Former president Asif Zardari, his children, Bilawal, Bakhtawar, and Aseefa, and sister Faryal Talpur, are in a meeting with Senator and leader of the opposition in the Senate, Sherry Rehman and Senate deputy chairman, Saleem Mandviwalla, and national assembly member Khurshid Shah. Also present are lawyers Farooq H. Naek, their lead attorney in the recent most money laundering case involving Zardari and Talpur, and Aitizaz Ahsan.
The former president opens the discussion, “Why all this creation of a mountain out of not even a mole hill? This ‘money laundering scam’ thing … this Rs. 35 billion. For God sake, it is Pakistani rupees, not American dollars or British pounds! Why all the fuss?
“It is nothing but the worst example of pre-poll rigging. Probably, this is why Bilawal lost his birthright seat of Lyari. You are right Farooq, it was simple mala fide intent and ulterior motives to malign and defame us before our voters. I can’t imagine that the tame Sindhis did not vote for Bilawal in Lyari.
“At least, give the devil its due. Imran Khan was right in calling the voters donkeys … yes, indeed, in Punjab assembly, we just got ten seats.
“Farooq, your reply is so accurate that money laundering laws are not applicable on Faryal and me because we are not public servants. You really put it so well that section 5 (2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act is not applicable on us in any way.
“Farooq, you should have also quoted our Abdul Qayyum Jatoi that ‘corruption is our right!’ … He is no small fish. He was our federal deputy minister for defense production!
“How this honorable man was hounded by the media. He goes to meet with some professional girls and the police raid the Cat House in Islamabad. I don’t know who brought along this horrible Mubasher Luqman to record this for his TV show.
“Bilawal, you remember the fuss that was created that payment for Ayyan Ali’s air ticket was made from your bank account? What! Can’t Bilawal help a little Pakistani girl who was doing nothing but carrying half-a-million dollars in her bag!
“Now coming back to this joke … the Rs. 35 billion case … rupees, Pakistani, these jealous people can’t stand anyone having some money! Look what they did … just look … Naseer Memon who contested on a Grand Democratic Alliance ticket against the party of Great Martyrs and the only genuine leaders of our country, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir is the brother of the Federal Investigation (FIA) director general Bashir Memon. And FIA additional director general Najaf Quli Mirza, who also heads a Joint Investigation Team is also a cousin of Dr. Zulfiqar Mirza, who has now lost his bearings and turned hostile toward me and contested the elections on a GDA ticket against our candidate.
“Farooq, we have twenty seats in the Senate, we have the deputy chairman of the Senate, we have 43 seats in the National Assembly … and we have Shahbaz Sharif ready and willing to raise his entire party’s hands for me, we need to change the definition of morality or better still expel it from the dictionary.
“It is nothing but this ‘morality’ that is the root cause of all the world’s and our problems. And you know Imran Khan is always pontificating that doing corruption is immoral.
“You all know that a system is only as good as the political will to make it work.
“I needn’t remind you that need is the mother of all inventions and innovations.
“You know how a textile shortage led to the invention of the bikini. It was due to material rationing after World War II, that French engineer Louis Réard introduced the modern bikini on July 5, 1946. See how much material he saved. As usual there was the ‘moral’ brigade turning up their noses, the Catholic Church, some media, and a majority of the public initially thought the design was risqué or even scandalous. Wow … but no thought of the public service of saving material.
“Sherry, in your capacity as the leader of the opposition in the Senate, you should move a resolution that either the definition of the word ‘morality’ should be changed, or still better this horror should be eliminated from the lexicon!
“Let us, never forget that need is the mother of all inventions and innovations.”