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Shah Mahmood Qureshi: Jang Group’s new found hero – by M Usama Kabbir

Related article: In defense of Shah Mahmood Qureshi – by Javed Fazal

Pakistan’s (military establishment-free) media has found an overnight ‘HERO’ roughly a month after they found ‘Ghazi’ Mumtaz Qadri. Surprisingly, this time around he is from the ‘krupt’ Asif Ali Zardari’s Pakistan Peoples Party. Presenting to you: The honest, the dignified and of course the pious Mr Shah Mahmood Qureshi !

Muhammad Malick of The News (of the notorious Jang Group) was the first one to discover this hero most probably after receiving a signal from the relevant quarters when he wrote a sensational fiction piece titled ‘It’s not a rumour, Americans did get Qureshi’s scalp’.

The story was then renarrated by other media persons of The News (Jang/Geo TV) and was also recycled by other media groups (e.g. Daily Times). For example, Ahmad Yasin, writes in The News:

Sources said Pak-US relations and the issue of Raymond Davis was main factor in the change of portfolio of Shah Mahmood Qureshi. they said in the last meeting of the PPP Core Committee that was held early this month at the Presidency, there were exchanged hot words between Qureshi and Rehman Malik on the issue of Raymond Davis.

This line of disinformation was also repeated in The News official editorial on 12 February 2011 (written by Shaheen Sehbai under the able advice of Najam Sethi):

The biggest high-profile casualties are Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira. The foreign minister appears to have become the first top-level casualty of the Raymond Davis case as he was reportedly resisting US demands to declare Mr Davis a diplomat with full immunity, retrospectively. There were reports that Qureshi was offered another portfolio but he declined.

Then there is another article in The News titled: Ayatollah Khomeini’s view of immunity to foreign citizens. Strangely but not surprisingly the article completely revolves around Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Raymond Davis. While Ansar Abbasi, Ahmad Noorani, Muhammad Saleh Zaafir and several other staff members of the News are notorious for their sectarian anti-Shia tendencies, this article suggests that The News can be quite expedient in suppressing its sectarian tendencies to achieve certain propaganda gains.

Critical readers will recall that Shah Mahmood Qureshi is the same ‘Hero’ who previously made hours long speeches convincing the National Assembly on the infamous ‘Kerry Lugar Bill’ in late 2009 and was termed as a sell-out of our ‘National Integrity’ called ‘Ghairat’ to be exact by the same proxies (Jang Group etc) of the military establishment.

Coming to the Raymond Davis case, our so called independent media is quick to term him as a Blackwater/CIA/Mossaad Agent but are reluctant to expose the men he fired upon, who happened to be carrying weapons and chasing a foreigner. What’s the shame in admitting they were ISI operatives?

There are a few questions about the Raymond Davis case:

1. Who will protect the lives of people in a country where its very own elite force men from ‘Punjab’ murder a Governor in broad daylight and this shameful nation showers him with rose petals in court hearings?

2. Is law and order not a provincial subject?

3. Has anybody asked the Khadm-E-Aala Punjab about the presence of this ‘Blackwater’ Operative under the nose of his ‘Good Governance in Punjab’?

4. Raymond Davis was immediately arrested following the incident. The LHC held him in custody and the Federal Government was directed to include him in the ECL. The Government of Pakistan complied with the court’s orders and there was no move whatsoever to rescue Raymond. Why this fuss then? The case is subjudice and the courts shall decide if he is a ‘Diplomat’ or not.

5. Are Pakistan’s best Intelligence Agencies ISI and MI helpless before the ‘sell-out’ Government of Pakistan or to be exact,’Asif Ali Zardari’?

The wave of terrorist attacks against moderate Barelvis and Shias across Pakistan on Holy Shrines and Ashuras in the last few years resulted in a severe rift between the religious factions of Pakistan. All efforts of the Military Establishment failed to revive the MMA. All of a sudden Fazl-ur-Rehman left the coalition government and it was followed by a nation wide hysteria on the Blasphemy Laws, as if all other problems this nation is facing never existed. Governor Punjab Salmaan Taseer was Martyred in Islamabad by a ‘Punjab Police’ elite force commando on Januray 4th and lawyers were seen showering rose petals on a cold blood assassin in court hearings.

Sorry to say, our dear Mr Azaad Adliya (CJ IMC) is very keen on passing remarks about the Government and its functionaries in courtrooms. Where were CJ and his Ad-Hoc (Contract Employee) Mr Justice Khalil-ur-Rehman Ramday when their beloved lawyers were kissing and glorifying an assassin. A self confessing accused. Shame on us. The world has double standards with us because we have double standards for each other. Hypocrites of the highest order.

All of a sudden, the religious parties and factions are on the same page and the momentum continues. The military establishment of Pakistan ‘Needs’ and will ‘Create’ such cosmetic incidents to keep the ball rolling and eventually we shall see a PNA type ‘Revolution’ toppling an elected Government only to be replaced by an indirect Mullah Military Alliance in the name of a Iran-Egypt-Tunisia type ‘Revolution’

General Shuja Pasha, DG ISI, was named as an accused in the 26/11 Mumbai Bombings and was to appear before the US Court. It is all about settling scores. A war between the ISI and CIA. Pakistan Army has blackmailed the international community and the USA in particular too much after 9/11. Of course there is a limit to everything and i guess Obama has realized that.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi had little control over his ministry. The poor guy was barred from attending the summit at the eleventh hour on Afghanistan issue in Munich last week. We were represented by none other than our COAS General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani. Of course there was no problem with that. Who by the way questions GHQ.

God save Pakistan from Raymonds and Balckwater operatives within us!

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  • Qureshi dismisses US sought immunity for Davis

    Updated at: 0029 PST, Sunday, February 13, 2011
    ISLAMABAD: Former Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has ruled out providing the kind of immunity to Raymond Davis which US called for, adding that the suspect is not a diplomat in Pakistan, Geo News reported.

    Talking to Jang Group’s senior journalist, Ansar Abbasi, Qureshi said that Raymond Davis was not a US diplomat according to Pakistan’s official record as Foreign Ministry has searched out complete documents, dismissing likelihood of immunity for suspect which US demanded from Pakistan.

    http://www.geo.tv/2-13-2011/78270.htm

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    Kaira, Qureshi PPP’s asset: Dr.Firdous

    ISLAMABAD, Feb 12 (APP): Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said on Saturday that Qamar Zaman Kaira and Shah Mehmood Qureshi were assets of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and their performance as ministers was praiseworthy.The minister was talking to mediapersons after offering Fateha and laying a wreath at Benazir Bhutto’s Memorial in Liaquat Bagh, Rawalpindi.
    During her first media talk as Information Minister, she said that Qamar Zaman Kaira had run the ministry efficiently. Similarly Shah Mehmood Qureshi was a senior leader of the PPP whose performance as minister was very good. However she said it had been decided to curtail the size of Federal Cabinet and the party high-ups had to choose some names for this.
    To a question she said that Punjab, being the biggest province, had to play the role of an elder brother. It had a larger share in the previous Cabinet and gave the sacrifice of more ministries than the other provinces.

    http://app.com.pk/en_/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=130689&Itemid=2

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    Rehman dismisses any dispute with Qureshi

    Updated at 2115 PST Saturday, February 12, 2011

    Minister for Interior A. Rehman Malik on Saturday dispelled the impression of having any differences with Shah Mehmood Qureshi, saying there is no substance in such reports, Geo News reported.

    Talking to media men here, Rehman said he had neither had any quarrel with Shah Mehmood Qureshi nor did he claim that Raymond Davis had a diplomatic passport.

    He said all procedural formalities were fulfilled at the time of granting visa to Raymond Davis. The related documents will be presented before the court when required, he added.

    The Interior Minister said protecting the life of Raymond Davis is the responsibility of the Punjab Government which would be provided help if sought. “A rangers company has been tasked with the job of Davis’s security,” he added.

    “The case of Raymond Davis is subjudice and whatever inquiries the court makes will be responded accordingly,” he said.

    Rehman Malik said no diplomat is permitted to carry weapons in any part of Pakistan nor could he/she carry unlicensed firearm.

    He said he would be visiting Karachi in the next few days to discuss measures against extortion.

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=11054

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  • Daily Times keeps vomiting non-sense imitating The News:

    Clinton ‘forced’ me to grant immunity to Davis: Qureshi

    LAHORE: Former foreign minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, said that US State Secretary Hilary Clinton had pressurised him to sign the summary giving diplomatic immunity to Raymond Davis, a US functionary who brutally killed two Pakistani nationals in Lahore, but he refused to oblige, a private TV channel reported on Saturday. Talking to high officials of Foreign Office (FO) after his farewell visit to the FO in Islamabad, Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that Clinton exerted pressure on him to verify the diplomatic immunity to Raymond Davis, but he refused to do so. He further said that US Ambassador to Pakistan, Cameron Munter, also telephoned him and said if immunity to Davis would not be verified then Hilary Clinton would not have a meeting with him in Munich, Germany. daily times monitor

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\02\13\story_13-2-2011_pg1_2

  • Talking to Jang Group’s senior journalist, Ansar Abbasi, Qureshi said that Raymond Davis was not a US diplomat according to Pakistan’s official record as Foreign Ministry has searched out complete documents, dismissing likelihood of immunity for suspect which US demanded from Pakistan. 😀

    Har banda apnay dukh Ansar Abassi sai hi kyoun share karta hai . 🙂

  • Will Shah Mahmood Qureshi also boldly state who forced the PPP government to ‘stop pestering’ khakis in BB’s murder probe?

    Or will he explain why for all practical purposes Pakistan’s Foreign Office is located in the ISI’s office in Aabpara?

  • why on earth miss awan issued such a ”bold” statement? such a dramatic shift in her stance within 24 hrs.Mr.qureshi is a ppp loyalist.can someone give an insight into this matter. ppp’s internal rifts and politics r damaging its image.ms awan’s credentials r also questionable.lets see 4 how long she remains a ppp jiyala.

  • @ Aisha

    PPP loyalist and sympathizers always question foreign ministry act of writing a letter UN to remove military from from BB murder inquiry report and that too on her birthday last year .

    Kamran Shafi sahib has correctly explained the anger .
    Shame all around – by Kamran Shafi
    http://criticalppp.com/archives/18907

  • why on earth shah mehmood qureshi did this. he was som well respected ppp supporter. what went wrong.ppp ki qiamat…?

  • Enjoy!

    Kaira, Qureshi too honest for PPP: Munawar

    Updated at 2100 PST Sunday, February 13, 2011

    LAHORE: Amir Jamat-e-Islami Syed Munawar Hassan Sunday said that Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Qamar Zama Kaira’s non-inclusion in the new Federal Cabinet proves that they are not corrupt, so fail to meet Pakistan People’s Party standard.

    Talking to media men after addressing a tribal jirga here at Mansoora, Syed Munawar Hassan said neither the assassins of Benazir Bhutto will be arrested nor will Pervez Musharraf get even a slightest of punishment during PPP’s regime.

    He urged the Army Chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani to review the role of Army in the war against terrorism.

    Earlier, addressing the tribal jirga, he said Pakistan must dissociate itself from war on terror and challenge the drone strikes.

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=11110

  • Former information minister Qamar Zaman Kaira said he had no ‘hard feelings’ and accepted the decision of the party.

    “I am satisfied with the party decision and I will continue to work as a party worker,” he told Dawn.

    Political observers were of the opinion that Mr Kaira appeared to have fallen victim to PPP’s inner politics.

    Nazar Muhammad Gondal, who was also not included in the new team, said: “No one knew till a few hours before the oath-taking ceremony who was in and who was out.”

    He said he had accepted the party’s decision. “At a function in the presidency on Thursday night, President Zardari said that those who were closest to him might not be inducted in the new cabinet.”

    Some other PPP stalwarts who are not the part of the new cabinet include former education minister Sardar Aseff Ahmed Ali, former minister for privatisation Waqar Ahmed Khan, former minister for states and frontier region Najamudin Khan, former textile minister Rana Muhammad Farooq, former minister for science and technology Pir Aftab Jilani and Lal Muhammad Khan.

    http://www.dawn.com/2011/02/12/kaira-gondal-bow-to-party-decision.html

    Babar all praise for Kaira
    LALAMUSA, Feb 13 (APP): Federal Law Minister Babar Awan said that the services of former Federal Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira had been remarkable for the party as well as the country. Talking to media at Dera Kaira here Sunday, he said that Qamar Zaman Kaira was a big player of politics and such players never out but go on rest, however, his rest would not be long.
    He said, all party members accepted the decision of leadership and their friends were not going any where.
    Lauding the services of Kaira, Babar said that the former federal minister had a prominent status in Pakistani politics.
    Speaking on the occasion, Qamar Zaman Kaira said, the every party members have to give opinion in party meeting, and it was leadership to take decisions. He said, all the party members were confident on the decisions of leadership.
    Kaira said the central leadership had fulfilled the promise by relinquishing powers, adding that we are fighting people’s war to give them their due rights.
    He said, if the party would entrust any responsibility to him he would fulfil it and also defend the party at every platform.

    http://app.com.pk/en_/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=130858&Itemid=2

  • Loyalists open fire on Qureshi
    By Amir Wasim

    ISLAMABAD: Former foreign affairs minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has no future in Pakistan People’s Party, Information Secretary of the PPP Fauzia Wahab declared here on Sunday.

    “Serious disciplinary action will be taken against him (Mr Qureshi) for violating the party discipline and humiliating its leadership,” Ms Wahab said while talking to Dawn.

    Former minister Raja Pervez Ashraf also criticised Mr Qureshi for allegedly trying to blackmail the party.

    The information secretary said that Mr Qureshi had ditched the party leadership and it was not the first time he had done so.

    She said that Mr Qureshi’s role as foreign minister over the past three years had been questionable, adding that he did not support President Asif Zardari when he faced criticism in the media over his foreign trips.

    She said that despite all his past acts, the party leadership had decided to include him in the new cabinet, but Mr Qureshi created a crisis just 25 minutes before the oath-taking ceremony at the Presidency on Friday.

    She said it was the leadership’s job to assign a responsibility to a party member and alleged that Mr Qureshi was not ready to accept a change in his portfolio.

    When asked whether Mr Qureshi had differences on the issue of US national Raymond Davis, she said, if he had problem over the issue he should have resigned earlier.

    When contacted, president’s spokesman Farhatullah Babar said that Mr Qureshi had held a meeting with the president on Friday night, but he refused to divulge details of the meeting.

    The spokesman termed it a routine meeting of a former minister with the president and expressed ignorance about statements of other party members against Mr Qureshi. However, political observers believe that PPP members holding important positions cannot issue such statements against Mr Qureshi without a nod from the party leadership which is apparently unhappy with Mr Qureshi for making public a statement on the issue of Davis.

    Mr Qureshi, according to sources, was angered by President Zardari’s move to stop him from issuing any statement as foreign minister on the issue of Davis and assign the task to Interior Minister Rehman Malik.

    The sources said that in a recent meeting of the party’s core committee, Mr Qureshi had objected to some points raised by Mr Malik while briefing the party on the Davis issue.

    Mr Qureshi reportedly stated that “the kind of blanket immunity Washington is pressing for Davis is not endorsed by the official record of the foreign ministry”.

    Mr Zardari, the sources said, was also unhappy with Mr Qureshi for intentionally skipping his meeting with a US Congress delegation last week. In the core committee’s meeting, the president had admonished Mr Qureshi for this in front of other members, the sources said.

    Mr Qureshi was criticised by former water and power minister Raja Pervez Ashraf who, in a statement issued here on Sunday, said he acted like former president Farooq Leghari.

    “The tone and tenor of Mr Shah Mehmood Qureshi indicate that another Leghari is in the making in the party. But Mr Qureshi’s fate will not be different from that of Leghari,” he said.

    About comments of Mr Qureshi appearing in a section of the press, Mr Ashraf said: “He (Mr Qureshi) should realise and keep the example of Farooq Leghari in mind. He should also realise that the party always gives a fair chance of giving inputs regarding any decision and so was the case when the party took a decision to downsize the cabinet.

    “Each of us, including Mr Qureshi, took part in the decision-making process at different forums, such as the core committee’s meeting and the Central Executive Committee meeting and there was a unanimous agreement to curtail the size of the cabinet,” Mr Ashraf said.

    Only a day earlier, Mr Ashraf had himself complained to the president for not consulting senior party members on the cabinet issue.

    “He must realise that his (Mr Qureshi’s) efforts to pressurise the party shall never succeed because the party does not draw its strength from individuals but from the people of Pakistan. It seems that Mr Qureshi has joined the bandwagon of political actors hatching conspiracies against the party leadership but this new conspiracy would also fail like previous ones.”

    Mr Ashraf said that it was quite strange that Mr Qureshi’s revelations about the Raymond Davis case had come only after his exclusion from the cabinet, whereas the incident had been in the news over the past few weeks and the top leadership had categorically stated that the matter would be decided by courts.

    He said that Mr Qureshi was insisting on keeping the portfolio of foreign affairs although he had been offered the ministry of water and power.

    This showed, Mr Ashraf said, that Mr Qureshi’s “conscience awakened to the call of his personal interest and not in national interest” as he was trying to prove by feeding false stories to media.

    Mr Ashraf said he would like to ask Mr Qureshi why he started expressing differences with the government after the issuance by a court warrants for the arrest of former president Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf in the Benazir Bhutto case.

    Despite repeated attempts, Mr Qureshi could not be contacted for his comments.

    http://www.dawn.com/2011/02/14/loyalists-open-fire-on-qureshi.html

  • The Boston Brahmin October 22, 2009 Anjum Niaz | The News
    https://pakistankakhudahafiz.wordpress.com/2009/10/22/the-boston-brahmin/

    Since all the worthy columnists have exhausted the KLB, the new name for the Kerry-Lugar Bill, I have nothing remarkable to add to their sound and fury. Let’s instead turn to a small housekeeping matter like: is Foreign Minister Qureshi’s son working for Senator Kerry? Zain H Qureshi’s (ZHQ) business card is circulating the cyberspace these days. It says that he is a legislative fellow in Kerry’s Washington DC office. When I called up Kerry’s office and asked for Qureshi, the voice at the other end immediately said, “He does not work for us”. The woman appeared primed for such a question. She said she had received a similar query earlier that day. Incidentally the cell number on ZHQ’s call card has been disconnected; while the mail box belonging to “Zain Qureshi” was “full!” So, I couldn’t get to him.

    After a number of phone calls to Senator Kerry’s office, I finally found out from one of Kerry’s male staffers that ZHQ did indeed work for Kerry but had now left. Why has ZHQ gone into hiding? Did he do something wrong? Yes. And the Foreign Office finds itself between a rock and a hard place. How can it condone its boss’s act of getting his son a job with Kerry when the KLB talks were at a critical stage? Even if fate smiles upon ZHQ because he’s the favoured son of our foreign minister and the doors of the high and mighty in Washington open up for him, we have the right to know whenever the son’s job compromises his dad’s position. More importantly if it is in direct conflict with Pakistan’s interests.

    Would you not call this a conflict of interest? Should the foreign minister resign? And if Zardari cannot afford to let him go, then the FM must seek a public apology.

    The Boston Brahmin, Senator Kerry is complicit in this act. Boston Brahmins are New England’s aristocracy like the Makhdooms of Multan, i.e. Shah Mahmood Qureshi and his tribe. These guys claim to fame is blue-blooded ancestry, wealth, influence and the right to rule. He said the following during his 2004 presidential campaign: “There’s a great passage in the Bible that says, ‘What does it mean, my brother, to say you have faith if there are no deeds? Faith without works is dead.’ And I think everything you do in public life has to be guided by your faith, affected by your faith . That’s why I fight for equality and justice. All of those things come out of that fundamental teaching and belief of faith.”

    Senator Kerry must practice what he preaches. Would he have given ZHQ the time of the day had the young man not been the son of Pakistan’s foreign minister?

    Why do the good folks fighting Pakistan’s case in Washington DC become the usual suspects? In Musharraf’s time it was Dr Nasim Ashraf. One wondered whether the Maryland-based millionaire doctor’s heart bled for Pakistan or for Musharraf or for himself. Today, Ambassador Husain Haqqani is under fire from certain Pakistani quarters who accuse him of working for Washington and not Islamabad. Haqqani is hitting back via email messages to anyone wondering what’s cooking in Washington. Yours truly is one of the unlucky recipients. Surely our ambassador must have known that his boss’s son was working for Kerry. Good counselling from Haqqani to Qureshi would perhaps have saved the latter the embarrassment he is facing today?

    Another glaring example of how the Democrats are enticing the Pakistani leaders is the recent banner headline: “Zardari far ahead in popularity.” According to Democracy International, an affiliate of the Democratic Party of America, Zardari is ahead of Nawaz Sharif in the popularity contest. To anyone with an iota of intelligence, the timing of this screamer is suspect. What has Zardari achieved in recent days for “51 per cent” of Pakistanis to suddenly fall in love with him? His jiyalas, one fears, would declare October 1, the day the survey was announced, as the President’s Day – the day of the great revelation. Declaring it a public holiday perhaps?

    And when the polls go against the sitting president, these foreign busybodies are kicked out of Pakistan. Gen Musharraf asked IRI (the International Republican Institute), an affiliate of the Republican Party to wind up their office in Pakistan and leave when he got bad ratings from them. Not sure if indeed it was IRI that offended Musharraf, I called up their office in Washington. “What is your column about?” asked Lisa (I couldn’t catch her last name) from the press section. I told her politely that it was not possible for me to provide her details of my column. “If you can’t tell me what your column is about then I can’t help you,” she replied sternly. This is just a small example of how Masonic these polling outfits are. They think they have the writ to go around Pakistan poking their noses into our affairs, but when it comes to asking a simple question like if Musharraf asked them to wind up their office in 2008, they get so cagey.

    Sadly, the epicentre of our knowledge is the received wisdom from such dodgy polls conducted by Democracy International and the International Republican Institute (IRI). Hey, where’s Gallup Pakistan? Have we become so incompetent or doped that we can’t even conduct popularity polls in our own country and must therefore rely on America?

    We are the opium-eaters. We swallow whatever comes from Washington. While the Democrats tell us that Pakistanis love Zardari because of KLB, the Republicans via their polling affiliate the IRI sing a different tune. Their August polls conclude that “Pakistanis continue to hold onto the opinion that conditions in the country are problematic and President Zardari is perceived as being responsible.” If this does not sound confusing enough to an ordinary Pakistani trying to work out the popularity ratings of Zardari and Nawaz Sharif, have another go. According to September 9 report in the Christian Science Monitor, “Zardari’s popularity sags – will it undermine Pakistan’s fight with Taliban?”

    Here’s another twister from the Los Angeles Times. The headline reads: “Zardari at fault for low rating?” This gem was published on August 31. “Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari is aware that his popularity has sunk to new lows at a time when his arch rival Nawaz Sharif — who heads the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) — is boasting high popularity, a media report said. He is widely viewed in Pakistani society not as a helmsman, but a bystander. It’s an image that is largely of Zardari’s own making, say analysts who contend that he has failed to forge any kind of connection with the Pakistani public.Last but not the least is the recent poll by the Pew Research Centre, a Washington-based institute, which says that “less than a third of Pakistanis have a favourable opinion of Mr Zardari. The president was widely reviled after being accused of demanding kickbacks while he served in Benazir Bhutto’s Cabinet in the late 1980s and again starting in 1993.”

    Give us a break! If by now we don’t get it that the US is using these polls as a weapon for manipulation of third world dictators (Gen Musharraf) and corrupt rulers then Pakistan, I’m afraid to say, is going down the tube fast.

    Conflict of interest, eh? Here’s yet one more example. Do you know how many Pakistani parliamentarians and cabinet ministers hold foreign nationalities, including our president?

  • Foreign Minister’s Son lobbying against Pakistan
    October 20, 2009

    http://pakistankakhudahafiz.wordpress.com/2009/10/20/foreign-ministers-son-lobbying-against-pakistan/#more-6782

    Kureshi-Sons-V.-Card

    Islamabad—The debate on the controversial John Kerry-Lugar Bill has taken a new critical turn after lawyer Ahmad Raza Kasuri revealed in a private television talk show that son of the foreign minister is on staff of Senator John Kerry in Washington, working as Legislative Fellow. Foreign Minister’s son Mr. Zain H. Qureshi’s assignment is clearly linked with John Kerry’s legislature work. Against this backdrop, foreign minister’s vociferous defence of John Kerry-Lugar Bill tends to lose all lustre.

    Political observers in the federal capital point out that the foreign minister might have been aware of the John Kerry-Lugar Bill’s formative stages through Mr. Zain H Qureshi. If that was the case the analysts have reason to ask as to what was the rationale of foreign minister’s rushing to Washington to seek “ clarification” or in-depth briefing from the horse’s mouth. If all this was Act One of a melodrama, Act Two was rushing back to Islamabad with John Kerry’s assurance. Based on that was foreign minister’s rhetorical statement in the parliament.

    The analysts say, supporters of the Bill are trying to weave a tale which at best can be termed as cow-and-bull story. They point to the posture of our ‘His Excellency’ in Washington, our ambassador Hussain Haqqani who sounds more like John Kerry’s spokesman than Pakistan’s envoy.

    Whatever the shades and shadows, the debate over the John Kerry-Lugar Bill will enter decisive phase very soon with foreign ministry cutting a sorry figure with embarrassment writ large on the faces of those trying to defend the Bill in the forefront”, one analyst observed.

  • امریکی نمک خوار اور حقائق…شاہ محمود نے اصول، انصاف اور قومی حرمت کی خاطروزارت قربان کردی… کس سے منصفی چاہیں…انصار عباسی

    امریکی، “نمک خواروں “کے ایک مخصوص ٹولے کے بس میں نہیں کہ کس طرح فوری طور پر دو پاکستانیوں کے قاتل ریمنڈ ڈیوس کو امریکا کے حوالے کر دیا جائے۔ بے غیرتی کی موٹی کھال اوڑھے ہوئے یہ طبقہ کسی طور امریکا کو ناراض کرنے کے لیے تیار نہیں اور پاکستانی قوم اور حکومت سے یہ توقع رکھتا ہے کہ چاہے قانون جو مرضی کہے، جرم کتنا ہی سنگین کیوں نہ ہو اور عدالتیں خواہ جو مرضی کہیں پاکستان کو ہر حال میں امریکی قاتل کو فوری امریکا کے حوالے کر دینا چاہیے۔ ہمیں ڈراوا دیا جا رہا ہے کہ اگر ہم نے ایسا نہ کیا تو امریکا ہماری امداد بند کر دے گا اور ہمارا جینا دوبھر ہو جائے گا۔ ابھی تک خود امریکا ریمنڈ ڈیوس کے معاملے میں کئی پینترے بدل چکا ہے مگر امریکا کے یہ نمک خوار پاکستانی اس بات پر بضد ہیں کہ امریکی قاتل کو سفارتی استثنیٰ حاصل ہے ۔ یہاں سابق وزیر خارجہ شاہ محمود قریشی نے اصول، انصاف، قانون اور قومی حرمت کی خاطر اپنی وزارت کو قربان کرتے ہوئے اس معاملہ پر واشگاف انداز میں امریکا کو بتا دیا ہے کہ اُن کی خواہش پر ریمنڈ ڈیوس کو نہیں چھوڑا جا سکتا ۔

    ۔ محترم شاہ محمود قریشی نے تصدیق کر دی ہے کہ واقعے کے اگلے روز 28 جنوری 2011ء کو امریکی سفارت خانے نے حکومت پاکستان کو باقاعدہ خط میں ریمنڈ کا نام سفارت خانے کے ملازمین میں شامل کرنے کا نوٹیفکیشن جاری کرنے کا کہا جس سے جھوٹ کا بھانڈا پھوٹ گیا ہے۔ 25 جنوری کو جاری کی جانے والی فہرست میں ریمنڈ کا نام شامل نہیں تھا۔
    ۔ریمنڈ کے بیان، امریکی اہلکاروں کی تصدیق کہ ریمنڈ قونصلیٹ کا رکن ہے اور جناب شاہ محمود قریشی کے انکشافات نے یہ واضح کر دیا کہ ریمنڈ پر 1963 کا Vienna Convention لاگو ہو گا اور اسے اسی کنونشن کے آرٹیکل 41(I) کے تحت استثنیٰ حاصل نہیں ہے
    کیوں کہ اس کا جرم سنگین نوعیت کا ہے۔
    ۔ اگر یہ تسلیم بھی کیا جائے کہVienna Convention on Diplomatic Relation 1961 کو ریمنڈ کو مکمل سفارتی استثنیٰ کے حوالے سے نافذ کیا جائے تاکہ امریکا خوش ہو جائے تو اس معاملہ میں اس کنونشن کا آرٹیکل 10(I) اہم ہے ۔ اس آرٹیکل کی روشنی میں سفارتکار بھیجنے والے ملک کا یہ استحقاق ہے کہ وہ اپنے کسی اہلکار کے لیے خصوصی استثنیٰ کا مطالبہ کرے مگر یہ بھی حقیقت ہے کہ صرف اور صرف میزبان ملک کی وزارت خارجہ ہی اس Status کو کنفرم کر سکتی ہے اور سب سے اہم یہ کہ 1961 کے سفارتی تعلقات ویانا کے کنونشن کے تحت استثنیٰ کا دعویٰ صرف اس صورت میں کیا جا سکتا ہے جب اس کنونشن کے آرٹیکل 10(I) کے تحت ایسے سفارت کار یا اہلکار کو میزبان ملک کی وزارت خارجہ باقاعدہ notify کر دے ۔ امریکا میں تو باقاعدہ دفتر خارجہ سفارتی کارڈ جاری کرتا ہے جن پر اگر استثنیٰ ہو تو اس حوالے سے تصدیق بھی درج ہوتی ہے۔ اس سلسلے میں امریکی دفتر خارجہ کا ستمبر 2010 کا جاری کردہ کتابچہ دیکھا جا سکتاہے جس میں قانون نافذ کرنے والے اداروں کو واضح ہدایت دی گئی ہے کہ جن سفارتکاروں کے پاس یہ کارڈ نہ ہویاکارڈکے اوپراستثنیٰ کے حوالے سے واضح ہدایات درج نہ ہوں‘ انہیں کسی بھی صورت کسی بھی جرم کے حوالے سے استثنیٰ نہ دیاجائے بلکہ یہاں تک درج ہے ایساکارڈ موجودہونے اور اس پراستثنیٰ کے واضح اندراج کے باوجودیہ ضروری ہے کہ قانون نافذ کرنے والے اداروں کے متعلقہ اہلکار دفتر خارجہ کوفون کرکے باقاعدہ تصدیق کریں گے یعنی ویانا کنونشن کے تحت حاصل استثنیٰ میزبان ملک کی وزارت خارجہ کوNotify کرنے سے منسلک ہے۔
    ۔ 1961ء کے اسی ویاناکنونشن کے استثنیٰ کیلئے اہلیت کی شرائط بھی موجود ہیں۔ واقعے کے تیسرے ہی دن خود امریکی دفتر خارجہ نے سرکاری طور پر کہاکہ امریکی قاتل کا نام”Raymand Davis” نہیں ہے۔ آج کے دن تک اس سرکاری بیان کی تردیدنہیں کی گئی۔ قریشی صاحب تصدیق کرچکے ہیں کہ ریمنڈ کی استثنیٰ کی درخواست پاکستانی وزارت خارجہ نے آج تک notify نہیں کی۔ فرض کریں ایسا کربھی دیاگیاہوتا تب بھی جب امریکی حکومت سرکاری طور پر اعلان کررہی ہے کہ اس شخص کا نام ریمنڈنہیں تواستثنیٰ کاسوال ہی پیدانہیں ہوتا کیونکہ ویاناکنونشن کے تحت جس شخص کوبھی استثنیٰ حاصل ہوگا‘ اس کے نام سے میزبان ملک کی وزارت خارجہ کانوٹیفیکیشن جاری ہوناضروری ہے۔
    پاکستان کو یقیناً ایک ذمہ دارملک کی طرح بین الاقوامی قوانین کا احترام کرنا چاہیے مگرایک خودمختار ملک ہونے کے ناطے کسی طاقتورملک کی دھونس دھمکیوں میں آکرویاناکنونشن کی غلط تشریحات بھی قبول نہیں کی جا سکتی، اگرریمنڈ کو استثنیٰ حاصل ہوتا بھی تب بھی پاکستان کو ویانا کنونشن کے آرٹیکل 32کے تحت امریکا سے یہ استثنیٰ واپس لینے کی درخواست کر نی چاہیے تھی کیونکہ ریمنڈایک انتہائی خطرناک نوعیت کی مجرمانہ کارروائی میں ملوث پایاگیا ہے۔
    ۔ ویانا کنونشن کے آرٹیکل 41 کے مطابق یہ ہر سفارتکار کی ذمہ داری ہے کہ وہ میزبان ملک کے قوانین کا مکمل احترام کریں ۔ کیا ریمنڈ نے ایسا کیا؟
    ۔ امریکی دفتر خارجہ کی اپنی دستاویز کے مطابق: “It should be emphasized that even at its highest level, diplomatic immuinty does not exempt diplomatic officers from the obligation of conforming with national and local laws and regulations. Diplomatic immunity is not intended to serve as license for persons to flout the law and purposely avoid liability for their actions. The purpose of these privileges and immunities is not to benefit individuals but to ensure the efficient and effective performance of their official missions on behalf of their governments.”
    حقیقت یہ ہے کہ ایک طبقہ ہمیں امریکاکی غلامی سے آزاد نہیں دیکھنا چاہتا۔ کوشش یہ ہے کہ جس طرح ماضی میں اور خاص طور پر مشرف دور میں پاکستانیوں اور دوسرے مملک کے مسلمانوں کو امریکا کے حوالے کیا جاتا رہا اور امریکا کی مرضی کے مطابق یہاں سب کچھ کیا جاتا رہا وہ سلسلہ اسی انداز میں جاری رہے۔

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