Pakistan: Zardari-Gillani Nexus
By Raja G Mujtaba
Apparently smooth relationship between the Political government and Military Establishment got a first blow when Raymond Davis shot dead two innocent Pakistanis. Against all established facts and norms, Asif Ali Zardari and Interior Minister were hell bent to grant diplomatic immunity to the American killer. Shah Mahmood Qureshi not only opposed it but resigned his national assembly seat and left the party.
Rahman Malik, who was constantly denying the Blackwater presence in Pakistan was adamant to have him declared a diplomat otherwise the Blackwater presence would have been established and over 7000 of these had been allowed into Pakistan by Zardari-Rahman-Haqqani axis. Yusaf Raza Gillani who was making his sun shine through corruption etc. was ever willing to defend and say whatever this trio was saying.
This got a further dent in the relationship when on 2nd May, 2011 the US staged a false flag attack in Abbottabad to takeout OBL. This was a blow that was hard to stand by any nation; showing his smartness, Husain Haqqani on 3rd May, had an article supposedly written by Asif Ali Zardari placed in Washington Post to praise the American operation. Going by the time frame, this article could not have been published on 3rd May had it not been placed there 24 hours in advance if not more. This confirms that the OBL operation in Abbottabad was in the knowledge of both Zardari and Haqqani had the prior information of the raid. Why they did not divulge the information to the concerned departments make them culpable in a crime against the state.
Memogate proved to be the last straw on the camel’s back. Here everything came out crystal clear, Mansoor Ijaz broke the ice when he wrote a piece for Financial Times and revealed the scandal of memogate how Zardari and Haqqani were involved in it. This sent shockwaves in all the concerned quarters.
Zardari and Gillani came to the defence of Haqqani; but not withstanding some straight questions of Gen Pasha, the DG ISI in presence of both Zardari and Gillani buckled. Both the President and the Prime Minister were left with no option but ask for Haqqani’s resignation.
On the other hand, Gen Pasha dashed to London where he met Mansoor Ijaz who provided him with all the details that further complicated the situation both for Zardari and Haqqani. To ensure that Haqqani does not divulge the facts, Zardari provided him with safe heaven within the presidency and wanted to take him along to Dubai when he was going for his treatment.
Prime Minister Gillani's calling of China's reprter while the Army Chief was on an official visit there was to embarrass him.
Now Haqqani is staying within the Prime Minister House but the judicial enquiry has set the pot boiling therefore to save their skins, Prime Minister Gillani has started a barrage of allegations both against Army Chief Gen Pasha and DG ISI Gen Pasha for violating the channels in submitting their affidavits to the Supreme Court, but the facts are as under:
Private TV channel reported. 13.01.12;
AG Anwarul Haq said that both chiefs (COAS and DG ISI) have submitted their reply to SC by following the prescribed rule of Law. Attorney General Maulvi Anwar ul Haq said Army Chief Kayani and DG ISI Shuja Pasha submitted their replies in the memo case under the orders of the Supreme Court.
Five member bench decision page 23 para 22 released on 12.01.12 ;
Maulvi Anwar-ul-Haq, learned attorney general for Pakistan appeared on behalf of the Federation and contented that as the Court has observed that respondents, COAS and DG ISI also fall within the definition of Federation, therefore, he is appearing on behalf of all of them. It is matter of record that replies dated 14th December, 2011 on behalf of respondents Chief of Army Staff and DG ISI were duly filed under covering letter No.1(3)/2011-AGP dated 15th December, 2011 before this Court through the learned Attorney General for Pakistan. Similarly affidavits of COAS and DG ISI dated 21st December, 2011, which were delivered by the M/o Defence vide letter No.1/603/Dir (Legal)/11 to the office of Attorney General for Pakistan, were filed in Court vide C.M. As No5625/2011 and 5691/2011 respectively.
The News and Jang, 12.1.12 ;
Attorney General of Pakistan Maulvi Anwar-ul-Haq on Wednesday negated the prime minister’s statement that replies submitted by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and DG-ISI Lt Gen Ahmad Shuja Pasha were illegal and unconstitutional. He said that there is no legal problem of any kind with the affidavits/replies of these two gentlemen, COAS and General Pasha, submitted in the Supreme Court in memogate .
Nawa- I -Waqt, 13.1.12 ;
SC issues detailed decision of Memo case….. writes that on 14 December the replies of Army Chief and DG ISI were submitted by AG in line with the Law.
ISPR Press release, 11.1.12;
… The responses by the respondents were sent to the Ministry of Defence for onward submission to the honourable Supreme Court, through Attorney General (Law Ministry). A letter was also dispatched to the Attorney General of Pakistan and the honourable Supreme Court of Pakistan informing that the replies have been submitted to the Ministry of Defence. It is emphasised that copies of the statements of the two respondents were not forwarded directly to the Supreme Court. After a meeting between the honourable Prime Minister and the COAS, the honourable prime minister had publicly stated through a press release of 16th December 2011 that the replies submitted were in response to the notice of the court through proper channel and in accordance with the rules of business…
Now by consistently changing statements and stands, Yusaf Raza Gillani is trying to confuse the issue and provoking the army to throw his government out so that they can take a shield behind this to cover their bad and corrupt practices. Army has shown lot of constraint and sagacity by not reacting to the allegations and not derailing the process. At its own, Army has no desire to act and remove the government but if such a mandate is given by the Supreme Court then it would be bound to carry out the orders.