AQ Khan’s Offshore Accounts Exposed: Military Officers to Follow?

A Q KhanThe Panama Papers are not going away. Nawaz Sharif spent the day in parliament discussing the scandal, and there appears to be little sign of resolution as opposition parties walked out in response. After calling for Nawaz to resign, Imran Khan has also found himself facing problems as he was exposed as having offshore accounts also. At least Immy was honest and admitted that his offshore company was created so he could avoid paying taxes. However Imran turns out not to be the only ‘Khan’ exposed in the scandal that won’t go away. It is not learnt that AQ Khan has also been exposed in Panama Papers.

AQ Khan has denied having any offshore companies and claimed that his family members signatures were all forged as part of a huge conspiracy against him by Habib Bank.

“I have never even heard the name of this company,” A.Q. Khan told Dawn over phone. “Neither did my wife and daughters. My brother, who died a few years ago, was with Habib Bank and, as you know, bankers are always up to their tricks and hanky panky,” he said without mincing words. “My wife and daughters never signed any documents to create this company. The signatures (on the incorporation paperwork) are surely false. My brother never discussed it with me and my family only heard about this company after the Panama Papers release.”

It’s not just what AQ Khan knew about these companies that is now coming under scrutiny, though. Many are also asking how this was not discovered until so late. One name that appeared in Panama Papers list was wife of AQ Khan, Hendrina. This is not a very common name and surely a researcher would have noted it, especially a researcher like Umar Cheema who is not only a Jang/Geo reporter but also a member of the ICIJ that broke the story! Is this another case of Army’s strangle hold on media?

Surely the powers that be knew that things could not be hidden forever. Now questions are being asked who else has been ‘missed’ in the long list of offenders? So far it has been civilians who have been in the bulls eye of the Panama Papers scandal, but we know thanks to former DG-ISPR Maj-Gen (r) Rashid Qureshi that Army has been covering up corruption among military officers since long. Will we soon learn than the names of military officers appear in the Panama Papers but were not previously reported? Will these too be blamed on ‘hanky panky’ at Habib Bank?

Conspiracy to malign Pak military

It is well known that there is a conspiracy by foreign agents to malign the Pakistan military as part of a scheme to destabilize the country. We know this because we are told so by our trusted and esteemed TV anchors who are second in their patriotism only to members of the national agencies. But the proof is right under our own noses if we will only care to look.

Just recently we saw several cases of foreign agents manipulating the media for anti-state propaganda. This has been exposed by one patriotic journalist as “pursuit of dollar-driven and Raw-CIA sponsored foreign agenda to fatally damage the defence establishment”.

The first foreign agent to expose himself is none other than DG ISI Lt Gen Pasha who told parliament that Abbottabad fiasco was the result of “intelligence failure”. It is well known that ISI is recognized as “top best intelligence agency of the world”.

Obviously, by parroting the CIA lie that Osama was killed in Pakistan, Gen Pasha must be doing the dirty work of the CIA/RAW/Mossad. Are we even sure that his name is Pasha and not Vijay or Shlomo?

Most recently, however, there is Dr A Q Khan who claims that Pakistani military leaders took bribes and sold nuclear secrets to North Korea.

In a written statement, Dr Khan describes helping transfer more than $3m to senior officers, delivering the cash in a canvas bag and cartons, including one in which it was hidden under fruit.

The revelations, which have been denied by Pakistani officials, will only heighten already difficult relations between Islamabad and Washington.

The account is backed up by a letter, dated July 15, 1998, marked “Secret,” and purportedly signed by Jon Byong Ho, North Korean Workers’ Party secretary, which says “the 3 millions (sic) dollars have already been paid” to one Pakistani military official and “half a million dollars” and some jewellery had been given to a second official.

Although the status of Dr A Q Khan’s circumcision is not known, obviously he is a RAW agent to be spreading such false propaganda. We know that these documents must be forged because they accuse military officials of corruption and willingness to sell the national assets when everyone knows that only Asif Zardari and his cronies are corrupt.

What is clear is that the honourable Pak military is being maligned by devious foreign agents whose cunning knows no boundaries. Who else would have the foresight to spend decades serving their national defences only as part of a wicked plot to turn and malign the military with such criticism!