtazaz Ahsan in Apex Courts is also seen insisting on Immunity of President Zardari in reopening the Swiss bank case for which the beleaguered Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani is made a scapegoat. He is held accountable on contempt of court order for not writing to Swiss Court to re-open the case when subject case is not a criminal but mere a Civil case for retrieving of money which belongs to peoples of Pakistan.
Although there is hardly any chance that some money is lying in the Swiss banks to retrieve it back but one may trace it out since converted into 100 Billions accumulated assets of Asif ali Zardari in the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, the United States of America and the British Virgin Islands (BVI) as stated in ‘The International Centre for Recovery Report’ of ‘Assets knowledge Recovery Centre’ which says:

Benazir Bhutto and Asif Ali Zardari

”A consummate politician, Benazir Bhutto was twice appointed Prime Minister of Pakistan (1988-1990 and 1993-1996). On both occasions she was dismissed from office for alleged corruption and misrule or bad governance. 1 Between 1998 and 2007 Bhutto lived in exile from Pakistan in Dubai and London. She returned to Pakistan in October 2007 after reaching an understanding with President Pervez Musharraf by which she was granted amnesty and all corruption charges were withdrawn. However, Benazir Bhutto political life was ended with her assassinated on December 27, 2007.

Her husband Asif Ali Zardari (now the current President of Pakistan) also played a prominent role in both administrations. He served as Minister of Investment from 1993 to 1996. During Bhutto’s terms as prime minister, Zardari is alleged to have masterminded various corruption related activities involving millions of dollars with Bhutto’s knowledge. Zardari gained the reputation of demanding a certain percent of government contracts issued to business people, thereby earning a succession of nicknames: Mr 5 Percent, Mr 10 Percent, Mr. 20 Percent, Mr 30 Percent, and Mr 100 Percent.

In total, Bhutto-Zardari accumulated assets worth over $100 million in the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, the United States of America and the British Virgin Islands (BVI). 2 Some estimates place Bhutto-Zardari loot at more than $ 1.5 billion. This sum allegedly came from illicit profits through kickbacks in every sphere of government activity, including: rice export deals, the sell-off of state land, purchase of planes for Pakistan International Airlines, sugar mills, oil and gas permits, awarding of broadcast licenses, privatization of state-owned industries and rake-offs from state welfare schemes.””


[1] Extract from Pakistan government claim filed in Swiss courts





Will SC really Rock the Boat; this time?

Memogate: Courtesy Friday times Lahore

It seems as Mr. Zee and Gee (President Zardari and PM Gilani) and their cohorts after having served a charge sheet by Supreme Court have finally barred their teeth and are resorting even in orchestrating some kind of wishy-washy resolution in the house. They think it may prop up their falling regime and might avail them some respite. But:

Alas; no one may now push the bitter cup or the awaiting gallows away from them which are—made ready to punish them for their contempt, loot and evil deeds.

Mr. Gee is even heard calling the gathering of the house of the ‘black crows’ that they always gather; no doubt for their personal greed and are likely to join hands to save the falling regime to safeguard their own interests too.

Strange enough the malaise and hypocrisy of Zee and Gee against SC is so glaring that this propping up resolution is being passed on the very day when Supreme Court is due to announce its final verdict against all the six charges since leveled against Zee and Gee.

It’s too late for the Heroes to stop the noose tightening around their necks?

On the other hand it is also felt necessary to point out that hopefully; this time Supreme Court will really rock the boat as so far the SC history speaks that court has shown many a weaknesses in apprehending the culprits. Mark reluctance is observed in passing the true verdict and it looked as noose around the culprits was being kept loose intentionally.

It is also pointed out that “Justice delayed is in fact justice denied” which denotes a legal maxim meaning that if legal redress is available for a party that has suffered some injury, but is not forthcoming in a timely fashion, it is effectively the same as having no redress at all. This principle is the basis for the right to a speedy trial and similar rights which are meant to expedite the legal system, because it is unfair for the injured party to have to sustain the injury with little hope for resolution.

“Justice delayed is justice denied”. This phrase is also a rallying cry who view courts as acting too slowly in resolving legal issues either because the existing system is too complex or overburdened, or because the issue or party in question lacks political favour or under the circumstances, the Court itself feels it insecure for the judges passing the verdict.


Is Chicken coming back Home to Roost

After listening to the news that Ex-President Pervez Musharraf is retuning back home during January 2012; it looks as ‘chicken is coming back home to roost’— but is that the case?

Musharraf may be maligned for many things being a dictator but there is no denial that present Pak government was installed under US directive by Musharraf to lend Pakistan a democratic face that it was felt by the US that while dealing with Pakistan, US should be dealing with a legitimate Democratic government. So Musharraf was tasked to orchestrate a program to arrange n fix Elections and install PPP government head by Miss Benazir Bhutto. For last few years Miss Bhutto was on self-exile and was being trained and nurtured by US to come, land back home and take over from Musharraf. Musharraf had arranged NRO (National reconciliation order) to give an open amnesty to Miss Bhutto including Nawaz Sharif and their teams for their safe landing to arrive back.

But sadly Miss Bhutto was assassinated soon after her arrival for his alleged show of defiance to US but subject plan remained intact and Musharraf handed over the government to new arrived team as per plan.

Miss Bhutto was certainly an ill-visioned politician with her poor choice of timings that having agreed with US; she soon after her arrival in Pakistan started showing an open defiance to her agreed US plan, notwithstanding that US was capable enough to eliminate her; if she would be seen jeopardizing the  plan. And we saw that sooner she was seen stepping out–she got herself eliminated and then—as luck would have it; Pakistanis end up having a man like Asif Ali Zardari as their President.

Now even after a laps of some four years, down the lines, although façade of democracy is in place to show but Musharraf agreed policies and terms with US; even in his absentia on exile are being implemented in true letter and spirit. During this period, US has paid in billions to Pakistan and we can safely term the above democratic change in Pakistan, that whether there be Dictatorial or Civilian government—-this is the change that there is no—Change.

There is lot of rhetoric that we are coming across being hurled against the previous dictatorial regime but it is hard to find a single event whereby we may witness that present government or the opposition has made some different moves against the Musharraf’s agreed policies with US. Even in his absentia on his self-exile; may these be military or governmental commitments on WOT or even on the drone attacks in FATA; every single term is being implemented as in its true letter and spirit.

We may well say that—this ‘chicken is coming home to roost’ but it looks as he was arriving back only to check that all was going well as per given US plan. Leave aside the usual rhetoric in the press of his arrest etc. That seems hypocritical to keep the political arena heated and these may be simple bubbles which are appearing on surface only to burst. Reportedly there are some of the serious cases made up against him for his alleged implication in Miss Benazir Bhutto assassination as to show that he may be arrested on his arrival but I think his lawyers are smart enough to arrange a pre arrival bale for him for these over politicized cases.

Anyhow his services can be graded as commendable ( from US point of view) that he trekked some extra miles for his masters— even at the cost of his own president ship but he made it sure that he hands over the rein of government as dictated by US to newly installed stooges.

Example of Miss Bhutto’s elimination was in front him and yes he could not dare to betray his masters and he did what was told. But he is a clever commando  and knows how to wade through and survive — that is how today he is… live and kicking and waiting in the wings for a come back.


Zardari says: No to Supreme Court Order

The Honourable Supreme Court on January 3 gave a seven-day deadline to the government for the implementation of the National Reconciliation Ordinance, which included an order to the government to write a letter to Swiss authorities to reopen cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.
But Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) categorically refused to submit a letter to Swiss authorities as demanded by the Supreme Court. This decision was taken during a meeting of the party’s core committee held on 5 Jan 2012.

Chairing the committee meeting, President Asif Ali Zardari remarked that the Constitution provides the President with immunity in such cases. Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani was also present at the meeting.

President Zardari must be claiming this immunity as per Article 248 of the Constitution, which reads that: ‘No criminal proceedings whatsoever shall be instituted or continued against the President or a Governor in any court during his term of office’. Understandably this absolute immunity from damages liability so predicated is allowed to the President to run his official duty freely and smoothly. Immunity from any kind of prosecution may only be granted as long as he acts in “good faith.” But pilfering and looting of national assets and tossing the loot or its proceeds in foreign accounts or buying foreign estates may certainly not be counted as duties done in ‘good faith’?

Determining of “good faith” would also mean that the President’s motivations would have to be examined in his each case, which may be highly intrusive for him. We need to examine the application of immunity whether it clearly falls outside the scope of the presidential duties or not. But when he is found indulging in pilferage or looting; this is certainly a conduct unbecoming of a President, not expected from a head of the country; neither it falls in the scope of his prescribed duties that he is entrusted with in the service of Pakistan as a President.

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani. The subject Swiss case may be against the President Zardari who is supposed to be a non-political identity and he may be claiming his immunity but here Supreme Court has given the orders to the government which is to be executed by the Prime Minister as Executive of the country. Should PM also say No to the Supreme Court order? Where does he stands and what plea he in his personal capacity would be taking?

There is history in making. So let’s see what punitive action is prescribed by the Honourable Supreme Court against the defaulters and how many heads would be seen rolling?