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Neeyat, Koshish Aur Kamyabi – Insaf Blog By Razi Ali

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جس نے اپنی زندگی میں آنے والے ہر چیلنج کو قبول کیا ہے اور ہمیشہ سرخرو ہوا… جی ہاں بات کسی اور کی نہیں ہو رہی بات فخر پاکستان اور نیازی خاندان کے چشم و چراغ جناب عمران خان کی ہو رہی ہے قدرت بہت کم لوگوں پر اس طرح اپنی فیاضی نچھاور کرتی ہے۔ عمران خان ایک کھاتے پیتے گھرانے کا چشم وچراغ تھا۔ ایچیسن کالج اور آکسفورڈ یونیورسٹی کا تعلیمیافتہ، شکل وصورت اور وجاہت میں قدرت کی صناعی کا شاہکار اور سب سے بڑھ کر اپنے شعبے میں بے انتہا کامیاب۔ صورت، دولت، شہرت، عزت کیا نہیں تھا جو اسے ملا اور خوب ملا۔ اس پر وہ کبھی اتراتا نہیں تھا لیکن طبعا” شرمیلا اور کم گو تھا جسے لوگ اس کے مغرور مزاجی پر محمول کرتے۔یہ ساری صفات شاید اسے ایک مشہور پلے بوائے اور دل پھینک سوشیلائٹ میں تبدیل کر دیتیں۔ لیکن قدرت نے اس کے لئے کچھ اور ہی سوچ رکھا تھا۔ وہ شاید یونہی فتوحات سمیٹتا اور شہرت کماتا رہتا اور اسے زندگی میں کسی کمی کا احساس نہ ہوتا کہ تقدیر نے اسے اپنی زندگی کے پہلے بڑے دکھ سے روشناس کرایا۔

اس کی ماں کینسر کی موذی بیماری کا شکار ہوکر اس دنیا سے چل بسیں۔ اور یہاں سے ایک نئے عمران خان کا جنم ہوا۔ وہ سوچنے لگا کہ دنیا کی ہر نعمت میسر ہونے کے باوجود میری ماں کے علاج کے لئے اس ملک میں۔ کچھ نہیں تھا۔ تو وہ جن کے پاس کچھ نہیں ہے وہ کس قدر بے بس ہوتے ہوں گے۔ اور اس طرح وہی سوچتے ہیں جن کے دل سونے کے ہوتے ہیں، جنھیں قدرت کچھ خاص کاموں کے لئے چن لیتی ہے۔ اس نے فیصلہ کرلیا کہ میرے ملک کی دوسری مائیں اور کینسر کے مریض اس بے کسی اور بے بسی کا شکار نہیں ہوں گے۔ اس نے کینسر کے علاج کے لئے ایک مثالی ہسپتال بنانے کا فیصلہ کرلیا.. اس کا دل و دماغ اب صرف ایک ہی بات سوچتا کہ یہ اسپتال کیسے تعمیرہو.. نیت صاف ہو تو منزل آسان ہوتی ہے اور جو کمر ہمت باندھ لیتے ہیں ان کے لئے راستے خود بخود کھلتے لے جاتے ہیں.. اس کا خلوص، اپنے مقصد سے لگن روز روشن کی طرح واضح تھا.. نہ صرف حکومت وقت، قوم، ساتھی کھلاڑیوں نے بلکہ دنیا بھر کے لوگوں نے اس کا ساتھ دیا کیونکہ انہیں اس کی لگن اور دیانت کا یقین تھا.. اسے کسی بھی میچ میں کوئی انعام ملتا وہ اسے اسپتال کے فنڈ میں ڈال دیتا.. دنیا بھر میں کانسرٹ، اسپیشل ڈنر، ثقافتی شوز، غرضیکہ ہر طریقہ اپنایا جس سے اس کام کے لئے پیسہ مل سکے۔ لوگوں کے سامنے زکوات، خیرات اور عطیات کے لئے ہاتھ پھیلائے.. اس کے ساتھی کھلاڑیوں، فنکاروں اور سماجی شخصیات نے اس کا بھر پور ساتھ دیا۔ کبھی نصرت فتح علی اس کے ساتھ یوروپ اور امریکہ کا دورہ کرتے.. کبھی دلیپ کمار اس لے لئے پاکستان آتے، کبھی ملکہ ترنم نورجہاں اور بھارتی فنکار مل کر اس کے لئےشوز کرتے تو کبھی لندن میں امیتابھ بچن لوگوں سے مدد کی اپیل کرتے.. اور یہ سب اس کی سحرانگیز شخصیت کا کرشمہ تھا.. اب اس کے دل و دماغ پر کوئی چیز تھی تو وہ یہ اسپتال تھا.. اس دوران آسٹریلیا اور نیوزی لینڈ میں کرکٹ کے عالمی مقابلے کا میلہ سجا۔ عمران ایک اوسط درجے کی ٹیم لے کر میدان میں اترا۔ اس کا سب سے بڑا اثاثہ یعنی وسیم اور وقار کی جوڑی نامکمل تھی۔ وقار زخمی تھا، اسی طرح عامر سہیل اور سعید انور کی کامیاب جوڑی بھی سعید انور کی غیر موجودگی کی وجہ سے نامکمل تھی۔ اس کی ٹیم کی ریڑھ کی ہڈی، جاوید میانداد عالمی کپ میں شامل ہونے والا آخری کھلاڑی تھا جو ایک زخمی کمر لئے ہوئے عمران کے شانہ بشانہ لڑ رہا تھا اور خود عمران درد رفع کرنے کے انجیکشن لے رہا تھا۔ ابتدا ہی سے کئی دھچکوں کا سامنا کرنے کے باوجود ٹیم فائنل میں پہنچ گئی۔ نیوزی لینڈ جس نے سیمی فائنل میں ہم سے شکست کھائی تھی اس کے کپتان مارٹن کرو نے کہا کہ عمران کرکٹ نہیں کھیل رہا، ایک مقصد کے لئے جہاد کررہا ہے اور اسے اب کوئی نہیں روک سکتا۔ اور آخری مقابلے میں جس طرح عمران، جاوید کے ساتھ بیٹنگ کررہا تھا تو یوں لگتا تھا کہ وہ اپنی زندگی کی جنگ لڑ رہا ہے۔ اللہ نے اس

کے جذبے کو سرخرو کیا۔ تمام ٹیم جشن منا رہی تھی۔ آنے والے دنوں کے خواب دیکھ رہی تھی جہاں انعام واکرام ان کے منتظر تھے۔ وہ اپنے گھر بنتے دیکھ رہے تھے، کہ عمران فتح کا انعام، ورلڈ کپ لینے اسٹیج پر پہنچا۔ یہ فتح پوری ٹیم کی جیت تھی۔ اس میں وسیم اکرم، انضمام، عامر سہیل، اعجاز احمد، عاقب جاوید، مشتاق احمد اور دوسروں نے بھی برابر کا حصہ ڈالا تھا۔ کپتان خان کے دل وامان پر لیکن صرف اور صرف اس کا اسپتال تھا۔ فتح کی تقریر میں اس نے اپنی ٹیم کے ایک بھی کھلاڑی کا ذکر نہیں کیا. اس نے اسپتال کے علاوہ کوئی بات ہی.نہیں کی. یہاں سے اس کی شخصیت کا ایک نمایاں پہلو ابھر کر سامنے آیا کہاس کا ذہن جب ایک چیز کے بارے میں سوچتا ہے توآس پاس کی ساری کھڑکیاں بند کردیتاہے. اس ریل کی.مانند جو صرف ایک ہی پٹڑی پر چلتی ہے. عالمی کپ اس کے سفر کی.ابتدا تھی. اس نے کھیل کو خیرباد کہا اور تن من سے اپنے اسپتال کے مشن میں جٹ گیا اور آخر ایک دن اس نے اپنے خواب کی تعبیر پا ہی لی. یہاں وہ زندگی کے ایک اور رخ سے آشنا ہوا. مختصراً!!! کپتان نے 25 اپریل 1996ء کو تحریک انصاف کی بنیاد رکھ کے باقاعدہ سیاست میں قدم رکھا اور کرپٹ سیاستدانوں کے خلاف طبل جنگ بجا دیا، اب خان صاحب کی سیاسی زندگی کے ابتدائی دن بلکل اچھے نہیں تھے لوگ طرح طرح کی باتیں کرتے جملے کستے طعنہ زنی کرتے لیکن پتہ نہیں وہ کس طبیعت کا مالک تھا ڈٹا اور دن پھرتے گئے اور وہی لوگ جو اس پہ جملے کستے تھے آج اسی کی قدم بوسی کرتے نظر آتے ہیں اور کئی اس کی ٹکر میں ہمیشہ کے لیے پاکستانی سیاست کا قصہ پارینہ بن چکے ہیں

….. عزیز ہم وطنوں!!!! یہ شخص پاکستان میں کبھی حکومت میں نہیں رہا جبکہ پاکستان اور پاکستانیوں کے لئے کام وہ وہ کر چکا ہے جو لوگوں سے 40، 40 سال حکومت کرنے کے بعد بھی نہیں ہو سکے، پاکستان اور پاکستانیوں کو ہمیشہ خوشیاں دینے والا یہ شخص اب تک، انٹرنیشنل اسٹینڈرڈ کے 2 کینسر ہاسپٹل بنا چکا ہے، جبکہ اسی طرز کے دو اور ہاسپٹل بن رہے ہیں…. مزید برآں اس نے نمل کالج بنایا جو کہ برطانوی یونیورسٹی بریڈفورڈ سے الحاق شدہ ہے، اس کے طالب علموں پاکستان بیٹھے انگلینڈ کی ڈگری یہاں ملتی ہے، فرق واضح ہے آج کے حکمرانوں کو کھانسی بھی ہو تو وہ امریکہ، برطانیہ میں چیک اپ کروانے کے لیے یہاں سے بھاگ جاتے ہیں کیوں ؟ کیونکہ وہ پاکستان میں آج تک ایک بھی ایسا ہاسپٹل نہیں بنا سکے جس سے عوام کو چھوڑیں وہ اپنا ہی علاج کروا سکیں، سابقہ و موجودہ حکمران بجائے اس ملک کے ادارے مضبوط کرنے کے “مال بناؤ” مہم پہ عمل پیرا ہے اور غریب کا اور عام پاکستانی کا کوئی حال نہیں ہے، اسی لئے اب وقت آگیا ہے کہ ہم اس شخص کے ہاتھ مضبوط کریں جو ان دنیاوی چیزوں سے عاری ہو، پاکستانیو یاد رکھو عمران خان ہی وہ واحد لیڈر ہے جو ان ساری چیزوں سے عاری ہے کیونکہ ان چیزوں کی ہوس اس شخص کو ہوتی ہے جس نے کوئی چیز پہلے کبھی دیکھی نہ ہو جبکہ عمران خان نے اب تمام چیزوں کا ذائقہ اس وقت سے چکھا ہوا جب ان حکمرانوں میں سے کوئی سینما گھروں کے باہر بلیک میں ٹکٹس بیچتا تھا تو کوئی عام پولیس والا تھا

Another Political Suicide Attempt-Insaf Blog By Sarah Ahmed

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When I was twelve, I was playing a game of ludo with my cousin. Minute after minute, her ludo pieces were being killed. Frustrated, she threw the board and started weeping. It was fairly obvious that she got two things out of doing so ; one, she did it to get the matter addressed by my mother who was in the kitchen, two, she did it to make sure that none of us could play because she was a loser when it came to that very board game or, had evidently lost the match.

I can’t help comparing Nawaz Sharif’s latest speech to my cousin’s act. The only difference being that my cousin was ten and Nawaz Sharif is the ex-prime Minister of Pakistan.

Let us explain it in a series of events.

On April 13, 2016, the media asked him during a talk outside his apartments in London about Kalbhooshan Yadhav and raw agents being caught by Pakistan and asked him if he could shed some light on it. He replied saying that it was irrelevant subject and that Pakistan needed to move on.

Shortly afterward, the Burhan Muzaffarwani issue happened and when this movement was at its peak, with the entire media’s attention caught, moreover four days were left for UN security council session where Pakistan had to raise this, Uri base camp attack took place in September 2016.

On October 2016 the Dawn Leaks happening took place, blaming Pakistan for the Uri base camp attack.

Everything stated above has a connection with India yet, our former Prime Minister did not comment on it.

Now, that he’s no longer Prime Minister, has been caught having done corruption, he has stooped to another level committing treason after stating that the country he once governed was behind the Mumbai attack:

“We have isolated ourselves. Despite giving sacrifices, our narrative is not being accepted. Afghanistan’s narrative is being accepted, but ours is not. We must look into it.”
“Militant organizations are active. Call them non-state actors, should WE allow them to cross the border and kill 150 people in Mumbai? Explain it to me. Why can’t WE complete the trial?”

An EX Prime Minister saying this means something. Seems like an effort made out of desparation, to gather some international support, by dis-reputing our country & sabotaging its image globally. Is it an attempt towards NRO 2?

Enough Is Enough – Insaf Blog By Maleeka Bukhari

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Activism is on the rise as women across the world are rallying together to ensure their voices are heard, and the gains made in human rights are not held back by any discriminatory practices and anti-women laws. Globally, there is also a sharp increase in the representation of women within the public office, as Parliaments are evolving to become more representative of the society. This positive trend, crucial for the development of a more pluralistic and representative democracy has triggered resistance from quarters that do not agree with the disturbance of the established status. A study conducted by the Inter-Parliamentary Union on sexism, harassment and violence against women parliamentarians, confirmed that sexism, harassment, and violence against women parliamentarians are very real and widespread affecting a significant number of women parliamentarians. Among the respondents, 65.5 percent said they had been subjected several times, or often, to humiliating sexist remarks during their parliamentary term.

 

This culture of sexism and harassment against women was reflected at a domestic level in the recent vulgar, vile and derogatory diatribe by PMLN Leaders Rana SanaUllah, Abid Sher Ali and Talal Chaudry, against PTI Women. The vilification of PTI women has been reported widely across print, electronic and social media and received widespread condemnation from all quarters of the civil society and politics, except the supposed “Rehbar” of PMLN and his daughter Ms. Maryam Nawaz Sharif, ironically demanding “respect” for the sanctity of vote. It is pertinent to note, that the failure of Ms. Maryam Nawaz to issue condemnation on the statements under discussion is a depiction of her personal lack of respect for women in public life and/ or as activists. Moreover, it appears that her consistent demand for “respect” for the sanctity of vote is being treated by her, as distinct from the “respect” to be afforded to the 42 million women voters who exercise the right to cast that particular vote. This is deeply problematic because the demand for respect “vote” as an object on its own, without accompanying “respect” for the exercise of political will and participation by the women, irrespective of the party they support, is simply a hollow meaningless rhetoric. There ought to be a uniform standard for respect of women, in public office and/or as activists, which transcends beyond party lines.

 

The PTI Minar-e-Pakistan jalsa held on 29th April was historic for many reasons. However, as a female participant of the jalsa, it was a mark of great progress for the protection of the women’s rights. The 11 point Reform Agenda announced by Imran Khan incorporated the rights of women, particular access to justice and inheritance rights as a key priority area. There was also an inspiring display of political activism by a charged crowd of women from diverse backgrounds, determined to make their mark in a public space, previously characterized as an all-male domain.

 

However, the aftermath was a deeply disturbing and infuriating campaign, but sadly not the first against women engaged in public life and/or activism. There is a long history of misogyny and men in public office, characterized by attacks and intimidation of women through derogatory statements emanating from pre-conceived notions and sexist stereotypes, directed towards their conduct and appearance. Elected parliamentarians and even Ministers, like Rana Sanaullah, Khawaja Asif, and Abid Sher Ali, expected to abide by high standards of ethics and morality by virtue of their office, have demeaned and intimidated women through disparaging and crude remarks. In any other civilized democracy, such behavior would be deemed to conduct fit for revoking party membership of the concerned individual, punitive action and stepping down from public office. Yet, here we are again, condemning the statements, passing resolutions and hearing hollow apologies from those with a misogynistic mindset.

 

There are times when a bare apology is simply not enough. Now, I believe is that particular time for the women of Pakistan. The General Elections 2018 is imminent and political parties are once again looking towards women voters to get them elected back in office. It is an opportune moment for the women of Pakistan, to say no to this ongoing culture of impunity, and demand strict punitive consequences public office holders, who scandalize, humiliate and attack women. We must collectively seek to reject a political party, which condones anti-women, sexist and misogynistic culture, and fails to provide a clear agenda for the advancement for the protection and advancement of women’s rights. In addition, there should be demands for political parties to adopt a code of conduct which sets out clear standards about the expected behavior towards women, including serious punitive action against members who breach the code. The establishment of a culture of zero tolerance against intimidation and abuse of women in public life would be the key to ensuring that women are not dissuaded from entering the public arena and as a nation, we have a flourishing democracy which is representative of the society.

 

The writer is a barrister and Gender/ law Adviser working on rule of law programs. She is also a member of PTI’s Core Committee and represented the party in the Panama papers case.

The Straw Man Fallacy – Insaf Blog By Mnnal Shahid

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he Straw Man Fallacy and PMLN’s entire anti-establishment Narrative

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If there’s anything that can sum up PML-N’s recent oh-so-pro-democracy narrative of “Vote Ko Izzat Dou” it’s simply this fallacy called “The Straw Man Fallacy” Let’s brainstorm, shall we?

Here are some points that need to be thought and observed::

– Did Establishment put Nawaz Sharif on gun point and ask him to buy flats in London?

– Did Establishment put Maryam Nawaz on gunpoint and ask her to LIE, “meri London mei toh kya, Pakistan mei bhi koi property nehi hai”

– Did Establishment put Hassan Nawaz on gunpoint and ask him to say, “each penny for these flats comes from Pakistan” in his interview on Hard Talk?

– Did Establishment put Nawaz Sharif on gunpoint and ask him to hold Iqama of another country being the Head of State of Pakistan?

– Did establishment forcefully stop Nawaz Sharif from declaring that Iqama on his nomination papers?

– Did Establishment stop Nawaz Sharif from declaring the salaries he kept drawing from FZE (from 2013-16)?

We do not doubt that had establishment wanted to SAVE Nawaz Sharif from disqualification, it could’ve easily done that. But to say that Nawaz got disqualified DUE to Establishment’s resentment against him, instead of Nawaz himself FAILING TO PROVE that he didnt launder money, lie on the floor of parliament, kept a secret Iqama and kept drawing salaries from FZE, is deliberate ignorance. That’s what this (failed) attempt of misguiding the masses is about.

Straw man fallacy is a way of giving a false impression of refuting an opponent’s argument, while actually refuting an argument that was NEVER presented by that opponent. It’s very easy for anyone to give examples of how Establishment was involved in toppling down five civil governments, and no one denies how the same Nawaz Sharif himself reaped its benefits 3/5 times (irony). But the task of Pmln is to explain WHAT EXACTLY IS ESTABLISHMENT’S FAULT IF NAWAZ SHARIF GOT DISQUALIFIED FOR THE WRONGS HE COMMITTED HIMSELF?

Man, you committed a crime yourself and got disqualified for it. Your story ended right there. No one refuses to respect democracy but HOW EXACTLY IS A LIAR’S disqualification on constitutional basis, after a trial of 1.5 years, EQUIVALENT TO Vote Ko Izzat NAA deina/disrespecting democracy?

Don’t let the corrupt mafia befool you, after all these years. Don’t let them divert your attention from their crimes. Our Nation has mustered up the courage to take a stand against corruption and injustice after 35 years. Don’t let the corrupt mafia misguide and disunite us this time.

Nawaz Sharif, Traitor Or Trader – Insaf Blog By Syed Haider Raza Mehdi

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There’s a famous dialogue attributed to Abu Sufyan in the movie “The Message” where he refuses to re-attack the Muslim forces who had defeated the Meccan hordes at Oudh. One person asks him…”What about your honour Abu Sufyan….?”

Abu Sufyan responds, pointing to the loads of merchandise on the camels
*” …..My honour lies on the backs of the camels….”.

While the movie perhaps fictionalizes the account but what it shows, even from our own Islamic history is how wealth and its singleminded pursuit can overwhelm the entire being of a trader or a business person.

Abu Sufyan and the merchants of Mecca, whose leader he was, were not as much concerned about the new Message brought by our beloved Prophet PBUH, but were more concerned about the loss of business and income due to homage people paid to the many dieties and the associated power with influence, if people bought into the Prophet’s Message of Islam!

Such is the power of wealth!
These Meccan merchants were soon able to regain and grab power immediately after the four Rightly Guided Caliphs.

They then transformed this great Spiritual, Social and Economic revolution into an authoritarian, autocratic, imperial, monarchist version of Islam, vestiges of which we still see in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain etc.

Kindly do not read any hidden sectarian agenda in this. The objective is to illustrate how quickly the forces of wealth were able to overturn the pristine Prophetic Message, destroy the State of Medina which was subsequently attacked and significant portions burnt, razed to the ground. As was done to the Kaabah, by Abu Sufyan’s grandson Yazid ibne Muawiyyah.

This historical battle between the forces/interests of big business, traders, merchants and rights of the weak, the exploited and the disenfranchised has continued since a merchant made their first profit exploiting the weak!

Even though the line between the two frequently overlaps and gets murky, but their main narratives support these agendas.

Big business has its political parties.

For example, Republicans in the USA, Conservatives in UK and Canada and closer to home the PMLN.

Nawaz Sharif represents nothing but the singleminded interests of a selfish dukaandar, an evil merchant and a business person whose only god is wealth. To him anything in the way of his wealth is an enemy. Not every  business person is of course evil.

Thanks  to the “illustrious upbringing” by his “pious father”, he learned that there were two ways to business success. Buy them. Bribe them, and if all else fails, fight them.

Nawaz is now in stage 3 of his battle to survive. Fight those who stand in the way of his wealth!

Here its also important to understand the man and his upbringing.

Nawaz was brought up in a house of traders and businesspeople. All he saw or participated in growing up years was the wheeling dealing of his dad, Mian Sharif and his uncles. Daily, he and his brothers witnessed their father bribing and buying his way to business success.  He and Shahbaz were both instruments of this wheeling and dealing, delivering bribes and hush money on behalf of their father.

So one can see how Nawaz has inculcated these terrible values in his own children, Maryam, Hussain and Hassan.

People close to the family describe how Nawaz was never trusted to do these acts alone, because his father didn’t think he was comptent or trustworthy enough, so somebody always accompanied Nawaz in these unholy acts. Frequently it was Shahbaz.

Nawaz was the family’s “failure”.  Considered good for nothing, except chauffeur his father’s friends and business associates or senior bureaucrats around in their Mercedes. He wanted to become an actor and was given under the tutelage of Rangeela the actor/comedian. Rangeela had to embarrassingly admit failure. Nawaz loved uniforms so was made an honorary warden with uniform and all.

But everything changed when Gen. Jilani arrived on the scene and the rest is history which most of the Lahories & top army personnel know.

Nawaz’s selection and appointment as Punjab Finance Minister by Gen. Jilani is still a great mystery. The version from someone who had worked very closely with Gen. Jilani is unspeakable.

At this day & age, clearly one must question, what was it about this family that Gen. Jilani chose to ignore the many other brilliant business people families in Lahore and Punjab and pick this village idiot?

Clearly it wasn’t Nawaz’s “brilliance”. Nor was it Mian Sharif’s wealth. So why?

Clearly someone very close to Nawaz had an inordinate amount of influence on Gen. Jilani to make him agree to this choice. And this I will leave at that!

So moving on.

Till Mian Sharif was alive, everything that Nawaz did was under his instructions.  As Finance Minister. As Chief Minister and as Prime Minister.  Everything. Government appointments, postings, transfers. Loans. Money was made with abundance and used in abundance to get and buy political loyalty.

By the time Mian Sharif died, he had created a mafia like organization around Nawaz with the likes of Ishaq Dar etc to ensure continuity of this bribe and buy model.

Fast forward to 2018. Nawaz is disqualified for life. His entire empire and political future in potential ruin. A long jail term likely, alongwith Maryam. A Supreme Court that cannot now be bribed or bought as he did, by buying Saeed uzzaman Siddiqi and an Army that he really has never been able to bribe or buy.

So what are his options?

Fight and attack both these institutions. First the Supreme Court and then the Army.

He has attempted to fully exploit the military’s achilles heels, their Martial Laws and some of the catastrophic outcomes of their rule. In the meanwhile, he has gained traction and many willing ears from three segments.

Firstly: Those whose business interests and politics are directly or indirectly inextricably intertwined with his, and fear their death if he goes.

Secondly: A die hard core of supporters, mostly from central punjab, who finally see a rare punjabi as a political leader.

Thirdly: Those who have an almost pathological aversion and dislike for the Army because of its history of Martial Laws, militarism and authoritarianism. This is a strange group in many ways. They willingly, despite being aware of Nawaz’s criminality, support him because in their opinion, he has stood up to the Army. They are the same people supporting the Pashtun Movement, not because of their grievances, but because the PTM roundly abuses the Army. More on them will be discussed in another article.

But in his desperation to save his wealth and survive, I think Nawaz went a bridge too far with the Mumbai attack statement.

Like a true trader he did what he learnt growing up. Buy. Bribe. Fight !

But is he a Traitor? Depends on what definition we apply.

If it means someone who clandestinely and in secret, joins hands with an enemy and works against the interests and well being of their own country, then I will hazard a qualified yes.

I say this because of stories of handing over a document to Jindal which supported India’s Kulbushan case in the ICJ. Not condemning India on Kulbashan. Private meetings with Modi and Doval.

If it means someone who openly through his actions and words works against the interests and well being of their own country, then its an unqualified yes.

Nawaz has looted and plundered this country with abandon! He has destroyed all its institutions, except two. He has brought us to the brink of bankruptcy!

We must not pretend to be hypocritically nice and socially or politically correct to say the obvious!

Nawaz Sharif is a traitor to Pakistan! He is no valiant gladiator standing up to the Army! The sooner he’s gone, the better for Pakistan!

It is people like him who destroyed the State of Medina!

Stop Comparing Nawaz Sharif To Jahangir Tareen – By Majeed Lashari

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Both Nawaz Sharif and Jahangir Tareen are undeniably ‘mammoth political entities’. However, the dissimilarities in their characteristics are manifest. Accountability must be across the board, but the media’s viciously synonymous treatment of ‘both entities’, since being disqualified under Article 62(1)(F), is an unfair presumption which will be robustly rebutted through an in-depth and holistic comparative analysis.

The comparison stems from the fact that two petitions against Imran Khan and Jahangir Tareen were decided on the same date and political pundits in the media quickly labeled it as a ‘balancing act by the judiciary’ ie sacrificing Tareen for Khan equalizing Sharif’s disqualification. This illogical analysis suggests that the Supreme Court is adjudicating with pre-mediated political intent rather than on merits, which is ludicrous and incorrect. The judiciary is simply on a mission to act as guardian of the constitution by stringently exerting its constitutional power of judicial review.

Legally, Tareen’s trial hinged upon intricate law(s) of trusts. He satisfactorily answered all questions posed about accumulation of assets beyond means, gave full documentary proof of his total wealth and tax paid on it, produced actual bank statements evidencing that his declared/taxed income was sent with State Bank of Pakistan’s (SBP) approval to fund the trust which bought Hyde House (Sharif could not produce money trial, source(s) of earning, proper taxation records or SBP’s record of money transfer abroad). The actual trust deed was produced (unlike the fabricated Calibri font document produced by Nawaz Sharif). Thus, Jahangir Tareen is noticeably irked by the (ill-fated) comparison as he did not rely on a ‘Qatari letter’ to explain his source of income rather gave a legitimate explanation. He lost on a technicality — the Supreme Court felt that he had made a misstatement in his nomination papers when declaring his assets as he did not declare his ‘beneficial interest’ in Hyde House, although share of each child in the trust had been disclosed in their wealth statement(s) ever since the trust was established, amounting to full disclosure to tax authorities by actual beneficiaries in Pakistan. On balance of probabilities, Tareen has a strong case for review. With the whole executive machinery out to get him, his pivotal legal mistake is seemingly procedural not one of substantive law (unlike hiding an Iqama). He faces no consequential National Accountability Bureau (NAB) proceedings; Nawaz has already exhausted his review option and awaits NAB verdicts. The burden of proof is easier dispelled when sitting pretty in the incumbent government. Come opposition, it will get worse as Nawaz faces further scrutiny.

Both individuals are extraordinarily blessed financially, but that is where the similarities end. Jahangir Tareen was wealthy before the onset of his serious political career whereas Nawaz has used his political power to foster his exponential financial growth. Running the government like a family business, his family-unit ventured into numerous businesses, creating monopolies through misuse of influence

Both entities function at divergent political wavelengths. Nawaz Sharif is the undisputed supreme-leader of Pakistan Muslim League — Nawaz (PML-N), controls the federal government and Punjab and is the only Pakistani to have thrice served as the Prime Minister. Jahangir Tareen is a close aide and confidant of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, was the General Secretary of PTI, and its financial backbone. Politically, being showered with votes over decades Nawaz has a much greater answerability to Pakistanis than Tareen has. In political philosophy, proximity to power is paramount to political projection, and Nawaz rules like a monarch. Nepotism being his norm, his daughter stands established as his successor, is always seen by his side, enjoys portfolios and chairs executive meetings, always having access to vast governmental funds. Constituency politics aside, Jahangir Tareen has never promoted his children to senior positions in PTI using his clout. His son was not elevated as General Secretary of PTI in his absence. Furthermore, Sharif’s corruption was exposed internationally by ICIJ journalists in the Panama leaks. On the other hand, Tareen’s case was a reactionary step initiated by PML-N. In terms of vertical accountability, Tareen is answerable and must conform to Imran Khan’s political ideology. Contrarily, Nawaz Sharif is at the top of the hierarchy, not answerable to anyone, yes even his brother Shahbaz Sharif with suspicion (turning him into a circumvented ceremonial head of PML-N) and senior leaders like Chaudhry Nisar stand marginalized for daring to question the ‘king’. Jahangir Tareen must also measure up-to-the excessively high standards of PTI’s die-hard ideological Insafian moral brigade while Nawaz’s army of yes-men stroke his despotic ego by making hilarious leadership comparisons with Quaid-e-Azam.

Constitutionally, Nawaz Sharif once tried to amend the constitution to become ‘Ameer-ul-Momineen’. Constitutional law serves public interest not individuals, but for Nawaz, the constitution exists to serve him. Contemporary agenda is to win General Elections 2018 and amend the constitution, enabling him to serve a fourth term as PM and curtail the powers of institutions subjugating them. Being a constitutional expert, I stand appalled at the audacity of the three-time prime minister to try and make fools of the simpletons in Pakistan, make a mockery of the constitution and misrepresent the parliament as sovereign over a written constitution. Jahangir Tareen has never been accused of unconstitutional behavior.

Democratically, Jahangir Tareen never indulged in corrupt democratic practices nor took money to dismantle civilian democratic governments unlike Nawaz Sharif has as showcased in the formation of Islami Jumhoori Ittihad (IJI), highlighted in the Asghar Khan case.

Financially, both entities are extraordinarily blessed, but that is where the similarity extinguishes. Jahangir Tareen was wealthy before the onset of his serious political career whereas Nawaz has used his political grabs to foster his exponential financial growth. Running the government like a family business, his family-unit ventured into manifold businesses, creating monopolies through misuse of influence. Contrarily, Tareen’s JDW Sugar Mill kept providing farmers with support sugar price throughout difficult times. Nawaz Sharif does not care for the law of conflict of interests, rather misuses the executive branch to extract money, exemplified by the Ahad Cheema corruption scandal, Ishaq Dar’s affidavits (Hudaibiya Case), the Supreme Court’s removable of his kitchen cabinet in lieu of 62(1)(f) and corruption charges. PTI formed a government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in 2013. Even with his over-arching influence, there has been no corruption scandal related to Jahangir Tareen and Nawaz only pays a fraction of the tax paid by the PTI leader.

Nawaz Sharif’s reaction upon his ouster is a declaration of war against the state apparatus. The instigator is fighting his legal battle politically, colliding with institutions, resorting to mutinous sloganeering, polarising Pakistan through chants of ‘mujhay kiun nikala’ (why was I removed?) and ‘khalai makhlooq’ (establishment) vs ‘Zameeni makhlooq’ (electorate), rather than settling it in the court. He daily maligns the judiciary, NAB, and establishment, and with the recent shocking ‘Mumbai attacks acceptance fiasco’ blatantly compromised the ‘national interest’ and image of Pakistan for self-preservation. Skeptics are interpreting his childish tantrum as serving foreign geostrategic designs by endorsing the enemy’s narrative against Pakistan. His disservice to the nation will have long-term diplomatic and economic repercussions. However, Nawaz in an all-or-nothing bid to dodge accountability proceedings is trying to rattle and embarrass the establishment. Jahangir Tareen’s ‘person specific battles’ have never cost Pakistan in the national/international realm.

Distinguishably, Tareen has continued supporting PTI maturely, accommodating the circumstances. He did not agitate against state institutions, has been graceful yet resilient in defeat and not ushered an insidious word in public rallies against the judiciary. Upon being questioned by accountability mechanisms, he did not take it personally, belittle or politicise institutions, build polarising narratives or conspiracy theories, willingly scar the image of Pakistan, undermine the whole process of accountability by crying foul, declaring it a witch-hunt and bring the democratic process to the brink of derailment for self-interest. He succumbed to the rule of law, filed a review petition and stepped down as General Secretary of PTI. Opponents only highlight his case for political mudslinging. Therefore, consequences, stakes, and costs for Pakistan of ‘harbouring both entities’ is clearly anonymous. Jahangir Tareen just lost a case in court on technical grounds. So just stop comparing him to the treasonous Nawaz Sharif.

The writer is an LLM from the Queen Mary University of London as a Chevening scholar. He studied political philosophy at University of Oxford, is a practicing attorney and lecturer for the University of London (LLB) International Programme.

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