Hussain Nawaz and China YatraBy Umer Toor • Jul 10th, 2013 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look • 2 Comments
If it’s all about signing the memorandums of understandings (MoUs) then you might be surprised to learn that previous PPP led coalition government signed the most number of MoUs in the history of Pakistan with various governments and the private sector organizations across the world. But that aside, what was one of major criticism on the PPP government of Gilani and Raja?
Media cried hoarsely about the benefits enjoyed by the children and wives of former prime ministers Yousaf Raza Gilani and Raja Pervaiz Ashraf. Gilani was even termed as ‘MBBS’ i.e. Mian Biwi Bachoon Samait. Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, the another PPP minister was also scandalized with the appointment of his son in law and alleged enjoyments of his other relatives. They were punished ruthlessly in the polls and now they are virtually out of politics.
Now when you look at the six-day long visit of this current Tair-e-Lahooti Prime Minister; you would think that its some sort of family picnic by Sharif Family. Both brothers; Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif, Nawaz Sharif’s wife Kulsoom Nawaz, Nawaz Sharif son Husain Nawaz, Shahbaz Sharif son Salman Shahbaz and their personal photographers and aides were along too.
Both Sharif brothers are holding public offices and their presence during the visit can be justified. First Woman Kulsoom can also be justified as per protocol, though its against austerity. Salman Shahbaz is known to be a talented guy with knowledge and skill of business, but then he has no political or public office and his presence is kind of illegal. He has been working as think tank in PML-N, and may be he was there to support the back end of the talks.
But the presence of Husain Nawaz is not only weird but also very interesting. The chubby Husain Nawaz has remained in UK for a long time and we never saw him during PML-N opposition era. Public were told that Husain wasn’t the political type and would never join it. We saw the glamorous Maryam Nawaz Sharif taking lead on Hamza Shahbaz. But now all of a sudden, we see Husain Nawaz standing behind his father premier in most important state talks.
So what is happening here? Has Nawaz Sharif replaced his heir from Maryam to Husain? Or as Shahbaz Sharif has put his both sons into politics, so Nawaz has also pitched his two kids against their cousins? Or more alarmingly, Husain Nawaz was in China to pursue his own business interests? What is happening here? Who paid for Husain Nawaz visit? In which Capacity he was there? What exactly were his engagements in China?
Will media provide us the answers to above questions? Will Iftikhar Chaudhry, father of that angel son Arsalan Iftikhar, take suo moto on this weird thing?