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Rejoinder to Ansar Abbasi’s malicious and unsubstantiated report on General Musharraf’s farmhouse

May 24, 2009

A Long Live Musharraf” Report:

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Electronic and Press Media in Pakistan is enjoying full freedom since former President General Pervez Musharraf adopted the unprecedented policy of liberation of media, which no one ever dared to take on in the history of Pakistan. From state controlled few channels in 1999 to more than 60 channels in 2008, it was no other than a ruler in military uniform that always supported and encouraged the freedom of Expression. It seems ironical that the same media later started calling him Dictator and crossed all the limits of ethics in toppling him from office of President.

Like politicians of Pakistan, media quite often also behaves with so much incivility and irresponsibility, which not only serves the purpose of disinformation to the nation but also brings irrecoverable damage to national interests. For few years, centre of gravity of media and political parties is to bring down former President General Musharraf by a well orchestrated and well sponsored campaign against him. No news story attracts the attention of the reader, if it lacks some scandalous ‘information’ about former President. It is quite evident that ‘someone’ is still paying media to make false perceptions.

On 23rd May, Daily ‘The News’ published a story by Mr. Ansar Abbasi with the title, “Documents reveal power scandal in Chak Shahzad palaces”, which was simply based on malicious reporting and twisted facts. On TV channels and internet blogs, it appeared as big story and spread much quickly. This one sided report was followed by the ‘Breaking News’ that former President has vacated the army house. To add sensationalism in the news, it was said that Army has forced him to leave the army house. It was further added that General Musharraf has bought an apartment in London and is not likely to return back to the country.

President MusharrafIt was too much humiliating for all those who support General Musharraf and honour him as an honest leader and the man who always work for the ideology of ‘Pakistan First’. It was also so much sad and shattering for former President himself that he appeared on different channels and dismissed all such speculations. He said LOUD and CLEAR that he would live permanently in Chak Chehzad and is not going to leave Pakistan at all. He added that since the construction of his house was completed in Chak Shehzad, he moved out of official residence. On one question, he confirmed the news about his apartment in London and told that his future schedule for lectures in different countries and commitments for interviews is already well set. He has bought a flat in London to serve as a staying station during his visits. On one question he denied any role in killing of Nawab Akbar Bugti, saying he is ready to deal with the allegations levelled against him. He out rightly rejected any allegation regarding the rigging in the General Elections of 18th February 2008. He rejected the claim by PML-Q’s leadership that elections were engineered, calling this accusation totally baseless. When he was enquired about the allegation of acquiring electricity on cheaper rates, he rejected this false allegation, saying he abides law and never remains involved in such illegal act.

The next day spokesman of the Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO) clarified that new connection to the farmhouse is given as per the IESCO-Wapda rules without showing favour to any VIP. He said the contents of the news item were investigated and scrutinised, but no irregularity was found in provision of new connections to these farmhouses. There was no special concession in demand notices. (The News-24th May 2009)

This whole episode clearly depicts how irresponsibly the news reporters sometimes behave while making any story. Professional reporters always take versions of all the parties involved. Mr. Ansar Abbasi, unfortunately is too biased to practice this fundamental rule. We doubt he is probably paid to write such malicious reports, with half quoted and twisted facts. There is no freedom of media, without having feel of responsibility and sense of ownership.

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The given is the rejoinder to the malicious report of ‘The News’ by Mr. Ansar Abbasi.

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Written by Hammad Husain (Architect of Chak Shahzad farmhouse)

Mr Ansar Abbasi’s write-up in The News on 23rd May titled “Cheap electricity for Musharraf, ex-ISI chief and others” is a classic case of ‘hearsay’ journalism. Had the writer checked his facts, or at least taken the version of those he has callously accused, as a professional journalist is expected to do, his write-up would have been accurate. Mr Abbasi has claimed that “Gen Musharraf’s farmhouse was provided a free of cost transformer and other equipment in 2006”. This information is totally wrong. The correct fact is that a 25 kVA transformer was installed in 2003 right after Gen Musharraf bought the plot. On 25th Feb 09, as the house was nearing completion, an application was written to IESCO for upgradation of the transformer. A demand note was issued by IESCO on 11th March 09 titled “Extension of load and change of tariff”. A pay order of Rs 376,108 was deposited in the name of XEN(E), Islamabad-1 on 24th March and another pay order amounting to Rs. 102,000 was submitted as security deposit. Consequently, the old transformer was removed and a new 100 kVA transformer was installed. It is evident that instead of investigating the matter and verifying his facts, Mr Abbasi has depended solely on hearsay.

As far as the electricity meter is concerned, the published bill clearly shows the date it was installed (Dec 2003). The plot is in the P & V scheme of CDA where an agriculture meter D-2(1) is installed in routine (by default) till a house is built on the plot for permanent occupancy. The farmhouse was occupied a few days ago and the new meter with A-1(b) tariff (for residential use) is in the process of being installed this week in place of the old meter as per the above-mentioned demand note. The writer ought to know that exact electrical load is calculated and the purpose of the meter is clearly mentioned in all applications. IESCO installs meters after verifying the usage and loads and the customer does not have the option of choosing meters. (A-1(b) tariff is for heavy load and is more expensive than A-1(a) tariff that the writer mentioned in his story). Unfortunately, an unnecessary issue has been created out of a non-issue. After providing clarifications in today’s follow-up story, the writer still ‘stands’ by his story. It is easy to stand by a hearsay story, but it is difficult to stand by unverified and incorrect facts.

Hammad Husain

(Architect of Chak Shahzad farmhouse)

27 comments

  1. Bravo Nayyar , you are a pearl of Musharraf supporter community


  2. Geo Musharraf.


  3. Good defence…! But frankly speaking our 99% of VIP’s including politicians and defence persons are corrupt. I am sorry we should not have to defend them on their behalf. I can indicate hundreds of corruption case which Mr Musharraf has done either by using his Presidential office or Army Chief office!
    You can idealize his ideas and vision but … Read More please don’t defend his misdeeds and corruptions…!
    Just answer me one thing what was his pay for last 10 years?(for 100,000/per month far overestimated he has saving of 12 million but the estimated cast on his farmhouse was 2 billion, he also has 10 canal houses in Defence Lahore and Karachi) Where that all money has come from…?


  4. Aqeel bhai, aik machlee saray jal ko ganda kartee hay, actually itni corruption hay hmaray around k sai or galat ka faisla karna mushkil hay, yahan par aap ka wisdom kaam aata hay bhai, open ur eyes, study the facts, criticism is the most easiest act to do, but to read and get known to the facts is very very difficult task but once you r gone thru, one can become Dr. Zakir Nayek in his domain………….:)


  5. Of course you are right, this is what I am try to convey those guys who have given clarification to his corruption…!
    You know what kind of business his Son Bilal is doing? From where he has such a monster amount abviously Papa Jee Zinda bad…! Please don’t fallow and justify his blunders like the PPP or PML’s worker do justify Zardari and Sharif Brothers…!


  6. ansar abbasi the fundo and a taliban supporter should be sent to swat. he is a hypocrite and a journalist-for-sale. highest bidder gets his story published.


  7. Realities do not need clarifications Aqeel bhai, nothing is being proved against him as such, nothing at all jab k Musharraf power mein bi nahi hain, jab k baqio pe case bn k kharij huay hain, thats means kharij karwa die gaye hain, yeh hum no jawano ka kaam hay to search for reality, we all knw k hmarey politicians kitne pani mein hain to unn k baray mein baat ya tanqeed kiun? zarurat he nahi hay na bro……:)


  8. nize wrk nayyar


  9. Aqeel, you are merely making allegations, which is an easy thing to do. Share with us the evidence that Musharraf’s farmhouse is allegedly worth “2 billion.” His architect has already responded to this. Suffice it to say, the ACTUAL cost is significantly less than even 1 “billion.” In fact, his architect is reachable for further clarification should you persist. Secondly, show us the proof that Musharraf has “12 million” rupees in his personal account (as if you have access to it). While you are at it, I want to see evidence for the “10 canal houses” in Lhr and Khi as well. From what I understand, while strong cases of corruption apply upon the Bhuttos and the Sharifs, not so on Musharraf. The former are literally BILLIONAIRES (in DOLLAR terms). They became this rich in a short span of time. Not Musharraf. Sharif’s palatial Raiwind estate came about in less than a years time, with State money.

    Lest the above conveys the wrong impression, let me add this: Musharraf is certainly not poor; he is now upper-middle class. His source of income: his book (in the line of fire). He got a six figure sum for the initial contract with the publisher and has acquired the subsequent royalties. The book is selling well, whether anyone liked it or not, … Read Moreand so I would presume he has acquired a reasonable amount through that. Second: his speaking engagements. Musharraf is the top most sought after speaker/lecturer in the world today. For this he gets paid. He commands a fee more than former President Clinton. So then, Musharraf is currently making a reasonable income legitimately through his own hardwork. He deserves it. He is not “stealing” it from anyone. Therefore, if now Musharraf has the money, then that is through his own effort.

    Finally, please tell us also about Musharraf’s son, Bilal. What is his occupation? Don’t keep this a secret to yourself…share it with the world. Let me break it out to you: Bilal is an actuary, one of the highest paid jobs in the world. His field of expertise is finance and he was a vice-President in a U.S. based company. Do you have any idea … Read Moreabout the salaries (and bonuses) one gets at this level? Do a search on monsterjobs.com or reed.com to get an idea of the salaries. Let me state briefly that at the level he is, you receive very handsome salary by companies and banks, whether it be in the U.K, U.S, Dubai, Canada etc.
    As much as you may dislike and hate Musharraf, lets just stick to the facts: he is an honest man and someone with honor, who has spent a major part of his life fighting for the defense of Pakistan. He does not have the type of upbringing which motivates one to make money by the hook or the crook. Most importantly of all, produce your evidence if you are truthful.


  10. Goodness will approach to human who always have kindly behavior.
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    Moderator’s Response: Roshni, Welcome to my blog. I am glad finding my old friend from Indonesia, who always remain my source of encouragement and inspiration.🙂


  11. ppl like ansar abbasi are sponsored and agents working against Pakistan, jo apnay he army or agencies ko badnam karnay k paisay wasool kartay hain, aik jagha to ilzaam lagatay hain in jaisay takkay takay k loog k 10 bln khaa gya musharraf or dosri taraf electricity chori ki batain in jahiloon say pochoo k 10 bln milnay k baad musharraf ko kia zarroort pari hay k puri hay k apna sir khapata rahay apnay mulk k liay n jahil media or syasat danon ko 10 bln kia 10 mln bhi mil jain to dosray din say nazar na aain k kahaan gai


  12. Mr Ansar Abbasi please use your energy in the positive direction and you are losing your credibility.CNN and BBC have never ever discuss on CIA or M I 6 nor they have showed any picture of their wounded soldiers on their channels.Please be positive.


  13. Where has the interview from the architect been sourced from?
    Any references?
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    Moderator’s Response:
    Asad, We are the source. Its LongLiveMusharraf’s Report. Unfortunately, media is publishing one sided stories with twisted figures and is not printing the rejoinder to such malicious reports. So, we have placed it to make the record straight.


  14. m 200% agree wd uss017, the thing is y dnt ppl look at the politicians? these politicians also have corruption cases against them, isnt it? y do we AGAIN N AGAIN VOTE FOR THEM? y since 1988 till 1997 nawaz sharif n benazir came into power twice? y we ,have led zardari 1 of the most corrupt ppl of PAKISTAN, to occuoy the seat of president? in my language( kashmiri) there is a iidom i will translate it here, it says kuty ko ghee raas nai ata isi trha hamari qaom ko acha leader raas nai ata. if we wud have bn ha wise nation, zardari cud have nt bn our president. i salute musharraf. ALLAH PAKISTAAN ka hami o nasir ho rather i wud say jo PAKISTAN KO NUQSAAN POHANCHA REHY HEN ALLAH unko nuqsaan pohanchae. m really impressed by these posts in musharraf’s favour n m thank ful to these gys, ALLAH apko bhtreen ajr de jazak ALLAH


  15. Ansar Abbasi is one of the corrupt journalist in Pakistani media. He get paid whatever he write. He mostly writes such stories which might can creat distrubance in paksitan. One of his stories was about the corruption of CJ Iftikhar chaudhary. He wrote it and when action was taken against him, he came on roads and he joint Lawyers and then started writing against Mr Musharraf. The point is that Ansar Abbasi only wants to creat distrubance in Pakistan. He is from those who wants to destroy Pakistan. God never forgive this kind of Munafiqs who sell themselevs just because of few pennies.


  16. Excellent reply to the hypcorite Ansar Abbasi. He belongs to the group of people who can easily be assumed as Black mailors and paid agents of some one else, either talibans, politicians and West.


  17. Watch the video of Sawal Yeh Hai

    http://www.friendskorner.com/forum/f178/sawal-yeh-hai-29th-december-2008-a-85134/

    Forward to min 22

    Sawal Yeh Hai 29th December 2008 – Friends Korner

    Mr Zahid Bashir attended a talk show hosted by Dr. Danish and produced/broadcasted by a TV Channel ARY One World. The title of talk show was “Sawal Ya Hai Kai” and it was aired on 29th December 2008 at about 11.05 P.M.

    The show exposed Ansar Abbasi’s dishonesty and corruption.

    A letter was read in the same program, sent by one Ashraf Ansari to FBR with the subject “Tax evasion by Ansar Ahmed Abbasi Journalist”.

    The letter also exposes Ansar Abbasi’s father’s activities who according to Mr. Ansar Abbasi is “a known businessman of Muree” whereas according the letter, he was a poor labourer.

    According to the letter, Ansar Abbasi has the properties having worth of Rs.444 millions. The figures and details of properties owned or attributed to Ansar Abbasi are surprising.

    For example, the wardrobe inventories of Ansar Abbasi, who is reported to have 150 foreign suits, diamonds and precious watches etc. Ansar Abbasi has one office maintained car by Jang and other inexplicable perks.

    It was reported that Ansar Abbasi owns two hotels in Islamabad and a CNG pump for which he had never paid any taxes.


  18. Ansar Abbasi, Hamid Mir and all the guys who works for JANG group or geo are CIA agents. and playing a double game. Musharraf is been the greatest leader of Pakistan of all time after Mr Jinnah.


  19. Long Live Ansar Abbasi.


  20. @ salim above: salim bhai kia kuch piya hua hay ?


  21. HUMBLY REQUEST TO ANY ONE WHO COULD HELP ME BY GIVING THE CONTACTS OF MY ONE AND ONLY GREAT LEADER SIR PERVAIZ MUSHARRAF. JIO MUSHARRAF.


  22. http://pakistaniat.com/2009/07/26/leaders-pakistan

    pls vote in ATP poll for gen musharraf ans spread it upto mazimum


  23. musharraf once said..i’m not worried about our outside enemies but the people within country…he meant traitors within country.our islamic history is full of stories where we r mostly deceived by our own traitors who were sold outs.ansar is not alone…there r many…even one can doubt mr.ahmad quraishi’s credibility now.plz try to find and kick out black sheeps within our selves..all media people and all political so-called leaders…


  24. well said uss017…logical writing and may god bless u for informing us about the facts…musharraf surely is the most honourable person after great quaid.maybe he was too early for us like quaid and ayub khan…maybe we deserve zardaris and sharifs


  25. salam,
    yes omer i feel the same, kehty hen jesi rooh wesy farishty so wohi ho ra ha, we r coward, cnt speek the truth loudly so zardari n sharifs got an opportunity to govern the supids.


  26. I amazed to read your writing about musharraf…!
    @USS007: My dear I know lots about the things you have mentioned. Lets Talk about Musharraf Legal and Moral Correptions. First consider him in the ARMY Chief office: Korgal war is his most highly proffessional blunder. I will write over it you may all know if you have the impartial thinking. He has passed so many rules such that the officers have become just businessmen. For Example He make law that with every increase in the Rank the officer will be given plot in the defense housing society. So they are becoming proffessially just Property dealers. He make a law that every Brigadier rank will be given his office car along with him on his retirement so everyone get a new branded Carrolla 2OD. this is a long list. Just to keep the ARMY mouth shut. (Importantly he has not done anything for the Men)
    In his President office: You all know what he did, Starting from the over take of an elected government to the dismiss of Chief Justis in a pathetic way.
    Regarding his Corruption I don’t think he was behind PPP or PML leadership. In the similar pattern he has blessed his Friends and Family.
    My dear you know how many years Bilal has worked for US based Multinational companies definitely not more than His Uncle Shoukat Aziz. Then how he is much richer than Uncle jee. He has started business with Saudi Prince Talal on a gas and oil sector with a monster amount…! Where this huge amount came. He is the main share holder of FAsail bank. This is what I have said Papa Jee Zinda Bad.
    Finally if Musharraf was on right path then why he is not coming to Supreme Court…?
    @ Samina: You are right that our nation is not Nation but crowd But tell me one thing When Musharraf was ruling then how was we all? At that time we were the same so called stupid(as you said) nation. Think about that…!


  27. @aqeel
    1st thing abt the army facilities etc
    tell me those who always playing wd their lives, dnt they deserve all these benifits n facilities etc? n those who r just ruining the country n its image they deserve, isnt it?
    2nd thing in president musharraf’s regime we were the same n the result is that we r govern by ZARDARI who dnt knw d ABC of how to run a govenrment, yes he knows the a-z how to gather money.
    n which elected government u r talking abt? nawaz brothers? tel me 1 good thing they did for pakistan?
    n now a days they r busy planing how to divide PAKISTAN, they r working on the same strategey which was used in 1971 n result, u know. b rational in ur thoughts, calculate who has done wt n to wt extent.
    tnx



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