War on Terror and Musharaf’s Choices

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Dr Shahid Qureshi : –

Many international analysts are saying that, ‘People of Pakistan are so frustrated with President Musharaf’s pro US and anti Pakistani national interests policies that they voted even the most corrupt politicians with the hope that it would give them relief form suicide bombings and self inflicted fraudulent war on terror.

On 11th February 2008, I asked Nicholas Burns, US Under Secretary of State at International Institute of Strategic Studies London that, ‘US foreign policy seems to be in denial and its impact can be seen in Europe, US has occupied two sovereign countries (Iraq and Afghanistan), what code of ethics would you give to those resisting occupation?

Most incidents in the world have line of beneficiaries behind for example defence, oil and Israel are major beneficiaries of 9/11 terrorist incidents in 2001.  A defence analyst said, ‘as US has made its religious duty to defend the illegal activities and terrorist policies of Israel, which is not helping in the Muslim World at all’.

India is the main beneficiary of war in Afghanistan because it has caused more harm to Pakistan than four wars against Pakistan. One analyst said, ‘The Indian defence strategists are happy because General Musharraf is doing things which no one can imagine, ‘killing his own people both civilians and military in love of the US with the support of US green card holder diplomats, politicians and dodgy pro India advisers’.

Without going into details President Musharraf keeps on preaching that fighting war on terror is in the national interests of Pakistan. Well now this so called US war has reached deep in the cities of Pakistan and become ‘War of Revenge’. Nothing will happen to Pakistan if President Musharraf gracefully resign and hand over power to the people of Pakistan. Some one said, ‘US resident and green card holder Bilal Musharraf son of president Musharraf told him not to stay in power more than a year after the 10th October 1999’. But he clings on and still clinging without realising that now he is not part of the problem but become a problem himself”.

Every body knows that all the politicians pay homage to the US Embassy in Islamabad and they might not be much different than him. One analyst said that, ‘the way Pakistani politicians are meeting US diplomats it seems that there is no need for running recruitment campaign? One senior Pakistani journalist said, ‘CIA and FBI have the biggest network of paid agents in Pakistan and in tribal areas’. Musharraf government allowed them to do these recruitments? “The recent wave of suicide bombings in Pakistan is a revenge killing”, and US and India are behind some of the terrorist bombings said Interior Minister Gen® Hamid Nawaz.

The NRO (National Reconciliation Ordinance) is a disgraceful document and a product of cornered and compromised leader. It shows that the power clingy behaviour has forced them not only to bow to the corrupt and compromised but also plant them on the top positions? These elements are so compromised and corrupt that they would be clay pigeons for the new imperialists?

The mafia, which surrounded Musharraf, is eroding the state of Pakistan and the real target is the armed forces of Pakistan. It will take some time for the detoxification of armed forces and intelligence agencies.

Is it true that elite of Pakistan is scratching each other’s backs and forfeiting $ millions in the name of National Reconciliation? General Musharraf did not work hard for that money and so have Mr Zardari, Nawaz Sharif, and others. These are the assets of the state of Pakistan, where millions of people are drinking filthy water, queuing for basic amenities and dying without proper health facilities while elite goes to London and US for health checks.

It is unfortunate that both Mr Zardari and Nawaz Sharif who are flirting with each other now have charged each other with corruption. They both have spent millions to collect evidence of corruption against each other.  Saifur Rehman Sherlock Holmes of Nawaz Sharif and spymaster Rehman Malik former director of FIA and present closest aid and business partner of Mr Zardari and late Benazir Bhutto, collected huge evidence of corruption against each other. The skeletons are coming out of the closets and every one should be treated fairly in Pakistan. Why amnesty should be granted to only to politicians and not other criminals serving sentences in jails and nationalist leaders etc? People of Pakistan are saying looted national assets and wealth must be returned.

An elite mafia group was/is always in control of Pakistan since its inception. They got away with real murders in Pakistan (the land of the pure) and looting of national assets. They all look after each other no matter which side of the government they are. They are real gangsters and untouchables?

In 1981 the family business group Ittefaq’s turn over was Rs. 337 million, but by 1987 it had soared to at least Rs. 2,500 million, that is according to the group’s own accounts. Within four years Ittefaq had become one of the wealthiest private industrial groups in Pakistan. ‘Hard work and grace of Allah’ explained Shabaz Sharif. One can imagine the miraculous growth in the assets of Billions in 2007. Investing in politics is not bad business at all in Pakistan.

According to Asia Week, Rehman Malik, Benazir Bhutto’s close ally produced 200-page report of Nawaz Sharif’s corruption. The secret document was leaked to the London-based Observer newspaper published details of alleged corruption involving the MNS and his family. According to the report, the Sharif family obtained loans from Pakistani state banks for business purposes and illegally converted the money into foreign exchange worth at least $66 million.

10 years ago Benzair Bhutto assets worth more than $2 billion according to Saifurahman and according to NAB figure is around $1.2bn [£ 830m]. Raja Bashir of the Pakistani National Accountability Bureau told The Guardian that, “Ms Bhutto has 26 bank accounts, 14 properties, and total assets of one billion sterling pounds abroad. We are very glad that other countries are cooperating with us.”

People of Pakistan are fed up with the hypocritical behaviour of politicians. Few years ago Qazi Hussain Ahmed was leading a long march to Nawaz Sahrif’s Palace in Raiwind and calling him corrupt. Now they seem to be hunky dory with Sharif brothers and supporting each other. Mulana Fazur Rehman was enjoying the perks with the Benzair Bhutto government and than started flirting with the Musharraf.

One security source asked, ‘why these Pakistani politicians have people with criminal records and bank fraudsters around them? ‘it seems they don’t need intelligent, honest, and hard working political workers instead ‘loyalty and flattery is the criteria and extra points for low IQ?

(Dr Shahid Qureshi is award winning senior investigative journalist and writer on international terrorism, security and foreign policy based in London)

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