An Epic Tale of Loot and Plunder in Pakistan

PPP’s last day in power epitomizes how it ruled the country for 5 years. The
steps taken on the last day are the concentrated version of what the PPP has
done ever since it took power i.e. looted the national exchequer, made
wrongful appointments and thrashed anyone who stood in their way while they
shamelessly pillaged.

The Last Day

Of

PPP’s Government

1. 70 CNG licenses issued even though the ECC under which the CNG
sector had been put at the last in the gas allocation priority list. The ECC
had also approved that now more CNG stations would not be built keeping in
view the non-availability of the required gas in the country. But on its
last day in the power, the government obliged many political figures by
extending the licenses allowing more CNG stations to operate[1].
2. CDA Chairman, Tahir Shahbaz, sacked for resisting allotting choice
plots in choice sectors of Islamabad to many key bureaucrats. Tahir Shahbaz,
who unlike his predecessors and despite the authority’s policy had refused
to get a residential plot from the CDA for being its chairman, has also been
under pressure to allot plots to over 100 federal secretaries, four judges,
10 senior officers of the Prime Minister’s Secretariat and some journalists
in developed sectors of Islamabad[2].
3. Speaker NA, Fehmida Mirza, approved 100% increase in benefits and
allowances of all members of the NA. Millions of rupees worth of new cars
were bought on her orders. Approved life time benefits and perks for Speaker
of NA[3].
4. All ministerial staff from the Information Minister, Qamaruz Zaman
Kaira’s office given foreign postings. Before leaving the ministry, the
Minister appointed all his office staff to foreign postings.
5. Sindh Assembly dominated by the PPP approved a bill recommending an
increment in legislators’ salaries. The income of the speaker, deputy
speakers, ministers and special assistants has also been increased by a
massive 40 per cent. What’s more is that the changes are effective July
2011, meaning that the legislators will also be paid arrears amounting to
the difference between their old and new salaries over the past two years.
But the generous legislators didn’t stop here: two private bills proposing
that the chief minister, speaker and deputy speaker receive 70 per cent of
their current pay after retiring were also passed[4].
6. Former Minister of Local Bodies, Agha Siraj Durrani, thrashed a
Secretary, Shaukat Jhokio, in his ministry for refusing to sign a list of
appointments. Shaukat Jhokio claimed that the local bodies minister came to
his office and asked him to sign a document carrying appointment list and on
refusal he started beating him[5].
7. Despite the SC order, the PM appointed his Son-in-Law as the Deputy
Managing Director of the Pakistan China Investment Company. This was done
after the Governments spent 5 months trying to accommodate the Prime
Minister’s Son in Law at the Pakistan Brunei Investment Company. The
government made all-out efforts to appoint the prime minister’s son-in-law
Shahnawaz Mahmood as the managing director of Pakistan-Brunei Investment
Company in the last five months but the Brunei government has rejected the
move[6].
8. Billions of Rupees worth of funds were released by the government
within the last day after making sure the banks remain opened to hand out
the money to relevant parties. So much so that the federal government had to
declare March 16 a working day so that it could get the bureaucracy to push
through the last minute appointments, loans, promotions and transfers. All
the staff at National Bank of Pakistan and State Bank of Pakistan was on
high alert throughout the day on March 16, 2013 to accommodate the last whim
and desire of the people who were about to lose power within a few hours.
Even private banks had to stay open on Saturday, March 16, 2013 so that all
the cheques of government or other persons got cleared on that day[7].

PPP’s last day in power represents how it ruled the country for 5 years. The
steps taken on the last day are the concentrated version of what the PPP has
done ever since it took power i.e. looted the national exchequer, made
wrongful appointments and thrashed anyone who stood in their way while they
shamelessly pillaged.

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