|President Asif Zardari|
But due to increasing pressure on the civilian administration and military establishment from the new generation and global community, there is a ray of hope for more freedom at least in the cyberspace unlike the mainstream media-cartel.
However, the bloggers of the ruling party are now openly criticizing the Army Chief, calling him mafia chief/don. It's a new trend of expressing a provocative point of view on the biggest "taboo subject" in the militarized and Talibanized country.
Let us start with the basics. You are an asshole. A thief. An alleged murderer. And a scoundrel. And mind-blowingly incompetent to boot.
The only reason you matter is because your equally incompetent, currently delusional, then dysfunctional, mother-in-law thought that you were such a lowly piece of shit that you would never get in the way of your late wife, also delusional, whose dowry included the most popular political party in Pakistan. Why she had such elevated expectations of a two-bit thug is beyond us. But still.
After you had done your husbandly duties, the sensible thing for BB to have done would be to have had you shot. In fact, she should just had had your sperm frozen on day one and then had you tortured into the next dimension. But BB made many mistakes, marrying you being one class-fucking-A example.
So long as BB was alive, you were an embarrassment. You stole with great abandon, from old and young, from the rich and the poor alike. You were, and remain, a fucking genius at stealing. And, surprisingly modest to boot.
The world knew you as Mr. 10 per cent.
You were maligned. The SGS Cotecna deal only called for a 6% kickback (as did the Agosta submarines deal). But, since BB was busy leading the masses, she needed a Luca Brasi to handle her business affairs. Division of labour, we believe, is what economists call it.
In 1996, you went straight to jail and did not emerge for 8 years. Let's give you your due. Eight years in jail is a bitch. But you sucked it up, took your torture with a straight face, and eventually scarped off to Dubai as part of confidence building measures between BB and the General.
Then the General got into trouble and the doors to Pakistan swung upon for BB. You skulked along in her wake, hoping not to get noticed. But you were there, lingering like the bouquet of a garlic-laden fart.
In December 2007, Pakistan was blown apart when BB died. You played your cards right, fought for the Federation, faced down the Sindhi chauvinists and insisted that democracy was the best revenge. We began to have second thoughts about you. And BB's mysterious will surfaced giving custody of her party, like a retarded teenager, to her darling husband. Most fucking convenient.
The sympathy factor got the PPP the next election. And all the chootiyas in the party decided that their bread and butter depended upon their kissing your ass. So it became your party. And in the spirit of brotherhood that then prevailed, everybody said, hey let's just make the fucker our President. He seems to have changed.
Let us begin with the fact that you have not changed. You have always been corrupt. And you are still corrupt today. Let us now add to the corruption your amazing fucking arrogance, your oh-so-charming response to all opposition - mein unn ko lund pay likhta hoon - and your general I-don't-give-a-fuck attitude. The funny thing is that we would still forgive you all of that because hey, you got elected President and let's face it, nobody's perfect. Deep down, we still felt that there was a part of your black heart which still cared about Pakistan.
We were wrong. You don't give a fuck about Pakistan. Pakistan is simply put, your bitch, yours to screw whenever you feel like. Aggay, pichhay, whatever.
No person who gave a shit about Pakistan, let alone any sane person tasked with the job of pretending to be the symbol of the fucking Federation, would ever abandon Pakistan during the worst floods in its entire history. Something like 2000 people have died in those floods. Your only job is to care for them, to make sympathetic noises. And you failed to do your job for the simple reason that you don't give a fuck about us.
On top of the colossal stupidity of fucking off to England at a time of national crisis, there are the additional fuck-you factors. First of all, this was not a good time to go to England. Their Prime Minister just got done telling us to fuck off so going staying in London in a $12,000 per night suite was not the ideal response.
And second, there is the whole Normandy chateau thing which just takes the fucking cake in this entire stupid god-damn episode. What fucking planet do you live in if you think that taking a private jet to your private fucking chateau is a good idea when Pakistan is facing one of the largest humanitarian crises in its entire history. This was not work. This was just a giant fuck you to us.
And why, might we ask do you have to put out a press release telling everybody that the chateau has been in the Zardari family for the last 24 years. Oh really? So when your father was running the fucking Bambino cinema in Karachi in the mid-80s, he was also the owner of a 5-acre chateau in Normandy?
Is there some secret Zardari clan which has been French aristocracy for decades? Seriously, how fucking stupid do you think we are?
We are out of words now. We cannot comprehend the depth and level of arrogance in you. We just can't. What we can say is this: Fuck you Mr. President. (End)
|Army Chief Gen. Kayani|
It is pertinent to note that during the era of mad dictator one good thing that happened in Pakistan was that the military mafia in Pakistan faced an internal rift , unfortunately though it was not the rift between good and bad , instead it was the rift between the two factions of mafia fighting for the power.
Due to the nature of “War on Terrorism” , Pakistan’s military had to “sell their mothers” (as American’s call it) , in order to save their skins. Hence they (Military) had to fight against their own progenies i.e. the mullahs. This resulted in a natural rift between the two factions in the military.
It is usually very hard to identify the real loyalties of Pakistan’s military generals (and indeed they usually don’t have any loyalties except to their own’s self). However there are at times visible clashes between the two factions.
If we look back to the period ‘between’ 2006-2009, it now becomes very clear that the faction led by the current Don (Ashfaq Pervez Kiyani) successfully defeated the other faction led by the mad dictator (General Musharraf). Today I was reading the story by an ISI news reporter in “The News” which makes thing very clear. However as I said this story is encrypted it in such a way that we need to use the correct cipher to decipher the message in this story.
So let me first put here some facts related to this story, before I go on and explain the story.
a) DGMO: The DGMO or the MO Directorate referred here in this story is no other than “Ashfaq Pervez Kayani” who was DGMO ‘between’ 2003 – 2006.
b) Tariq Majeed (Aka Chemical Tariq) : General Tariq Majeed retired as Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff on 7th October 2010 and you can now understand why this story is fed now, and was not fed before his retirement. Tariq Majeed as also described in this story belonged to mad dictator’s faction in the army.
c) The Commander of 12th Corps: It was Lt. General Hamid Rab Nawaz who was the commander of 12th corps during 2004-2007.
d) Maj. General Nadeem Ejaz: Well he was the trusted friend of mad dictator and he is in the dock for many crimes. There is a great chance that he might be made as the first “scapegoat” (if it ever happened) for all the crimes of Army. I am really interested to find out why? (Any one knows more about the reasons?)
e) “Some Key Generals”: This is the terms used in the story to refer to the other faction in the military mafia led by Ashfaq Kiyani. These include Khalid Shameem, Salauddin Satti and perhaps few major generals like Ahmad Shuja (Current DG ISI) and Naushad Kiyani (current DG MI) and last but not the least Lt. General Nadeem Taj.
f) “The GHQ” : The term GHQ here is being used in this story to refer to Ashfaq Kiyani, who was the VCOAS in 2007 and was sitting in “The GHQ”.
g) “key GHQ adviser” : Again this refers to Ashfaq Kiyani.
h) Well placed and well informed sources: This refers to ISPR in the story.
Please note that as far as the substance of this story is concerned, it is nothing but falsehood in every aspect. Though there were differences between the two factions of the mafia , however they had nothing to do with anything described in this story , Chemical Tariq or Ashfaq Kiyani or the mad dictator no one had any difference of opinion on any of the operations like killing of Bugti or Lal Masjid. The differences as one can guess were more of the nature that usually happen in two mafia factions (i.e. to get the full power).
Now let us read the story:
Let us read this after applying the cipher:
The source said that none of these extremely controversial operations, which sowed the seeds of terrorism in Balochistan and the rest of the country, were the brainchild of Ashfaq Kiyani.
There are some other interesting points in this story which reflects the working of mafia. For example the name of Lt. General Hamid Rab Nawaz is no clearly mentioned, like the name of Chemical Tariq and Nadeem Ejaz. I am not sure what Hamid Rab Nawaz is doing these days he is perhaps MD Fauji Fertilizer.
Similarly the story was published only after the retirement of Chemical Tariq as the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff on 8th October. When he was sitting general it was perhaps not possible to publish such a story.
Moreover it is not really clear who the story is addressed to (apart from the public consumption). It seems that there might be still be significant internal rift between the two factions.
|Army Spokesman Gen. Athar Abbas|
Cafe Pyala has been bothered too many times in it's comments section by a variation of this story where it's presented as a conspiracy in which the Abbas brothers are directly manipulating the news at Geo, ARY and Dawn. I do not buy into this, not just because it's an annoyingly stupid idea, but also because the instruments and structures are already in place that allow the government to pressure Dawn, Geo and ARY into toeing certain red lines.
So where do the Abbas brothers fit into this tale? Well, rather than provide fodder for conspiratorial thinking, what the Abbas brothers represent is a corporate and ethical dilemma for the ownership and management of Geo, Dawn and ARY. Now before you collapse laughing at the concept of Geo and morals being discussed in the same sentence, let me expand this further. This argument is being made solely at the philosophical level of what should be done by these news organisations concerning the journalist Abbas brothers. The conflicts of interest are obvious.
The corporations also hiring the Abbas brothers are left with a vaguely suspicious feeling. Are they left with a feeling that the military brother wishes to "massage" the "direction" of the media's message. Do they risk that threat, or do they sideline that threat? Would it be ethical for the media houses to sideline Azhar Abbas, Zafar Abbas and Mazhar Abbas into maybe administrative, and non-politically related positions until Major General Athar Abbas either completes his term as the DG of ISPR, or the media houses bring pressure onto the ISPR to possibly retire Athar Abbas.
The pressure this also brings on all three of the journalist Abbas brothers is also unfair. These are all men who have built up their reputations through two (sometimes three) decades of experience in journalism. They would likely feel they are "owed" the positions they have, I am sure earned. But this question is really for all their superiors at Dawn, ARY and Geo.
Errata: Zafar Abbas is now actually editor at Dawn. I thank Junaid Mangi at critical PPP for pointing this out. I assumed linkedin would be a good source since one wishes to show their CV in the best light, but I guess Zafar Abbas has enough job security that he can let an old CV stay up. I apologise for getting his designation wrong and will be more careful in the future.
The comments on the above three posts are also interesting to understand the media war between the civilian administration and military establishment.
The generals would love to keep double crossing both Americans and the “Talibans (amongst them)”. But the problem is in this double cross game they need to kill their own people. In the absence of any ideological foundation (like they had in 80′s) , it is very hard for the lower cadre to continue fighting and killing their own people. That’s why you will hear the phrases like “پرائی جنگ”.
On the other hand the “Taliban (amongst them)” , particularly the ones in lower cadre, find a religious obligation to fight against the infidels even if it is mad dictator and his cronies.
Don't worry, when Sarah Khan called Earthman a "friend" of LUBP, she was being completely sarcastic, cause in comment 4 she links to this web page where they call him a "pro-Taliban conspiracy theorist". Not a friend of LUBP, just a nasty troll.
What I wanted to ask you yaar, was what you think of this piece I've written. Cafe Pyala's responses would get flooded by people abusing the Abbas brothers in conspiracy-speak. I wanted to bypass this stupid conspiracy talk and try and flesh out the scene, and all I end up with are questions not for the Abbas brothers themselves, but rather their various bosses, these bosses ethics (or lack thereof), and why they've let all of them stay in the positions they are in. I wanted to try and take a real world approach to this whole thing, without devolving into conspiracy speak. I'm wondering if I've succeeded on that front.
Reply on LUBP as well, it'll be good to let some light into some of their musty commentators minds.
I do think people tend to go off in conspiracy talk and start ranting about how they're collaborating to control the news and twist it and what not. It's a weird mess since the other three, as you pointed out repeatedly, have spend decades in journalism to reach where they are and their soldier brother just landed the single biggest over establishment propaganda job. Now, was he selected b/c his brothers were in the media and he could influence their decisions making? Perhaps and perhaps not.
It would certainly be weird for say Mazhar to sit with Athar and discuss what happened over the KLB. It can be expected of Athar to say that a playing to the gallery press release was right and justified but I cannot in any way imagine Mazhar or Zaffar Abbas agreeing with him. Lateral influences in the form of exchange of ideas influencing others is one thing but it's idiotic to say that they've colluded to play the military's media line b/c that's not something that was existent and ended but something that never existed and will take time and change in the state structure and power relationships to happen.
It will be wrong for them to be punished or taken away from their earned and deserved posts just because their brother happens to have become the media manager for the military. And Athar is now going to retire very soon.
Conflict of interest is one thing but assuming w/o evidence that there's some brotherly gang holding up the government in the eye of the media is a completely different one. I do not exclude the possibility at same point, about some reports and some things personal relationships could have played a deciding role, but that would require convincing the sibling and we should give the three in the media the benefir of the doubt (say ARY was going to run a story on the blockade of Turis and ISPR got wind of it. Athar called up the respective brother and provided reasons. This would require convincing and not mere brotherly influence and/or monetary compensation to the media outlet).
Personal relationships and their influence on such issues should be done w/o mud-slinging.
That was the point of this post. To broach the subject without letting the internet fundies go crazy over it.
Personal relationships and their influence on such issues should be done w/o mud-slinging
That was the whole point of this post.
BTW - what's up with the private settings for twitter? Who's bothering you?
You may be right on every count but I know the family from Hyderabad, Sindh where they all grew up. Let me say this I knew one brother socially but their father Mirza Abid Abbas was a well respected literary person. I think Mirza Abid Abbas was for sometime chairman of Hyderabad Education board. HIs integrity was never questioned in Hyd.