The Islamofascist mafia in action—again! – by Omar Khattab
Picture: Benazir Bhutto gazes towards a crowd of thousands of supporters at a campaign rally minutes before she was assassinated in a bomb attack December 27, 2007 in Rawalpindi
The debate on the 18th Amendment is ISI’s smokescreen to hide its role in Benazir’s assassination
By Omar Khattab in Islamabad
Suddenly the media has swept the entire nation into the vortex of an acrimonious debate between lawyers on the issue of the 18th constitutional amendment. Akram Sheikh, a Jamaat-e-Islami stalwart and an ISI-backed “leader” of the lawyer community, has been using extremely offensive language against the likes of Aitzaz Ahsan and Ali Ahmed Kurd. It appears that he has succeeded in enraging pro-18th Amendment people by making them use harsh language. The rest of the work is being done by anti-democracy and pro-ISI channels like Geo, Sama, and ARY. Islamofascist journalists like Hamid Mir, Dr Shaihd Masood, Kashif Abbasi, Talat Hussain, and Mahrukh Bokhari invite most anti-democratic “analysts” to undermine the authority of the parliament and give support to the morally bankrupt and professionally suspect judges of the Supreme Court. The entire anti-democracy mafia in Pakistan is urging the Supreme Court to strike down the 18th Amendment which the representatives of the 180-million strong people of Pakistan have made. The question is: Why?
The answer is very simple. The recently published United Nations report on the assassination of Benazir Bhutto has clearly blamed the ISI for not only facilitating her murder, but also hampering the investigation into the murder. Even without the UN report, the people of Pakistan believed that it was the ISI which killed Benazir Bhutto because for her refusal to obey the commands of the Army generals. The UN report, however, has a stamp of legitimacy and objectivity. This is why, no one, not even the Islamofascists of the Pakistan media and politics, have been able to question the credibility of the report. Now there is no legal hindrance for the government to take action against criminal generals of the Pakistan Army. But it is a known fact that the Army as an institution is above law. But the stature of Benazir is so high that it may be difficult for the generals to escape justice given Pakistani masses’ anti-Army and anti-ISI sentiments in the backdrop of Benazir’s assassination.
Thus the ISI has gone back to its time-tested tactics: Create an issue and set corrupt media into action so that the real issue gets submerged in confusion. The likes of Akram Sheikh can sell their mothers to serve a cause which gives them a lot of material benefits. This is not the first time that the ISI has thrown up colorful rabbits up in the air to take people’s attention off a real issue like Benazir’s assassination. The second tactic of the ISI is to blame Benazir’s own People Party for her assassination. This too has started as we can see retired army officers and ISI-funded “analysts” and “journalists” churning out conspiracies against the leaders of the People’s Party.
Prediction: If history is any guide, the ISI/Army will once again succeed in confusing the situation. No Army man will be punished for the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.
Perhaps some people are trying to create a negative sentiment among the people against our Army and intelligence agencies. We as citizens of this country need to step forward and influence the judges to take action against those termed culprits in the investigation report by UN commission.
She was a victim of the terrorist actions also. That day is not far guys when u and I will also come under the same category. For how long can you really be safe from the Taliban. We must speak against these atrocities! And whitewash the Taliban from this country.
the Media is giving the message to the people that Pervez Mushraf and some individuals of PPP are responsible for BBs murder ,Again ISI (Zia group ) is able to scape from the scene .
ISI media Wing nJamaat Islami , Imran khan and the media is working hard to confuse people
The ISI is an illegitimate child of the immoral Pakistan Army.
I am afraid that illegitimate child was given birth in 1975 by ZAB himself!!!!!!!!!!!
General Pervez Kayani owes some explanation about Army officers’ role in Benazir’s tragedy By Yousuf Nazar http://www.yousufnazar.com/?p=960
General Pervez Kayani owes some explanation about Army officers’ role in Benazir’s tragedy
By Yousuf Nazar
The UN report has some highly disturbing and incriminating pieces. Most importantly, they make it abundantly clear that it wasn’t just one individual or a few individuals who were part of what now appears to be a grand cover-up. The report incriminates not just Musharraf but the top guns of the ISI, MI, and the IB as well as the police and the interior ministry.
Let’s quote a few paras:
Paras 117 to 120 on pages 29 and 20:
117. On three different occasions, Professor Mussadiq asked CPO Saud Aziz for permission to conduct an autopsy on Ms Bhutto, and the CPO refused each request. On the second request, CPO Saud Aziz is reported to have sarcastically asked the Professor whether an FIR had been filed, a matter that the CPO should know, not the Professor. DCO Elahi, who was also present outside the operating room, supported CPO Saud Aziz’s position. The authorities however deny that the CPO deliberately refused to allow an autopsy. They insist that they wanted to get permission from Ms Bhutto’s family. As will be discussed below, the police’s legal duty to request an autopsy does not require permission from a family member.
118. Because he could not obtain police consent to carry out an autopsy, Professor Mussadiq called in X-ray technician Ghafoor Jadd, who took two X-rays of Ms Bhutto’s skull with a portable X-ray machine. He did this without notifying or seeking the consent of CPO Saud Aziz. Though not present at the time, a radiologist examined the X-rays the next day.
119. Ms Bhutto’s death certificate was completed and signed by the senior registrar, Dr Aurangzeb, who recorded the cause of death as “To be determined on autopsy”.
120. An ISI officer, Rawalpindi Detachment Commander Colonel Jehangir Akhtar, was present at the hospital through much of the evening. At one point, the ISI Deputy Director General, Major General Nusrat Naeem, contacted Professor Mussadiq through Colonel Jehangir’s cell phone. When asked about this by the Commission, Major General Nusrat Naeem initially denied making any calls to the hospital, but then acknowledged that he had indeed called the hospital, when pressed further. He asserted that he had made the call, before reporting to his superiors, to hear, directly from Professor Mussadiq that Ms Bhutto had died.
Question: Since Col. Jehangir Akhtar was present at the hospital, how much did he tell Maj. General Nusrat Naeem? Did Nusrat Naeem brief Gen. Kayani who was the COAS? Did Kayani speak or meet with Nusrat Naeem that evening?
Now some more crucial quotes from the report before we comment further:
Para 133 on page 33. Sources informed the Commission that CPO Saud Aziz did not act independently in deciding to hose down the crime scene. One source, speaking on the basis of anonymity, stated that CPO Saud Aziz had confided in him that he hadreceived a call from Army Headquarters instructing him to order the hosing down of the crime scene. Another source, also speaking on the basis of anonymity, said that the CPO was ordered to hose down the scene by Major General Nadeem Ijaz Ahmad, then Director General of MI. Others, including three police officials, told the Commission that CPO Saud Aziz did not act independently and that “everyone knows” who ordered the hosing down. However, they were not willing to state on the record what it is that “everyone knows”. This is one of the many occasions during the Commission’s inquiry when individuals, including government officials, expressed fear or hesitation to speak openly.
Question: Did Gen. Kayani speak or meet with MI Chief Maj. Gen Nadeem Ijaz Ahmad that evening or later?
Para 156-157 at page 38:
At about 1700 hours on the day following the assassination the government held a televised press conference, conducted by Brigadier Cheema, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Interior at which he announced that:
a. Ms Bhutto died from a head injury sustained when from the force of the blast she hit her head on the lever of the escape hatch; and,
b. Mr Baitullah Mehsud linked with Al-Qaida was responsible, presenting an intercepted telephone conversation between Mr Mehsud and one Mr Maulvi Sahib in which Mr Mehsud was heard congratulating Mr Maulvi on a job well-done.
157. The decision to hold the press conference was made by General Musharraf, during a meeting on the morning of 28 December at a facility in General Headquarters known as Camp House. That meeting, at which General Musharraf was briefed on the intercept and on medical evidence, was attended by the Directors General of the ISI, MI and the IB. Brigadier Cheema was summoned to a subsequent meeting at ISI Headquarters and directed by the Director General of the ISI to hold the press conference. In attendance at this second meeting, in addition to Brigadier Cheema, were Interior Secretary Kamal Shah, Director General of the ISI, Director General of the IB, Deputy Director General of the ISI and another ISI brigadier.
Question: Did Gen. Kayani attend the above meeting? If not, did the DGs of ISI, MI, and IB brief Gen. Kayani about the above meeting? What did Gen. Kayani know about Benazir’s assassination at that time? Did he seek brief from the DG MI? If not, wasn’t that unsual?
The bottom line is how much Gen. Kayani knew, when and what and did the Generals named in the report kept him informed or acted on their own?
Read Ayub Khan’s Information Secretary’s Late Altaf Gauhar’s Column on ISI published in The Nation in English 17 Aug 97 p 4 – Islamabad The Nation in English 17 Aug 97 p 4 Article by Altaf Gauhar.
“How Intelligence Agencies Run Our Politics”
I had an opportunity to watch quite closely the working of our intelligence agencies during the 1965 war with India. At that time the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) was headed by Brigadier Riaz Hussain, who later became the Governor of Balochistan, the Military Intelligence (MI) was under Brigadier Muhammad Irshad and A.B. Awan was the Director of the Intelligence Bureau (DIB). Each agency had its own sphere of duties but they had a common goal — preserving the national security. Since there is hardly any significant political activity, domestic or foreign, national or international, which does not, directly or indirectly, impinge on national security, there was much overlapping in the work of the three agencies. Despite the all-embracing definition of national security unnecessary conflict in day to day working was avoided as the lSl and the MI confined themselves to matters of direct military interest and the IB concentrated on domestic political activities. The DIB reported directly to the Prime Minister and the two military agencies to the Commander-in-Chief of the Army (C-in-C). It was left to the C-in-C to bring all matters of interest to the notice of the Prime Minister through the Ministry of Defence. This arrangement continued fairly smoothly until the imposition of Martial Law in 1958. I was in the Prime Minister’s Secretariat during the last days of parliamentary government in 1957-58 and Malik Feroz Khan Noon used to get reports of the contacts which military intelligence agencies were making with the political leaders of different parties. There was little that he could do about it since President Iskander Mirza was drawing up his own plan of action to put an end to parliamentary rule in collusion with the C-in-C, General Ayub Khan. Noon was resisting Mirza’s pressure to grant a four-year extension of term to Ayub Khan. I remember Ayub Khan bursting into my office one afternoon in full, uniform. I was relieved when he said: “Since the Principal Secretary has gone for lunch I thought I would ask you to request the Prime Minister to stay with me in Rawalpindi when he comes on a formal visit next week.” He left the room before I could recover my breath. When I conveyed the message to the PM he said: “I know he wants me to give him an extension of term. His term does not end till 1959. Why is he in such a hurry?” Years later when I mentioned this incident to Ayub Khan he said: “The fellow was under the influence of his wife. He wanted to promote General Sher Ali. My boys were keeping tabs on him.”
Once the Martial Law was promulgated in 1958 all the intelligence agencies came under the direct control of the President and Chief Martial Law Administrator. The maintenance of national Security, which was the principal function of these agencies, came to mean the consolidation of the Ayub regime; any criticism of the regime was seen a threat to national security. The three intelligence agencies started competing with each other in demonstrating their loyalty to Ayub Khan and his system of government. Since Ayub Khan was reluctant to increase the military budget, neither the ISI nor the MI could post their officers in the districts and because of that limitation their domestic activities remained quite restrained. But they continued to be assigned specific duties to keep a watch on ‘undesirable’ politicians and civil servants. When I came to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, I found a psychological warfare unit under operation in the office of the Secretary. It was, headed by Col Mujibur Rahman, who later became the Secretary of the Ministry in the Ziaul Haq regime. Was it an intelligence plant meant to keep an eye on the working of the civil government? Whatever its purpose, I found it a complete waste of time and I was able to persuade the President to have it recalled by the GHQ.
The President used to receive regular reports on the political situation in the country from the ISI and the MI. These reports in sealed envelopes marked ‘Eyes Only’ were usually handed over to the President by the C-in-C. On a few occasions the President gave me these reports and it seemed to me that the agencies were keeping the politicians, particularly the East Pakistanis, under close surveillance. I rarely found anything insightful in these reports. The DIB had direct access to the President and his weekly reports used to be fairly exhaustive. It was during the presidential election in l964 that the ISI and the MI became extremely active.. While the DIB gave the President a detailed, assessment of his prospects in the election the ISI and the MI kept him informed of the trend of public opinion based largely on gossip. The election results showed that the three agencies had seriously under estimated the popularity of Mohtrama Miss Fatima Jinnah and given Ayub Khan too optimistic a picture of his prospects.
The crisis of intelligence came during the 1965 war. Brigadier Riaz was good enough to show me his set-up, an impressive affair judging by the sophisticated equipment and the operators at work. He told me that he had contacts inside the Occupied Kashmir and in other major Indian cities. “I will flood you with news. Don’t worry”. When the war started there was a complete blackout of news from all the intellience agencies. When I got nothing out of the ISI for two days I went to Brigadier Riaz only to learn that all his contacts had gone underground. The performance of the MI was even more frustrating. The mobile transmitter which the MI had acquired to broadcast the Voice of Kashmir conked out and Brigadier Irshad came to me to find him a spare transmitter. When I told him that it would take at least a month to import another transmitter he pleaded with me to take over the broadcast part of the operation. “How can I do that I know nothing about the operation?” I protested. “But that is the beauty of it.” said Irshad, “even I know very little about it.” It did not take the Indians long to extract the whole operational plan out of the ‘infiltrators’ whom they captured the moment they entered the Indian occupied territory in Kashmir. Four of them were put on All India Radio to make a public confession. I heard the details of the operation on the air in utter disbelief. I rushed to Muzaffarabad to acquaint Irshad with what I had heard. He fell back in his chair and moaned: “The bastards have spilt the beans.”
After the cease-fire I brought these incidents to Ayub Khan’s notice and urged him to review the working of these agencies. “They have no idea of intelligence work,” I submitted “all they can do is investigative work like sub-inspectors of police, tapping telephone conversations and chasing the suspects.” Much later Ayub Khan set up a committee to examine the working of the agencies under General the Yahya Khan. Both A.B. Awan and I were members of the committee. The GHQ tried to put all the blame on IB for their own incompetence. Yahya wanted the committee to recommend that officers of ISI and the Ml should be posted at district headquarters. Awan strongly opposed the idea and I backed him. We could not understand the purpose of getting the military agencies involved in domestic administration. As we left the meeting Awan said to me “They are planning to impose martial law.” He proved right though it took the Army quite some time to get rid of Ayub Khan after unleashing a popular campaign against him.
The intelligence agencies got even more deeply involved in domestic politics under General Yahya Khan. The ISI jumped headlong into the Political crisis in East Pakistan. A National Security Council was created under the chairmanship of General Yahya Khan with Major General Ghulam Umar as second in command to control the intelligence operation which was meant to ensure that no political party should get an overall majority in the general election. An amount of Rs 29 lac was put at the disposal of General Umar for the purpose. Before the Army action General Akbar, who was the head of the ISI and with whom I had good relations when I was in service, requested me that I should introduce him to some Bengali academics and journalists. The ISI was trying to infiltrate into the inner circles of the Awami League. Had I given him any names they too have been put on Rao Farman Ali’s hit list of Bengali intellectuals. The operation proved a total disaster. Lawrence Ziring says: “New efforts at a political solution might have been attempted later, but army intelligence failed time and again to correctly assess the situation, and the demeanor of the generals was hardly conducive to rational decision-making.” (Lawrence Ziring, The Tragedy of East Pakistan, OUP, 1997). For General (retd) Aslam Beg to claim on solemn oath before the Supreme Court of Pakistan that the ISI got involved in the internal politics of the country only after a special cell was created by Prime Minister Bhutto in 1975 is a culpable attempt at concealing the truth and distorting the record of the operations of the military intelligence agencies since independence. The present government has only to report to the Supreme Court that the ISI deals with matters relating to Pakistan’s national security and that would be the end of Asghar Khan’s writ petition against Aslam Beg. Who will provide a definition of national security to rule out the involvement of the ISI and the MI in domestic politics which is seen as the biggest threat to the security and solidarity of Pakistan?
Jang Group & Ansar Abbasi’s Obsession with CIA, FBI, Mossad & MI6.
http://chagataikhan .blogspot. com/2010/ 04/jang-group- ansar-abbasis- obsession- with.html
ISLAMABAD: The most dangerous aspect of the 18th Amendment is to open the doors of parliament to any convict, who may have been sentenced for propagating or acting in any manner prejudicial to the ideology, sovereignty, integrity and security of Pakistan. This provision of the 18th Amendment might even allow convicted local spies of the RAW, the CIA, the FBI and even Mossad to become members of parliament and even aspire to become the prime minister of the country. The only constitutional bar for them to contest for the membership of the national or provincial assemblies or the Senate is to wait for five years after release from jail. Eminent constitutional expert and Senator SM Zafar, who was also member of the constitutional reform committee of parliament, when approached, feared that the said provision could be stretched and interpreted to any length. He, however, said that in his view connecting it to the serious offence of spying would be an unfair interpretation of the provision, which according to him should be restricted to the meanings and types of propagation against the ideology, sovereignty, integrity and security of Pakistan. The 18th Amendment inserted a new Article 63(1)(j) which reads as: 63. Disqualifications for membership of Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) . (1) A person shall be disqualified from being elected or chosen as, and from being, a member of the Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) , (j) he has been convicted by a court of competent jurisdiction for propagating any opinion, or acting in any manner, prejudicial to the ideology of Pakistan, or the sovereignty, integrity or security of Pakistan, or the integrity or independence of the judiciary of Pakistan, or which defames or brings into ridicule the judiciary or the Armed Forces of Pakistan, unless a period of five years has elapsed since his release.” The said constitutional provision also shows leniency towards the convicts, who have propagated or acted in any manner against the independence and judiciary of Pakistan or have defamed or ridiculed the judiciary and the armed forces. REFERENCE: Convicts can grab top political posts Saturday, April 24, 2010 By Ansar Abbasi
ISLAMABAD: Former spymaster Brig (retd) Imtiaz Ahmed has defended the purported decision of the Army leadership and intelligence agencies to keep themselves at a distance from the UN investigation team which had probed the circumstances leading to the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, adding, however, they are not immune to domestic investigations if so required. Giving his reaction to the contents of the UN report in which it was stated that Pakistani intelligence agencies did not cooperate with the three-member inquiry commission, the former IB chief said to justify the decision of secret agencies not to cooperate with the UN commission, may not come as a surprise for many, keeping his own association with intelligence agencies at top positions for several long years — first in the ISI and then in the IB. Commenting on the contents of the report, Brig Imtiaz said it was neither an investigative nor fact finding document, and at best it was only a ‘collation’ effort of all the tangible or intangible events, tale telling narrations in circulation ever since the occurrence of the tragedy. He said this document in his estimation was a ‘cover-up’ of some core ‘actors’ (foreign and domestic) who come in the cross line of the circumstantial and ground evidence as well as regional scenario. Brig (retd) Imtiaz said the return of Benazir Bhutto to Pakistan was consequential to a tripartite understanding, if he may call it an agreement, between America, Pervez Musharraf and the late Benazir Bhutto. The NRO was also part of the same concession given to Benazir. He claimed this agreement carried political advantage for Benazir Bhutto and Pervez Musharraf. REFERENCE: Brig Imtiaz defends agencies’ non-cooperation with UN mission By Editor Reporting Sunday, April 25, 2010 Brig (retd) Imtiaz is also one of the beneficiary of NRO:)))) and his Former Boss Lt. General [R] Hamid Gul says that Brigadier [R] Imtiaz works for CIA and Mossad:)))
ISLAMABAD: Former Chief of the Inter-Services Intelligence Lt. Gen. Hamid Gul said the Jews have played a role in the campaign initiated by Brig. Imtiaz Billa to demonize him. Speaking over the current controversy that his outfit gave clearance to former military dictator Gen. Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq to fly to Bahawalpur in Air Force One, Gul told Arab News during an exclusive interview in Rawalpindi Friday that Billa is working with “my foes, who are indirectly the Jews” to blame him for the 1988 crash of Zia-ul-Haq’s plane, which also clamed the lives of US Ambassador to Pakistan Arnold L. Raphel and Brig. Gen. Herbert M. Wassom, the head of the Military Assistance Advisory Group at the US Embassy in Islamabad. Billa had spoken recently on TV implying that Gul played a role in the crash. “Musharraf placed me under house arrest,” said Gul. “Now my foes have selected Imtiaz to carry on my character assassination . . . It’s total rubbish that I cleared the flight of Air Force One. The PAF has its own complete intelligence which deals with the matter.” He also rejected claims that he played a role in the assassination of Benazir Bhutto or that he’s a Taleban operative. Reference: Hamid Gul: I am being demonized by Jews Azhar Masood Arab News Monday 27 July 2009 (05 Sha`ban 1430)
Lt. General [R] Hamid Gul had participated in a program last night with Dr Shahid Masood and also talked about RAW, CIA AND MOSSAD??? Sunday, April 25, 2010, Jamadi-ul-Awwal 10, 1431 A.H http://www.jang. com.pk/jang/ apr2010-daily/ 25-04-2010/ main4.htm
JANG GROUP’S CONFUSION ON THESE INTELLIGENCE OFFICERS.
Brig Imtiaz had some interesting things to say to The News. First he said that he did not benefit from the NRO and was opposed to this law and he had not made any request for termination of cases and that “his lawyer did this on his own”. But despite repeated requests, he however refused to disclose the name of his lawyer. Then, after his quotes were read out to him on his request, he sought a change in his statement. “My cases were pending with the court by the time NRO was promulgated under which the cases were withdrawn,” his amended version claimed. Asked if he has consulted a lawyer for seeking pre-arrest bail, Imtiaz said: “I read newspapers and have heard different lawyers interpreting the status differently therefore I have yet to contact any lawyer for my bail.” He, however, castigated Musharraf and Benazir Bhutto for the NRO. REFERENCE: Seven lucky NRO club members By Umar Cheema Saturday, November 14, 2009
Jang Group of Newspapers, GEO TV, Salim Safi, Shaheen Sehbai, Rauf Klasra and Ansar Abbasi should be ashamed of themselves before filing a Cock and Bull Table Story of Secret Cell and State Funded APP Journalists because it was the Jang Group of Newspapers which statrted giving undue attention to Brigadier (R) Imtiaz since July 2009.REFERENCE: The return of the Daylight Jackals By Shaheen Sehbai with reporting from Mazhar Tufail and Ahmed Noorani Friday, September 04, 2009
On Mehrangate Scandal, Brigadier [R] Imtiaz had said to to Salim Safi in GEO TV Program JIRGA that money was indeed distributed to keep the balance between left wing and right wing political parties of Pakistan and he further said that Jamat-e-Islami was provided money and they provided us receipt of every penny they spent in the election campaign against Benazir Bhutto and PPP. Brigadier (R) Imtiaz repeated these claim again in yesterday’s Daily Jang (pasted below).REFERENCE: Watch Imtiaz’s Interview Jirga 23rd July 2009 Jirga – 23 July 2009 Saleem Saafi Jirga – 23 July 2009
THE SECRET CELL IN PRESIDENT HOUSE OR JANG GROUP OF NEWSPAPERS?
Below is the rest of what you wrote and I will not comment much more as it is mostly a repeat of what comes earlier and is getting boring. Only thing I will add is on the fourth para below. There you claim that the main culprit, Mr. Munshi’s death sentence was commuted at the request of “a top Sindhi leader”, a clue as to whom the Brig is going to sting next and expanded on today by Ansar Abbasi Brig Imtiaz reveals CIA plots Tuesday, September 01, 2009 By Ansar Abbasi http://www.thenews. com.pk/top_ story_detail. asp?Id=24241) (Et tu, Ansar??). Last three paragraphs are nothing but pure pulp (I guess, like the whole article). I have seen better story lines in xxx-rated flicks!!!! REFERENCE: Dazed and Confused: Rauf Klasra, Ansar Abbasi & Brigadier (R) Imtiaz.http://chagataikhan .blogspot. com/2009/ 09/dazed- and-confused- rauf-klasra- ansar.html Brigadier (R) Imtiaz and Ansar Abbasi’s Yellow Journalism!http://chagataikhan .blogspot. com/2009/ 09/brigadier- r-imtiaz- and-ansar- abbasis.html An Open Letter to Rauf Klasra SEPTEMBER 2, 2009 by nota
Soon they had the names of 12 other officers at Kahuta and other places who were part of this plan to sabotage the nuclear sites. According to the plot, these nuclear scientists and engineers working on the payroll of a secret agency, were to develop huge technical sabotage of the programme to an extent that it could not have been repaired or fixed for some years to come.They all were arrested from various places in the light of information given by Brig Imtiaz. It was revealed that actually the foreign secret agency had deputed five handlers from Washington to deal with the nuclear programme of Pakistan. These five foreign handlers included two girls, one of whose photos was seen by the heartbroken girlfriend of Munshi which made her jealous and she decided to take revenge. REFERENCE: Dazed and Confused: Rauf Klasra, Ansar Abbasi & Brigadier (R) Imtiaz.http://chagataikhan .blogspot. com/2009/ 09/dazed- and-confused- rauf-klasra- ansar.html Brigadier (R) Imtiaz and Ansar Abbasi’s Yellow Journalism!http://chagataikhan .blogspot. com/2009/ 09/brigadier- r-imtiaz- and-ansar- abbasis.html An Open Letter to Rauf Klasra SEPTEMBER 2, 2009 by nota
Brig Imtiaz was immediately called to Islamabad to give a briefing to General Ziaul Haq The five handlers were immediately told to leave Pakistan and General Zia was said to have called the president of this superpower to register a protest that how his country’s secret agency had tried to sabotage Pakistan’s nuclear programme. Zia was said to have expressed extreme displeasure over this espionage of nuclear programme. But, the president of that superpower was said to have requested Zia not to make it a public issue as it might tarnish his country’s image and Zia obliged him. A special tribunal was set up to try all those Pakistani scientists and engineers on high treasons charges. The ringleader Munshi was sentenced to death while others were awarded life sentences by the court. But one fine morning, much to his shock, Brig Imtiaz learned that President Zia had commuted the death penalty of Munshi on the recommendation of a top Sindhi leader in exchange for his political support to the Zia regime.REFERENCE: Dazed and Confused: Rauf Klasra, Ansar Abbasi & Brigadier (R) Imtiaz.http://chagataikhan .blogspot. com/2009/ 09/dazed- and-confused- rauf-klasra- ansar.html Brigadier (R) Imtiaz and Ansar Abbasi’s Yellow Journalism!http://chagataikhan .blogspot. com/2009/ 09/brigadier- r-imtiaz- and-ansar- abbasis.html An Open Letter to Rauf Klasra SEPTEMBER 2, 2009 by nota
After the arrest of Munshi, Brig Imtiaz met the lady lecture whose tip had led to unfold this international conspiracy against Pakistan nuclear programme. She was devastated and feeling very depressed as she told the ISI officer that she loved Munshi dearly but as he had betrayed her she could not spare him. The woman had managed to take her revenge from her lover while Brig Imtiaz was happy to unearth such a big conspiracy for which he was later decorated with a Tamgha-e-Basalat by the president of Pakistan for his services to the nation. “Listen, almost 30 years have passed since this incident, but till date I can’t forget how a heartbroken woman’s commitment to herself to take revenge from her lover had led to the unfolding of this secret, which, if not shared, might have deprived Pakistan of its nuclear assets and we might not be celebrating this day,” remarked Brig Imtiaz while lost in the memories of the past. REFERENCE: Dazed and Confused: Rauf Klasra, Ansar Abbasi & Brigadier (R) Imtiaz.http://chagataikhan .blogspot. com/2009/ 09/dazed- and-confused- rauf-klasra- ansar.html Brigadier (R) Imtiaz and Ansar Abbasi’s Yellow Journalism!http://chagataikhan .blogspot. com/2009/ 09/brigadier- r-imtiaz- and-ansar- abbasis.html An Open Letter to Rauf Klasra SEPTEMBER 2, 2009 by nota
Dear Mr Klasra,
This is in reference to your article titled “How a jilted Karachi woman saved Pak N-programme” that appeared in the daily The News on May 28, 2009 How a jilted Karachi woman saved Pak N-programme Thursday, May 28, 2009 Brig Imtiaz reveals 30-year-old secret By Rauf Klasra I say it is a complete and total fabrication put out by you to bring out that bustard Brig Billa back into the limelight and present that lowest of lowlifes as a hero of sorts. REFERENCE: Dazed and Confused: Rauf Klasra, Ansar Abbasi & Brigadier (R) Imtiaz.http://chagataikhan .blogspot. com/2009/ 09/dazed- and-confused- rauf-klasra- ansar.html Brigadier (R) Imtiaz and Ansar Abbasi’s Yellow Journalism!http://chagataikhan .blogspot. com/2009/ 09/brigadier- r-imtiaz- and-ansar- abbasis.html An Open Letter to Rauf Klasra SEPTEMBER 2, 2009 by nota
The story you weaved is certainly hilarious. I must admit the first time I read it I paid no attention to it as I found it worth of being thrown in the trash bin. Having been out of the country for years before and after the events you mentioned, I certainly was unfamiliar with the events of those days and had no clue who this character Brig Imtiaz was. Well we are way past that now and your intentions have become clearer, thanks to , the site you plan on suing. I certainly hope you WILL go through with that. REFERENCE: Dazed and Confused: Rauf Klasra, Ansar Abbasi & Brigadier (R) Imtiaz.http://chagataikhan .blogspot. com/2009/ 09/dazed- and-confused- rauf-klasra- ansar.html
Brigadier (R) Imtiaz and Ansar Abbasi’s Yellow Journalism! http://chagataikhan .blogspot. com/2009/ 09/brigadier- r-imtiaz- and-ansar- abbasis.html
An Open Letter to Rauf Klasra SEPTEMBER 2, 2009 by nota
SHAHEEN SEHBAI RAUF KLASRA CONNECTIONS! !! Mr Shaheen Sehbai (former correspondent of Daily Dawn; former editor of The News; ex Director News of ARY ONE TV Channel; former director of GEO News Network; and presently one of the many editors of the News), escaped from Pakistan to save himself from the so-called wrath of the establishment headed by General Musharraf, after the controversy surrounding his story about the murder of Daniel Pearl. It was apparently simply to obtain the Green Card for himself, and his family in the United States. Mr Sehbai then started to run a web based news service, i.e., South Asia Tribune, funded through dubious sources, but he suddenly reappeared and closed his website. During his self-imposed exile in the USA, he used to raise hue and cry against the military establishment that he and his family members’ life was in danger, but the so-called danger suddenly vanished after the whole family getting the Green Cards. He then returned to Pakistan and that too under the same Musharraf regime, and joined ARY TV channel, then GEO, and then the News, where he is presently working.REFERENCE: ALAIWAH!What is Shaheen Sehbai’s Game? November 13, 2009 at 7:02 am
An Award-Winning Reporter’s Revealing Tale of Professional Hardships and Courage By Rauf Klasra Issue No 36, Mar 30-Apr 12, 2003 ISSN:1684-2075 satribune.com
ISLAMABAD IS considered to be a heaven for reporters, particularly those coming from rural and lower middle class backgrounds with average education. I am no exception. The problem with this class of reporters is that they think good journalists are those who have personal friends in the Establishment, not good sources of news. Perhaps because personal links of a reporter with the mighty rulers and the Establishment and not his professional standing is considered to be the yardstick for success in the Federal Capital.
Those who do try to follow true journalistic traditions and ethics by showing their integrity and honesty are discarded by their own community. At times they have to face embarrassing situations because unlike the majority, they do not try to please the ruling elite. If you are a mouthpiece of civil or military government, or a friend of the civil-military Establishment and working as an instrument in the hands of someone with his own game plan, you are acceptable to everyone. The other option is to work as a back bencher without annoying anyone.
But the moment you start reporting against the tools of Establishment or bring something exclusive for your newspaper that is against the interest of the corrupt civil or military bureaucracy, you find yourself in trouble. No bureaucrat, whether civil or military, likes the reporter who writes a story on how they are minting money at the expense of taxpayer and sucking the blood of this poor country. They hate to read stories about their “deliberate wrong decisions” at the policy making level which cost the poor people of this country heavily. Thus the reporters who expose their misdeeds or their games become vulnerable. Some of the hard hitting stories filed by me landed me in trouble many times. I think what I faced needs to appear in black and white, and there could be no better pages than the APNS booklet, published for the Annual Awards ceremony each year.
Coming from a remote village of District Layyah, Punjab and son of an ordinary farmer, I arrived in Islamabad in July 1998 wit a lot of ambitions when Editor of Dawn, Mr. Ahmad Ali Khan changed my life by transferring me from Multan to Islamabad. The Resident Editor of Dawn Islamabad, Mr. M. Ziauddin accepted me in his bureau with professional respect. Before assigning me few beats, Zia sahib gave a brief lecture how to work in the Capital city and how to avoid some unwanted elements who could use the reporters for their own vested interests.
But, Mr. Ziauddin did not tell me about the dangers lying ahead in pursuit of the truth. Finally the day came when a genuinely worried Zia Sahib called me in his office in the early days of 2000 along with News Editor, Islamabad Mr. Nasir Malick. I already knew why was I being called because a day earlier Dawn had carried an exclusive story with my byline on its front page about Taliban leader, Mulla Omar’s consent to hand over the most wanted fugitive of the world—Osama bin Laden to Saudi Arabia. In my story I had quoted Mulla Omar as telling the then Interior Minister, Lt. Gen. (Retd) Moinuddin Haider that his regime was ready to review his policy on OBL. Interior Minister had just returned from Kandahar after meeting Taliban leaders. In those days, USA was pushing Pakistani authorities to get the wanted man at any cost and in this backdrop the story was very important. Zia Sahib looked at my face for some time and then spoke with a grim voice. “Rauf its better for you to leave Islamabad for a few weeks and I will suggest you go back to Multan as your safety is in danger”. This was first time since I arrived in Islamabad that I had seen Zia Sahib so much worried after taking a phone call from the Interior Minister.
I asked from Zia Sahib in a bit astonished voice as to why should I leave Islamabad? He replied: “Rauf look, the situation is quite serious and I have already talked to Mr. Salim Asmi (then Editor Dawn)”. Zia Sahib disclosed that the Interior Minister was very furious over this story as was authentic and could not be denied. Zia Sahib feared for my safety and advised me to leave the city immediately. He further told me that that keeping my safety in view, Dawn had decided to use the clarification sent by Interior Ministry Secretary Hassan Raza Pasha without any comment or reference to documents which I possessed to support my story. He also told me that my byline would not be used for sometime till the dust settled. After recovering from the initial shock, I started to speak. “Sir, one thing is clear that I had joined the profession out of love and not out of any compulsion nor did I join it because I was not getting job anywhere else,” I told my boss. “Second, I was quite aware of the dangers before filing this important story,” I told him adding: “If I run away today because of the fear of the Establishment, it would always come after me to pressurize me”.
“So, one thing is clear that I am not going to run away from Islamabad simply because someone sitting in Interior Ministry does not want to see me in the profession or in the city”, I told Mr Zia uddin, who was listening to me with great anguish as he was genuinely worried about my safety. I told him that I had official papers to support my story, which I had already showed to him before filing the story. “And I would not like to see my story being contradicted,” I said. Our friend and the then News Editor of Dawn, Islamabad, Nasir Malick also supported my view and suggested to Mr Ziauddin that my arguments carry weight and Dawn should not succumb to any such pressure. But Zia Sahib said that things were serious and Minister Moinuddin Haider himself had called him to express his serious anger over the publication of story. Zia Sahib was of the view that as military government could not harm Dawn, it could definitely harm me.
That was a very decisive moment in my life. Either to run away to save my life saying “one must live to fight for another day” or I should face the wrath of the mighty Establishment and pay the price for my professional defiance. Mr. Malick came out with a way out. He suggested that Dawn should carry the so-called contradiction of the Interior Ministry knowing fully that it was all rubbish but should in the end say that Dawn stands by its story. He also opposed that I should leave the city. That was done although I could still see signs of discomfort on the face of Mr. Ziauddin who thought my safety was still in danger though he also assured me that the newspaper would stand by me in case of any physical threat. I stayed on in Islamabad and the entire credit goes to Mr. Ziauddin for offering so much support during the testing times of my life. Then the Dawn Islamabad Bureau was joined by Mr. Shaheen Sehbai who had returned from his Washington assignment. My professional life took a new turn. He polished my talent and I started to file more hard hitting stories edited by Mr. Sehbai. In February 2001 I left Dawn to join The News when one of the most respected Pakistani journalists, Mr. Sehbai, became the first independent group editor of the newspaper.
He was the first editor in my entire professional life who allowed full freedom to his reporting team and the time that I spent in The News during his short tenure was the best time of my professional career. Ansar Abbasi, Ikram Hoti and myself made a formidable team at the Islamabad Bureau of The News. Mir Shakeel-ur-Rehman gave us all the facilities at the Bureau and we, led by our professional editor, shook the entire military led Establishment with our hard hitting stories. The military rulers could not tolerate our independent and aggressive reporting and the day I filed four secret summaries of the Economic Coordination Committee of the Cabinet chaired by Finance Minister Shaukat Aziz, before the meeting was held, it was the beginning of new threats to my life – second time during the military regime. The summaries were about the Army Welfare Trust seeking a Rs 5 billion grant, UAE refusing to give oil on credit to Pakistan and a couple of other sensitive summaries. The issue of leakage of these summaries, week after week, despite serious checks on my movement in the federal ministries was finally raised in the cabinet. General Pervez Musharraf, after a debate asked the agencies to pursue five reporters of the capital without harming them. The order was to check the officials leaking stories to these reporters and those who were put on the surveillance list of the agencies were Absar Alam (The Nation), Aroosa Alam (Pakistan Observer), Sadiq Sajid (Online), Ansar Abbasi (The News) and myself.
The next day, Intelligence Bureau guys approached our houses in Islamabad and started to question our neighbors to get basic information about our ways of living, our friends, relatives, officials etc. We also started to receive messages from our and “their” friends in journalism to “behave “ if we wanted to survive in the city. This produced a sense of harassment in my own family and I could well imagine about the others under surveillance as well. The chase had begun and IB was constantly chasing us openly to stop us from moving in the ministries. Telephone tapping also started as usual and our movements were being watched. I raised the issue with the fearless Shaheen Sehbai. He first decided to publish a story against this first-ever chase of the military government which claimed it had allowed complete freedom of the Press. But SS changed his mind at the last moment. He however wrote a strongly worded letter to General Musharraf asking him to withdraw the IB guys otherwise, The News would publish the story. And the guys were removed the next day.
During Shaheen Sehbai’s tenure as Editor, this happened twice and we were harassed openly and even threats were issued. But SS always was there to protect his reporters. The thrashing of Chief Reporter The News, Shakeel Sheikh at the hands of some unknown people also shook the entire journalistic community of Islamabad and the message was clear and loud for all of us to behave. In the meantime another story landed me in trouble when I reported how the country’s Finance Minister Shaukat Aziz had written off a Rs. 18 billion UBL loan outstanding against one of the members of the royal family of UAE. I had all the documents to support the first big financial scam of the Musharraf regime, including all the minutes of the meeting in which that decision was taken, the letters written by Musharraf to UAE Crown Prince etc. The President of United Bank Zubair Soomro had earlier written off billions of rupees on account of mark up of this big loan. In addition to it, Government of Pakistan paid Rs. 10 billion to UBL as compensation for the written off loan. Thus the country suffered a loss of Rs. 40 billion because Shaukat Aziz wanted to give favors to his old masters in the Gulf. The same party that got the loan written off, later bought the bank for just Rs.12 billion. Before this story could find space in The News, I was put under pressure and my Editor and owner were once again target of pressure and arm twisting. I was insulted by Shaukat Aziz when I went there to get his point of view on the story as he thought I was working against the national interest. I wondered and asked that how could the country’s interest be in danger if I reported loss of billions of rupee to the exchequer.
Then PID people were used to convince me to drop the story and many incentives were offered. However to great disappointment of my professional life the story was not used. After Shaheen Sehbai resigned as Editor, situation took a serious turn and we were once again being shadowed by the men in plainclothes. Shaheen Sehbai was the single professional editor in Pakistan who showed defiance and introduced new trends. His departure dealt a serious blow to the journalist community who felt demoralized and depressed and thought that no change could occur in Pakistani society as far as independent journalism was concerned. But, later I collected myself and did not stop myself from filing stories and the new Editor, Mr Salim Bokhari, started to use the stuff with a professional and bold approach. Military government again came hard on me. At one time the situation became so serious that Mir Shakeel ur Rehman came to Islamabad from Karachi and held a meeting with the Secretary Information Anwar Mahmood along with Ansar Abbasi, Amir Mateen and myself. The Secretary’s message was clear that the reporters should “behave”.
The trouble for me started when I exposed the summary of the cabinet containing the new defamation laws for the Pakistani Press. The publication of this story in The News was a bomb shell for Pakistani journalists, owners, editors and all others as draconian laws were being proposed to discipline the journalists community. The first thing the military government did was to again send IB guys after me and I was being threatened for exposing the defamation law. The situation got so serious turn that I had to send an Email to all my friends telling them about dangers to my life and my two small kids. The much-needed help came from only four people. The rest were never moved. Najam Sethi and Jugnu Mohsin (Friday Times & Daily Times), Amir Mir (Editor Weekly Independent) and Shaheen Sehbai (Washington) rushed to rescue me. Not a single newspaper organization, neither the newspaper owners bodies who were otherwise voicing their concerns in newspapers against the proposed law, issued a single statement to condemn such drastic action against me. I was left all alone to face the consequence of exposing the proposed law before time. Finally Mr. Sethi came to my help by writing an editorial in his Daily Times titled “ Shooting the Messenger”. Amir Mir also carried a story “Paying the price”. Shaheen Sehbai talked to some international bodies like CPJ and RSF who also issued statements to rescue me.
Sometimes I really wonder whether is it only the reporter’s business to face the ugly methods of the Establishment if he crosses the drawn lines and tries to inform the people, their basic human right. I for the first time felt that one has to pay the price for the sake of his or her own professionalism. No one from the owners of newspapers or editor would ever help anyone in Pakistan because of their own stakes in the industry. The troubling question that arises is that should we the reporters — also start looking after our financial interests like our owners and editors are presently doing? Or some defiant voices should continue to resist the Establishment in the larger interest of the profession and the masses? Why do the owners and editors love to “sell” their reporters to the government and never help them when they are in trouble. The journalists bodies have also almost become impotent and inefficient like other institutions of the country. Just recently, the vice-president of the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) was complaining against harassment by agencies. When he was suggested to arrange a protest rally, he changed the topic.
The worst kind of exploitation that I faced in my entire life at the hands of Establishment was during the last week of January, 2003 when I met Federal Secretary Housing and Works in his office. “Rauf your reputation is bad in the eyes of the agencies as they think you are ‘anti-state’ please try to improve your image in their eyes,” the secretary told me. I had never felt so depressed and insulted. I shouted at the Secretary that how could he dare to issue such a provocative statement against a responsible reporter. I told him how could I go against my own state. I told him that I had not even a passport in my name because I never felt the need to go outside my country. How could someone issue a “fatwa” against a reporter whose parents were buried in the same motherland and who himself would love to be buried in their feet? At my protest, the Secretary said he was told that I was reporting against the Musharraf regime.
“Does that mean that Musharraf had become “the state” and whosoever writes against his policies or decisions is anti-state,” I asked the Secretary. He had no answer. Perturbed over my discussion with the Secretary, I discussed the issue with my colleague Ansar Abbasi. He took no time to pick up the telephone and rebuke the secretary for using such remarks against me. I was so enraged that I was even ready to move the Supreme Court of Pakistan but later the secretary took his words back and offered an apology. But, the question is how could some low ranking agencies guys or even a federal secretary be the judge of patriotism of any person, especially us reporters. They still fail to understand the difference between the state and the government. But, despite all these odds, I believe journalists should not give up. Unlike the owners and editors, they should protect the public interest as the people have faith in them and still consider them as the eyes and ears of the society. The writer, Special correspondent, The News, Islamabad, wrote this piece “The Hot Pursuit” for the official Awards Ceremony Booklet of the All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) after he won the “Best Reporter Award” for the best scoop of the year. The Awards ceremony for Awards Year 1999-2000 was held on March 18, 2003.
Rauf Klasra has dedicated this prestigious award to his late father Hussain and late mother Maryam who despite being village folks worked hard on their small farm to meet the expenses of their children and taught them to never give up in life.
Masood Sharif Khan Khattak is the first Director General of the Intelligence Bureau of Pakistan. He has served as the Vice President of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians( PPPP) under the leadership of the former Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto. Courtesy: Profile http://www.sharifpo st.com/about/ masood-sharif- khan/
Brigadier Retd. Imtiaz aka Billa – Former Number 2 of ISI – 1987 – 1989, and Director General Intelligence Bureau under Mian Nawaz Sharif’s First Government – 1990 – 1993.
NOTE: The following media is in the Urdu language and NOT in English.
The month of August 2009 witnessed a dubious character from the past who had worked in the intelligence apparatus of Pakistan making, on every TV Channel of Pakistan, so-called and unwarranted revelations galore about important political and other events of the eighties and nineties. If those revelations were to go unchallenged the political history of Pakistan would eventually be wrongly interpreted by the historians of the foreseeable future. It is widely suspected that the campaign launched by the dubious intelligence characters of the past was an orchestrated one for sinister purposes. Masood Sharif Khan Khattak, a former Director General Intelligence Bureau (DG IB) from the era in question, was an eye witness to the events of the time period that was being distorted by dubious characters. His name figured in many ways in all the discussions taking place on various TV Channels. Thus, the TV channels of Pakistan had wanted to have his views on different matters. Initially, he desisted from becoming a part to the raging controversies. But after a lot of the recent history had been distorted and had stunned the people of Pakistan Masood Sharif Khan Khattak agreed to give a comprehensive interview to GEO TV Program’s renowned host Mr Salim Safi in order to put matters in their true perspective. The video is the result of that interview which covers all the events of the eighties and nineties that were put in doubt by dubious characters being used in a manipulated campaign meant to hurt the Pakistani Military and Intelligence Establishment and thus weaken Pakistan internally by causing unwarranted fissures. The point that must be made is that while Masood Sharif Khan Khattak has touched upon all the thorny and heavily contested issues not a single person, organization, political party or any other quarter has repudiated anything said by Masood Sharif Khan Khattak in this interview after the telecast. Happy viewing and it is hoped you will leave us your comments and opinions. Courtesy: Exclusive Interview of Masood Sharif Khan Khattak On GEO TV’s Program JIRGA – 10th Sept 2009 http://www.sharifpo st.com/2009/ 09/10/geo- tvs-jirga- with-masood- sharif-10th- sept-2009/
Brigadier Retd. Imtiaz aka Billa – Former Number 2 of ISI – 1987 – 1989, and Director General Intelligence Bureau under Mian Nawaz Sharif’s First Government – 1990 – 1993. READ MORE DETAILS Brigadier Retd. Imtiaz: Another Multifaceted Fraud.http://chagataikhan .blogspot. com/2009/ 07/brigadier- retd-imtiaz- another.html
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Wow Amir Sain!
The prime minister’s forming of a committee to probe into the hosing down of Benazir Bhutto’s assassination crime scene is likely to spark more controversy rather than bringing any clarity to the muddled perceptions on who was responsible for her murder. This committee was formed after Chief of Army Staff General Kayani met the prime minister. Obviously, the military is troubled by the naming of its serving and retired personnel in the UN Commission of Inquiry Report and has moved to clear their names. But more troubling is the government’s dilly-dallying in forming a powerful commission with a comprehensive mandate to probe all aspects of Benazir Bhutto’s murder, and bringing the culprits to book. The current committee has a very narrow focus: whether or not Major General Nadeem Ijaz, who was then director general of Military Intelligence, ordered the hosing down of the crime scene. He is currently serving as Logistics Area Commander in Gujranwala and has been a close associate of General Musharraf.
Apart from the ‘hosing down’, there are many other questions that need thorough investigation. Why did Rehman Malik, who was in charge of Benazir’s security, along with Babar Awan, immediately leave the scene in the back-up vehicle meant for her? Why was an autopsy not carried out on Benazir despite it being a requirement of the law? It could have provided important indicators about the exact cause of her death and the kind of weapon used. Moreover, whoever ordered the washing of the crime scene, did he do of his own volition or was it part of a coordinated plan? Who was the mastermind behind the systematic elimination of crucial evidence and, by implication, the assassination?
It is not logical to focus on just one aspect and leave out the rest. The present committee’s findings, at best, will be perceived as partisan if they are not augmented by a wider inquiry into all these questions. Failure to do so will arouse further questions and suspicions about the above-mentioned PPP ministers’ role in the aftermath of the assassination, and the intention of the government itself. The government is, therefore, urged to constitute a comprehensive commission of inquiry comprising competent, credible and non-partisan individuals to probe into all these aspects and if the trail leads to the leading actors in the previous regime, not hesitate in taking appropriate action against them.
@zainab. I woulg agree with the lady as well. Some people are just creating negativity I the country. They want the people to stand against the Army and they want to hurt the country and these are enemis of the country we should look at and be careful of.
Mr. Shakeel Anjum “Investigative Crime Reporter” of Jang Group of Newspapers doesn’t like the possible arrest of Brigadier [R] Ejaz Shah:(
Govt plans to arrest Brig Ejaz Monday, April 26, 2010 By Shakeel Anjum
ISLAMABAD: In a move apparently to divert attention from those from the PPP whose names have been mentioned in the UN Commission report on the assassination of Ms Benazir Bhutto, the government has decided to arrest the people who were nominated by Ms Bhutto herself as the ‘would be culprits’ if she was assassinated.
Sources told The News the government had decided to arrest some ‘key suspects’ nominated by Ms Bhutto in a letter after the Oct 18, 2008, twin-suicide attack on her soon after her arrival in Karachi after a prolonged self-imposed exile.
Former Intelligence Bureau (IB) chief, Brig (retd) Ejaz Shah, could be the first one to be arrested for questioning by the government. The former IB chief was not only nominated as the ‘would be suspect’ if she was assassinated, which eventually she was in the second shooting/suicide attack on her on December 27, 2008, but was also mentioned in the UN commission report.
It is widely believed that Ejaz Shah was a close aide of former president Pervez Musharraf, and executed his orders without any fear. The sources told ‘The News’ that now the government was awaiting the findings/recommendations of the inquiry committee, appointed to probe the fatal December 27, 2008 atatck.
The focus of this three-member committee is to find out and nominate as to who ordered washing of the crime scene, and who carried out the deed so quickly after the unfortunate incident, which according to investigators, including the members of the UN Commission, destroyed some vital evidence that could have helped determine the cause of the death and reach the culprits behind the gruesome attack.
The sources told ‘The News’ that the government was also considering ‘questioning’ the former ISI chief Gen (retd) Hameed Gul but would step short of arresting him. “He (Gen Hameed Gul) would be given every opportunity to prove his innocence before any final decision is taken to arrest him or not,” the sources told The News.
The sources also indicated that if the awaited report indicated the involvement of former President Gen Pervez Musharraf, the former CM of Sindh Arbab Ghulam Rahim, and the former chief minister of the Punjab, Chaudhry Pervez Elahi, the government will not hesitate in arresting all of them, including Musharraf through Interpol.
Some prominent legal and constitutional experts said the former president, if nominated by the three-member investigation committee, could be arrested and put on trial, and he would not be protected by any immunity that he had enjoyed as the former president of the country.
“The same would be applied to the former chief ministers of Sindh and the Punjab, and they could be arrested and put on trial,” they said. Sources said the government had made up its mind to protect the PPP people mentioned in the UN report, and the report by the three-member body would be used to divert attention from some key members of the government, including the Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Federal Law Minister Babar Awan as well as the personal bodyguard of Ms Bhutto, Khalid Shahanshah, who was appointed by her spouse, now President Asif Ali Zardari, and was later assassinated in Karachi.
The sources said that a media campaign has already been launched by the government to protect these individuals and specific tasks have been given to the concerned ministry and quarters for the execution of the ‘counter strategy’ to release the pressure developed by the media after the UN Commission report was made public.
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