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Mehran Bank Scam Part 2: Is ISI pumping money into Jinnah Institute via Tameer Bank?

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In the light of increasing evidence, it would be a grave sin of omission to ignore the connections between the powerful ISI, Tameer Bank and the Jinnah Institute. (ISI has infiltrated US thinktanks, Pak scholar says)

Now a former Manager Operations of Tameer Bank has revealed that Pakistan army (ISI) pumped money into Jinnah Institute via that bank.

Just a few days ago (July 2013), Dr. Ayesha Siddiqa was quoted in a Times of India article about ISI’s goals of funding think tanks. This is not a new development and as per Dr. Siddiqa’s article, it s part of an agenda that is nearly a decade old. In the article, she has named Moeed Yusuf, a major author of the Jinnah Institute who started his career with Najam Sethi’s The Friday Times.

Jinnah Institute’s current director Raza Rumi (who also blogs at Pak Tea House and The Friday Times) was recently found to be a recipient of secret fund. In April 2013, the Supreme Court rejected a request by Raza Rumi, Saaleh Zafir and certain other journalists for removal of secret funds list from its website.

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A discussion recently took place on social media where the specific links between ISI, Tameer Bank and Jinnah Institute (JI) were discussed and here are the tweets.

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The JI’s most popular study that subtly recommends and advocates the accommodation of the Taliban in a post US Afghanistan is the blueprint of the current engagement by the security establishment with Senator Kerry. The CEO of Tameer Bank is the spouse of the Jinnah Institute’s founder, Sherry Rehman. It is a clear conflict of interest and a violation of banking norms where a think tank founded by Sherry Rehman is financed by her husband who happens to be CEO of Tameer bank.

It should be investigated if it is a voilation of State Bank of Pakistan’s code of conduct for a President of Bank to be funding any institute or business which is run by their spouse, children or immediate family.

All indications and circumstantial details point to a conclusion that the JI is an ISI front which is being funded by Tameer Bank. Readers are probably aware of how the ISI had used Mehran Bank for a similar purpose in 1990 which was to fund pro-establishment politicians.

Tameer Bank could very well be to the ISI what Mehran Bank previously used to be.

Here are the tweets were anti-establishment bloggers and journalists were harassed and threatened by Raza Rumi, the current director of the Jinnah Institute (who also happens to be an editor of Najam Sethi’s The Friday Times blog) for simply asking the same questions.

Clearly, these questions caused some major discomfort and good sense dictates that they be addressed.

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  • ISI has infiltrated US thinktanks, Pak scholar says
    Chidanand Rajghatta, TNN Jun 30, 2013, 05.57AM IST

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    US Thinktanks|University of Texas|tweet|South Asia|Johns Hopkins|Inter-Services Intelligence|Ayesha Siddiqa

    WASHINGTON: A prominent anti-establishment scholar in Pakistan has caused a flutter in Washington by suggesting that the country’s spy outfit Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has infiltrated thinktanks in the US capital.

    Ayesha Siddiqa, a political commentator and former bureaucrat, whose expose of Pakistan’s military-intelligence’s stranglehold on the country was chronicled in her book ‘Military Inc’, shocked regional experts with a tweet on Thursday, relating how a Pakistani diplomat had confided to an American six years ago that the ISI had set up funds to infiltrate DC (Washington) thinktanks and ”finally did it.”

    ”The only problem with this approach is they are sending unqualified people (mostly) to compete with Indians in the US,” Siddiqa continued, adding, ”non-PhDs” without any publication record will not be taken seriously in the US capital. She also named Moeed Yusuf, a senior Pakistan expert at the US Institute of Peace and Arif Rafique, an adjunct scholar at the Middle East Institute, in her tweets.

    Rafique countered her charges by initially saying, “I respect you and your work. Please don’t make false insinuations about me.” But when Siqqiqa shot back with ”False? DC humming with your name,” he fired back with, ”Sad that an intelligent person like yourself has become a miserable conspiracy theorist. You should be ashamed of your lies.”

    Siddiqa maintained that her ”only concern is if they have 2 do it then send ppl with capacity or grow ppl inside the system” and said the ”current plan is flop.” For thinktanks, ”the main issue is money, whoever can put down a grant gets the slot,” she said, explaining how Pakistan was making inroads into think tanks.

    There has indeed been a perceptible increase in Pakistani experts in US thinktanks and universities over the past decade, particularly after the country’s association with the so-called war on terror, including its reputation as the haven for terrorists. Among the prominent Pakistani scholars in Washington DC are Shuja Nawaz, director of the South Asia Center at Atlantic Council (who incidentally is the brother of former army chief Asif Nawaz Janjua) and several former Pakistani diplomats who have rotated in an out of the city.

    Former Pakistan ambassadors to US such as Hussain Haqqani and Maleeha Lodhi have done stints at thinktanks, as have former generals-turned-diplomats, notably Jehangir Karamat and Mahmud Ali Durrani. Siddiqa herself served as a visiting scholar at the Johns Hopkins University.

    In 2009, Pakistanis helped raise money for a Pakistan studies ”chair” at the University of Texas in Austin, named after a US Congressman who was a great fan and supporter of the country’s role in the 1980s Afghan conflict, although he was disillusioned about the whole affair when he died in 2010.

    “While Hollywood may profit from valorizing Wilson’s role in the Soviet-Afghan war, the concerns of a flagship, state-funded academic institution should be to maintain high scholarly standards and to avoid participating in historical caricature,” the scholars wrote, referring to the movie “Charlie Wilson’s War,” and adding, “Wilson’s central involvement in the cold war in South Asia does not warrant the honor of establishing a University chair in his name.” Nothing further has been heard about the Chair since then and the University website does not list any incumbent scholar.

    The ISI has already gotten into trouble before for subverting U.S political process when it was accused of funding Ghulam Nabi Fai, a Kashmiri separatist in Washington who was eventually convicted of illegal lobbying after receiving slush funds from Pakistani intelligence agency. The Obama administration cut some slack to the notorious outfit that is often said to work against U.S interests because it thinks it needs its cooperation on various fronts.

    http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-06-30/us/40285947_1_moeed-yusuf-pakistan-scholar

  • Raza Rumi is the bridge between Sherry Rehman’s Jinnah Institute, Najam Sethi’s TFT blog and General Zaheer’s ISI.

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