PPP leader’s hospital turns into five-star lodging for prisoners

By Naimat Khan

Former President Asif Ali Zardari conferring the award of Nishan-i-Imtiaz on Dr. Asim Hussain, former minister and Zardari’s partner in many projects recently detained by Rangers for massive corruption and part in the city’s crime economy

KARACHI: While both prisons of Karachi present a gloomy picture of tormented prisoners being jailed there, the well-off under trial prisoners and convicts, especially those having political backing, have found in a private hospital in the upper-class Clifton neighborhood a best and luxurious accommodation, sources in the health facility revealed to The Frontier Post.

Three VIP rooms at the third and fourth floor of the hospital, owned by a former PPP minister, were occupied by persons accused of huge corruption. However, the police took two of them, namely Moeen Shaikh and Javed on last Thursday evening, ending their prolonged and comfortable stay.

According to hospital sources Moeen Shaikh was using the room no-2006 at third floor for more than two years while Javed was being accommodated in room no 417 at fourth Floor. Though the exact date of his admission could not be known, a doctor in the facility told on the condition of anonymity that Javed was living there for several months.

The hospital record shows that Moeen Shaikh was advised for hospital observation by his consultant Dr Asif Farooqi, a senior physician in the hospital’s Clifton branch.

When this scribe contacted admission and discharge department of the hospital, the front desk staff on duty informed that daily charges of room no 2006 at third floor were Rs 9000 while the one at fourth floor could be acquired at Rs 10,000 per day. An estimate of his stay suggests that Shaikh might have paid from 8 to 10 million only as room charges to the facility.

Moeen Shaikh, sources said, was produced before the anti corruption court in Karachi on Friday, 27 September but it could not be known whether he was granted bail or sent to Jail on judicial custody. He, however, had not turned back to the hospital till Sunday evening.

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Adnan Zaman who was arrested for the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) payment of about Rs 60 Crore to fictitious and bogus exporters under the garb of 25 per cent freight subsidy, managed to get room no-2007 at third floor on 18 June 2013, just weeks after his arrest and is enjoying this facility for the last over hundred days despite serious graft charges.

The 54 years old Zaman was referred by his consultant Dr Faisal Memon of the said hospital. According to hospital’s statistics he had either paid to hospital or was liable to pay Rs 936,000 as room charges only till the filling of this report.

When The Frontier Post inquired about the average stay under medical observation an admission department official told that it was two to three days. He further told that there could be serious cases with prolong stay but their major chunk of time is spent in ICU.  The patient, gone in Coma is exception, he said.

Dr. Mirza Tasawar Baig, assistant professor and a spokesman for the Ziauddin Medical University insisted that patient could be retained for years in case of chronic diseases. He, however, showed his ignorance regarding the three cases in question, guessing there might be solid grounds to put the accused under medical observation for long time.

The Frontier Post tried to contact the concerned consultants but the phone number of both Dr Amir Farooqi and Dr Faisal Memon were switched off.

According to rule and procedures the jail authorities writes to home department, requesting for the transfer of under trial prisoner to hospital, informed senior lawyer advocate Gandapur, who further stated that the home department then refers him to one of  the services hospitals, which determines to which hospital he should be sent.

He further said that the concerned hospital is declared as sub-jail, guarded by jail police. When The Frontier Post contacted Sharfuddin Memon, consultant home to Chief Minister Sindh, who also holds the portfolio of home minister, he said he could speak on the subject on working day only and will share the record of under trial prisoners currently availing the facility.

This story was published in The Frontier Post on 30th September 2013 under the heading Influential inmates living comfortably in PPP ex-minister’s hospital. It is being reproduced for the interest of those who follow the Case of Dr Asim Hussain, the owner of this hospital.

Official record shows Zero police action against banned PAC

Faryal Talpur, Sister of former President and Co-Chairman of the ruling Pakistan People's Party is receiving bouquet from Sardar Uzair Jan Baloch. The PPP member Provincial Assembly Sania Baloch is also seen
Faryal Talpur, Sister of former President and Co-Chairman of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party is receiving bouquet from Sardar Uzair Jan Baloch. The PPP member Provincial Assembly Sania Baloch is also seen

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: Though declared an outlaw in October 2011, the Uzair Jan Baloch led People’s Amn Committee of Lyari and its gangsters have successfully escaped the police’s wrath, official documents tell.

People’s Amn Committee (Lyari), which enjoyed overt blessing of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) before 10 October 2010 and then alleged covert support of its men and ministers onwards, is listed as a banned organization at serial number 31 in a police report, a copy of which is available to The Frontier Post.

However, when the same report prepared by Inspector General Sindh Police, Ghulam Haider Jamali, shows the police performance in reference with action against outlaw, the name of PAC misses.

According to report the police have killed 780 criminals, arrested 1417 target killers, 490 terrorists, 463 extortionists and 18232 others criminals during the 508 days of surgical operation in Karachi.

The report by Sindh police chief said that 84 members of the banned organizations were arrested whereas 139 were killed by police from 5 September 2013 to 24th January 2015.

“Two members of Al Qaeda, 131 militants of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, 3 terrorists of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, one of Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan, 2 of Sipah-e-Muhammad Pakistan were killed” the reports stated.

The police performance against banned outfits shows that 29 members of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, 7 of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, 14 of Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan, 7 of Imamia Student Organization and 7 of Sipah-e-Muhammad Pakistan have been arrested.

The police’s official performance shows no major action against the gang now enjoying covert support of the ruling PPP and one of its sitting minister.

On the contrary Rangers in 675 raids at Lyari have killed 612 members of the People’s Amn committee and arrested 491 of the group.

Sardar Uzair Jan Baloch, head of the People’s Amn Committee was arrested by Interpol in UEA but is not being handed over to Pakistan yet.

A Dubai court on last hearing had termed the evidences presented by Pakistan officials insufficient for granting him to Pakistan.

Originally Published here 

‘Obstructing Swiss cases earns Bhounr Chairman Sindh Public Service Commission post’

Mohammad Saleem Bhounr

Naimat Khan
KARACHI: Although those looking for bright future in civil services have put their hopes in the newly appointed Chairman Sindh Public Service Commission, sources in foreign office Islamabad claim the former career diplomat, Mohammad Saleem Bhounr, has been picked up for the post due to his services for the PPP top leadership in Switzerland.

His predecessor, Justice (R) Dr. Agha Rafiq Ahmed Khan, former Chief Justice, Federal Shariat Court of Pakistan, was appointed as Chairman SPSC on June 9, 2014 for the period of five years.

Justice Rafiq, under whom the SPSC last year conducted screening tests of 18,000 candidates for the Provincial Civil Services (PCS) examination for around 210 posts of excise and taxation, labor and section officers and assistant commissioners disallowed his own son and daughter-in-law to appear in the screening tests for the sake of his integrity.

But, he was reportedly forced to resign when he refused to endorse direct appointments, made by the PPP Sindh Government. “Mr Bhounr was the ultimate choice for PPP” told an official in the Sindh Public Service Commission, believing the new appointment was aimed at getting the unfinished job done.

However, those in Islamabad and being aware of his track record, corruption allegations against him through his career and above all his dubious role in hindering the court’s orders to resume the Swiss cases against former president and Co-chairman Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Asif Ali Zardari, opines, the appointment has left one with little hope that he will meritoriously perform the daunting task ahead, the combined competitive examination 2014 that is likely to be held in March and April.

Hailing from Naushahro Feroze, the incumbent chairman SPSC, Mohammad Saleem Bhounr after serving in Pakistan Air Force selection centre and Foreign Service for almost 36 years, was appointed as ambassador of Pakistan in Switzerland, his last but most controversial stint.

Last year he was inducted to Sindh Public Service Commission (SPSC) as its member and after spending six months in the Commission with his predecessor, Justice (R) Agha Rafiq Ahmed, he managed to win the trust of PPP leadership in a short time as he was already in its good book, sources said.

“If this rich resume of trust was not enough, his blood relation with a PPP confidant earned him extra points”, sources said. Mohammad Saleem Bhounr’s Brother Gul Khan Bhounr, who had been looking after the financial matters of Pakistan People’s Party leadership, was given the security responsibility after Bilal Sheikh, Zardari’s top personal security officer in Karachi, got assassinated in a suicide attack on 10th June 2013.

In foreign Services, highly credible sources in Islamabad, told The Frontier Post that Mr Bhounr was superseded many times but finally returned back in BS-20 from where he with the blessing of ruling PPP, got the only ambassadorial assignment of his career.

After being posted as Pakistan ambassador in Berne during the peak time of Justice (R) Chaudhry Muhammad Iftikhar as Chief Justice of Pakistan, in which he sent pack home the then prime minister, Syed Yousif Raza Gilani, for the alleged contempt of court over non-execution of the court orders in Swiss Case, Bhounr was hindering the process at his end, sources claimed.

Back in the Swiss Capital Berne, Sources said, when a joiner officer, Hasnain Yousaf, who is now Deputy Director (Establishment-II) in Islamabad, tried to take the process ahead, he was not only stopped by Bhounr but called back through foreign office to Islamabad.

Later, in March 2013, Yousuf moved the apex court against the Foreign Office decision of recalling him to the country.

While citing the judgment in Anita Turab Case, he in his application stated the orders of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were not in accordance with the posting/transfer policy for the missions abroad, contained in Establishment Secretary’s DO letter No 1/24/78, CP of September 30, 1978, which stipulated that transfer between Pakistan and foreign countries should be made only after three years.

“But his fate was decided”, sources said.

At least two different sources in the Foreign office, while talking to this scribe confirmed that Hasnain Yousuf was in a spate with Saleem Bhounr over the issues relating to corrupt practices and mismanagement at Pakistan Embassy Bern.

To get the version of Yousaf, contact was made but without contracting his row with Bhounr over mismanagement and Swiss case said he would responding later.

The incumbent Chairman Sindh Public Service Commission was not available for the comments.

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Hospital owned by Zardari’s aide gets Rs500m grant


Naimat Khan

KARACHI: As the government hospitals across the Sindh province are in worst conditions due to scarcity of funds the health department of Government of Sindh is going to give Rs500milion to a private hospital of Karachi as a grant, it was reliably learnt here on Tuesday.

Credible sources in the Health Department told this scribe that while ignoring the government hospitals of the province, the Sindh Government of Pakistan People’s Party is going to give a health grant of Rs 500 millions to a private hospital situated in North Nazimabad neighborhood of the city.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the PPP chairman, had pointed towards the worst condition of Sindh health department and cited it as a bad instance of MQM’s governance which has mostly run this department.

However, sources said the preparations are making to give this huge amount to totally private health facility with no social services wing or community services department because of the owner’s association with the ruling party.

The hospital, which is owned by a former federal cabinet member, has two branches where treatment charges are high. When contacted Special Secretary Health Dr Khalid Sheikh said he had no such move into his knowledge. However, Secretary Iqbal Hussain Durrani confirmed that an application had been received for the grant by Chief Minister Secretariat but no summary has been raised in this regards yet.

The health minister Dr Sagheer Ahmed, who along with his party fellows in the provincial cabinet has sent his resignation to Governor House due to a row between his party MQM and the ruling PPP is totally unaware of any such development.

This paper had unveiled a scandal of housing high influential under trial inmates facing corruption charges and those convicted in corruption case by the Clifton branch of the same hospital. According to a REPORT published in this newspaper, a whole floor has been reserved for those who despite plundering the national wealth can enjoy the luxuries of comfortable rooms of the same health facility by producing fake illness certificates.

Edited version of this story was published here  

Four prisoners to hang this month

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: After the lapse of more than five years, the Sindh government has finally decided to start implementation on death sentences, whereas four prisoners, two each of Karachi and Sukkar Jails, will be hanged till death this month, it emerged on Tuesday.
The PPP led Sindh government had been facing pressure both from internationally backed rights groups and higher judiciary over the issue.

The rights groups were advocating non-implementation on to what they call extreme sentence while the Sindh High Court was forcing the provincial government to implement the orders if it wanted to discourage criminals and scale down the crime ratio.

Sources said that the Sindh government finally decided to implement the court verdicts in which the culprits in serious crimes had been awarded death sentences.

President Asif Ali Zardari, who had been resisting the implementation of such cases by retaining the files with him due to strong international pressure, has sent the mercy appeal back to the prime minister house and no such file is pending with him.

Chief Secretary Sindh Aijaz Chaudhry told a high level meeting on law and order situation headed by Chief Justice of Sindh High Court (SHC), Justice Musheer Alam here at the Sindh high court building on Tuesday that all appeals against the death sentences were returned by president Zardari with objections to Prime Minister House.

He also informed that the Sindh government will start implementation on the verdict from this current month.

He told that four prisoners, two each of which are jailed in Karachi and Sukkar prisons, would be hanged till death during the current month of August 2013.

It is also pertinent to mention here that several international human rights organizations have also appealed to the present government that death sentences should not be implemennted keeping in the view the lacunas in the prosecution system.