by Khurshid Anwer
For those not familiar with the above name, a person of low status named Bacha Sakka became the accidental ruler of a country. Not being sure how long he would last, he appointed all his relatives to high government posts. This was the birth of ‘Cronyism’ and people of low status become accidental rulers have been following the example down history lane.
The problem is not so much when just the King decides he is above the law, it is when his courtiers (including the court jesters) start thinking the same.
An example of this is to be found in the elections of 1977. Bhutto decreed that no one could be allowed to contest election against the saviour of the nation. A simple solution was found to a simple problem – his opponent was kidnapped for the duration of the election.
The lesser ‘saviours’ also felt that no one should be allowed to defeat them in the election. Simple solution – ‘rigging’. What happened after that is part of our sorry history.
Here is a shining example of Cronyism the PPP way:
The new Pakistani Ambassador to Syria, Aminullah Raisani, a Crony of President Zardari, has replaced the entire faculty of the Pakistan International School in Damascus with his Cronies i.e. members of his immediate family (salaries per month):
Saeeda Yasmeen Raeesani, sister, Principal, $6,500
Ms Abbas, sister, Urdu teacher, $3,500
Amna Aminullah Raeesani, daughter, teacher, $3000
Quratulein Aminullah Raeesani, daughter, teacher, $3000
Mohammad Ishaque, br-in-law, accountant, $3,500
Attique-ur-Rehman, nephew, business teacher, $3000
Syed Muhammad Ali, nephew, business teacher, $3000
Nayla Atiq, sister’s granddaughter, Math teacher, $3000
Ali Abdullah, sister’s son-in-law, teacher, $3000
Muhammad Ahsan Shafique, cousin, teacher, $3000
Rasheed Chattha, cousin, Biology teacher $3,500
A collective salary of some $38,000 per month being paid by the people of Pakistan. It is rumoured that these salaries are nearly double of what the previous faculty was being paid.
Now we are waiting with bated breath to see what, if anything, will be done about a crony who has out-cronied all cronies.