Don’t knock politics

Published: November 10, 2011
The writer is a columnist, a former major of the Pakistan Army and served as press secretary to Benazir Bhutto

The writer is a columnist, a former major of the Pakistan Army and served as press secretary to Benazir Bhutto

First off, belated felicitations to the army command for returning with speed and alacrity the Indian helicopter that strayed across the ceasefire line into our territory. For those who criticised this, I can only point out that satellite maps have become so advanced and detailed that let alone well-defined defensive lines consisting of watchtowers and bunkers, you can pick up your own house in, say, Shadman, Lahore. I certainly can see my own in Wah Village, complete with the present state of the little land attached to it i.e., ploughed or planted: my lychee tree standing out from the lime. The Indians would scarcely be spying on us, that is!

Now that we have behaved with grace in this matter, is it too much to ask that the ridiculous tamasha that takes place every evening at Wagah be toned down too, as another indicator of our growing maturity and confidence? The preening and the exaggerated drill movements are childish, indeed utterly cretinous. This is not the way self-assured nations behave towards their neighbours. I say to our generals that if the Indians do not want to tone down this needless show of fake and laughable bravado, we should do it unilaterally. Let them get cheap kicks if they want; let us do the right thing.

It’s been said before but needs to be said over and over again: it is rather rich of Imran Khan to ask for politicians’ assets to be made public with accountability to follow, and say nothing about others in our country whose assets need to be scrutinised too: senior military officers and judges.

He should know too, that politicians have to declare their assets to the Election Commission. Indeed, the last time that this happened, an Islamabad NGO quite cavalierly propagated these declarations (that it obtained from sources in the Election Commission) in a report that was made public through the media. I might add that this NGO, let us not be afraid to name it, PILDAT, like Imran, also failed to demand the disclosure of the assets of senior military officers i.e., brigadiers and above, and equivalent ranks in the navy and air force.

Incidentally, all army (and, I suppose, other services) officers have to declare their moveable and immoveable property on Form PAFY 1975 — if memory serves — annually, from the day they are commissioned, to retirement, so that an ‘improvement’ in their fortunes can be noted, and if need be, investigated in cases where there is a sudden increase in their wealth. But, whilst they demand and carry out so-called ‘accountability’ of others when they seize power, God forbid that the brass hats would ever allow their own assets to be known to the general public aka ‘bloody civilians’.

Imran should also know, and if he doesn’t remember, his handlers should remind him, that politicians have always been held ‘accountable’ in this country, one of them, an elected prime minister, even hanged on a trumped-up murder charge by an army dictator. That man’s name was Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, which name, incidentally, Imran invoked several times during his Lahore rally as a great nationalist and a great leader.

So then, the anti-politician politician is getting set to welcome into his party’s fold at least ‘12 former ministers’ alongside several ‘heavyweights’, whatever that means. Does Imran understand that accepting these much-travelled lotas and turncoats who have changed political parties like one would change clothes will do him no credit at all? That lotaism is the worst corruption in politics, for you change loyalties to get rewards: from sitting government’s jobs and patronage, from what are believed to be up and coming political parties such as the PTI, getting on to the bandwagon? Or was it always the case that he said one thing but meant entirely another?

Imran should also stop knocking the democratic system no matter how much he craves quick power… this talk about a civil disobedience movement is silly and should be stopped immediately if not sooner. He should realise that he does not possess a magic wand that he will wave Harry Potter style and Pakistan will begin to fly; that if he does get elected with enough seats to lead the country he will not be able to do it alone. He should realise that if his party gives grief to others, they will give grief to him.

Imran and his brave new ‘politicians’ should thank their lucky stars that they are playing politics in a democratic environment. I mean, all they have to do is look back to the years when army dictators were lording it over us and see how difficult it was for political leaders and workers then, enduring as they had to, imprisonments, and beatings, and exile, and yes, even death by execution.

More than anything else, he should do something about the fact that the allegation that he is the Deep State’s frontman does not pass the smell test. I know for a fact that some senior journalists were approached by the media managers of the Deep State (yes the very same who told Saleem Shahzad that they would inform him in case his name was among those on a terrorist hit list) and asked to write in favour of Imran.

This is wrong, ab initio. Imran should send out the signal that he is no one’s man and ask his ‘well-wishers’ to desist from such blatant and harmful ‘support’.

Poor old Saleem Shahzad’s mention reminds me: could one ask the honourable commission investigating his brutal murder just what is happening on that front? When do we expect the findings? Who are the people who have been interviewed by the commission? Saleem’s dastardly murder was a very cruel blow against Pakistani civil society in general, and crueller still against journalists in particular. As I have said before, My Lord Saqib Nisar has a daunting task indeed. May the Almighty grant him the strength to do right.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 11th,  2011.

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Reader Comments (61)

  • Ali Tanoli
    Nov 10, 2011 - 10:29PM

    For the first i agreed fully sir thank u Mr Shafi sahab.Recommend

  • Ali Tanoli
    Nov 10, 2011 - 10:30PM

    First time i agreed sir. thank u.


  • Shahbaz Asif Tahir
    Nov 10, 2011 - 11:21PM

    First of all, let the corrupt, looters, be taken to task, for their
    blatant acts of money laundering, and plundering. I am sure this will set
    a standard for others to follow..
    The corruption of the government, and opposition, is so rampant, that when
    compared to others, it is like “picking a needle from the hay stack.”
    No lotas are joining Imran. The individuals joining are fed up of Zardari, Nawaz Sharif,
    and their corruption.
    Kamran, even though you continue to speak ill about our establishment, let me assure
    you, it is the only institution, worth mentioning when discussing Pakistan. Every thing
    else with a few exceptions “the less said the better”.
    May Allah Subhana join the hearts of the Muslims, and teach us the best.


  • waqas ahmed
    Nov 10, 2011 - 11:37PM

    retired majors are always jealous of senior army officers. my dad is in the army , and he is pretty senior. and he told me never to trust a major.and he is rite.


  • Bassam
    Nov 10, 2011 - 11:38PM

    The writer is a columnist, a former major of the Pakistan Army and served as press secretary to Benazir Bhutto
    Understandable why the columnist has expressed his annoyance to PTI’s policies.


  • M Usama Kabbir
    Nov 10, 2011 - 11:42PM

    A sane voice. More power to your pen Shafi Sahab !Recommend

  • Taimoor
    Nov 10, 2011 - 11:45PM

    Yawn!! So called analysts sounding like a broken record.


  • Truth Seeker
    Nov 10, 2011 - 11:47PM

    Almighty will certainly grant strength to Lord Saib Nisar, if he displays the courage to seek His help. Otherwise history will repeat itself and this heinous murder will remain shrouded in the usual long list of Pakistani Mysterious Murders.


  • SaudiRules
    Nov 10, 2011 - 11:53PM

    IK is a khaki stooge propped up to take away PML-N’s vote bank! As Bugs Bunny would say “that’s all folks!” Recommend

  • faraz
    Nov 11, 2011 - 12:02AM

    Imran won’t be allowed to come near to foreign and defense policy which act as a life line to the military industrial complex. And accountability of the politicians will never achieve the legitimacy if he leaves out the rest, and generals can’t be held accountable without altering the civil military imbalance. In a recent talk show, the host asked Omer Cheema to utter the words ‘accountability of generals’ but he refused! I am afraid; Imran’s promises would be left unfulfilled.


  • Nadeem
    Nov 11, 2011 - 12:05AM

    Imran should realize that by accepting the Army/ISI as his sponsor, he is implicitly agreeing with the following bedrock beliefs of his sponsors: (a) Army should continue as the most powerful entity in Pakistan, making all policy decisions instead of the elected representatives (b) The main issues of Pakistan’s 180 million people are not access to clean drinking water, education, healthcare, rule of law, joblessness and inflation. Instead, their main issues are a dearth of F-16s, a dearth of atomic bombs, Afghanistan and Kashmir, (c) armed militias must be cultivated and maintained by the state, no matter how many Pakistanis die as a result, and even if it is a complete violation of the constitution. (d) Armed forces must get 70% of the budget without accountability. Too bad that Imran the perennial ‘winner’ is hung up on winning power. I wish he had realized that winning in this context actually means taking the high road whether or not one ever wins political power.


  • Zoaib
    Nov 11, 2011 - 12:23AM

    True, army officers and the judges need to be made accountable as well. But who’s going to do it: Corrupt politicians like Zardari and Nawaz, who are not even able to make themselves accountable in front of the law?


  • Jehanzeb
    Nov 11, 2011 - 12:46AM

    The writer says if Imran “does get elected with enough seats to lead the country he will not be able to do it alone. He should realise that if his party gives grief to others, they will give grief to him.” At the same time he complains that Imran is bringing “former ministers” into PTI, who are cleaner than the leaders of the parties Mr. Shafi says PTI should be soft with for benefits. Do I have to point out the sheer contradiction of this approach?

    Imran Khan has said, “all our candidates will disclose their real assets before representing the party.” Dr Alvi also said, “there is no place in our party for those who have been involved in corruption.”

    As for the army, this is what Imran says: “The Army is as responsible for the decline of this country as any other party. There can be no more holy cows. If we come to power, we’ll put the defense budget before the National Assembly.”


  • tayyab
    Nov 11, 2011 - 1:02AM

    Agree with u , imran khan should come out strongly against the corruption of the deep state , he should categorically deny that the deep state is helping him …..secondly da crooks entering his party , will certainly harm him ….he should stick to his loyals , rather than taking those into the ranks of pti who didnt believe in his politics till 30 oct


  • k. Salim Jahangir
    Nov 11, 2011 - 1:03AM

    @Kamran Shafi….you have said enough against generals & judges… stop it.


  • Zee
    Nov 11, 2011 - 1:46AM

    IK is not even in power. Is this just your way to show he’s worth no good. Just want to be clear on this because what i think, PTI is not even in power, the only thing they can do is talk and mobilize this nation somehow or the other. I dunno about you but I’m sick of hyper inflation, injustice, bloody VIP culture (on the road especially) lets not mention gas electricity and all the other things that we all know of. It was just one jalsa?Recommend

  • F Khan
    Nov 11, 2011 - 1:48AM

    Shafi Sb, the politicians are supposed by law to declare their assets before contesting an election to the EC.So what IK is saying about politicians is understandable because they are custodians to public moneys and the law is binding on them to declare their true assets, which they do not do. The judges and generals are not compelled to do by law.They may be corrupt and would have had gotten illegal money. There is no harm if IK asks the generals, judges and bureaucrats to do the same. Then a law will have to enacted. You have great influence over PPP and PMLN and have served them in different capacity, they are in the parliament,why not advise them to do the same.


  • umair malik
    Nov 11, 2011 - 2:18AM

    now these so called columnist’s are after imran khan to defame him…..


  • Realist.
    Nov 11, 2011 - 2:24AM

    The Revolution of Lotas!


  • Shahid Jamil
    Nov 11, 2011 - 2:58AM

    But, whilst they demand and carry out so-called ‘accountability’
    of others when they seize power, God forbid that the brass
    hats would ever allow their own assets to be known to the
    general public aka ‘bloody civilians’.

    So now that the politicians are in charge why don’t they hold the establishment figures accountable? Who has stopped them except for their own vulnerabilities? Why does People party who have been holding power at the center for nearly four years now, is in charge of the establishment, and with whom the author was affiliated in the past, not take care of the corrupt establishment? Why not? The problem is that those who live in glass houses simply cannot throw stones at others and hence the establishment gets a free ride. So please stop blaming this, that and the other. Look at your self first. Ask your elected representatives to do the right thing and if they cannot then leave and if they do not then at least say so and condemn them instead of continuing to support them. But stop complaining and offering pointless excuses, finger pointing and blaming others. Enough is enough.


  • gp65
    Nov 11, 2011 - 4:01AM

    @Shahbaz Asif Tahir:
    “First of all, let the corrupt, looters, be taken to task, for their
    blatant acts of money laundering, and plundering. I am sure this will set
    a standard for others to follow..
    The corruption of the government, and opposition, is so rampant, that when
    compared to others, it is like “picking a needle from the hay stack.”

    Really? The defense spending is 50% of tax revenues collected and yet it comes a a 1 line budget item. How do you know that the corruption in the army is like picking needles in a haystack?
    The sons and daughters of senior armed force officers are all studying abroad in UK and USA. How come they got the money to do that? It is very rare for kids of Indian armed forces to do that unless they got a scholarship.


  • shafi sb
    Nov 11, 2011 - 5:15AM

    If politicians ever want to expect holding army accountable, they need to hold themselves accountable first, only way for them to gain authority is to gain “moral authority”.


  • Non conformist
    Nov 11, 2011 - 5:17AM

    @k.Salim Jahangir:
    Why do you want certain crore commanders and judges to be treated as sacred cows?They are very much a part of the society and their ills, especially their institutional ills must be exposed. The discerning among the ‘bloody civilians’ already know that as an institution, the deep state has much to account for. The tragic murder of Bugti being just one of the many examples. I really find it disturbing when the intelligence and perceptive abilities of the general public are held in doubt by the deep state. It is simply unacceptable on part of the deep state to think that the general public does not know what is good (or bad) for them. They in fact, know it better. This is not to say that all generals and all judges are insane. There are indeed quite a few heroes among them. But treating them like infallible creatures who can think no evil and do no evil is like befooling oneself. Their conduct should be as much be scrutinized as of any other institution. Reminds me of Voltaire who said that “I may not agree with what you say but I ll defend to death your right to say it?”


  • Tariq
    Nov 11, 2011 - 5:51AM

    Imran needs to elaborate his views about the institutionalized corruption that prevails amongst our civil bureaucrats and top khaki brass. The loot of state lands and expensive urban real estate to these paid servants cannot be legitimised merely by making allotments beyond one plot achieve a regularity, just be these very people making this kosher as per rules framed by themselves. What about the welfare of common men, women, orphans and widows by the state?. The British gave such allotments because they were occupying a country and wanted to buy loyalties of few natives. It is time the paid servants reform themselves.


  • Nov 11, 2011 - 6:20AM

    i do not have any hope from Imran Khan , it is because unles he does not have command on F/Policy of Pakistan he will be only playing in the hands of the always powerful establishment. He has never such power to make accoutable the resposibles of today’s Pakistan. I read Kamran Shafi,he says correct and always pointing out the real mistakes of the rulers who make this country’s bad name. Untill or unless Imran Khan do not get the power to make accoutable the real resposibles he will never be called a great leader. But I can never believe that Imran could be that much honest and brave as needed. He will be able only to serve for a limited community as happened before.Recommend

  • Joginder
    Nov 11, 2011 - 7:05AM

    Thank you, Sir, for mentioning the “tamasha” at Wagah. I’ve seen it once. It was beyond ridiculous. It was more like a circus. Those poor guys having to swing their legs up so high it seemed they were trying to knock their foreheads with their knees, for pity’s sake! I’ve also drilled a bit during my college days in the National Cadet Corps but this was like nothing we’d ever been taught or seen. That I was glad when it ended is an understatement.
    And another thanks Sir, for giving us he word “lotaism”. This word ought to greatly enrich the sub-continental lexicon, considering the large number of these utensils rolling around in our own parliament and state legislatures!


  • Wellwisher
    Nov 11, 2011 - 7:10AM

    @Shahbaz Asif Tahir:
    Kamran, even though you continue to speak ill about our establishment, let me assure
    you, it is the only institution, worth mentioning when discussing Pakistan. Every thing
    else with a few exceptions “the less said the better”.
    It is an illusion. What is happening in the Establishment including its commercial wing is well guarded secret. But in all other civilian departments almost all matters are made public. That makes the difference.
    How many know the Pakistan Army lost all the wars with India! And why and how Bangladesh was born? What action was taken against the persons responsible for Pakistan’s division?
    Negatives of Establishment are concealed by fabricating the history. Recommend

  • Pakistani Baloch
    Nov 11, 2011 - 7:15AM


    First isnt it the political class which should hold the other institutions of the state accountable? Parliament is supreme. Right? So shoud’nt we hold the politicians accountable for not standing up against the establishment? Let me tell you, the problem is that since these politicians themselves are characterless and ruthlessly corrupt they would never ever dare to stand up against the establishment. So we need someone who is upright and honest and then we might make some progress in this regard

    Secondly why dont you criticise Zardari and his PPP who keeps on bowing further and further down infront of the khakis? Instead you are trying to target Imran Khan who is atleast talking about the suffering of the Baloch people? He even said that on 30th October that the Federation has treated Balochistan as a colony.Who was he referring to? Establishment right?

    For the Baloch people Imran khan is a hundred times better than Zardari who we know now is the biggest stooge of the establishment and would never think about challenging the establishment on its Balochistan policy. With Imran Khan we have hope. He is upright and has the guts so he could be different.


  • Shahbaz Asif Tahir
    Nov 11, 2011 - 9:10AM


    Money spent on defense is essential, and cannot be reduced. You have a
    very hostile neighbor, in the East, who has yet to reconcile with the reality of
    Partition. I still say that it is the rampant corruption of the politicians that is bringing
    disgrace to Pakistan. After all several have received kickbacks in defense deals, which
    are not accounted for. Would you like to comment on that?
    How come several of their children are living on ill gotten money abroad, and have huge
    amounts in anonymous accounts abroad? Look at the expenditure of their palaces, in which
    they live, or the amount spent on their foreign trips. Witness for instance their security
    expenses. Now ask them where on earth they got all this money. How much of taxes have
    they paid.


  • Shahbaz Asif Tahir
    Nov 11, 2011 - 9:24AM


    Mr Well wisher,

    Pakistan captured Azad Kashmir, from India, in the war of 1948,
    How come you forgot to mention that? Was that a defeat or victory?
    In 1965, despite facing serious logistical issues, Pakistan forced a ceasefire, and halted
    the Indian troops, with great pride. Who can forget Raja Aziz Bhatti, shaheed, and the way
    Lahore was defended? You again forgot to mention that. Was that a defeat?
    In 1971, the army was betrayed by a very big political drama, between ZAB, Mujib,
    and Indira Gandhi. ZAB master minded that debacle, since he refused to accept the reality
    of his defeat in the 1970 elections. ZAB deceitfully forced the army, to refuse to hand over
    power to Mujib, the rightful winner of the 1970 elections. The rest is history.
    Allah Subhana alone knows the best.


  • Kafka
    Nov 11, 2011 - 9:40AM

    Dear Sir, in the last para, you ask about the investigation into Saleem Shahzad’s murder. If I am not mistaken, we still do not know about the facts behind the first high profile murder of Liaqat Ali Khan in this country, and all the others after that. Forget Saleem shahzad, raat gai baat gai. That is how we live in this land of the pure.


  • Rehana Batool
    Nov 11, 2011 - 9:53AM

    Mr. Kamran Shari writes well but that ends there. His arguments against Imran Khan are naive and his tone disparaging. His pretension that Imran has handlers behind him shows a poor judgment on his part to see and acknowledge that the real handlers behind Imran Khan are no other but the multitudes of mass flocking to him. Secondly, Imran is certainly not selective in applying his crusade against different organs of the state. When he talks about weeding out corruption, he means corrpution everywhere, including army as an institution. He is targeting politicians because they are the ones who could have eliminated or reduced incidence of corrpution in their times of power but rather than doing the needful, they became part of it. I am 200 per cent sure that once Imran comes to power, he would fight against corruption at all levels and within every organisation. If he can criticise the launching of military operation in the tribal areas and the continuing policy of drone attacks, he can also take on head-on corruption with the army if it exists there.


  • RizwanTKhan
    Nov 11, 2011 - 10:10AM

    Yet again another column by the writer against PTI. After reading the links of the writer now I fully understand the reason of his biased columns against PTI. Nice picture though.


  • Truth Seeker
    Nov 11, 2011 - 10:26AM

    @ Shahbaz Asif Tahir:
    Allah is not ‘God of Muslims” alone, He is God of the whole universe, so let Him look after Non Muslims also ,because He knows Muslims can hardly look after themselves and so are unable to look after others.
    In 1965 check UNO records to learn as to who begged for Cease Fire. In 1971 war have you ever considered as to why God did not come to the rescue of poor Pakistanis who were being targetted by the enemies of Pakistan. History is not what we like, but most of the time it is what we detest. ZAB did not deceive the army, both army and ZAB used each other.


  • MAD
    Nov 11, 2011 - 11:43AM

    @waqas ahmed:

    I know majors and colonels always have it in for their superiors. i suppose it ebcause they were passed over due to incompetence.


  • Beyghairat Pakistani
    Nov 11, 2011 - 12:35PM

    Well said … Sir.
    It is death of another idea of Inqalab in Pakistan.
    Look at number of turncoats coming to his party nowadays.
    Who forced turncoats to leave or join a party is a OPEN SECRET in Pakistan
    We as a nation can not foresee but repent after seeing the result of a mistake.
    But still we donot learn.

    He and his followers love to compare himself/him with ZA Bhutto.
    Imran is not even close to shoes of ZA Bhutto.


  • Arifq
    Nov 11, 2011 - 1:55PM

    Why is the editorial staff allowing personal attacks on the writer? Decorum is a must. Kamran Shafi, I have been reading your articles from the days you were contributing for The Dailytimes, all credit to you Sir for being steadfast against our homegrown monsters may it be establishment, corrupt politicians or marauding barbarians called Taliban, hats off to you Sir. As for Khan Sahib, he has always been establishment darling who failed on debut but has made a strong comeback thanks to the ineptitude of the current crop of political leadership and little help from his friends. Still waiting for the day when Khan sahib becomes a true leader who condems suicide bombings and those responsible instead of using populist statements by blaming the West for all ills.


  • kamran
    Nov 11, 2011 - 2:06PM

    Great writing … I agree totally !


  • Wellwisher
    Nov 11, 2011 - 2:22PM

    @Shahbaz Asif Tahir:

    So called nonstate actors supported by your establishment started marching into Kashmir. Kashmir ruler called upon India for their rescue. Hence after signing Accession Instrument, India intervened and halted the progress of supposed nonstate actors. This is the history anybody can verify in the internet.
    Bangladesh was not born solely due to ZAB’s non acceptance of 1970-71 election verdict but also due to the atrocities of the then Pakistan Army.
    *Pakistan Army is not invincible and messiah for anything and everything. If the secrecy surrounding the Army is lifted and they are made accountable to the civilian authorities you will come to know of everything GOOD it has done to Pakistan. *
    Try to read everything about Pakistan History not the one you like the most.


  • Nasrat Baloch
    Nov 11, 2011 - 3:25PM

    Change should come from the top to the bottom. The present system of this country is in state of a total decay. Corruption is penetrated in the veins of of every one and I mean every one here; be it a peon or a top bureaucrat, be it laborer or Industrialist, be it a common political worker or a political leader and the list goes to our own selves. I have been observing this system for more than three decades now and seen it more deteriorating after every new govt. It is because faces of people have been changing not the system it self. We have seen various Govts with various slogans but when they came to power situation got worsened.The political party goes to masses with attractive slogans and wins the elections. so what? they never get the real power/authority from the “certain powerfull quarters” to freely govern the country nevertheless conspiracies to destabilize it start from the day one.The media is always there to help those “quarters”. Imran Khan should consider these bitter realities also.We need a revolution but not change of faces now; it should be a major surgery of whole system -be it establishment, extremism,media,businessmen and politicians. A REAL CHANGE.


  • S R kothari
    Nov 11, 2011 - 3:58PM

    @Ali Tanoli:
    We are so used to acrimonious behaviour from both sides, that the prompt gesture of the Pakistani authorities to release the Indian Army chopper and personell has earned them lot of respect here in India. Both sides are unduely worked up regarding intentions of other, and unnecessarily focus on the negatives of of the other side.
    I also completely agree regarding the false posturing at Wagah. The stupidity should be stopped immediately; both have bigger priorities to attend to.


  • Meekal Ahmed
    Nov 11, 2011 - 4:00PM


    Excellent — as always.

    I wish ALL of us would stop using the word “eliminate” before the word: corruption. No country has succeeded in eliminating corruption, not even the Nordic countries which come out on top. There is corruption everywhere. What we need to be saying is we will develop institutions that will address corrruption. That is what we need in all walks of our lives: institutions that are sound, credible, independent, impartial and which can deliver.


  • rehan
    Nov 11, 2011 - 4:38PM

    Writer sahib, you have written:”It’s been said before but needs to be said over and over again: it is rather rich of Imran Khan to ask for politicians’ assets to be made public with accountability to follow, and say nothing about others in our country whose assets need to be scrutinised too: senior military officers and judges.”…
    But you yourself are doing the same thing… asking ONLY Imran Khan not to knock off the Govt… Are you aware that Sharifs and other politicians are more anxious to knock off the present govt as well.. you did not bother to name Sharifs in your precious advise….. of not knocking off the Govt….

    I find your writings very biased. sorry sir, i do not agree.


  • Ali Tanoli
    Nov 11, 2011 - 5:49PM

    @S R Kothari,
    Yes sir i agreed they should finish wagah jokers.


  • bahraini
    Nov 11, 2011 - 6:04PM

    Agreed. It is a well known fact that he is a Nawaz man through and through.


  • Shahbaz Asif Tahir
    Nov 11, 2011 - 7:09PM


    Your assessment is absurd. India deceived everyone and annexed Kashmir,
    through a secret understanding with the Dogra chief. Pakistan recaptured Azad Kashmir,
    in 1948, and have bravely held on to it since then. No one is calling Pakistan army,
    invincible, but they are a thoroughly professional army, ready to deter any aggression,
    and face any challenge.
    Yes ZAB master minded the debacle of 1971, and the mukti bayani, (trained Indian army
    insurgents) committed atrocities, which have been blamed on the Pakistan army.
    Read the Hamood ur Rahman commission report, that ZAB had appointed to
    investigate the debacle, and you will find the truth for your self.
    More over see the clips, of ZAB speeches in the way he refused to concede defeat
    in the 1970 elections. Some of his speeches and I quote ” I will break their legs”,
    and ” tum wahan hum yahan” are some instances that you need to know.
    How come those who consider them selves proponents of democracy forget this?Recommend

  • R. Khan
    Nov 11, 2011 - 7:36PM

    Excellent Article as usual from KS!


  • MD
    Nov 11, 2011 - 7:44PM

    @waqas ahmed
    retired majors are always jealous of senior army officers. my dad is in the army , and he is pretty senior. and he told me never to trust a major.and he is rite.

    That means your dad never served in the army as a major or its equalent rank and after getting trained in the military academy directly appointed as very senior officer. If your dad had ever served as a major, then, how come he suddenly became a trustworthy man once promoted to a senior rank?
    Could you please enlighten us?


  • Engr.Mohsin Raza
    Nov 11, 2011 - 7:55PM

    So Kamran Shafi, “the former Press secretary of B.B”, is finally bringing the skeletons out of closet as he warned PTI in his previous article ” Welcome Imran”.

    Agreed that all the institutions, including Army and Judiciary, should be accountable but it is funny that the author demands PTI (a party which even did not contest in elections) to scrutinize the assets of Army Officers and Senior Judges, rather than asking the PPP (the ruling party, who is responsible to do so and to which author belonged). If the author has dared to speak against Army Generals, he should gather some courage too and ask his party head to himslef bell the cat. As, at the end of the day, it is the responsibility of the ruling party, PPP and not that of PTI to ensure transparency in all institutions and at all levels.


  • grinz09
    Nov 11, 2011 - 8:35PM

    @Shahbaz Asif Tahir:

    Well said!


  • grinz09
    Nov 11, 2011 - 8:46PM

    @Engr.Mohsin Raza:
    Note he is a Nawaz man. Keep in mind that Imran has scared the daylights out of PML N. Thus this comment.


  • mazhar
    Nov 11, 2011 - 9:08PM

    wow. u hit the nail on the head sir.
    i wd ve liked to see the title as “————— and ……the CRICKETERS”.

  • Ali Wazir
    Nov 11, 2011 - 9:17PM

    All Fire and brimstone for PTI a party you wrote off till recently and in the opposition yet still not a word against your beloved PPP which is in power if you cared to notice…
    As for Imran and the army he is the only politician saying war crimes were done by our boys on Mushi behest in the tribal areas and Baluchistan and we civilian are suffering most of the blow back. He also went as far as to say that the defense budget should be discussed in the parliament and if he is “instructed” by the GHQ of Foreign affairs or defense his government will resign. He also has said multiple times publically that keeping militant groups was a mistake. Personally I think he should not be so upfront about what he thinks about the army, he has made far too many enemies in the old guard (like shafi sahab) as it is….. Recommend

  • shahid
    Nov 11, 2011 - 11:22PM

    Amusing defence of corruption, everybody knows how the legal requirements of asset-declaration are untruthfully fulfilled. Yet the honourable writer is taking the same unconvincing line without any substance. Secondly, no one can dispute the demand for across the board accountability but the tone and tenor of this piece is more about the advocacy of one corrupt section–politicians. It sounds like saying: look how “vulnerable” the poor politicians are, though they are not the only corrupt BUT they are maligned alone. So,this line of argument doesn’t deny existence of corrupt-politicians. It just portrays them as the hapless victim of weakness. One would like to ask why loot and plunder is being considered as natural right of the political class? Why instead of demanding universal application, some are out there to defend one particular gang. Is democracy a licence for loot and plunder? And if they are supporting relatively weak looters, why they DO NOT STAND WITH THE REALLY POOR PEOPLE OF PAKISTAN? WHO ARE PAYING THE PRICE OF EVERYONE’S CORRUPTION???


  • k. Salim Jahangir
    Nov 12, 2011 - 9:13PM

    @Non conformist…….Have a heart….Kamran Shafi has been writing & saying the same thing in several talk shows for the last four years,now it is repulsive. KS…say something new. Mr./Ms. Non conformist,kindly do let us know your name.


  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Nov 12, 2011 - 11:57PM

    I think the establishment and Jack Boots are more happy with the lot they are now ruling with. Mr. IK is only being used as a tissue paper and threatening factor against PML-N leadership which was quite popular only a few weeks before the show of IK at Minar e Pakistan which was certainly co-sponsored both by JI and we all know who …….Anyhow with this royal rumble wrestling between all political parties will ultimately end up with some type of technocratic government.


  • yo yo maan
    Nov 14, 2011 - 6:35AM

    Please someone help Imran …tell him Lotas will be his downfall…he should just give tickets to people with a good track record…


  • K-2 Base camp
    Nov 15, 2011 - 3:41PM

    well said Kamran Shafi..

    This will be fair demand that all the public officer holders should declare there assets, Genrals and Judges and secrataries …


  • Iced
    Nov 15, 2011 - 10:34PM

    I read some of the comments to the article with amusement. As an average Indian, I struggle to understand the paranoia that exists within a section of the Pakistani populace about the “hostile neighbor to the East”, and how India never reconciled to the idea of an independent Pakistan. Given the state of the economy in Pakistan and the hole it has dug itself into, there is very little desire within India to merge the two countries. In fact, the Indian govt. and the “aam aadmi” are concerned with the deteriorating law and order situation as well as the economic meltdown in Pakistan, as an unstable Pakistan will drag India down with it. We wish our neighbors well and hope you can sort out the mess that you have created, but please quit the paranoia.

    Mr Shafi is making a point, every one is entitled to an opinion. Don’t diss the writer just because his opinion is different from yours.


  • Shahbaz Asif Tahir
    Nov 17, 2011 - 9:18AM


    India has never ever come to terms with the reality of Partition, nor do they intend
    to do so in the foreseeable future. They are constantly plotting to destabilize Pakistan,
    and there is ample evidence on this.
    I have several relatives and friends, from India, but their mentality is very similar to the
    typical allegations I have stated.


  • Iced
    Nov 18, 2011 - 8:18AM

    @ Shahbaz:
    Frankly I think that the vast majority of Indians have moved on, from competing/comparing vs. Pakistan. Its also important to note that the impact of partition was predominantly felt in parts of North and East (Bengal) India, the impact on Southern and Western India was not as significant. As a result there exists a significant number of Indians to whom Partition is just something they read about in books and hence don’t carry any of that emotional trauma with them. To generalize that India has never come to terms with the reality of Partition is not correct. The overwhelming focus of Indians is to improve their economic well being, which is why the discussions within government and the intelligentsia is focused on China, not Pakistan. I repeat, we wish Pakistan behaved as a responsible neighbor and moved on from harping about Kashmir. But there is no desire to reverse Partition. We wish Pakistan well.


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