Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar on Thursday announced his decision to resign as the governor of Punjab, saying that there was a deficit of truth in the country and he could not solve the problems of the people.
LAHORE: Former governor Punjab Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar on Thursday rejected report that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had taken resignation from him, claiming that he himself tendered resignation.
According to him he sent his resignation to President Mamnoon Hussaain last night.
The former Punjab governor was addressing a press conference after resigning from his post in Lahore.
The former governor also expressed grief over wrong reporting of his resignation.
President Mamnoon Hussain accepted the resignation. Sarwar said the land mafia and land grabbers were more powerful than a governor in Pakistan. “As a governor, I failed to address the problems. I regret to say that the land mafia and land grabbing have become a business and these mafias are more powerful than a governor,” said Sarwar, addressing a news conference at the Governor’s House.
Sarwar said it was really regrettable that oppression and injustice were on the rise in Pakistan, land mafias were active, incidents of crimes against women — such as rape and acid-throwing — were increasing, children were abducted, raped and murdered but their relatives had no access to justice. “Ethnic minorities are insecure, people’s lives and properties are not safe,” added the ex-governor.
“Despite the passage of 68 years of our independence, half of the country’s population has no access to clean drinking water and 23 million children are deprived of school education,” he said. He said he regretted that he had failed to come up to people’s expectations, especially overseas Pakistanis.
The overseas Pakistanis, he added, rendered great services for Pakistan and they were sending billions of rupees annually to the nation.
“I will live and die in Pakistan, and serve my country whole-heartedly,” said Sarwar. He said he would not leave the country like Shaukat Aziz and Moeen Qureshi.
The former governor, who assumed office in August 2013, said he was thankful to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan for his appointment.
He said he had no differences with Nawaz Sharif and the reports that he was asked to quit his office were not true. “I am quitting the office without any pressure from any quarter and I have no differences with the PML-N leadership who gave me a big responsibility for the welfare of the masses,” he added. Sarwar said he had decided to quit the office months ago and informed former law minister Rana Sanaullah about it.
Besides, he said, in a meeting with Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, he had conveyed to him his will. Sarwar said he was asked by some senior leaders of the PML-N not to quit as the government was in a critical phase due to the sit-ins of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and he preferred to stand by it.
“I categorically deny that the resignation had been sought from me by the government,” said Sarwar. He said as a British MP, it had been his training to call a spade a spade and he continued this tradition in Pakistan as well. He said he believed that he could serve the country and the poor people in a far better way. He also said local government polls were vital for democracy and without transferring powers to the masses, real democracy couldn’t flourish. He stressed the need for strengthening the local government system for solving people’s problems at a local level. He said he would continue to raise his voice for local body polls.
Sarwar said he had the privilege of being the first Muslim MP in Britain and taking oath on the Holy Quran. He said during his term as British MP, he never hesitated to criticise his own government whether it was over the issue of the US bombing of Iraq or the liberation of Kashmir and Palestine.
He added that as a member of the House of Commons, he also started Eidul Fitr celebrations which were attended by the British PM, leaders of all parties and the ambassadors of Muslim states.
Regarding the recent visit of the US president to India, he said he had no issue with Obama’s trip to India but his ignoring Pakistan was really strange. He said he had visited European countries at his personal expense to lobby for Pakistan to get GSP Plus status which was indeed a great achievement of the government.
He said he also did everything to ensure the rule of merit in Aitchison College, worked to provide safe drinking water to the people and contributed to different sectors. He said Pakistan had rendered great sacrifices in the war against terrorism. More than 55,000 of its people had been killed and the economy had suffered a loss of $100 billion.
Besides, he also said the US was lobbying for India to get a permanent UNSC seat which was astonishing as India was involved in the violation of human rights in Kashmir.“There is no problem if India gets the UNSC seat but it must be done after the Kashmir issue is resolved; otherwise, it will not be the United Nations Security Council but will be the Divided Nations Security Council,” said Sarwar. He said during the last six months, Pakistan’s export had increased up to one billion dollars.
Later on, Sarwar met Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and discussed with him matters of mutual interest.
Sarwar thanked Shahbaz for expressing confidence in him by giving him the office of Governor Punjab. Former law minister Rana Sanaullah was also present on the occasion.Agencies add: Sarwar said VIP cultures and protocols were not his wish. “After resigning, I will go to the UK. But I promise to the farmers, drowntrodden and the poor of this country that I will be back and will fight for their rights in a personal capacity.”
Former president Asif Ali Zardari made telephonic contact with former governor Chaudhry Sarwar on Thursday and asked him about the reasons behind his resignation. Ch Sarwar apprised him of the details of his resignation and other issues in a 10-15 minutes-long call.
On a summary initiated by the Cabinet Division, President Mamnoon Hussain approved the prime minister’s advice for the acceptance of the resignation of the governor Punjab.Our correspondent adds: PPP Central Punjab President Mian Manzoor Wattoo said the resignation of the governor amplifies his helplessness as he could not deliver.
In a statement on Thursday, he said Sarwar himself tendered his resignation from the office because he wielded no power and was helpless in the face of the exclusive governance style of the Punjab chief minister.
He recalled that Sarwar had been urging the government to hold local bodies’ elections, provide education to 23 million children and arrange the supply of clean drinking water but his efforts to persuade the top leadership went down the drain as there was no change of heart at the top.
He observed that Sarwar had rightly pointed out the failure of Pakistan’s diplomacy because the US president had visited India twice and Pakistan not even once. Sarwar was right that the government failed to sensitise the US administration about the sacrifices and sufferings of the Pakistani nation during the war on terror, he added.
The miseries of the loadshedding of gas and electricity along with the disappearance of petrol during the last week exposed the mismanagement and ineptness of the government because it could not anticipate the supply and demand of these essential items well in advance, he said.
Later, Pir Nau Bahar Shah, Co-Chairman the Shia Political Party, called on Wattoo and assured him of his party’s support to the PPP. He expressed his full confidence in the leadership of Bilawal Bhutto and Asif Zardari. Wattoo said the PPP was a liberal, progressive and democratic party and would continue its struggle to protect the fundamental rights of the people.
Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar (Urdu: محمد سرور; born 18 August 1952) is a Pakistani and a former Scottish politician who served asGovernor of Punjab, from 2nd August 2013 until his resignation on 29th January 2015.
Born in Faisalabad, Sarwar moved to Scotland in early 1970s where he emerged as an successful businessman operating a chain of cash and carry stores which helped him build an estimated personal worth of £16 million.Sarwar served as Labour Member of Parliament for Glasgow Central from 1997 to 2000 and retired from British politics in 2010. During his time as Westminster he served on the Scottish Affairs Select Committee, while his son Anas Sarwar now serves as MP from the same seat. He holds the status as the first Muslim to sit in the British parliament.
He renounced his British citizenship in August 2013 following confirmation for a largely ceremonial position of governorship representing the conservative Pakistan Muslim League (N). He resigned from the position on 29th Jan 2015 days after criticizing the government’s foreign policy. He announced accession to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf on the position of parties central president.
MP’s Son Guilty Of huge Cash Scam Of Millionaire Businessman.
The son of millionaire businessman and Labour MP Mohammed Sarwar has been convicted of an £850,000 money laundering scam.
Glasgow High Court heard that cash and carry managing director Athif Sarwar, 28, had handled thousands of pounds of money described as “criminal property”.
Father-of-two Sarwar, 28, of Lynebank Place, Mearnskirk, was found guilty of laundering various sums in 2003.
Sentence was deferred on Sarwar until June for background reports.
The offences took place between 24 February and 25 April 2003 when Sarwar was working at the United Wholesale (Scotland) Ltd, which has its headquarters at Maxwell Road, Glasgow.
His co-accused Mansoor Khan, 43, of Giffnock, Glasgow, who was the assistant manager of the cash and carry, was found not guilty of any involvement in the money laundering scam.
I am disappointed and I genuinely, sincerely and passionately believe that my son has done nothing wrong
The court was told that Sarwar received cash which was described on the charge as “criminal property” by electronic transfer into the company’s business account.
The money was then concealed, disguised, converted or transferred before it was transferred as either cash or goods to an unknown person.
Sarwar’s father, who is the Labour MP for Govan and said to be worth an estimated £16m, was in court for the verdict.
Outside court, Mr Sarwar said that his son would be appealing against the conviction.
He added: “I am disappointed and I genuinely, sincerely and passionately believe that my son has done nothing wrong. Everything was legal and above board.
“We will contest the verdict. There was no shred of evidence to convict and we will appeal against the sentence. I am certain that justice will win.”
Giving evidence during the trial, Athif Sarwar strongly disputed the Crown’s allegations.
In a taped police interview he said he would not risk damaging his father’s high public profile.
Sarwar, who studied marketing at university, told his defence counsel Mike Jones QC that after taking over the new company he had put all his efforts into marketing it.
He said he left accounting and banking to those under him.
The prosecution claimed, however, that cash from six shell companies was laundered through Sarwar’s cash and carry business.
The business split in 2002 from United Wholesalers Grocers Ltd, which was built up over 20 years by his grandfather, uncle, and his father.
The court heard that a year after Athif Sarwar was appointed managing director of the new company the scam started.
The laundered cash came from the proceeds of a complex scam involving imported mobile phones.
A Customs and Revenue expert told the jury that similar scams called Missing Trader Intra-Community frauds (M-tic frauds) cost Government coffers about £2bn to £3bn a year in lost VAT.
Small items like mobile phones or computer chips come into the UK from Europe VAT free and are then passed through a number of companies specially set up for the scam.
Each claims input and output tax, the last one reclaiming VAT before finally disappearing with the cash.
A confiscation order was served on Sarwar but he was granted bail.