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Ray
22 Aug 06,, 19:11
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BB saved Aziz from money laundering case: Babar


NEW YORK: Major General (r) Naseerullah Babar has claimed that when he was interior minister he had issued orders to arrest Shaukat Aziz in a money laundering case, but then prime minister Benazir Bhutto stopped him.

“When Shaukat Aziz was working with Citibank, he was involved in a money laundering case. After investigation I issued directives to arrest him but Benazir stopped it saying that Mr Aziz is an American citizen and his arrest will create problems,” Gen Babar said at the launch ceremony of Sohail Warriach’s book, ‘Ghaddar Kon’ (Who is the traitor?) here on Monday.

He said politicians had always been targets of accountability, and it was now time for military generals to be held accountable. “President General Pervez Musharraf will come to know about the people’s problems when he leaves the presidency. The president has bought a plot worth five crore rupees (Rs 50 million) in the capital. How has a general got such a huge amount?” he questioned. He said the public would have lynched generals in the street had the Hamood-ur-Rahman Commission report into the Fall of Dhaka been published. “(Zulfikar Ali) Bhutto saved them,” he said. Gen Babar said that all political parties were agreed on the ‘Charter of Democracy’. sana
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2006\08\22\story_22-8-2006_pg1_8

Who is this Sohail Warrach?

The charge that the current Prime Minister of Pakistan is a money launder is a very serious one. If true, it is very demeaning of Aziz to put Pakistan in a position to become the butt of international ridicule since only the lowest strata of the criminal class indulge in money laundering.

I personally wonder how far this is true. And yet the retired General was the Interior Minister and should be having facts to prove it so since he will surely be liable to defamation if not true! If no defamation case is filed, then it would prove that there is some truth to this most demeaning an allegation for a sitting PM.

Though the Pakistani army is paid handsomely and their perks limitless, Rs Five crores is a bit thick! No General could have that much. Therefore, if Musharraf has bought assets worth Rs Five crores and it is on the ground, I am sure he will have a lot of explanation to do.

He has also the problem in fudging that it was through ancestral money since Musharraf is a refugee because of the Partition (Mohajir) and his property and cash would be in India!

A very unfortunates state of affairs if indeed these allegations are true.

If not, this General Babbar should immediately be given defamation notices from the lawyers.

I wonder if Lahori and Sparten would like to clear the air.

Jay
22 Aug 06,, 19:46
Retd and serving Generals should keep their long noses out of politics, what ever said and done, even if the allegations are true.

Mushraff has made an unprecedented move by clinging back to his uniform after "democratically" chosen to be Pakistan's president.

Ray
22 Aug 06,, 20:37
Retd and serving Generals should keep their long noses out of politics, what ever said and done, even if the allegations are true.

Mushraff has made an unprecedented move by clinging back to his uniform after "democratically" chosen to be Pakistan's president.

I don't agree.

Are you suggesting that corruption be condoned and retired Generals are to keep their mouths shut?

Pakistan is surviving because of the Army and they keep the country in line.

That is why they should not also become thieves like their civilian counterparts in politics!

Jay
22 Aug 06,, 20:54
Sir,
I said that military should keep its nose out of civil politics.

Ray
22 Aug 06,, 21:19
OK.

That's fair.

My mind was on Aziz being accused as to have been a Dhobi (washerman/ launderer).

Surprising that Lahori has not thrown light on this. He would know.

Or for that matter, Sparten.

Lahori paa jee
22 Aug 06,, 21:55
OK.

That's fair.

My mind was on Aziz being accused as to have been a Dhobi (washerman/ launderer).

Surprising that Lahori has not thrown light on this. He would know.

Or for that matter, Sparten.


Sorry Ray i have seriously no idea about this.

Btw "Ghadar Kon" as far as i know is Nawaz Sharif's book

Ray
22 Aug 06,, 21:58
Thanks.