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All of a kind
By:Muhammad Rafi
Date: Monday, 23 April 2012, 4:37 pm

All of a kind

Dr A Q Khan Monday, April 23, 2012

The political atmosphere is fully charged. Political parties are preparing for the elections and hoping to win them. The corrupt, the looters and the good-for-nothing rulers are presenting themselves as messiahs to the ailing nation. The rulers have held the whole nation and the judiciary hostage. They are not obeying the orders of the courts and the judiciary is helpless.

For the last 15 years the people of Pakistan have been repeatedly hearing about the corruption cases against the present ruler. We have been given facts about their properties abroad and their foreign bank accounts. TV anchorpersons have regularly brought forward facts and shown us documents about this corruption, but all to no avail.

Allah Almighty declares in the Holy Quran (5:77 to 79): “Say (O Prophet)! O People of the Book: exceed not in your religion the bounds of what is proper, trespassing beyond the truth, nor follow the vain desires of people who went astray in times gone by-who misled many and themselves strayed from the right path. Curses were pronounced on those among the children of Israel who rejected Faith by the tongue of David and of Jesus, the Son of Mary, because they disobeyed and persisted in excesses. Nor did they (usually) forbid one another the iniquities which they committed; evil indeed were the deeds which they did.”

The Holy Quran tells us that we have an obligation to stop others from doing wrong, otherwise the Almighty will impose on us such rulers who will be of the worst amongst us and they will put us to extreme troubles and agony. Even the prayers of the honest and the pious will then not be heard.

A bystander who does nothing to stop a crime is considered a partner in that crime. In the light of Divine Edicts, I consider it my duty to expose these crimes and not be a silent witness. Let me now put before you some of the wrongdoings of the rulers.

I would like to draw your attention to a book entitled Capitalism’s Achilles Heel by Raymond W Baker (www.ebooks.com/ 238482/capitalism-s-achilles-heel/baker). The book is a dossier on the corruption of Benazir Bhutto, Asif Ali Zardari and Nawaz Sharif. It states that when Benazir Bhutto became prime minister in late 1988 after the death of Gen Ziaul Haq, she immediately posted 26,000 hardcore PPP activists on important positions, including those in the nationalised banks. This enabled the couple to influence these banks to dole out billions of rupees of loans without guarantees. It is said that they obtained money through front-men and in this way skimmed off Rs410 million, with which they bought majority shares in three sugar mills. It is also reported that Zardari managed to receive Rs40 million through his crony, the fake doctor Usman Farooqi who was the managing director of Pakistan Steel Mills. This was done through procurement manipulation.

The most famous scandal is that of the SGN company of Switzerland which was given a pre-shipment inspection contract of items to be imported. The book discloses that the couple received $12 million in kickbacks, which was deposited in the accounts of two companies in the British Virgin Islands. Then tractors worth $83 million were imported, duty-free, from Poland. This deal gave them $5.8 million in kickbacks and caused the country Rs1.7 billion’s loss in duties. Then there was the scandal of the purchase of Mirage aircraft for $4 billion, which brought a kickback of about $200 million. Let us not forget the famous ARY gold import scandal which, according to the

author, gave them a bonus of $10 million, which soon swelled to $40 million in a short span of time. According to the book, all this information was gathered by Nawaz Sharif (through Saifur Rehman, whom the-then law minister presented as a modern Sherlock Holmes) at a cost of $1 million. These important papers were acquired from the Geneva office of the Zardari/Benazir front man, Jens Schlegelmilch.

The book contains details of all bank accounts, properties, fake companies, etc. The author, when he heard Benazir Bhutto say that people chase them and they want to give them love and receive love in return, commented: “Save your tears. In the global collection of displaced leaders, Benazir Bhutto may be the least sympathetic character of all.” As far as the Swiss cases are concerned, both Benazir Bhutto and Zardari were indicted on October 29, 2007, by the investigating magistrate. The court of appeal rejected their case on March 19, 2008, and was due to announce punishment and send them to jail. As a gift from Gen Musharraf, the NRO was promulgated and the government hurriedly sent Attorney General Malik Qayyum to Switzerland with a letter freezing the case as the government had withdrawn all the cases against the couple. Soon afterwards, the High Commissioner in London, Wajid Shamsul Hassan, was sent to Geneva to pick up all the incriminating evidence from the lawyer. Everything was shown on Geo TV. He was also the person who played a role in the Surrey Palace scandal, which Benazir Bhutto and Zardari continuously denied owning. However, after the property was auctioned off, Zardari claimed the four to 5 million pounds sterling left after all the liabilities had been paid. Had Qayyum not rushed off to Switzerland to deliver that letter, the two would have been convicted.

The book also contains details about the corrupt practices of Nawaz Sharif and how he accumulated his properties, factories and enormous wealth. The yellow cabs scam (which cost the banks $500 million, of which he pocketed about $60 million), the Lahore/Islamabad Motorway scam (benefit: about $160 million), written off loans without collateral worth $140 million, about $60 million pocketed as refund for the export of sugar and $58 million siphoned off in the purchase of wheat from the US and Canada. There may be many more such instances which have not been reported.

The Awami National Party (ANP), the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and the Jamiatul Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) are no angels either.

I want to warn all those who are supporting and helping the wrongdoings of the present rulers – even just as passive, silent spectators. In the light of Divine Edicts and Hadis-e-Nabvi, they will receive severe, grievous and painful penalties from the Almighty. There is no escape from it. Allah always keeps His word.

Email: dr.a.quadeer.khan@gmail.com