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    LOOT OF ANOTHER KIND BUT UNDER LEGAL UMBRELLA



    The government of His Excellency the Chief Executive General Pervaiz Musharraf is very sincerely trying to overhaul and reform the system. 50 long years accumulated mud cannot be cleaned just in one year particularly when there is an inevitable, but natural, strong obstructions from vested interests whose “burgers” would adversely been affected if Genral succeeded. Documentation of economy, collection of finger prints by NADARA for national database purpose all are steps to this direction good results of which cannot of course surface or appear instantly but with passage of time.

    “Staff cars” is another way very tactful “loot” under umbrella of “law”. Certain senior grades are allowed to take their staff cars with them on retirement. Such cars are sold to retiring person at “depreciated book value” which near concerned Officer retirement age falls appreciably and not on market price. A year or two before retirement huge amounts are spent on so-called “repairs” of such staff cars but actually to change almost all major parts to recondition and give a new life to it.

    The then federal Ombudsman, the protector of citizens rights of this debit ridden country, Mr. Justice ® Syed Usman Ali Shah on expiry of his tenure as ombudsman wanted to take his staff car with him when as per newspaper reports his case file reached on table of then PM Benazir Bhutto as Mr. Usman Ali Shah had already availed of this opportunity twice in the past on retirement as judge and (perhaps) Governor. Thus he got a feather in his cap being a person having enjoyed the benefit thrice.

    This right was enacted by foreign rulers who had different objectives and motives behind this. We are a poor nation under heavy debit. General Musharraf would be good if he considers stopping permanently this loot.


    By: [email protected] 15 January 2001



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