APML EXPOSES NAWAZ SHARIF’S CORRUPTION!
All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) strongly rejects PML-N’s charge sheet against Pervez Musharraf, declaring it frivolous and baseless. PML-N’s charge sheet is full of lies and is in fact a futile effort to divert attention from Nawaz Sharif’s misdeeds, his corruption, loot, plunder, nepotism, and economic turmoil during his tenures. For this he must be held accountable.
The following depicts PML-N’s performance:-
1. 1. CORRUPTION CASES
Nawaz Sharif and his cronies have always been working to plunder Pakistan’s wealth as their sole agenda. He expanded his business empire by misusing his authority as Chief Minister Punjab and Prime Minister Pakistan. And in order to gain financial benefits, he manipulated laws and changed policies. Likewise, in a bid to avoid accountability, the Nawaz Sharif Government amended “The Ehtasaab Act” and made it effective from “1990” instead of “1985” as proposed in the original text of the “Ehtasaab Act” prepared by the interim government of caretaker Prime Minister (Late) Mairaj Khalid (1996-97). And by bringing this change he cunningly saved his tenure of Chief Minister Punjab (1985-88) from accountability.
Despite all maneuvering following references were filed against the Sharifs:-
1.Nawaz Sharif, Shahbaz Sharif and others misused official resources causing a loss to the national exchequer of Rs 620million by developing 1800 acres of land in Raiwind at state expense.
2.Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif are accused of whitening black money during their first tenure (1990-93) and causing a loss of Rs 180 million to the national exchequer by evading income/wealth tax.
3.Nawaz Sharif, Saif-ur-Rehman and others reduced import duty from 325% to 125% on import of luxury cars (BMW), causing a huge loss of Rs1.98 billion to the national exchequer.
4.On the imposition of emergency and freezing of foreign currency accounts, Nawaz Sharif and Saif-ur-Rehman removed 11 billion US dollars from Pakistani Banks illegally. Without the consent of account holders, Foreign Exchange Bearer Certificates (FEBC) accounts were frozen and foreign exchange was misappropriated.
5.Illegal appointments in Pakistan International Airlines (Nawaz Sharif and Saeed Mehdi).
6.Abbotabad land purchase scam (Nawaz Sharif and Sardar Mehtab Abbasi).
7.Availing bank loan for Ittefaq Foundries and Brothers Steel Mills without fulfilling legal requirements (Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif).
8.Concealment of property in the US (Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif).
9.Illegal appointments and promotions in Federal Investigation Agency (Nawaz Sharif).
10.US wheat purchase scam (Nawaz Sharif and Syeda Abida Hussain).
11.Murree land purchase scam (Nawaz Sharif and Saif-ur-Rehman)
12.Tax evasion (Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif).
13.Forging of passports and money laundering (Nawaz Sharif and Ishaq Dar).
14.Concealment of private helicopter purchase while filing assets’ detail (Nawaz Sharif).
15.Favoring Kohinoor Energy Co, causing loss of Rs. 450 millions (Nawaz Sharif and Others).
16.Illegal cash finance facility given to Brothers Sugar Mills (Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif).
17.Bribe offered to ANP’s Senator Qazi Mohammad Anwer (Nawaz Sharif and Others).
18.Hudaibiya Paper Mills Reference against Sharif brothers and Ishaq Dar.
19.Illegally appointing Chairman Central Board of Revenue (Nawaz Sharif)
20. Whitening of black money by amending laws (Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif).
21. Causing Rs. 35 billion loss by writing off/rescheduling bank loans (Nawaz Sharif and Ishaq Dar).
22.Bribing (late) Maulana Sattar Niazi from National Exchequer (Nawaz Sharif and Others).
23. Plundering Rs. 200 million from Jahez and Baitul Maal funds (Nawaz Sharif & Others)
24.Opening fictitious foreign currency accounts (Nawaz Sharif and Ishaq Dar).
25.Making 130 political appointments in federal departments (Nawaz Sharif).
26.Relaxing export duty and rebate to transport sugar to India (Nawaz Sharif).
27.Whitening of money through FEBC (Nawaz Sharif).
28.Wealth Tax evasion (Nawaz Sharif).
29. Concealment of facts to evade property tax (Nawaz Sharif).
30.Withdrawal of case against Senator Islamuddin Sheikh (Nawaz Sharif, & Ishaq Dar).
1.2. FINANCIAL GAINS BY USING HIS AUTHORITY AS PRIME MINISTER
The first tenure of Nawaz Sharif as Prime Minister in the year 1990 saw another reign of loot and plunder. During this period Mian Nawaz Shairf obtained loans amounting to more than Rs.614 billion from Banks through his influence against inadequate guarantees. According to the details of loans obtained by Sharifs include Rs.1556 million for Ittefaq Foundries, Rs. 543 million for Haseeb Waqas Sugar Mills, Rs.455 million for Mehran Ramzan Textile Mills, Rs.373 million for Ramzan Bukhsh Textile Mills, Rs.339 millions for Ch. Sugar Mills, Rs.226 millions for Ittefaq brothers, Rs. 205 million for Sandalbar Textile Mills, Rs.182 million for Hudaibiya Engineering Mills, Rs.153 million for Hamza Board Mills Ltd, Rs.134 million for Hudaibiya paper Mills, Rs.351 Million for Brothers Sugar Mills, Rs.174 million for Brothers Textile Mills, Rs.159 million for Brothers Steel Mills, Rs.623 million for Ramzan Sugar Mills, Rs. 191 million Khalid Siraj Textiles, Rs.313 million for Ittefaq Sugar Mills, Rs.164 million for Ittefaq Textile Mills, and Rs.239 million were obtained for Ittefaq Brothers. Due to the malpractice the national wealth was used for establishing personal empire while the country’s economy was facing disaster. This loan was equivalent to the total internal loan obtained by the government of Pakistan! These so called patriotic politicians ruthlessly plundered the national exchequer and used national wealth for personal financial gains. In addition money laundering worth billions of dollars through illegal means, wheat import scam, awarding motorway’s contract to an internationally black listed company, receiving heavy loans despite of being defaulter, secret businesses in UK (Evidence attached), Sugar mills in Kenya and four flats in the most expensive area of London and huge commissions in privatization of Muslim Commercial Bank (MCB) are also a few “achievements” of Nawaz Sharif and family.
1.3. THE AUDITOR GENERAL REPORT
The Auditor General Report released in the year 1988-89 reported that Nawaz Sharif, misusing his authority as Chief Minister Punjab, issued directives which resulted into direct malpractice of Rs. 35 billion.
The report said that the Chief Minister Secretariat had been turned into a hub of corrupt practices and Nawaz Sharif used public money like an emperor that resulted into huge fiscal deficit of the province.
The Auditor General Report released in the year 1986-87 said that the then Chief Minister Nawaz Sharif had used Rs. 1200 million for malpractices in only one year.
Nawaz Sharif allotted 3000 precious Lahore Development Authority (LDA) plots among his favourites due to which the province suffered loss of billions of rupees.
Nawaz Sharif was the lead character of the Cooperative and Financial Institutions Scam, which deprived the retired employees, orphans, widows, and poor of their total assets amounting to Rs. 17 billion.
Nawaz Sharif released Rs. 1200 million from his discretionary grant in the year 1985-86 while Rs. 1895 million were released in 1986-87, Rs. 1899 million were used in 1987-88 while another Rs. 1887 million were distributed among his cronies.
1.4. RELATIONS WITH THE TERRORISTS
Nawaz Sharif, Shahbaz Sharif and other party leaders practically share and proudly identify commonalities between PML-N and Taliban and they have very close ties and cordial relations with terrorists and banned terrorist outfits. In early 90s Nawaz Sharif received huge sums of money from Osama Bin Laden to overthrow former Prime Minister of Pakistan Shaheed Benazir Bhutto’s Government. Even now PML-N’s cabinet members and spokespersons are commonly seen hanging around with members of those banned outfits, reportedly involved in managing terrorist attacks on thousands of innocent Pakistanis including soldiers, police officials and members of other law enforcement agencies.
Due to compromising attitude of PML-N’s leadership and their mild will to fight against the menace of terrorism the members of law enforcement agencies are completely demoralized. That is one of the reasons that the investigations against terrorists are not carried out in a proper manner and proof against arrested terrorists usually is not available. Due to the incapability of the Punjab Government terrible terrorist attacks took place in the province including suicide attack on Police Training School Bedian Road, blast in Moon Market Lahore, car bomb blast in the Rescue 15 building, car bomb blast in F.I.A building, suicide attack on Munawan Police Training Center, Model Town link road bomb blast, suicide attack on Jamia Naemia, terrorist attack on Ahmedi’s worship places, blasts in Imam Bargahs including Karbla Gammay Shah and suicide bomb blasts in the sacred shrine of Hazrat Data Gunj Buksh along with many others. After these attacks PML-N has morally lost its right of government in Punjab.
Further, it was Shahbaz Sharif, who instead of showing courage and political and moral will to fight against the enemies of Pakistan, in his speech in Jamia Naemia Lahore, begged for mercy from the terrorists. He, in a very disgraceful manner, requested them not to attack Punjab as they are likeminded and standing on the same side. This statement of Shahbaz Sharif reflects his mindset !
1.5. CONSPIRACIES AGAINST DEMOCRACY
Nawaz Sharif and Co. has always been involved in destabilizing the democratic system by one way or the other and did not even hesitate to take bribes to grab power. Lt. General (R) Naseerullah Babar, the former Interior Minister had disclosed in the National Assembly in 1994, that the ISI had disbursed money to purchase the loyalty of various right wing politicians, including that of Nawaz Sharif, in order to manipulate the 1990 elections, for the Islamic Jamhoori Ittehad (IJI- Pakistan democratic alliance), and bring about the defeat of the PPP. As proof Lt. General (R) Naseerullah Babar, Lt. General (R) Asad Durrani and others have filed affidavits supported by copies of various documents. In Air Marshal Asghar Khan’s human rights petition (HRC 19/96) in the Supreme Court of Pakistan against the former Chief of Army Staff Mirza Aslam Baig and the former Chief of the ISI and a banker concerning the criminal distribution of the people’s money for political purposes. The case is pending adjudication in the Supreme Court of Pakistan for the last 14 years.
1. 6. DECEIT AND LYING
Nawaz Sharif’s politics is based on the philosophy “lie repeatedly till it seems as the truth”. He has based his politics on deceit and lies. Nawaz Sharif and his “chellaz” believe in lying repeatedly and religiously follow their convictions in this regard. They are masters in the art of manipulation and alteration and use their wealth to achieve their goals. One example is enough to expose their hideous character. After conviction in the hijacking case, Nawaz Sharif and his family approached foreign friends who persuaded President Pervez Musharraf to have mercy and forgive them. Nawaz Sharif, Shahbaz Sharif and family sought pardon and signed agreements including a commitment not to participate in politics for a period of ten years but they kept lying and hid the existence of these agreements from the nation until the head of Saudi Arabian Secret Agency, Prince Miqran Bin Abdul Aziz and Prime Minister of Lebanon Mr. Saad Hariri’s unveiled the existence of these agreements and Ch. Nisar had to admit the existence of these agreements during the press conference of Javed Hashmi. Sharif brothers in return of Pervez Musharraf’s “Ehsaan” (generosity) have not only crossed all limits of hostility but also lied to the nation. Would Nawaz Sharif and his “chellaz” ever tender apology to the Pakistani Nation, for lying to them for so many years?
1.7. POLICE STATE
Under the horrible times of Shahbaz Sharif’s Government the Punjab province has been virtually converted in to a “Badmaash” (rogue) province. Here police officials get involved in heinous and brutal criminal activities like one in Sialkot. The administration did not take any action against the shameful and atrocious lynching of two young brothers until the footage was telecast on electronic channels. It is believed that only in Gujranwala Division, where a brother of PML (N) MNA was deputed as head of police department, more than two hundred extra judicial killings have taken place. The record shows that in Punjab, police force has been continuously used to harass and insult political rivals. An endless campaign of lodging false FIRs against political opponents has also been initiated. Use of brutal police force and baton-charge has become a routine. Every segment of society including journalists, doctors, teachers, students, nurses, Government employees, semi Government and private institutions and lawyers have faced the brutality of police while protesting for their demands.
1.8. POOR GOVERNANCE & MALADMINISTRATION
It is a hard fact that poor governance & maladministration is trade mark of Sharif brothers. Shahbaz Sharif is an attention-seeker and likes to show off. For the sake of “cheap publicity” he has started calling himself “Khadam-e-Ala” but miserably failed to meet the challenges of governance and administration. It’s a harsh reality that during his tenure in Punjab all institutions deteriorated conspicuously. In order to achieve their motives, Sharifs always appoint their blue eyed personnel on key posts by completely ignoring merit. Almost all districts of Punjab are being run by grade 19 officers who are incapable hence a basic reason for poor governance. Due to his dictatorial approach Shahbaz Sharif himself heads 12 provincial ministries and he seldom holds cabinet meeting. He takes decisions over ruling, the cabinet. His obstinate behavior is the prime reason for the maladministration in the province. It would be just and appropriate to suggest that Sharifs have failed to establish a democratic spirit in their government and have completely overlooked the norms of democratic political setups.
1.9. CRIMINAL ASSAULT ON THE SUPREME COURT OF PAKISTAN
In order to consolidate and attain more power, ‘the champion of democracy and independent judiciary’, Nawaz Sharif attacked every individual and institution, he felt could get in the way and challenge his authority. In order to get rid of Chief Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, who Nawaz Sharif despised, the latter created divisions amongst the judges using the humble services of a former judge, Rafique Tarrar (later President of Pakistan) to make life difficult for the Chief Justice. A group of judges refused to acknowledge CJ Sajjad Ali Shah as the Chief Justice and things got so bad that a number of junior judges made it difficult for him to carry out his duties. Eventually, Sharif ordered his thugs to attack the Supreme Court in order to prevent the Chief Justice from giving a ruling against him.
The police did nothing to stop Sharif’s thugs as they attacked and entered the Supreme Court premises. The judges inside the building barely managed to escape. The thugs, led by Sajjad Naseem and Mushtaq Tahir Kheli, Nawaz Sharif’s political secretaries, entered the court chanting anti-CJ Sajjad slogans and destroyed the Court Room.
1. 10. CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE PRESS AND JOURNALISTS
A number of incidents during 1998-99 indicated a pattern of harassment and intimidation of individual journalists as the government was increasingly becoming intolerant. Imtiaz Alam, a Lahore-based journalist, complains of threats over the telephone and then of his car being set on fire in a mysterious manner the next day. Another Lahore journalist, Mahmud Lodhi, was picked up and held in illegal custody for two days. He was questioned about his involvement with a BBC team filming a documentary on the rise and wealth of the Sharif family. Present Pakistani ambassador in USA Mr. Hussain Haqqani was picked up in a cloak-and-dagger fashion and interrogated at a FIA Center for money embezzlement while he held government office.
The residence of Idrees Bakhtiar, a senior staff reporter of monthly Herald and BBC correspondent in Karachi was raided by CIA police on Nov. 26, 1998. The police harassed the family and also arrested his 28-year old son, Moonis, who was later released. On Feb. 13, 1999, three persons, including Senator Abdul Hayee Baloch and a lady worker from Lahore, were injured when the police baton-charged, used water cannons and threw bricks on a peaceful procession of the Pakistan Awami Ittehad in front of the parliament house in Islamabad. The march, organized by the PAI for the freedom of the press, was led by PAI president Nawabzada Nasrullah Khan (late), the then opposition leader Shaheed Benazir Bhutto and secretary general of the alliance Hamid Nasir Chatta, besides a number of sitting and former PPP MNAs and senators.
The owner of the Frontier Post, Rehmat Shah Afridi, was arrested in Lahore on April 2, 1999, by the Anti-narcotics Force. The Peshawar-based Frontier Post was critical of government policies. Afridi’s arrest was seen by journalists and others as another attempt to gag the Press. On May 8, 1999, Najam Sethi, Editor of The Friday Times, was arrested on the orders of Nawaz Sharif. Police stormed into his house in Lahore and dragged him out of his bed room. After brutal torture and breaking furniture of the house he was shifted to some unknown place. And before leaving the house with Mr. Sethi, they tied his wife Jugnoo’s hands with a rope and locked her up in a dressing room. Later, Nawaz Sharif asked COAS Gen. Musharraf to charge Mr. Sethi under the Pakistan Army Act for being a traitor and give him maximum punishment (maximum punishment is death!).
The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), a press freedom organization, said on June 1, 1999 that it was conducting an investigation into a “hit list” prepared by the Pakistan government that contains 35 prominent journalists of Pakistan. According to reports received by the CPJ, the federal government had decided to establish a special media cell comprising officials from the police, Intelligence Bureau and the Federal Investigation Agency to punish the journalists, who had been writing against the government. Ehtesab Bureau Chairman, Senator Saifur Rehman Khan was to head this cell which would function from Lahore, Islamabad, Karachi and Peshawar with its head office in Islamabad.
According to the CPJ, the journalists were: Irshad Ahmed Haqqani (late), Rehmat Ali Razi, Anjum Rasheed, (writer and anchor person) Suhail Warraich, Sohaib Marghoob and (late) Roman Ehsan (Jang Lahore), M. Ziauddin (Dawn Islamabad), Dr. Maleeha Lodhi, Javed Jaidi, Nusrat Javeed, Mariana Babar and Ansaar Abbassi (The News, Islamabad), Rehana Hakeem and Zahid Hussain (Newsline), Ejaz Haider, Khalid Ahmed, Jugnu Mohsin and Adnan Adil (The Friday Times, Lahore), Mahmood Sham (Jang, Karachi), Rashed Rehman (The Nation, Lahore), Amir Ahmed Khan (Herald, Karachi), Imtiaz Aalam, Beena Sarwar, Shafiq Awan, Kamila Hyat and Amir Mir (The News Lahore), Abbas Athar (Nawa-e-Waqt, Lahore), Kamran Khan and Shehzad Amjad (The News Karachi), Azam Khalil (Pulse), Mohammad Malik (Tribune), Imtiaz Ahmed (The Frontier Post, Peshawar), Ilyas Chaudhry (Jang Rawalpindi), Naveed Meraj (The Frontier Post, Islamabad) and Syed Talat Hussain (The Nation, Islamabad).
The Government of Nawaz Sharif started a campaign against the Jang group in July 1998 when it refused to sack a number of journalists critical of Government policies. The government objected to the Jang group newspapers’ reporting about the law and order situation in the country and put a ban on advertisement. On August 13, a report was published about non-payment of Rs. 700 million to farmers by the sugar mills owned by the Nawaz Sharif family. Three days later, the government sent notices to Jang for non payment of taxes and the case was shifted to the Ehtesab cell. On September 27, 1998, the Government asked the Jang group not to publish a report of ‘The Observer London’ that Nawaz Sharif had siphoned off millions of rupees. The report was not published by the Jang but it was published by its sister English newspaper The News. On November 5, bank accounts of the Jang group were frozen and FIA raided the Jang and the News offices in Rawalpindi and customs authorities stopped delivery of newsprint to the Jang.
On Jan 28 1999, a sedition case was registered against Mir Shakil-ur-Rehman for publishing an advertisement of Muttahida’s Khidmat-e-Khalq Foundation on January 1, which according to the police, was aimed at inciting people against the state.
Mir Shakil-ur-Rehman revealed that Senator Saif-ur-Rehman asked him to sack a number of Jang employees who should be replaced in consultation with the Government. He released to the press audio-tapes of conversation with Saif-ur-Rehman on this issue. Saif-ur-Rehman accused Mir Shakil-ur-Rehman for evading tax and customs duty to the tune of Rs. 2.6 billion.
The hostility of Sharifs towards media is also evident from the fact that in the parliamentary history of Pakistan for the first time a resolution, condemning the media, was tabled (by a group of MPAs belonging to Nawaz League) and passed in the Punjab Assembly.
1. 11. DESTABILIZATION OF INSTITUTIONS
There is probably no institution in Pakistan which Nawaz Sharif did not aggressively confront in order to make them comply with his wishes. Besides picking a fight with the President, the Judiciary and the restricted/limited media of that time, Sharif also decided to have a confrontation with the army, the only viable institution left in Pakistan. Due to his hostile and dumb approach in Nawaz Sharif’s first term as prime minister, he fell out with three successive army chiefs: General Mirza Aslam Beg, General Asif Nawaz and General Abdul Waheed Kakar. During his second tenure, he fell out with two other Generals, General Karamat and later with General Pervez Musharraf. General Karamat became the first Chief of Army Staff in the history of Pakistan to have been prematurely retired!
One by one all challenges and potential obstacles to his dictatorial mindset were removed from his way by Nawaz Sharif. Ghulam Ishaq Khan, Farooq Leghari, Sajjad Ali Shah, and General Jehangir Karamat were all removed from the scene by Nawaz Sharif.
1. 12. Ill-CONSIDERED ECONOMIC DECISIONS
Nawaz Sharif’s ill-considered economic decisions cost Pakistan dearly! But the Sharif family’s personal business empire grew exponentially through questionable means.
Nawaz Sharif, during his tenure as Chief Minister Punjab from 1988-90, deprived the provincial departments of Rs. 15.35 billion. In addition in 1997-99 he caused huge loss amounting in 11 billion US dollars to private account holders by freezing foreign currency accounts contrary to the law and constitution wherein he and his cronies managed to get away with huge sums even after the freeze. Billions of dollars were removed from the banks without the permission/consent of the account holders but the accounts of common Pakistanis were withheld.
In last two and half years, Shahbaz Sharif wasted more than 40 billion rupees in “Sasti Roti” and other subsidized food schemes that had been initiated to earn cheap popularity and to benefit their political supporters. Admittedly these funds have been distributed amongst their own supporters without any audit just to gain political mileage. A huge chunk of these funds has been disbursed by the ghost “Tandurs” (burners) owners. Inflation and un-employment is rocketing day by day due to the ill-conceived decisions of the provincial government. This is one of the reasons that Punjab could not help flood victims at the time because they had utilized their funds in senseless politically motivated schemes and now have an overdraft amounting Rs. 80 billion.
1.13. SELLING KASHMIR CAUSE TO VAJPAYEE IN 1999 AND HUMILATING ARMED FORCES IN USA, DURING KARGIL
The so called son of soil Nawaz Sharif virtually sold Kashmir in 1999 during Indian PM’s visit to Lahore. Nawaz Sharif deleted the word Kashmir from the joint declaration to please Indian counterpart. By crossing all the limits of treachery and falsehood Nawaz Sharif and his cronies claim that Pakistan armed forces lost the Kargil war. In fact, due to the decisions of Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan lost this war in the drawing room of the American President after wining it in the battlefield.
1. 14. ATOMIC EXPLOSIONS
It is a proven fact that in 1998 Nawaz Sharif was double-minded about the atomic explosions. While the nation waited breathlessly for a befitting reply to India, Nawaz Sharif was busy in negotiating economic packages with US Government. Gohar Ayub Khan, who was foreign minister at that time, has also corroborated this fact in his book.
■APML demands from the Government to immediately initiate proceedings on the pending references against Nawaz Sharif.
■Nawaz Sharif and his Family must declare their assets both inside and outside Pakistan.
■Nawaz Sharif must apologize from Pakistani nation for lying and hiding the existence of pardon and all other agreements that were formulated between him and Pervez Musharraf.
■Nawaz Sharif Must tender apology for the heinous campaign against press and journalists and for the criminal attack on Supreme Court of Pakistan.
Dear Friends! Politics is every body’s right and PML-N will have to face Pervez Musharraf politically. They cannot befool Pakistani public any more. We challenge them to bring their achievements and we will present ours. But knowing PML-N’s track record it seems they will lie again. We wish to seek our future from the People of Pakistan. Let the people decide.
All Pakistan Muslim League-APML
The Nawaz league’s recent hooliganism and the destruction of public property isn’t nationalism or a fight for justice. It is sheer terrorism that should be
punishable by death! Someone please rid us of both Zardari, Nawaz.
Nawaz Sharif has suddenly discovered that Zardari has illegal assets and is not a graduate. Why did Mr. Sharif not raise these issues when he was developing a new ‘brotherhood’ with the country’s number one criminal? If he knew all this from the start, and he did, then Mr. Sharif is such a buffoon that he no longer remains mentally qualified to assume any major public office. He should probably stop believing in fairy tales because this one could possibly bring down the entire country and not just the PPP.
By HAMZA GULZAR
Sunday, 1 March 2009.
LAHORE, Pakistan—Someone please explain to me the recent acts of street terrorism and dirty politics being carried out by Nawaz Sharif?
After the Supreme Court verdict against the two brothers, Sharif has embarked on a countrywide rampage to somehow force Zardari into an early election so that the PML (N) could come back with a 2/3rd majority. Humorous isn’t it? Sharif should probably stop believing in fairy tales because this one could possibly bring down the entire country and not just the PPP.
Surprising how Mr. Sharif’s PML-N has suddenly discovered that President Zardari is playing dirty and has illegal assets abroad, that the NRO is the reason why he is not reinstating the former Chief Justice and that Zardari might have a hand in Benazir’s murder.
These are the recent statements given by major party leaders including Sharif. But why did Nawaz Sharif not raise these issues when he was developing a new ‘brotherhood’ with the country’s number one criminal? If he knew all this from the start, and he did, then Mr. Sharif is such a buffoon that he no longer remains mentally qualified to assume any major public office. On the other hand if Sharif knew about everything from the beginning then what’s the point of all this?
Here’s what the real game was all about. Sharif’s blood was filled with personal vendetta against Musharraf and his former allies in the PML (Q), he chose to trade nationalism and patriotism for his personal desire to reinstate Iftikhar Chaudhry as revenge against Musharraf. Sharif knew that if the former CJ came back he would finally settle score with Musharraf and Zardari, leaving Nawaz to become Prime Minister of the country along the way.
Zardari on the other hand was smart. By playing cool he exploited the weaknesses of Sharif, Iftikhar brigade and the ragtag political entities like the APDM. The only thing he wanted was absolute power and he achieved it in a game of mass deception. But let’s not point the finger only at Zardari. The simple fact is that both of them chose to put the country behind them in order to gain personal glory, Zardari won and Sharif lost.
The Nawaz league was so obsessed with the lawyers’ issue that they have come to the point of suffocating themselves by becoming silly cry babies. Nawaz was in a dilemma just a couple of days before the SC verdict.
In an interview with ‘Comic TV’ he expressed his displeasure at the lawyers for not consulting him and stated that the doors for negotiations with President Zardari were always open.
In just a couple of days you see a totally different approach from the PML (N). Why?
Because Sharif wasn’t willing to risk the Punjab government until the right time came to strike at Zardari but once he was certain that the judges had made up their minds he rediscovered Iftikhar Chaudhry and conveniently changed his posture.
The Nawaz league’s recent hooliganism and the destruction of public property isn’t nationalism or a fight for justice. It is sheer terrorism that should be punishable by death!
If both the ruling party and the Sharif brothers are so sincere then why doesn’t one of them file for a review petition? Well we all know that Sharif doesn’t ‘recognize’ the courts under whose supervision they took part in the elections so I suggest a better alternative: table a bill in the Parliament that seeks to reverse the SC’s decision. The end result will show the real intentions of both parties. But neither party would go for a peaceful settlement simply because their intentions are malicious.
I pray everyday that this corrupt and sold-out government is overthrown but if Zardari has to go, so should Nawaz Sharif. I recently discovered a Facebook group that so eloquently describes it all: India we want peace-as a CBM take Sharif and Zardari.
Mr. Gulzar is a Pakistani college student based in Lahore studying LLB (Hons.). He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
BY: Mubasher Lucman
It seems someone wants to forgive him yet again! I was amazed to see this letter in my inbox, and I could not resist responding promptly. Let me know if you agree with my retort?
My husband is a liar and a cheat. He has cheated on me from the start, and, when I confront him, he denies everything. What’s worse, everyone knows that he cheats on me. It is so degrading. Also, since he lost his job almost eight years ago, he hasn’t even looked for a new one. All he does every day is smoke cigars, travel around and B.S. with his buddies while I have to work to pay the bills. Since our daughter went away to college he doesn’t even pretend to like me and hints that I may be attracted to women. What should I do?
Grow up and dump him. Good grief, woman. You don’t need him anymore! You’re a Senator running for President of the United States. Act like one !!!
Can we ever learn to forgive all of those around us for making terrible mistakes again and again? Are you brave enough to forgive our politicians who constantly remind us we need democracy more than we require electricity (Kala Bagh Dam). Can you forgive those who wish to restore the constitution by breaking laws of the country? Who (Politicians) promise us jobs if they are brought to power but will refuse to pay their own party workers? Who brag about what all they did for us, things that we would rather not remember at all? If inquired they perhaps will struggle to recall the names of the ordinary folks who died for them in one of their rallies?
I love the Americans; they can forgive so easily, just about anyone who apologizes. Even when most of the offenses seem inexcusable. For instance I often wonder how Don King has managed to forgive his electrician. Wow! That’s why I have decided to do some forgiving myself as part of my New Year’s resolutions.
— I forgive film star Shaan for the poor show of “Ghunda No I.
— I forgive Waheed Hussain for all his shows on Business Plus.
— I forgive the Indians for all the hate movies they have made about Pakistan.
— I forgive Spider Man for stealing my son’s heart.
— I forgive Keanu Reeves for stealing my daughter’s hairstyle.
— I forgive Angelina Jolie for baring it all in a movie. What’s more I am eagerly waiting to forgive her again and again.
I have many Indian friends and they have never forgiven us for Pakistan. Every time one meets them they manage to speak with a renewed nostalgia, “Man I wish we were together. We are just the same, no?” “No”.
Indian space scientists believe they can reach the moon by 2009, an achievement that would prompt the kind of hoarse carnival that greeted the 1998 nuclear tests. Millions of people would be in complete rapture, especially if India gets to the moon before Pakistan. Never mind that India’s mission would trail America’s by almost five decades. Never mind that Russia too has already managed countless lunar missions. What matters is that India would be the first South Asian country to reach the moon and Pakistan would not.
On the other hand Pakistan’s lunar probe would probably be unmanned – and perhaps that’s a good thing. Who knows what would happen if an Indian landed on the moon at the same time as a Pakistani?
Business Plus Anchor: “What a historic day this has been. In
the morning, we had the first moon landing by Pakistan; in the
afternoon, we had the first moon landing by India; and in
the evening, we had the first moon assault.”
An unmanned probe might prevent the moon’s first crime, but
it would also be a missed opportunity to reward a few people
with a space trip. I can think of several politicians who
deserve to be sent to the moon, including Mian Nawaz Shareef, Wasi Zafar and Ijaz Ul Haq. That way, even if the space craft doesn’t return back to earth, the mission would be super successful far as I am concerned.
Last night I went to a dinner and amongst others there was an Indian journalist who is visiting Pakistan. He was telling all guests about the great strides Indian lunar trip has made in the recent years. I couldn’t help remind him briefly about the chronology of the Indian Space edition to-date:
1976: As Indira Gandhi cheers, India’s first rocket,
carrying three astronauts, travels from a launch pad outside
Delhi into a nearby banyan tree. The astronauts return to
1987: Rajiv Gandhi watches proudly as India’s second rocket,
carrying five astronauts, reaches the top of a 25-story
building. The astronauts are rewarded with apartments in the
2003: An Indian man becomes the first astronaut to land on
Venus, when he jumps on her at Wimbledon. Fortunately, the
tennis champion is unhurt.
I reminded Sri Balakishan politely that a trip to the moon would cost over $500.5 million, raising questions about its merit, given India’s well-known surplus poverty. After all, the government could replace one trip to the moon with about 500 million trips to the nearest Burger King.
Even better, the Indian government could finance numerous
learning projects to benefit its children. Like in Pakistan some of us may not approve of President Pervaiz Musharraf but at least he is trying very hard to raise the number of schools in the rural areas. For Instead of the people saying, “We went to the moon,” we would rather say, “We went to school.” Now that’s a remarkable achievement.
Balakishan please find a way to forgive me for my indiscretion but I really do not see any merits out of a space mission. You spend money; loads of it and the astronauts have to endure a terrible life. The hardships on a space ship are in abundance. I have yet to see a space ship that comes with a flush toilet. The astronauts must use a specially designed, state-of-the-art hole in the floor. Every time they use it, they create a new satellite around the earth. Perhaps one of the privileges of being an astronaut is naming these new satellites. I read about a Russian astronaut who went into serious depression after orbiting for three months around the Earth. It takes patience and toughness to be an astronaut. Trust me I know what I am saying. Can you imagine yourself in an enclosed space with two other men for three long months when none will ever take a bath? Don’t ask me why? I am not a rocket scientist. I can only guess, perhaps if you tried to take a bath or shower in the gravity-free space ship, the water would shoot straight up. Who knows the shampoo might float. And perhaps if you’re comparatively older, you’d have reason to celebrate, realizing that no part of your body is pointing downward.
In a perfect world we all will find an excuse to forgive each other. The children in India will have to find a way to forgive its government for doing nothing to combat the increasing poverty. Pakistan Tehreek E Insaaf members will have to forgive Imran Khan for quitting the electoral race. The families of the innocent people who died in suicide attacks will perhaps find strength to forgive those who slaughter brazenly in the name of religion. Maybe we Pakistanis can forgive each other and develop into one nation. Sri Balakishan, may God give you the strength to forgive me for ruining you lunar trip. I on the other hand may find a way to be able to forgive Mian Nawaz Shareef for lying repeatedly when he maintained he never had a deal with the government. He later admitted to having one for only “Five years”. Balakishan refuses to answer my phone calls. Perhaps he is in no mood to forgive me but can you also please try and forgive Mian Nawaz Shareef?
KARACHI, Pakistan—The Defense Bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last week, which imposes tough conditions on American military aid to Pakistan, has revived memories of the infamous Larry Pressler.
He, of course, was the Republican senator from South Dakota who, in 1986, sponsored the notorious Pressler Amendment to the U.S. Foreign Assistance Act, under which all American military and economic aid to Pakistan was stopped in October 1990, when President George H W Bush — Dubya‘s dad — said he could no longer certify that Pakistan did not possess nuclear weapons.
That cut off all U.S. aid to Pakistan, including the delivery of 28 F-16 fighter aircraft, which were part of a larger order for 42 F-16s that Pakistan had placed on General Dynamics Corporation of the United States in 1988. The aircraft were to be paid for in installments under the U.S. ‘Foreign Military Sales’ program.
At the time when the Pressler ban was imposed, Pakistan had made only an initial down payment of $ 50 million for the aircraft. Had Islamabad decided not to make any more installment payments, the national exchequer would have been out-of-pocket only to the tune of that initial $ 50 million.
But the then-Nawaz Sharif government, in its infinite wisdom, chose to continue making installment payments of $ 90 million every three months, even though senior U.S. State Department officials had publicly stated on more than one occasion that, after the imposition of the Pressler ban, there was “no question” of the United States supplying any military equipment or economic aid to Pakistan.
Between February 1991 and April 1993, I wrote a series of 14 detailed investigative articles for The News, pointing out repeatedly that Pakistan would neither get the planes nor its money back and urging the government to stop further payments. The trick, in life, is to be wiser BEFORE the event, not after it.
All those warnings fell on deaf ears, however, and the Nawaz administration continued to pay the installments as and when they ‘fell due’ under the terms of the original agreement with General Dynamics, notwithstanding the fact that the agreement had become invalid after the Pressler ban was imposed and the U.S. government had refused to deliver the aircraft.
It was only after the Nawaz government was dismissed by then-President Ghulam Ishaq Khan on April 18, 1993, and the Balakh Sher Mazari-caretaker government took over that Ilahi Bakhsh Soomro, a member of the caretaker cabinet, wrote a letter to the U.S. manufacturer in May 1993 stating that no further installment payments would be made.
By then, however, the total amount that had been paid to the manufacturer had swelled to $ 658 million — all thanks to the Nawaz government, though it was said at the time that an element of sleaze was also involved in the government’s decision to continue with the payments, with millions of dollars of the money allegedly going ‘missing’ and finding its way into the pockets of Pakistani middlemen.
To add insult to injury, the U.S. government continued to bill Pakistan several million dollars a year as ‘parking charges’ for the 28 aircraft that were parked at a U.S. air force base in Tuscon, Arizona. And that’s where they remained for more than 10 long years, with Islamabad having to shell out some $ 20 million in parking fees.
But what was our old friend Larry Pressler up to in the meantime? Well, he chaired the South Asia subcommittee of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for a while in the 1980s and the 1990s, but lost his Senate seat in the 1996 mid-term congressional elections, despite receiving substantial campaign contributions from the Indian lobby in Washington as well as from Indian political action committees.
Given this lucrative Indian connection, it came as no surprise to anybody when, in January 2003, Pressler again turned up like a bad penny, this time as an advocate for the US making India an ally, in an article written by him in the Washington Times from Bangalore, India, headlined India: a natural ally.
This is how the article began: “Fast forward to November 1, 2003. The Iraq war is over. Saddam Hussein is gone (somewhere?)! We won! U.S. troops return to ticker-tape parades, the world bows to America‘s superpower with our citizens living in homeland peace forever after. Right? No, unfortunately, probably wrong.
“After a seemingly inevitable and necessary war with Iraq, President George W Bush may bask in victory. But Americans must also anticipate post-war chaos, as the Muslim world seethes with anti-American hatred. China and North Korea flex their muscles, the threat of terrorism increases, and countries tell U.S. citizens and businesses to stay at home.
“Post-Iraq, America will attempt to engage the Muslim world through diplomacy, but it must also send its Peace Corps volunteers, business leaders and college students with aid and assistance to placate those who hate us. More importantly, we will need to identify our friends and to stand by those countries that reflect our faith in democracy, human rights and religious freedom.“
And then came the clincher — the commercial message from Larry Pressler’s sponsor, as it were. “When Mr Bush woos his closest allies in the post-Iraq war era, India should be first among them,” he wrote. So now the cat was well and truly out of the bag.
To reinforce his message, Pressler added: “I write from Bangalore in southern India, where the summer sun and the outlook for the town’s software companies shine equally bright — as the ancient Silk Road linked India to the West, so the software trade links it to the United States. But these ties are not nearly close enough. The United States for too long has treated India and Pakistan as equal allies in the region, when America would be better served if it set India and China side-by-side and gave India the edge.”
There was more in this fulsome pro-India vein, but you get the picture. What Pressler seemed to have overlooked, however, in his apparent eagerness to serve as a lobbyist for India was that the “ancient Silk Road” he spoke of in his article terminates in what, today, is Pakistan, not India.
Mr. Omar is a renowned Pakistani journalist. This is a slightly edited version of his original weekly column Newswatch published in the daily newspaper The News.
Friday, 19 December 2008
Mariam Nawaz Sharif: Illegal admission in a medical college and migration to King Edward Medical college exposed… Double standards!!!
Maryam Nawaz Sharif and Farah Dogar: Daughter Wars
Written by: Sumaira
As PML(N) is after the daughter of chief justice Abdul Hameed Dogar, the MQM has sneaked in and distributing pamphlets about the illegal migration of Maryam Nawaz Sharif from Army Medical College, Rawalpindi to the King Edward Medical college, Lahore.
As the daughter wars raging high, nation is flabbergasted over the issue. While the India is threatening at our Eastern borders and the NATO is heating up attacks on our Western borders, while the mainland Pakistan suffers from all kinds of crisis and the economy is plummeting in the darkness of loadshedding, jacking up of numbers and migration of daughters are the hot issues.
Well these daughter nepotism issues are surely important but then they are routine in Pakistan. If a survey is carried out by the impartial parties then very very few, if any, of the politican, bureaucrat, or army officer would be left without garnering any benefit for his or her family and friends. Accountability should be carried out, but there is a place and time of everything, and this is not the time for this daughter juggernaut.
Two richest women in Pakistan: Kulsoom Nawaz and Maryam Nawaz
Do you know that Mariam Nawaz Sharif is one of the richest persons in Pakistan? She owns a number of businesses gifted to her by her father and also received in bribes by her husband from leading politicians, bureaucrats and smugglers in Abbottabad.
A leading carpet export business in Lahore, Gulshan Carpets, is owned by ladies of Ittefaq group ( Mariam Nawaz Sharif, Sabiha Shrif) but operated on their behalf by one Sheikh Hamid. No reference is ever made to Gulshan Carpets in any of the business transactions of the Ittefaq Group.
Begum Kalsoom Nawaz Sharif is the daughter of Doctor Hafiz Butt. She alleged pay a professor to write her PhD thesis at Punjab University on ‘Urdu Shayeri mein Fitrat Nigari 1857’. Doctor Hafiz (father of Begum Kalsoon Nawaz) was son in law of famous wrestler Gama Pehlwan. This family eats a lot and ordinary means cannot feed their hunger, that’s why they resort to corruption and bribery.
However, she very rightly complained that during her hubsand’s persecution at the hand of Pervez Musharraf, many elements (except Javed Hashmi) in the PML did not support her, but rather opted for a policy of non-confrontation with the army. For months before the exile of Nawaz Sharif to Saudi Arabia, Kalsoom built a momentum for political activity. It paid off in the form of putting an end to the agony of her husband in jail when her husband signed a letter of apology and committed to refrain from politics for ten years.
‘Rules bent for Mariam Nawaz’
Staff Report (Daily Times, 15 Dec 2008)
LAHORE: Rules were bent in 1991 to admit Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Mariam Nawaz to King Edward Medical College in Lahore, Pakistan People’s Party leader Munawwar Anjum said on Sunday.
Anjum, who is a member of the Central Executive Committee of the PPP, was commenting on Nawaz’s demand for the resignation of the chief justice of Pakistan after a controversy over his daughter’s admission to a medical college.
“Perhaps Mr Sharif can make such demands because the method he used to get Mariam into the KEMC was more suave,” he said, talking exclusively to Daily Times.
Mariam was a grade-B student in matric and FSc and scored 580 out of 850, and 767 out of 1,100 in the two exams in 1989 and 1991 respectively, he said.
“Clearly, she did not qualify for admission to the KEMC on open merit. She was admitted to the Army Medical College in Rawalpindi and was migrated after only a month to the KEMC, which she left without completing her degree,” Anjum said.
He said it was ‘almost comical’ that having done something similar, the Sharifs were pointing fingers at the chief justice.
Mariam Nawaz deprived three candidates of admission in medical colleges
ISLAMABAD: PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif wants CJ Abdul Hameed Dogar to resign over allegation that his daughter received undue favour for admission in a private medical college, but he is yet to offer an apology for his own daughter Mariam actually receiving such favour for enrolment in a public sector medical college in 1991, according to a report published in the Weekly Pulse.
That year, Mariam Nawaz’s marks, 765 out of 1,000, in F Sc were too low to get admission in any public sector medical college in Punjab, and the minimum provincial merit was 803/1,000 at Quaid-e-Azam Medical College, Bahawalpur.
Mariam wanted admission in King Edward Medical College (KEMC) in hometown Lahore. But with her father as PM and uncle, Shahbaz Sharif, as CM, how could it be that her wish was not realized, the report said. She was first admitted to Army Medical College Rawalpindi, in 1991, and within a couple of months, was migrated to King Edward in clear violation of Migration rules. Mariam’s deprived not just one but two candidates competing for admission in public sector medical colleges. If this was not enough, investigations reveal that one professor at KEMC, Dr Shahnaz Javed of Physiology Dept was transferred from the college for not allowing an illegal increase in her attendance percentage to meet her attendance shortage for lectures in that subject.—Online
PML-N starts crying while Nawaz Sharif’s corruption in the case of her daughter’s admission in a Medical College and later migration to King Edwards Medical College exposed in the National Assembly
Kundi takes notice of pamphlet distribution
ISLAMABAD, Dec 19 (APP): Deputy Speaker, National Assembly Faisal Kundi Friday said no material can be distributed on floor of the House or within the Parliament premises without permission of the Speaker. “In view of rules of business and the statements of members I observe that no printed or other material can be distributed in the Parliament premises without permission of the Speaker,” Kundi observed in response to a point of order regarding distribution of a pamphlet against Mariam Nawaz daughter of PML-N chief, Mian Nawaz Sharif.
“Let me look into the matter and find out,” he said when members Shahnaz Sheikh and Hanif Abbasi raised the issue on floor of the House showing the pamphlet.
The members claimed that the pamphlet, alleging illegal migration of Mariam Nawaz Sharif to King Edward Medical college and seeking apologies from Nawaz Sharif, was being distributed in the Parliament premises and the government should answer why it was happening.
Shahnaz Sheikh said, the issue of Farrah Dogar was being discussed in media for several days and “today pamphlets are being distributed against Mariam Nawaz.”
“This exercise is uncalled for. They are daughters of the nation and we should ensure their respect and dignity,” Ms Sheikh said.
She said when the country was confronting with important security issues, the politicians and the media should focus on national security instead of getting involved in casual issues. “I also request Mian Nawaz Sharif to focus on national issues.”
MNA Hanif Abbasi said, maligning Nawaz Sharif through a pamphlet being distributed within the premises of the Parliament is deliberate.
He demanded an inquiry committee to probe the matter, otherwise he said, his party would expose every illegal act of the members and leaders highlighting their shortcomings.
“Whose marks were tampered, we would talk about that. But distribution of pamphlets within the Parliament premises calls for proper action,” he said.
He said his party might have not objected, had the pamphlets been distributed on roads, but it has been done within the Parliament premises.
Deputy Speaker remarked that he would look into the matter.
“Let me check how it happened,” he said.
Mariam Nawaz’s Illegal Migration to King Edward
By Pulse Report December 18, 2008
PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif has asked Chief Justice of Pakistan Abdul Hameed Dogar to resign as part of the propaganda campaign in a section of the press alleging that Chief Justice’s daughter Farah Hameed Dogar received special favour in F Sc examination from the Federal Board, which facilitated her admission in the International Islamic Medical College.
This is despite the fact that Mr. Sharif’s own daughter, Mariam Nawaz, was awarded a special favour coincidentally also with regard to admission in a medical college, which, in her case, happens to be a public sector institution.
Weekly Pulse investigations reveal that Mariam Nawaz scored 580 marks out of 850 marks in the Matric exam with a B Grade and 765 marks out of 1000 marks in F Sc (Pre-Medical) with a B Grade. These marks were too low to get admission in any public sector medical college in Punjab in 1991, which Mr Sharif was the Prime Minister and the PML-N had a government in Punjab.
Mariam Nawaz was interested in getting admission in the King Edwards Medical College, Lahore, which is Pakistan’s leading medical college and, therefore, the most competitive in admission merit. The admissions in medical colleges were granted on All-Punjab basis, with the lowest merit being 803 marks in the F Sc (pre-Medical), at the Quaid-i-Azam Medical College, Bahawalpur. Obviously, the merit at the King Edwardss Medical College was far higher.
Mariam Nawaz was admitted to the Army Medical College, Rawalpindi, in 1991. However, within a short time of one month or so, Mariam Nawaz was migrated to King Edwards Medical College in violation of the Migration Policy.
As per the rules mentioned in the Prospects of the Government Medical Colleges in the Punjab for Session 1991-92 regarding Migration, such migration shall be allowed only after the student has cleared the First Professional Examination.”
In detail, the said Migration rule for “a student who has been admitted in one medical college of the Province” and wants to migrate to another college within the province during the same course,” sets three conditions, two of which pertain to the father/guardian of the student either dying or transferred to another city being a government servant.
The rule says that migration should be discouraged under normal circumstances and the respective principals must agree before it takes place. The third rule that applies to Mariam Nawaz’s case, but was violated, states the following: “The migration can be allowed on compassionate grounds if both the principals agree. Such migration shall be allowed only after the student has cleared first, Professional Examination. The clause shall not be applicable to those admitted against Divisional, Under-Developed Seats.”
Since Mariam Nawaz was not admitted under such reserved seats, the above-mentioned clause duly applied to her case. Without appearing in the first Professional Examination, she was migrated from Army Medical College to King Edwards Medical College. She did not appear in the first Professional Examination even at King Edwards Medical College, and left the college before that.
Now those behind the mischievous campaign against Chief Justice Dogar’s daughter seem to imply that by using an “illegal” favour, she deprived another candidate of the right to get admission in the International Islamic Medical College, which, unlike King Edwards Medical College, is a private sector institution.
If the same criteria is applied to Mariam Nawaz’s case, then she deprived not just one but two candidates competing for admission in public sector medical colleges in 1991. If this was not enough, Pulse investigations reveal that one professor at King Edwards Medical College, Dr Shahnaz Javed of Physiology Department was transferred from the college for not allowing an illegal increase in her attendance percentage to meet her attendance shortage for lectures in that subject.
This magazine has further learnt that, in 1998, Mariam Nawaz again applied to the Principal of King Edwards Medical College to obtain admission in MBBS but was able to obtain admission in the Fatima Jinnah Medical College, Lahore. The request was approved by the Admission Committee of the College. Despite that, Mariam Nawaz did not join, thereby depriving a third candidate of the right to be admitted in a public sector medical college.
As against Mariam Nawaz, the current chief justice’s daughter is being targeted for seeking a favour, which, as she explained in a recent press statement, was no favour as such. Farah Hameed Dogar was just one of the 1093 applicants who applied for re-checking of their answer sheets after the Federal Bureau of Intermediate and Secondary Education declared the results for 2008.
According to her statement, she was among the 201 students for whom the broad issued revised mark sheets in accordance with rules and regulations, and that she applied for admission only in three private medical colleges which admit students on self-finance basis. She got admission in the International Islamic Medical College wherein 50 seats are filled on merit and another 50 are reserved for children of overseas Pakistanis. The college has one seat reserved for Al-Mizan Foundation, a welfare body for retired judges. This seat is rotated every year among the four provinces and in 2008 it was reserved for Sindh. That is how Farah Hameed Dogar was able to get admission at the International Islamic Medical College.
Compare this issue, which is pending hearing in the Islamabad High Court, with the mockery of justice done in the case of Mariam Nawaz, who was able to enter Pakistan’s best public sector medical college, the King Edwards with just 767 out of 1000 marks in F Sc (Pre-Medical) in 1991, despite the fact that the lowest admission merit that year was 803 out of 1000 marks in the F Sc (pre-Medical) at the Quaid-i-Azam Medical College, Bahawalpur.
17 years have passed since rules were violated to facilitate the illegal migration of Mariam Nawaz from Army Medical College, Rawalpindi, to King Edwards Medical College, Lahore, depriving two legitimate candidates of admission in public sector medical colleges of the Punjab. A decade has passed since Mariam Nawaz deprived yet another legitimate candidate of admission in the public sector medical college.
Yet Mian Nawaz Sharif has not apologized even once from the nation for this mockery of justice that took place first during his first stint in power at the Centre and in the Province and second time in his second stint in power at both places.