Asif Ali Zardari, former president of Pakistan, co-chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party, and currently a member of the National Assembly has summoned his legal defense team, Aitzaz Ahsan, Shahid Hamid, who served as the governor of Punjab, and Farooq H. Naek after the Supreme Court order in the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) case asking details of his and those of assassinated former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, and their children’s foreign assets.
Also present is Sindh chief minister Syed Murad Ali Shah.
In front of him, Zardari has cigarette cartons stacked high and the cap of his bottle of Johnny Walker Black Label loosened. He is livid, and nearly screams at the trio, “You folks failed me on Sept. 5 and let the Supreme Court constitute a joint investigation team to probe their allegation of money laundering.
“Did you, at least tell this cheap justice … this Saqib Nisar what his much trumpeted Rs. 35 billion is … just about $300 million! Nothing … indeed nothing… It is small change when Manhattan prices are like five to six thousand dollars per square foot.
“Yes, three topflight lawyers and they are even asking what is owned by Bilawal, Bakhtawar and Aseefa. These monsters don’t even let children off. Don’t they know that these children are even more innocent than Popes Innocent I, II, III and whatever? Don’t they know that both their mother and their grandfather, our eternal and great leader, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto are the nation’s only true martyrs? Children need pacifiers to console them and imagine those who have lost their mother. Wasn’t it my duty as their father to provide them with pacifiers? My children are not only innocent but also never demanding. They never question how and where like few hundred million dollars came into their accounts. Nor, do they ever ask when a new property is added to their names. They are extremely thankful … when any such thing happens; all they do it they thank me.
“How did you let the court bring up the NRO [National Reconciliation Order], which was done in 2007… done at the express request of President George W. Bush to [former president retired General Pervez] Musharraf. Even the poor former attorney general Malik Abdul Qayyum has been dragged into the case when all he did was draw up the papers.
“This man, Saqib is turning 65 on January 18, 2019 and retiring, doesn’t he remember how much movie tickets cost at my Bambino cinema house? Why is he worried about our foreign assets and bank accounts, including Swiss accounts?
“Aitzaz, you are always ready with a couplet, what happened to you … is it Shaikh Saadi or whoever who said that a river is made drop by drop. So a dollar here, a Swiss Franc there and you have an accumulation. In actuality, this case is against my fundamental rights to earn a living.
“If I remember it correctly someone told me that there is a saying that let Christians practice their own religion, and let the Jews practice theirs. So my religion is money! Let me practice it. Why all the fuss about nothing… does this Saqib … the dam builder … know that dams cost more than $300 million.
“I just cannot describe how on earth did you even allow the name of our ever-living queen, our great martyr Benazir to be mentioned? Aren’t martyrs sinless?
“Here Murad Ali has done a great thing in appointing a Christian as advocate general. He is most qualified to explain that just like Jesus, alayhi as salam, Benazir too was martyred for our sins.
Simply put, without Benazir’s martyrdom for our sins, no one would have eternal life. This is why Benazir was sent on earth and why she martyred, to become the ultimate and final sacrifice, the perfect without blemish sacrifice for our sins.
“The three of you must ensure that our Sindh advocate general Salman Talibuddin is given the floor to dilate on this principal of Benazir’s martyrdom to that of Jesus.
“I know, Aitzaz that we favored you over Maulana Fazalur Rehman for president but the good Maulana never turns away a good opportunity. The Maulana should be called as our defense witness to dilate upon the impropriety of questioning a martyr. I have been told that the majority of fuqaha’ are of the view that the one who is killed unlawfully is regarded as a martyr in the Hereafter only. Do I agree with this view … aren’t we are living now … so why only the Hereafter! Surely Maulana Fazal can take care of such details and get this Saqib’s nose out of our affairs.
“I want the three of you to make this Saqib Nisar accept the fact that seeking details of Benazir’s assets is a disrespect to a martyr. We owe it to her because Benazir died for our sins.”