Some sanity, but the shenanigans go on

Published: February 2, 2012
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

At last some sanity! After four weeks of mounting, and scathing comment in the domestic as well as foreign media, which all of us: politicians; Askari Qiadat particularly the Sipah Salaar-i-Azam and the Spymaster; honourable Justices, and us poor luckless citizens of this wretched country could well have done without, some little sanity. The shenanigans go on, however.

Witness: whilst Mamo/Meemogate is taking its last breaths on a ventilator provided to it by the extension by two months in the term of the Commission, Master Mansoor Ijaz who has had the mightiest in the land dancing to his tuneless tune for the past three months and more, has written a ‘secret’ letter‘ to My Lord the Chief Justice, which has been sealed and locked away in a safe.

Now if this isn’t a red herring I don’t know what is. From making the preposterous demand that the Commission, be-robed Chief Justices; lawyers; clerks; office staff; the protagonists; witnesses and all, travel abroad to hear His Highness, Mansoor Ijaz has left no stone unturned in trying to make monkeys of us all.

Whilst some of us did not fall prey to his shenanigans, some ‘powerful’ TV anchors and certain has-been politicians seemingly in the pay of some ‘institutions’(!) preferred to take what he said as the gospel truth, and said so loudly and garrulously too, simply because it might have caused difficulties for the present federal government. To say that they have egg all over their faces is to understate. But about this, later.

To the ‘secret’ letter. Obviously it contains no new revelations regarding the Murky Memo? Surely Ijaz had revealed all to the Spymaster when he visited him in London and which convinced him and his chief, the Sipah Salaar-e-Azam, that Ijaz was telling the whole truth and nothing but the truth? So much so that they insisted that Ambassador Haqqani be asked to resign despite the fact that the envoy had already offered to do so two weeks prior to his arrival in the Land of the Pure?

So, what was in the letter? Mayhap something against the Pakistan army? Mayhap something against the ISI? What made the honourable Supreme Court seal the letter after Their Lordships had read it? Has Ijaz carried out his threat that even if the Supreme Court should not take cognizance of his revelation that the Spymaster was trolling the Middle East Shiekhdoms for approval if the army removed President Zardari: “You’re damn right they ought to ask that question. If the Supreme Court is not willing to, you can be sure [I will].”  Not for us to say, let us wait for it will out one day, the truth about the letter.

And now about the shrieking red-faced-with-anger, choking-on-their-own-bile anchors and their guests. Their visages are the same today as when the lout Raymond Davis was sprung from jail and winged his way out of Pakistan, helped by all the ‘institutions’ (word used here in the context of the PM’s usage of it!): not only politicians, but even those who lead the Ghairat Brigades. By golly were they bohut ghussa then, just as they are now! They will never learn will they?

That when their xenophobic and ultra ‘patriotic’ rants force their friends in the ‘institutions’ into corners they can’t get out from, everyone loses? How many times will they use bombastic speech and false braggadocio in egging their friends on towards the usual pitfalls into which they have fallen before, embarrassing the country as a whole? I have said it before: if it only shamed them I would not give a toss; it is only when all Pakistanis are tarred and feathered because of ‘their’ stupidities that I care.

As for the ‘spokesmen’ of the ‘institutions’, Shiekh Rashid ‘Tulli’, the most unpleasant of them all, is a sight to behold. For some reason(?!) appearing on at least one channel in a one-on-one interview every night for many nights now, he goes on, sickeningly in the same vein. ‘Muk Mukka’ is a term often used these days, taking over from ‘Bigal Bajnay Wala Hay’, to suggest that the government has caved in to the Deep State by making concessions to it.

A while ago he was advocating an army take-over prompting one to question if he was testing the waters on behalf of his friends. And if so, what was the real intent of the Deep State? Most recently on December 16, ’11, he suggested that the next 72 hours were significant during which anything could happen! He has been wrong on every count since he began pontificating on the political situation in the country from the day he lost repeatedly, both in the general and the bye-elections. It doesn’t take much to deduce just why he is still a favourite of talk-show hosts!

Incidentally, a seminal question remains to be asked and answered fully on Mamo/Meemogate before I inter this quite disgraceful matter: why did the Spymaster, who took it upon himself to investigate the Murky Memo by flying off to London to meet Ijaz himself (despite the fact that Ijaz had said the most horrid things about the Pakistan army and the ISI), not go on to Washington DC to ask what Husain Haqqani had to say for himself? Why did he take the word of a Pakistan/Pakistan army/ISI hater at face value and not even give a chance to a senior functionary of the Pakistan government to explain himself?

It was always the case that the Deep State wanted Haqqani’s scalp for his pro-elected, civilian government stand, isn’t it? And through him, if possible, the President’s scalp too? Can we face the facts for once please?

Fresh in: The Prime Minister is again summoned to the SC on charges of contempt of court. By golly, the majesty of the Honourable Court when it comes to ‘bloody civilian’, elected leaders! When will those who disappear people, or those who imprisoned the judges in their homes also appear in court?

P.S.: Just watch the ‘anchors’ choke on themselves again!

Published in The Express Tribune, February 3rd, 2012.

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Reader Comments (20)

  • ArifQ
    Feb 3, 2012 - 12:55AM

    Memo-gate! R.I.P.


  • Adnan
    Feb 3, 2012 - 1:18AM

    Very well written column once again. Once I saw Sheikh Rasheed on two channels at a time advocating the deep state (may be one or both programs were recorded). I agree with you sir. The ones who are decision-makers in Pakistan will never learn!!


  • Mirza
    Feb 3, 2012 - 1:44AM

    The PCO CJ is hiding the secret letter of American double agent from the nation, why? Only those words of a Pakistan/Pakistan army/ISI hater MI are revealed in which he talks against the elected govt and HH. The rest of it is kept secret and never discussed, why? Would the CJ please explain what purpose it serves to keep the full info secret from nation?


  • non Pakistani
    Feb 3, 2012 - 1:51AM

    what was in it for supreem court?


  • Justice
    Feb 3, 2012 - 3:41AM

    Generals and judges would never let an elected govt function, unless people force them to, which seems quite impossible unless Pres Zardari decides to fight back with full force of his party.


  • Ali Abbas
    Feb 3, 2012 - 4:25AM

    Excellent piece!
    Another example of SC’s selective justice. Shame


  • Disco
    Feb 3, 2012 - 5:32AM

    Sir Kamran, what is your take about the Civil Bureaucracy temperature in this Memo Fiasco, are they behind the democratic dispensation ? As in the past they had also suffered in various ways from the Untouchables. Since not all of them end up like Tariq Aziz, many are victimized and in many cases machiavellians supersedes the competent for top slots.Recommend

  • naeem
    Feb 3, 2012 - 6:55AM

    Hussain Haqani friendship/hositality in America pay back.


  • adnan
    Feb 3, 2012 - 9:02AM

    why SC is not calling generals who imposed martial law in 1999 and imposed emergency again in 2007.why sc is not calling all the generals who were involved in the deal of NRO.


  • Jpy
    Feb 3, 2012 - 12:11PM

    When will those who disappear people, or those who imprisoned the judges in their homes also appear in court? superb comment. If justice was prevailed for the generals also people should have hailed the judiciary


  • Parvez
    Feb 3, 2012 - 1:51PM

    It would be a nice change to hear your views on the performance of this government.


  • Akhtar
    Feb 3, 2012 - 2:33PM

    Nice article


  • Hassan Aftab
    Feb 3, 2012 - 3:52PM

    I stopped watching pakistani TV channels long time ago. Suggest the author do the same.


  • ali hasan
    Feb 3, 2012 - 8:21PM

    judges bias clearly evident in this case


  • Seema Shaikh
    Feb 3, 2012 - 8:39PM

    Excellent article, Bravo! Kamaran Shaffi Sahib. I would like to add few more words just to complement Zardari Sahib, his patience, and tackling the grave situations, when all institutions are collaborated to pull him down from the post of president, He faced all conspiracies hatched against him, then I complement PM Gilani, he did not let the Party down, Judiciary punishing him for being loyal to his party.


  • non Pakistani
    Feb 3, 2012 - 11:16PM

    is there a more competent leader in Pakistan ,never waivered never accepted office from dictators never sighned under pressure to leve the motherland


  • K B Kale
    Feb 4, 2012 - 4:30AM

    I admire Shafisahab for his selection of events, his language & finally his courage to write so directly against the mightiest.
    I am his fan & have introduced his work to my Marathi readers with his & Tribune’s kind permission.
    Keep up the good work, Sir!


  • Dr Azhar mukhtar sindhu
    Feb 4, 2012 - 8:38AM

    Amidst the state of “urgency” supreme court showing on NRO saga ,a question rises why courts did never summon military dictators for multiple contempts on court and constitution they made during their tennures


  • Dilshad
    Feb 4, 2012 - 11:59AM

    Isn’t the present judiciary a beneficiary of sorts too by having taken oath under the first PCO of Musharraf? How come the PCO apply on justice Dogar and fellow judges only? Is this not a type of NRO? But then NRO is for Zaradri & Co only. It need not apply elsewhere. Shenanigans, indeed.


  • Amjad Rana
    Feb 5, 2012 - 8:09PM

    Hats off to KS!


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