I don’t want to comment on the ‘public’ confrontation between Senator Faisal Raza Abidi and Masood Sharif Khattak. Provided below is their respective article / position which is self-explanatory.
Masood making false claims: Abidi
Thursday, April 22, 2010
ISLAMABAD: It is quite strange that Masood Sharif is claiming to be the most loyal person to Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto when she is no more with us to confirm or otherwise his claim, said Senator Faisal Raza Abidi in a press release, while responding to the rejoinder of Masood Sharif published in The News on Tuesday.
Abidi said, “Is it not a fact that Masood Sharif had been making anti-PPP leadership statements and writing articles published in the print media during the life time of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto? Can Masood Sharif explain the reasons for writing these articles against PPP leadership including Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto?
“She was very upset during her life over the publication of articles by Masood Sharif depicting his disloyalty and inefficiency. Being in jail with President Asif Zardari does not mean that he went to jail out of his loyalty to him or to Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto,” says a press release on Tuesday.
“He is claiming that due to his loyalty, Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto had appointed him once second-in-command in IB and then as DG IB during her second tenure of government. If he was so loyal and competent then why did he fail to alert her and her government about the plot of dismissal of her government for two times. It was either due to his incompetence or disloyalty to the PPP government.
The most astonishing claim he made in his recent article is about his role in making “the infamous Malik Qayyum cassettes reach London while being at great risk” himself while living in Islamabad.
This claim is as false as if somebody claims that he has seen sun rises from the West today. He has tried to take the undue credit of the exposure of these infamous tapes. In fact, Masood Sharif has got nothing to do with these tapes whatsoever as he was neither DG IB nor had any influence on IB at that particular time. It was another IB officer who by the call of his conscious exposed the whole conspiracy and took the cassettes out of country by putting his life at risk.
Masood Sharif has also questioned the loyalty of Rehman Malik besides my loyalty. I do not have to prove the level of my loyalty to people like Masood Sharif but I would definitely put the record straight as for as Rehman Malik is concerned.
It is for the knowledge of Masood Sharif that it was Rehman Malik who managed the escape of the said officer of the IB along with cassettes under the directions of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto.
It was he who had afforded the boarding and lodging of the IB officer abroad for years. Are these actions of Rehman Malik are something which could be termed as disloyalty to the PPP leadership? It was Masood Sharif who refused to extend any sort of help to that officer when he approached him for help to flee the country along with the cassettes.
Masood Sharif responds to Senator Faisal Raza Abidi’s rejoinder
Thursday, April 22, 2010
ISLAMABAD: Masood Sharif Khattak on Wednesday in his rejoinder to Senator Faisal Raza Abidi’s article said that he had thought that common sense would prevail but Faisal Raza Abidi had chosen to play the pawn in the hands of Rehman Malik.
I am proud of the fact that I served one of the greatest political personalities of the country Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and I have never written any article that Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto had ever objected to even to the slightest extent. All my articles are in public domain. I write in the English language. I do not know which of my articles have been read by Raza Abidi as anti-PPP and anti-PPP leadership. These are the kind of lies that have been fed to the present PPP leadership by people like Raza Abidi and other political and professional pygmies around the present PPP leadership. These pygmies cannot survive in an environment, which has professionals and upright people in the corridors of power. Raza Abidi should put forth just one article that I have written, which is critical of the PPP and its leadership. Let me say that it was only the consideration of my past affiliations with the PPP that somehow kept me from writing critical articles regarding governmental performances and this cost me dearly in my credibility as a writer. I feel sorry for my friend Asif Ali Zardari that for sycophants and durbaris like Abidi etc he has to lose friends like many more even better people and me.
Faisal Raza Abidi please ask my friend Asif Ali Zardari, the President of Pakistan, if he had, or had not, sent Farooq H Naek, the incumbent Chairman Senate, to Islamabad to see me on my request when the president was himself still in the Karachi prisons while I had recently returned home after three years of imprisonment in Karachi Central Prison along with Mr Asif Ali Zardari.
On the directions of Asif Ali Zardari, the incumbent President, Farooq H Naek one afternoon arrived at my house in Islamabad and I took him around in my car driving endlessly till as long as it took to play all the recordings of the infamous Malik Qayyum cassettes. Raza Abidi should ask Farooq H Naek what I am saying is correct or not. I am sure Fraooq H Naek will tell him that it was in my car that these cassettes were first heard by him.
Farooq H Naek immediately asked me to give him the infamous Malik Qayyum cassettes and I told him that he should not bother because while these are with me they are just as if the same are with him but that I have to honour a commitment with the honourable man who has surfaced with these cassettes as his and his family’s life would be at risk if these cassettes were prematurely made public. I asked him to arrange so that the man could leave the country with another set of the infamous cassettes that he possessed while I hold the set that was in my custody as leverage. I am not aware of what arrangements Farooq H Naek and the PPP made for Rana Abdul Rahim to leave the country but he did end up in UK with the cassettes and the subsequent happenings are history and well known.
At one stage Rana Abdul Rahim also asked me for the return of the cassettes that I had in my possession because he was frustrated at the way he was being handled by the people arranging for his visa etc. I refused to oblige him but did promise him, as one honourable man to another, that my set of cassettes will not be released till he has left the country with yet another set of the infamous Malik Qayyum cassettes. Finally, he did get out of the country with the other set of cassettes.
It was in my hospital room in Lahore after having returned to it from the CCU (Cardiac Care Unit) after an open heart by-pass surgery that Rana Abdul Rahim, an IB officer, came to me saying that his conscience was bothering him a lot. He knew me from the time I was his DG IB. He thought that I was the safest man for him to confide with on the issue of the infamous Malik Qayyum cassettes. He told me what the cassettes contained and that his conscience was bothering him a lot as he considered it most unjust for the then judge Malik Qayyum to be mixed up with government functionaries to convict someone like Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto. I can vouch for this officer to be honourable apolitical man answering only to the call of his conscience. I encouraged him on such a tension-ridden project when the stitches on my chest after the open-heart by-pass surgery were still extremely painful. Yet, for my leader Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and my friend Asif Ali Zardari I involved myself in that project with Rana Abdul Rahim without caring for my personal health at that point of time. Are you listening Raza Abidi?
Rana Abdul Rahim is an extremely honest man. He is as honourable as honour can be described. The PPP and its leadership owe an eternal gratitude to Rana Abdul Rahim an officer of the IB. Let me say it in as clear and unambiguous words as it can be said that had it not been for the heroic answer to the call of conscience on the part of Rana Abdul Rahim of the IB the political landscape of Pakistan would have been very different. Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and Asif Ali Zardari would most certainly have been convicted on the basis of a coordinated conspiracy on the part of the then executive and the then judge Malik Qayyum. Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and Asif Ali Zardari would have been disqualified from active politics as all recourses to justice would have been exhausted after a Supreme Court conviction which did not happen only and only due to the surfacing of the infamous Malik Qayyum cassettes which was a brave and honourable act on the part of Rana Abdul Rahim. The PPP would then have been in tatters and there would have been no need for any Musharraf-PPP negotiations. Above all the PPP would not have come back to power ever again after its top leadership had been convicted.
The president owes his Presidency to Rana Abdul Rahim and the prime minister owes his prime ministership to Rana Abdul Rahim of the IB. The PPP owes everything it today has in the shape of political power over the destiny of the country and, in fact, the party itself being coherent and existent to this one great man called Rana Abdul Rahim.
Instead, what actually happened with Rana Abdul Rahim, an IB officer, to whom the PPP and its leadership owes so much for having brought to surface the infamous Malik Qayyum cassettes is a very sad, pathetic and tragic commentary. Rana Abdul Rahim returned to Pakistan after long dreadful years of exile spent in an eastern European country. It was due to some influential person that he was forced to have an exile in eastern European country instead of UK so that this honorable man Rana Abdul Rahim is kept away from the leadership i.e. Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto while he could claim laurels for the great favour that Rana Abdul Rahim had done to the PPP leadership and the party itself by saving the leadership from a 100 per cent guaranteed conviction being brought about through a conspiracy between the then executive and one corrupt judge namely Malik Qayyum.
On return to Pakistan after the PPP had taken power in 2008 Rana Abdul Rahim went pillar to post and could manage only one or two brief meetings with the president who was kind to him but his orders were never followed in letter and spirit by some close to the president who had been ordered by the president to help rehabilitate Rana Abdul Rahim. This man to whom the PPP and its leadership really owed was refused recognition by president’s aide who would behave with him as if he had never met him before. Many a time when Rana Abdul Rahim has had to face the frustrations of mistreatment at the hands of president’s aide he called me on phone or in person and I always tried my best to give him comfort and the will to bear the indignity that he was being forced to bear at the hands of president’s aide.
Even as I write this Rana Abdul Rahim is posted somewhere in Lahore against an assignment, which does not even carry a decent office premises or even a decent staff car and no one from the PPP hierarchy cares for him. While Rana Abdul Rahim and people like me who stand dismissed since 1997, without a reason, are politically victimized by the PPP itself there are these aliens, special specie from outer space, like Sheikh Riaz Ahmed for whom about 700 other criminals are released from jail in order to provide him the opportunity of riding out of jail and the person who get their dismissals turned into retirement to get all benefits. I do hope my friend the president will personally look into the sufferings of Rana Abdul Rahim and his family and ensure that he is adequately readjusted in life. As for me, under influence of his aide, the president has chosen to not even reply to my officially sent appeals against my dismissal from service – something that happened when I was with him in jail when I received my dismissal orders. It’s a pity that the PPP treats those who have stood by it with such scorn and disgust while it honours creepy and shady characters.
Faisal Raza Abidi, please do not refer to presidential associate, who let our leader Shaheed Mohtarma Benzair Bhutto bleed to death while he ran away in the car that should have been used to evacuate her to hospital at that critical point of time, as someone loyal to the PPP and its leadership. For Heaven’s sake don’t do this.
In the end let me ask Faisal Raza Abidi to abdicate from being the shield for someone else. I am a descendant of the great warrior poet Khushal Khan Khattak. I will take on whatever you have to say myself and not through anyone else like you do. Come forward and I hope the next statement in this series will be directly from you and not through Faisal Raza Abidi who I hope will chose to take the back seat.