By Dr Shahid Qureshi: –
“We cannot leave Pakistan at its own devices”, said to me a diplomat at an international TV program hosted by senior journalist Yvonne Radley in London in response to my comment. Why British taxpayer’s hard-earned money given to Pakistan whose corrupt leaders Bhuttos and Sharifs according BBC are involved in money laundering and theft allegedly? No mafia or foreign agency can operate without boots on the ground and local agents’ collaboration.
The great escape of Nawaz Sharif with aiding and abetting of lawyers, judges, medical doctors and officials looks like a Netflix series of Colombia drug cartels. It will be unfair to expect doctors, lawyers, judges and civil servants without guns and tanks to stand up to the criminal violent gangs. Punjab Police Inspector Abid Hussain and Sindh Police Rao Anwar are examples of mercenary use of police by criminal political mafias. Abid Hussian confessed to have killing over 400 at the orders of Shabaz Sharif former chief minister Punjab, current leader of the opposition.
Mafia gangs of Sharifs and Zardaris are working in the disguise of politics and democracy. They are threatening the state of Pakistan and its officials. All 55 officials of JIT (Joint Investigation Team – Money Laundering and fake bank accounts) from FIA, ISI, FBR and State Bank have told supreme court in writing that they are receiving life threats and need protection. Following Colombian and Mexican experience in dealing with drug mafias and cartels only military courts can deal with these cases whom these gangsters think twice before threatening?
Why you have high denomination currency notes and your banks are playing major role in money laundering and corruption, I asked the Colombian ambassador to United Kingdom in the Parliament program with Jeremy Corbyn headed ABC Colombia. Pakistan has launched Rs. 5000 currency notes and now we are finding billions hidden in basements of corrupt politicians and officials.
Political mafias used legal cover for their protection for example Asif Zardari had over 525 adjournments on medical grounds to avoid his case hearings in Pakistan. His father in law Z A Bhutto’s lawyers had over 400 adjournments for petty reasons. The cases were later collapsed due to political reasons. President General Musharraf told me in London: ‘I made a mistake by granting NRO. I did because court cases were not moving forward.
Corruption is weapon of war and If it continues like that the state of Pakistan will have bigger challenges which men in uniform will not be able to control and that was the plan by Indians ‘Why kill them when you make them corrupt’ as former RAW chief AS Daulat wrote in his book.
Everyone was in a state of shock and feeling violated after Justice Sardar Mohammad Shamim Khan, Chief Justice of Lahore High Court granted bail to Hamza Shabaz in a special chamber hearing on a weekend day off without the accused being present, ordering NAB not to arrest him on money laundering and corruption charges until Monday for 48 hours.
As if supreme court’s judgment to grant 6 weeks bail to Nawaz Sharif to de-stress at home was not enough to shock us last week. Sharifs have attacked the Supreme Court of Pakistan and have been dictating judges like Justice Malik Qayum for favourable judgements against the opponents whose tapes are available.
People of Pakistan don’t understand the urgency and emergency of the Chief Justice to do this special chamber hearing on weekend as if he was a heart surgeon who needed to do an urgent operation on weekend because it was matter of life and death? My Lord you have betrayed and hurt feelings of millions of people who are waiting for justice for years including myself.
If the above cannot be done for the common people and only rich get relief from courts, then we may as well shut down these courts burden on taxpayers after all people of this region survived without the Supreme Court for centuries. No?
For Sharifs only Supreme Court Chief Justice Saqib Nisar behaved like a ‘Jirga Head’ and called both Hamza Shabaz and Ayesha Ahad in his chamber and mediated the case in way that saved him from being disqualified from parliament under article 62. It does not matter if Ayesha Ahad wife of Hamza Shabaz got the justice or not but Justice Saqib Nisar saved the leader of the opposition of Punjab Assembly.
Hamza Shabaz has been denying their relationship as wife for years but when a FIR was lodged by Ayesha Ahad and threat was made to form JIT on the issue, he admitted in the chamber and settlement was made.
Pakistani Supreme Court granted six weeks bail to the convicted former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to have medical treatment within the country. On the same day Lahore High court granted relief to his younger brother Shabaz Sharif and ordered to remove his name from the exit control list (ECL) so he could travel abroad.
Recently Supreme of Pakistan gave relief to Malik Riaz Hussian of Bahria Town and all his accomplices involved in ‘Great Land Robbery’ of over Rs 30,000 billion in the history of world. The above examples prove one point that there is no law and accountability for Rich and Mighty in Pakistan. It seems courts in Pakistan are drunk, judges are disconnected with the ground realities and challenges Pakistan facing from all sides from Kashmir to Kabul.
I have dealt with courts and mafias for many years and have first – hand experience of judicial system. Someone was telling me the way judiciary is at the moment and how judges are recruited form certain chambers it would be impossible to anyone to bring any high-profile criminals to justice. I have seen these VIP criminals following the laws and queuing up in London busses and tube stations.
For the safe exit of Nawaz Sharif to London it seems whole RAW network is activated to support Sharifs as Indians themselves have called ‘Sharifs’ their assets.
It is evident that security institutions and agencies have a capacity and resources problems keeping in view the size of the county and challenges. Both Sharifs and Bhuttos have attempted to clip the wings of the premier agency by using various tactics from targeting personnel as well as budget cuts. Both thinks Army and agencies are their enemy number One.
Law enforcement and security agencies cannot be used as ‘historians’ only, it is time for them to act against bigger mafias exceptionally.
(Dr Shahid Qureshi is senior analyst with BBC and chief editor of The London Post. He writes on security, terrorism and foreign policy. He also appears as analyst on Al-Jazeera, Press TV, MBC, Kazak TV (Kazakhstan), LBC Radio London. He was also international Presidential election observer for Kazakhstan, 2019, 2016 and 2015, Azerbaijan 2018 and Pakistan 2002. He has written a famous book “War on Terror and Siege of Pakistan” published in 2009. He wrote his MA thesis on ‘Political Thought of Imam Khomeini’ and visited Tehran University. He is PhD in ‘Political Psychology’ also studied Law at a British University. He also speaks at Cambridge University and visiting professor in Hebe University in China.)
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