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Altaf commits treason, should be sentenced under Article 6: Mian Iftikhar

Information Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mian Iftikhar Hussain said that Altaf Hussain committed treason by issuing statement in favour of martial law and he should be sentenced under Article 6.
In a media briefing in Peshawar, he said that that the MQM was actually the biggest follower of feudalism. He said that conspiracy was being hatched against democracy in wake of floods.
He further said that at this difficult time, talks of martial law can not be tolerated.
He said that after the approval of the 18th amendment, inviting martial law was treason to the country. He said that IDPs were being shifted to schools as there was no alternative place so the holidays of schools would be extended.

Federal Minister for Law and Justice Dr Babar Awan has earlier said that there is no general in Pakistan who wishes to pursue Martial Law. He added that the ones in the past who were in favour of Martial Law are now either in graveyards[Qabrastan] or in the UK[Inglistan].
Awan was addressing a press conference in Islamabad on Friday. He said that the constitution or democracy are not in danger and that the current government will complete its tenure. He vowed that next elections would be held constitutionally.
Awan’s statement comes against the backdrop of MQM chief Alatf Hussain’s statement calling on ‘patriotic’ generals to take ‘Martial Law like’ action against corrupt politicians.

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  • I think one should be a little patient and not come out with statements of treason etc. Altaf and MQM have been trying to clarify what he said.
    He may have said it because he may have been feeling the pinch of an 18 hr long fast in England.

  • A quick somersault of PML-N.

    PML-N to withdraw privilege motions if Altaf takes back his statement: Ch. Nisar

    ISLAMABAD: Opposition leader in National Assembly, Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan has said that PML-N will withdraw its privilege motions if British passport holder, chief of Pakistani political party takes back his statement.

    Addressing the press conference in the Punjab House here on Saturday, he said the real target of Altaf Hussain’s statement was the government but by it was playing role of glum spectator. “We have vowed to protect the constitution and will counter any threat if posed to democratic system in the county”, he remarked. He went on to say that NA session requisitioned by opposition on one point agenda has been summoned on September, 2.

    He said that his party is providing assistance to hapless affected people of floods beyond politics, adding Mian Nawaz Sharif visited PM’s house with the same spirit however the PM forgot to call the meeting for constitution of flood commission.

    He asked the government to take the Parliament into confidence regarding international donations and informed the nation about rehabilitation of the flood hit people. He said that the federal government had not provided no relief aid to government of Punjab, however the latter has decided to distribute 20, 000 rupees per each affected family.

    Replying to a query he said that no single party had supported the statement of Altaf Hussain as entire system could not be considered corrupt owing to delinquency and corruption of one party. He held that the army should have given its reaction over the statement of Altaf Hussain.

  • Chaudhry Nisar unhappy with Govt.’s reaction to Altaf’s statement Upadated on: 28 Aug 10 08:15 PM Staff Report

    ISLAMABAD: The opposition leader in the National Assembly, Chaudhry Nisar, has said that the silence of the government on the statement of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain is dubious.

    During his news conference on Saturday, Nisar said that it is the responsibility of the government to reply to the MQM chief’s statement. He said that Hussain’s statement was meant to be a direct hit to the government.

    He said that the motion presented by his party, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) meant to raise a voice against anti-democratic thinking.

    He asked why the MQM did not raise it’s voice against corruption during Pervaiz Musharraf’s tenure. SAMAA

  • He asked why the MQM did not raise it’s voice against corruption during Pervaiz Musharraf’s tenure. Chaudhry Nisar SAMAA

    Mr. Altaf Hussain and MQM “Conveniently” forgot their “Cooperation” with Musharraf Regime [1999 to 2007] who secretly supported Taliban and Ruthlessly Looted the Country through Bank Loan Write off and Default, here is a glimpse: “LIES”of General [R] Pervez Musharraf, Sharifs & Talibans.

    Honest Generals???? Wednesday, January 6, 2010 Open Letter to Gen.Aslam Baig Dear Aslam Baig Sahib,by Ali Chishti

    Honest Generals & ISI High ups???? I don’t what Mr Altaf Hussain want?


    Brutes and Beasts – Haqiqi Ali Chishti October 26, 2009

    The MQM has also experienced more sever divisiveness. In the summer of 1991, the breakway Haqiqi a faction from within MQM by the name of “Haqiqi” was formed by the then Intelligence Agencies and Military Intelligence in order to break MQM. This group which is widely believed to be the stooges of the military agency, the ISI was used to mainly to damage the party. Not surprisingly, given that divided militant movements are usually the most violent the result of the split has been a sharp increase in militant action. Afaq Ahmed and Aamir Khan had first surfaced towards the end of 1991. Once most trusted allies of leader of MQM, Altaf Hussain who also went on to guard Quaid-e-Tahreek, Altaf Hussain turned into the “moles” and brutes. Obviously this was a gradual process as both due to their criminal activities and involvement with certain establishment forces were kicked out by the party.


  • He asked why the MQM did not raise it’s voice against corruption during Pervaiz Musharraf’s tenure. Chaudhry Nisar SAMAA

    Musharraf’s Loot and Plunder right under the Nose of Mr. Altaf Hussain is as under and do read the name of “Wadera” and MQM was an ally:) REFERENCE: Guess who walked away with nation’s 100 bn rupees? By Rauf Klasra Friday, December 04, 2009 Chaudhrys, Saifullahs, Jatois, Legharis, Tawakals, Saigols,Jams, generals; some cases were genuine

    ISLAMABAD: In a country where over 40 per cent of the population is said to be languishing under the poverty line with families surviving on less than $2 a day, the shameful revelation of the filthy rich getting loans worth over Rs100 billion written-off owing to their formidable clout is shocking the nation. And this shameful list carries some of the biggest names of our power elite. The names of Ch Shujaat and Ch Pervez Elahi were found among about 1,000 influential businessmen and Army men who got a total of Rs18 billion loans written-off from the government-owned banks during the first three years of the military government. The list was submitted in the NA when Zafarullah Jamali was the prime minister and Shaukat Aziz was the finance minister. The first loan of Rs70 million was outstanding against the Punjab Sugar Mills and was written off by the National Bank of Pakistan along with the actual loan amount. The mill was owned by Chaudhry Shujaat Husssain, Chaudhry Mansoor Elahi, Chaudhry Pervez Elahi, Chaudhry Gulzar Mohammad, Chaudhry Wajahat Hussain, Chaudhry Sabhat Elahi, Mrs Qisara Elahi (wife of Chaudhry Pervez Elahi), Mrs Kasur Hussain (wife of Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain), Mrs Khalida Begum (wife of Gulzar Muhammad).

    The second loan of Rs15 million was written off by the UBL outstanding against Punjab Sugar Mills. The beneficiaries were once again Ch Manzoor Elahi, Ch Shujaat Hussain, Pervez Elahi, Wajahat Hussain, Shafaat Hussain, Gulzar Ahmed and Mrs Qaisra Elahi, Khalida Begum, and Kauser Hussain. The UBL once again wrote off another loan of Rs34.1 million outstanding against the Spaco Private Limited. The beneficiaries were the same — Ch Pervez Elahi, Shujaat Hussain, Manzoor Elahi, Wajahat Hussain, Sabahat Elahi, Mrs Kauser Hussain, Qaisra Elahi. It may be added that these loans were written off after declaring their industrial establishments as “sick industry or on the pretext of bankruptcy.” Many of them denied having got their loans written-off.

    The political sources claimed that Shahbaz Sharif and Nawaz Sharif knew this troubling fact about the Chaudhrys of Gujrat. Even Imran Khan had been showing the official documents of another bank, which had also written off loans to get the Chaudhrys disqualified from contesting the elections. But his desperate pleas were never entertained by the Election Commission of Pakistan courtesy the might and clout these cousins enjoyed during the early years of General Pervez Musharraf in power. The sources said, on the basis of their own knowledge about the Chaudhrys loan write off, the Sharif brothers were agitating the issue of loan write-off in the media with the public demand to put all the loan beneficiaries on trial after recovering the written-off amounts. The mighty Chaudhrys of Gujrat — Ch Shujaat Hussain, Ch Pervez Elahi and their family members — reportedly got three different bank loans of Rs120 million written off from the National Bank and United Bank of Pakistan during their heady days of power. This has been revealed in the official record of the National Assembly library, which has now formally confirmed that several top politicians and their family members had quietly got several bank loans written off, which had been outstanding against their sugar and textile mills and other industrial units.

    These bank loans were mainly written off by the state-run National Bank of Pakistan and United Bank Limited in the past. The official record available with The News, which was placed in the NA in the last one decade, revealed that a total of Rs30 billion loans were written off between 1985-2002, which had been outstanding against the top politicians and powerful industrial groups of the country. The list was compiled by the then caretaker government of 1993 led by Moin Qureshi. In 2007, Auditor General of Pakistan revealed in its report that during the period 2002-2007, a sum of Rs54 billion was written off by Musharraf government. Thus, total figure had reached to Rs85 billions. But, now the recent official report to the NA during the question hour revealed that the total figure of written-off loans had finally crossed over Rs100 billion, after adding the loan amounts written off during two years of PPP government since 2008.

    The official list of loan write-off beneficiaries of different periods since 1985 to 2002 revealed that former speaker Gohar Ayub Khan’s family and former Chief Minister Balochistan Jaam Yousuf, are also among other prominent politicians, who got the loans written off from the banks. The three mighty business families of Pakistan are also among the beneficiaries of these loan write offs in the past. The former housing minister of General Pervez Musharraf -Abbas Sarfraz is also among the beneficiaries who got a massive loan against his sugar mill written off. Lt General Habibullah and Brig M Jan are among the list.

    The Saifullah family of Lucky Marwat got four loans written off from different banks. The names of Anwar Saifullha Khan, Javed Saifullah, Hamayun Saifullah, Arbab Saddaullha Khan, Shah Jehan Khan, Nisar Khan are part of the list submitted in the NA in 1994 in response to a question by MNA Barjees Tahir. First, the Saifullah brothers got loans written off against their mill— Ms Kohat Textile Mills from the National Bank. The matriarch of the Saifullah family, Mrs Kalsoom Saifullah also got a loan of Rs12 million written off from NBP against Ms Frontier Towel Works, Kohat. Industrial bank also wrote off loan of Rs26 million of Javed Saifullah, Salim Saifullah, Hamayun Saifullah and others against Kohat Textile Mills. The MCB also wrote off loan against the Kohat Textile Mill. Jatoi family of Sindh also got a loan of Rs6.7 million written off from UBL. The beneficiary was Dr Ghafar Jatoi and his brothers. Leghari family also got Rs67 million loans written off from UBL. The beneficiaries included Jafar Khan Leghari, Jamil Ahmed Khan Leghari, Yousuf Khan Leghari, Tariq Khan Leghari, Atta Mohammad Leghari, etc.

    Saigal group got the loan written off against Omaryar Limited, Lahore. The group got another loan of Rs4 million written off from the UBL. A loan of Rs10.3 million was written off by Investment Corporation of Pakistan. Iqbal Z Ahmed, Mrs Saira Ahmed also got a loan of Rs5.5 million written off from United Bank of Pakistan. Another small loan of Rs1.4 million got written off from UBL against Hassan Ali and company. A loan of Rs18 million was also written off against Hashoo Holdings.

    Meanwhile, investigations conducted by this correspondent after going through the official record of the National Assembly Secretariat, where all these loan documents were placed from time to time since 1994, even Daewoo Corporation of Pakistan was one of the beneficiaries of such big loans written-off by the government banks. National Bank of Pakistan had written off a loan of Rs10 million against Daewoo. The loan was outstanding against Kim Waoo Choong, Kim Joun Sung, Lee Woo Bok, Yoon Nuke NEON, Chui Myoung Kul. The list showed that Karachi-based businessmen have been treated with exceptional kindness by the National Bank of Pakistan. According to the list of such people whose loans and principal amounts were written-off during the last three years, National Bank of Pakistan wrote off billion of rupees from taxpayers’ accounts. Most of the written-off loans went to the textile and industrial giants of the country owned by mighty businessmen, politically influential, former bureaucrats and military officers.

    The big industrialists like Adamjee Industries owned by Farooq Sheikh, Mrs Shireen Farooq, Mumtaz Sheikh, Tahir Sheikh got Rs448 million written-off from the NBP. Mohib Textile owned by Asif Saigol also got Rs1.1 billion written-off in 2002. The other big names included in the list are First Tawakkal Modaraba owned by Abdul Qadir Tawakkal, Mohammad Rafiq Tawakkal, Alif Husain Mooney, Abid Hussain Rs621 million written-off, National Frutctose Limited owned by Shairullah Durrani got Rs681million written-off, Glamour Textile Mills owned by Iftikhar Ahmed Malik got Rs533 million written-off and others. Two foreign nationals also got the loans written-off. Pakland Cement got Rs10 million written off, Cast N Link owned by Anwar Ahmed got Rs159 million written-off. Taha Spinning limited got Rs64 million written off.

    Following is the list of mighty individuals and business tycoons whose loans were written-off in majority of cases along with principal amount from National Bank of Pakistan (NBP).

    KARACHI: Zahid Fazal (Farah Enterprises) Rs09 m; White Bird Chick Limited Rs8.2 m, Advance Computer Technology Rs1.1 m, Hamid D Habib of Balochistan Glass Rs6 m, Latif Paul of TS Latisons Rs0.5 m, Anisure Rehman of Zeb Enterprises Rs1.9 m, Chaudhry Mohammad Younis of Ice Land Cold storage Rs16 m, Mohammad Saleheen of Naveed Farbics Rs0.7 m, Younis Rs0.5 m, Mohammad Sultan Rs0.5 m, Azhar Jamil of Sindh Industries Enterprises Rs0.2 m, Mushtaq Ahmed Rs0.5 m, Asghar Ali Rs05 m, Fida Mohamamd Rs0.5 m, Mohammad Ismail Rs0.5 m, Abdul Sattar Rs0.5 m, Lal Mohamamd Rs0.5 m, Mohammad Akbar Baloch Rs0.5 m, Ghulam Farooq Rs0.5 m, Amir Baksh Rs0.5 m, Mohammad Naseem Rs0.5 m, M Shoaib Rs0.5 m, Liaqat Ali Khan Rs0.514 m, Khaliq Farooqi Rs0.5 m, Irfan Rs0.572 m, Irfan Rs0.572 m, Sikandar Rs0.5 m, Asrar Hussain Sarbazi Rs0.56 m, Abdul Hameed Rs0.576 m, Mohammad Yaqoob Rs0.576 m, Shafqat Rehman Rs0.575 m, Shahbaz Aqeel Rs0.575 m, Abida Sultana Rs0.509 m, Mohammad Hanif Rs0.5 m, Tarranum Baig Rs0.5 m, Hidyatullah Farid Rs1.3 m, Pak Hardware and Paint Rs0.9 m, Mohammad Ali Rs0.5 m, Sh Mohammad Zahid Rs0.5 m, Mohammad Ayub Rs0.5 m, Nadeem Ahmed Rs0.5 m, Mushtaq Ahmed Rs0.517 m, Mushtaq Ishaq Rs0.5 m, Mir Mohammad Baloch Rs0.5 m, Mohammad Altaf Hussain Rs0.5 m, Abdul Khalil Rs0.5 m, Abdul Rahim Khatri Rs0.517 m, Imam Buksh Rs0.535m, Abdul Hameed Rs0.576 m, Wideyat Ali Rs0.5 m, Rizwan Hasan Rs0.5 m, Mohammad Sarwar Rs0.5 m, Maqbool Hussain Rs0.5 m, Ali Asghar Rs0.512 m, Shahnawz Rs0.524 m, Jawed Floor Mills of Rana Mohammad Siddiqui Rs20 m, Muhammad of Madina Food Industries Rs1.45 m, Syed Qmar Hai of Indus Poultry Farm Rs0.55 m, Mian Maqbool Ahmed of Alam Shuttle Industries Rs2.432 m, M Yousaf Khan of Progressive Industries Enterprises Rs0.7 m, Abdul Rashid of Aziz Company Rs0.5 m, Nasir Hussain Shah of Shah Cotton Factory Rs5.4 m, Hazoor Khan Chanido of Chandi Floor Mills Dadu Rs0.7 m, Pir Sarfrarz Ahmed of Nawab Shah Rs0.8 m, Munawar Hussain Rs0.722 m, Manzoor Hussain of Al Imran Hotel Ranipur Rs0.6 m, Arjandas of Arjandas Rice Rs1.05 m, Atta Mohamamd Marri of Mari Fish Farm Rs0.7 m, Atta Mohammad Mari Rs1.4m, S Zaheer Hussain Shah Rs0.9 m, Mst Ashraf Begum Rs0.5 m, Mohammad Idris Rs0.6 m, Sardar Taj Mohammad Rs0.8 m,Sh Saleem Ali of Capital Flour Mills, Murdikey Rs3 m, Mohamamd Afazal of Arshaq and Co, Lahore Rs0.9 m, Sanullah from Gujranwala Rs0.6 m, Hassan Ali Khan of Lahore Rs0.5 m, Sh Abdul Rehman Rs1.33 m, Lali Akbar of Abbas Trader, Kasur Rs0.8 m, Tariq Mir of Mir Iron Store, Lahore Rs0.5 m, Mustafa Ali Mir, Lahore Rs0.6 m, M Latif of Arshad Latif Indus Rs6.3 m, Mohammad Riaz of Riaz Furniture House Rs0.8 m, Mohammad Amin Khan of Makran Int Rs1.7 m, Haji Mohammad Ishaq of Tariq Industries Rs0.9 m, Mian Mohammad Sarwar of Al Ahmed Knitting Rs1.3 m, Mohammad Ahmed of M A S Stell Mills, Lahore Rs0.9 m, Mian Hamid Sarwar of Shishmahal Hosiery Rs0.9 m, Sh Mohammad Ashraf of Ashraf Ice Factory Rs0.9 m, Gulshan Begum W/o Zubaidullah Khan of Lahore Rs0.5m, Iftikhar Ali of Lahore Rs0.5 m, Khalid Bashir Khokar of Lahore Rs0.5 m, Arshad Javed Ghurki, Lahore Rs0.5 m, Arshad Javed Khurki, Javed Ghurki, Mhammad Khalid, Jamshed Asghar Ghurki, Sohail Asghar Ghurki, Mrs Rubina of Unique Trading, Lahore Rs0.891 m, Mohammad Iqbal of United Factory Rs0.5 m, Syed Izhar Hussain of Bhatti Brothers Sheikhupura Rs0.9 m, Abdul Rauf Qureshi of Rauf Corporation Lahore Rs0.6 m, Dr Abdul Rauf of Leatheron Lahore Rs0.7 m, Sabir Javed Lhr, Rs 1.2m, Azfar Manzoor Lahore Rs1m, Mrs Qaiser Manzoor Lahore Rs 1.2m, Mohammad Iqbal Javed of Mughal Technical Indus Lahore Rs 0.4m, Mohammad Ishaq Khan of Zahid Industries Lahore Rs 1.5m, Khalid Hatyat of Millat Corporation Rs 0.4m, Mohammad Azhar Leghiar, Dewan Aashiq Hussain, Umer Hayat Bosan, Shauakt Hayat Bosan, Niaz Ahmed, Muzaffar Hussain Bokhari, Mushtaq Shah and Nazar Abbas of Hayat Textile Mills Lahore Rs 110 million, Ghulam Mustafa Khan of Nashika Impex Lahore Rs 4.3m, Mian Tajamal Hussain, Mian Nusratuddin, Mrs Azra Tajamal, Mrs Laila Nusrat, Mrs Saeeda begum of Chenab textile Mills Lahore Rs 25m, Mian Abdur Rehman of Abdulur Rehman and Com Bhwalpur Rs 1.6m, Mian Ghulam Owais Owasi of Owais Industries Bhwalpur Rs 0.9m, Shad Ahmed of Shahzad Cotton Rahim Yar khan Rs 0.9m, Ch. Mohiuddin of Five Star Industries Okara Rs 0.7m, Mohammad Ehsan of Ehsan Soap factory Lahore Rs 09m, Sh. Abdul Jabbar of Feroze Oil and General Mills Okara Rs 0.6m, Sh. Mohammad Latif of Baba Farid Roller flour mill, Pakpattan Rs 0.6m, Shafiqe Ahmed of Mehran Cotton Multan Rs 1.m, Asad Zuabir of Jhangir Industries Multan Rs 0.5m, Riaz Ahmed of Riaz Textile Mills Multan Rs 0.6m, Ch Niaz Muhmmad Multan Rs 0.5m, Zulifkar Ali Industries Multan Rs 0.8m, Hamid Azmat Sheikh of Azmat Towellers Industries Multan Rs 2.4m, Mohammad Hussain of Rafay Textile Industries Burewala Rs 1.4m, Mohammad Ashgar of Asif Oil Mills Kehror Pacca Rs 0.6m, Mohammad Iqbal of Mashal Cotton Kehror Pacca Rs 0.6m, Mohammad Iqbal of Asif Irfan Cold storage Mianchannu Rs 1.4m, Mohammad Nazir of Mudhwal Enginnering Khushab Rs 4.7m, Farooq Saigal, Usman Siagal, Umer Saigal, Saleem Saigal of Kohirnoo textile Mills Liaquatbabad Rs 29m, Abdul Rehman of Gatth Foundary Workshop Faisalabad Rs 7.3billion, Ashraf Textile Rs0.7m, Mohammad Ashraf Rs 1.2m, Universal enterprises Faisalabad Rs 1.m, Javed Autos Sargodha Rs 1.0, Khursheed Ahmed Shad Faisalabad Rs0.66, Imran Saleem Ch. Gujrat Rs 0.737m, Jhangir Saleemullah Gujrat Rs 0.9m, Adnan Aziz Trader Gujrat Rs1.2m, Inayat Industries Gujrat Rs 1.2m, M. Rashid General Metal Works Gujrat Rs 0.8m, Safdar and Com Gujrat Rs 2.2m, Younis-National Weaving Fact, Gujrat Rs 1.2m, S. Mohammad Oil Mills Attock Rs 1.286m, Imran Shah and Bros Rwalpindi Rs 1.03m, Hazara Wodden Mills Rawalpindi Rs 1.133m, Lt. Col Rabnawaz of Nawaish Gypsum Jhelum Rs 0.6m, Food Department of NWFP Rs 3.434m, Begum Noor Jehan Mardan Peshawar Rs 6.8m, K. Mahmoodullah of MS LTCF, Islamabad Rs3m, Seth Dawood Group of MS Pakistan Paper corporation Charsada Rs 19 million, Seth Sahbir Hussain of MS Castle Industries Haripur Rs 12 million, Fateh Weeolen Industries Rs5million, Juma Khan Quetta Rs 4.6 m, Abdul Qayum Quetta Rs 0.5m, Ghazi Khan Quetta Rs 0.7m, Syed Abdul Rashid Quetta Rs 0.9m, Zahoor Ahmed Quetta Rs 0.7m, Zahoor Ahmed son of Haji Abdullah Samad Quetta Rs 0.74m, Ahmed Khan Quetta Rs 0.814m, Jhangir Khan Quetta Rs 06m, Mirza Mohammad Quetta Rs 0.5m, Mir Khuda Bux Muri, Mir Nawaz Marri, Mrs Elsa Mariie Benazir , Ms Kamal Faria Marri and Miss Anita Marri Rs 1.7m, Malick Abdullah Jan Quetta Rs 0.7m, Ashraf shoe company Mirpur, Kashmir, Rs 6.4m, Abdulleh Saleh Rs 123m Saudia Arabia, Amjad Malick Karachi Rs 2.2m, Abdul Wahab Karachi Rs 2.4m, Ghazala Haq and Amjad Malick Karachi Rs 6m, Mir Mehraullah Mengal Karachi Rs1.2 m.

    Mohammad Sadiq of Chand Mills Karachi Rs 0.5m, MB Dhody Karachi Rs 3m, Sardar Mohammad of General Tractor Machinery Karachi Rs 3m, Noor Ali Group, Karachi got about Rs 3m written-off, Mohammad Hussain of Process Pakistan Rs 1.19m, Mohammad Sarfraz Paracha of East Asia Trading Karachi Rs 0.7m, Ghulam Ali Talpur Karachi Rs 0.6m, Lt-Col M . Jaffar Karachi Rs 2.7m, Noor Ali Hirani Karachi Rs 1.2m, Sun Publication Rs 1.3m, Tariq Jaffar Campher Pak Karachi Rs 10m, Mohammad Pervez, Col Akhlaq Ali Khan, Talibul Rasool, Abdul Jalil, Mohammad Yousaf Mirza of Allied Textile Mills Larkana Rs 296m, R Hasan Ali, Hyderabad Rs 0.9m, Mehboob Elahi of Sindh Tanneris Hyderabad Rs 4.89m, Haji and company Lahore Rs 0.9m, Syed Amjad Ali Gujranwala Rs 2.178m, Ch. Mohammad Anwar of Elegzender and co Rs 1.7m, Mohammad Younis of Younis Company Lahore Rs 8.4m, Sh Javed Iqbal and Brother LahoreRs 2.4m, Denn Autos Lahore Rs 1.8m, Begum Sherin Wahab, Abdul Qayum, Mumtaz Ahmed Abdul Jabbar, Mrs Sahiba Qayum of Sarhad Cresent Indsutries Rs 9.5m, Javed Zia, Mrs Kasur Javed, Salman Zai, Umer Javed, Miss Amber Javed nad Zafar Inami and Ghulam Rasool of Okara Textile Mills Rs 126million. And Fazal Elahi Malik, Teshin of Ally Hoisery Mills Lahore got Rs 0.7 million written-off.

    In year 2000, the NBP wrote off many loans. In Peshawar Rs1 m of Mrs Aurangzeb of Ms Rahman Ice Factory was written-off.

    FAISALABAD: Maryam Fatama weaving factory, Rs 4.5m, Ashfaq Hussain of Al Najaf Traders Faisalabad Rs 2.5m, Ch. Mohamamd Tufail of Rehan Cotton Primahal Rs 1.4m, Ms Sajja International F/abad Rs 0.5m.

    MULTAN: Mohammad Hanif Rahm Yar Khan Rs1.0m, Mhamamd Aslam RYK Rs 0.9m, AJ Textile Industry RYK Rs6.9m, Madni electric traders Ahmedpureast Rs 0.666m, Ghulam Jaffar Jalwana Bhwalpur Rs 0.6m, Irfan Salman paper mills Sadiaqabad Rs 7.3m, Mian Tariq Gurmani and Suryia Iqbal Gurmani Thatta Gurmani Industries Kot Addu Rs1.5m, Al. Farooq Electronics Rs0.5m, Al Hasnaian Enterprises Rs 0.646m, Rizwan Textile Mills Rs0.6m, Mehboob Ahmed Rs 0.7m, Mohamamd Khalid Rs0.6m, Abul Sattar Rs 0.5m, Shahid Pervez Rs 0.7m, Al Azhar Textile Mills ( Mirza Azhar Beg nad Mrs Rafiqan Begum) Rs 6.4m, Barington Pharama of Pervez Iqbal Rs 1.9m, Jhandir Textile of Mohammad Akram Rs 0.5m, Mohammad Naeem of Four NS Fabrics Rs 1.3m, Mudasar Haider Chemica Rs1.5m, Sultan Wool Industries, Sahiwal Rs1.11m, Baby soap factory Kasoor Rs 2.7m, Mian AND Company Malsi Rs 0.7m Dhah Brothers weaving Vehari of Munir Khan, Sadia Shabnam, Raheem Baksh Rs 3.2m and Javed Cotton Industries Lodhran of Malik Usman, Malick Meraj Khalid and Mohammad Ajmal Rs 1.5m, and Mashallah Cotton factory Mailisi Rs 0.9m.

    HYDERABAD: Sardian Paints Rs 2m, Al Amna Entp Rs 1m, MS Prince Rice Rs 1.3m, Niazi Ice Rs 1.44m, Associates Rs 0.766m, Jan Mohammad Rs 0.6m, Abdul Jabbar Rs 0.7m, Ali Gul Brohi Rs 1.1m, Abdul Majeed Rs 0.9m, MaliK Rice Mills Rs 2.7m, Intasia Entp Rs 43m, Expotex Limited Rs 49m, Excelisor industries Rs 5.1m, All Leather Limited Rs 1m, Mumtaz Mohammad Khan Zai Rs 0.772m, Sameer Garments Rs 0.8m, Rafiq Saigal, Afsar Khan, got two loans of Allied Paper Industries Karachi to the tune of Rs 35m written-off. Abdul Rashid Rs 0.5, Khan Ice Factory Rs 1m, Ashraf Traders Rs 0.7m, Anglo Universal Karachi Rs 0.7m, Gulf Food Industries Rs 0.8m, Makhdoom Traders Rs 0.5m, MA Footwear Rs 1.1m, Commodity Impex Rs 3m, Fetisal Grain Rs 1.2m, Aftab Garments Rs 0.6m, Citizen Process Rs 0.5m, Farm Products Rs 0.7m, Javed Iqbal Rs 0.6m, Masood Ahmed Qureshi Rs 1.14m, Moash Traders Rs 4m, Sabeena Enterprises Rs 8.9m.

    LAHORE: Ms Jarral International Rs 1.8m, Ms Ghulam Hussain Rs 0.9m, Ehssan Machinery story Rs 0.5m, Tariq Mansoor Rs 0.8m, Zab Poly Proplyeine Products Rs 3.4m, Syed Waseem Ahmed Rs 0.55m, and M/S Wasjid Ali of Gulberg-II Rs 18m.

    ISLAMABAD: Bashir Awan Rs 0.7m, Tariq Rehman Rs 0.7m, Amir Nawab Rs 0.9m, Azra Noreen Rs 2.2m, Nasir Fatima Rs 2.2m, Inamullah Saeed Rs 1.2m, M Safdar Rs 0.88m, Star Corporation Rs 2.735m, Mughal Ice Plant of Col Rafiq Baig Rs 1.3m, Shaheen Engineering Rs 2.2m, Fazal Electric Rs 0.7m, Malick Mohammad Akhtar Rs 0.5m, Yaqoob Brothers Rs 0.5m, Amjad Gilani, Tariq Gilani and Khalid Gilani of Nisa Enterprises Rs 0.5m.

    EX-MBL: They belong to Karachi. Al Rehman Services Rs 0.6m, Baba Manna Rs 1.m, Saeedudin Zubair Rs 0.6m, Trade Link of Manzoor Qaider Rs 1.2m, Bhai Hashim Rs 0.7m, IK Corporation Rs 0.7m, M Farooq Rs 0.6m, and Saleem Khan Rawalpindi Rs 0.7m.

    QUETTA: Sonmiani Fish Rs 2.2m, Abdul Qadier Rs 0.511m, Mohammad Alam Rs 0.5m, Hanid Moula Dad Rs 0.5m, Mohamamd Ramzan Rs 0.5m, Mohammand Hassan Rs 0.5m, Gul Mohammad Rs 0.5m, Mazar Khan Rs 0.5m, Faiz Ahmed Rs0.7m, Abdul Mateen Rs 0.86m, Shin Gul Tareen Rs 0.6m, Abdul Qadir Rs0.6m, Mohamamd Zahir Rs0.77m.

    The loan written-off during year 2001:

    KARACHI: Amed Trading Rs 2.9m, Farna Ice Rs 1.2m, Mohamamd Yasin Rs 1m, Shaffaf Ice Factory Rs 2.5m, Anwar Iqbal Rs 1.1m, Engineering Products Rs 1.5m, Indus Oil Expellers Rs 3m, Poshak International Rs 0.8m, Eastern Garments Rs 21m, Asif Owais Rs 0.6m, Nazir Ahmed Rs 0.8m, Mohammad Khursheed Khan Rs 0.5m, Mohammad Ramzan Rs 1m, General Traders Rs 10m, Quality Builders Rs 1.5m, Karachi Water Proofing Rs 0.9m, Mohammad Ramzan Rs 0.6m, Hukum Khan Rs 0.8m, Syed Raziddin Rs 0.5m, MS Tehseen Rs 0.5m, Yousaf Cheema Rs 0.7m, Jamil Rs 1.3m, Shabbir Ahmed Junami, Tasveer Ahmed Jumani, Taheree Ahmed Jumani, Azshraf Kahton, Salla Jumani, Shaukat Memon and Ms Shereen Jumani of Annud Textile Mills got a massive loan of Rs 279m written-off.

    Abid Hassan Rs 0.5m, Haq Nawaz Dahri Rs 0.5m, Shah Nawaz Khan Rs 0.5m, Fizza Nazim Rs 0.8m, Mohammad Hayat Rs 0.5m, Nadeem Ahmed Rs 0.7m, FB Burki Ice Factory Rs 1.4m, Karachi Transport Corporation Rs 79m, Babar Rafiq Rs 0.6m, Nisar Ahmed Rs 0.5m, Qaisruzzman Rs 0.6m, Sajjad Hussain Rs 0.5m, Nasir Rafiq Rs 0.5m, Badar Ahmed Rs 0.5m, Manzar Farreed Rs 0.6m, Khalid Mehmood Rs 0.6m, Saeed Ahmed Rs 0.6m, Jawaid Textile Industries Rs 0.9m, Mansoor Yousaf Rs 0.5m, Mohammed Ismail Rs 0.5m, Aamir Hashmi Rs 0.551m, Sajid Ali Rs 0.7m, Mushtaq Hussain Rs 0.5m, Tahir Ehtasham Rs 0.6m, Mohamamd Noman Bhatti Rs 0.5m, Saleemuddin Rs 0.5m, Anissudin Rs 0.6m, Mobina Begum Rs 0.6m, Miss Tabassum Shehnaz Rs 0.6m, Mohaamd Yousaf Rs 0.6m, Mant Lal Maulal Rs 0.67m, Athar Batool Rs 0.78m, Shahid Khan Rs 0.5m, Azam Afraid Rs 0.6m, Syed Qasim Hussain Rs 0.539m, Syed Khaliluddin Rs 0.575m, Abdul Qayum Rs 0.681m, Mohammad Burhan Khan Rs 0.825m, Syed Khuram Raza Naqvi Rs 0.543m, Saad Ahmed Rs 0.6m, Hasan Shakeel Rs 0.8m, Ali Hassan Rs 0.534m, Mohammad Irfan Rs 0.55m, Shafiq Ahmed Rs 0.8m, Khwajamoinul HasanRs0.666m, Raza Hassan Rs 0.5m, Syed Afaq Rs0.6m, Syed Mohammad Nasim Ali, Rs0.6M, Mohammad Aslam Rs 0.6m, Syed Aslam Ali Rs 0.6m, Asif Rehman Rs 0.665m, Asif Rehman Rs 0.66m, Asim Ilyas Rs 0.5m, Adnanul HassaN Rs 0.8m, Syed Rasheed Ahmed Rs 0.5m, Monbina Afzal Rs 0.7m, Kamran Rauf Rs 0.7m, Najam Akthar Rs 0.8m, S Sharafifuddin Rs 0.8m and Imtiaz Hussain Zaid Rs 0.6m.

    Khalid Beg Rs 0.5m, Mohammad Aman Rs 0.6m, Tariq Baloch Rs 0.666m, Mohamamd Mobin Sheikh Rs 0.6m, Ms Golden Plant Ind Rs 0.7m, S Ali Ahmed Zaidi Rs 0.7m, Siddiqi Rs 1.1m, Ms Pakistan Rs 1.4m, Ms Metropolitan Rs 190m,

    Altaf Husain Shah Rs 0.5m, Mehmoodul Hassan Rs 0.5m, Mashiuddin Rs 0.9m, Aitzazuddin Rs 1.55m, Ihtashamuddin Rs 0.55m, FS Aizuddin Rs 0.5m, FS Ayazuddin Rs 1.6m, Mrs Shaim Fatima Rs 0.6m, Iqbal Shakoor Rs 0.6m, Mujeebuddin Rs 0.5m, Mrs Meharur Nisa Rs.7m, Anwar Raza Khan Rs 0.7m, Anwar Raza Khan Rs 0.7m, Mohmmad Jamil Rs 0.9m, Sardar Shakeel Rs 0.6m, Rashid Ali Rs 0.6m, Mohmmad Hanif Rs 0.8m, Abdul Shakoor Rs 0.6m, Adnan Husain Rs0.7m, Ahsan Anjum Rs 0.66m. Fareed Gul Rs 0.6m, Khuda Bux Rs 0.5m, M Faisal Rs 0.7m, Basir Alam Rs 0.6m, M Waseem Rs 0.65m, Mrs Rubena Rs 0.665m, Shahbaz Aqeel Rs 0.659m, Sharjeel Qaider Rs 0.5m, Tahir Anjum Rs 0.655m, Abdul Azim Rs 0.5m, Abdul Razak Rs 0.5m, Akhtar Hussain Rs 0.5m, Asif Sormoo Rs 0.554m, Fayyaz Ahmed Rs 0.544m, M Saleem Rs 0.5m, Sadia Bano Rs 0.5m, Moizuddin Rs 0.5m, Adul Haq Rs 0.54m, Mrs Kasur Perveen Rs 0.5m, Mohammad Rafiq Rs 0.55m, Mohammad Saleem Rs 0.5m, Rana Mohamamd Rs 0.545m, Rukhsan Begum Rs 0.5m, Rehan Shahid Rs 0.5m, Tahir Raza Rs 0.5m, Ashifaq Ahmed Rs 0.5m.

    Year 2002: Following tycoons got their loans written-off in 2002.

    Agri Autos Inds, Haleema Majeed Sons, Amie Investment, Sultan Textile Mills, Century Weaving, Husasin Towels, Durrani Associations, Nasir Khan, Muhammad Zafeef, Mohammad Usman, Ali Bux, Malick Munsif Khan, Mohammad Usman, Nabi Bux Baloch, Nisar Fatima, Akhar Bhugi Assoicates, Irfan Basharat, Samco Industries, Saeed Hasan, RN Stell products, Punjab Ceremic, Mahbub Ashraf, Gulberg Caterers, Samanabad enterprises, Azhar company, Sindhu Marbal company, Shabirruddin, Mohammad Husain, Rashid Sons, Rehman Oil Mills, Abu Bakar cold storage and oil factory.

    BHAWALPUR: Shafi Oil mills, Ahmed Industries, Goheer Oil mills,

    MULTAN: Union Straw paper board, jail traders, Omar Hardware, Khan Brothers cotton, Ali Intp, NK Medicot private limited, Al Munir textile private limited and Sadiqabad textile mills. Sinopak. (The list is still incomplete because of space constraints)

    A few of those who got loans written off were genuine cases as they suffered sick industry or bankruptcy. Their loans were written off according to rules and prevalent law. Some of the beneficiaries, however, submitted bogus claims and the banks did not follow rules and regulations in writing off their loans.

  • He asked why the MQM did not raise it’s voice against corruption during Pervaiz Musharraf’s tenure. Chaudhry Nisar SAMAA

    Musharraf’s Loot and Plunder right under the Nose of Mr. Altaf Hussain is as under

    No ID no worry, get loans and get them written off also By Rauf Klasra Saturday, December 05, 2009

    ISLAMABAD: As if the generous writing off of loans worth Rs59.94billion during the General Pervez Musharraf reign wasn’t bad enough, now official documents show that hundreds of these borrowers were even given these loans with such casualness and deliberate neglect that not even the national identity cards of the borrowers were demanded by the banks, what to talk of other collateral and sureties. The official record of these written off loans submitted to the National Assembly and available with The News revealed that in an unbelievable large number of cases the lending institutions, a bank and another (now defunct) financial entity, had issued huge loans to the individuals without even getting their National Identity Cards (NICs) as per prudential requirements. The bank has not given any reason about how the loans were issued to these business parties and the individuals without getting their proper NICs as per requirements. One official has commented that this was not possible without the active collaboration of the bank officials as no bank could give loan to anyone without NICs. The following cases reveal just another ugly aspect of this sordid plunder of national wealth where, barring a few genuine deserving cases, billions were siphoned away by hundreds of corrupt businessmen colluding with equally corrupt bankers. There were some genuine cases where loans were written off in accordance with the rules. In all cases listed below, none of the cited borrowers had been forced by the lending institutions to submit their ID cards, an otherwise basic requirement.

    The ID cards of five directors of Ms Bawani Industries were missing. This loan was ultimately written off. One foreign national Saral Dynamic Hardware Bobignv too managed to get a loan of Rs5.5million and later got his total outstanding Rs6.4million written off including the principal amount and Rs0.8million mark up. The loan was given in foreign currency to this foreign national. The two banks wrote off billions of rupees during the Musharraf era and in one case, the defunct bank wrote off a loan of Rs137million outstanding against four individuals.

    First Tawakal Modrab Karachi got Rs 628million written off while the borrowers—-Abdul Qadir Tawakal, Rafiq Tawakal,Ali Husasin Mooney and Abid Husain did not even bother submitting their NICs. Shahfa Corporation Lahore and its owners Saluddin Ahmed Sahaf, Wajiddin Mahmood Shaf also got Rs146million written off. Regnet Dyeing and Finishing Mills also got Rs 91million written including Rs50million principal loan. Fatima Foods Lahore also got Rs 80million written off with Rs 40million principal loan waived off. National Garments also got Rs 335million written off including Rs 140million principal amount. In Multan Mohib textile got Rs 1.17billion written off including principal amount of Rs546million. In Karachi Bawani Industries got Rs 70million written off including 11.3million principal amount. The names of the fathers of borrowers are not on official record of the bank who got this loan written off. The papers show that even a London based n ex-employee of a bank, Abdul Haleem also got Rs 2.744million written off and now the bank says it did not have even the ID card of its own former employee available in record. His principal loan was Rs 2.7million which was written off.

    Adamjee Industries also got Rs 48million written off including Rs168million principal amount. Farooq Sheikh, Mrs Shereen Farooq, Zafar Sheikh, Mumtaz Saleem, Tahir Sehikh got Rs 168million loan and got the whole principal wavied off. They also got the mark up of Rs225million written off too. Master Rubber Tyer owners Fayyaz Malik and Farooq Malik got 52m written off. Even an industrial unit Ms Metropolitan National Textile Karachi owned by Sikandar Ali Jatoi, Mazhar Ali Jatoi, Jamal Hassan, SM Masood was given the loan without any NICs. A sum of Rs190million outstanding the Jaoti family was also written off. The papers showed that even, the owners of Daweeo Corporation -Kim Woo Choong, Kim Joun Sung, Lee Woo Bok, Yoon Nuke Neon, Chug Myuong Kul did not submit their Ids at the time of obtaining Rs10.8million loan. Interestingly, the same amount was later written off by the bank. They got principal amount written off in addition to Rs2.3million mark up payable against this loan.

    Even Ch Shujaat Hussain, Pervez Elahi and their family members who got Rs37.987 loan written off never produced their national identity cards. Hearts International Rawalpindi got Rs0.9million written off while the bank did not have the IDs of Dr Major Gen retired Zulifkar Ali Khan, Dr Abdus Qudus Khan, Mohammad Rafi, Shamim Ashraf Khan, Naheed Mashud Kiani, Rahat Azfa. Johoson and Philips also got Rs 64 million loan written off and there is no record of NICs of the borrowers-Bilal Ahmed Qureshi, Raja Ahmed Khan, Habibulah Baig, Rasid Y Chinoy, Abdul Rehman Khan, Syed Abdul Noor. Johnson and Philips again got another loan of Rs26million written off and once again the same borrowers did not give their NICs. Ahmed Chemical limited owners Aftab Khan, Jehan Ara Khan, Mahjabeen Ahmed, Sabiuddin Ahmed, Iqbal Ahmed Khan, Iram Aftab, Aftab Ahmed Khan NICs are not available. They got Rs0.6million written off. Ksornos Corporation Lahore also got Rs 4.3million written off. Again NICs of Sh Abdul Hafeez, Sh Imran Hafeez, Sh Salman Hafeez, Sh Nauman Hafeez, Qari Khalid Mahmood, Shahbaz Murad and Zahida Hafeez are not available in the record. Zodesh Limited got Rs 40million written off. The borrowers Zoraia Lashari, Imrana Lashari, Ms Lubna Lashari and Hayat Khan did not give NICs.

    GUJRAT: Mohammad Akram Rs 2.5m, Fazal Hussain Rs 0.6m, Malik Mohammad Akthar 0.5m, Yaqoob Brothers Rs 0.5m, Nisa Enterprise Rs 0.5m (Islamabad).

    Mohammad Saleem Rs0.7m,

    QUETTA: Abdul Qadir Rs 0.511m, Mohammad Alm Rs 0.4m, Haji Moula Dad Kalat Rs 0.5m, Mohammad Hassan Rs 0.5m, Mohammad Ramzan Rs 0.5m, Gul Mohammad Rs 0.5m,

    KARACHI: Babar Rafiq Rs0/6, Mosar Ahmed Rs 0.5m, Qaisaurz Zaman Rs 0.6m, Sajid Husain Rs 0.570m, Nasir Rafique Rs 0.531m, Badar Ahmed Rs0.596m, Mazhar Fared Rs 0.683m, Khalid Mahmood Rs 0.653m, Saeed Ahmed 0.61m, Jawad Textile Industries 1m, Masnoor Yousuf Rs0.536m, Mohammad Ismail Rs0.595m, Amir Hashmi Rs0.5m, Sajid Ali Rs0.7m, Mushtaq Hussain Rs 0.579m, Tahir Ehtasham RS 0.6M, Mohammad Noman Bhatti Rs 0.54m, Saleemuddin Rs 0.522m, Anisuddin Rs 0.522m, Monbina Begum Rs0.639m, Miss Tabasum Shehnaz Rs 0.6m, Mohammad Yousuf Rs 0.665m, Mant Lal Mault Rs 0.674m, Athar Maqbool Rs 0.7m, Shahid Khan Rs 0.5m, Azaam Afridi Rs 0.633m, Syed Qasim Hussain Rs 0.539m, Abdul Qayyum Rs 0.681m, Mohammad Burhan Khan Rs0.825m, Syed Khurram Raza Naqvi Rs 0.543m, Hassan Shakeel Rs 0.825m, Ali Hassan Rs 0.534m, Mohammad Irfan Khan Rs 0.550m, Shafiq Ahmed RS 0.820M, Ali Hassan Hassan Rs 0.534m, Mohammad Irfan Khan Rs 0.550M, Khawaja Moin Hasan Rs 0.666m, Raza Hasan Rs0.528m, Syed Afaq Moid Rs 0.679m, Syed Mohammad Nasim Ali Rs0.680m, Syed Aslam Ali Rs0.67m, Asif Rehman Rs 0.665m, Asim Ilyas Rs 0.5m, Adnan Hassan Rs 0.820m, Syed Rasheed Ahmed Rs0.5m, Mobina Afzal Rs 0.7m, Kamran Rauf Rs 0.74m, Najma Akthar Rs0.825m, S Sharifuddin Rs 0.825m, Imtiaz Hussain Zaidi Rs 0.6m, Khalid Baig Rs 0.589m, Mohammad Awan RS 0.6M, Tariq Baloch Rs0.668m, Mohammad Mobin Sheikh Rs 0.614m, Ms Golden Paint industries Rs0.7m, Mohammad Arshad Shakeel Rs 1.441m, Altaf Hussain Shah Rs 0.5m, Mehmoodul Hassan Rs 0.548m, Mashuddin Rs0.9m, Atizaudin Rs 1.5m, Wajihuddin Rs1.5m, Ihtashamuddin Rs 0.557m, FS Aizauddin Rs 0.5m, FS Azauddin Rs 0.58m, Mrs Rubina Rs 0.655m, Abdul Azim RS 0.556M, Abdul Razakk Rs 0.5m, Akthar Hussain Rs 0.519m, Asif Soomro Rs 0.554m, Fayyaz Ahmed Rs 0.544m, M Saleem Rs 0.539m, Sadiq Bano Rs 0.54m, Moizudin Rs 0.562m, Abdul Haq Rs0.5m, Mrs Kasuar Perveen Rs0.514m, Mohammad Rafiq Rs 0.551m, Mohammad Saleem Rs 0.591, Rana Mohmmad Rs0.545m, Rukhsana Begum Rs0.504m, S. Rehan Shahid Rs0.560m. Hssan Khan Rs 0.503m, Kashan Ali Rs 0.624m, Saleem Medical Store Rs 1.5million, Ms Huma Electric Inds Nameem Ullsah Rs 1.4m, Ms Tariq Electric Inds Rs 3.2m, Ms New National Steel Inds Rs 2.5million, Ms Kashmir Industrial Corp Rs 1.1m,

    Irfan Basharat Rs 2.1m, Jhangir Hadier Rs 6.5m, Mohammad Sadiq Rs 2.66m, Punjab Ceremaic owners Zahid Shkeel Rs 7.6million, Ms Gulberg Caters owned by Mohammad Aslam Rs0.9m.

  • He asked why the MQM did not raise it’s voice against corruption during Pervaiz Musharraf’s tenure. Chaudhry Nisar SAMAA

    Musharraf’s Loot and Plunder right under the Nose of Mr. Altaf Hussain is as under

    Five generals also got their loans written off Sunday, December 06, 2009 By Rauf Klasra

    ISLAMABAD: If you thought that only civilian and politicians got billions of rupees worth of loans written off from state-owned banks, you thought wrong. Records now show that many top military officers got their loans written off. This lucky lot included five lieutenant generals, two major generals and a battalion of other senior uniformed beneficiaries, with some Army (mis)managed institutions to boot. The Army controlled institutions also got their share from the national plunder with the Army Welfare Trust (AWT) got a massive loan written off worth Rs 14.49 million from a state-owned financial entity, which is now defunct (hardly a surprising fate).

    Some of the cases were, however, genuine as their loans were written off in accordance with rules.

    According to the official list of loan write-off beneficiaries tabled in the National Assembly, Lt General (retd) Ali Kuli Khan and his father Lt General Habibullah Khan had their loans written off. General Kuli had shot to prominence when he was ignored by the then prime minister Nawaz Sharif in favour of Gen Musharraf in a bid to succeed General Jehangir Karamat as the next COAS. The list shows that General Kuli Khan got two loans written off from the Allied Bank of Pakistan while he was still serving in the Army in the mid 90s. The first loan was of Rs1.8 million and second was Rs1.6 million outstanding against Janana De Malucho Textile Mills Limited, Kohat owned by his father General (retd) Habibullah Khan. General Kuli was then one of the directors of the textile mills. After the death of General Habib, he became the chief executive of this textile unit. General Habib, too, was a beneficiary of this loan write off. It’s a little known fact that Chief of the Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani had once served as the staff officer to General Ali Kuli Khan during his stint as Chairman Joint Chiefs of staff in 1998 when Jahangir Karamat was the Chief of Army Staff (COAS). General Kuli shot to prominence within the ruling political circles when he was heard opposing the forced resignation of General Kamarat and had indicated to make Nawaz Sharif ‘fall in line’ if he became the next COAS. Later, Gen Kuli Khan had denied this charge in an interview with this correspondent. But, Ch Nisar Ali Khan had also confirmed to this correspondent in an interview that Ali Kuli was not elevated to the post of the Army chief precisely for this reason after some of his quotes were conveyed to Nawaz Sharif. Talking to The News from Peshawar, General (retd) Ali Kuli Khan said that he “did not remember” getting any loan written off by him during his military service. General Kuli said, “There might be some rescheduling of the loans by the banks outstanding against the mills.” He said only the politicians get loans written off by using their clout. Of course, general can dare anyone argue with that logic.

    Lt General (retd) K M Azhar, who later became active in politics, of Rex Breen Batteries got Rs16 million written off by the Agriculture Development Bank. His business partners were Misbah Azhar, Sward Azhar, Ahmed Jamal Siddiqui, Syed Ijaz Ahmed Hashmi, Mauro Dr Bashir Ahmed. Lt General (retd) SA Burkey and Lt General (retd) Safdar Butt also figure amongst the happy generals benefiting from the state institutions generosity. Another prominent name on the list is that of Air Marshal (retd) A Rahim Khan. Air Marshal (retd) Viqar Azeem also got Rs15 million written off from Pakistani Kuwait Investment Co. Lt General (retd) SA Burkey, Major General Zahid Ali Akbar, Brig MM Mahmood, Begum Omar Mahmood, Saeed Ahmed also got loans written off. Gohar Ayub Khan, brother of General Kuli Khan—Raza Kuli Khan also got a loan of Rs7.2 million written off against Rehana Woolen Mills. Tariq Ayub Khan, Zahid Ahsan, Ahsan Khan were the directors of the mills whose loan was written off by the financial institution SAPICO.

    Major General (retd) M Mumtaz from Abbottabad, Lt Colonel (retd) Shaukat and Major (retd) Tajuddin Rs1.2 million, Major General (retd) Ghaziuddn are also in the list. Major General (retd) G Umar also got Rs8.5 million written off from the Agriculture Development Bank. Lt General (retd) Safdar Butt, Major General (retd) Abdullah Malik, Brig (retd) M M Mahmood, Col (retd) M Zafar Khan, Mohammad Afzal Khan, Mrs Hamida Farhat also got benefits from the UBL. General (retd) Abdullah had resigned after the military coup of General Zia and had opposed the military take over of July 1977. Talking to The News, Brig (retd) Mahmood denied that his industrial unit EFF, EFF Industries had got the loan written off. He clarified that he had entered into an agreement with the bank but this package was never implemented until recently. The list also names Brig (retd) M A Baig and Qamar Ahmad, BA Siddiqi, Zubair Rashid, Mohammad Sadiq Baig, Riazur Rehman, Mrs Mamomnna Khatoon, Mrs Mehr Riaz, Mr Taufiq Ahmed Rs 1.09 million (UBL). Lt-Col (retd) Ch M Anis Ahmed, Col Atta ullah, Shahid Atta, Mst Qamar un Nisa Rs 2.6 million, Irfan Rice Mills of Col (retd) Nazar Hussain Rs 1.6 million, Mehr Textile Mills, Chakwal, Col Mohammad Ayub Khan, Ch Nisar Ali Khan, Ch Asad Ali Khan, Mrs Sultana Zakia, Mohammad Nawaz, Ch Ghulam Ali Khan. Major General (retd) Khadim H Raja, Air Marshal (retd) A Rahim Khan, Mrs Sattar Azim Khan also got loan written off. Mohammad Textile Mills Limited of Air Commodore (retd) Amanullah got a loan of Rs95 million written off from the UBL. His other business partners were Khurshid Alam, Mohamamd Rafiq, Mrs Bilquis Begum, Tanveer Ahmed, Naseer Ahmed, Begum Sultana Fammay Khan, Sobia Fammy Khan. Air Vice Marshal (retd) Ata Elahi Sheikh of the National Fructose Limited also got Rs43 million written off. His business partners were Shakirullah Durrani, Mohammad Aslam, Qamaruzaman, Syed Safiullah, Dr Mohammad Yousuf, Khan Akbar Majeed and TR Sariq. Sairani Cotton Ginning Factory owners Capt (retd) Shahraz Latif and his business partners Shahnaz Latif, Ch Mohammad Ashraf also got loan written off. Air Marshal (retd) A Rashid Sheikh, Air Vice Marshal (retd) S Moinur Rab, Group Captain (retd) Mohammad Ismal Khan, Salman Rashid of Sky Rooms Limited got Rs 8.4 million loan written off. Brig (retd) SM Bakar Naqvi, Mian Ahmed Rabbani, Pervez Iftikar Khan, Abdul Aziz, NM Khanzada and Major (retd) Afzalul Haq also among the beneficiaries.

    Col (retd) M Yaqoob of Aswan Tentage and Canvas got a huge loan of Rs276 million written off from Bankers Equity. His other business partners were Col (retd) M Yaqoob, Mohamamd Afzal Chugtai, Mohammad Siddiqi, Haji Ghulam Sabir and Idris Ahmed Butt. Farook Pulp of Mjaor Nasim A Farooqi, Naeem A Farooqi, Pervez Farooqi, Munir Ahmed Khan and Saleem Farooqi got 2.1 million loan written off. Captain (retd) Shaukat of Locus Enterprises got Rs8.8 million written off. His business partners were Wiqar Abbas, Khalid Khan, Col (retd) M Sadiq Khan, Nabil Hasan, Masoud Abbasi and Abdul Razak. Raja Iftikar Kiani of Ms Alliance Textile Mills, Jhelum got a wavier of Rs16 million from the MCB.

    A Lt-Col, who owned the Meditex Intl got Rs6.322 million written off from the HBL. His business partner was Col (retd) Bashir Ahmed. Commander Abdul Latif also got Rs 10 million written off. Shangrila Macropole Inn, Lahore got Rs4.3 million loan written off. Brig (retd) Mohammad Aslam Khan and Co got Rs4.3 million written off. Feroz Sons Textile Mills Mirpur owners Col (retd) Munir Hussain, Nasim Farms’s and Major General (retd) Qazi Nasim Majeed are also among the beneficiaries. Col (retd) Saleem of Special Iron and Steel Mills Limited, Lt General (retd) Habibullah Khan, Brig (retd) M Jan Hahang M Khandawala, Raza Kuli Khan, Col (retd) M Sharif Khan, Begum Tehmina Habibullah, M I Khurram, M Nazir Khan and IA Khurram are also among the beneficiaries. Major (retd) Mohamamd Anwar, S Aijaz Ali Shah, S Amjad Ali Shah, S Ghulam Qadir, S Aftab Ali Shah, S Ali Gohar Shah, S Amin Shah also on the list. Lt-Col (retd) M Jaffar, JH Dinshaw Rs 7.2 million, Chemphar Pakistan Limited of Brig (retd) Shareef Rahat, Captain (retd) AM Murad and Major (retd) Tariq Baig are also among the beneficiaries.

  • He asked why the MQM did not raise it’s voice against corruption during Pervaiz Musharraf’s tenure. Chaudhry Nisar SAMAA

    Musharraf’s Loot and Plunder right under the Nose of Mr. Altaf Hussain is as under. Mr. Altaf Hussain in yestreday’s statement had called ISI High ups to intervene and now read what ISI did under the very nose of MQM:)

    REFERENCE: The man, who rigged 2002 polls, spills the beans By Umar Cheema Sunday, February 24, 2008

    ISLAMABAD: The main wheeler and dealer of the ISI during the 2002 elections, the then Maj-Gen Ehtesham Zamir, now retired, has come out of the closet and admitted his guilt of manipulating the 2002 elections, and has directly blamed Gen Musharraf for ordering so. Talking to The News, the head of the ISI’s political cell in 2002, admitted manipulating the last elections at the behest of President Musharraf and termed the defeat of the King’s party, the PML-Q, this time “a reaction of the unnatural dispensation (installed in 2002).” Zamir said the ISI together with the NAB was instrumental in pressing the lawmakers to join the pro-Musharraf camp to form the government to support his stay in power. Looking down back into the memory lane and recalling his blunders which, he admitted, had pushed the country back instead of taking it forward, Zamir feels ashamed of his role and conduct. Massively embarrassed because he was the one who negotiated, coerced and did all the dirty work, the retired Maj-Gen said he was not in a position to become a preacher now when his own past was tainted.

    He said the country would not have faced such regression had the political management was not carried out by the ISI in 2002. But he also put some responsibility of the political disaster on the PML-Q as well. The former No: 2 of the ISI called for the closure of political cell in the agency, confessing that it was part of the problem due to its involvement in forging unnatural alliances, contrary to public wishes. Zamir’s blaming Musharraf for creating this unnatural alliance rings true as another former top associate of Musharraf, Lt-Gen (retd) Jamshed Gulzar Kiyani has already disclosed that majority of the corps commanders, in several meetings, had opposed Musharraf’s decision of patronising the leadership of the King’s party. “We had urged Musharraf many times during the corps commanders meeting that the PML-Q leadership was the most condemned and castigated personalities. They are the worst politicians who remained involved in co-operative scandals and writing off loans. But Musharraf never heard our advice,” Kiyani said while recalling discussions in their high profile meetings.

    He said one of their colleagues, who was an accountability chief at that time, had sought permission many times for proceeding against the King’s party top leaders but was always denied. Kiyani asked Musharraf to quit, the sooner the better, as otherwise the country would be in a serious trouble. Ma-Gen (retd) Ehtesham Zamir termed the 2008 elections ‘fairer than 2002’. He said the reason behind their fairness is that there was relatively less interference of intelligence agencies this time as compared to the last time. But he stopped short of saying that there was zero interference in the 2008 polls. “You are quite right,” he said when asked to confirm about heavy penetration of ISI into political affairs during the 2002 elections. But he said he did not do it on his own but on the directives issued by the government. Asked who directed him from the government side and if there was somebody else, not President Musharraf, he said: “Obviously on the directives of President Musharraf.” Asked if he then never felt that he was committing a crime by manipulating political business at the cost of public wishes, he said: “Who should I have told except myself. Could I have asked Musharraf about this? I was a serving officer and I did what I was told to do. I never felt this need during the service to question anyone senior to me,” he said and added that he could not defend his acts now.

    “It was for this reason that I have never tried to preach others what I did not practice. But I am of the view that the ISI’s political cell should be closed for good by revoking executive orders issued in 1975,” he said. Responding to a question regarding corruption cases that were used as pressure tactics on lawmakers, he said: “Yes! This tool was used, not only by the ISI. The NAB was also involved in this exercise.” Former corps commander of Rawalpindi, Lt-Gen (retd) Jamshed Gulzar Kiyani said majority of corps commanders had continued opposing Musharraf’s alliance with top leadership of the PML-Q. “Not just in one meeting, we opposed his alignment with these corrupt politicians in many meetings but who cared. Now Musharraf has been disgraced everywhere, thanks to his political cronies.”

  • Effort to block mly action in Karachi By: Maqbool Malik | Published: August 27, 2010

    ISLAMABAD – Although the military establishment continues it’s mum over MQM Chief Altaf Hussain’s statement seeking imposition of martial law in the country, many believed it was pre-emptive move by the political party having its headquarter in Karachi to counter the looming threat of military action in the port city.

    ‘No comment’ was the cautious reaction of the Director General ISPR Maj Gen Ather Abbas when this scribe approached him. However, well-placed sources informed TheNation on Thursday that it was MQM’s political move to put pressure on the PPP-led government ostensibly in a bid to warn the major coalition partner of the consequences if the ANP leadership continued demanding deployment of the army in Karachi.

    Sources were of the view that MQM’s move was more of political nature out of its rivalry with the ANP which for the first time in Karachi’s political history has been successful in securing two provincial assembly seats and was getting popular.

    Interestingly, both the MQM and ANP are PPP’s junior coalition partners in Sindh Assembly as well as at the Centre. Except his party, nobody has glorified Altaf Hussain’s statement rather it had sent ripples within all the major political parties including the PPP itself.
    Initially, many had thought that by the virtue of unique history of the country, the move had been prompted by the military establishment, but well-placed military sources strongly refuted these notions.

    Sources said that the statement of Altaf Hussain has been taken within the defence establishment as ‘contemptuous’ especially at a time when the entire nation was facing an unprecedented calamity caused the floods, sources said.
    “No sane person including the military leadership can think of such an eventuality in view of the enormous challenges confronting the country,” they said.

    Sources were of the view that despite all the hue and cry the MQM would never quit the PPP-led coalition in Sindh, instead it might quit the federal cabinet to further its pressure on the PPP.

  • VIEW: Altaf Hussain’s martial law balloon —Imtiaz Alam
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    Building upon his ethnic appeal among the Urdu-speakers of Sindh, Altaf Hussain created a subservient power structure, backed by his armed loyalists, who are under orders to kill those who dare to defy the leader

    The martial law balloon floated by Mr Altaf Hussain, the MQM chief, has burst before it could even take off, thanks to an overwhelming reaction against it across all political divides, except for a media group and a bunch of beneficiaries-in-waiting. Among all democrats, Mian Nawaz Sharif and his PML-N deserve laurels for standing firm in defence of democracy and against any kind of military intervention. Quite curiously, the call for a military intervention was not addressed to the army chief, who is a professional Potohari soldier and not worthy of being “patriotic” in Mr Hussain’s eyes. The statement is tantamount to treason for fomenting a split in the army leadership and subverting the constitution. What is behind Altaf Hussain’s martial law balloon?

    Mr Altaf Hussain’s provocative call to “patriotic generals” to clean up corruption and in fact pack up the democratically elected incumbents his party is in conflictual partnership with, and Mr Nawaz Sharif’s tougher rejoinder to his mimicry in defence of democracy, however flawed it may be, brings into sharp contrast the opposite pulls of our power structure and polity. This country has seen such insidious calls for martial law, and always on the pretext of getting rid of “corrupt and inefficient” politicians, with and without the blessings of the khakis in the past — some actually materialising in one after another takeover by the military rulers that always ended in greater disasters than whatever good they had promised as our ‘messiah’.

    The urge for a messiah is as old as the helplessness rooted in the hopeless serf-feudal relationship that Mr Hussain is so fond of ‘fighting’ against while, ironically, reproducing it politically the way he lords over his political bandwagon as a feudal estate. Interestingly, Mr Hussian is himself a prototype messiah, whose political birth was midwifed by Amir-ul-Momineen General Ziaul Haq to create a countervailing urban force from among the Urdu-speaking settlers against the ‘feudal’ Bhutto’s PPP, which has to its credit that it fought against all military rulers for the restoration of democracy. Despite being a secular party and standing against religious terrorism, the MQM’s rabblerousing to “hang all the corrupt by any means” plays into the hands of the Islamic extremists who vow a bloody cleansing in a Taliban/Khomeini-style move. Even quite knowledgeable people are carried away by the fascist notion of taking a reprehensible course of mass-killing, much like the lumpen proletariat had performed on the streets of Paris during the French Revolution or the Taliban have done in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    The MQM was created on the aggressive chauvinist appeal to Urdu-speakers to maintain the privileges of the salariat and frustrate the aspirations of the growing middle strata from among the deprived nationalities—Sindhis, Pashtuns and Baloch — while overcoming its rootlessness. Quite opportunistically, it became an appendage to successive military regimes to consolidate its ethnic power base in urban Sindh against the ‘feudal’ (read rural) Sindhis. It manipulated one party/ethnic group against the other to grab a greater share at the cost of the Sindhis and joined those feudal cliques who have had always sold the interests of the Sindhis. Building upon his ethnic appeal among the Urdu-speakers of Sindh, Altaf Hussain created a subservient power structure, backed by his armed loyalists, who are under orders to kill those who dare to defy the leader (Quaid ka jo ghadar hai, maut ka haqdar hai).

    The MQM has remained in power by hook or crook for most of the time of its existence, especially during the martial laws of General Zia and General Musharraf (both quite ‘patriotic’?). The gravest worry for the MQM is that its so-called numerical ethnic majority in Karachi is under serious threat with radical demographic changes in the ethnic composition of urban Sindh. Most of the rural-to-urban migration is taking place towards Karachi. The outflow of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Pakhtunkhwa is mainly directed towards Karachi, resulting in ethnic tension between the Urdu-speakers and the Pakhtuns. Previous and recent target killings are in fact a battle for turf between the Mohajir and Pashtun mafias in Karachi, on the one hand, and to frustrate Pakhtun migration towards Karachi, on the other.

    The havoc that the floods continue to cause, especially in Sindh now, has forced hundreds of thousands of Sindhi people from upper Sindh, including the poor and bonded labourers the MQM wants to emancipate from the yoke of the feudal landlords, to migrate towards Karachi for shelter. After Mohajirs have turned into a minority in Karachi, the MQM has become intolerant of any migration from anywhere, except fellow Biharis from Bangladesh. It has taken a “principled” stand against the migration of native Sindhis towards Karachi after having been uprooted from their native places, and has demanded the registration of the “homeless in their home”. Karachi has been part of Sindh since 1795, and our Mohajir friends are asking the natives for their permit. This has brought the Sindhi, Pakhtun and Mohajir coalition partners into an ominous conflict.

    The call to the “patriotic generals” is to pressurise the PPP to stop the influx of Sindhis into Karachi, which will further reduce the numerical strength of Urdu-speakers. (It needs to be clarified that not all Mohajirs are in the MQM, not all Sindhis are in the PPP and not all Pakthuns are in the ANP). The fissures among the three coalition partners may lead to either the PPP bowing before the MQM’s demand to keep a new wave of Sindhis out of Karachi and lose its Sindhi constituency or the MQM going to any length to keep Karachi as its exclusive forte. But as the rural-to-urban migration grows and over a million Sindhis uprooted by the floods may prefer to settle in Karachi as their birthright, the Urdu-speakers may have to either contend with being a minority or make hell for whoever overtakes them. And obviously, the MQM will go to any extent to keep Karachi as its fief.

    The bottom-line is that the MQM wants to retain its most privileged position that it had consolidated with the patronage of General Musharraf for nine long years. During the reign of Chief Minister Arbab Ghulam Rahim, the MQM was the most dominant player in Sindh at the cost of the Sindhis and the PPP. It suited the MQM to have pseudo-Sindhi partners than a majority-PPP. Over half a dozen times, the MQM has threatened to quit the PPP-led coalition on one demand or the other and the PPP had to beat a retreat to keep its reconciliation policy going. When Hyderabad was reverted to its erstwhile status by the PPP, the MQM forced it to revive three districts that were created by General Musharraf to give a majority to the MQM in Hyderabad. Similarly, it kept the posts of governor, chief secretary and DCOs in Karachi in its kitty and did not let the PPP-led government have any say in the affairs of Karachi Metropolitan Corporation.

    But, perhaps, the room to make adjustments is getting too cramped. The PPP cannot abandon the poor Sindhis from seeking refuge in Karachi, nor should have the MQM — as a matter of principle — opposed it. But politics is all about constituencies and the MQM is no exception. On this issue, the MQM’s salvo has backfired and did not get any takers among both the internal and external establishments the MQM is quite embedded with. It would not like to bet its assets at the wrong time and on a wrong issue. The PPP, in the meanwhile, should cover its flanks and extend an olive branch towards Mr Sharif, who is talking sense and behaving well.

    Imtiaz Alam is Editor of South Asian Journal. He can be reached at

  • A snapshot of Pakistani politicians Sunday, August 29, 2010 S Iftikhar Murshed

    The MQM supremo, Altaf Hussain, whose histrionic outbursts from far away London mesmerise his supporters as much as they provide comic relief to others may have crossed the red line on Aug 22 by appealing to “patriotic generals” to take action against corrupt politicians. He also assured them that the MQM would “openly support” such a move. The army had toppled “political and democratic governments” in the past and “they should bring a similar martial law to weed out these corrupt political leaders.”

    The MQM’s own track record is tainted and it would have been more appropriate for Altaf Hussain to heed the timeless biblical command, “physician, heal thyself.” His appeal is confined only to unnamed “patriotic generals” and the inescapable insinuation is that loyalty to the country of the others is in doubt.

    The MQM chief has stirred a hornet’s nest and there have been accusations that he has violated article 6 of the constitution which states: “(1) Any person who abrogates or attempts to abrogate, subverts or attempts or conspires to subvert the Constitution by use of force or show of force or by any other unconstitutional means shall be guilty of high treason. (2) Any person aiding or abetting the acts mentioned in clause (1) shall likewise be guilty of high treason.”

    Was Altaf Hussain merely “inebriated by the exuberance of his own verbosity” as the nineteenth century British statesman, Benjamin Disraeli, once described his archrival, William Gladstone, or was he aware of the implications? Despite his broadside, the MQM continues to be a member of the ruling coalition at the centre as well as in Sindh. The PPP has just 126 members in the National Assembly and was only able to cobble together a government by roping in the MQM, the ANP, the JUI (F) and independents. The coalition would collapse like a house of cards without the support of the 25 MQM parliamentarians.

    Altaf Hussain’s call for army intervention and the imposition of martial law is, therefore, inexplicable. Furthermore, such a move will not be validated by the Supreme Court which stated in its Jan 26, 2010 judgment on review petitions against its verdict of July 31, 2009 declaring the Nov 3, 2007 emergency illegal: “The July 31 verdict provides much needed redress as it will render considerable help in blocking the way of adventurers and dictators to creep in easily by taking supra-constitutional steps endorsed, supported, and upheld under the garb of the principle of necessity in the past which will never happen again.”

    Unfortunately, there is a burgeoning disenchantment with politicians and the democratic process in the country. A survey conducted in the major cities of Pakistan by a private television channel on Aug 23 showed that most people would accept an army takeover because the civilian government had failed miserably. In the ongoing flood disaster it was the military that had come to their help through organised relief and rescue operations. In contrast, they cited the callous indifference of the political leadership. They cannot be faulted for believing what they have seen in the print and electronic media in the last three weeks.

  • Millions of Pound Sterling were demanded through Ms. Nasreen Jaleel and Farooq Sattar to vote for Wasim Sajjad and against Farooq Laghari – Siddiqul Farooq – PML-N Sopkesman: Updated at: 1710 Sunday, August 29, 2010, Ramzan 18, 1431 A.H

    MQM’s politics marked with gun, fear and terror: PML-N
    Saturday, August 28, 2010 Ramzan 17, 1431 A.H

    ISLAMABAD: Taking the controversy stirred by Altaf Hussain’s remarks to another level, Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Ch. Nisar Ali Khan said MQM’s entire political history is predominantly marked with gun, fear and terror and warned it to mend its ways other wise their activities would be exposed in the National Assembly.

    The PML-N leader was addressing a press conference here at Punjab House. Nisar was very critical of MQM’s participation in General Musarraf regime and PPP’s NRO-affected government saying now the party talking about corruption in a democratic setup. He asked MQM to disclose how come a man of Altaf Hussain’s background can own an office/residence worth tens of billions of pounds in UK. Ch Nisar offered to withdraw privilege motion if MQM retracted Altaf’s statement.

  • Mr Altaf Hussain said that “Honest Generals” should make alliance with the “People of Pakistan” for Revolution in Pakistan.

    Glimpse of “Honest Generals” and their Policies are as under: [Start from a Former Ally of MQM]

    Court orders confiscation of Musharraf’s assets By Rashid Javed Friday, 14 May, 2010 ABBOTTABAD: District and Sessions Judge Abbottabad Abdul Mateen on Friday declared former president Pervez Musharraf as absconder and directed the local police to confiscate his property and submit a compliance report by May 17. Earlier on Thursday, the Peshawar High Court’s Abbottabad circuit bench, comprising of Justice Abdus Samad Khan and Justice Miftahuddin, upheld the October 30, 2009 decision of the lower court in which Pervez Musharraf was nominated as main accused in the case of a missing person from Abbottabad. The court also rejected the writ filed by the provincial government which contested that the police was unable to act against Musharraf under Sections 87 and 88. SHC issues orders to declare Musharraf a PO Tuesday, 10 Aug, 2010–bi-07

    SHC declares Musharraf an ‘absconder’ KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) has declared former president Pervez Musharraf an absconder for not appearing in court on several notices. The verdict was given on a petition filed by Maulvi Iqbal Haider. Haider maintained that Musharraf had misused his authority and imposed the Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO) in the country. He requested the court to register a case of treason against Musharraf for violating the constitution. The SHC issued various notices to the former president, but when he failed to appear, declared him an absconder.

    1 – Pakistan: Madrasas, Extremism and the Military Asia Report N°3629 Jul 2002

    1 – Elections, Democracy and Stability in Pakistan, Asia Report N°137, 31 Jul 2007 President Musharraf faces the most serious challenge to almost eight years of military rule.

    2 – Pakistan: The Mullahs and the Military Asia Report N°4920 Mar 2003

    Do explain the “Guarantee of Pakistan Army” in the light of this: Do read these reports and you would be amazed to know the “reality of official capacity mean guarantee of your armed forces”

    1 – Pakistan: The Forgotten Conflict in Balochistan, Asia Briefing N°69, 22 Oct 2007

    2 – Winding Back Martial Law in Pakistan Asia Briefing N°70 12 Nov 2007

    3 – Pakistan: Karachi’s Madrasas and Violent Extremism Asia Report N°13029 Mar 2007

    4 – Pakistan: The Worsening Conflict in Balochistan, Asia Report N°119, 14 Sep 2006 – President Pervez Musharraf and the military are responsible for the worsening of the conflict in Balochistan.

    5 – The State of Sectarianism in Pakistan Asia Report Nº9518 Apr 2005

    Please explain in view of this: Soiled Hands: The Pakistan Army’s Repression of the Punjab Farmers’ Movement JULY 20, 2004 Download this report (PDF, 545.65 KB)

    Here is a glimpse of what you have demanded: General Musharraf’s Bureaucracy under PCOed Judiciary.

  • ANALYSIS: Dubious call to the military —Dr Hasan-Askari Rizvi Sunday, August 29, 2010\29\story_29-8-2010_pg3_2

    It is easy for Altaf Hussain to raise the spectre of feudal domination because, in Sindh, the divide between feudal and non-feudal more or less synchronises with the Sindhi and Urdu-speaking divide

    The worst floods in the country’s history have hit the people of Pakistan hard but the political leaders are engaged in a self-destructive war of words. The latest round of confrontation was initiated by the chief of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Altaf Hussain, on August 22 by making a highly controversial statement that negated the letter and spirit of the constitution and reflected his disrespect for the democratic institutions and processes.

    All political parties and civil society groups condemned this statement. The print and electronic media took exception to this statement in varying degrees. Senior MQM leaders not only defended Altaf Hussain’s statement but also resorted to name-calling other political parties and leaders that questioned his statement. The disposition of the senior MQM leaders might have satisfied the MQM’s key organisational principle, i.e. total loyalty to the party chief, but it adversely affected the MQM’s reputation outside its strongholds in urban Sindh and generated unnecessary bitterness in politics at a time when harmony and cooperation were needed for addressing the humanitarian disaster caused by the floods.

    Altaf Hussain’s contentious statement reads: “The MQM will openly support the patriotic generals if they take any martial law-type action against corrupt politicians and feudal lords.” He also said, “If these generals can topple political and democratic governments they can also take steps to weed out corrupt politicians and feudal lords.” Defending these statements, Farooq Sattar, a senior MQM leader, said that “the country [was] in the ICU (intensive care unit) and needs surgery.”

    Altaf Hussain’s statement is objectionable for three major reasons. First, there is no provision in the constitution that allows the military to take ‘martial law-type’ action to purge what he calls corrupt politicians and feudal lords.

    Second, the MQM is part of the coalition government at the federal level and in the province of Sindh. It should have used its influence with the ruling partners to deal with these issues. The MQM could have moved a resolution in both houses of parliament and in the Sindh Assembly in support of its demand. Alternatively, the MQM could have moved a bill in the National Assembly for making laws to strip the feudal class of their land. Instead, it has bypassed parliament and its coalition partners and made a direct appeal to the military for an intervention in the political domain. This weakens constitutionalism and democracy.

    Third, why should Altaf Hussain think that he could use the military to fulfil his party agenda? The military in Pakistan does not play any political party’s game. It has its own view of politics and on politics. Whenever it assumed power it pursued its own agenda. It often tried to win over some political support to cope with the legitimacy crisis of the military regime or for civilianisation of military rule. General Pervez Musharraf used both methods and the MQM joined him in the 2002 civilianisation of his military rule.

    An objective analysis of the present National Assembly will show that the big landed aristocracy does not dominate it. Neither do they dominate all political parties. The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q), Awami National Party (ANP) and the MQM are not controlled by feudal elements. Non-feudal elements have a significant strength in the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP).

    It is easy for Altaf Hussain to raise the spectre of feudal domination because, in Sindh, the divide between feudal and non-feudal more or less synchronises with the Sindhi and Urdu-speaking divide. As almost all the feudal aristocracy is Sindhi-speaking, Altaf Hussain finds it convenient to raise this issue and build pressure on his political adversaries. There is no such linguistic divide in Punjab or Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

    Altaf Hussain has also cautioned his political adversaries, including the PPP, who are perceived by the MQM as challenging its monopoly on Karachi politics. The ANP is more active in Karachi now than was the case three years ago. The Sunni Tehrik is also making inroads into Karachi. Further, militant/sectarian groups are beyond the control of the MQM. The same can be said about various gangs that engage in land grabbing and other criminal activities. Consequently, the MQM finds it hard to sustain its capacity to control reward and punishment in Karachi. The MQM’s anger is building not only against the ANP but also against the PPP. The latter is viewed as being unhelpful. The perception is that the PPP may either be encouraging some of these elements or it may be trying to strengthen itself.

    In this fight for domination in Karachi, Altaf Hussain’s statement is a subtle message to the political rivals, including the PPP, that the MQM could invoke the military as its trump card.

    Another possible explanation is that Altaf Hussain must have come to believe the latest speculative reports that the PPP federal government is going to be set aside soon in view of the mismanagement of the floods, either by the Supreme Court or under military pressure or both. If President Asif Ali Zardari and the PPP government are on the way out (far from settled), then the MQM may be thinking of pre-positioning itself for the post-PPP era.

    The MQM leaders are wrong to assume that if the military can fight terrorism and manage rescue and relief work for the flood-affected people, it can also weed out feudal and corrupt politicians. These are two different domains requiring different strategies. For fighting terrorism or relief work the military relies on its organisational skills, discipline and technical know-how. However, the military cannot fulfil the MQM wish list without violating the constitution and parliament.

    The experience of four military governments in Pakistan shows that the military cannot implement far reaching socio-economic changes and address the problem of fragility of political institutions. Military rule causes the atrophy of civilian institutions and processes and the military ends up spending more energy in sustaining its rule rather than changing the socio-economic and political status quo.

    The military has restored its image by staying on the sidelines and letting the political process unfold. Its counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency work has won respect within and outside Pakistan. The flood relief work is the latest example of its positive role. These achievements will be neutralised if the military steps directly into politics on the assumption that some political leaders would support its expanded role. The top brass should not entertain political ambitions because it will trap the military in a no-win situation.

    Dr Hasan-Askari Rizvi is a political and defence analyst

  • EDITORIAL: Altaf Hussain’s ‘clarification’ Monday, August 30, 2010\30\story_30-8-2010_pg3_1

    MQM chief Altaf Hussain has felt compelled by the storm of criticism on his statement regarding a military intervention in the country’s affairs to ‘clarify’ what he meant in a television interview. It is debatable however whether the ‘clarification’ has helped or only made confusion worse confounded. In the long, rambling interaction, Altaf Hussain said he never wanted martial law but a “martial law-like intervention” to change the country’s fate. Not content with appealing to “patriotic generals” (are there any of the other kind?), the MQM chief also dragged the Supreme court (SC) into his ‘revolutionary’ ramblings, referring to the power of the SC to order the army under Article 190 of the constitution to clean up the system. Altaf wants an ‘honest’ government of patriotic generals, retired judges, bureaucrats, intellectuals and journalists, i.e. what he calls a modified Bangladesh model. Regarding his fulminations against feudal landowners, some of whom have displayed their penchant for considering themselves above the law by carrying out illegal breaches of bunds to save their lands in the ongoing floods, the suspicion cannot be wished away that it is his anti-Sindhi bias that informs his seemingly ‘revolutionary’ diatribe against feudalism. Currently, what worries the MQM above all else is the influx of Sindhi displaced persons into Karachi and the other cities of Sindh, thereby threatening the ethnically-based hegemony of the MQM in Sindh’s urban areas.

    Pakistan is no stranger to military or authoritarian dispensations. Whether the military has ruled directly (for more than half of our history) or indirectly (through imposed ‘technocratic’ regimes), each time the result has been an unmitigated disaster. Why then would anyone in their right mind now propose something that has brought so much grief to our people? There may, however, be method in this madness. The whiff of conspiracy is once again in the air. Altaf’s proposed ‘coalition’ of the army, judiciary, sections of the media and others fits neatly into the current divide in the country’s polity. Altaf holds that those who rely on a continuation of the political process and repeated elections in order to weed out the bad and usher in the better in the system are bound to be disappointed. His impatience with that protracted process thus expresses itself in one more version of a military-led anti-democratic ‘coup’.

    However, all is not dark on the horizon. It is heartening to note that most of the political forces across the spectrum and enlightened opinion have been harshly critical of the MQM chief’s plan. Whereas there is truth in Altaf’s assertion that most of the political leaders in our history have been the products of martial law (conveniently deleting his own and the MQM’s name from that list), the sea change discernible in our political culture is that whereas the overwhelming majority of those with some such taint in their past have moved on the basis of experience towards a recognition of the necessity of a continuing political process through democratic means, Altaf Hussain has gone into reverse gear in touting a return to autocracy.

    There has been much air time and column space devoted in recent days to the contrast between the efficient response of the military and the laggardly functioning of the civilian governments to the flood emergency. What is forgotten in this misguided glorification of the men in uniform is that they have, as in the past, risen to the challenge in support of the civil administration and, given their capacity, delivered in fine fashion. That is to be expected of a disciplined and organised force doing its duty. The scale of the disaster would have put any government against the wall. On balance, despite flaws and gaps, the flood relief effort seems to have geared up, albeit in a delayed fashion. The real challenges of course lie ahead. The last thing required right now is the cat among the pigeons Altaf has unleashed to cast doubts about the democratic dispensation’s future. *

  • ROVER’S DIARY: Extra-constitutional politics —Babar Ayaz
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    If the MQM wants to fight against the remnants of feudalism, it should first join hands with the Left in rural areas and demand land reforms, minimum wages for the agriculture labour and return of agriculture land allotted to the generals to the landless peasants

    Writing on the politics of floods in my article ‘Politics of floods and meeting the challenge’ last week (Daily Times, August 24, 2010), I had concluded, “Let us hope when the monsoon clouds thin out, the Pakistani phoenix proves me wrong and it rises from the rivers of the country. Amen!” But before I could finish my four letters ‘Amen’, Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM’s) supreme leader dashed my hope and threw in a highly controversial statement taking the politics of the floods several notches up.

    First let us recap the main points raised in his speech before analysing them. He declared: “We will support any such move made by the patriotic generals of the army on the pattern of martial law to abolish the oppressive feudal and tribal political system of the country and rid the country of corrupt politicians.”

    Speaking about foreign policy, Altaf Hussain said that the foreign policy of the country was not independent. We formulate our foreign policy by taking dictation from foreign powers. In contrast to this, our neighbour has a sound and effective foreign policy free from the taint of foreign influences.

    He praised the army as an institution that has always been sacrificing for the country but also criticised it for sacking democratic governments at the whims of a few generals. He asked: “If they can dismiss elected governments to extend their rule and that of corrupt politicians, then why can they not take any action to root out the menace of corruption and abolish the oppressive feudal system from the country?”

    Now let us discuss these three major points of Mr Altaf Hussain’s speech. The strong reaction against the suggestion of any ‘pattern of martial law’ has been outrightly rejected by all political parties and the media. Only the MQM website poll shows overwhelming support of the idea, but then it is not surprising because most of the participants in this poll are likely to be party workers, who visit the site every day. The good thing is that all other political parties in parliament and outside did not support the invitation to the army. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N’s) Saad Rafiq was honest enough to admit in a TV discussion that though like the MQM his party had supported military takeovers in the past, they have learnt from their mistake and would resist any move to impose military rule. Unfortunately, the MQM, which has a strong middle-class base in Urdu-speaking Sindhis, has perhaps not learnt any lesson from the history of this country. In the past, naïve — or should we say conniving — politicians have played into the hands of the army to destabilise an elected government and then to invite the so-called ‘saviours’.

    Political issues should be settled within the framework of a constitution. The MQM has a right to leave the ruling coalition, gather support of the opposition and other smaller parties in parliament and submit a no-confidence motion. But it has no right to call for extra-parliamentary measures by an army that is supposed to be an institution working under the Ministry of Defence. Unless we reduce it to an arm of the government and cut out its rule, the country would not be able to develop as a democracy.

    Undoubtedly the army has played an important role in the flood relief and rescue efforts, but this is in aid of the elected government because they have been commissioned to assist. The funds for these efforts are not coming from the heavens to the army, but are being billed to the government. But the credit for building an image that the army is doing relief and rescue work goes to its excellently managed public relations team lead by Major General Athar Abbas. And also to a great extent to our TV channels journalists who are embedded with the army. On the other hand, the civilian federal and provincial governments have not been able to take the credit where it is due. Instead of projecting the relief work that has already been done, their untrained public relations teams only project the visits of the VVIPs and VIPs to the relief camps.

    So if Altaf Hussain has an impression that this is the time to attack feudal and corrupt politicians and invite the army because the image of the army is once more at its peak, he has misread the situation on the ground. I am saying this because the poor MQM leaders in the country, who have to justify an inappropriate statement of their leader, say that the statement was in reaction to the pain of the flood affected people being felt by their supreme leader.

    The slogan that the feudal and corrupt leaders should be removed may sound attractive to the people who do not think of the long-term consequences of inviting the third force. What Altaf bhai needs to study is Ayesha Siddiqa’s Military Inc. to refresh his memory that post-independence day army generals who have been allotted agriculture land are feudals. They are a shoe-in to the true definition of feudal because the land was allotted to them in return for providing their services to the armed forces. Was that not one of the major factors in the creation of feudalism?

    There is no denying the fact that there is a quasi-feudal system in southern Punjab and Sindh. But it is losing its feudal social grip not because any military ruler has contributed in the weakening of the feudal system. It is the Left in Pakistan that created the anti-feudal movement since the inception of Pakistan, and a feudal leader Zulfikar Ali Bhutto amplified the message interestingly. So if the MQM wants to fight against the remnants of feudalism, it should first join hands with the Left in rural areas and demand land reforms, minimum wages for the agriculture labour and return of agriculture land allotted to the generals to the landless peasants.

    On the issue of corruption, it should be remembered that all the generals who ruled this wretched country came in the name of weeding out corruption, and all left us with a new set of corrupt officials and politicians. Interestingly, the middle-class corrupt bureaucracy who guides the politicians is seldom called to the deck.

    Lastly, the cack-handed statement blaming the political government for foreign policy was a surprise, as it came from a leader who knows well that all important foreign policy and national security decisions are made by the khakis he is inviting to take over. Can the rank and file of the MQM advise their leader to cool it please?! Such statements only damage the image of the party among saner people and make the task of defending him difficult by the party leaders on the ground. It also makes conspiracy theorists wonder whether he is market-testing for an army takeover.

    And lastly to an ‘ahlay zuban’ Altaf bhai, may I remind you of Mir Taqi Mir’s:

    “Mir kya saada hain beemar howay jis kay sabab;

    Usi attar kay londay say dawa mangtey hain.”

    (You are a simpleton Mir, the apothecary who made you ill;

    You seek remedy from his son.)

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    By Azfar-ul-Ashfaque Monday, 27 Sep, 2010

    Mr Hussain said the murder of Dr Imran Farooq was a link in the chain and news analysis and columns published in the international press gave a clear indication about which party and personality were being targeted. He referred to the BBC programme “Hard Talk” in which the host asked coordination committee member Mohammad Anwar why the MQM leader (Mr Hussain) had not been removed.
    “This has implications for the situation… what was the purpose of this question?”

    Saleem Shahzad expelled from MQM Rabita Committee Saturday, February 14, 2009 [The News and Jang]

    KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has expelled Saleem Shahzad from its Rabita Committee on account of his personal and secret activities and contacts. Besides, MQM activists have been asked not to contact another Rabita Committee member, Muhammad Anwar, on any issue.

    According to a press release issued by the MQM on Friday, anyone found contacting Saleem Shahzad would be expelled from the party. Similarly, the MQM activists have been directed instead of contacting Muhammad Anwar they may contact the Rabita Committee in Karachi or the party’s international secretariat. The party took the decision on the basis of Anwar’s suspicious activities and his disinterest in the affairs of the party, the statement said.

    Meanwhile, MQM’s senior member and in-charge of its Labour Division Anees Ahmed Khan, advocate, has voluntarily resigned from the basic membership of the MQM, the statement said.

    Another MQM statement said on the grounds of serious violation of organisational discipline and involvement in activities outside the organisation, the Rabita Committee had suspended the following activists of the All Pakistan Muttahida Students Organisation (APMSO) for an indefinite period: Ejaz Qureshi and Mohsin Shahab (University of Karachi unit); and Mohsin Ahsanul Haq (NED unit). When contacted, MQM spokesman Faisal Sabazwari offered no comments, saying: “Whatever the MQM has to say in this regard, it has stated in the press release.”

    Saleem Shahzad expelled from MQM By Our Staff Reporter
    February 14, 2009

    KARACHI, Feb 13: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement expelled on Friday its senior leader Syed Saleem Shahzad from the party for his alleged ‘mysterious’ activities. The decision was taken at an emergency meeting of the party’s coordination committee. A statement issued from the MQM’s London secretariat said any party member found in contact with Mr Shahzad would lose his membership.

    A former MNA and London-based MQM leader, Anis Ahmed Advocate, resigned from the party and stated that in future he would have nothing to do with the views and actions of the MQM, the statement said. Meanwhile, the MQM directed its workers not to contact Mohammad Anwar, another senior London-based member of the coordination committee.

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