(By Dr Shahid Qureshi – Chief Editor ) :-
Finally, Prime Minister Imran Khan’s PTI (Pakistan Tehreek Insaf) backed mafia robbers in suits made a drone strike to the ‘national wealth’ of over Rs 300 billion as media reported in broad day light. The so-called philanthropists actually just share a little bit of their loot with the people and keep the rest. Where in the world government give poor taxpayers money to the failed businesses and corrupt businessmen? A senior military officer commented on this loot by saying, ‘we seem to be are just gardeners (mali) and it sounds like high and mighty people’s game’. That’s is partly true as men in uniform thinks they have power but actually they don’t as you cannot do everything in the boots. These criminal mafia gangsters are well trained in trapping the senior officers in uniform be it police or others. The fact of the matter is all the loot and plunder happened under your noses and no body knew about it?
Pakistan is a country where petty criminals are killed by the police or mobs in the street but the real robbers in suits and tie are saluted by the same ‘mercenary’ police an extended armed wing of the mafia. A mentally ill person was killed by the Punjab Police in Rahim Yar Khan for vandalizing an ATM machine but those two guys Asif Zardari and Nawaz Sharif, who robbed billions of $ dollars are in VIP rooms in jails with flat screen TV, home cooked meals and one could have kids while in prison. That’s not prison sentence but it looks like Colombian drug lord ‘Pablo Escobar’s ‘prison.
Karachi based ‘criminal gangsters’ close links with Razaq Dawood, economic advisor to Prime Minister Imran Khan to strike again with a day light robbery of taxpayer’s Rs 208 billion in the form of Government subsidy by issuing a Presidential order according to senior journalist Mohammad Malick. It is supposed to be the highest ‘white collar’ robbery in the history of Pakistan as total loan right off was Rs 256 billion in past 30 years according to documents submitted to the Supreme Court of Pakistan in the loan defaulters’ case. They need ‘airstrikes’ on their corruption stations and dealt with iron hand if Pakistan want to win the coming wars. Their so-called, charity is actually a ‘little return’ to public their own money’.
This is happening when country is at war and all forces of high alert at Line of Control in Kashmir and daily attack on Pakistan Afghan border and armed forces of Pakistan reduced their defence spending in line with austerity measures taken by the prime minister Imran Khan. I said to a military expert few weeks ago if you want dollar prices down, hang some corrupt businessmen in Karachi and prices will automatically come down to normal’. I said to him, ‘you cannot do everything with boots on as these guys are hardcore criminals and have sold national pride and drained national wealth. Their robberies have made country beggar on the street and forced to bow to petty little kingdoms from UAE, gulf and Saudi Arabia’.
According to the proposal tabled by the so-called businessmen based predominantly in Karachi and close links with shadowy Razaq Dawood, the economic advisor to the Prime Minister Imran Khan. Sectors benefiting from the taxpayer’s public money are Textile Rs. 42.5 billion, CNG/LNG Rs 80 bn, Fertilizer 69, IPPs power Rs. 91 billion etc. It is to be noted that fertilizer and power have already take money from the farmers and subscribers.
These people are the real threat to national security at a time when Pakistan is struggling to cope with the economic crisis and armed forces of Pakistan refused to have a pay rise and increase in defence budget, but these criminals are asking for subsidy. They need to pay Rs. 801 billion but have only paid Rs. 285 billion, so far.
“His company DESCON was caught red handed in theft of electricity at industrial scale. He has been involved in 4 mega corruption scandals” said senior journalist Rauf Kalasra. He will be and was a beneficial owner of the company and would influence the officials of state. This opportunist man should resign himself and Imran Khan must let him go. Pakistan is a biggest victim of ‘financial terrorism’ and must have Military Courts for all the financial corruption, money laundering and terror finance crimes same as the military courts for bombers and attackers of soldiers, security and national assets. The spokesperson of Mr Dawood, in a statement, said the advisor had left his business before joining the Prime Minister Imran Khan’s cabinet.
These crooks have fooled and lured in the Pakistan Army with land and housing projects like DHA. Interestingly these are the money launders and financial terrorists who buy out over 80% of the plots in the DHA at a very high price from the young retiring officers or soldiers as they need money to run the family home.
In a TV program senior journalist Mohmmad Malick exposed Razaq Dawood that: “as member of Pakistan engineering council board how he (Razaq Daud) opposed the import and construction of heavy boilers used in sugar mills in Pakistan because his company was making too but not the one required. During his time as minister with Gen Musharraf he damaged Pakistan steel mills and benefited his family and friends in the coal business”.
It seems these so-called business men or ‘leeches’ especially those came from India are sucking Pakistan’s blood from day one otherwise we would have seen the fruits of over USD $95 billion. They are the one who are involved in the stealing of gas and electric in their industry with the collusion of corrupt officials, tax evasion and tax avoidance. They are not bringing back the money to Pakistan after exports to foreign countries and depositing money in foreign banks. That is the way to money laundering too but FBR is aware with that.
Pakistan is the only country where poor people are taxed for the filthy rich and corrupt so-called business elite. These so-called philanthropists are leaching blood out of the people and then making so called gestures by returning little part of the loot. These Con men or so-called businessmen people play with emotions and psychology of poor people with all kinds of tricks Malik Riaz built a mosque, Seth Dawood gives money for fans and mattress of the mosque, they fund exotic and sexed up foreign trips like Arslan Iftikhar son of former Chief Justices Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry by Bahria Town owner Malik Riaz Hussain, Eden Garden Housing scammer got his son married to Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry former Chief Justice’s daughter, they both scammed thousands and took away money from widows, pensioners, solders and martyrs families. So, thousands many and share with few in politics, police, military and live a happy life.
I wrote an article few months ago: “Financial Terrorists ‘Seths’ a Bigger Threat to Pakistan – Who is dealing with it?, The so called ‘Seths’ of Karachi, Memons, Mufthas, Wadas, Sheikhs, Ddidy’s, Sharifs, Zardaris, and Dar have put Pakistan and its economy in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) and nobody could do anything about it. Why? These are the real gangsters in Pakistan who got over 30,000 thousand people killed only in Karachi and billions of dollars losses to the economy and infrastructure. They are the people who destroyed the police of Karachi and still working on the model to bring in the ‘army’ on the streets to start a civil war on Indian narrative ‘Keep Karachi Bleeding’. That was the reason NATO containers were bringing in vehicles used in the urban warfare as well as MQM-A lead (Babur Ghauri) Minister of ports and shipping got over 22000 NATO containers lost between Karachi port and Afghan border. Ishaq Dar was main informant of the MQM-A and damaging the ‘Karachi operation’ one must ask him why he tipped of Babar Ghauri to run as he is a main suspect in disappearing of 22000 NATO containers.
A treacherous mafia, who is and have been selling the country for a small price, ignoring the sacrifices of the armed forces and security services, is running Pakistan. A leading politician explained to me about the ‘strategy’ of so called business community in Karachi. Security forces have recovered over Rs. 2 billion cash from one member of that community and minister in the Sindh Government. These people are in the root of all financial scandals from Mehran Bank – Asghar Khan case to money laundering and gold smuggling. These ‘Seths’ are the real terrorists hiding behind charity, media and piety. These shrewd people will hire a ‘retired army officer’ as their Manager Human Resources on high pay and he will serve as security man as well as get them to all his juniors and seniors in armed forces and soon they will be offering presents to high ups in the armed forces. Now they changed the strategy as they will make father or brother of serving army officer as business partner.
The other strategy, which I observed, is ‘Queen Bee’ model of corruption. In this model these people will launch one member apparently with high religious values to show off and all the corruption money is given to him for investment and rest will enjoy the profits. If you check all the gambling bookies, money laundering syndicates and prostitution rings you will find them on top. For them Saint and Satan can be manipulated with wine, dine and woman. They are the most dangerous security challenge to the current leaders in Karachi.
These Seths in Karachi are behind funding of all the political as well as money laundering for them. The dollars from Pakistan did not walk on foot or flew themselves. Someone took them out of the country with the full support of the state apparatus of Customs, FIA and FBR (Federal Board of Revenue). There was one brave customs Inspector who dared to stop this and arrested Dollar Smuggler ‘Ayan Ali’ was killed at his residence by the powerful mafia. But Pakistani media elements who can sleep with Washington and Tehran at the same time and corrupt civil servants are more worried about what Maddraas are doing, what is Hafiz Saeed doing, Molve Ludhanvee doing? Which politician is meeting them, so they can demonise them? Pakistani authorities should take serious action against these elements hiding in the cover of media. There is no such holy cows in media.
They have successfully created this ‘smoke screen’ of threat from ‘Madrassas and Taliban’. It even forced former Army Chief General Aslam Beg to say that: ‘if real Taliban come to Karachi MQM will disappear’. It was proven to be true that it was actually MQM mostly doing all the terrorism in the guise of Taliban.
According to Government of Pakistan report Rs. 1 Trillion was spent on development in Sind province which is run by Zardari mafia since 2008. Most of this development fund is stolen and hidden as well as smuggled abroad. Ishaq Dar has given amnesty to this loot. Instead of putting them in jail he has given them a way out to these white-collar criminals. Someone said: “if we disband police 50% crimes will disappear and if we jail corrupt politicians 100% crimes will end”.
What these economic terrorists ‘Seths’ have done to Pakistan:
(1) drained the US$ dollars from the economy of Pakistan by not bringing back the revenue of sold items and products abroad.
(2) They enjoyed the subsidies in the gas and electric as well as refunds in tax but did not pay back the country and kept the profits in foreign banks or invested in real estates aboard.
(3) they kept the military leadership and security establishment engaged in ‘various operations’ since 9/11. They say, ‘let the khakis have tea and Smosas’. Pakistan Army is duped and stretched by the crook politicians into useless tasks like ‘counting the people’ census when they are already stretched at Afghan Border and Indian Border as well as LOC. In past, few years they are giving this new lollypop aka ‘sucker’ to every army chief to play with starting from Gen Kiayni, Gen. Raheel Sharif and now to Gen. Bajawa i.e. operation Rah e Najat, Zarb e azb, and now Rade-ul-fasad.
(4) By giving tax amnesty to the ‘Seths’ criminals and terrorist financiers Ishaq Dar and Nawaz Sharif further destroyed the ailing economy of Pakistan.
(5) they sabotaged the return of US$ 200 billion from Swiss Banks with the help of corrupt elements in bureaucracy, FBR and State Bank. Even the Swiss Banks are willing to return the money back to Pakistan.
In response to my question ‘Will UK help Pakistan get its money back from Swiss Bank’ at (RUSI) British military think tank? Rehman Chisti British MP and a lawyer said: “All it needed is a letter from the Pakistani Government to Swiss Attorney General”.
Corruption, money laundering and financial terrorism is bigger threat to Pakistan must be dealt with on war footings.
Here is a list of Pakistanis who have been named in the Panama papers.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s family (9 companies)
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif’s relatives (7 companies)
Former PM Benazir Bhutto (1 company)
Nephew Hassan Ali Jaffery
Javed Pasha, Close friend of Asif Ali Zardari (4 companies)
PPP Senator Rehman Malik (1 company)
PPP Senator Osman Saifullah’s family (34 companies)
Relatives of Chaudharys of Gujrat
Zain Sukhera (co-accused with former Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani’s son in the Hajj scandal)
Real Estate Czar Malik Riaz Hussain’s son (Bahria Town)
Ahmad Ali Riaz (1 company)
Chairman ABM Group of Companies Azam Sultan (5 companies)
Pizza Hut owner Aqeel Hussain and family (1 company)
Brother Tanwir Hassan
Chairman Soorty Enterprise Abdul Rashid Soorty and family
Sultan Ali Allana, Chairman of Habib Bank Limited (1 company)
Khawaja Iqbal Hassan, former NIB bank President (1 company)
Bashir Ahmed and Javed Shakoor of Buxly Paints (1 company)
Mehmood Ahmed of Berger Paints (1 company)
Hotel tycoon Sadruddin Hashwani and family (3 companies)
Owner of Hilton Pharma, Shehbaz Yasin Malik and family (1 company)
Hussain Dawood family (2 companies)
Abdul Samad Dawood
Partner Saad Raja
Abdullah family of Sapphire Textiles (5 companies)
Yousuf Abdullah and his wife
Muhammad Abdullah and his wife
Shahid Abdullah and his family
Nadeem Abdullah and family
Amer Abdullah and family
Gul Muhammad Tabba of Lucky Textiles
Shahid Nazir, CEO of Masood Textile Mills (1 company)
Partner Naziya Nazir
Zulfiqar Ali Lakhani, from Lakson Group and owner of Colgate-Palmolive, Tetley Clover and Clover Pakistan (1 company)
Zulfiqar Paracha and family of Universal Corporation (1 company)
Serving Lahore High Court Judge Justice Farrukh Irfan
Retired Judge Malik Qayyum
Mir Shakil-ur-Rehman of GEO and Jang Group (1 company)
Finally, it is time to do a war game on this important matter not by the Micky Mouse court system but military style courts. Boys its about your survival so act up now’.
(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 April 2018, Kazakhstan 2015, 2016 and 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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