OPINION: Crime Syndicates, State and the Nation

Pakistan has become a state run by criminal mafia syndicates like in Colombia and Mexico”

DR. SHAHID QURESHI – The objective reality is that Pakistan army (GHQ) is not calling the shots at all in every matter, but it has been blamed and made to feel like that. Corrupt politician and civil bureaucracy, and an army of over 4500 foreign nationals, mostly from five countries’ Intelligence sharing syndicate have successfully built up this narrative, that: ‘GHQ’ is in everything that happens and goes wrong in Pakistan’. Probably some people in the armed forces might have this ‘illusion and false sense’, that: ‘they are the most powerful people in the country’. If that is true then how come politicians and civil bureaucracy filled with foreign agents have completely destroyed the economy, infrastructure, police, governance and looted over $200 billion under your nose and no body knew about it?. They forced the army chief and current Prime Minister Imran Khan almost to beg small countries for help, and to the crusaders sitting in the IMF for few billion dollars. Economic independence is key to national independence.

To create a distraction, whenever any thing goes wrong, criminals in Pakistani bureaucracy start counting religious Madrassas (charitable schools), and poor students, as if they are responsible for all the looting of the state wealth, fake bank accounts, money laundering and opening of Swiss accounts?

These politicians and bureaucrats following international agenda have turned the armed forces of Pakistan into a police force, a disaster management agency, flood relief workers in towns and cities. For example in Swat, even after when the military stabilized the region, civilians officers did not come to take control for many years, and also in former FATA.

The incompetence and police corruption have increased the military and civilian deaths in Pakistan. A Police force is supposed to be the eyes and ears of the nation in the time of war, but Pakistani police is not more than a prostitute of land mafia and ‘killers in uniform’ for politicians. Take the examples of SSP Rao Anwar of Sind Police and Inspector Abid Boxer of the Punjab Police. Both of them have killed and injured hundreds on the behest of politicians Shabaz Sharif, Asif Zardari and the land mafia like Bahria Town land grab mission in Malir, Karachi.

The law and courts in the country have become servants of the rich and powerful mafias. Pakistani courts are giving judgments which does not fit in the ‘common sense’ and ‘legal sense’ of the people. Drug dealers involved in smuggling of drugs in tons are getting bails from Lahore High court because the police and agencies are making weak cases, hiding evidence and colluding with the criminals. That is why conviction rates of the NAB, (National Accountability Bureau) and Police is very low. They can change whisky bottles recovered from Sharjeel Memon’s hospital room into honey jar by just testing with finger and tongue’. Pakistan has become a state run by criminal mafia syndicates like in Colombia and Mexico.

Look at the Hayat Regency scandal in Islamabad where the Supreme Court of Pakistan allowed an illegal high rise construction to be legal because all the rich and the powerful own apartments in the building including Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan.

Recently Supreme Court of Pakistan gave relief to Malik Riaz Hussian of Bahria Town and all his accomplices involved in the ‘Great Land Robbery’ in Karachi, of over Rs 30,000 billion- biggest in the history of world. The above examples prove one point that there is no law and accountability for Rich and Mighty in Pakistan.

Everyone in Pakistan is in a state of shock and feeling violated after Justice Sardar Mohammad Shamim Khan, Chief Justice of Lahore High Court, granted bail to Hamza Shahbaz in a special chamber hearing on a day off without the accused being present, ordering NAB not to arrest him on money laundering and corruption charges until Monday for 48 hours. One court ordered that NAB must give all the accused (mostly) rich 10 days notice before arrests. Does this fit in the common and legal sense where criminals need to be informed?

Sharifs have attacked the Supreme Court of Pakistan and have been dictating judges like Justice Malik Qayum for judgments against the opponents, their secret phone tapes conversations are available in media. Sharifs can harbor Indian Agency RAW agents in their sugar mills and offices, support Indian Raw agent Kulbhushan Yadave, blame Army in Dawn Leaks, help Indian businessmen ‘Ambanis’ in the insurance of Jam Nagar Refinery, invite Indian Prime Minister Modi to their home at Jati Umra (Raiwind) at his granddaughter (Maryam’s daughter) wedding, send his military secretary on gardening leave ‘saying it is private wedding’ and also get away with it. Something is really wrong here. No? Where is the grand power of the military and GHQ?

If the above cannot be done for the common people and only the rich get relief from the courts, then we may as well shut down these courts as they are burden on taxpayers, after all people of this region survived without the Supreme Court for centuries. No?

For Sharifs, only Supreme Court Chief Justice Saqib Nisar behaved like a ‘Jirga Head’ but he called both Hamza Shahbaz Sharif and Ayesha Ahad in his chamber and mediated the marital dispute between the two in a way that saved the scion from being disqualified from the parliament under article 62. It does not matter if Ayesha Ahad- wife of Hamza Shabaz, got justice or not, but Justice Nisar saved the leader of the opposition of Punjab Assembly.

Hamza Shahbaz has been denying their relationship as wife for years but when a FIR was lodged by Ayesha Ahad and threat was made to form JIT on the issue, he admitted in the chamber and settlement was made.

Pakistani Supreme Court granted six weeks bail to convicted former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to have medical treatment within the country. On the same day, Lahore High court granted relief to his younger brother Shahbaz Sharif and ordered to remove his name from the exit control list (ECL) so he could travel abroad.

It seems courts and judges have complete disconnect with the ground realities and challenges Pakistan is facing from all sides. I have dealt with courts and mafias for many years and have first hand experience of judicial system. Someone was telling me the way the judiciary is at the moment and how judges are recruited form certain chambers it would be impossible for anyone to bring any high-profile criminals to justice. I have seen these VIP criminals following the law abroad and queuing up in London’s buses and tube stations.

Now if all the above looting and plunder of national wealth is done by civilian politicians with the help of over 4500 dual national foreign agents in the civilian bureaucracy, how come the military is responsible for everything that goes wrong in Pakistan?

The fact of the matter is that Pakistan army (GHQ) is not calling the shots at all, and in reality they are tricked into feeling like that. No?

(Dr Shahid Qureshi is senior analyst with BBC and chief editor of The London Post. He writes on security, terrorism and foreign policy. He also appears as analyst on Aljazeera, Press TV, MBC, Kazak TV (Kazakhstan), LBC Radio London. He was also international election observer for Azerbaijan in April 2018, Kazakhstan in 2015 and 2016 and Pakistan in 2002. He has written a book “War on Terror and Siege of Pakistan” published in 2009. At Government College Lahore he wrote his MA thesis on ‘Political Thought of Imam Khomeini’ and visited Tehran University. He is PhD in ‘Political Psychology’ and studied law at a British University. He also speaks at Cambridge University. He is a visiting Professor at Hebe University in China.)

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