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    British Pakistani's regard 'Army rule better than previous govts '- Lord Nazir

    Encouraging support from among the 800,000 strong British Pakistani community as Lord Nazir declares they are more supprtive of Musharraf's government than any previous government. British Pakistani's certainly do feel more confident and more supportive of the CE - there is not the cynicism that was apparent with the so-called 'democratic' governments.

    http://www.dawn.com/2000/11/20/top2.htm


    'Army rule better than previous govts'


    Pakistanis settled in Britain regard the Musharraf rule better than the previous 'democratic' governments, and they support the policies being pursued by the general although their benefits will take some time to reach the common man, a British lord said here on Sunday.

    Lord Nazir, the first Pakistani who is a member of the House of Lords, said the policies pursued by the previous governments had shattered the confidence of overseas Pakistanis. He said they were still prepared to do everything possible for them for their motherland provided the government took necessary steps to restore their confidence.

    He said some Pakistanis living in the UK who had deposited money in foreign exchange to get plots in some government-sponsored housing schemes were being issued notices that they should get back their money in local currency. Criticizing the decision, he said the depositors must be compensated.

    "The Supreme Court has given the present government a three-year mandate and still the British government continues to mount pressure for the restoration of democracy and a clear road map. What is the justification for it to do so and ignore many other countries where there is no democracy?" a reporter asked.

    Lord Nazir agreed that in many countries of the Middle East there was no democracy and human rights were being violated. Workers from

    poorer countries were discriminated against and were

    paid less wages than their local counterparts for the same amount of work. In fact, he said, there were separate laws for the locals and the expatriates.

    Citing the example of Egypt, he said the country had been under emergency since 1967, but still it was the "darling of the West".

    He said many people had informed British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook that the military takeover in Pakistan had become indispensable and the present system was better than the preceding 'corrupt democracies'.

    Mr Cook, he said, was aware of the situation but Britain had certain other obligations because of its status in the Commonwealth.

    He said there were many 'fragile democracies' in Africa and in case the UK softened its attitude towards one country where a representative democracy was lacking, generals in African countries could go for overthrowing governments in their countries.

    Lord Nazir said communication between Pakistan and the UK was going on and a British team was holding talks with the government these days.

    Asked if he could play any role in persuading the British government to return to Pakistan the money deposited by various corrupt Pakistani politicians in UK banks, he said he was already doing whatever he could.

    He recalled that during his June visit, he had discussed the matter at length with Foreign Minister Abdus Sattar. On his return, he said, he had taken up the issue with the British government.

    He said if it was established that drug money had been deposited in any British bank, the UK government would return the same provided the relevant legal procedure was followed.

    The British MP said Pakistanis living in the UK

    had to follow the British laws, and if it was established that somebody living there was involved in terrorism against Pakistan, he could be extradited.

    Answering a question, he said the present set-up in Pakistan could not be called martial law as except for a general heading it, all other people running it were civilians.


    #2
    This might have something to do with the experiences British Pakistanis have encountered since the military takeover. I have heard a few people's accounts of how Customs officials openly asking for bribes at the airports have miraculously disappeared since army presence at the terminals. These small things count for a lot with the general public.

    Also, Kulsoom Nawaz is now championing Benazir Bhutto as a future Prime Minister rather than have military rule. It seems even natural enemies can join together in the interests of siphoning off the funds of their nation into foreign bank accounts. Maybe the Sharifs and the Bhuttos can open up a joint account somewher in Switzerland?

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      #3
      I agree. There are army monitoring centers are very airpot and this has almost got rid of people asking for rishwat. But there are alos Army complaint cells where people can complain about Airport officials which has actually improved the 'customer service' at airports.

      In the UK I have noticed a very welcome improvement in the behaviour of embassy officials and a more efficient level of service. And generally British Pakistani's who have gone home to Pakistan have noted a better law and order situation which has given them extra confidence in Musharraf's government.

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        #4
        i remember in december, i was coming in from a connecting flight from amsterdam to karachi. the customs dude was like going through my stuff and was like hinting towards a 'handout', i was like no, so he finally picked up an unused roll of film and was like, we could use this to take pictures of the kids.. i was like.. ok dude. tkae it.. and lemme pass already

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          #5
          Nomaan you will find that since Dec 1999 things have changed radically in the major airports of Pakistan. Even such samll acts of rishwat are increasingly frowned uopn.

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            #6
            The army is kicking butt now.
            And all the *******s at customs are scared ****less.
            GOOD FOR THEM!!!
            They deserve it.
            Pakistani customs is the worst in the world, they ask money every time they see a pakistani.

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              #7
              what wrong with custom people making some
              extra money feed their family when politicians stole billons of dollors

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                #8
                Taking money like that is haram.
                If the politicans do it, it is wrong.
                No matter who does it, it is wrong.

                Rvikz that was an extremely stupid question.

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                  #9
                  Rvikz if you want advice on how to fight corruption in India then I suggest you mail our CE - he could give you some pointers.

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                    #10

                    Good one Mailik.

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                      #11
                      Musharraf over the record of his administration. According to an Agence France-Presse report: “Political and diplomatic sources said that the commanders discussed plans to appoint a civilian prime minister to deflect public anger from the military, should the situation deteriorate further.”
                      Musharraf responded by saying: “If we were not performing, I would be the first person to be thinking of ways to bring in somebody who can run the country.” Summing up the continuing crisis, he said: “Pakistan is seriously ill... Pakistan may be difficult to govern, especially in view of the internal and external situation. The more so when there is talk of extremism, nuclear issues, drugs, Kashmir and Afghanistan.”

                      The schisms in the military reflect the pressure that the regime is under both domestically and internationally. While the US and other major powers tacitly accepted the coup, they have become increasingly critical of Musharraf's failure to carry out the IMF's economic measures, to crack down on Islamic fundamentalism and defuse the conflict with India over Kashmir. The US has effectively blocked IMF loans and has still not lifted economic sanctions imposed on Pakistan after its 1998 nuclear tests.

                      An editorial in the British

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Malik73:
                        Rvikz if you want advice on how to fight corruption in India then I suggest you mail our CE - he could give you some pointers.
                        may be should ask chinese---but it is too harsh

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                          #13
                          What is it with you Indians and China - why are you so obsessed with them huh?

                          All I said if you are so impressed by the CE's anti-corruption efforts then mail him for tips?

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                            #14
                            Maybe he should mail them to the indian military!!

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                              #15
                              rvikz
                              If india and britain does not like a particular govt. in Pakistan , that's a very good indication that the govt. is good for Pakistan.
                              India is a known enemy of Pakistan, so anything that the Indians say is only meant to hurt or damage pakistan.
                              The British, the same British, who provider a safe haven to our crimnals, have no credibility left in the world, when they hand over our crimnals and return our money stolen by these crimnals, then we might pay any attention to what Britian has to say.

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