Khursheed Shah appeals to army chief to ‘let the system function’

Published: September 2, 2015
Opposition leader Syed Khursheed Shah. PHOTO: FILE

Opposition leader Syed Khursheed Shah. PHOTO: FILE


Feeling the heat of the ongoing crackdown on corrupt government officials in Sindh, a senior leader of the province’s ruling party has ‘appealed’ to army chief General Raheel Sharif to allow the system to function according to the Constitution.

“I appeal to the army chief to let the system function under the law and constitutional norms,” Khursheed Shah, the leader of the opposition in the National Assembly, who belongs to the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP),  told journalists in his chamber on Tuesday.

Shah’s media interaction came a day after his party’s co-chairman, Asif Ali Zardari, blamed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for immobilising the Sindh government and arresting senior PPP leaders. The government, however, said Zardari’s outburst might have been the result of some misunderstanding.

Shah explained that his party blamed Premier Nawaz for the arrest of PPP leaders because “he is the constitutional head of the country and its institutions”. Shah asked the prime minister to explain why the ongoing operation was only restricted to Sindh, the province where the PPP has been in power for the past eight years.

“We do not support corruption. But our question is why one province is being targeted,” he said, adding that such campaign should be across the board. Shah pointed out a number of graft cases that surfaced during the PML-N governments in the past. “Why those cases are not being investigated,” he asked.

Shah demanded that those who have been arrested on corruption charges be tried under relevant laws and not under special laws framed to try terrorists. “When anti-terrorism laws were being amended, leaders of all the political parties had demanded that such laws should not be used against politicians,” he added.

The PPP leader also criticised the government for sparing former military ruler General Pervez Musharraf, who had toppled the Nawaz government in 1999. “The Transparency International has reported that corruption was more rampant during the Musharraf era than during PPP’s tenure,” he said.

Asked if his party was considering quitting the assemblies, Shah said he would advise his party to stay in parliament and keep raising its voice from the platform.

Corps commander meets Sindh CM

Karachi Corps Commander Lt Gen Naveed Mukhtar held separate meetings with Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah and Governor Ishratul Ebad on the security situation in the province, particularly in Karachi, and implementation of the apex committee’s decisions. Transferring terrorism cases to the military courts also came under discussion.

Following his meeting with the corps commander, Chief Minister Qaim rushed to Bilawal House to meet PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.

A source told The Express Tribune that Lt Gen Mukhtar had asked Qaim to convey his message to the PPP leadership. “The corps commander wants the PPP to stop levelling allegations against the paramilitary Rangers. He said the security agencies have concrete proof against those who have been arrested.”

Sources said Qaim conveyed PPP’s reservations to Lt Gen Mukhtar regarding former petroleum minister Dr Asim Hussain’s arrest, but the corps commander said: “The Rangers will prove all the allegations against him.”

According to a spokesperson for the CM House, Qaim and Lt Gen Mukhtar also discussed issues related to the ongoing targeted operation in Karachi.


Published in The Express Tribune, September 2nd, 2015.

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Reader Comments (18)

  • Hatim
    Sep 2, 2015 - 8:55AM

    The system of corruption… Recommend

  • Ghareeb Adami
    Sep 2, 2015 - 9:00AM

    Such a system called “democracy” is lethal to country’s existence. We are unfortunate to be led by people who are not sincere to the country. I would be happy to know the name of atleast one politician who is sincere to the country. Can any one help me? Recommend

    Sep 2, 2015 - 9:02AM

    “system” is the keyword here, and why on earth wouldn’t you try politicians in terror courts when their direct or indirect actions/negligence have been supporting terrorism.Recommend

  • Khan
    Sep 2, 2015 - 10:01AM

    @Ghareeb Adami:
    Democracy, i.e. the rule of the people, is lethal?? You think a non democratic government is healthy for Pakistan? It isn’t. No country with a history of at least flirting with democracy has ever done well in a non-democratic system. Because when people taste freedom and democracy, they can’t go back to dictatorship so silently. So even if the dictator like Musharraf comes along and make things look like they’re stable and improving, eventually he will tumble and throw the country into a political and economic mess. Pakistanis don’t tolerate army rule for more than a few years at a time, and the illusion of stability will come crashing down just like Ayub and Musharraf. Military rule brings a few years of prosperity, but the country makes up for it later once that dictator is overthrown. And if the USA doesn’t support that dictator, then we’d be economically sanctioned and cut off from the world like Iran. And yes, Pakistanis have tasted democracy too much and will certainly topple any future dictator. I for one cherish the right to vote to have a say in my government. How sad that you don’t. Recommend

  • Mukhtar
    Sep 2, 2015 - 10:20AM

    This is the biggest proof that Nawaz Shareef has no power over General Raheel and PPP, instead of requesting PMLN, they are requesting Army not to carry out action against corrupt Politicians.Recommend

  • Funny politician
    Sep 2, 2015 - 10:51AM

    Lol, we have witnessed system function for quite sometime and consistently. System is there to serve the people, not the other way arround. If it is not delevering, we don’t need it.Recommend

  • Sep 2, 2015 - 11:07AM

    Pakistani Military and Mullahs never allow system to function or else they go out of business.Recommend

  • ironMan!
    Sep 2, 2015 - 11:28AM

    Hope they dont’ get to fly away again – arrest them for billions of corruption and terrorism involvement. They are the reason for Pakistan being 50 years behind from rest of the world. Make an example of them. We, the people stand behind Gen. Raheel Shareef and his actions.Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Sep 2, 2015 - 12:18PM

    I can understand your frustration on cleansing process of current corrupt system in Pakistan. But i sincerely advice you to work hard towards solving your own human rights issues in India (the strongest Democracy the world has ever seen). Recommend

  • Pakistan
    Sep 2, 2015 - 12:35PM

    The system of reading metre and not recording or informing the user was introduced by Nawaz and was followed by Zardari. That system produced Dr Asim and his mentor and Khursheed Shah himself. That system is not acceptable to all Pakistani users. Therefore General will do what this country needs. KS should change too before it is too late.Recommend

  • Usman
    Sep 2, 2015 - 12:55PM

    @Ghareeb Adami: Yes, I can help you out. Google: Democracy, prepare to be enlightened. Democracy has nothing, nothing to do with PPP (feudals) or PMLN (business class). You’re showing your lack of understanding of basic state functioning with comments like these. Either you spent a lot of time grovelling to the Arabs in the ME or are a fresh PMA grad. Either way, your ignorance can be forgiven. Recommend

  • Zain
    Sep 2, 2015 - 1:34PM

    Through this “system” a WAPDA meter reader becomes a Billionaire in no

    time through corruption then lectures everyone to let the “system” goRecommend

  • Omer
    Sep 2, 2015 - 1:40PM

    He requested for a system where:
    Water is at Rs 3,000 per Tanker (2,000 gallons).
    Education only for those who can pay heavy fees of private school.
    Doctors are only available in private hospitals and private clinics.
    Police only for escorting Party Leaders or for making money from illegal activities.

    If someone is trying to make things right then what’s the problem with him? Recommend

  • Parvez
    Sep 2, 2015 - 1:44PM

    O ! not again……..democracy in trouble ????……now its become a joke.Recommend

  • voice of Gilgit
    Sep 2, 2015 - 2:10PM

    There is a direct link between corruption and terrorism, How can army deal with these stupids??Recommend

  • A-No.1
    Sep 2, 2015 - 2:22PM

    PPP has a point. Are there no corrupt persons in Punjab?Recommend

  • concerned
    Sep 2, 2015 - 4:41PM

    @A-No1 to answer your question ask yourself this, where has the budget for Khi which is much bigger then Lahore been spent? where do you see it? I see the spending in Lahore but NONE in sindh

    PMLN does corruption but it does it differently, they use their own companies for development tenders, at least some development takes place. PPP just ship (literally) the funds outside the country to Dubai or Swiss. Recommend

  • apakistani
    Sep 2, 2015 - 6:07PM

    Gen. Raheel Sharif May Allah Bless You… Never let these plunders run awayRecommend

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