By Dr Shahid Qureshi:-
Pakistan perhaps is the only country whose politicians and elite criticise, undermine and demonise its security institutions while rest of the world glamourize their police, armed forces and intelligence agencies in TV series, movies and books. ‘Memo Gate’ Scandal by Asif Zardari’s PPP government and ‘Dawn Leaks’ by Maryam Nawaz Sharif in PML-N government had same target security institutions and Armed forces of Pakistan.
Imran Khan need to invest and empower security and intelligence institutions if he wants to win war against the organised criminals and mafias now become ‘security threat’.
In past 40 years land mafia has specially targeted armed forces and security agencies for their criminal aims and objectives, be it brother of former Army Chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kiyani or close relatives of Generals, police officials and judges. This impression and perception of induction of security establishment into land mafias have removed the fear of criminal elements as well as undermine the agencies. A state official is responsible to protect the interest of the state 24 hours with or without uniform. Those who are issuing orders to staff not to indulge must be investigated for conflict of interest.
I have no doubt about the sincerity of prime minister Imran Khan’s war against mafias and corruption. He should be supported by all the patriotic elements. In 2010 I received a phone call from a senior editor of an international magazine stating: ‘you should help Imran Khan as he is struggling and under attack from MQM-A, PPP, Nawaz Sharif and their paid hostile media’. I never attended his meetings or met Imran Khan in my life but fully supported his stance against MQM-A terrorism and Altaf Hussain. Finally, I met Imran Khan at Westminster at Henry Jackson Society event where I asked him a short question and he gave an appropriate answer. After the event as I was going for tea with my friend Mohammad Sarwar MP (now Governor Punjab), and Amir Ghauri (Geo News), I gently put my hand on Imran Khan’s shoulder and introduced myself. He has been reading my articles in The London Post and it was easy to break the ice. We spoke about MQM-A money laundering and its nasty campaign. He asked his senior political worker Rabia Zia to liaise with me and take me to the lawyer dealing with the case. Later Rabia Zia and I did meet with the lawyer. We kept in touch since than and war against MQM terrorism and money laundering continued.
It is every one’s duty to fight play a role the in fight against mafias, crime and corruption with or without uniform, on or off duty. I was surprised to learn that someone issued a letter in security establishment as not to challenge ‘land mafia’. Does it mean that land mafia has infiltrated into the security establishment? One would expect a through investigation into as why someone issuing such instructions to facilitate and remove the fear from the criminals in land mafia? It is a fact that money generated from land mafias was used in terrorist financing.
The fear that FBI and CIA are watching reduce the crimes and keep people safe. In a state like Pakistan where rule is might is right politicians over the years since 1990s starting from Benazir Bhutto all have clipped the wings, of security agencies by under funding them, removing talented officers and inducting corrupt elements. That’s why officers have dared to issue such kind of instructions. In UK a person can do a citizen’s arrest if he sees a crime is being committed but in Pakistan officials are issuing instructions to turn a blind eye to land mafia and criminals.
It is not a mere coincident that someone arrives from Egypt Raza Baqar (IMF boy), current governor State Bank, controlling and playing with interest rates, Zulfi Bukhari from London, Ali Zaidi running ports and shipping allegedly allowing 78% corona virus infected into Pakistan from Iran according to Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Ferdous Ashiq Awan from Sialkot, running the media of Pakistan who blamed less than 5% local social transfer Tabllegee Jamat and shifted the blame as well as get them beaten by the police.
Yet Prime Minister Imran Khan asked US twice in a week to lift sanctions on Iran. This is different type of ‘parallel secret government’ and mafia controlling Pakistan while establishment busy in appeasement or colluding with incestuous ‘swingers and swappers’?
The toxic advisers of prime minister are playing for the teams across the borders. That proves the point that less than 3% percent Shias of Pakistan are not like Sunnis in Iran as Foreign Minister Khurshid Kasuri told Iranian Foreign Minister. Pakistan can have Corona infection, Indian agent Kulbhushan Yadav, Uzair Balooch spying for Iran and get its 14 soldiers killed by the Iranian Republican Guards in Baluchistan in April 2019, and after all the above Indo-Iran sympathisers can sit next to the prime minister Imran Khan? Pakistan’s Security seriously needs investing, expanding rebooting, reinstalling, updating as well as change of motherboard.
As far as Pakistan armed forces are concerns, they are very clear about Iran and its pro India policies. A senior General told me in London: “Iran is our neighbour and Saudi Arabia is our friend”.
(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 Azerbaijan 2020, April 2018, Kazakhstan 2015, 2016, 2019 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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