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Who is the real power wielder in Pakistan: the Prime Minister or the Army chief?—File Photo

Who is the real power wielder in Pakistan: the Prime Minister or the Army chief?—File Photo

ISLAMABAD: As Pakistan witnessed a historic democratic transition, many in the county have started to believe that the days of military supremacy are over. But not on the roads, at least not yet.

As Nawaz Sharif, along with his family, left for the Presidency to take oath as prime minister for a record third time on Wednesday, he struck reality on the streets of Islamabad.

The question is: who is the real power wielder in Pakistan? The prime minister or the Army chief? Theoretically, the army chief is answerable to a grade-22 civil bureaucrat. Practically, he is mightier than any elected or non-elected individual in the country.

One such demonstration of this reality was witnessed Wednesday soon after Mian Nawaz Sharif’s election as Prime Minister of Pakistan.

After securing more than two-thirds majority in the National Assembly, the premier reached Punjab House to freshen up.

The prime minister was supposed to reach the Presidency before 4:00 pm to take oath from President Asif Ali Zardari.

At the oath-taking ceremony, services chiefs, political leaders, diplomats and senior civil and military officials had been invited.

PML-N sources and eyewitnesses said first to come out of Punjab House was the SUV carrying first lady Kulsoom Nawaz and her daughter Mariam Safdar. Just behind them were the vehicles of Hamza Shahbaz and Hassan Nawaz.

The convoy of the prime minister was standing at close distance from the cars of his family members. As soon as they reached the outer barrier of Punjab House adjacent to Margallah Road, an alter commando blew the whistle with full force ordering the driver to stop the vehicle.

Consequently, the prime minister’s convoy had to stop as well. The pause remained for two to three minutes.

The commando was there to make sure nothing should obstruct the route of the Army chief’s convoy, only allowing vehicles from Punjab House to pass after the entire convoy of the army chief drove away.

Whether it was a mere coincidence could not be ascertained. None of the PML-N leaders was ready to comment on the incident. But the prime minister might have shared his thoughts with his closest aides.

Source: Dawn.com

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ASIF ALI ZARDARI

NAWAZ SHARIF

IMRAN KHAN

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Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)’s leader of the opposition in National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan assured the US in 2008 that he and his party were pro-American, according to a US embassy cable released by WikiLeaks.

“Saying that his wife and children are in fact Americans, Nisar did admit that he went to the US Embassy in London to renew his daughter’s passport because he wanted to avoid being seen at the US Embassy in Islamabad.”

More telling, however, is Khan’s stance on US military action within Pakistan, and how the PML-N would act to remain “publicly credible”.

Nisar reportedly avoided saying that the PML-N opposed either air attacks or US ground action, contrary to its reaction over the May 2011 raid in Abbottabad by a US Navy SEALs team which killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

“What he did say was that the PML-N would have to criticise the Government of Pakistan for allowing US action. Otherwise, said Nisar, the party would have no credibility with the people.”

Nisar said that US policy needed to be more transparent as “confusion bred unhelpful conspiracy theories”. He also told US diplomats that former president Pervez Musharraf was seen as too pro-US and so was “tainted in Pakistani eyes”.

The release of the US embassy and consulate cables in Pakistan has also highlighted how various politicians have lobbied American diplomats for support. From Maulana Fazlur Rehman, the leader of his own faction of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) to former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi to the late former Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto, every major politician in Pakistan has looked to the diplomats for help.

Wikileaks on Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan’s American Connections (GEO TV)

 

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Capitalism’s Achilles Heel:Dirty Money and How to Renew the Free-Market System
 
Exposing The Massive Corruption of Benazir, Zardari, Nawaz Sharif, and Military By Raymond B. Baker

 

 

 

 

 

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If the fact that Maryam Nawaz Shareef and Marvi Memon having no position in Punjab Government but still distributing laptops didn’t shock you enough, here is another gem coming your way:

PML-N is paying its social media team through YOUR tax payments. YES, It’s your money that is being used by PML-N

After the 30th October Lahore Jalsa of PTI, PML-N’s ranks were terribly shaken and to catch up with PTI’s strength on social media, PML-N have resorted to all kinds of tactics including hiring hundreds of paid social media workers who were given the task of making new pro PML-N pages and running mud-slinging campaigns against PPP, MQM and PTI. All these are modern campaigning techniques so nothing wrong with them but question arises how these media teams are being paid?  Where other parties have dedicated volunteers working on social media, PML-N is exploiting the resources of Punjab Government and using YOUR tax money to pay THEIR hired hands for social media campaigns. Take a look at this article by e-tribune http://tribune.com.pk/story/335114/twitter-wars-punjab-sets-up-team-to-handle-social-media/

The question arises: Why are these people hired by Punjab Government and being paid by citizens’ tax money to do social media propaganda in PML-N’s favor and to malign other political parties, especially PTI? Don’t believe this? Take a look at the three names mentioned in the above article.

  1. Faiz Khan
  2. Faraz Tajammul
  3. Abu Bakar Umar

Now see this: Fraz Tajammul being given job in Punjab IT Board and what is he doing there?

Fraz Tajammul posted above picture of his IT directorate office on facebook.  Now look below and see him being a member of the group, PityForPTI. On whose orders is he doing this?

Another picture of Fraz Tajammul on CM Punjab’s official facebook page

Now see the image below. This is a database of PML-N pages run by their social media workers. See Faiz Khan’s name there? Look closely at No. 19 and No. 25 pages being run by him. And not just him, there are other paid workers like Gohar Fayyaz working full time on PML-N’s payroll to malign other political parties. This is how our tax money is being used by Punjab Government to promote PML-N and creating propaganda against others.

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To give a small example of how they work and create false propaganda, take a look at this image. Gohar Fayyaz, Asrar Hassan and Majid Taimoor are all part of PityForPTI and are paid by PML-N by OUR hard earned tax money.

Not onlyPML-N is cheating us out of our money, they are also using all sorts of illegal means to stop other parties from social media campaigning. Take a look at below facebook status by Fawad Khalid, another PML-N social media active member/official youth representative

This calls for an enquiry into PML-N’s paid social media team, sponsored by YOUR tax money, OUR tax money. We will not let Punjab Government cheat us anymore. As common citizens of Pakistan, we have a complete right to know why are these people being hired by Punjab Government, paid by tax payers money and are asked to do PML-N propaganda on social media?

WAKE UP PAKISTAN !!!

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf will approach the superior courts if the National Accountability Bureau chief Admiral (retd) Fasih Bokhari persists in his refusal to reopen graft cases involving politicians before the general elections.

Bokhari had said on Saturday that no such cases could be reopened, since elections were around the corner.

“The NAB chief does not have any right to stop proceedings in any (political) case,” said PTI Chairman Imran Khan in a statement on Sunday, adding that his party reserves the right to go to the courts regarding the issue.

“A top accountability institution should initiate an impartial inquiry into all such political cases…it should not be held back by the possibility of general elections approaching or any other political concern,” emphasised PTI Secretary Information Shafqat Mehmood while talking to Media.

“Various options are open for us including the alternative to resort to the courts. We will take up this case if NAB relents,” he added.

According to a statement issued by the PTI chairman, NAB chief has made everything ‘clear’ by asserting that he had been asked specifically by President Asif Ali Zardari not to open cases involving the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leadership.

The government had earlier filed a reference against the Sharif brothers in a money laundering case, directing NAB authorities to formally initiate an inquiry into how around $32 million had been ‘siphoned off’ in PML-N’s second government during 1997-99.

The reference had been filed in NAB as well as the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) by the then interior minister Rehman Malik.

However, PAC had rejected the reference, on the basis that it did not fall under its ambit.

In his statement, Imran further stated that the people of Pakistan want a powerful accountability bureau, which can initiate political cases against any powerful politician.

“It seems as if the NAB chief has ‘promised’ to take it easy on Nawaz Sharif, while it is the nation’s wealth that has been plundered,” said Imran.

The top accountability forum’s duty is to aggressively pursue all such cases, he maintained.

“The argument that since elections are near, no further cases can be opened against politicians appears to be very ‘strange’,” the statement pointed out.

Rather, a thorough inquiry into all the graft cases becomes all the more necessary in an election year, it maintained.

On the other hand, PML-N leaders have maintained it throughout that the party is willing to face any case involving alleged corruption by its leaders, and that the NAB should go ahead with its probe.

“We have already rejected the allegations, terming these a pack of lies,” said PML-N Information Secretary Mushahidullah Khan, while talking to Media a few days ago.

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