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White Paper on Najam Sethi’s Performance as Caretaker Chief Minister Punjab – by Mahpara Qalander

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Update 6 June 2013: This post has been banned by Pakistan government (Pakistan Telecommunication Authority) on the instructions of ex-CM Najam Sethi and current PM Nawaz Sharif. This does not augur well for the freedom of media and social media in Pakistan. We appeal to the media and rights groups to take notice of this blatant attack on free speech by Najam Sethi, PM Nawaz Sharif and Pakistan government.

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Veteran Pakistan journalist Najam Sethi began his three-month tenure (from 27 March 2013 to 5 June 2013) by taking the following oath: “I will strive to preserve the Islamic ideology which is the basis for the creation of Pakistan”. But towards the end of his tenure through his action he proved that by: Islamic ideology” he meant “Takfiri Deobandi Islamofascist” ideology whose main plank is to kill mainly the Shias, but also Sunni Brelvis, Ahmadis Hindus, and Christians.

From day one, he, the self-style secular liberal set free Lashkar-e-Jhangvi/Sipa-e-Sihaba terrorists which followed a spree of Shia killings in various cities of Pakistan, from Karachi to Peshawar. He will be remembered more as a Saudi operative in Punjab than the chief minister of the province.

This post is a critical review of Najam Sethi’s short tenure as caretaker Chief Minister of the Punjab province.

Starting with his oath of office, Najam Sethi’s oath https://lubpak.net/archives/255845, the hypocrisy only increased.

Clearly the true liberal voices warned of a double agent:

Veteran journalist Nazir Naji offered a detailed account of Najam Sethi’s opportunism and political somersaults. https://lubpak.net/archives/255111. No one can comprehend his role as a Baloch freedom fighter https://lubpak.net/archives/60154.

Senior columnist Nusrat Javeed revealed (Daily Express, 29 March 2013) plausible dimensions of a secret understanding between Islamist politician Nawaz Sharif and (fake) liberal columnist and anchor Najam Sethi. https://lubpak.net/archives/255221.

In another article (Urdu, published in daily Nai Baat), veteran progressive columnist Farrukh Sohail Goindi highlighted the dubious background and track record of Najam Sethi https://lubpak.net/archives/255527.

The BBC’s Asif Jilani exposed Najam Sethi’s links with intelligence agencies and the dark side https://lubpak.net/archives/256617.

Needless to say the Lashkar-e-Sethi or paid propagandists of the fake-liberal right-wing alliance and opportunists seeking positions were the overwhelming majority. https://lubpak.net/archives/255657

Armed with these credentials Najam Sethi was the perfect man to make Pakistan a dominion of Saudi Arabia.

This articles shows Najam Sethi’s persistent desire to be useful to the the Islamist right-wing deeply rooted in the Riyal and the Dollar  https://lubpak.net/archives/255821.

First victims of the pro-Islamofacist Caretaker Chief Minister Punjab were the Christians https://lubpak.net/archives/256795.

Next it was the Ahmadiya Muslims’ turn to bleed under while Deobandi Islamofacists were protected under Najam Sethi’s rule https://lubpak.net/archives/258141.

Even Hindu prisoners got the wrath of Najam Sethi’s allies the ASWJ-LEJ, resulting in the unfortunate murder of Sarabjit Singh in Kot Lakhpat Jail, Lahore. https://lubpak.net/archives/260425

As ever those suffering largest death toll were the Shia. A new wave of Shia Genocide took hold in Punjab helped by the release of one hundred and twelve dangerous sectarian terrorists. https://lubpak.net/archives/266871

Some clever moves to give lasting strength to the pro Saudi Wahhabi-Deobandi agenda in Pakistan:

In convenience with right wing courts Najam Sethi and the ECP allowed at least fifty five known and charged terrorists to contest elections armed with guns. https://lubpak.net/archives/259911

While being critical of the former Punjab government for giving stipends to Malik Ishaq of ASWJ/LEJ, Najam Sethi made no attempts to crack down on the terrorists. Instead he managed to release over a hundred of them with the help of right wing courts. https://lubpak.net/archives/265751

While Najam Sethi continued to provide security to the Sharif family https://lubpak.net/archives/256997, security was withdrawn from the Gilani family https://lubpak.net/archives/263213, resulting in the shooting and kidnapping of Ali Haider Gilani.

In the meanwhile Jhang was completely outsourced to ASWJ Deobandi terrorists who held the entire city hostage for at least one week terrorizing Sunni Barelvis and Shias, refusing to accept the elections results.

Poor governance and administration: Slow and insensitive response to victims of Gujrat school van tragedy, inaction against culprits responsible for fire in Lahore’s LDA plaza, Attacks on Christian community at various locations in Lahore and other parts of the Punjab. Not unlike 1997, Najam Sethi ensured massive rigging in favour of PML-N in general elections to implement the agenda of his handlers in Pakistani and international establishment.

In conclusion:

Sethi had the audacity of going on his Riyal based Geo TV and say that he held a fair election. The right wing parties were having jalsas and rallies while the liberal progressives were confined to their homes through bomb blasts, murder, kidnappings and threats.

BBC journalist Mohammed Hanif correctly stated:

If you shoot in the legs of three participants of a race, and then ask them to compete with the other contestants, would you call this a fair competition?

https://lubpak.net/archives/262283

Najam Sethi did not even have the decency to make a symbolic gesture in acknowledging the pain and difficulty for a father (Yusuf Raza Gilani) to contest election while his son was shot and kidnapped.

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  • PPP not happy with Sethi?
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    MONITORING DESK Thursday, 4 Apr 2013 4:07 pm | Comments (2)

    Punjab Chief Minister Najam Sethi, very early on in his tenure as interim chief minister, has managed to disappoint Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) over his decision not to fire the retired bureaucrats Shahbaz Sharif had recruited on different important positions.

    Although the PPP appreciated Sethi for his intention to reshuffle the bureaucrats in the province to ensure free and fair elections, party stalwarts believed that the PML-N leadership was ‘influencing’ him to let Shahbaz’s blue-eyed bureaucrats work. PPP said Sethi had initially decided to sack some of those officers but later backtracked.

    The PML-N, on the other hand, is full of praise for Sethi, saying “He is an impartial man and the PPP should not criticise him out of frustration.”

    “It is ironic that while the Election Commission has given instructions to the provincial governments to reshuffle the bureaucracy, caretaker Chief Minister Najam Sethi, though committed to reshuffle the bureaucracy from top to SHO level, has backtracked from his earlier decision of sacking the top bureaucrats like the Metro Bus chief (Sibtain Fazle Haleem) and many others whose loyalties are undoubtedly with those who had appointed them.

    “They are beholden to former chief minister Shahbaz Sharif and therefore cannot be neutral,” former premier Raja Pervaiz Ashraf said in a statement on Wednesday.

    Ashraf said it was not acceptable and asked Sethi to take action against these retired bureaucrats before reshuffling the bureaucracy.

    “I fail to understand as what led the caretaker chief minister to reverse his earlier decision which was also compatible with the judgment of the Supreme Court regarding the hiring of the services of retired bureaucrats on a contract basis,” he said.

    He said the caretaker chief minister might have been influenced by those who wanted to retain them in their positions obviously to influence the impartiality of the forthcoming elections. He, however, appreciated Sethi for “maintaining neutrality in absolute terms” and expressed hope that the implementation of his suggestion would further augment the impression of his impartiality.

    A spokesman for the caretaker provincial government said that it had not terminated the contract of the officials in question. “So, there is no question of backtracking,” he said.

    Answering a question about any pressure from the PML-N leadership on the caretaker government, he said all efforts had been directed at ensuring free and fair elections in the province.

    Senator Pervaiz Rashid further said that it was rather ironic that the PPP was casting a doubt on the integrity of the person it had proposed for the caretaker chief minister.

    “No one can pressure Najam Sethi as he is independent in his decisions. The officials the PPP is concerned with are not in a position to influence the elections,” he said.

    It was in fact the fear of losing that had ‘unnerved’ the PPP leaders, he said, adding “no one can get the desired results in the election in the presence of the independent ECP and media.”

    – See more at: http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2013/04/04/news/national/ppp-not-happy-with-sethi/#sthash.XHtboP9i.dpuf

  • i used to think of Najam Sethi as a decent ,broad minded and liberal journalist. But it seems he is not what he pretends to be. He is a biased religious right winger who has stung the secular and liberal parties.

    By releasing 55 Ghondas he has tainted the elections process. How can he claim that he conducted the fair, free and transparent elections. He is wrong in this assertion. The story reveals a new side of this so called liberal journalist. He has been promoting religious sectarianism.. Thank God hid tenure has ended.

    JAVAID BASHIR
    LAHORE

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  • We need to purge the P C B of thedead wood, and sparrow master. Running P C B is not as easy as telling about your little sparrow B> S> on Apaas KI Baar Geo Program. How naive the host can be , listening to bull crap of Sethi.

    He has been lying all the time with a cunning and crooked smile beneath his mustache. Shameless Journalist who’s name is included in the list of 189 Journalist taking graft. Is this freedom of speech or massacre of speech.

    Sethi is a Bull shit master and a con artist. He stands fukky exoised. He has done dirty work of Mian Brothers and Company. He should apologize to the nation for 35 punctures and making P C B a wasteland.