By Dr Shahid Qureshi: –
They were all robbers and financial terrorists of foreign governments sent to Pakistan as self-financing agents. Asasd Umar former finance minister of Imran Khan was no different than Ishaq Dar, Shaukat Aziz and now inducted Abdul Hafeez Sheikh. Asad Umar followed the IMF plot by increasing the dollar rate and Tariq Bajwa played the IMF tune. He was a sales and marketing man not an economist. As a good sales man he makes everyone happy and gave benefits to all IMF and his former company Engro.
Attack on Pakistani Rupee with the US dollar price increase was similar to attack on Turkish Lira last year because Turkey withdrew its over $25billion worth gold from US Treasury. That was true ‘surgical strike’ from inside Pakistan with the help of treacherous elements in the corrupt elite and bureaucracy.
There is tons of evidence available about sabotage of Tariq Bajwa now Governor State Bank in recovering money from Swiss Banks. The sabotage is happening at all levels but mostly at secretary level. Pakistan Army arrested Lt. General. Javeed Iqbal Awan and Brigadier Raja Rizwan Ali Haider former defence attache to Germany for spying and obstructing national security. There were many others put on trial in military courts and punished. This span needs to increase to all national security matters. There should be a ‘war game’ on this subject.
I have not seen recently any high-level civil secretary (General in Civil Bureaucracy) arrested for similar charges ‘sabotage and damaging national security’. Strangely enough chairman NAB said: ‘senior civil officers when arrested not to be ‘hand cuffed’ and permission to arrest must be sought from Chairman himself. Why is that so, he has already elevated the good criminals and bad criminals.
Pakistan is robbed from inside by white collar criminals with the full support of bureaucracy living in big villas and mansions. If we just do maths and calculate, subsides, bank loans wright offs, gas and electric theft by industrialists, tax evasion, tax avoidance of the so-called businessmen, you will see that they are robbers and not businessmen at all.
Pakistan’s international loans from IMF and others were used by them sent back to the banks of those countries. People of Pakistan are paying for them including Pakistan Armed forces whose staff pay highest amount of personal income tax at salary.
They are robbers not businessmen and so-called philanthropist Razaq Dawood sitting with Imran Khan might have taken more money from taxpayers than actually give to Shaukat Khanam cancer Hospital or his university. This model of business is popular as enjoying on other people’s money and taking credit. Those military men who live near them in Defence and Clifton may start observing their corruption model, not size of beard and donations to Masjids.
The so-called businessmen in Karachi are more like money lending ‘Jews of Medina’, who were lending money to all parties fighting wars. These people fully funded MQM-Altaf reign of terror, which following Indian policy of ‘keep Karachi bleeding’ burnt down Karachi. MQM terrorism killed more than 30000 people and billions of dollar damage to economy and properties.
These civil bureaucrats have signed one sided agreements / contracts with IPPs which make Pakistan pay over 500 billion for doing nothing. They say Pakistan has 10000 MW electric capacity but without having cables and wires to deliver to people is a useless plant. A senior civil servant based in Washington called me and said: ‘IPPs contract is like renting a car you have to pay whether you use it or not’. I said to him: ‘why would I hire an expansive car when I don’t have roads to drive and nowhere to go’. ? That is exactly happened in many international contracts from SEATO – SENTO to IPPs – all were damaging to Pakistan and were one sided.
Few days ago, Malaysian Prime Minister rewritten all rail network contact with China with saving over $10 billion and paying less than it was signed by the previous government. In Pakistan however, all contracts are overpriced and damaging to the state with some exceptions probably. end.
(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 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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