On GHQ’s pressure, Zardari holds Bengali’s appointment for NEC

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President Asif Ali Zardari has withheld the summary of Dr Kaiser Bengali’s appointment as member of the National Economic Council (NEC) after the military establishment’s intervention, Pakistan Today has learnt.
Dr Bengali, an economist and former advisor to the Sindh chief minister on planning and development, was nominated by Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on May 6 as an NEC member from Sindh. However, according to sources privy to the president, Zardari withheld Bengali’s appointment after pressure from the General Headquarters (GHQ).
Sources said the prime minister had sent the summary of Bengali’s appointment under Article 156 of the constitution. According to Article 156, the president should constitute the NEC, consisting of the prime minister as the chairman of the council, chief ministers of all provinces and one member from each province which would be nominated by the chief ministers and four others members as the prime minister may nominate from time to time.
“The presidency received a summary of Dr Qaiser Bengali’s appointment from the Prime Minister’s House on May 7, but the president withheld the summary after the GHQ’s intervention,” the source said. “The military establishment has raised serious reservations over Dr Bengali’s appointment as NEC member from Sindh after his articles on corruption in the National Logistic Cell (NLC) run by the army,” he said.
In his articles published in some national newspapers, Dr Bengali made corruption allegations against Pakistan Army officials in the NLC, besides holding the army responsible for the destruction of Pakistan Railways to make way for the NLC.
“Dr Bengali also accused Pakistan Army of occupying Railways’ land worth billions of rupees after making the Railways dysfunctional,” he said.
“After the GHQ’s intervention of GHQ, the president has withheld the summary of the appointment of Dr Kaiser Bengali as member of NEC from Sindh and asked the prime minister to send an alternate name to fulfil the constitutional requirement,” he added.

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  1. I am surprised that kiayani suggested something to zardari. I thought he had completely submitted to zardari and had become one of his most trusted servants.

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