From Gen. Asalam Beg: Supreme Court Judgment on ACM Asghar Khan’s Petition

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From:   General Mirza Aslam Beg

Subject:           Supreme Court Judgment on ACM Asghar Khan’s Petition      

Last night, talking to the ARY TV Channel’s programme “Eleventh Hour”, I said that after appointing Lt Gen M. Asad Durrani as Ambassador to Germany, an Affidavit was obtained from him, naming the politicians, alleged to have received the money from ISI, in 1990.

 

After this Affidavit, Gen Durrani wrote a letter to the Prime Minister Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto for “Eyes Only”. A few extracts from this letter were presented in the above programme, as given below:

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“A few points, I could not include in my confessional statement, handed over to the director FIA. These could be embarrassing or sensitive:

 

1.      The recipients included Ghulam Mustafa Khar 2 Millions, Hafeez Pirzada 3, Sarwar Cheema 0.5 and Mairaj Khalid 0.2 Millions.

2.      The remaining 80 Ms were deposited in the ISI ‘K’ fund.

3.      The operation not only had the “blessings” of the President and the “whole hearted participation” of the caretaker political government, but was also in the knowledge of the Army High Command.

 

The point that I have “war gamed” in my mind very often is: what is the object of this exercise?

 

4.      If it is to target the opposition, it might be their legitimate right to take donations, especially if they come through ‘sacred channels.”

5.      If the idea is to put Gen Beg on the mat; he was merely providing logistic support to donations made by a community under instructions from the Government and with the consent of the military high command.

6.      Ghulam Ishaq Khan would pretend ignorance, as indeed he never involved himself directly.

 

Every sentence of the above extracts contains words with deep meaning. For information and evaluation of the readers.

                                                                             

Aslam Beg

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  • a m malik  On October 25, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    The question that is purging my mind is the reason(s) that this was or had to be done by the Army and the President. Would Gen Beg be kind enough to make the same public?
    Apart from the later incidents, was the 80’s planned attack on Pakistan to cut it at Reti Rahim Yar Khan at the behest of AlZulfiqar when in India, has any thing to do or has a connect with the subsequent incidents if any??
    am

  • idrees  On October 25, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Gen Beg’s testimony has already been heard and duly considered by the Supreme Court. He has been indicted by the Supreme Court and framing of charge has been left the GoP/Attorney General or GHQ. Here he is being economical with truth as he could not have been providing logistic support but simply conniving to upset the constitutional applecart. He must be proceeded against as determined by the Supreme Court. It’s an open and shut case of perfidy against the state.

    • a m malik  On October 25, 2012 at 1:52 pm

      No. We the public would like to know the reasons prompted them to conduct this operation. Was it that BB was then considered a security risk?
      am

  • a m malik  On October 25, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    I would further like to know that in what manner the distribution of funds given by a private party is against the provisions or is subversion of the constitution? Can any legal mind make me clear on this?
    am

  • sturkman  On October 26, 2012 at 1:44 am

    Pak Constitution does not permit Pak Military to indulge in Domestic Politics, Financial Politics, etc. Mehran Bank was looted by Military and it was a major Crime under Pak Penal Code. I had talked with Yunus Habib in Karachi Jail in 1996. He said he just kept giving money to Military in fear of his life, nothing else. Rest of it is nothing but Lies.

    • a m malik  On October 26, 2012 at 1:51 pm

      I feel turkey fellow aka ghasi ram that this is your bull as usuakl. You always try to look important in here by impressing that who you rubbed your shoulders with It was PPP which looted him – 80% going to PPP and 20% for the IJI. This is in addition to what was skimmed from the IB. Ask Zardari. He is never afraid of his life while looting the nation or when giving with open palm to his mentors. So why should Younus been afraid?
      But my question remains in a hamstrung position- why did the trio have to do all this?

  • SMK  On October 27, 2012 at 3:17 am

    What an irony of fate, ULTA CHOOR KOTWAL KO DANTA, whatever being said, and being claimed to have been achieved as an out come of Asghar Khan Case known to all is nothing, but an eye wash, playing to the galleries, all involved are out to achieve mileage out of Topi Drama to their benefit, specially the bunch of Judges who had always been instrumental in the past to facilitate ruining of the rule of law in the country are trying to make fool of entire nation once again.

    The most interesting remark passed by one of the PCO judge during course of hearing, finding lot of appreciation from their pet agents in media, was “that they should have refused to obey the instructions of the higher ups being illegal”. Very interesting, as a humble reminder to now a Champion Chief Justice Sahib that those being condemned today for not refusing , exactly could not refuse to disobey the instructions, the way incumbent Judge Sahib at one particular point of time went all the way out circumventing all the legalities to illegally legitimize the rule of General Musharraf in a blatant abuse of law violating the constitution of Pakistan, on top of everything against all norms of justice, breaking all to records of Chamcha Geeri, allowing illegal rule for three years without any interruption. Surely, making room for himself and went on to serve illegally under the same rule for seven long years without any sign of repentance, till to date.

    The Judge Sahiban, in their own interest be advise, that If at all it is presumed, that the Generals by any standard happened to violate the law, though at their unconscious level might have been acting in the best interest of the country, by default landed up committing breach of law , as being interoperated by those who leave no stone up turned to damage the image of the Army and ISI, both locally and at international level to achieve their own goals damaging the institution of Armed Forces.

    The Judges considered to be the custodians of law, knowledgeable in the field, would also find themselves to be sailing in the same boat, committing even a more severe nature of criminal activity of extending legitimacy to the illegal rule through court of law, misusing their authority deliberately in contravention to the constitution, thus consciously becoming equally responsible culprits for the crime committed by the way of helping to install illegal government against the wishes of the people of Pakistan and law of land.

    The only course now left to the Justice Sahab, in the best interest of the rule of law in the country is to be advised, that he should immediately pass a Suo – Moto notice against all the PCO judges, including him, before opening his mouth any further, for endorsing abrogation of the Constitution of the country, and cases of be registered against all of these judges who happened to fully enjoyed their life under the illegal rule, making the country a laughing stock in entire world.

    No action against the retired Generals in any way would be considered to be justified to be initiated, until or unless these PCO Judges who happened to have taken the law in their hand willfully, understanding each and every aspect of law are taken to task and are made to stand before appropriate court as respondents clarifying their past illegal activities damaging the integrity of the country.

    • Anwar Ahmed  On October 28, 2012 at 1:58 am

      Very interesting and very right. Nothing will happen.-Such is the agony of Pakistan. Accountability is need of the hour even if it requires posthumous trials to correct the history. Breakers of the constitution,professional misconduct and incompetence be pinpointed and traitors labelled.Unless this happens there is no hope

  • a m malik  On October 27, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    SMK
    Good reasoning and I like it, especially that the judges should be more aware and be alligned with the law. If I remember correctly that in our religion it is stated that the Munafiq Alims will go to hell with a greater punishment than us, the ordinary fellows. Same should be applicable to the judges, as well as the anchors who being there to enlighten the public also were a part and parcel of the whole episode.
    Not with standing the above the fact is that the rule of the dictators has always been better than the so called democrats. Ever time a dictator came and improved the economics of the country and every times the PPP government came to lavishly spend the national savings. Consider After Ayub Khan came Hazrat Bhutto Eleh Islam who spent the wealth of the nation with a free hand saved by the previous regime. Then after General Zia – came the PPP and Hazrat BB spent the same lavishly again. Now after Musharraf comes the graeatest loonie of the family and the economics goes nose dive, with Rupee down from 60 to 95 to a dollar.
    But I repeat – why did the trio have to do this? what was the compulsion??
    am

  • Jamil Mukhtar  On October 27, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    1990 elections were not the only one where an effort was made to influence the results.Our electoral history is replete with such examples.It was also not the first time that monetary incentive was used to lure voters.It was also not for the first time that those in power directed the use of money to get a favourable outcome.Nevertheless, it was probably the first time that the military leadership openly got involved in the exercise.I do not doubt the sincerity behind it.The role of PPP’s leadership in dismembering Pakistan is well known.Benazir also had power more dear to her.The seriousness in which she treated matters of national security could be well-judged by the fact that during her state visit to the US after being elected for the second time, she was always accompanied by her lobbyist Mark Segal and friend Peter Galbraith to meetings with Ambassador Jamsheed Marker where Pakistan’s national interests were to be discussed. Late President Ghulam Ishaq Khan was a patriot to the core and the one who would not comprise on national security. I personally think that it should have been brought out before the apex court why the president and the military leadership wanted to keep her out.To me, and I am sure to all, national considerations outweigh legal necessities and niceties.It is against the very essence of democracy that the elected leadership or the party that emerges through a democratic process play with the future of the country that it is elected to lead. The mandate given is for its betterment and for betterment alone. Yes, it is conduct unbecoming on the part of Gen Asad Durrani.He should have refused to be a part of the scheme in the first place if he thought it was unlawful.In doing it and then rendering an affidavit later, it appears that it was his job that was more important to him in both the cases.All said and done, even it is granted that Benazir (for that matter PPP) was to be kept out in national interest, I am at a loss to understand why some funds were diverted towards the Army Welfare Trust and to his own (Gen Aslam Beg’s) think tank.

    • Faisal  On October 28, 2012 at 1:00 pm

      as the General put it, all are guilty since Ayub who manipulated results and article 6 should be applied to all from Ayub to Musharraf,dead or alive.

      • Jamil Mukhtar  On October 28, 2012 at 1:01 pm

        Let us not open a pandora box.No ruler would come clean on this count, only the extent may vary.However, no one can match what Bhutto did in 1977.A comprehensive plan was prepared and systematically put in place to rig the elections.The constituencies, districts and even divisions were reorganized to suit their fancy.Jan Muhammad Abbasi, a PNA candidate to oppose Bhutto in Larkana 1-NA 163, was abducted to prevent him from filing his nomination papers and kept in wrongful confinement till such time it was announced that Bhutto had been elected unopposed.The FSF was let loose on the opposition to terrorize them and disrupt their meetings.The firearms were provided to the party workers to brow beat those opposed to them.
        Mr Jusice Sajjad Ahmad Jan, the Chief Election Commissioner, took note of the allegations of the rigging of the polls. On 19 March 1977, he requested the government to enable the Election Commission, by a change in the law, to annul the vitiated elections.This placed the government in a quandary.Rejection of the request meant embarrassment.Acceptance carried a risk,The administration amended the law as requested. Given legal powers, the Election Commission initiated formal hearings in respect of thirteen cases.Six of these cases were decided between 31 March and 20 April 1977.Each of them unseated the previously successful candidate of the ruling party on the ground of widespread rigging. The decision unnerved the government.On 12 May 1977, the Ordinance was withdrawn.Justice was thus sacrificed at the altar of political expediency(Pages 74-75 of Gen K M Arif,s book “Working with Zia”, Chapter “Prelude to intervention”.
        It would be interesting and meaningful to note that Justice Sajjad left Pakistan for two months in June 1977 and as was expected did not rejoin his post of the CEC.
        Now a small reference from the HRC Report from its unauthorized version in circulation to the role of the PPP and its founder in what precipitated the East Pakistan debacle. Given below is a paragraph from page 480 of “Tragedy of errors’ by Lt Gen (R) Kamal Matinuddin.
        “We have not also been impressed by the explanation given by the PPP and its Chairman about the refusal of the Party to join the session of the National Assembly called on March 3′, stated the Commission (para 83; p 437).
        Let us not suffer again at the hands of those with an anti-Pakistan agenda.
        We must keep them out.

  • a m malik  On October 28, 2012 at 5:59 am

    Mr Jamil Akhtar
    AOA thanx for the greater insight. You have almost answered my question as to why the trio was compelled to ensure that BB does not come to power – but needs to be answered in more a specific terms If the country is going down the drain what should be saved- country or the constitution? This constitution is unIslamic down to the core where specific individuals get the immunity. I in my mind will never take oath to such a discriminatory Constitution. But the question is that how and who to decide between the existence of the core values/interests of the country and the constitution – those waderas of agri as well industry whose interests are with a different purpose? Or a one man show? I am not clear. And if I see some one slipping away with state top-secrets, and the only option is to shoot him or let him slip – then what do I do? If I kill him am I taking the law in my own hands and if I do not, the country’s is at peril? .

    • sturkman  On October 28, 2012 at 4:08 pm

      Democracy in Pakistan was killed by Pak Military again and again because it had ‘needed’ to run Pakistan. Pak Police extort Bribes and runs Gangs of Armed Robbers because it ‘needs’ Money. Everybody in Pakistan does something wrong because of Philosophy of ‘Need’ because Pakistan’s was formed on ‘need’ of Moslims of Sub Continent India that had ‘needed’ a separate country. The unwritten secret Base of Pak Constitution is Philosophy of Need or ‘Nazariyaa A ZrooraT’ so, it can be changed according our Need the way Pak Military wants and rule Pakistan. Pak Constitution is not like Qoraan that you can write, rewrite or change it.

      • a m malik  On October 28, 2012 at 4:16 pm

        Hello turkey aka ghasi ram
        Always amused to read your ‘original thinking’. The need theory u mentioned must have also compelled you to seek US citizen ship and marry a Gori.
        U always speak with a foot in the mouth
        am

  • a m malik  On October 28, 2012 at 6:00 am

    PL correct me. The remarks are addressed to Mr Jamil Mukhtar and not Jamil Akhtar which got erroneously written.

  • sturkman  On October 28, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Mr. A.M. Malik a.k.a. N.M. Malik and N.M. Chaudhery,
    Remember you and your ISI compatriots used to raid MQM Headquarter looking for me to arrest me so you could make me disappear like thousands of other Pakis you did not like?
    You wasted your time and Government of Pakistan’s Money because you thought, I lie jut like you do instead of being a Moslim and you did not believe I lived in USA?
    Its nice to learn, now you do not think I live in MQM Headquarter but you have not clarified another thing. I am asking you this question in Poetry.
    “Do you still believe I am a Black Skin ‘BHaEeyaa';
    Mister so White Punjabi Marshal Race ‘Dhuggaa’?”

  • Faisal Imam  On October 29, 2012 at 4:29 am

    Jamil

    the General said so, idid not.
    Bhutto was also a progeny of Ayub’s regime.

  • Freda Shah  On October 29, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Jamil, you have a good memory and your comments are based on verifiable facts.

    • Freda Sha  On October 30, 2012 at 12:26 pm

      Thanks.I make a genuine effort to base my comments on facts as written or stated by people who were very much on the scene or closer to them and avoid getting influenced by drawing room gossip and hearsay.

    • Jamil Mukhtar  On October 30, 2012 at 12:26 pm

      Thanks.I make a genuine effort to base my comments on facts as written or stated by people who were very much on the scene or closer to them and avoid getting influenced by drawing room gossip and hearsay.

  • a m malik  On October 29, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Hey turkey aka ghasi ram
    Why do u waste the time of all through ur meaningless jokes. I told u earlier that all maliks are not necessarily from Punjab. They are from both Dehli and Bihar. so zip up. And much that you would like to lead the converasation so that it becomes controversial you have always been unsucessful. And as a tail end , I will be quite happy if the ISI thinks that I am worth a place amongst them.
    Now Mr Jamil You are bulls on – almost. But let us make a wild guess as to why the trio must have resorted to so called anti constitution measures. Though in 1977 and 1993 such measures were justified for the PPP and their sympathetic beuraucrats!?
    am

  • sturkman  On November 5, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    I know, I know. Arabs of North Africa are not 7th Century Moslim Colonists from Arabian Peninsula Invasion either. All of them are from Rome.

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