In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
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Pakistan Navy Chief Corruption Puts Navy at Risk

by Meinhaj Hussain, m.hussain@grandestrategy.com

The Pakistan Navy is in disrepair. It is facing acute shortage of helicopters, SAR aircraft and modern frigates. Seen in the backdrop of the massive Indian naval buildup which is sporting a numerical and qualitatively superior fleet many times the size and capability of the Pakistan Navy, composed of nuclear submarines, aircraft carriers, modern frigates and destroyers, the Pakistan Navy fleet appears in poor light.

In the increasingly unstable world and open Indian ambitions of the Indian Ocean, the demand for naval competence and capability for the Pakistan Navy becomes a vital bottleneck for Pakistan's national security and foreign policy. The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) Admiral Noman Basheer however, is busy filling his private coffers. With close ties and in partnership with Pakistani President Asif Zardari, a billionaire known infamously in Pakistan as Mr. 10%, CNS Noman Basheer is filling his pockets with the nation's meager treasures.


His recent purchase of four Hawker 850 XP aircraft is a case in point. With a large and extremely diverse fleet of VIP aircraft, did Pakistan really need another VIP aircraft purchase? The country’s VIP fleet includes G-IV, Cessna Citation V, Cessna Citation Excel, Learjet 35, Learjet 45 XR, Raytheon Hawker 400, Falcon 20, Cessna Conquest II, Bell 412 helicopters (3) MI-17 helicopter Airbus A310-300 and LearJet.
Insiders know that, for this deal for the Hawker 850, envelopes exchanging hands.

Nearing retirement, CNS Basheer has accelerated his efforts and this deal was apparently not enough reward for missing the boat on the French Marlin submarine deal. Noman Basheer now wants to upgrade 35 year old Agosta 70 submarines. Whether it is ethical to send seamen out to sea in such ancient boats is questionable. Submarines are not trucks. If a truck breaks down, the occupants can simply dismount and walk away. A submarine on the other hand, is a death trap. Mechanical failure can more likely than not, lead to death in the ugliest way possible - slow and steady suffocation. This deal is in the background of supposedly not having enough money to buy German or Chinese submarines. Even the lowliest modern Chinese submarine would have been many times superior to sending seamen out in the Agosta 70s. Yet, CNS - Admiral - Noman Basheer has no problems as long as his Swiss bank accounts register an upswing. Somewhat disingenuously, this deal was concluded with the same French naval company - DCNS that was contracted for the Agosta-90B retirement fund project.

You can be sure that a long line of poor flood affected Pakistanis living below the poverty line will benefit from this deal - including President Zardari and his PPP nymphs.

Much to the chagrin of the Pakistani people, the amusement does not end here - the CNS is now calling to cancel the Gwader Port contract and "hand it over to the Chinese", whatever that vague phrase means. For those who know, it means strangulating yet another strategic project for Pakistan, as if the Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline deal's indefinite postponement was not treason enough. 

Rumors suggest that this corrupt PN officer is slated to become chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee. This will not be the first PN officer to disgrace the Pakistani nation - he is following the illustrious career of CNS Mansoor who made his fortune in the infamous Agosta 90B deal with France.

CNS Admiral Noman Basheer would do well to remember the Iranian revolution and what happened to the Shah's men. In the event that insh'Allah Pakistan becomes an Islamic State, those who have looted the nation are insh'Allah going to receive compensation for their services, as long as there is enough rope to hang them with, and enough trees to hang them from.
Vision Without Glasses

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ref article "Pakistan Navy Chief Corruption Puts Navy at Risk" appears to have been written based on gross speculation. Mr Meinhaj needs to be precise and to the point rather than be all-over-the-place generic.

Anonymous said...

he is just posting bullshit, not stating any facts, and is SLANDERING the CNS.

Shahid Maaaahmooddd, said...

Last month I has visited a NHS and get behold ,because its sees,That I am in Uk or usa.corruption,loot plunder has accepted as norms,I was told by an elderly rtd PN that many hundreds of these bunglows of 400 too 2000 sq yds are cost in billions,Heil zaaardari

M. Hussain said...

I am sorry if some readers do not like this article. However, the truth must be spoken, and I have it from a senior PN retired officer that corruption is rife at the moment. Peace.

Anonymous said...

Slanderers will be punished in hell one day. Zardari may be corrupt but Adm. Noman Bashir is an honest and professional officer. He comes from a rich family and there is no need for him to get involved in corruption at such a belated stage. No proof has been provided by the writer. Every thing is based on hearsay from a disgruntled retired officer. SHAME ON THE WRITER.

Anonymous said...

THIS IS THE EASIEST THING TO DO ... THROW MUD AROUND ... BASED ON RUMOURS ... I HATE THE WRITER AND HIS SHIT PIECES

Anonymous said...

There were people who blamed Hadrath Ayesha. The writer falls in the same category. This is disgraceful conduct.

Anonymous said...

sharam karo ... gheebat kartay ho

Anonymous said...

THIS IS ALL SLANDER AND BULL SHIT ... NAVY CHIEF IS A NICE GUY ... VERY CLEAN AND POPULAR AMONG SAILORS ... WHY DONT YOU WRITE ABOUT THE ARMY CHIEF ... BECAUSE HE WILL PUT ISI IN YOUR ASSHOLE

Anonymous said...

what utter nonsense against a good guy

Anonymous said...

Lets not blame a good guy when there is no proof against him. Also consider his good reputation.

Anonymous said...

There should be capital punishment for blaming a person without proof.

Anonymous said...

baseless allegation..writter must quote some references

Anonymous said...

TO ME IT SEEMS TRUE ,,, NOMAN BASHEER BELONGS TO A MODEST FAMILY AND NOT ONLY IN THIS , HE HAS ALSO PLUNDERED MONEY IN FRIGATES DEAL ALSO , HAS AWARDED CONTRACTS TO HIS SON WORTH MILLIONS OF DOLLARS WITHOUT ANY MERIT

Anonymous said...

I THINK THE AUTHOR DOES HAVE A MEAT IN HIS MATERIAL .... GENERALY NOMAN BASHIR ENJOYS AN IMPRESSION OF A FLAMBOUNT AND HAS THE GREED FOR MONEY...... TO PROVE ,,GO AND SEE HIS PALACE IN BK FARMS WHERE ALL THE RESOURCEs of pak navy were utilised brutaly, and then go to karachi to have another look of his palace...from where does this money came ??????????????
as long as it is concerned that he belongs to a rich family ... I dont agree.. as I have seen him as a junior officer maintaining a n old motorcycle and he used to go out for ,//// with his buddy who was years junior to him but knew his all secrets ...named as waseem ... reportedly , Noman bashir promoted him also out of turn super ceeding many excellent officers of navy...

Anonymous said...

Noman Bashir is a big cheat, and not only financially corrupt but he is highly morally corrupt also, the writer has brought out the truth, why Noman bashir presents himself to NAB for clearance.... NAB is already after him , however his brother in a very senior position in Forign office is saving this culprit...A FILTHY MAN , WHO DOES NOT HAVE RESPECT EVEN FOR THE LADIES OF FELLOW OFFICERS>>> GANDA AADMI

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