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Have you forgotten what India did to Nepal and Kashmir, Mr Ashraf Ghani?
By Shakir Lakhani Published: December 6, 2016

Pakistan could have looked the other way, like India did, but because Afghanistan is our brotherly Muslim neighbour, we did everything in our power to help your country regain its freedom.

We were not very surprised when you, Mr Ashraf Ghani, at the Heart of Asia conference in India, conveniently forgot how much Pakistan has done for your country. You criticised Pakistan viciously and blamed it for the problems that you are facing and are not able to resolve.

You must have been a young man when the Soviet Union invaded your country in 1979 and ruled it for nine years.

While Pakistan immediately condemned the invasion, along with most of the civilised world, India supported the Soviets. When most countries, including Pakistan, refused to send their teams to the Moscow Olympics, India sent its athletes and won the hockey gold metal, owing to Pakistan’s boycott. Yet you still want to maintain cordial relations with India? Not only that, you are bending over backwards to support India’s vicious campaign to isolate Pakistan, which is meant to deflect the attention of the international community from its brutal treatment of Kashmir’s freedom fighters.

Have you already forgotten that it was Pakistan which organised the liberation of Afghanistan and compelled the invaders to leave your country? Pakistan could have looked the other way, like India did, but because Afghanistan is our brotherly Muslim neighbour, we did everything in our power to help your country regain its freedom. At least remember this, Mr Ghani, the next time you open your mouth to blame Pakistan for your troubles.

For the past 30 years, Mr Ghani, Pakistan has hosted three million refugees from your country, giving them shelter and jobs, thus causing many of its own citizens to be unemployed. One of the refugees, Mr Ghani, was your former boss and president of Afghanistan himself, Hamid Karzai. Owing to our hospitality, we have seen unlimited weapons and drugs flowing into our country, as well as terrorists causing the deaths of over 50,000 innocent people.

But of course all this doesn’t mean anything to you. In fact, you even refused to accept Pakistan’s generous offer to give your country half a billion dollars. And you have the audacity to advise Pakistan to spend it on curbing terrorism, which you say is emanating from Pakistan– even though you are harbouring many terrorists yourself, to cause devastation in Pakistan.

So, why don’t you advise Modi to keep the billion dollars he wants to give you and spend it to provide toilets for poor Indians? Oh, no, you can’t do that; you can’t afford to offend a man responsible for Muslim genocide, can you? Have you already forgotten what happened to Dr Mohammad Najibullah, who couldn’t be saved when the mujahideen took over Kabul?

Afghanistan is a land-locked country dependent upon Pakistan for transit trade. We allow you to import whatever you want, and quite a lot of your imported goods find their way illegally into our markets, causing many of our industries to collapse, threatening many others with closure.

Do you know how India treats its land-locked neighbour Nepal? India charges custom duty on all Nepalese imports at its sea-ports, then refunds to Nepal the duty amount collected at the end of the financial year. This way, India is able to use all that money for its own purpose for a whole year. But that is not all. Since Nepalese importers don’t want to suffer the hassle of their money being blocked in this manner, they are forced to buy only Indian manufactured goods. Only when they require goods not manufactured in India do they import from other countries.

Would you like it if Pakistan imposed the same conditions on Afghanistan? And how would you react if Pakistan asked all Afghan refugees to leave the country immediately and go back to Afghanistan?

Gratitude is something which crude and ill-mannered people like you cannot feel. It’s time to be grateful, Mr Ashraf Ghani. It’s time to speak the truth and admit that you said what you did and blamed Pakistan for your problems because Mr Modi asked you to do so.



 

Shakir Lakhani

Engineer, former visiting lecturer at NED Engineering College, industrialist, associated with petroleum/chemical industries for many years. Loves writing, and (in the opinion of most of those who know him), mentally unbalanced. He tweets @shakirlakhani (twitter.com/shakirlakhani)

http://blogs.tribune.com.pk/story/43697/have-you-forgotten-what-india-did-to-nepal-and-kashmir-mr-ashraf-ghani/








Why are you silent on the amnesty bill for property sector thieves, Imran Khan?
By Shakir Lakhani December 3, 2016


It is useless to ask people like Ishaq Dar and Nawaz Sharif to think of the country’s future (they are there only to enrich themselves) but what about Imran Khan?


It has finally happened. For the past five months, our government strongly resisted pressure from property sector players to grant them amnesty to retain stolen money. This week, the National Assembly – composed mainly of crooks – approved a bill which will enable these thieves to whiten their black money by paying back only 3% of the amount that they have looted from the nation.

Property investors and builders are jubilant. This scheme allows them to whiten seven trillion rupees instantly, while paying a piddling amount to the exchequer. Prices of their plots, bungalows and apartments will undergo a phenomenal increase, making it impossible for the common man to own a house. And it looks like this will continue long into the future, so that not only past crimes but future ones will also be whitewashed and the country will always be poor, with no possibility of improvement in health care, education and infrastructure.

By providing amnesty to tax thieves, the government is encouraging corruption, instead of trying to eradicate it. And it is not being fair to honest tax-payers, who pay up to 35% tax on their income, while those crooks who do not pay their taxes are being rewarded every couple of years by availing the fruits of amnesties. Will this not make honest people feel that they are fools, because those corrupt people who evade taxes will never be punished?

To put things in perspective, look at how India has treated its tax thieves. Black money holders first had to pay 45% to whiten their ill-gotten wealth. Then the government demonetised high denomination notes of Rs500 and Rs1,000. Recently, the Indian government imposed a 50% penalty on black money, with the tax evaders having to deposit money for four years and another 25% into a government fund to help the poor.

This is how nations become great, and whatever you say about Narendra Modi, he is at least sincere to his country and doesn’t want it to become a failed state. Our shameless leaders on the other hand, are bent upon destroying Pakistan. Instead of demonetising currency notes of Rs 5,000, and prize bonds of up to Rs40,000, they are encouraging corruption by rewarding those who have milked the country dry.

I know it is useless to ask people like Ishaq Dar and Nawaz Sharif to think of the country’s future – they are only there to enrich themselves – but what about Imran Khan? Why has he not said a word against this wholesale and open robbery, which will ultimately do great damage to the country? I thought he was against corruption, but by being silent on this issue, it seems he (or his cronies) will also benefit from this scheme.
Come on, Mr Imran Khan, speak up; fight this bill, go to the courts and get it revoked. Otherwise, history will remember you as just another crooked politician of the country.







Engineer, former visiting lecturer at NED Engineering College, industrialist, associated with petroleum/chemical industries for many years. Loves writing, and (in the opinion of most of those who know him), mentally unbalanced. He tweets @shakirlakhani (twitter.com/shakirlakhani)
http://blogs.tribune.com.pk/story/43553/why-are-you-silent-on-the-amnesty-bill-for-property-sector-thieves-imran-khan/

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