At your mercy

In Pakistan, you can get away with anything, if you have the right connections. During BB’s second stint in power (in 1994), a Chichawatni factory was allegedly able to extract Rs. 170 million from the government, although it had claimed only one million. “Officials of the AGPR were asked to stay on duty for the whole night to ensure payment to the claimant on the directive of the prime minister,” according to a report. A more recent case is the write-off of bank loans amounting to approximately Rs. 55 billion after the 2002 general elections. The beneficiaries were ten senators belonging to five political parties, including the MMA. So now we know why the National Reconciliation Ordinance was passed. The top crooks in the country can never be tried for their crimes!

Shakir Lakhani
The Friday Times