PM appoints son-in-law to key World Bank post

Published: December 15, 2012
Official sources said that Ashraf appointed his son-in-law to the post by using his discretionary powers. PHOTO: AFP/ FILE

Official sources said that Ashraf appointed his son-in-law to the post by using his discretionary powers. PHOTO: AFP/ FILE


Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf has appointed his son-in-law Raja Azeemul Haq to the prestigious post of Executive Director (ED) of the World Bank in Washington.

Official sources said that Ashraf appointed his son-in-law to the post by using his discretionary powers.

Press Secretary to the Prime Minister, Shafqit Jalil told The Express Tribune that the premier approved the summary for appointing Raja Azeem as the executive director of the World Bank, adding that there was nothing unusual about the move.

The decision was taken despite resistance shown by Finance Minister Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, who tried to convince the premier to change his decision.

Officials said that the finance minister told the premier that his son-in-law was “junior” for such an important position. The official added that the concerned people could not resist the move beyond a certain point and the premier eventually put his foot down.

Furthermore, Economic Affairs Division (EAD), the department which was asked to formally move the summary by the prime minister’s Principal Secretary Ayub Qazi, also opposed the move. The department suggested that a head-hunting committee or selection board should be formulated under the Establishment Division to select a suitable candidate.


Competency of the candidate               

Raja Azeem is currently serving in the PM Secretariat as the additional secretary on a grade 21 post, a position that a civil servant usually gets after serving for two to three decades.

Raja Azeem allegedly got ‘out of turn’ promotions. Belonging to the Income Tax Group, he was inducted in the Employees Old-age Benefit Institution in BPS-20 and then was promoted to BPS-21.

ED’s responsibilities

The ED gets an annual salary of $220,000 (roughly Rs21 million) and is appointed for a three-year-period. Currently, Javed Talat, a former career bureaucrat, is serving as the ED. Posted in November 2008, Talat was on extension till further orders.

The ED represents constituency of seven nations on the World Bank’s Board. The constituency comprises Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Tunisia, Morocco, Ghana and Algeria. The ED and Alternate Executive Director (AED) rotate between Pakistan and Algeria after every two years.

The job of the ED and AED is to defend development projects of all seven countries on the WB Board, providing input on macroeconomic reports relating to the constituent countries, giving opinions on global economic issues and defending the quotas and voting rights of the constituency. The ED or AED is also supposed to establish contacts with executive directors of the United States, China, Japan, France, Germany and the EU constituency to protect Islamabad’s interests.

The appointment requires endorsement from other constituent countries and, according to an official of the finance ministry, the World Bank too has its own system to ensure merit before confirming such appointments.

Furthermore, the appointment requires endorsement of the finance ministers of the constituent countries and any member can object to the appointment due to a candidate’s incompetency.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 15th, 2012.

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  • i like it
    Dec 15, 2012 - 5:08AM

    our PM is smart enough to understand that the other countries will oppose his SIL’s appointment and PM gets brownie points from his wife and daughter for looking out for the family.. so happy end for everyone…. ohh right, i forgot about rules, ethics and morality…


  • Sheikh
    Dec 15, 2012 - 5:37AM

    Stop referring to this puppet of a ‘Prime Minister’ as ‘premier’.


  • Dec 15, 2012 - 5:57AM

    Hope someone (/country) vetos this.


  • Satan
    Dec 15, 2012 - 6:01AM

    Well Deserved! :)


  • Falcon
    Dec 15, 2012 - 6:05AM

    Has PM even thought about the embarrassment it would bring to the country when bureaucrats from World Bank and other countries will turn down this appointment?


  • Usman
    Dec 15, 2012 - 6:14AM

    Lets see Kamran Shafi try to explain this one.


  • Parvez Amin
    Dec 15, 2012 - 6:16AM

    Appointment of close relatives is best avoided, as it is likely to draw criticism, no matter what the merit. Surely in Pakistan there are many candidates available on merit for the job. If the selection was made from many meritorious candidates, the media will do well to publish details of the selection procedure- if any was followed. Selecting the son-in-law an merit may or may not be defencsible, but out right appointment surely needs analysis.


  • Faisal Sheikh
    Dec 15, 2012 - 6:18AM

    You forgot to add a supplemental allowance of around $180,000 thati s paid annually to exective director to cover expenses


  • alphamale
    Dec 15, 2012 - 6:35AM

    Simply disgusting and reprehensible. REVERSE THIS DECISION IMMEDIATELY. This is the HEIGHT of conflict of interest.


  • Umair
    Dec 15, 2012 - 7:14AM

    Long live democracy. None of this happened under Mushrraf.


  • Jehangir
    Dec 15, 2012 - 7:24AM

    Shame on us for keeping such low life characters as our leaders. Please vote for change. Vote for betterment of our great country. Vote for PTI.


  • Ash Kanazi
    Dec 15, 2012 - 7:52AM

    Banksters and their favors on our leaders while we are pushed deeper into debt.


  • Zakarya Manto
    Dec 15, 2012 - 8:06AM

    No one will Veto this. When our own ‘elected’ officials don’t take any of this serious, why would any other country bother?

    Did you not know – to these people, being in Pakistani government is just a quicker way to earn billions of dollars (which is safer and easier than robbing banks). And of course, we deserve to have such people run our country – after all, our masses elected them.


  • Aamir - Toronto
    Dec 15, 2012 - 8:35AM

    Don’t be surprised, we deserve it !!!!!!


  • Noble Tufail
    Dec 15, 2012 - 8:57AM

    all what ashraf did was very much expected .. but do we have processes/SOPs in place to hold pm accountable in parliament/courts for such erroneous performance?


  • H.A. Khan
    Dec 15, 2012 - 9:10AM

    This is un-acceptable and the limit. It seems the PM of Pakistan think they are demi gods and can do what ever and get away with it. This is the hight of bad governance.


  • Baba Ji
    Dec 15, 2012 - 10:20AM

    Shushhhhh …. you chose them you bear them … no more “cheekhain” !!!! reap the fruits of democracy now …Recommend

  • True Picture
    Dec 15, 2012 - 10:27AM

    I love democracy :)


  • Aftab Nabi
    Dec 15, 2012 - 11:10AM

    So, what new? !! The more things change, the more they remain the same .


  • nadeem
    Dec 15, 2012 - 11:44AM

    The Raja PM obviously thinks he is living in the 19th century, where he can first get away with false promises on ending load shedding, and then appoint an undeserving family member to a lucrative position.


  • Mustafa Kamal
    Dec 15, 2012 - 11:47AM

    Lolz.. And the Pakistanis claim CSS is the most transparent way of getting success!!


  • Usman786
    Dec 15, 2012 - 11:55AM

    this news was broken by ET many months ago. Why not discussed on elec media to expose things done in good faith like ex Pm Gilani.


  • gp65
    Dec 15, 2012 - 12:01PM

    All those assigning this clearly poor and corrupt decision to democracy are wrong. This is a wrong decision by this person. The power of democracy would be if civil society and media bring enough pressure to make him reverse this decision. An example was seen recwently in your own country when Shahbaz Sharif’s son in law was made accountable in the bakery case.
    Elections every five years is necessary not sufficient to call a country democracy. In India so many of our minister’s were forced to be prosecuted and in jail due to corruption, CM and other senior federal cabinet ministers had to leave their jobs when they failed to perform their roles. Anengaged and active citizenry is the heart of a democracy and you all should make it difficult for this decision to stick.

    As far as comparing to Musharraf – clearly he had scores of isues. The current Balochistan issue can be laid to his door as also Kargill fiasco as also the decision to get into the war on terror and leasing your own air bases for that purpose, handing over hundreds of Pakistani citizens without due process to US in liew of bounty is also what he did.IF he is so good why does he not have the courage to even return to Pakistan after having made bold claims that he will return by MArch 23 2012 no matter what? ANd if one talks of general army rule then the unnecessary war of 1965 (which you are falsely told you won and falsely told that India started it), the division of your country in 1971, the participation in Afghan war for dollars and rials and the consequent drug and gun culture in Pakistan are all the gifts of army rule.

    You all have not experienced the main benefit of democracy i.e you can trow out non performers. Once parties start to see a correlation, they will start to be more responsive in Pakistan also. One government completing its full term and making way for a differnentgovernment has simply not happened in Pakistan as yet. SO the problem is not f democracy, it is of immature democracy due to frequent interruptions.

    Good luck. Hope things get better.Recommend

  • asim
    Dec 15, 2012 - 12:08PM

    The WB has not raised any objection?


  • PTI Mardan
    Dec 15, 2012 - 12:09PM

    He should have made him a CEO of rental power companyRecommend

  • ishrat salim
    Dec 15, 2012 - 12:21PM


    And Mirza Saheb….


  • Learner
    Dec 15, 2012 - 12:46PM

    Waiting for the Mirzas and the Kamran Shafis of the world to comment on this.


  • Asim Ali
    Dec 15, 2012 - 12:56PM

    This one is for the media. As it keeps clocking more advertisements. Democracy is what the media loves.


  • Dec 15, 2012 - 12:57PM

    Come on Raja Sahab, act and behave like PM of Pakistan not like the PM of Raja clan.


  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Dec 15, 2012 - 1:01PM

    Pakistan has kingdom and not democracy.

    Every one either he or she sits on the treasury or opposition benches is a King or a Queen, but with the change of the governments, these Kings and Queens are changed from time to time.

    People of Pakistan are in search of democracy which is far from their imagination.

    Democarcy in Pakistan will only come when the government will be run by the middle and working class people and NOT by those political leaders who have their own kingdoms which are their constituencies.

    I am think as what will happen when “All the Kings Horses And All The Kings Men Will Not Be Able To Put Humpty Dumpty Together Again”?


  • Thor
    Dec 15, 2012 - 1:02PM

    “Make hay, while the sun shines”Recommend

  • Dec 15, 2012 - 1:07PM

    DeMOCKracy is the best revenge.


  • Farhan Khan
    Dec 15, 2012 - 1:24PM

    “To victors belongs spoil” Andrew Jackson.


  • Humdard
    Dec 15, 2012 - 1:29PM

    So the establishment wants their own person at the prestigeous post.


  • Traveller
    Dec 15, 2012 - 2:06PM

    Wrong decision by a WORN PERSON


  • Latif
    Dec 15, 2012 - 2:16PM

    Karachi is shutdown today and for ET it is not a worthy news….why?


  • Liaqat Ali
    Dec 15, 2012 - 2:43PM

    I condemn the appoinmtnet .But will take hudreds of such if we can avoid one Musharraf.
    By the way who appointed Musharraf and who kept giving him extensions?So to appoint himself and ward himself un limited extenions is somehow better than appointing relatives?Come on give me a break.


  • meekal a ahmed
    Dec 15, 2012 - 2:52PM


    You are misinformed. The World Bank does not approve these appointments just as the IMF does not approve appointments on their side. This is the EXECUTIVE BOARD we are speaking of. The Bank does not intefere in the staffing of the ED’s Office.

    As a matter of courtesy and procedure, Pakistan should have sent nominations of say 3 persons and allow the ED (presently from Algeria) to chose the most suitable candidate. It seems this was not done in this case so that they will be saddled with a government nominee who seems to have absolutely NO experience and/or background in what is a pretty demanding position.

    I feel sorry for the Office of the ED since it is a small office and the work-load has to be shared by all. Same in the IMF. Sending people there with no knowledge/experience or who are simply incompetent has disasterous consequences for the quality of the work and hurts staff morale.Recommend

  • Lost
    Dec 15, 2012 - 3:05PM

    @meekal a ahmed:
    Ok, if you are such a well informed person, what do you suggest we do about this rubbish that is going on with Pakistan?


  • sgrr
    Dec 15, 2012 - 4:01PM

    The post is a political posts and Mr. Meekal who also served one of like post in past knows better, how the appointments are made over there, and how to be nominated from here. May be his relationship was not disclosed by media at that time as media was not so independent at that time.


  • Sharjeel Jawaid Jawaid
    Dec 15, 2012 - 4:02PM

    After all we are supposed to reap the fruits of democracy.


  • killer
    Dec 15, 2012 - 4:04PM

    DEMOCRACY is the best revenge….long live bureaucracy


  • meekal a ahmed
    Dec 15, 2012 - 4:11PM


    You are misinformed. The World Bank has nothing to do with appointments in the Office of the Executive Director (ED). They can appoint pretty much who they want.

    The same applies to the IMF.

    However, the correct procedure is for the government to send the ED nominations and let him decide. Evidently that has not happened in this case.Recommend

  • Polpot
    Dec 15, 2012 - 4:14PM

    Pakistan is a meritocracy
    Let no one doubt that.


  • Tahir
    Dec 15, 2012 - 4:21PM

    Is this is the same guy who was addressing like “Alhamdulilah Motrama aaj duniya mai nhe hain” lolz


  • Amin Khan
    Dec 15, 2012 - 4:28PM

    He is a CSP officer. So I guess he is qualified for this post. Being junior doesnt imply you cant be eligible. All appointments are political – so cant understand the fuss.


  • ishrat salim
    Dec 15, 2012 - 4:39PM

    Even though opposed by the Finance minister & EAD; yet the PM ( who himself is accused in RPP case – this can happen only in Pakistan )….approved his SIL appointment as ED in WB…this can happen only in Pakistan…


  • Dec 15, 2012 - 4:42PM

    @Sharjeel Jawaid Jawaid: Sir, it’s not us who is reaping anything, we are just the dumb spectators. No reaping, no tasting just carrying it for them like donkeys.


  • Aftab Nabi
    Dec 15, 2012 - 4:44PM

    Cabinet Secreatry Nargis Sethi’s husband is posted to IMF. Now, Raja saheb has followed suit. So, what is the fuss about ? !!


  • ishrat salim
    Dec 15, 2012 - 4:59PM


    Kamran Shafi, Mirza Sb & the likes will never comment on such issues…..they can only criticize & bash our Armed forces & judiciary…….


  • PPP
    Dec 15, 2012 - 5:02PM

    What a decision on pure merit !!
    All hail the PM


  • PPP
    Dec 15, 2012 - 5:08PM

    And thats how you murder “Merit”


  • kanwal
    Dec 15, 2012 - 5:21PM

    I wish my father was PM too. Alas


  • ALBA
    Dec 15, 2012 - 5:29PM

    We all should respect our prime minister and back his decisions. No need to get so hyped up. Lets not forget that we were the ones who elected him.


  • NAkhtar
    Dec 15, 2012 - 5:55PM

    nepotism,against the democratic and islamic values.
    selfish-rulers have always greedy frriends and relatives.
    shame democracy is being over soon.


  • Irshad Khan
    Dec 15, 2012 - 5:56PM

    Raja Pervez Ashraf and his family has given a lot of QURBANIS for the sake of DEMOCRACY in this country, therefore, his son-in-law deserves this posting. Eighteen carore people of Pakistan love both of them by heart.


  • Irshad Khan
    Dec 15, 2012 - 6:01PM

    Where are opposition parties, Imran Khan (TOOFANI) and other Critics/Journalists?


  • samonrusty
    Dec 15, 2012 - 6:24PM

    Born to Gujrati migrants to Karachi, what was Pakistan’s sauve, ‘more English than the English’ founder thinking when he campaigned for a separate homeland for these rogues who have a 2000 plus year old history of loyalty to no homeland; serving as serfs to whoever invaded their lands.


  • kazi
    Dec 15, 2012 - 6:26PM

    what else one can expect from a ppp Jiala


  • Harry for PTI
    Dec 15, 2012 - 6:30PM

    I can’t wait for Imran Khan to come in and fix the mess these idiots have left. I have zero expectation out of this government.


  • abid
    Dec 15, 2012 - 6:53PM

    Raja Sb I am a master degree holder in your constituency looking for job for 2 years, currently working as a shop assistant for 4000/per month. Is there any chance i can have proper job??


  • Dec 15, 2012 - 7:08PM

    Additional Secretary is not junior for Executive Director post. It is joint secretary’s post, though senior officials have often grabbed it because of the salary that goes with it.

    PM’s nominee does’t have the right experience, unlike previous EDs. He has to be an officer with long background of Finance and EAD at policy level.


  • qazi
    Dec 15, 2012 - 7:11PM

    what else can we expect from “raja loadshedding” Raja renatl.Our rulinlig elite is enjoying.

    This is the pity of subcontinent. Here govenments remained corrupt and satate failed to prtect the basic rights of citizens. This practice is continued for centuries.Recommend

  • imran bhatt
    Dec 15, 2012 - 7:22PM

    Andha bantay revreyan apno hi ko de.


  • Ayesha
    Dec 15, 2012 - 8:02PM

    Well, what do you expect from the Raja of Pakistan!


  • acce
    Dec 15, 2012 - 8:48PM

    N Problem, Bhutto Zinda Hay


  • Dec 15, 2012 - 9:51PM

    What is the IQ of prime minister?
    Does he take any drugs on continuous basis that his intelligence has gone down?
    Does he drink? Because alocholics run into same kind of problem. I mean to say lack of judgement. Or it could be called. Plain old stupidity.


  • syed baqar ahsan
    Dec 15, 2012 - 10:02PM

    I have said in my number of comments again I write for viewers”This is the only un fortunate country of the world whose”elders” are cheats,do not feel ashamed breaking any limit bestowed upon them.


  • meekal a ahmed
    Dec 15, 2012 - 10:14PM


    Generally, the Executive Director is the one who selects people to serve in his office but he will allow the country authorities some input.

    I do not want to make this personal but since others have, here is my answer: please go check the file in the Planning Commission and the Ministry of Finance where the complete background to my selection can be examined. Tell them I sent you.

    But most importantly I would like to think I was qualified for the position, unlike the others we are talking about here. They probably don’t know the difference between the Bank and the Fund.

    As I have said before, putting unqualified and incompetent people in a small office with a high and demanding work-load (the Board meets five times a week and they can be five items on the agenda in a single day), can have devastating negative consequences. You cannot have dead-beats walking around in a trance making no contribution to the work of the office while making a salary of six figures a year, tax free.


  • Ghani
    Dec 15, 2012 - 10:15PM

    Brother, let me explain this to you. What our PM is doing just following the footsteps of our third Khalifa-e-Rashid, Hazrat Usman (R.A), who appointed his son-in-law, Marwan bin Hakam as his Chief Secretary. I hope this clarifies PM’s point of view!


  • Rex Minor
    Dec 15, 2012 - 10:38PM

    Has Pakistan an alternative? If ot why complain, any one should be better than the Asian American chief who is certainly not the expert. Clever guy this Prime minister of yours.Any oe from the devolping world is qualified to receive the funds for local projects.

    Rex Minor


    Dec 15, 2012 - 11:03PM

    He has got lifetime opportunity. He is doing right rhings at right time. Next time he is not going to be Prime Minister. By the way what happened to Raja Rental’s case. Faisal Saleh Hayatt sat down like lather of the soap. NAB can not do any thing. PPP Bhai Bhateeja Damaad government Zinda bad. I have yet to see more thick skinned people like Raja Rental.who has appointed a Junior Person to such a senior position in the World Bank.Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani
    Dec 15, 2012 - 11:13PM

    This is not the first time, nor is it the last time that such a thing has happened. This, too, is corruption of the highest kind. Corruptistan zindabad!


  • abdul karim KHAN
    Dec 15, 2012 - 11:14PM

    @Antebellum: who vetos this ,they all are thief and son of b,no shame and care about them self.


  • Zaheer
    Dec 15, 2012 - 11:15PM

    This decision is poor and should be revered but let’s hear your explanation about the SC refusing examination of its accounts by the PAC or investigation by FIA or NAB stopped against Arsalan? Think about issues, not who is involved!!!!!


  • abdul karim KHAN
    Dec 15, 2012 - 11:17PM

    @Jehangir: ARE 70% PEOPLE VOTE BY CULTURE,


  • sgrr
    Dec 15, 2012 - 11:38PM

    @meekal a ahmed:
    Certainly Sir, you are alright. We also find nothing in the captioned person’s file. Whether anyone think that it is written anywhere in his file that he is son in law of Prime Minister. We all are living in the Pakistan, and know the culture how the nominations/appointments are made on hifi posts.


  • Iqbal Ahmad
    Dec 15, 2012 - 11:41PM

    This posting to the world bank alongwith other similar lucrative postings like at the Asian Development Bank, trade Ministers at London and Washington and ambassador at Geneva have always been reserved for political favourites and mediocres. Merit is not part of our social fabric. Why is this commotion about PM’s son-in-law please check the history of these postings and other postings………please investigate a little before writing….OR may be somebody’s favourite has lost out this time and news is engineered ….Iqbal Ahmad


  • sgrr
    Dec 15, 2012 - 11:46PM

    I do agree with the Ghani, he is following the footsteps of 3rd Caliph RA. Any problem with all, who are critizing the person, who is true follower of Right Caliph.


  • PakArmySoldier
    Dec 15, 2012 - 11:47PM

    So, what’re his qualifications? Is he a trained economist? I feel sorry for the people of Pakistan.


  • HA
    Dec 15, 2012 - 11:49PM

    Well Deserved! :/


  • sgrr
    Dec 16, 2012 - 12:01AM

    Try to be a son in law, if you cannot become a son in law, what else can you do?


  • abu-uzhur
    Dec 16, 2012 - 12:49AM


    One can anticipate kamran shafi’s response : even the most corrupt and anarchic democracy is better than the most honest and competent dictatorship . Mulla’s don’t have monoply over dogmatic thinking .


  • Socko
    Dec 16, 2012 - 2:59AM

    @Harry for PTI
    … Dream on & on & on …


  • Khalid Pathan
    Dec 16, 2012 - 5:27AM

    Very well done Mr. Prime Minister, you have now earned the right of having your name appear in the Gunnies Book of world records. Keep up your good work. “UNDHA BANTEY REURIAN UPNO UPNO KO DEY. You have done nothing wrong, simply behaved the way the ruling elite behaves in Pakistan.


  • jay verma
    Dec 16, 2012 - 7:16AM

    Very smart move. He would out on street in few months but has made the government his SIL a dowry of about USD 8 millions + perks.


  • Hello1
    Dec 16, 2012 - 9:21AM

    I would like to share with fellow readers the meaning of the word nepotism:

    Nepotism is favoritism granted to relatives regardless of merit.[1] The word nepotism is from the Latin word nepos, nepotis (m. “nephew”),” “favoritism (as in appointment to a job) based on kinship”

    As an ordinary Pakistani, I hang my head in shame at this odious and disgraceful behavior.


  • Karva singh
    Dec 16, 2012 - 2:31PM

    I dont think this is any problem all apppointments above 20 grade is mostly political be it civil or army, secondly he is css officer and he must be having competeny, thirdly nepotism and favourism is common among us and this is no exception


  • Abid P. Khan
    Dec 16, 2012 - 4:42PM

    ““Make hay, while the sun shines””
    Correction please:
    “Make hay, while the son-in-law shines”


  • Ibrahim
    Dec 16, 2012 - 6:33PM

    @Thor: Jiyay Bhutto


  • farooq
    Dec 16, 2012 - 10:53PM

    I just wonder if any one has really gone through the prerequisites of this appointment.It is very clearly written that it has to be SIL of Prime minister of Pakistan.So just relax ,u r in safe hands…Recommend

  • farhan
    Dec 16, 2012 - 11:01PM

    Amazing……….they alwayes leave u speechless dont they ???Recommend

  • Dr Aurang Zeib
    Dec 17, 2012 - 3:50AM

    @Amin Khan:

    Being a CSP officer of even grade 22 does not provide any guarantee that he would be a competent man. Rather competency based knowledge, procedural understanding and hands-on experience are the utmost important elements for such positions. I have seen so many stupids working in public sector development position in my professional life and later knew that majority of them belonged to CSP cadre…If one does not know something, CSP title is gonna make nothing out of it…..


  • Hasnain
    Dec 17, 2012 - 6:30PM

    Like his predecessor Gillani, Raja Rental too will soon be facing NAB and Courts for illegal appointments by killing merit.


  • sattar rind
    Dec 18, 2012 - 2:04AM

    what is new in it? primary teachers serving as depty commisioner in sindh …how they get deputation and how they get promotion ? no one knows…


  • Abid P. Khan
    Dec 18, 2012 - 2:55AM

    @sattar rind:
    “what is new in it? primary teachers serving as depty commisioner in sindh …how they get deputation and how they get promotion ? no one knows… “

    My faith in the humankind has been restored. There is something called andheyr nagri chaupat raaj.


  • Noble Tufail
    Dec 18, 2012 - 10:56AM

    @Amin Khan you sound like CM Raisani :)


  • Abid P. Khan
    Dec 18, 2012 - 2:04PM

    @ishrat salim:
    “Kamran Shafi, Mirza Sb & the likes will never comment on such issues….”
    @ishrat salim: these gentleman too want bread on the table.


  • Khalid Rahim
    Dec 18, 2012 - 2:32PM

    The present lot of politicians have placed Pakistan for Sale in the open market to the highest bidder!!!


  • Arif Belgaumi
    Dec 19, 2012 - 5:37PM

    The real issue here is that of language. It is stated that the PM used his discretionary powers (DP) to appoint his SIL. Judging by this action and numerous other application of DPs by elected and unelected officials it would seem that the accepted definition of DP prevalent, is the ability to do whatever you like without fear of consequence or accountability.

    Whereas, any self respecting dictionary, in this case, Merriam-Webster, defines discretion as follows:
    1: the quality of having or showing discernment or good judgment : the quality of being discreet : circumspection; especially : cautious reserve in speech
    2: ability to make responsible decisions
    3: a : individual choice or judgment
    b : power of free decision or latitude of choice within certain legal bounds
    4: the result of separating or distinguishing

    Something has clearly been lost in translation or interpretation somewhere.


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