By Dr Shahid Qureshi:-
Prime Minister is there is any shame left in your administration that instead of recovering looted and robbed wealth in the Corona Crisis from the corrupt to feed the poor you are asking overseas Pakistanis. Pakistani businessmen committed $6 billion robbery in trade with China only. Many are living abroad because your corrupt left no choice for them but to leave and yet you come again to rob us. The robbery starts from the moment they land at the airport from customs to the taxi driver at the airport as well as land mafia confiscating our homes and lands.
Country is being robbed by the expansive electricity IPP mafia, land mafia, sugar and wheat mafia but your running to overseas Pakistanis as they are easy target. We are already helping people in Pakistan.
According to reports in public domain The government adviser on Finance Hafeez Shaikh told businessmen in meeting with the Army chief : “China reported to Pakistan that: ‘Pakistani businessmen have import orders of $12 billion dollars but our record shows that you only declared imports of $6 billion so you have moved $6 billion to your foreign accounts in Dubai, Europe and elsewhere by under invoicing.
Your government has completely failed to recover a single penny from all the so called corrupt detained by NAB and convicted by the courts. Your whole government machinery facilitated the scandalous escape of a convicted criminal Nawaz Sharif from Pakistan to London. He is living here lavishly, and your media spokesperson shoot some comments to keep warm, but outcome is zero recovery.
Your own cronies have taken subsidies of billions from the national treasury. Prime Minister Imran Khan’s PTI (Pakistan Tehreek Insaf) backed mafia robbers in suits made a drone strike to the ‘national wealth’ of over Rs 300 billion as media reported in broad day light. The so-called philanthropists actually just share a little bit of their loot with the people and keep the rest. Where in the world government give poor taxpayers money to the failed businesses and corrupt businessmen?
According to Government of Pakistan report Rs. 1 Trillion was spent on development in Sind province which is run by Zardari mafia since 2008. Most of this development fund is stolen and hidden as well as smuggled abroad. Ishaq Dar has given amnesty to this loot. Instead of putting them in jail he has given them a way out to these white-collar criminals. Someone said: “if we disband police 50% crimes will disappear and if we jail corrupt politicians 100% crimes will end”.
What these economic terrorists ‘Seths’ have done to Pakistan:
(1) drained the US$ 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 the ailing economy of Pakistan is destroyed.
(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. 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)
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 2020, April 2018, Kazakhstan 2015, 2016, 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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