By Dr Shahid Qureshi: –
I feel like giving ‘International Patience Award’ to Pakistani Army Chief General Qamar Bajwa after his very mild speech at Economic Seminar in the National Defense University (NDU) in the capital Islamabad. He correctly said that, ‘Security and Economy’ are intertwined’. We have examples of both ‘Kuwait’ with no security and USSR with failed economy’.
I have one question to the General, ‘if these so-called businessmen ‘seths’ in Karachi were patriotic and loyal to Pakistan, would they rob $30 billion from Pakistan in past few months and make it a victim to ‘financial terrorism’?
These people should be tried in the military courts, given full right to defend and hanged publicly for treason.
By the way I have personally checked with European Union and they have told me in writing that they have ‘no problem with Pakistan hanging criminals as long as due process of law is followed’.
So, Pakistani foreign minister H.E. Shah Mahmood Qureshi, was misled by someone as Britain is somehow against the ‘death penalty’ in his recent visit to London. Britain has full business relations in billions with China, USA, Iran, Saudi Arabia etc. where death penalty is legal. I have spoken to the Pakistani High Commissioner and clarified as well as updated him the EU position on capital punishment. So that’s easy now to deal with these robbers and traitors. No?
The so called ‘Seths’ of Karachi, Memons, Mufthas, Wadas, Sheikhs, Ddidy’s, Sharifs, Zardaris, and Dars 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 as he tipped of Babar Ghauri to run off because he was the 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, Omini Group fake accounts, 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.
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. They have successfully created this ‘smoke screen’ of threat from ‘Madrassas and 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.
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, while looting continues to-date.
The bottom line ‘you can not do everything with ‘boots’ on and sometimes one need ‘trainers’ as well as surgery to treat the cancer’. This accountability circus must end 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 Presidential election observer for Kazakhstan, 2019, 2016 and 2015 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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