Our Supreme Court finally woke up and took Asghar Khan Case for hearing after almost 16 years. The case is known as the Mehran Bank scandal in which money was distributed to the political leaders of Pakistan. Spy agencies, political leaders and bureaucrats are the triaka of power in Pakistan who are aligned with each other to support their respective agendas. In the name of so called “ larger national interest “, these power brokers sat on the same table and evolve strategy which would be beneficial in their longer interest. They chalk out their plans in the name of “ public interest “ by deceiving the innocent public of Pakistan. The history of our country proves that these spy masters, political leaders and kingdom of bureaucracy forgot all the differences to save their ruling empire. They use each other on the basis of when and where needed and then start the blame game when their conspiracies are exposed.
The former spy master of Pakistan Asad Durrani submitted his affidavit in Supreme Court admitting that he distributed money to different political parties and their leadership. He said that he was working on the orders of President Ghulam Ishaq Khan and COAS General Aslam Baig. This important case of bribing the politicians took another twist on March 8th 2012 when central characters of this scandal Younus Habib, Col (Retd) Akber and Yousuf Advocate came out of the dark and shed light on this issue with their revelations. During the 3 hour testimony, Younus Habib removed the curtain from this controversy and named all the politicians who were bribed. He described the plan for the formation of a new political alliance of right wing parties in 1990 against PPP under the name of IJI. These conservative and religious parties were brought on a united platform under the directives of Aslam Baig and Ishaq Khan.
Younus Habib revealed that he was pressurized by the Army & Intelligence chiefs, President of Pakistan and Roedad Khan who was running the political cell in the Presidency. The triaka of our power politics was using the bank heads and the money of depositors and tax payers to bring the government of their own choice. They put all their efforts to establish government which comes with their consensus and work on their orders. Younus Habib admitted that he took 1.4 billion rupees from the Bank and distributed 200 million among different politicians. The rest of the money went to different organizations and bank accounts ran by Pakistan Army which needs to be investigated.
Nawaz Sharif, Aftab Khan Sherpao, Javed Hashmi, Jam Sadiq, Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi, Pir Pagara, Ijaz ul Haq and Abida Hussain are few prominent names from this list of Mehran Bank scandal case.
My concern is that, this is just one of the few cases which came into the lime light of Pakistani courts and Media. Who created the PNA movement in 1977 to dislodge the government of Bhutto? Who could forget the creation of MMA ( Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal ) before the elections of 2002 ? Do we know the elements behind the creation of a monster called “MQM–Haqiqi” in Karachi? Don’t we know that who were the signatories on NRO with PPP? Are we not familiar with the faces behind the Mullahs of Difa-e-Pakistan Council? How PTI (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf ) suddenly turned into a Tsunami of Lotas from different political parties ?
Mehran Bank scandal is just the test case for our judiciary and there are many mystery cases like this which needs to be resolved. The role of Pakistani establishment (Military & Civil Bureaucracy) has come under severe criticism from all walks of life and now the time has come to re-define their role, responsibilities and jurisdictions.
After revealing the names of prominent political leaders in Mehran Bank case, the nation has to take control of this situation. We all know these corrupt and bribed politicians are the root cause of the prevailing conditions in Pakistan. There is a big trust deficit between these political monarchies and the common people of Pakistan. They have not only polluted themselves but they are polluting the hearts and minds of our nation by promoting the culture of bribes and corruption in all forms.
When I was about to lose my faith on the political system of Pakistan, I saw the interviews of Younus Habib, Col Akber and Yousuf Advocate on TV channels in which they said that Mr. Altaf Hussain was the only leader who did not except bribe or single penny from us.
I was happy and satisfied to see that at least the ideology and philosophy of common Pakistani is still intact and alive.