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Three ex-Army generals found guilty of Rs 25 bn scam – By Rauf Klasra
ISLAMABAD: A nine-year-old Rs 25 billion scam of the Musharraf regime has returned to haunt his three favourite ex-Army Generals, who administered the Pakistan Railways in 2001, former ISI chief Javed Ashraf Qazi, Saeeduz Zafar and Hamid Hassan Butt.
A 20-member special parliamentary committee of the National Assembly, formed by Speaker NA Dr Fahmida Mirza on April 22, 2008, investigated the lease of PR’s hundreds of acres of land of Royal Palm Golf and Country Club, Lahore, to a private party. It has now recommended to the government to register criminal cases against these ex-generals and confiscate and auction their property to recover the losses before cancelling the deal.
These generals were summoned by the committee to give their side of the story but they failed to convince the members of their innocence. This is the major finding of any parliamentary committee since the return of democracy in 2008. The special committee has recommended immediate termination of the contract signed in 2001 and appointment of a new ad hoc committee for the interim period. It recommended fresh leasing of the Royal Palm Golf Course in an open auction so that maximum revenue could be generated for the Pakistan Railways, which according to its calculation might exceed Rs 40 billion. ….
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Parliament investigates corruption of Musharraf’s Generals
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While the disaster management efforts of the present government in the wake of the massive floods are shoddy at best, to call for a quasi-military rule in a country that has suffered four martial laws is to submerge it in a bigger deluge
“Mussolini is the biggest bluffer in Europe. If Mussolini had me taken out and shot tomorrow morning, I would still regard him as a bluff. Get a hold of a good photo of Signor Mussolini sometime and study it. You will see the weakness in his mouth that forces him to scowl the famous Mussolini scowl that is imitated by every 19-year old Fascisto in Italy. Study his past record” — ‘Mussolini, Europe’s prize bluffer’, Earnest Hemingway, The Toronto Daily Star, 1923.
While the discussion about who breached which river embankment and why goes on, Pakistan’s prize bluffer has attempted to breach the bulwark of democracy itself.
The undisputed leader of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Mr Altaf Hussain, has called for patriotic generals to take action similar to a martial law against corrupt politicians. Is this a cry for help from a bleeding heart or a vicious threat? The past record says it all. All the scowling, verbosity and thunder — part theatrics and part cheap imitation of the late Allama Rasheed Turabi — cannot hide an inherent insecurity that a chauvinist enterprise feels in a functional democracy.
Packaged to look like a statement made at the behest of the military brass, the sinister pot shot at democracy is a bluff by an arch-Bonapartist looking for a strongman to protect his fiefdom in southern Sindh. Add to it the August 20, 2010 meeting — a diplomatic routine — between Mr Hussain and the US State Department functionary, Bryan Hunt, and one has all sides thinking that the other wants a change of guard. But the timing could not be worse: Mr Hussain has added insult to the massive injury caused by the floods. On one occasion where the MQM had an opportunity to jettison its neo-fascist baggage and help the nation recover and rebuild, its leader has stuck to his myopic agenda pursued through intrigue.
Only 2 chiefs in 14 years, Kayani is “King” again! New theories on Pak General’s 3 -years extension.
By a Staff Writer
ISLAMABAD – The truth is that the Chief of the Army Staff is the real ruler in Pakistan. It is he who decides who will be the president and prime minister of the country, according to political observers. They say even the dismissal and the re-instatement of the Supreme Court judges is the right of the army chief.
It is still fresh in the minds of the people of Pakistan that Gen. Parvez Musharraf as army chief bulldozed the whole judiciary…… Perhaps Dr. Ayesha Siddiqa was correct when she said it’s wrong to assume that military is out of Pakistan’s politics. “Military is not out of politics. The (military commanders) are not in driver’s seat and they need not be because they have chauffeurs to drive for them.” She was quoted as saying by Canadian Asian News. Dr. Siddiqa, a political analysit and author of famous book – Military Inc: Inside Pakistan’s Military Economy, was in Toronto in March this year to deliver a lecture. She opined that military commanders are the real rulers in Pakistan. It does not matter whether they occupy the front seat or take the back seat.
During his lecture in Toronto recently, another political analyst Dr. Haider Nizamani, a professor at the University of Columbia, said that in a greater interest of the country, the army should stop calling the “political shots.”
Courtesy: Asian News, August 01, 2010, Vol. 14, No. 184
– Ayesha Siddiqa
Pakistan can definitely claim to have lucky generals who are far stronger than civilians in surviving crisis. The latest name in the list is that of the current army chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kiyani. His wish of getting an extension was fulfilled beyond anyone’s expectations. Perhaps, he bargained for a complete tenure rather than just one year. While many in Pakistan may consider this as a surprise decision, noises in the US capital were pretty audible regarding the issue. The US Pentagon was keen to see General Kiyani stay. A lot of prominent Pakistani analysts and political commentators, who are otherwise upset on alleged American intervention in Islamabad’s affairs, seem to endorse this one decision. It is being argued that the general’s extension is critical to provide continuity in communication with the US. ..
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Luxury cars rendering ‘defense services’
NLC bigwigs imported seven Land Cruisers twisting rules. PAC Chairman Nisar Ali Khan sitting on inquiry report against the four generals for six months
The NLC bosses are already facing Rs 4 billion mega financial scam.
by Rauf Klasra
ISLAMABAD: Top guns at GHQ-run National Logistic Cell (NLC) have been caught committing a fraud costing the Government of Pakistan and country’s taxpayers millions of rupees. Quietly under the pretext of ‘‘Defense Services,” some NLC bigwigs imported seven duty-free luxury 3000cc Toyota Land Cruisers worth over Rs10 million. These vehicles were imported for personal use in Islamabad and Rawalpindi. However, even when caught red handed, all powerful military elite involved in the scam has been let off the hook.
– Restive generals represent the backers of the Taliban and al-Qaeda – bad news for the war next door.
by: Tarek Fatah
Courtesy: Globe and Mail
A military coup is unfolding in Pakistan, but, this time, there is no rumbling of tanks on the streets of Islamabad. Instead, it seems the military is using a new strategy for regime change in Pakistan, one that will have adverse consequences for Western troops deployed in Afghanistan.