Corruption bogey-Part I
The unseating of Nawaz Sharif
The media is currently so engrossed in the corruption and nepotism issue that it has ignored completely the context and the source which has initiated the latest round of debate on corruption. Even our blinkered leftists had been drawn into the debate on corruption, singing paeans to the Pakistani establishment and judiciary for unseating Mian Nawaz Sharif, the constitutionally and democratically elected Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
There is appreciation in our Left oriented digital media of Pakistan’s judiciary and establishment for their supposed courage in unseating their prime minister on charges of corruption. There is no understanding why and how this came about.
Mian Nawaz Sharif is a creation of that Mullah in Khaki Pakistan’s military dictator General Mohammad Ziaul Haq who firmly established the unbreakable bond between the Army, the Mullahs and a good section of Islamised judiciary which thrives till date. The grapevine has it that before Ziaul Haq patronised the Sharif family, his father Mohammad Sharif ran a small flour mill in Punjab and claimed some kind of familial connection with Kashmir though they are true blue blooded Lahori Punjabis.
There was tremendous resentment against Ziaul Haq when he committed judicial murder of former Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto because though Bhutto hailed originally from Larkana in Sind, he was equally popular in Punjab as well. So Ziaul Haq needed some bright and young face to launch an anti-Bhutto campaign with the help of the mullahs and thus picked up Mian Nawaz Sharif making him his Finance Minister.
Since then with the Army and Mullahs all smiling upon the Sharif family they accumulated vast wealth all over the country and abroad. By the way they are not alone. The worst offenders have been the Army generals and even middle level Army officers whose wealth disproportionate to their source of income has never been questioned by any court of the supposed upright and uncompromising judiciary of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
These revelations in Panama papers relate to the wealth he allegedly collected in his first stint as the Prime Minister between 1990 and 1993. Few people would remember Ghulam Ishaq Khan, a loyal creature of Pakistan’s military establishment who served the Pakistan establishment right from Ayub Khan days to Ziaul Haq and after Zia was blown to smithereens in the plane bombing, he was chosen to succeed Zia as Pakistan President.
Soon after Zia’s death elections were held in Pakistan and both the Pakistan People’s Party led by Benazir Bhutto and the Pakistan Muslim League (PML) under Nawaz Sharif contested. PPP won and Benazir became the first and only woman Prime Minister of Pakistan so far. But the Pakistani establishment could not digest this and by November 1990 Ishaq Khan dismissed Benazir on charges of corruption disproved to this date. Then he appointed Nawaz Sharif as the Prime Minister but by July, 1993 also dismissed him on same corruption charges. Nawaz Sharif went to court and the Supreme Court of Pakistan struck down Ishaq Khan’s act whereupon both Ishaq Khan and Sharif demitted office and went for another round of elections of the National Assembly of Pakistan.
The current corruption charges are the same which Ishaq Khan had leveled against him using that as a pretext to dismiss his government. The Pakistan Supreme Court naturally was aware of these charges and did not find enough substance in them to uphold Ishaq Khan’s action. But suddenly now 27 years later based on the same allegations carried in Panama papers, it has disqualified Nawaz Sharif and even blocked the path for his bright daughter Maryam to succeed him.
How did the Pakistan judiciary wake up to Nawaz’ alleged corruption so late in the day? The cue was given by that English speaking closet mullah and a proxy for Pakistan’s bearded army, Imran Khan, the chairman of Pakistan Tehreek Insaf (PTI) Party. Wonder how many would remember that there was once a party by the same acronym, the Pakistan Tehreeke Istaqlal (PTI) led by Air Marshal (Retired) Asghar Khan, a small but an important component of the Pakistan National Alliance of 1977 which conspired with Ziaul Haq to get Bhutto’s duly elected government dismissed and get Marital Law imposed. Imran Khan too has proved over a period, to be a proxy for the Army, the ISI and the mullahs of the Khyber Pakhtunkhawa and while he has hardly any political following to become the Prime Minister, the higher judiciary in Pakistan seems to be responsive to Imran Khan, just like once that Asghar Khan with zilch political following played an important role in undermining the democratic institutions of that country for whatever they were worth.
Since the last elections Nawaz Sharif appears to have under gone visible change of heart or rather strategy. He had grown a little soft towards India, making some sincere effort to improve relations with India. Also he has made some move to alleviate the suffering of the beleaguered Hindu minority in Pakistan, by pushing ahead the Hindu Marriage Act in the National Assembly whereby after 70 years of its existence Pakistan finally recognizes Hindu marriages which will restrict the Muslim predators to kidnap and rape and convert Hindu women in Pakistan to Islam.
All this has not gone well with those who lionized that treacherous bodyguard of former Governor of Punjab Salman Tasseer, Malik Mumtaz Qadri who shot him dead at point blank range for criticizing the blasphemous Blasphemy law of Pakistan. Remember the lawyers of Lahore High Court who garlanded and took that murderer in a procession and the judge who handed Qadri death sentence fled the country for fear of being killed by some such fanatic too.
Before that the Pakistan Supreme Court was determined to pull down former President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari, who presided over Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) after these mullahs in collusion with the elements in Pakistan Army and ISI, gunned down his wife Benazir Bhutto. And when former Prime Minister of Pakistan Yusuf Raza Gilani did not yield to judicial pressure, the court first dismissed him and then the jidhadists kidnapped his son Ali Haider Gilani in 2013 and kept him a hostage for three years.
So the judiciary in Pakistan will pronounce you corrupt once the mullahs, the Army and the ISI suspect a leader of going soft on India and the religious minorities of the country. Who else would prove this better than Imran Khan who immediately accused Nawaz Sharif of being an Indian agent when Nawaz Sharif pointed a finger at the Army for his dismissal. So much for the fight against corruption in Pakistan.