By Dr Shahid Qureshi:-
It is unfair, unrealistic, and childish to expect from Prime Minister Imran Khan to deal with mafia gangs involved in terrorism and terror financing without a proper military force. No one can defeat mafias unless Pakistan’s security and defense establishment take all mafias and cartels as seriously as Al-Qaeeda, Daesh and TTP and do risk assessment and threat assessment to national security. You have made enough nukes, tanks, jets, guns, and missiles now raise a special force who can give ‘bullet’ to the mafias.
Corruption is weapon of war and If it continues like that the state of Pakistan will have bigger challenges which men in uniform will not be able to control and that was the plan by Indians, ‘Why kill them when you make them corrupt’ as former Indian Intelligence Agency RAW’s chief AS Daulat wrote in his book.
Pakistani Mafias have political, legal, and armed wings and no judge or civil servant can deal with them as they will be killed if not join them. For example, Justice Nizam murder in Karachi and kidnapping of Sind High Court chief justice’s son by police mercenaries. He was recovered by the national security agencies from KPK. In Pakistan military courts sentence terrorists but politically appointed judges in the high courts are releasing those terrorists. These elements are serving their handlers and master in and out of Pakistan?
I have been closely studying drug cartels, mafias gang, organized crime syndicates and their role in urban warfare and terrorism. I told the Colombian ambassador HE. Néstor Osorio Londoño in a meeting at Westminster in London: “Colombian mafia is controlling economy, security and politics via banks and you are deliberately or may be unwittingly supporting the mafias. I asked him why you need a high denomination currency note. Well it serves the mafia’s purpose to hide their corruption smartly.”
Colombian Government raised Special Forces Unit with help from the USA to protect judges, journalists and other critics of mafia groups. Sometimes judges use to come in masks to hide their identity. To deal with this kind of situation one need special measure for special ground realities and circumstances.
In Pakistan’s neighbouring Afghanistan majority of the area is under the control of Taliban commanders who are actually running daily business. I was reading in the media that a case was presented to Taliban where aggrieved victim came to them for justice as it was impossible for him to get justice. Complainant’s brother was murdered by a mafia lord and his land was also taken away. Lawyer in Kabul was asking for half million US$ for his legal fees. Judges were reportedly receiving bribes in cash and kind and even a cow was taken by someone. In this situation Taliban was the only hope left for the victim of this mafia. Taliban took Rs. 1000 as legal fees and ordered both parties to be present at Friday afternoon. After listening to both parties Taliban judge decided the case:
“He gave choice to the victim if he would like to have blood money or death sentence of the murderer.
The judge ordered mafia leader to immediately release land and property of the victim. He was also ordered to pay a fine. The victim accepted blood money for the widow and orphans of his brother. Case dismissed in couple of hours and both parties were satisfied with the decision”.
On the other hand, Oxford, Cambridge and Harvard educated run Kabul could not provide justice to the weak victim. Kabul is a punching bag of the big US corporations after all they are making US Government spend US$ 7 billion every month to search 150 terror suspect of Al-Qaida now perhaps re branded ISIL or Daesh.
Foreign missions are closely observing the situation in Pakistan deeply and have their own risk assessments. That why a British diplomat told me in live TV show.
“We cannot leave Pakistan at its own devices”, said to me a diplomat at an international TV program hosted by senior journalist Yvonne Radley in London in response to my comment. Why British taxpayer’s hard-earned money given to Pakistan whose corrupt leaders Bhuttos and Sharifs according BBC are involved in money laundering and theft allegedly? No mafia or foreign agency can operate without boots on the ground and local agents’ collaborators.
The great escape of Nawaz Sharif with aiding and abetting of lawyers, judges, medical doctors and officials looks like a Netflix series of Colombia drug cartels. It will be unfair to expect doctors, lawyers, judges and civil servants without guns and tanks to stand up to the criminal violent gangs. Punjab Police Inspector Abid Hussain and Sindh Police Rao Anwar are examples of mercenary use of police by criminal political mafias. Abid Hussian confessed to have killing over 400 at the orders of Shabaz Sharif former chief minister Punjab, current leader of the opposition.
Mafia gangs of Sharifs and Zardaris are working in the disguise of politics and democracy. They are threatening the state of Pakistan and its officials. All 55 officials of JIT (Joint Investigation Team – Money Laundering and fake bank accounts) from FIA, ISI, FBR and State Bank have told supreme court in writing that they are receiving life threats and need protection. Following Colombian and Mexican experience in dealing with drug mafias and cartels only military courts can deal with these cases whom these gangsters think twice before threatening?
Political mafias used legal cover for their protection for example Asif Zardari had over 525 adjournments on medical grounds to avoid his case hearings in Pakistan. His father in law Z A Bhutto’s lawyers had over 400 adjournments for petty reasons. The cases were later collapsed due to political reasons.
President General Musharraf told me in London: ‘I made a mistake by granting NRO to Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif. I did because court cases were not moving forward’. I told him you don’t need to fix something which is not broken. He lost his presidency by not taking mafias seriously and ignored the threats.
(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, Azerbaijan 2020, 2018 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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