Musharraf farmhouse: the architect responds

The Architect of Mushrraf’s Farm house responds to the false allegations of our “sansational “and so called “patriotic ” Media


Islamabad – A lot has been written in the foreign and local press lately about Gen Pervez Musharraf’s farmhouse in Chak Shahzad, Islamabad. Journalists have (mis)reported and commented on the plot, the house design, cost, size and any aspect of the house that would make news. There has been a debate whether he will be able to live in his farmhouse or not.

As the architect of this farmhouse, I would like to clarify some facts:

The farmhouse has a very modest and functional design with minimalist and simple finishes. It is anything but ostentatious or palatial. It is made in accordance with the bye-laws of the Capital Development Authority (CDA).

Last year there was a controversy about the Chak Shahzad farms, including Gen Musharraf’s plot. After Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry was reinstated on 20th July, he took suo moto notice of the ‘violations’ of law, claiming that the farms were ‘allotted’ to the present owners for growing vegetables and were not meant for residential use. He sought to cancel all the 499 plots in Chak Shahzad.

None of these charges was correct and this move by Justice Chaudhry seemed nothing more than an attempt to settle personal scores with Gen Musharraf. The reality is that these plots had originally been allotted as compensation to those locals who were evicted from their properties in the 1970s and 80s when CDA was in the process of developing sectors in Islamabad. Most of these allottees eventually sold these farms at prevailing market rates. Later, CDA legalized construction of residences in Chak Shahzad.

Gen Musharraf bought his plot at market price and it was officially transferred in his name by CDA, which also stamped and approved the drawings for construction of the house according to their bye-laws. Reports by some journalists that he was allotted the plot “at a throwaway price” and that the construction is illegal are false and malicious.

There is nothing controversial about Gen Musharraf’s plot or the house. It has just been blown out of proportion by sensational reporters


Pakistan: Media & Anti State Propaganda

By Zaheerul Hassan

Media is an instrument of war and peace, which is being exercised by every nations to mould the situations for the purpose of acquiring desired results, assist in revisions and making Foreign Policy, breaking status quo, making/changing the opinion of masses, protecting national and international interests, helping in economic growth by displaying positive picture of the policies, last but not the least indicating flaws in government policies/actions with a view to remove the bugs and suggest measures to improve. The lethal exploitation of media has also being made by terrorists organizations, notorious foreign agencies and their masters to expand ill motives through propagating various sectarian issues and promoting extremism in Pakistani society. Major powers especially America and her allies are using this tool to hit and exploit the sensitivity of the government policies and neutralizing those important institutions and their heads, which are directly related to the national integrity and security of the poor states. In the case of our country, its quite clear and alarming that anti state ulterior and interior forces are all out to push Pakistan into political turmoil, anarchy, instability with a view to fulfill their set objectives against lonely Islamic nuclear power. Our adversary is using the media in spreading rumors, creating chaos and confusion amongst the general masses of Pakistan. She is being directly supported by Tel Aviv, Washington, and some of western countries for leveling allegations against, Pakistani political and military leadership. In this regard, they are launching fabricated stories and maligning intelligence agencies and Armed forces in various undesired activities.

An agony to this aspect is that some of our top liner’s electronic and print media’s instruments are showing reckless attitude while dealing with the important and sensitive issues of Pakistan. Though the management of our front line newspaper committed that the letter has been published unintentionally in the paper but the damaged caused to our national asset is irrecoverable. Its not first news ever published in Pakistani newspaper but many times objectionable news do publish or telecasted too in various private electronic channels. On April 14, 2009 open letter to General Kayani of Col (R) Harish Puri’s published in “The News International” , the author ( Hharish Puri ) has equated Swat peace accord with the surrender at Dhaka. He has further tried to project the threat of so called Talibanisation to India through Pakistan. And most painful point was his desire to have Pakistani soldiers under command Indian officers, making an ideal war machine. The Colonel has done a favour to remind us of 1971 humiliating defeat; thereby telling the younger generation of soldiers; who is our real enemy. The colonel should know that Indian and US has orchestrated personal agenda; bring Pakistan to the brink of political collapse. The real motive of this letter, which is to discourage the Army to support Swat Peace Accord that has been expressed as collective, will of the people of Pakistan through the resolution passed by National Assembly. The Colonel must know that we have started learning from the history example of East Pakistan finally plunging into Indian design due to obsession of Generals of that time, with the notion of writ of govt. The earlier we have realized, the better it is. Otherwise the Indian desire to look for a greater role in Afghanistan should be seen as replay of 1971 from across the Western border. The Colonel being a nonbeliever may not understand the power of Islamic ideology. If, for a while we assume that suicide bombers were motivated through Islamic ideology to die for a cause then we should stretch our imaginations as to what wonders can we perform if we motivate ourselves to live in accordance with the injunctions of Islam. And that happens to be the collective desire of the people of Pakistan as enunciated in our constitution. Probably the time has come for operationalization of Article 2A of 1973 Constitution. Therefore, the Colonel correctly perceives the threat to Hind. The history of distant past may repeat itself as threat actually emanates from the land of Babur, Ghaznavi and Ghauri. Notwithstanding the circumstances that led to the passage of resolution by National Assembly, it should not be seen as collapse of the present system or failure of the state, but the will to move forward towards accomplishment of Pakistan – as desired by our forefathers, who decided to lead their lives as per own ideology that differentiated them from Harish Puri’s pitta and maata. So Mr Harishpuri, and his masters should remember that their dream to command a Pakistani soldier is a misplaced desire. He must know that Pakistan Army Chief and complete armed forces are die hearted soldiers and has full conviction and belief in Islam. I know that the letter has been written in RAW’S headquarters and accordingly sent for publishing. The sole purpose of this letter was an effort of defaming Pakistan Armed Forces and Intelligence Agencies. it is based on his perception of the motivational power of Islamic ideology then he must write to his own Army Chief to enroll Muslims of India, who are more in number than us and need to be uplifted beyond cobblers, barbers and washer men.

Coming back towards the topic I would like to say that during the past few years electronic media has progressed well, almost 60 Channels are covering various aspects of the life. The issue of prevailing security environment is rightly on the top of their agenda. Unfortunately, the national and international issues are being debated just to have an edge over other channels. In Pakistan media and judiciary are known as third and fourth pillar, principally, the first and second pillars, the Executive and the Legislature of the Pakistan. The country is under going a very critical situation due to the war on terror and other factors. Let’s evaluate that under the current environment our media is displaying its responsibilities or still need improvement? The answer will be yes but still require lot of improvement in this regard. It is quite evident that one way or other the intellectual lot of media remained anxious in restoring of democracy; at the same time some of them indirectly found projecting the illegal activities of terrorists and anti state elements. Here, I would like to suggest to media pundit and information ministry to devise to guarding our national interests and policies. Training should be given to reporters about looking while covering the sensitive matters and commenting upon the national issues. Information minister should also arrange regular press briefing of the media. The complete facts should be highlighted to the media; similarly media should also show responsibility while making any issue in air. Anyhow, media should counter anti state propaganda instead proving space for anti Pakistan writers in their publication to win the goodwill and making money at the cost of national integrity and security

India is trying to separate Balochistan from Pakistan

The leading newspaper of Sri Lanka, Daily Mirror, in its editorial has criticised the role the Indian intelligence agency (RAW) is playing in the regional countries to destabilise them. The editorial has specially referred to Pakistan.

It said: “Among its (RAW’s) most ambitious operations that are currently underway, is the move to separate Balochistan province from Pakistan by supporting (the) Balochistan Liberation Army.”

The newspaper wrote: “It certainly is a monumental task for the informed Sri Lankan or for that matter anyone in the neighbourhood of India to keep a straight face when talking about the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) in India.”

It said that formed in 1968, the predatory operations carried out by this external intelligence agency of India in the neighbouring countries were perhaps the best example as to how the country bullied its neighbours.

Commenting on the RAW’s role in Sri Lanka, it said: “The RAW in Sri Lanka has a pretty colourful record. Having raised, nursed and fortified the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, it later went through phases where it adopted “rock the baby, pinch the baby” approach towards the LTTE.”

While many thought the assassination of former Indian premier Rajiv Gandhi would have hardened the approach of the RAW towards the LTTE, it really did not happen that way, it wrote.

“While New Delhi was shattered by the death of Nehru’s grandson, the less emotional RAW moved on with rest of operation,” it said.

The newspaper wrote: “In 2007, ripples were created in the spy agency when one of its Colombo-based officers, Ravi Nair of 1975 batch, was found allegedly carrying on an affair with a woman working for another country’s spy agency.

‘ The “crime” was considered only second to what was committed by the RAW Joint Secretary, Rabinder Singh, in 2004 when he escaped with copies of several highly-confidential documents and is believed to have passed them on to the CIA. This was after Singh’s superiors confronted him with evidence that he had spent time with a Delhi-based female US embassy officer at a resort down (the) New Delhi-Jaipur highway.”

The newspaper said the incident really rocked the RAW and forced it to go for several reforms, which included tougher counter-check measures on its officers.

Following the embarrassment caused by Ravi Nair in Colombo, the RAW recalled the officer and made it a point to post a lady officer to Colombo, probably thinking that was the best way to discourage other countries, it wrote.

Reports that the RAW was out to create mischief in the backdrop of the recent military victories by the Sri Lankan troops surfaced days after media reports that Pottu Amman, who was pulled up by Prabhakaran over the recent debacles, had slipped off to India, the daily wrote.

Pervez Musharraf plans to launch own party “Pasdaran-e-Pakistan” &

Pervez Musharraf took over Islamabad not as part of a plan. It was an accident of history where his own life was in jeopardy. His illegal and unconstitutional act would have been very short lived, had it not been for being at the right place at the right time. 911 saved him and he was able to rule for the best part of the decade. Ironically the last decade was also a tenure when Pakistanis felt secure and affluent. After the decade long sanctions on Pakistan, Islamabad experienced a spell of prosperity that came to a grinding halt with the advent of the new popular government. The death of Benazir and the coronation of  Asif Zardari caught most Pakistanis by surprise. Many relish the days of Pervez Musharraf.

After eight years of rule in Pakistan, the former President retired Gen. Parvez Musharraf is now thinking of donning the Presidential suit by a more democratic method.

Musharraf is thinking of launching a new political party in Pakistan, which he will be using as his vehicle to the country’s top post.

Quoting sources privy to the former President, said that a political party named “Pasdaran-e-Pakistan” is expected to be launched by the ex-military ruler.

“When the general euphoria that followed the elections of February 18th ,2008, was replaced by a general sense of disappointment because of the dismal performance of the new government, he (Musharraf) felt the time was right to step into politics,” quoted a source, as saying. Written by, Tuesday, 03 February 2009 18:19

Even though he was very unpopular at the tail end of his tenure, there were years when he enjoyed 80% popularity. Today the roles seem to be reversing. Mr. Zardari’s polls are on the gutter and Mr. Sharif has made a few blunders that have dented his appeal. Mr. Musharraf may dream of another stint in power, this time through the ballot box, but the road to the presidency is laden with thorns.

He had invited a select group of apex Pakistan Muslim League (Q) legislators, in April last year to the Presidency, and expressed his desire to “repackage” the League.

But almost all of the leaders attending the meeting had opposed the idea.

It was the former Information Minister Muhammad Ali Durrani who had suggested to Musharraf to float a new party called Pasdaran-e-Pakistan, rather than repackage the PML-Q.

However, people in the Musharraf camp perceived that the name Pasdaran would perhaps suggest orthodoxy. A newer, more modern name was needed. So a new name, Civil Society Alliance (CSA) came up.

The board of the CSA office in Islamabad now reads Pasdaran-e-Pakistan, which suggests that Musharraf is readying himself to gain people sympathy after the ‘failure’ of the present democratic set-up in the country.

Pervez Musharraf blames U.S. for failing to capture Osama Bin Laden

Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has spoken out against U.S. air strikes in his country, the lack of respect afforded Pakistan, and the failure of the United States to capture al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

Musharraf made the disclosures in an interview on CNN in which he said Pakistan was treated ‘unequally’ by the U.S. in comparison to other countries.

‘Pakistan is being treated so unequally while we are the ones who are in the lead role fighting the global war on terror,’ he told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer during the program, ‘The Situation Room.’

‘This is what hurts Pakistan. It hurts the leadership. Indeed, it hurts the government. It hurts the people of Pakistan,’ said Musharraf said.

Asked why bin Laden had not been captured, despite reports he was holed up somewhere along the Pakistan-Afghan border, Musharraf responded, ‘I would like to ask the United States why he hasn’t been found. They have their intelligence. There are, you have more intelligence capability. I would like to ask the United States, why Mullah Omar has not been found, who is the leader of all of the Taliban in Afghanistan?’

The former Pakistan leader said he was uncormtable about U.S. air strikes taking place in his country. Two more, reported to have killed eighteen people, occurred overnight, the first under the Obama administration.

‘Nobody in Pakistan is comfortable with the strikes across the border. There is no doubt in that. Public opinion is very much against it,’ he said.

Asked whether he was concerned that the strikes were continuing under President Barack Obama Musharraf said, ‘I have always been saying that policies don’t change with personalities; policies have national interest, and policies depend on an environment.’

‘So the environment and national interest of the United States being the same, I thought policies will remain constant,’ he told Blitzer.

The former president was also critical of the amount of funding his country received from the United States. Pakistan was given $10 billion to aid in its part against the so-called War on Terror. He described the amount as a ‘pittance for a country which is in the lead role to fight terrorism.’

He compared it to the billions spent in Afghanistan and ‘maybe over a trillion dollars’ in Iraq.

‘Please don’t think that this $10 billion was such a great amount that we ought to be eternally grateful while we know that we deserve much more and we should have got much more and we must get much more if we are to fight the global war on terror,’ he said.

Musharraf said that Pakistan was ‘in the lead role fighting a war for you for 10 years, between ‘79 and ‘89,’ a reference to Pakistan’s alliance with the United States and the Afghan mujahedeen rebels during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

He stressed that for 42 years, up until 1989, Pakistan had been a ’strategic partner’ of the United States.

the Armed Forces of Pakistan can be destroyed.
Thus, to protect the allegiance of the Armed Forces, the whole concept of visionary MILBUS is justified, as a set of activities for the development of Pakistan’s military might, meant to counter the rising regional threat convergence and decreasing dependence upon foreign aid – ultimately protecting the sovereignty of Pakistan and its savior Armed Forces!

Glory and Triumph to Pakistan Armed Forces!

Afreen Baig is an independent analyst majoring in International Relations and Economics. She can be reached at