The tale of ‘general’ Usmani

Published: January 29, 2011

ayesha.siddiqa@tribune.com.pk

This is not the story of Lt-General (retd) Muzaffar Usmani of the 1999 martial law fame, but that of an ordinary travel agent from Bahawalpur, Waqar Usmani, who eventually came to be known as ‘general’ Usmani due to his close ties with former General Pervez Musharraf.

Waqar Usmani’s claim to fame was his friendship with Musharraf, when the latter was posted as a brigadier in Bahawalpur. Usmani was a generous provider and friend and this endeared him to the brigadier. To Musharraf’s credit, he remembered these favours as he rose through the ranks to become the army chief and then the president of the country (Pervez Musharraf and Asif Ali Zardari seem to have a common trait of fondness for people who helped them during less fortunate times). When Usmani’s daughter got married, the Bahawalpur corps commander was asked to attend since the president could not go himself.

Musharraf tried to take care of his friend by letting him use the resources of the army and the state. Once, during Musharraf’s visit to Bahawalpur, Usmani was flown on state expense from Karachi. Moreover, he always had a colonel on his heels. The man was also given a lease for a few hundred acres of state land in Cholistan. Some might argue that this wasn’t a special favour because this was, and remains, illegally-occupied land which the army leased out to private parties in the name of the welfare of soldiers. The lessees, however, do not have any documentation because the army itself does not have any paperwork to prove its legal ownership. What to talk of the fortress stadium or other controversial land uses, which were recently debated in parliament, the Public Accounts Committee will find more explosive material in Cholistan, an area where the army has really spread itself.

Our ‘General’ Usmani was lucky for having known the other general, Pervez Musharraf, else he wouldn’t have benefitted from this land-lease system. Ordinary folks of the area don’t know that despite the land being in Bahawalpur, it’s the Pano Aqil corps that controls the leasing system. Earlier, the Lahore corps did this task. As per official records, the army is in unlawful occupation of 99,865 acres of land in Cholistan. This is over and above the lands the service acquired under the 1912 Land Act. This includes over 5,000 acres of land which belongs to the forest department.

The illegally occupied land is then leased out to private parties which comprises mainly of big landowners or businessmen in the area, or from outside. For instance, some army officers (retired and serving), who were tactically appointed as managing directors of the Cholistan Development Authority during the previous decade, have acquired such land and have become significant stakeholders. One must not forget that rules do not allow the sanction of Cholistan land to anyone other than the local Cholistanis. Not to mention the millions of landless peasants who don’t get land.

Even if the ordinary Cholistanis or the poor folk get land, they may not be as lucky as Musharraf’s friend and the other influential lessees who get access to free flow of water. In the area around Liaquatpur, the army ensures its lessees uninterrupted supply of water which is illegally diverted from the share of canal water allocated for Sadiqabad and Rahimyar Khan. The army and lessees don’t even pay any water rates or taxes on this land. The service has also sublet 3,000 acres legally leased to it for operational purposes. There appears to be a ‘crawling pattern’ of the army’s occupation of state land. Every year, units push the exercise area deep into Cholistan, which releases hundreds of acres of land from the army’s operational use that was part of the exercise area the previous year. A lot of this area is then leased out.

While the land occupation story continues, it seems that Waqar Usmani has disappeared from the scene after his friend, who transformed him from a travel agent to a landowner, left the country. Usmani and many other beneficiaries await his return to devour more.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 30th,  2011.

Reader Comments (70)

  • Asif
    Jan 30, 2011 - 12:15AM

    Army bashing! you do it so good that i am sure you get paid for it :)Recommend

  • ehabs
    Jan 30, 2011 - 12:35AM

    Any person with half a brain (and this doesn’t include about 99.99% of Pakistanis) will tell you that the hierarchy of Pakistani corruption is as follows:

    Military ([b]Most[/b] corrupt).
    Civilians of the upper class.
    Everyone else (these are also the people who are consistently victimized by their undying ‘love’ for their religion LOL).

    Here’s hoping that sanity prevails soon enough and that the true progressives and liberals get their act together.

    A secularist.
    Recommend

  • Altaf
    Jan 30, 2011 - 12:48AM

    so what was this whole article about,, oh i know its called Character Assassination !!!Recommend

  • Safwan
    Jan 30, 2011 - 1:09AM

    What a lousy piece… titled General Usmani, but discussing the land-grabbing system of the army. My father (retd. maj.) served under gen. Usmani, and though i may not agree with the general’s ideas, from what my father tells me, he was one of the most brilliant officers in the army. And why did you forget to mention how he was removed from the army by mush??? And that he was put under house arrest afterwards? Strange to know that he is still waiting for musharraf… you wouldnt say that after you speak to him. Why did you fail to notice that he’s been off the scene ever since he retired in 2001, while mush was still in power?Recommend

  • Tanweer Ahmed
    Jan 30, 2011 - 1:14AM

    Just imagine some one not a so close friend is given that much share of the loot, was would have been the magnitude of loot for himself.Recommend

  • umar tosheeb
    Jan 30, 2011 - 1:23AM

    Thanks for writing about this. Generally army corruption goes unnoticed. Recommend

  • Tarique
    Jan 30, 2011 - 4:19AM

    This homeland is looted by Army,politican and Mullahs.Recommend

  • Raqib Ali
    Jan 30, 2011 - 4:42AM

    Another honest, candid and brave piece from a lady I admire!! Thanks for informing us!Recommend

  • Talat
    Jan 30, 2011 - 5:23AM

    It is also common knowledge here in the interior Sindh that the army officials are in illegal occupation of the land belonging to the local government. Unfortunately, the civilian setup collectively is also so corrupt that they can’t raise voice.Recommend

  • Talat
    Jan 30, 2011 - 5:24AM

    I was referring to the land sorrounding the Pano Aqil Cantt.Recommend

  • sanjithmenon
    Jan 30, 2011 - 9:10AM

    The sub continental culture of corruption and nepotism, could not be changed by religion on either side of the indo pak divide? We have Adarsh Society here in India. But one change is that here some actions are being taken. Recommend

  • Q
    Jan 30, 2011 - 11:28AM

    Very respectfully speaking, why are you always spewing venom Madam?Recommend

  • Caesar
    Jan 30, 2011 - 11:52AM

    Oh not again! Seriously!?
    Look around, Pakistan is a greater mess in 3 years than it ever was under 30 or whatever years of army rule combined!
    Who cares if Musharraf held a couple of his old buddies close and let them drink out of the system!?
    He didn’t gulp down main roads facing his palatial abodes, he did not have an entire army of loyalists 10 times more rewarded than travel agent Usmani. He did not have swiss bank a/c…the list could go on…
    But things are more than obvious when you chose to bash Musharraf and the Army for their tiny bit of wrong which in any case is dwarfed by the great antics of the present lot, which you refuse to look at, or are desperately trying to divert attention away from.
    At this juncture under utter socio-political chaos, what possible purpose could your commenting on and bringing attention to Army and Musharraf wrongs serve…!?Recommend

  • parvez
    Jan 30, 2011 - 2:03PM

    When they have such weighty issues as described above to occupy their minds, you can’t really blame them for messing up other things and letting the monster genie out of the bottle.
    By the way isn’t Cholistan a desert ? So if someone manages to grow stuff there would not that be good ?Recommend

  • Farooq Khan
    Jan 30, 2011 - 2:05PM

    one expects better research from u ayesha.Recommend

  • Nael
    Jan 30, 2011 - 5:01PM

    For all its shortcomings, Pakistan Army remains a potent force and I for one am proud of the men in khakis. Recommend

  • Meerza
    Jan 30, 2011 - 6:16PM

    Without any doubt the writer has an obvious agenda against the army. Can she explain her presence in India at the time her first army-bashing book (i dont exactly remember the book title) was published. Recommend

  • ali..........
    Jan 30, 2011 - 6:49PM

    great depictions of military state of Pakistan,,,,,Recommend

  • Chodhry Salman
    Jan 30, 2011 - 7:18PM

    The army is a sacred cow which has the privilege to graze anywhere it likes.All the institutions are subservient to pak army.They are the ones who define rules of the game.Time and again you are committing a contempt of army and I am afraid soon you are gonna be fixed.Most of the beneficiaries of Army’s nepotism based policies are today embedded in all walks of life and therefore feel the heat which is evident from their comments.Recommend

  • amarah ayaz
    Jan 30, 2011 - 7:34PM

    I wouldnt call it army bashing because it is not something which is unique to the civilian government either there are many who benefitted twice as much during the stay of the civilian governemnts . our president is the example how much he benefitted during benazir’s government is no secret infact the first time bb was dismissed by ghulam ishaq khan he categori=cally mentioned how zardari tied a bomb to a hotel owners foot to make him write over the deed of the hotel to him. obviously this was done because zardari was the husband of the sitting primeminister. stories of moonis elahi these days are rampant . so i wouldnt say that the entire army is corrupt as you cant call the entire instituion one of character failures . yes musharaff was corrupt and even in the army circles he is still considered corrupt and hated for compromising the name of the Pak Army.Recommend

  • Ali
    Jan 30, 2011 - 7:48PM

    I fail to understand what former General Pevez Musharraf means!!!! (first para – last line)
    editing much?Recommend

  • Jan 30, 2011 - 8:37PM

    @ Safwan: Pl read the first paragraph AGAIN.Recommend

  • Canuckistani
    Jan 30, 2011 - 9:31PM

    While it may be true that Mush did that and it is wrong…I don’t get why people like Ayesha don’t try to prevent what is taking place today at the helm of the govt. The civilian govt is far more corrupt than any armed forces people we’ve ever had…why army bash when the alternative is much worse? Do you have a solution other than to criticize? Recommend

  • Jan 30, 2011 - 9:48PM

    Same old rhetorical Recommend

  • A Suhail
    Jan 30, 2011 - 10:46PM

    @Caesar. So army started the 65 war and lost it. Started beating up Bangladeshis and then lost the 1971 war. Gave us drugs, kalashankov and mad mullahs in the 80s. Eat 60% of our budget with no check and balances and you still think the 30 years under them are better than this lot. I think not!!!
    : Recommend

  • Jan 30, 2011 - 11:14PM

    This is not army bashing. Someone from the Army should be able to answer her calls. Why is army occupying lands in Cholistan desert, the Thar desert and Okara? Gen. Kiyani should answer her. Recommend

  • Subhash
    Jan 30, 2011 - 11:16PM

    @sanjithmenon:
    But we have made some heads rool already & some more will follow, so the comparison seems to be just for the ske of comparison only.Recommend

  • Subhash
    Jan 30, 2011 - 11:19PM

    @Chodhry Salman:
    Just want to add something ” Contries have armies but Pak Army has a country “Recommend

  • Gulkhaiz
    Jan 30, 2011 - 11:20PM

    Irrelevant and disjointed article. What has the army got to do with the friendship of two individuals? Moreover for decades the tank formations are doing exercises in barren Cholistan. Where they should go for training?. Should they roll the tanks on mall road. Army just cannot occupy the land, nor they do it. If the writer has relevant information of land occupation she should send it to relevant department for necessary action. Giving generalized statements without substantial evidence is nothing but an effort to deliberately malign army and create confusion in the minds of people.What else is army bashing?Recommend

  • R. Khan
    Jan 30, 2011 - 11:26PM

    So what if Musharraf benefitted him!Recommend

  • Raja Arsalan Khan
    Jan 31, 2011 - 12:54AM

    @Q:

    Venom? Should she cut throats? Whenever someone speaks truth, he or she is labeled as traitor or paid agent. Why? Because you are “sacred”!

    Same to
    @ Parvez

    “When they have such weighty issues as described above to occupy their minds, you can’t really blame them for messing up other things and letting the monster genie out of the bottle.
    By the way isn’t Cholistan a desert ? So if someone manages to grow stuff there would not that be good ?”

    Although following comments are relevant to the article, these are only for you.
    As far as deserts are concerned, Israel is also mostly desert but earns billions of dollars because the ration between the GDP and the defence budget is not “similar” to that of Pakistan. And India is hiring the Israelis experience in its part of Thar. It would soon go green soon but your Thar will remain the same.

    @ Meerza
    “Without any doubt the writer has an obvious agenda against the army. Can she explain her presence in India at the time her first army-bashing book (i dont exactly remember the book title) was published.”

    Poor general knowledge but well indoctrinated by establishment.

    @Nael

    “Without any doubt the writer has an obvious agenda against the army. Can she explain her presence in India at the time her first army-bashing book (i dont exactly remember the book title) was published.”

    Yes! Potent force of destruction and plunder, harnessing killing machines.Recommend

  • Chaudry
    Jan 31, 2011 - 4:40AM

    “Pervez Musharraf and Asif Ali Zardari seem to have a common trait of fondness for people who helped them during less fortunate times”

    so you don’t remember people who helped you during less fortunate times?Recommend

  • HASAN RAZA AWAN
    Jan 31, 2011 - 5:06AM

    bring something new. there are many looters other than MUSHARRAF… also put some light on the contributions of army in nation building activities… Recommend

  • Jan 31, 2011 - 5:41AM

    At least be thankful to the Army, as if army wasnt there, who would you bas–hh I mean write on?Recommend

  • Shahryar Ahmed
    Jan 31, 2011 - 10:00AM

    What a rubbish piece of work. I expected better from the writer. Now, I am beginning to think that this person has some sort of agenda?

    A piece of land in, someone above rightly mentioned, a desert, wow what a story. We have nothing else to worry about in Pakistan, than this story, right? The writer conveniently forgets the positives during the 99-07 period.

    The positive is far far better than the negatives, but in the past 3 years all has gone down the drain.

    Thanks to people like the writer (civil society), the lawyers (ofcourse, who can forget the hard work they put in) & the media (Jang Group & Business Recorders).

    Thank you all for getting us here, in 2011 Pakistan. Thank you for giving us democracy, Thank you for giving us Zardari, The Sharif’s, a highly biased & politically ambitious judiciary & the clueless Gillani.Recommend

  • SUB
    Jan 31, 2011 - 12:06PM

    Why the army be an exception while screwing the resources of this country?Recommend

  • Ejaz
    Jan 31, 2011 - 1:13PM

    Great Article!!
    Those who do Ayesha basing first know facts and then make a claim…Recommend

  • Sufi Shams
    Jan 31, 2011 - 1:52PM

    Even the Chief Justice says that we should learn from the example of the Indian military which court martialed a senior general.
    @Gulkhaiz: do you really expect that some action will be taken by the relevant department when the defense secretary refuses to furnish information to the Parliament.
    @Hasan Raza Awan: is stealing part of nation building? Why is the army above board? Why shouldn’t it be questioned just because it does nation buildingRecommend

  • Fareeha
    Jan 31, 2011 - 1:58PM

    @Asif:
    Army is not full of saints. they are as corrupt as politicians. Aysha is a very brave woman and a true patriot to highlight these issues.Recommend

  • Bilal Ahmed
    Jan 31, 2011 - 2:06PM

    She has a point, but isnt everyone ie politician, political parties, beaurucrats, landlords, land mafia, builders etc etc are doing the same thing repeatedly each day.

    Their isnt anything new!
    Same old story.
    Looks more like mush bashing with an agenda.
    With 22 years service in Defence Ministry, she has more info and access than anyone else and can open pandora box, whenever asked to do so!Recommend

  • fawad khan
    Jan 31, 2011 - 2:14PM

    Army bashing , is that ur only motive in life..
    Cant you like give away your personal grudges against PAK ARMY aside and think for pakistan.

    You hated the general personally, u understand that u have no appreciation in society,Recommend

  • fawad khan
    Jan 31, 2011 - 2:15PM

    @Ejaz:
    You do understand that u lack facts too ….. do u ? Recommend

  • Tabarak Unnisa
    Jan 31, 2011 - 2:41PM

    I remembered one of the interview of President Pervez Musharraf where on a question about this Ayesha’s controversial book(don’t know the name)he answered that “Ayesha Siddiqa has some very personal grudge against Pak army.May be something very bad happen to her at personal level. But whatever she is writing she has backing of the India to malign Pak Army”
    I strongly oppose this article as this has been written to defame our army.What she want to prove by giving the names & locations as if she is quoting all this ‘self-created’ story with authentication?No everyone with brain & power of thinking can say that all this is a propaganda by her & those who are backing her to malign the most prestigious institution of state,the army, that serve the nation & secure the land with loyalty & sincerity.
    Regarding,the land issue,i want to say that where army does the training,does this mean that they illegally occupy the land?or then where should army then do their exercises on roads or in cities?obviously they will take training in deserts or far-stretched areas like mountanious regions so this doesn’t mean that there is land occupation by army.
    Why not she write anything against the feudal landlords, present ruling elites with their records full of corruptions & so many illegal activities?
    & one more thing that negative propaganda against President Pervez Musharraf will never be successful as we supporters are with him plus he only one is enough for enemies.
    Long Live Pakistan
    Long Live Pak Army
    Long Live President Pervez Musharraf!Recommend

  • Safwan
    Jan 31, 2011 - 3:10PM

    Inaccuracies:
    1) General Usmani is an urdu-speaking man, who hails from Karachi (after migrating from India), not Bahawalpur
    2) His daughter NEVER got married, and is still single
    3) He did not make it to Lt. Gen. because of his friendship with Musharraf, rather he was one of the most brilliant officers in the Army – verify this fact from any neutral person in the army who has worked with him.
    4) He got off the scene after he was removed from the army in 2001 (a few hours before the US bombing in Afghanistan commenced), not after Musharraf’s departure.
    5) He is NOT waiting for Musharraf’s return – go see him and you’ll know how much he hates Musharraf because of the latter’s policies
    6) He’s not one of the people who made billions from corruption, and still leads a simple life. He owns two cars; an old Toyota Corona, and an old Mazda.

    It is no doubt that the army has grabbed land, but why bash someone who is not one of the beneficiaries??? In my mind, Ms. Ayesha is no more a credible writer.Recommend

  • Waqqas Iftikhar
    Jan 31, 2011 - 3:38PM

    the army – the top brass in particular, has lost us a lot of things…including the erstwhile east pakistan……..they also demolished any semblance of tolerant democratic thought within the country….and gave us the marde-momin marde haq zia ul haq…so they shouldnt be exempt from criticism if they are doing something illegal…to be honest, this is the tip of the iceberg, another interesting issue would be the ‘generals colony’ opp national stadium, the army brought out a 1935 british indian army deed as evidence that they should be given the land.Recommend

  • Adi
    Jan 31, 2011 - 3:54PM

    Come on Ayesha…will you ever come out of your same old army bashing…we are rather fed up of this…. wouldnt you remember anyone who helped you in difficult times…it would be very unfair of you if you dont…

    We love Pakistan Army!!Recommend

  • Taiba
    Jan 31, 2011 - 5:37PM

    Adi: but isn’t it the love of the army that it should be stopped from acts of corruption?Recommend

  • Umar
    Jan 31, 2011 - 5:39PM

    @Safwan: DUDE!!!! AGAIN, she is NOT talking about THAT Gen. Usmani! DUH!!!! Even though that one can be written about for different reasons.Recommend

  • omer
    Jan 31, 2011 - 6:52PM

    seriously ur army bashing is getting louder day by day. now is it anything real or the case of “grapes are sour” ?
    a simple question for you, has anyone near/close to you ever served in army and given his life for the motherland ? i think the answer is NO. or else you would have known what it means to be a soldier.
    and for a start why dont you pay a visit to SWAT or waziristan ? or perhaps spend some days at siachin ?
    its very easy to bash army while sitting in the comfort of your home, while those men are busy keeping you and your family safe. but than you would say they are being paid to do that job ? how about i pay you 20,000 rupee to give up your life ?Recommend

  • Safwan
    Jan 31, 2011 - 6:53PM

    DUH!!!! I apologize for my comments. Umar, thanks for correcting me.

    @admin
    can you delete my comments? They might cause confusion for readers. Sorry for the misunderstanding.Recommend

  • Aamir+Ali
    Jan 31, 2011 - 7:22PM

    Ayesha Siddiqa has run out of steam since Mr Musharraf departed.Recommend

  • naba alam
    Jan 31, 2011 - 8:51PM

    well,,its been millions ov times dat army been alleged on da basis ov liking n disliking ov only some personalities which is only shown here and nothing more,,simply army needs lands is not a big issue to explain here,need is need n justified if anyone shows such material then show first the proofs of allegations in wholesm manner not story telling,,,only rubbish….Recommend

  • shabbir hussain
    Jan 31, 2011 - 9:00PM

    worst piece of article i have ever read in tribune …just a Character Assassination !!! please bring some new writer.Recommend

  • Copper
    Jan 31, 2011 - 9:54PM

    Nice article! “Pure” army supporters should come with some proofs. * Isn’t army involved in land scam as pointed out in this article? * Worst part is that its institutional level corruption.Recommend

  • HASAN RAZA AWAN
    Jan 31, 2011 - 10:16PM

    @Sufi Shams: i agree that army is no exception but i ask the respected author to analyse all the dimensions of army. merely due to few individuals dont call the entire army a corrupt institution. somebody’s personal grudges must not over shadow the sacrifices of hundreds of shaheed soldiers and their families. moreover, l ask her to also consider a lengthy list of corrupt politicians who are enjoying immunity to plunder in the name of DEMOCRACY. just writing an article doesn’t justify her role as a journalist…. there is lot more expected. Recommend

  • Saba Gill
    Jan 31, 2011 - 11:19PM

    Since I have no way of verifying the plethora of information provided in the rather candid account of plundering done by Army therefore I will not comment on that. However, I have serious reservations regarding the approach Ayesha Siddiqa has used to put her point forward. What writers like her, in their attempt to sound very vocal, straightforward,condescending and brave forget when they engage in habitual bashing is that they alienate an entire community/group/faction. She might have a point with respect to the corruption that is rampant in higher ranks of our Army but subjecting the whole institution to such ruthless scrutiny leaves a bad taste in one’s mouth. Army is a very prestigious institution, and the wrongs of a few should not be used as an excuse to indulge in indiscriminate, mindless, hopeless institution bashing. These people lay down their lives for us, go to Waana, Waziristan, Siachen, live with them and see how our Jawaans survive in impossible circumstances. Army as an institution deserves respect and not unchecked slander in the guise of freedom of expression.

    You, Ayesha Siddiqa, are previleged. You can write and influce people’s opinions. Don’t misuse your power. Choose your words carefully because you run the risk of equating a few generals with an institution and dictating falsehood. You should know better.

    P.s. Wasn’t Military Inc enough for you? Write about the current looting and plundering or will you wait till the next government comes in? Recommend

  • Ali Zaidi
    Jan 31, 2011 - 11:48PM

    Yawwwn!Recommend

  • Fawad Ahmed
    Feb 1, 2011 - 1:15AM

    I would like to clarify that Mr. Waqar Usmani was acquittance of Pervez Musharaff,however except meeting him on visit to Bahawalpur no favor was given to Mr Usmani. Mr.usmani was not alloted any land by former President Pervez Musharaff in Cholistan or anywhere else,therefore allotting land to him or anyother largesses is mere humbug. This is not the first time Ms,Ayesha sadiqa has tried to defame military by twisting facts and narrating false stories,she has done that in past and has written a book defaming army. Former president respects the right of expression however, the right must be used fairly and not to forward an agenda of enemy country who want to defame and weaken Pakistan Army. Pervez Musharaff is probably the only ruler of Pakistan who has not been accused of corruption.Pervez Musharaff and APMl are proud on this fact and such baseless assertions cannot effect Pervez Musharaff growing support among people living in Pakistan and abroad.

    Chaudhry Fawad hussain
    Spokesperson APMLRecommend

  • Sufi Shams
    Feb 1, 2011 - 12:57PM

    @Hasan Awan & Saba: there are good individuals and bad individuals in all institutions and places but the point being made here is that the army as an institution is involved in illegally occupying land. Do the junior or senior officers object to this kind of an activity? I haven’t heard of any such thing. This is because all benefit from this loot. Also remember that such activities spoil the army’s professional culture. The only way to stop it is to talk about it and protest against it.Recommend

  • Timur Beg
    Feb 1, 2011 - 1:23PM

    What do you have against the Army Madam? Can you speak about Zardari?Recommend

  • Saeed Akhter
    Feb 1, 2011 - 1:31PM

    Fawad Ahmed – so you expect your chief to tell you the truth. I am from Bahawalpur and remember Waqar Usmani’s glorious days. There were army officers hanging around him all the time because Usmani was a close friend of Musharraf. I am sure your boss has also lied to you about the dinner and party he had at darbar mehal where Tina Sani had come to sing. Waqar Usmani sat there until vee hours in the morning with Pervez Musharraf.Recommend

  • Ben
    Feb 1, 2011 - 1:38PM

    For a change, it was a meaningless piece by Dr Ayesha.Recommend

  • hopeless
    Feb 1, 2011 - 3:15PM

    asif it seems u get paid as wellRecommend

  • Adi
    Feb 1, 2011 - 4:37PM

    @Saeed…whats wrong with mr. usmani sitting with musharraf sb and enjoying the melodious songs of tina sani. Fawad Hussain has clarified above that Musharraf sb had been meeting Mr. usmani whenever he visited bahalwalpur… whats the fuss dude?Recommend

  • A.Salma
    Feb 1, 2011 - 5:29PM

    Looking at the responses u can separate people who are riding on Army’s Gravy train. Our Army is as corrupt as politicians. Whereas the Politicians r used as veral punching bag for the corruption they may or may not have commited, the media stays silent on Army.s corruption because they know that they might hear a knock on their door on the middle of the night and they might disappear were sun dont shine! The media knows that while ashing politicians 24×7 they dont have to woory about any phsical harm! The fool awam has bought the “ad politician but holy army” narrative hook, line and sinker. What people dont know is it the ARMY that draws lines for the goverment which they have to stay within. All the important decision about foreign affairs, economy etc. r in reality dictated by the Army

    Our army is the only amry in the modern nation states which runs a private business empire, consisting of NLC, cement factory, real estate development etc. (unless of course u want to compare us to banna republic or african dictators)

    Bravo Ayesha! Please stay in London as Army is probably vying for ur blood. U have more guts than the pakistani male!Recommend

  • Arayan
    Feb 1, 2011 - 5:59PM

    I really dont know whats wrong with why u always highlight the negative sides of Army……whats holding you from writing something good and positive. i bleieve u have done specialisation in PAK ARMY bashing…….Recommend

  • sanjithmenon
    Feb 13, 2011 - 8:57PM

    Ranjith singh could conquer undivided Punjab and parts of afghanistan when the sikhs were just an 8% minority, i can understand what a Punjabi army is all about. Recommend

  • Uzair Javaid
    Feb 20, 2011 - 2:39AM

    @Fareeha: I wonder whats wrong with the perception of our ladies. Ayesha siddiqua is very brave woman! why? did she go at a battlefield to dress wounds of our bleeding soldiers? brave for what!! to be very honest i feel as if every girl has to support evrything that comes against our national interest and basic logics. Every other article, i see ladies writing either in favour of a more secular, liberal and less Islamic state. Ayesha siddiqua has a tendency or is it an agenda that she has to stick to, its always negative for army and our nuclear program.

    Its more like your support shows sympathy for her just primarily being a WOMAN.Recommend

  • Uzair Javaid
    Feb 20, 2011 - 2:54AM

    @omer: Such authors who are in the limelight are usually paid by enemy powers to write against the national interest and persuade people on their negative agenda to set up a mindset against the important institutions of the Country to weaken its roots. I dont see any book by Ayesha on Politicians as in Politicians, Inc. Its just that she would write on her agenda and we all well know who sets it.Recommend

  • D Usmani
    Feb 20, 2011 - 6:03AM

    Its all lie about HIMRecommend

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