Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Cold war inside Pakistani Presidential Palace

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari became furious on his son Bilawal Bhutto when the junior Zardari received a "special gift" from his girlfriend and Pakistani foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar on the day of Eid Ul Fitr. On the early hours of the day, Bilawal Bhutto received a flower bouquet and a hand-written greeting card stating – "No wonder we waited enough, not its time to give an end to our waiting. Eid Mubarak!"

Later President Zardari came to know about the contents of the romantic greetings card sent by his foreign minister, he immediately called Hina Rabbani Khar and expressed anger for her extra-marital affairs with his "minor son". At this stage, Hina Rabbani Khar in harsh tone criticized Zardari's "meanness" and asked him to refrain from "poking nose into her personal affairs". The Pakistani foreign minister even threatened to resign from the ministry as well as membership of Pakistan People's Party if President Zardari didn't apologise for his "inappropriate behavior". The matter was immediately brought into attention of Bilawal Bhutto by Hina Rabbani Khar and on hearing the news of his father's "rudeness" towards Hina; Bilawal also threatened of leaving the post of chairman of Pakistan People's Party and leave the country by the end of the year. It is learnt from dependable sources within the Zardari family that Bilawal Bhutto has made his mind to bid farewell to politics and leave the country either by end of 2012 or early next year, while Hina Rabbani Khar is also expected to resign from the ministry almost at the same time.

While the hidden cold war between the father and the son is getting complex every day, Hina Rabbani Khar on the other end is negotiating a settled divorce with her husband millionaire businessman Firoze Gulzar, from whom she has two daughters named Annaya and Dina. One of the common family friends of Gulzars and Khars is assigned to mediate the settled divorce. It is learnt that, Hina Rabbani Khar is offloading her shares of Polo Lounge in the name of her children following the settlement of the divorce, while she also has signalled to waive Firoze Gulzar from paying her any alimony after the divorce. Trouble between Hina Rabbani Khar and Firoze Gulzar reportedly began two years back when Firoze was caught in having extra-marital affairs with one of the female staffers of his business ventures. She brought this matter to the attention of her father and later they collected some evidence of extra-marital affairs of Firoze Gulzar. At this stage, being terribly shocked at the betrayal of her husband, Hina Rabbani Khar attempted to commit suicide by taking sleeping pills. The incident was kept out of attention of Pakistani media. During such extreme adverse time, relations started growing between Hina Rabbani Khar and Bilawal Bhutto, which ultimately turned into romantic affairs. It is learnt from the intelligence source that, President Asif Ali Zardari is vehemently opposing his son's willingness of knotting marital relations with a woman with two children, saying it would not only jeopardize Bilawal's political career but would also invite political doom for the ruling Pakistan People's Party (PPP). Being aggrieved by his son's ego and determination in making family with Hina Rabbani Khar, Asif Ali Zardari played key-role behind using country's intelligence agencies in spreading the scandal about the evasion of electricity bills worth 70 million Rupees by Galaxy Textile Mills, a company owned by Khar's husband Firoze Gulzar and father-in-law. The media reports also alleged that she and her husband are also among many other beneficiaries of NRO - an ordinance drafted to save corruption money and provide immunity to the corrupt.

At this stage, sensing his father's aggressive attitude towards Hina Rabbani Khar, Bilawal expressed anger and even threatened of resigning from the post of Presidency of Pakistan People's Party. He even told Asif Ali Zardari that he would settle in Switzerland with Hina Rabbani Khar and her daughters, though later he even told his father that, Hina might leave her daughters with her husband after the divorce. It may be mentioned here that, Bilawal Bhutto's mother Benazir Bhutto left a hidden wealth worth a few billion dollars in Switzerland and Bilawal is the legal nominee of all those properties. The secret affairs between Bilawal Bhutto and Hina Rabbani Khar came to the knowledge of Asif Ali Zardari, when the duo was caught in compromised situation inside the official residence of the President, where his son Bilawal Bhutto also resides. Later, President Zardari collected mobile call records between Bilawal and Hina and found evidences of relations between the two. The relations became much exposed to Asif Ali Zardari, when Hina Rabbani Khar sent Bilawal a greeting card on his birthday on September 21, 2011 with hand-written message stating – "The foundation of our relations is eternal and soon we shall be just ourselves."

Asif Ali Zardari reportedly also made numerous attempts to reconcile relations between Firoze Gulzar and Hina Rabbani Khar with the target of making an end to Hina-Bilawal romance. But nothing worked as Hina was unwilling for such reconciliation. A confirmed report of a Western intelligence agency even stated Asif Ali Zardari's secret attempt of getting Hina Rabbani Khar assassinated. Through one of his friends in Dubai, President Zardari even contacted the underworld killer gang offering US$ 2 million for the murder of Hina Rabbani Khar.

Bilawal Bhutto is the legal nominee of Benazir Bhutto's secret wealth worth US$ 930 million in Switzerland along with some properties. In 1994, executives of the two Swiss companies wrote, promising to pay "commissions" totalling 9 percent to three offshore companies controlled by Asif Ali Zardari and Nusrat Bhutto [Benazir's mother]. A Cotecna letter in June 1994 was direct: "Should we receive, within six months of today, a contract for inspection and price verification of goods imported into Pakistan," it read, "we will pay you 6 percent of the total amount invoiced and paid to the government of Pakistan for such a contract and during the whole duration of that contract and its renewal." Similar letters, dated March and June 1994, were sent by Societe Generale de Surveillance, promising "consultancy fees" of 6 percent and 3 percent to two other offshore companies controlled by the Bhutto family. According to Pakistani investigators, the two Swiss companies inspected more than US$15.4 billion in imports into Pakistan from January 1995 to March 1997, making more than US$ 131 million. Bhutto family companies made US$ 11.8 million from the deals. For Societe Generale de Surveillance, with 35,000 employees and more than $ 2 billion a year in earnings, the relationship with the Bhutto family has been painful. In addition to doing customs inspections, the company awards certificates of technical quality. In effect, its business is integrity.