In the late 1990s, Frontier Post was the leading dissident media in a Pakistan – a beacon for those who were disappointed by the compromised narrative from corporate media groups like DAWN.
#RehmatShahAfridi of the Frontier Post had then published the details of the meeting that took place between #NawazSharif and #OsamaBinLaden a decade earlier in Mecca. During this meeting, OBL had sanctioned and then given millions to Nawaz Sharif for “spreading (Wahhabi Salafi) Islam in Pakistan”.
Most of that money was used by Nawaz Sharif for bribing and buying off members of parliament and attempting to overthrow the elected government of #BenazirBhutto. While this Nawaz Sharif-funded no-confidence motion against Benazir failed, she was subsequently dismissed by the corrupt bureaucrat, Ghulam Ishaq Khan.
For his refusal to give false evidence on politically motivated charges and his exposure of Nawaz Sharif’s corrupt dealings with Osama Bin Laden, Rehmat Shah Afridi paid a heavy price.
He was charged and subsequently convicted on Narcotics charges. His press was burnt down and he spent the better part of the next decade in jail.
It is 2019 and today, it is Nawaz Sharif’s right hand man, #RanaSanaullah who has been arrested on similarly bogus narcotics charges. And Nawaz Sharif and PML N have still not apologised for their own sickening tactics against the opposition and the media.
While we are correct in holding the PTI selected government to account, the precedents of political vengeance and false charges were laid much earlier. Much of what we see today in terms of using institutions against political opponents were originally #PMLN tactics against the #PPP. Especially the narcotics charges.
Of course, Pakistan’s #CommercialLiberals and corporate lefties will never go into the details and sordid past of their sponsor, Nawaz Sharif. That would dent their rebranding of Nawaz Sharif as the second coming of Che.
Nawaz Sharif gave Rs 10 million (not adjusted for today’s inflation) to right wing hacks like Mujeeb ur Rahman Shami.
God knows how much he has given to other PML N mouthpieces like DAWN (Cyril Almeida, Asha ur Rahman, Zaffar Abbas), Atta ul Haq Qasmi, #NajamSethi, Marvi, Nusrat Javeed etc
However, Nawaz Sharif ruined Rehmat’a life for publishing the truth about him and for not bowing down to pressure.
Rana Sanaullah’s arrest yesterday is Karmic.