Hanged with a smile

In a country where DICTATORs are treated as hero’s, and ironically by educated, you cannot expect much when you talk about accountability. A land where thugs become leaders, accountability is an alien specie. While Mr. Musharraf is playing golf and will soon prepare some lectures for his foreign tours and earn some dollars by selling his lie-crafted visions his democratic-child ZARDARI is all set to continue his left over work aka the promise-dodge-next policy. Had this been real, pakistan would be have been a different story altogether. In such dismay this is the maximum people on street could do to manage a smile.

21 Comments so far

  1. barristerakc on September 2nd, 2008 @ 3:38 pm

    Nature is a hanging judge! Let the nature decide the course of anyone although now I come to realize that (Mushraff was the best of the worst lot – Cowasjee Statement).

    If Zardari wins elections fairly, he has the legitimate right to remain President of Pakistan until the next elections. Take him to courts over his corruption and let the courts decide! That is democracy!

    It’s a relevant and an interesting post (yet again by MB – who is my favorite author here); btw, I happened to meet the “fake Mushraff once” on my flight to Lahore and he acted funny as if he was the real president. Then someone asked him, “What will happen to you when Mushraff leaves?” and he kept thinking and thinking over it – got confused! You should have seen the look on his face….

  2. d0ct0r on September 2nd, 2008 @ 7:53 pm

    Hang the real Mush, lets see if he manages a smile before being hanged or not..

  3. kaami on September 2nd, 2008 @ 10:45 pm

    And now you are also putting Zardari into Mush’s Khatta as well….What a joke! Its the civil society, our esteemed lawyers, the pay rolled journalists and the honourable judges of Pakistan who have made return of the thief’s to the promised land possible. Of course our dear friends from US and Saudi Arabia played their role.

    Since it’s a belated post on the issue, I will paste some of my earlier comments about the post Musharraf scenario.

    1/ How come various talk show hosts / bloggers have conveniently ignored the news that a Swiss court has just unfrozen a 60 million dollar Account of Mr. Asif Zardari. He is a public figure so his accounts are in public domain, so questions should be asked?

    2/ A question for our judges. How come a low level British Magistrate forced Mr. Sharif to return 400 million dollars to a Bank, whereas, our judges despite all the evidence did not have the guts to convict anyone for 8 years, all they did was give dates and made money. Now people raise hue and cry about judiciary. What a farse?

    These thief’s accumulated wealth when the total foreign exchange reserve of the country was around 500 million dollars, and you know what, 50 million is 10% of the whole country’s reserve at that time, (how appropriate) and 400 million is 80%. Now they are Sahibs, No doubt whining, forgetful and impatient nations get what they deserve.

    No country is without problems, be that economic or political, same is the case with Pakistan. Pakistan’s economic problems have dramatically changed from what they were in 1999. At that time it was a destitute country begging for money to meet quarterly IMF deadlines, on the other hand, banks were giving yellow cabs for free to the political workers and every major financial institution was on the verge of collapse. There were grand govt sponsored scams like "Qarz uttaro Mulk Sanwaro" , "Saver Raffle", "Vision 2010" and "All projects to Daewoo" – all this conveniently forgotten . Now there are problems too (I quote) :

    “Now Pakistan faces higher quality problems—the problems of success. Demand has risen faster than supply. This has shown up in high inflation and a zooming trade deficit. The “tight fiscal, easy money” formula to get growth going needs to be “tight fiscal, tight money and credit” to sustain rapid growth. Idle domestic production capacity allowed the rising demand to be accommodated by rising capacity utilization in cement, steel, fertilizer, textiles, automobiles and motorcycles. Now that capacity is more than fully utilized, resulting in backlogs and imports”

    To top it off the real problems are: living in denial, blame everything on US mentality and sympathy for fanatics. The crowd that you see staging a mock hanging reflects the very sorry state of mental health of our nation. So its very appropriate that we have a certified chronic dementia patient as the President of this country and an equally corrupt + stupid personality as the new leader of the opposition. Lets see what happens when corrupt madness collides with corrupt stupidity

    You blame the educated for supporting Mush. Well done the equally educated anti-Musharraf (going nowhere / no-solutions) lobby!

    Here is the latest Cowasjee take on the situation: dawn.com/weekly/cowas/cowas.htm

  4. d0ct0r on September 3rd, 2008 @ 1:47 am

    foreign exchange reserve of the country were around 500 million dollars

    and this was the era in which Terrorist from MQM Altaf ruled the streets of Karachi,Pakistan had detonated nukes and was facing implications and harsh financial sanctions were imposed which lead to country facing severe financial crunch,streets of largest city in Pakistan were plagued by Altaf bai’s terrorists as a consequence foreign investment inflow dried up which was not helpful either.so in this context even sustaining $500 million was quite a miracle in itself.

    On the other hand 9/11 was a blessing in disguise for a dictator whom American President had refused to even shake hands with on camera. He sold off Pakistanis in the sham war on terror and ‘earned’ much needed foreign exchange and our foreign exchange reserves rose. our short term memory is very weak, Sugar/Wheat/Electricity/cement/Stock scandals and NRO(impunity to absconding terrorists and plunderers) were the hallmark of dictator’s regime.

  5. d0ct0r on September 3rd, 2008 @ 1:56 am

    Mush consolidated all the dictatorial powers to make him self a strong president,now thanks to the mess he has created we will have put up with a mentally unstable plunderer as the most powerful man in Pakistan.

    Pakistan’s Next President Is a Category 5 Disaster

  6. zeeshan on September 3rd, 2008 @ 2:03 am

    The fake mush is like a whore. He’ll do anything for money!

    Instead of hanging mush, we should hang Nawaz Shareef, Zardari, Aswandyar wali and oh lets not forget Karachi hater doGtor!

  7. zeeshan on September 3rd, 2008 @ 3:38 am
  8. d0ct0r on September 3rd, 2008 @ 4:54 am
  9. kaami on September 3rd, 2008 @ 8:08 am

    DOCTOR you can bash Mush as much as you like but please don’t defend common thief’s like Sharif and Zardari. The question is not that Pakistan had only 500 million dollars in reserve but the the point to note that during the same period these thiefs accumulated more than what the nation had in its kitty. Nuclear explosion was just the climax, before that when PML & PPP govts played musical chairs, it was the standard practice to appoint Bank Presidents even before announcing the cabinet, let me give you some names Younus Dalia, Hussain Luwai, Tajamul Hussain, Younus Habib and Shaukat Kazmi etc. No wonder all the financial instutions of the country were on their knees.

    Interestingly when a lowly British Magistrate ordered Mr. Sharif to dish out more than 400 million dollars, Mr. Sharif complied without much difficulty with only one condition, that the source of funds be kept secret, the aggrieved party agreed. Nobody in Pakistan dares ask such questions on his face. This is indeed a generous country.

    9/11 happened in 2001 and Mush took over in 1999, during this period despite the US indifference, the country was already on the path to recovery using common sense economics and plugging the leakages. By 2004 we had paid off our foreign debt by our own privatization money and every cent is accounted for.

    I hate doing this but here are the whole nine yards:

    Pak Economy in 1999 was: $ 75 billion
    Pak Economy in 2007 is: $ 160 billion

    GDP Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) in 1999: $ 270 billion
    GDP Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) in 2007: $ 475.5 billion

    GDP per Capita in 1999: $ 2,000
    GDP per Capita in 2007: $ 3,004

    Pak revenue collection 1999: Rs. 305 billion
    Pak revenue collection 2007: Rs. 708 billion

    Pak Foreign reserves in 1999: $ 700 million
    Pak Foreign reserves in 2007: $ 17 billion

    Pak Exports in 1999: $ 7.5 billion
    Pak Exports in 2007: $ 18.5 billion

    Textile Exports in 1999: $ 5.5 billion
    Textile Exports in 2007: $ 11.2 billion

    KHI stock exchange 1999: $ 5 billion at 700 points
    KHI stock exchange 2007: $ 70 billion at 14,000 points

    Foreign Direct Investment in 1999: $ 1 billion
    Foreign Direct Investment in 2007: $ 8 billion

    Debt servicing 1999: 65% of GDP
    Debt servicing 2007: 26% of GDP

    Poverty level in 1999: 34%
    Poverty level in 2007: 24%

    Literacy rate in 1999: 45%
    Literacy rate in 2007: 53%

    Pak Development programs 1999: Rs. 80 billion
    Pak Development programs 2007: Rs. 520 billion

    Under Musharraf’s vision

    · 9 world class Engineering universities being developed and 18 Public universities already developed.
    · Public sector institutions have increased from 110,267 (in 1999) to become
    · Private sector institutions have increased from 36,096 (in 1999) to become 81,103 (in 2006).
    · PAK is 3rd best in world Banking profitability.
    · PAK IT industry now values around $2 billion, including $1 billion exports and employs around 90,000
    · CNG sector has attracted over $70 billion investment in last 5 years; and created 45,000 jobs.
    · Telecom sector attracted around $10 billion in investment and created above 1.3 million jobs.
    · Industrial Parks are being setup throughout the country for the first time! M3 estate, Sunder industrial
    estate, Chakri, etc.
    · Major Mega projects like the Saindak, Rekodiq, Marble production, Coal production and Mining & Quarrying
    are being pursued.
    · In 2006, GDP growth is 6%. Earlier in 1999 was 3.5%.
    · Foreign Reserves from $1 bn to $17 bn.
    · KHI stock market: from 700 points to 13,000 points.
    · Literacy rate improved by 11%.
    · Poverty decreased by 10%.
    · He made 4 dams: Mirani, Subakzai, Gomalzam, Khurram Tangi dams.
    · 6 Motorways completed or under construction: M1, M3, M8, M9, M10, M11.
    · Six major highways under construction.
    · GWADAR advance mega Sea port developed under his vision!
    · Historic 100% increase in Tax collection of $11 billion.
    · Large scale manufacturing is 30 year high, and Construction activity is 17 year high.
    · Newly found World class copper- gold deposits in Chagai will fetch $600 million per year.
    · A new Oil refinery with UAE will fetch $5 billion & will process 300,000 oil barrels a day.
    · Industrial sector registered 26% growth.
    · PAK in 1999 was a $75 billion economy; and in 2006 it’s $160 billion economy!
    · PAK economy was the 3rd fastest growing economy after China & India .

    Education under Musharraf Era

    In 1999-2000 there were 31 Public Universities. Now 2005-2006 there are 49 Public Universities. Under Musharraf 20 NEW

    · Air University (established 2002)
    · Institute of Space technology, ISB (established 2002)
    · Sardar Bahadur Khan Women University , Quetta (established 2004)
    · University of Science & Technology, Bannu (established 2005)
    · University of Hazara (founded 2002)
    · Malakand university, Chakdara (established 2002)
    · Karakurum International university, Gilgit (established 2002)
    · University of Gujrat (established 2004)
    · Virtual University of Pak, Lahore (established 2002)
    · Sarhad University of IT, Peshawar (established 2001)
    · National Law University , ISB (2007)
    · Media University , ISB (2007) etc.
    · University of Education , Lahore (2002)
    · Lasbella University of Marine Sciences, Baluchistan (2005)
    · Baluchistan University of IT & Management, Quetta (2002), etc.

    Pakistan now has a total of 245,682 Educational institutions in all categories, including 164,579 (i.e. 67 percent) in
    the Public sector and 81,103 (i.e. 100 percent) in the private sector, reports the National Education Census
    (NEC-2005). The census — jointly conducted by the Ministry of Education, the Academy of Educational Planning and
    Management (AEPAM) and the Federal Bureau of Statistics (FBS) — reveals that the number of private-sector
    institutions has increased from 36,096 in 1999-2000 to 81,103 in 2005, i.e. by 100 per cent.

    Total 99,319 Educational Institutions (Public & Private) have increased in Musharraf Era!

  10. ameerhamza on September 3rd, 2008 @ 1:24 pm

    I agree with what Mr. Cowasjee said. Musharraf is the best of the worst. No wonder some really think that democracy cannot take place in Pakistan until the PPPs and MQMs and PMLs remain. We need to clean them up so that democracy gets a fair name here. Zardari is too crooked and as has been pointed out, he has some serious mental illness, which makes him illegible for presidency. We are to square one now.

  11. barristerakc on September 3rd, 2008 @ 5:45 pm

    @ameerhamza sahab,
    We can not afford to be idealistic and naïve. I am sure if the democratic process keeps on rolling the bad will be filtered out but that would takes years. If we survives (and the good chances are we will not) we will see something good in Pakistan.

    Zardari is a victim of Punjabhi propaganda machine (PTV of 90’s) and if he’s a mental patient and till got away with this – I wonder if all of us the so-called “normal ones” are mad?

    Again if Zardari gets the majority vote; he should be the president of Pakistan without any doubt ; if you / anyone has problems with that go to the courts.

  12. zeeshan on September 3rd, 2008 @ 5:49 pm

    Kaami, there is NOTHING that you can do to enlighten dark minds. People like MB, TEETH, DOCTOR, ADNAN SIDDIQI, they have closed the doors to any kind of possibility that would make them accept a fact. These people are blind and it is because of such people, Pakistan will soon be divided into different pieces and we are all doomed.

    Musharraf has been gone for quite some days now and I still see absolutely no will to help reduce cost of wheat, sugar, rice, oil and other important stuff that we consume daily. IMF and WORLDBANK are taking over our economy again and that means that with in a couple of years, we’ll have to file bankruptcy. Pakistan has started to take its last breaths. Now when people like Zardari and Nawaz are back, it’s going to die only faster.

  13. barristerakc on September 3rd, 2008 @ 6:00 pm

    Zeeshan, good work mate!

  14. kaami on September 3rd, 2008 @ 8:39 pm

    Here is some refreshing news from The News:

    Back to 1999 in a Hurry
    Of the 192 members of the United Nations, Pakistan’s sovereign debt is now the riskiest. For the week ending Aug 29, Government of Pakistan bonds overtook Argentina’s to be the most unsafe for investment.

    In London, where Credit Default Swaps (CDS) are traded, the price for insuring $10 million worth of Argentina’s debt stood at $788,000 while the price to insure the Government of Pakistan-guaranteed debt skyrocketed to $950,000 — something that has never happened before — Pakistan’s debt is now the priciest to insure (read: the London market is contemplating a default-like scenario).

    Pakistan’s total foreign debt and liabilities have now crossed the $45 billion mark. ‘Pakistan: Could the Political Chaos Lead to Sovereign Default?’ a report by Citibank, asserts “if Pakistan opted to default, it would have to reschedule all of its debts, which amounts to $2.6 billion in self-issued bonds and $13.9 billion in bilateral debt”. The report expects the “Pakistani rupee’s fall to continue in light of government inaction and the break-up of the government coalition”.

    Pakistan is teetering on the brink of default. The rupee has lost some 20 per cent of its value over the past quarter and the KSE-100 Index is down a whopping 45 per cent. Pakistan cannot do without the IMF, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Islamic Development Bank and another Saudi oil facility.

    The nations is indebted to the untiring efforts of the mad lawyers, payrolled journalists, dumb civil society and of course, the honourable judges. Their untiring efforts have made all this possible in record time

  15. Adnan Siddiqi (adnansiddiqi) on September 3rd, 2008 @ 11:21 pm

    Zeeshan, Ironically your uncle(the real Mush) sold Pakistani girl Dr Aafia to US and earned dollars.

    @doctor: The real mush would pee in pants rather smiling. Dictators are always cowards.

  16. idealali on September 4th, 2008 @ 12:12 am

    For all those who think Mush was a dictator, please tell me how the current regime is a democracy.
    For all those who think the economy was bad under Mush, please tell me how the previous government bearing Rs.400b of subsidy last year and absorbing all effects of oil price hikes on itself managed to keep the reserves as high as $17b while the current regime, having removed all subsidies, transferred the full effect of oil price hikes to the common and still managed to deplete the reserves by half in six months on the account of import bill. And also, how exactly an economy which held the currency stable for as long as 7 years and saw a constant GDP increase of more than 7% worse than an economy whose currency stumbled more than in a quarter than it did in decades. And also, why are we going back to IMF when we had successfully pulled ourselves out of its trap 4 years ago. Please, explain this to me while trying to deny the stats presented by Kaami on rational grounds.
    For all those who think Mush’s departure will bring stability and prosperity to the country, please explain why the investors fled the country the moment the current government took over, why the judges are still out till this moment and why the only changes we have seen in the last six months are for the worse.
    For all those who think that sugar/wheat are Mush created hoaxes, please tell me why are they still here?
    For all those who think 2005 stock market crash was scandalous, please explain why the current one isn’t?
    For all those who think that Mush’s decisions to part with America on the war on terror issue was wrong, please try to explain the stance of the current government, which is carrying on with the same old Mush policies that it used to bash as a part of its election campaign?
    Please also tell me whether we need 5 insincere, corrupt politicians ousting 1 sincere one (democracy) or 1 sincere one trying to sort things out on his own (dictatorship)? And also whether roti/kapra/makan is the priority of the common or that the coalition works it’s difference out? Do we need justice or do we need the honorable Chief Justice?
    Please someone provide me with some answers. I am struggling to understand whatever is going on in the country.

  17. idealali on September 4th, 2008 @ 12:21 am

    Mush was not the best. He was far from it. But he certainly was the best of the worst lot that we have up there.
    He made some bad decisions. Parting with USA was arguably one, ignoring the rising energy needs of the country was another, the decision to export wheat, throwing out the chief justice last year as well. But isn’t hindsight 20/20? People like us can safely comment on history with commendable authority, it’s the people who make the decisions that make the difference.

  18. idealali on September 4th, 2008 @ 12:24 am

    Anyways, Mush is gone and is not coming back. We should think about the future of the country now. Most of us belong to the youth, which carries the future of the country in its hands now. We can turn things around, we definitely can.
    There is a saying “jaisay awaam, waisay hukmuraan”. If we all promise to ourselves and Almighty to be good Muslims and responsible Pakistani citizen, then there is no reason that Allah Almight, the most beneficent, the most merciful, does not provide us with leaders that are sincere in their efforts towards Pakistan.
    We should all examine our own personal lives. What is it that we are doing wrong as a nation that we have such leaders? Are we irresponsible citizen? Do we not fulfill all our responsibilities towards other human beings and our country? Do we break traffic laws while driving? Do we all pay taxes honestly? Do we lie and bribe to avoid getting a 200 rupees ticket? Do we stand up and fight for our principles?
    Think about it. If we can’t do anything else (something that I strongly disagree with), we can at least mold our personal lives into those of good Muslims and good Pakistanis and hope for the best than spreading hatred.

  19. d0ct0r on September 4th, 2008 @ 12:48 am

    I have already read those stats countless times on pro mushrraf blogs,am not an economist or really qualified to comment on economy but even Mush was finding it hard to defend those stats in his final days,in one of the interview he was yammering that he had asked Shaukat Aziz to come back to pakistan and explain his position regarding his claims of good economic policies but to his dismay Shaukat refused to come back..Financial gurus Shaukat Aziz are good at number fudging,they can paint rosy pictures while they are at the helm of affairs but once they leave the scene,things start to crumble.

    Other day i was sitting with my classmate a senior executive at one of the leading bank,i noticed literally hundreds of cases of Auto loan defaults coming up while i was sitting with him,customers were arguing and squalling with junior customer relation officers.Many of them had their cars impounded by the bank for missing installment payments. Banks are leasing every thing like crazy but sooner or later reality will set in,and this cosmetic prosperity will start to crumble like it happened in Japan in early 90s when major banks collapsed and Japan experienced a financial crisis after the bursting of a bubble.

    Leased cars,bikes and mobile phones are not really an indicator of economic prosperity.

    Monopolies and cartels were nurtured and encouraged during dictators regime, be it Cement cartel,Auto cartel,Sugar Cartel,Dairy cartel etc. In a country which no stringent rules and regulation in place to safeguard it consumers obviously exploiters from around the world headed to Pakistan to make quick bucks..

    The so called good economic policies had started to crumble while Mush was at the scene,Mega figure Fudging right before elections was done to benefit pro Mush parties like Q League and MQM which adversely affected the economy.When coalition government was formed after election in FEB the then finance minister was asked by the political leadership to make public the economic condition of the country as of that date that was inherited from the previous regime,Ishaq Dar along with Sherry Rehman disclosed the balance sheet in a press conference ,obviously it was not a rosy picture as Shaukat Aziz and Mush had been projecting but it was a bitter reality that had to accepted.

    In all this mess West’s role isn’t that positive either,whenever there is a dictator in power they twist their rules and laws to accommodate the dictator and they keep the money supply smooth,while once the democratic forces come on the scene every harsh rule and law is religiously applied and they always tighten the rope around Pakistan’s neck.

    As for the privatization during dictator’s regime is concerned,if we forget and forgive Mush for all the killings in Islamabad,Tribal Areas,Baluchistan,Missing persons and other financial blunders etc committed during his time and just honestly prosecute him for blunders and corruption during privatization of vital national assets then i can assure you that on those counts alone he and Shaukat Aziz could be hanged multiple times..

    Bottom line is that even a layman like me can easily figure out that whatever the dictator has sown we will continue to reap in days and years to come,Just his removal from the scene won’t automatically solve all the mess created by him in almost a decade long rule.

  20. d0ct0r on September 4th, 2008 @ 1:04 am

    And once again i would say 9/11 and republican president in White House were blessing in disguise for the dictator.(during the past 61 years of Pakistan history whenever there is a dictator rule here in Pakistan,there is a Republican president in White House)

  21. kaami on September 4th, 2008 @ 3:03 am

    DOCTOR yes you are right, 9/11 + Bush was indeed a blessing (in a screwed up sense), otherwise, Al-Qaeda fanatics would have silently taken over the country, this gave us a chance to rid at least our cities from them. If Bush had not blundered into Iraq, we could have weeded out this fitna once and for all from the whole region.

    Alas! if wishes were horses……

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