Fallout from Arsalangate

By Khaled Ahmed

The PPP government was already in the dock for corruption. Arsalangate dragged some other entities into it: the army, the media, and the chief justice

Malik Riaz Hussain, arguably the biggest real estate developer in Pakistan with ‘connections’, decided to reveal that he had been blackmailed by the son of Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and had allegedly been forced to spend nearly Rs 40 crore on him. He used journalists of a media house on a social media website to deniably make his case, after which the country witnessed a full-blown media scandal undermining the authority and credibility of the Supreme Court.

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CJ Gate and Mafia War in Pakistan

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Both Malik Riaz vs Iftikhar Chaudhry and Talat Husain vs Najam Sethi sagas are an internal gang war of the establishment thugs.

While both groups (Malik Riaz group and Iftikhar Chaudhry group) remain, in the main, aligned with the agendas of Pakistan’s military establishment, the recent feud is basically an expression of the internal power struggle within the pro-establishment mafias.

A similar gang war (or proxy war) is currently reflected within Pakistani media where those loyal to Malik Riaz (Najam Sethi, Hamid Mir et al) and those loyal to Iftikhar Chaudhry (Talat Hussain, Ansar Abbasi et al) are busy in exposing each other in order to prove their loyalties and gain more power in the current mafia war.

Neither Talat Hussain nor Najam Sethi is our hero. Both of these establishment thugs are heroes of either naive or compromised Pakistanis.

Similarly, neither Iftikhar Chaudhry nor Malik Riaz Hussain is our hero. Both of these establishment thugs remain self-centred and opportunist.

Despite their internal power struggle (mafia wars), both gangs (Riaz Malik – Najam Sethi gang and Iftikhar Chaudhry – Talat Hussain gang) remain generally loyal to Pakistan’s military establishment despite their token disagreements and superficial criticisms once in a while.

Apparently, ISI played the Malik Riaz card in order to remind CJ Iftikhar Chaudhry of the terms on which he was restored by General Kayani.

In the past few months, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry tried to enhance his bargaining power by providing token importance to the cases of disappeared (abducted by the ISI) persons in Balochistan. The Empire (military establishment) struck back by revealing details of how CJ’s own family (son, wife, other family members) visited Europe, stayed in most expensive villas, received millions of dollars, while all such bribery was being sponsored by ISI’s most most reliable asset Malik Riaz of Bahria Town, who is notorious for his links with religious fanatics of Islamabad’s Red Mosqu (Laal Masjid) and Sipah-e-Sahaba (Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat).

CJ Gate is nothing but an internal power struggle within pro-establishment mafias in Pakistani society and media.

Related posts: CJ Family Gate: Is this how ISI is blackmailing Pakistan’s Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry?

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