After the UN Report, General Musharraf cannot think of returning to Pakistan – by Muhammad Amjad Rashid
The report of the UN Commission on the murder of the ex chairperson of PAKISTAN PEOPLE’S PARTY is the most unbiased and professional report on Benazir Bhutto’s murder. The report has declared the MUSHARRAF GOVERNMENT (1999 – 2008) as responsible for the murder of BENAZIR BHUTTO.
Every person in Pakistan knew since first day that the military regime of General Musharraf played a key role in the death of BENAZIR BHUTTO. The letter of Benazir Bhutto written to that government included names of three key personalities who wanted to kill her; all three of them were a part of the Musharraf regime.
Now it is proved from the UN report that Benazir Bhutto was right.
The commission declared that at that time, the MUSHARRAF GOVERNMENT failed to provide adequate security of Benazir Bhutto; unlike other former prime ministers Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Shaukat Aziz, who were provided full security.
According to the UN Commission, the lack in security matters was the main key to the death of Benazir Bhutto and this crime was done to give enemy the opportunity to kill Benazir Bhutto in Raawalpindi.
Rawalpindi is the city where two prime ministers, LIAQUAT ALI KHAN and ZULFIQAR ALI BHUTTO, were killed. Liaquat Ali Khan was killed at almost the same ground where Benazir Bhutto was killed; the place (Liaquat Baagh) has special importance in the history of Pakistan.
Now, the gates for MUSHARRAF’s return to Pakistan have almost closed. People of Pakistan consider him the killer of Benazir Bhutto; particularly in the aftermath of the UNO commission report, everything is visible and sure. Nine years of dictatorship resulted in the loss of the most revered public figure in Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto. Every eye in Pakistan was grieved on the death of Benazir Bhutto. His political rivals also wept on that day. That day was doomsday in Pakistan.
The UN commission also pointed out that the members of commission were denied of having meetings with key players in the (military) establishment and army officers during the investigation of Benazir Bhutto’s murder. They faced great difficulties in organizing such meetings. The commission said that the hurdles were created for the members of Commission during their investigation. So the UN Commission clearly suggests that the establishment and other pro-dictatorship forces in Pakistan are involved in the murder of Benazir Bhutto.
The commission expressed its sorrow on the fact that important clues and evidences on the spot of Benazir Bhutto’s murder were erased and washed out. The place was washed out within four hours. The commission said that was a false excuse that the marks were washed out as to control PPP workers from any disorder and breakage. It was stated that washing out of the place of murder itself was a big crime, something which Punjab Police did under the instructions of the ISI.
The UN commission report is in front of all the public of Pakistan and the world. Now it is the duty of every Pakistani to understand the facts and recognize the “KILLER LEAGUES”. These parties have always joined hands with dictators like AYUB KHAN, ZIA UL HAQ and PERVEZ MUSHARRAF (as mentioned in the commission’s report).
Now in HAZARA DIVISION, people can also see the acts of these leagues. These leagues have no concern with the prosperity and progress of Pakistan. They are always concerned to their own interests.
May ALLAH bless the soul of Benazir Bhutto with rest in great heavens as she did very hard work and faced extreme difficulties during her whole life! The world was not a place of happiness and peace for her but may ALLAH make her happy and peaceful in her eternal abode.
he should be brought back to Pakistan and hanged.
I agree. The PPP and PML-N must agree to stand united on this one-point agenda.
this is a crap report.. 100 million dollars to tell us govt was responsilbe.. every single person killed is the responsibility of the present govt, … it only happens in pakistn where we gv 100 million dollars to tell us this… both ppp n pml(N) are stoopid parties.. musharaf wll be back to elad the nation into prosperity this govt has lost in 2 years.. the effort mush put in 7 years destroyed in just 2
You must be joking.
Benazir Bhutto was the pearl of Pakistan so 100 millioin dollars have no importance as compared to bring out the fracts about the Benazir Bhutto Shaheed’s murder because our future generations can,t blame us that we didn’t make any inquiry about that disaster in the history of Pakistan.
& Thanks LUBP for publishing my little effort.
They all were involved .. one way or the other By Yousuf Nazar Sunday, April 18th, 2010 at 9:40 am http://www.yousufnazar.com/?p=950
The biggest conspiracy theory that I have come across in the recent years is that Benazir Bhutto fell victim to a terrorist attack. Ninety percent of our media analysts have been, deliberately or unconsciously, part of the larger conspiracy to lay the blame of most violence in Pakistan on terrorism and extremism or on the mullahs but do not have the guts to point to the root causes, the principal accused and the main culprit …. the military establishment.
Najam Sethi, the senior journalist, analyst, editor, etc. wrote in his editorial for the Daily Times on Dec. 29, 2010:
“A spokesman of Al Qaeda has informed the media that his organisation has killed Ms Benazir Bhutto — “a precious American asset” — reminding Pakistan that it is in the midst of a global war. (Al Qaeda Afghanistan commander and spokesman Mustafa Abu Al-Yazid telephoned the Italian news agency AKI to make the claim.) This owning up once again proves Daily Times right when it reported before the arrival of Ms Bhutto from Dubai on October 18 that the terrorist elements in South Waziristan had vowed to kill her through a suicide-bomber. Now it develops that Al Qaeda had to deploy an elaborate piece of disinformation to disarm Ms Bhutto’s suspicion that Al Qaeda was intending to attack her.”
There was no such call and the story was planted as I had written on my blog on the 26th December 2008. [ Transparency in Pakistan’s Media, Benazir and the US By Yousuf Nazar Friday, December 26th, 2008 at 1:22 am http://www.yousufnazar.com/?p=788%5D
Today on April 19, 2010, another so-called stalwart and editor of another newspaper, Shaheen Sehbai has written a piece which while rightfully criticising Zardari for his [criminal] failure to investigate BB’s murder wrongly and deliberately gives undue and disproportionate attention to the role of Rehman Malik and does not even remotely suggest that Musharraf and his buddy Nadeem Ejaz be arrested and put on trial for at-least the cover-up if for not for the actual crime. This would be the first step. Need I say that only the guilty have the motive to cover up.
It is so easy to lambast Mullah Radio, Rehman Malik, Zardari, or an petty official like CPO Saud Aziz. The UN report serves a purpose. It puts an independent and impartial seal on what Benazir Bhutto and the people of Pakistan already knew and this was no conspiracy theory. Musharraf killed Benazir Bhutto. Musharraf, with the help of his officials, his media supporters, and the CIA tried to put the blame on Al Qaeda. Al Qaeda did not change BB’s exit route from Liaqat Bagh. It was blocked by the police vans. Al Qaeda did not wash the crime scene. It was ordered by the Army Head Quarters. Al Qaeda did not prevent autopsy. An ISI officer was at the hospital directing the whole operation.
There will perhaps never be any real investigation or trial. If Pakistan was not a banana republic, public prosector’s list of accused and witnesses would have looked like this:
Charge: Murder of Benazir Bhutto and cover up of the crime
Principal accused: General Pervez Musharraf
Principal co-accused: DG MI, DG ISI
Principal collaborator: Rehman Malik
Principal Accessory in cover-up: Asif Zardari
Criminally silent spectators: Supreme Court judges
See how shamefully Hamid Mir uses the UN Report to save ISI??? [Nadeem Taj was Brgadier and with Musharraf on 12 Oct 1999 in the plane that was Hijacked by Musharraf.
Maj-Gen Nadeem Ejaz: in the dock for many crimes Monday, April 26, 2010 By Hamid Mir http://thenews.jang.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=28496
ISLAMABAD: For the first time in the history of Pakistan, political leaders from the Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have united against a serving Army officer. They want the government to start investigations against the said Army officer not only on one count but also on many others.
The dubious role of former DG Military Intelligence Major General Nadeem Ejaz was an important unifying factor behind a large consensus between the PPP, the PML-N, the PML-Q and other parties on the 18th Amendment. Nadeem Ejaz was responsible of victimising not only the PPP and the PML-N but also abused his unlimited and unchecked powers against some important leaders of the PML-Q as the DG MI. At one stage in April 2008, he wanted Musharraf to replace General Kayani because Kayani was not ready to involve the Army in safeguarding the political interests of Musharraf but this effort failed.
The former DG MI is accused of kidnapping many political activists not only in Balochistan but also in the Punjab. Nadeem Ejaz once kidnapped not only the security guards of Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain but also picked up the brother of a sitting MPA of the PML-Q for settling his personal scores with the then chief minister of the Punjab. Background interactions with leaders of these political parties revealed that notorious Nadeem Ejaz had become a monster in the last days of the Musharraf regime and even after the retirement of Musharraf as Army chief, Nadeem Ejaz was directly reporting to him bypassing new Army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani.
A UN Commission has recently claimed that after the assassination of Benazir Bhutto on December 27, 2007, the crime scene was hosed down actually on the orders of the then DG MI Major General Nadeem Ejaz. The government has constituted a three-member committee to pinpoint the responsibility for hosing down the crime scene on December 27, 2007. Political circles in Islamabad are of the view that the role of Nadeem Ejaz was not limited just in the hosing down the crime scene on December 27. He should be investigated thoroughly because he was directly or indirectly related to many other important events like the assassination of Akbar Bugti in August 2006 and massacre in Karachi on May 12, 2007.
Very few people know that Nadeem Ejaz started his political role in December 1999 when he was a colonel posted in Lahore. He forced many Nawaz Sharif loyalists to leave the PML-N. He blackmailed many PPP leaders to extend their support to the Musharraf regime. A businessman associated with the PPP, Mian Arshad, was grilled and tortured to give information about the secret accounts of Jahangir Badar. Nadeem Ejaz called Mian Arshad many times and asked him to cooperate. When there was no positive result, Main Arshad was arrested and tortured. Late Benazir Bhutto tried her level best to rescue Mian Arshad by writing letters to human rights organisations but Mian Arshad lost his life due to torture in the custody of Army officials.
Nadeem Ejaz personally met PML-N leader Khawaja Saad Rafique in December 1999 and told him to leave Nawaz Sharif. After exchanging hot words with Saad, he contacted his brother Salman Rafique and gave him a warning. When Rafique brothers refused to oblige him, he arrested Saad Rafique along with Javaid Hashmi, Khawaja Hasaan and Aftab Asghar Dar through the Lahore police and ordered that they be tortured. Saad Rafique still remembers that police officials in Model Town police station, Lahore, told him that they were beating him on the orders of Nadeem Ejaz.
One day, Nadeem Ejaz summoned PML-N leader Tehmina Daultana and her late husband Zahid Wahla in camp jail, Lahore, and asked them to stop supporting Begum Kulsoom Nawaz. This meeting was taking place in the office of jail chief. When Javaid Hashmi came back to jail after appearing in an accountability court, he heard Nadeem Ejaz shouting at Tehmina Daultana. Javaid Hashmi was told that this meeting was going on for many hours. He crashed the door of the jail chief’s office and tried to grab Nadeem Ejaz by his neck. According to Javaid Hashmi, “The brave Nadeem Ejaz locked himself in the bathroom of the jail chief and the same night I was blindfolded, my hands were cuffed behind my back and I faced torture for the whole night.”
Another victim of Nadeem Ejaz was Senator Pervez Rashid. This soft-spoken politician was tortured at Sarwar Road police station. Pervez Rashid told this correspondent, “I have no doubt that Nadeem Ejaz was the person behind the worst ever torture I faced in my political life.”
According to police sources, one day Nadeem Ejaz recorded the cries of Pervez Rashid during torture on a small tape recorder and gave lot of money to an Army Subedar as reward who had tortured the senator. Pervez Rashid is sure that Nadeem Ejaz recorded his screams for Musharraf.
For the next few years, he remained posted in Lahore and was promoted as a brigadier there. He became DG of MI in February 2005. He was given the task to win the local bodies elections for the Musharraf loyalists. During the local bodies election of 2005, he developed differences with CM Punjab Pervaiz Elahi. Nadeem Ejaz was supporting Sardar Aqil Umar in one town of Lahore while Pervaiz Elahi was supporting Sardar Kamil Umar. Ultimately, Kamil Umar won the election and Nadeem Ejaz became an enemy of the CM Punjab. One day, the MI kidnapped the real brother of MPA Ilyas Gujar from Kasur, who was very close to Pervez Elahi. Brother of the MPA was released after five days when CM Punjab directly approached Pervez Musharraf for help. That was not the end. After a few days, the MI kidnapped the security guards of Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain when they were coming back from the Lahore Airport after dropping Salik Hussain and Moonis Elahi. A military vehicle collided with the jeep of Salik Hussain, who was not present inside. Some of the guards were arrested and tortured. CM Punjab called Nadeem Ejaz and requested to release his people but there was no mercy. Nadeem Ejaz refused to release them and said that they were gangsters and CM’s son Moonis Elahi was the leader of these gangsters. Again it was Musharraf who ordered Nadeem Ejaz to release the security guards of Shujaat.
Nadeem Ejaz developed more differences with Shujaat Hussain when PML-Q leaders tried to make peace with late Nawab Akbar Bugti in 2006 through talks. Many PML-Q leaders have told this correspondent that at the first stage, Nadeem Ejaz used them for easing down the tension but when Bugtis vacated some important trenches around Dera Bugti after talks, Nadeem Ejaz started bombing the area and forced Bugti to take refuge on mountains. They held Nadeem Ejaz responsible for the death of Akbar Bugti and said that they were even ready to provide evidence in any court of law against Nadeem Ejaz.
He was the one who advised Musharraf to call Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry to the Army House and demand his resignation. When Justice Iftikhar refused, it was Nadeem Ejaz who pressured him directly. The same evening when Chaudhry Shujaat met Justice Iftikhar and tried to settle down the problem, it was Nadeem Ejaz who sent lifters to the residence of the CJP and moved his official vehicles away from the house. On the morning of March 12, Nadeem Ejaz ordered the Islamabad administration that Justice Iftikhar should not reach the Supreme Court. When the CJP came out of his residence, he was manhandled by officials in plainclothes.
PML-Q leaders are also ready to say that a plan was hatched to park big vehicles to stop the convoy of Justice Iftikhar and then attack the convoy on May 5, 2007 near Kharian on the GT Road. Nadeem Ejaz wanted the Chaudhrys of Punjab to provide some mercenaries to start firing on the vehicle of Aitzaz Ahsan to show their loyalty to Musharraf. Again, the CM Punjab refused to become a part of the plan.
This plan was implemented by Nadeem Ejaz in Karachi on May 12, 2007. According to sources in the MQM, Nadeem Ejaz used the whole provincial administration of Sindh to implement the plan in Karachi and finally MQM was held responsible for the whole mayhem.
Major General Nadeem Ejaz also submitted an affidavit against Justice Iftikhar in the court and claimed that the chief justice wanted Musharraf to dissolve the assemblies and hold elections under him. This affidavit proved to be a lie in the court. After the imposition of emergency on November 3, 2007, Nadeem Ejaz was the one who was directly and indirectly meeting with many judges of the superior courts and convinced many of them to accept Abdul Hameed Dogar as the new chief justice. Some of the “Dogar Judges” are now part of the Supreme Court and they may have a soft corner for Nadeem Ejaz.
Ejaz was also involved in media affairs. He helped in arranging funds and investors in the launching of at least two pro-Musharraf TV channels in 2007. He threatened and blackmailed many journalists through different means and tortured some of them after getting them kidnapped.
Many Baloch leaders alleged that Nadeem Ejaz was responsible for rigging the 2008 elections in many constituencies of Balochistan. They say that he did it directly on the orders of Musharraf and not Kayani. Sources in the military establishment claimed that Kayani fired at least three colonels from the ISI who were trying to help some politicians during the elections 2008 but the MI chief clearly violated his policy. It is important to note that Kayani became Army chief on November 29th, 2007 just a few weeks before the election and it was difficult for him to immediately change the DG MI.
It was also learnt on good authority that Nadeem Ejaz suggested to Musharraf secretly in April 2008 to replace Kayani with someone else. Musharraf discussed this possibility with some of his close aides but could not implement it because DG ISI Nadeem Taj was not ready to help him. The UN Commission has given a clean chit to DG ISI Lt Gen Nadeem Taj and former DG IB Brig (retd) Ejaz Shah. The UN Commission directly interviewed Ejaz Shah in February 2010 and now Ejaz Shah has also joined the FIA investigations but Nadeem Ejaz has not faced any investigation.
The top leadership of PPP, PML-N and PML-Q is in contact with each other on the investigation issue of Nadeem Ejaz. They want the government to, at least, start another probe against former DG MI in connection with his alleged role in the killing of Akbar Bugti. They think that this is the right opportunity for political leadership to prove that Pakistan has changed and now the Army officers are also accountable like politicians.
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