(By Dr Shahid Qureshi – Chief Editor ) –:
I was invited to attend on Saturday 13th October 2018, the off and on camera briefing with the spokesman of the Pakistan Armed Forces Major General. Asif Ghafoor at the London High Commission of Pakistan. He is travelling with the Pakistani Army Chief General Qamar Bajwa, who is on official visit to the United Kingdom.
Pakistan’s civilian bureaucracy and police is a bigger national security threat than India. When 76000 Pakistani civilians and 16000 solders, police and security was losing their lives these civil bureaucrats like Fawad Hasan Fawad and Ahad Cheema and others in this gang were engaged in destroying the state of Pakistan. They never say no to the ‘Unlawful Commands’ of the politicians like Asif Zardari, Sharifs and others rather joined in.
It was a senior civil Bureaucrat Mr Masood who went to IMF and told them about the free delivery oil to Pakistan from brotherly Saudi Arabia and it is civil servants who sabotage another offer by Azerbaijan for free delivery of oil 10 million USD defer payment to Pakistan. Surely it would help with some foreign exchange now?
Since the briefing was off camera but some part was on record therefore I can share my questions.
I asked him about the corruption and anti-state activities of the civilian bureaucracy, revenue and police for example only in Gwadar city budget was deliberately underspent and district was kept without water projects, health facilities and schools, colleges and universities. The result of this sabotage will cause delays in the development of the CPEC projects and Gwardar Port.
My major concern I told him was that: ‘Overseas Pakistanis are lured into invest in 140 housing societies and 70 industrial estates all are non-existent on the ground only two housing societies are plotting and developing. All the above can happen when civil bureaucracy, police and relevant ministers are on one page and corrupt. A city which has Arabian sea on both sides have no drinking water and proper electric is a disgrace and slap on the face of the rulers.
General Asif Ghafoor’s response was well calculated, and he understood the intent well I hope so.
He said: “we lost 76000 civilians and over 16000 members of the security and armed forces but if police and other civilian departments functioning properly these deaths could be reduced as armed forces were fighting with terrorists which is the remit of local police and security agencies.”
Probably General Asif Ghafoor already knows that it was a conspiracy and plot against the armed forces of Pakistan to ‘stretch, thin and drag in urban warfare like Lebanon’ where police completely failed so plot was to make Pakistan Lebanon.
In April 2014, I was invited to take part in a discussion with staff of the National Defence University, Islamabad, Pakistan visiting London, on “Pakistan’s Domestic and External Security Challenges Following the ISAF Withdrawal from Afghanistan”. Brigadier Mohammad Iqbal Tahir lead this delegation and it was held at War Studies Department, Kings College London. The other journalists who participated were Christina Lamb, The Times, and Owen Bennett Jones of BBC as well as diplomats, academics and policy and security experts.
“I said to Pakistan’s (NDU) National Defence University delegation attending War Studies Department Seminar at Kings College London:
“FATA is only 1.5 % of Pakistan. What is happening in 98.5% Pakistan run by the democratically elected governments? From March 2008 to March 2013 in Pakistan 64500 people have been murdered over 14000 women have been raped including over 2000 gang rapes, burglaries and robberies are apart from this as they are in millions. All the above happened under the politically run government. Police and judiciary have become a national security threat to Pakistan now?
Dr Shahid Qureshi and a team of legal experts conducted a research on ‘policing – judiciary, mafias and national security’ in Pakistan. I spoke to two senior Foreign and Commonwealth Office officials concerned with Pakistan after the seminar at the war college. Who were concerned with the law and order situation as well as terrorism in Pakistan? In response to my discussion and subsequent article: “Pakistan: Police corruption is bigger threat to Army than Taliban’, published on 28th April 2014 in The London Post: I received following comments from the senior Foreign and Commonwealth official of Pakistan desk: –
Dr Qureshi – “Many thanks for this interesting article and the crime figures which are both horrifying and worryingly apparently on the increase. The disparity between the armed forces and police both in terms of integrity and numbers and budgets is deeply concerning when crime rather than terrorism is so dominant, although the two go hand in hand. It is similar to the previous situation in Lebanon, where the police were not competent, sectarian and not trusted by the public, while the army was considered the real protector of the people. There the international community were able to work with the Ministry and the police to start a process of reform, which gradually started to transform their ability and willingness to fight crime and increased public trust. It is still a long way behind the army, but change has taken place.
In Pakistan, although there are various police reform programmes under way, they seem to have had little impact across the board, although there may be some improvement in some areas. This is a very significant area for reform if internal security along the lines set out in the NISP is to be achieved. At present, there does not seem to be a major strategy on the part of the (Pakistan) Federal Government and, as policing is a provincial responsibility, any reform is likely to be piecemeal and limited.
Is this an issue of public debate in Pakistan? Have any of the think tanks addressed it in their reports or politicians in their manifestos or in the National/ Provincial Assemblies? I do not recall seeing any substantial discussion.”
The above comments by the British FCO experts confirm that: world is watching you very closely even when your own people are complicit, corrupt and treacherous.
The above comments are self-explanatory and surely need full attention of the concerned for immediate action. Police corruption and incompetence is resulting in deaths and destruction of the civilians as well as the armed forces of Pakistan. The attack on Karachi Airport proved that police has completely failed to locate the terrorists as happened in other cases too.
Who should take responsibility of the corruption in police and growth of mafias? It is the responsibility of the politicians and that’s all. When you deliberately play with a weak player you are playing for the enemy therefore corruption of bureaucracy damaged the state of Pakistan in trillions and thousands have lost lives? One would just bring few hundred criminal civil and security officials to justice and save further lives and damage to Pakistan.
(Dr Shahid Qureshi is senior analyst with BBC and chief editor of The London Post. He writes on security, terrorism and foreign policy. He also appears as analyst on Al-Jazeera, Press TV, MBC, Kazak TV (Kazakhstan), LBC Radio London. He was also international election observer for Azerbaijan April 2018, Kazakhstan 2015 and 2016 and Pakistan 2002. He has written a famous book “War on Terror and Siege of Pakistan” published in 2009. At Government College Lahore he wrote his MA thesis on ‘Political Thought of Imam Khomeini’ and visited Tehran University. He is PhD in ‘Political Psychology’ and studied Law at a British University. He also speaks at Cambridge University. He is a visiting Professor at Hebe University in China.)
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