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Swiss Cases Dropped, Zardari $60 Million richer

Tables have turned for the better for Asif Zardari since the assassination of his wife Benazir Bhutto on 27th December, he is been literally handed the leadership of the most popular party on a silver platter, he then spins it all to his advantage and consequently his party wins the elections to make him the most powerful man in Pakistan and is now poised to become the President of Pakistan.

In the few months his party has been able to suddenly disappear his numerous corruption cases on the pretext of political motivation, but the most recent issue his the Swiss case where he was being tried for corruption to the tune of US $ 60 Million. With this cleared through he is now a proper millionaire – jackpot is just a word for the unlucky, for him its just business as usual

All this was possible because ‘Pakistan has withdrawn its requests for judicial assistance and has said it has no claim on the frozen assets‘ – Reuters and pray tell me who runs the Govt of Pakistan – you guessed none other then our very own [drum roll] Mr. Asif Ali Zardari – the most powerful man in Pakistan, without a judiciary to over look his shoulder he is a man with a mission.
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More on Dr Shahid Masood

Guest Blog by RedKazim

Few people know that the journalistic career of Dr Shahid Masood began at the Karachi-based, pro-MQM Quami Akhbar. In those days Dr Shahid Masood used to practice at Jinnah Hospital. He would regularly visit the office of Qaumi Akhbar situated in a street adjacent to I I Chundrigar Road and urge the editors to place his single column nuggets, which he filed as a health reporter from Jinnah Hospital, prominently in the newspaper.

When Dr Shahid Masood was about to move to London (as a medical practitioner) he pestered the editor, Ilyas Shakir, for a letter stating that he was the ‘London bureau chief’ of Qaumi Akhbar. Ilyas Shakir avoided him for quite long apprehending that the doctor wanted to get a visa on the basis of his association with a newspaper. He bothered the news editor, Mr Khusnood, tirelessly who finally issued him an official letter.
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Sassi Bhutto in Pakistan

This is nothing close to breaking news but a few weeks ago another Bhutto from within the confines of secrecy to finally emerge into the land of Pakistan. Sassi Bhutto, the 26 year old daughter of Shahnawaz Bhutto is said to have arrived in Karachi about a month or so back and also went to pay her respects on the tomb of Benazir Bhutto, the slain PPP leader in Naudero. During her trip she is also said to have applied for a Pakistani National ID Card as well. A few pictures that have been published show her being flanked by Ghinwa and Fatima Bhutto

This may seem to be an innocent trip back home after many years in exile where she and her Afghan mother Rehanna Bhutto had disappeared since the death of Sassi’s father due to a suspected overdose in 1985. It could be perceived to have a larger impact on the political uncertainty in Pakistan as there are definite undercurrent brewing up within the PPP where many faithful supporters are strongly oppose to Zardari masquerading as the legal heir to the Bhutto dynasty. For many months there has been one conspiracy after another and one looks at each with a suspicious eye trying to decipher what may turn out to be true and have some impact on the political situation in Pakistan

The arrival of Sassi Bhutto might lubricate the breakaway faction to some seriousness, but one thing that keeps the main PPP intact is probably the lust for power and the hope that staying in bed with Zardari will be a quicker access to the riches of a promised land then to burn ones boat and cling to the promise of a Bhutto dynasty which might never come to power at least until the next elections which at the latest might be five years away.

With so much political uncertainty in the air, what might be your analysis of the reinforced Bhutto name with the sudden arrival of Sassi Bhutto.
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The Great Game –The Count Down Begins !

In its December issues Global Research of Canada in a series of articles by Prof. Michel Chossudovsky outlined the American design for the break up of Pakistan. I give below the gist of his remarkably till now accurate analysis(with a few comments of my own),in the hopes that it serves as an eye opener for my country men- and my friends in India.

The report states that due to the assassination of Benazir Bhutto the process of US sponsored “regime change”, which normally consists in the re-formation of a fresh proxy government under new leaders, has been defeated. Their trusted ally General Pervez Musharraf – having been exposed – cannot long remain in the seat of political power. More over the fake elections supported by the “west” scheduled for January 2008 would now only create a political impasse.
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The Supremacy of The People – An Open Letter To Mr. Zardari

Dear Mr. Zardari,

I am sick and tired of you –and all your party stalwarts- constantly drumming into our ears your ideas about the supremacy of The Parliament. I have yet to hear you talk so forcefully about the supremacy of The Constitution or even of the supremacy of The People as the Bhutto’s used to do .More over you even flout your own so fondly repeated slogan by continuing to take every meaningful decision outside the parliament !

What may I ask was so wrong with roti, kapra aur makan slogan given by Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto? Has it become so impossible to achieve that you conveniently discarded it and adopt the hallow and patently false one you now profess? What is Parliament except a reflection and representative of the people who elected it –and pledged to uphold The Constitution of Pakistan as reflected in that will. Where in this entire concept do you see a supremacy of Parliament? We need to remind you –for you and your party seems to have forgotten – that the Parliament is subservient to the Constitution and a servant of the people.
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BB’s version of the Nigerian 419 Scam

I was recently in receipt of an interesting email proposing a very lucrative business proposal. Reading the email, the sales pitch seemed very convincing, the facts were seemingly spot on, the plot perfect but something smelled suspicion of a 419 Nigerian scam [you could also enjoy another old post of mine on another Pakistani 419 Scam]. But what was the giveaway was the occasional spelling mistake or the biggest question one does tend to ask, Why Me?

In summary the proposal offered me mouthwatering commission of 15% for a transferring 22,000,000 million euros (Rs 2,460,000,000) [shweet] from Dubai to Pakistan which were designated for Benazir Bhutto’s election fund and will now be allocated in part to the People’s Foundation. For my services I would get a whopping 15% equivalent to approximately Rs. 396,000,000 all for simply lubricating the money through.
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61 years and counting – Happy Independence Day PAKISTAN

I must begin with offering my felicitations to each and every Pakistani for the 61st Independence Day. May this upcoming year be fruitful for Pakistan, having suffered through a tumultuous political roller coaster in the past few months [and years], people stand today ready to abandon this nation for greener pastures of foreign lands, quite literally giving up hope.

But whatever will happen to the remaining 160 million strong Pakistanis [including me], for them we must each hope, pray and guide this nation forth towards progress and prosperity. This nation is too valuable to us [me] that I will never give up hope so quickly, we as Pakistanis must stand together shoulder to shoulder and try to rid our country from the unpatriotic elements that suck the life out of Pakistan. It is for the sake of Pakistan that we must hold strong.
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Musharraf – Saved By the CIA and Zardari?

Guest Post by Hassan Abbas

The world is abuzz with news about the impending impeachment of General Musharraf . Pakistan’s ruling coalition goes around with broad smiles, oozing confidence about the outcome of their efforts. Even the vibes coming from Washington which has so often affected the fate of Pakistani governments seems to be supportive of their action. Should we expect to see Zardari as the next President of Pakistan in place of Musharraf any time soon?

First a brief review of the significant events as they developed. An American brokered deal led to the return of Benazir , things did not work out as she was assassinated. The PPP riding on a sympathy wave for Benazir was expected to sweep the elections, with Musharraf’s Party a close second, and MQM getting its fair share of seats from Sind .This would ensure that Musharraf’s crowd formed the ruling coalition.
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Khalid Shahinshah, key suspect in BB’s murder assassinated in Karachi

Khalid Shahinshah signaling someone before BB assassinationA key witness of a Bhutto assassination has been shot dead in Karachi yesterday on Khy-e-Bhukahri

DAWN: Khalid Shahanshah, the chief security officer of PPP co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari, was assassinated on Tuesday afternoon outside his Clifton residence, police and witnesses said. They said that gunmen on a white car sprayed him with a volley of bullets while he was stepping off his double-cabin vehicle in front of his house at Khyaban-i-Bukhari.

If many may recall a video surfaced after Benazir Bhutto assassination in Islamabad which showed Khalid Shahinshah suspiciously signaling to some one in the crowd.

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Musharraf vs Restoration of Judges: Showdown

An article written by Abbas Kassar in The Pakistan Weekly caught my eye which was titled Musharraf Threatens To Dissolve Assemblies If Judges Restored, it raises some serious concerns about the looming threat wielded by Musharraf and his right to exercise article 58-2(B) of the 1973 Constitution of Pakistan. Quite simply utilizing this threat to keep PPP at bay

…as meetings of committee continues which has been assigned task to prepare draft resolution to be put before parliament the President called his aide to president house since last two days to block way of restoration of judges. It was disclosed by source that. 3 petitions would be filed in supreme court one each by MQM, Q league and Dr. Sher Afghan to stay any resolution to be brought to parliament. Speaker, Deputy Speaker of National Assembly and Law Minister will be made respondent in the petitions. Presidential camp threatened that if judges were restored president would not hesitate in invoking article 58 (B)-2 of constitution and may dissolve national assembly.

The entire world, including most Pakistanis have continued to celebrate the return of democracy in Pakistan, amidst the chaos of full swing political adjustment which include in no short measure the ‘pardons’ being served up for the ‘men in power’ who are predominantly busy whitewashing their sins in the name of political compromise for the ‘greater good’.
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Doctors Told to Shut Up

In an investigative report appearing in Washington Post it seems there was an elaborate plan to cover up the evidence relating to the Assassination of Benazir Bhutto. The Washington Post have expressed their concern to say that the Pakistani authorities have pressured the medical personnel who tried to save Benazir Bhutto’s life to remain silent about what happened in her final hour and have removed records of her treatment from the facility, according to doctors. It seems all this cover-up slowly got exposed since the video and images of the assassination become public after Musharraf’s propaganda team tried to spoof its way through a fabricated medical report

In an interview with the doctors who were at Bhutto’s side at the Rawalpindi General Hospital said that they were under extreme pressure not to share details about the nature of the injuries that the opposition leader suffered in an attack, “The government took all the medical records right after Ms. Bhutto’s time of death was read out,” said the visibly shaken doctor who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue. Sweating and putting his head in his hands, he said: “Look, we have been told by the government to stop talking. And a lot of us feel this is a disgrace.”

Jameel Yusuf, a lead investigator in the 2002 disappearance of American journalist Daniel Pearl in Karachi, said the Pakistani government had blundered badly by not sealing off the crime scene. Moments after Bhutto was killed, workers hosed down the blood at the blast site before any evidence could be collected. “When you’re dealing with a murder of this nature, you need to have forensics,” Yusuf said.

Review of the Political Situation at the Dawn of a New Year

With Sunday’s decision by the Pakistan People’s Party to contest the elections, it instantly threw the PML-Q and the ruling elite into a frenzy, the PML-Q had predicted this move and a day before had announced a complete stoppage of their election camping taking the excuse of deteriorating unrest in the country following the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.

PML-Q had the perfect plan the entire elections were rigged to ensure a clear majority but the events on the 27th December would exude a definite wave of sympathy for the PPP enough to place them closer to a ruling majority. The election commission met today morning behind closed doors to make a decision but at the conclusion they had a decision but delayed the announcement for one more day. This in itself should expose the ‘independence‘ of the election commission which was being trumpeted as the upholder of free and fair election. Sadly it goes to prove that its nothing less then a nurtured organization installed to rig the upcoming elections for those toeing a Pro-Musharraf sentiment namely PML-Q, JUI-F & MQM. Free and Fair how truly breathtaking

A the start of a New Year I think its a good time to do a party-by-party analysis of the present political situation, it must be noted that things are changing dramatically in Pakistan on a moment to moment basis but on the morning of Jan 1st 2008 my understanding of the overall scenario is. But sadly in my analysis there are just one too many conspiracies going on to mean us any good
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Salman Ahmed shares his views on Benazir Bhutto’s assassination

Salman Ahmed a very prominent musician in Pakistan shares a short commentary on Benazir Bhutto’s assassination, I reproduce his email verbatim

Despite my critical view of her as a politician, I’m saddened by the loss of Benazir. For the sake of our collective conscience and the nation’s self respect we need to know immediately who was behind her assassination. The govt’s version of events are pure fantasy, a full independent and credible inquiry is required to get to the bottom of this. Having said that, when there is no system of justice and no credible electoral process desperate people will remove Political candidates through desperate measures… The corrupt system helped create these suicide bombers and assassins… they will continue to create havoc until social justice is finally addressed.

Feudal politicians like Benazir, who presented herself as a “modern leader”, still continued the essence of the subcontinent’s colonial rule during her two times as prime minister. The nexus between the Pakistani feudals and our military are the reason why India has left Pakistan so far behind while we continue our confused, corrupt and clumsy spiral to disaster. Whats shocking is that PPP veteran politicians are brushed aside while power stays within the Bhutto clan. Bilawal and Zardari, are a slap in the face of democracy in Pakistan. This is not democracy, its a monarchy and the poor people of Pakistan pay for it with their lives.
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I am being Haunted by what I said in October

Back in October immediately after things had started to settle down after the fateful day in Karachi when hundreds of Janesaran-e-Bhutto were killed in the bomb blast attack on Benazir’s reception rally, I wrote a blog post titled Thank God, Benazir Lives where I summed up my view to say.

“I suspect that if Benazir had been killed, her name would have suddenly transformed into a larger then life hero handing the country on a silver platter to the new found PPP leadership to run with unrestricted rule for a good many years. Hence my honest opinion, Thank God, Benazir Lives”

Observing the recent turn of events and watching Asif Ali Zardari straddling the PPP, I weep in despair that I stand to have been proven correct. PPP might have lost its leader, but they are the same bunch of crooks who were part of the campaign to patronize and legitimize Musharraf’s dictatorships, Lets not fool ourselves any longer.