By Dr Shahid Qureshi: –
Pakistan is signing dangerous and damaging international contracts and pacts since 1947, thanks to dual national agents in the establishment. Moreover. Land Mafia in Pakistan become more powerful than the military and all agencies in both factual and realistic sense. This mafia is a major source of terrorist financing and money laundering. The major theme of land mafia and its functioning is based on ‘inclusivity and sharing’. What it means is that you keep including who ever comes to question from the state apparatus i.e. police, judiciary, district management, political parties, intelligence agencies and army.
Well the proof is in the pudding and eating. A small-time crook from Sialkot was able to use the name of ‘Pakistan Navy’ for his land development projects up and down the country and become billionaire in short time. Now this so-called asset become so mouthy that he threatened the high official from security establishment. This is not a hear say as the officer told me himself. The running of whole ‘ponzie scam and creating a false competition by selling more files of the plots in the market than actual land in possession is the key of the whole con or fraud.
Pakistan is reasonably big country and per kilometre density of population is far better than many countries which mean Pakistan has a lot of land for development i.e. farming, agriculture, industry, housing, forestry etc.
In May 2008, I went to visit Gawadar and met local journalists who took me around the city and I also had a chance to meet the GDA (Gawadar Development Authority) top officials. They briefed me about the GDA plan. It came to my attention that some Gulf and Middle Eastern countries were buying land from Pakistan for agriculture and farming. Well the purpose was to have fresh fruits and vegetables within one or two hours without going through the hassle of freezers and chillers.
Someone told me that: ‘land was also acquired by foreigners in Punjab province too for the same purpose ‘modern farming’. I am going to ask a ‘stupid question’ why Pakistan need foreign buyers of the land to do modernisation in farming and agriculture? It is a pertinent question why can not we do it and who is selling the land to foreigners without security clearance and proper legal protection and making it happen for foreign masters? The short answer is double agents or dual nationals in the state apparatus i.e. bureaucracy, judiciary and political elite.
So now we have identified the culprits within the state system who are already making deals, signing pacts and contracts which are damaging to the national interests. All the pacts Pakistan signed so far were / are one-sided and damaging to the national interests. Sir Zafraullah Khan signed SEATO and SENTO defence pacts without full knowledge and authorisation of the President Ayub Khan. It was so one sided that when Pakistan’s foreign minister Zulifqar Ali Bhutto went to visit US base in Peshawar he was taken to the base café only for sandwich and coffee. It was the same base from where U2 Spy plane was flying daily for spying over Soviet Union. It was so dangerous that Soviet President Khroshef threatened to bomb Peshawar. It was very insulting for the Pakistani foreign minister that he could be invited to base in his own country and an ally as well as part of the defence pact. Well U2 spy plane was shot down by the Soviets and pilot was arrested.
In 1965 when Indian forces attacked Pakistan at the international borders the so-called ally USA refused to come for help and to add insult to injury it put sanctions on Pakistan. “By the way when Pakistan sent an emissary to Shah of Iran a so called brotherly country to supply the ammunition because Pakistan was running short of supplies and both countries were using US made weapons. The Iranians started bargaining and started asking how Pakistan is going to pay according a defence official”. The same Iran has handed over its Chabhar Port to Indians few weeks ago. I was asked to do analysis on the Iranian news channel Press TV. I told the producer that HE the President of Iran mentioned Palestine in his speech but did not say anything about Kashmir while on Indian soil. However, President of Iran did mention the Palestine and issue of sectarianism. I told the Iranian ambassador in London: “You call Pakistan a brotherly Islamic country but your trade with India is over US$ 30 billion but with Pakistan which has 700 km border of land and sea with Iran, trade is less than US$ 3 billion”. However, HE invited me for a coffee very kindly.
Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s government obtained a whopping $35 billion in new loans and dodgy contracts during his four-year tenure.
President Asif Zardari can sign an oil and gas deal with Iran at a price of $14 MMBTU when it was available £3 MMBTU in the open market.
A secure country can promise a secure democracy otherwise Palestinians have elected HAMAS and Egyptians elected ‘Brotherhood’ but the so-called democrats US and West toppled the elected government with military and installed a puppet who only got 7.5% votes in Egypt who was selling Gas to Israelis on the lowest price of $1.5 MMBTU but buying from international market for $9 MMBTU for its own use. Can you imagine who could have signed such an agreement to sell?
Who is going to bring back $200 billion of Pakistan from the Swiss Banks and that will solve all the economic problems as well as release from IMF. What is the delay after all it is Pakistan’s national wealth?
Now what need to happen now is that all contracts and pacts must have security clearance as well as full approval from the ministry of law. In the current scenario of treachery and betrayal within Pakistani system a high court judge may oversee and scrutinise all the contracts with foreign countries and companies as well as individuals. No land shall be sold to any foreign company or individuals. However, state guarantee should be provided to do business and secure transactions, but no land, sea or air assets should be sold to any foreign company or individual to secure the future generation of Pakistan. We do not want the repeat of the East India Company in Pakistan?
(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 election observer for Kazakhstan 2015 and 2016 and Pakistan 2002. He has written a famous book “War on Terror and Siege of Pakistan” published in 2009. At Government College Lahore he wrote his MA thesis on ‘Political Thought of Imam Khomeini’ and visited Tehran University. He is PhD in ‘Political Psychology’ and studied Law at a British University. He also speaks at Cambridge University. He is a visiting Professor at Hebe University in China.)
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