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Guilty until proven innocent - Panama Leaks & PM Nawaz Sharif

Instead of taking the high road, using the opportunity to deal pragmatically with the "Panama Leaks" explaining how and why his family's offshore companies and accounts thereof had come into existence, PM Mian Nawaz Sharif (MNS) seriously disappointed the nation by choosing to go the "fog of politics" route. Instead of exercising good sense he spent the better part of his April 22 televised speech alternatively feigning innocence and being belligerent about what is an international expose and not a home-grown conspiracy as he and his aides insist on implying. By clear inference, if not by name, he targeted Imran Khan, the Army and the Judiciary in that order. Going after Shaukat Khanum Hospital, which is doing a magnificent work in bringing cancer treatment within the reach of the common man, was in bad taste. Some of MNS' aides don't have either good taste or good manners but MNS himself is a decent human being and so are a fair number of his aides, wh…

Images of reconstruction, distortion of history

What happened in the past cannot be altered. But the past can be viewed from political, social and ideological perspectives so that historical events and personalities appear in varied shades.This approach transforms history into a dynamic tool that can fulfil the aspirations and needs of a particular set of people.For example, Renaissance scholars were eager to get rid of their medieval heritage the beginning of the Middle Ages is thus called the Dark Age as no development of new ideasand thoughts took place during that period. On the other hand, they revived the classical Greek and Roman past to create a new body of knowledge based on rationalism, rather than faith.The followers of the Romantic period rejected the arguments of Renaissance scholars because they had experienced the Industrial Revolution and degradation of the natural environment, which led them to look back and romanticise the Middle Ages. They glorified the medieval past as an era of peace and harmony, which produced…

The founder lost

For the past few years I have been researching literature written on the life of Pakistan`s founder, Mohammad Ali Jinnah; and also scholarly works which quote him extensively to substantiate theories about what Pakistan is (or was supposed to be).The exercise is a pursuit to trace the evolution of the image of a man who passed away just a year after the creation of a country that he had so painstakingly put on the map.My research in this context has produced multiple Jinnahs; each one echoing the zeitgeist or a particular mood of the period in which he was written into books, essays and speeches.Most interesting is the fact that between the creation of Pakistan in 1947 and the late 1950s, not much was written on him.The 1950s were a highly mutable period in the history of Pakistan. The country`s founding party, the All-India Muslim League, in its new incarnation as Pakistan Muslim League, was constantly ravaged by infighting, and unable to address the many economic, ethnic and religio…

The Road to Raiwind via Park Lane London- Panama Leaks

In his speech to the nation on Sunday evening, Imran Khan seems to have hit all the right notes. It was a well scripted speech in which sensible demands were made. We need to know how the money was made by the prime minister’s family. Possibly, an inquiry through a Supreme Court judge would be the way to move ahead.

The government is in denial mode. One was amazed to see how quickly our PM reacted to the Panama Leaks, not even waiting one day to come on national television to address the nation to defend his family’s assets abroad. This is the same PM who dilly-dallied on other more important issues.

‘Will march towards Raiwind if Panama Papers revelations not probed independently’

While the PM of Iceland has resigned and the British PM seems to be tottering, our PM seems to think he has done nothing wrong. And the manner in which he and his close aides are defending the first family begs more questions than gives answers.

One was disappointed by the statements of Information Minister …

Sharif Family corruption


Nawaz Sharif and his cronies have always been working to plunder Pakistan’s wealth as their sole agenda. He expanded his business empire by misusing his authority as Chief Minister Punjab and Prime Minister Pakistan. And in order to gain financial benefits, he manipulated laws and changed policies. Likewise, in a bid to avoid accountability, the Nawaz Sharif Government amended “The Ehtasaab Act” and made it effective from “1990” instead of “1985” as proposed in the original text of the “Ehtasaab Act” prepared by the interim government of caretaker Prime Minister (Late) Mairaj Khalid (1996-97). And by bringing this change he cunningly saved his tenure of Chief Minister Punjab (1985-88) from accountability.
Despite all maneuvering following references were filed against the Sharifs:-

Nawaz Sharif, Shahbaz Sharif and others misused official resources causing a loss to the national exchequer of Rs 620million by developing 1800 acres of land in Raiwind at state expe…

Panama Papers Problem

The Panama tax haven leaks reveal a lot about the lawlessness of the rich, as well as the ideological bias of the western press. “Vladimir Putin’s name appears nowhere, but the corporate media used his image repeatedly to drum up interest in what is an otherwise newsworthy story.” Americans are conspicuous by their absence from the story. That’s because rich people in the U.S. can avoid taxes “legally in Wyoming, Delaware or Nevada.”
<<اردو ترجمہ پڑہیں>> The worst criminals on earth are not the poor who sit behind bars in jails and  prisons. The biggest thieves are found among the rich. The 1% can buy legislation, politicians and the media to carry out and hide their dirty work. If they can’t change the laws to benefit themselves in their homelands they simply send their money elsewhere through shell holding companies. This transfer of wealth, much of it diverted from what ought to be tax payments, is an open secret. Panama, the Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands, Luxe…

Questions from Nawaz Sharif Family - Panama Leaks - شریف خاندان سے چند سوال

شریف خاندان سے چند سوال
اگرائے گئے بم پر آنے والا ردِ عمل متوقع ہے۔ شریف خاندان اور حکومتی ترجمان کے مطابق پاناما لیکس دستاویزات میں کسی غیر قانونی اقدام کی نشاندہی نہیں کی گئی ہے، اور شریف خاندان نے کچھ غلط نہیں کیا۔
Read in English >> Pakistan CORRUPTION: کرپشن:    Updates >>>> مالیات اور محصولات کے معاملوں میں فوری فیصلے، خاص طور پر کسی کو بری الذمہ قرار دینا، جاری کرنا بہت مشکل کام ہے۔ آیا مفصل اور خفیہ 'آف شور' کمپنیاں اور بینکنگ طریقہ کار اپنانے کے دوران پاکستانی اور غیر ملکی قوانین کی خلاف ورزی کی گئی ہے یا نہیں، یہ بات چند دن میں معلوم ہوجائے گی — کم از کم بین الاقوامی طور پر تو ضرور۔
پاکستان کے اندر، اور جبکہ ٹیکس اور زیادہ تر تفتیشی ادارے مکمل طور پر حکومت کے ماتحت ہیں، یہ بات بالکل بعید از قیاس ہے کہ وزیرِ اعظم کے خاندان اور ان کے مالی معاملات کے بارے میں کوئی مشکل پیدا کرنے والی بات سامنے آئے گی۔

شریف خاندان کے علاوہ بھی پاناما پیپرز میں جن افراد کے نام ہیں، وہ فائدے میں رہیں گے — شاید نیب کو چھوڑ کر چند ہی ایسے سرکاری تفتیش کا…

CAPITALISM’S ACHILLES HEEL: Dirty Money and How to Renew the Free-Market System RAYMOND W. BAKER ; Page 76-85 on Pakistan: Bhuttos & Sharif's [اردو ترجمہ کے ساتھ with Urdu Translation]

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English  << Click>>>Urdu  <<اردو ترجمہ >>عمران خان ، اسلام آباد لاک ڈاون سے یوم تشکراور سپریم کورٹ تک - پانامہ لیکس اپ ڈیٹ تجزیئے:Imran Khan -Lock Down toThanksgiving, Supreme Court - Panama Leaks Updates and Analysisمیاں نوازشریف کی غیر ملکی کمپنیوں کا راز ریمنڈ بیکر نے گیارہ سال قبل ہی اپنی کتا ب Capitalism's Achilles Heel: Dirty Money and How to Renew the Free-Market System میں فاش کر دیا تھا۔ ریمنڈ بیکر ہاورڈ بزنس سکول کے گریجوایٹ ہیں۔ میاں صاحب کی کرپشن سے پردہ اٹھاتے ہوئے انہوں نے لکھا تھا کہ پاکستان سے باہرکئی کمپنیاں ایسی ہیں جنہیں شریف خاندان سے جوڑاگیا ہے۔ ان میں سے تین برطانیہ کے ورجن آئی لینڈ میں قائم ہیں جن کے نام نیسکول، نیلسن اور شیم راک 68 ہیں۔ چینڈرن جرسی پرائیویٹ لمیٹڈ نامی ان کی ایک اور کمپنی جزائر رودبار (چینل آئی لینڈ) میں ہے۔ ریمنڈ بیکر نے یہ بھی لکھا تھا کہ ان میں سے بعض کمپنیاں مبینہ طور پر لندن کے پارک لین میں چار بہت ہی شاندار فلیٹوں کی خریداری میں سہولت کاری کے لئے استعما ل کی گئی تھیں۔ یہ چاروں فلیٹس مختلف …