Rags to riches and arrogance

Published: June 14, 2012

LAHORE: Malik Riaz rose from a humble background to become the biggest real estate tycoon of Pakistan. He was so used to getting things done as per his desire and he was so close to those who wielded power in the country, that he started believing that they were a means to his ends. The fact is that a part of the ruling elite believes that it is acceptable to indulge in rampant corruption without fear of accountability. So entrenched is this system of belief that this real estate tycoon considered it appropriate to lodge a complaint that the relief he expected to get by allegedly showering favours and cash on a young, well-connected man was not bearing fruit.

It seems that Malik Riaz considers it his right to get judges of his choice to hear criminal or civil suits filed against him. Hundreds of thousands of middle class retirees who invested in the DHA Valley thinking that they were investing money in a project launched by a reliable organisation, were shocked to hear that this project had been handed over to Bahria Town. This man must realise that it is Pakistan which gave him the opportunity to become a billionaire and he should respect its laws. This is a country with laws and a proper Constitution, not a fiefdom where people can abuse the state, its institutions and the Supreme Court and yet expect to get away. Why was Malik Riaz given the protocol and security of a VIP when he arrived from London and again when he went to appear before the SC? Those responsible for giving him this protocol are encouraging such elements who are out to malign the superior judiciary. This is an unpardonable violation of the constitutional obligations of an elected government.

Malik Tariq Ali

Published In The Express Tribune, June 15th, 2012. 

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Reader Comments (5)

  • afzaalkhan
    Jun 15, 2012 - 12:33AM

    Very well said


  • Buzzed
    Jun 15, 2012 - 11:08AM

    This article is missing the point and twisting the context of the whole story.
    No one person or institution is wrong. Anyone with money and/or power in Pakistan is rotten to the core.


  • Horatio Alger
    Jun 15, 2012 - 2:15PM

    Malik Riaz is a Pakistani Horatio Alger, a true rags to riches success story.

    All he did was to figure out how to game the system … to his advantage, of course.

    He is no different from the rest of Pakistanis who bribe to get what they want done … illegally. Go to Driving License office or Passport office to see how ordinary Pakistanis bribe officials and others for illegal advantage.Recommend

  • Irfan
    Jun 15, 2012 - 10:19PM

    There is a saying in english which fits the Bahria magnate which is “He has bitten more than he can chew”. Than there is a Punjabi saying—– Riaz Malik is a bull in a china shop who thinks money can buy everything, Recommend

  • Jun 16, 2012 - 6:15PM

    Illegal gratification,
    giver and taker both are criminals,
    as have seen,this fact have arisen out from this case,
    otherwise you can personally see in the city district courts
    they are giving and taking openly,there is no law break such violation.


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