There once used to be a time when leaders of a nation were only concerned and accountable to their own nation. Now its a whole new world and when there is a national uproar against any leader he/she pleads his/her case on foreign soil. In recent past when the whole nation turned against president Musharraf when he imposed emergency and sacked CJ Iftikhar Chaudhry, he (instead of facing his own nation and trying to satisfy them) immediately went to his great grand master – The Great Britain. The UK government denied any invitation on a formal level and has clearly stated that Mr. Musharraf visited UK on his own request.
In UK he appeared in various foras and spoke about the sacked Chief Justice. He also met Mr. Brown – the Prime Minister of UK – for only 50 minutes during his one week long stay in London.
Yesterday, in Senate, member Azam Khan Swati disclosed that Mr. Musharraf stayed in London in a hotel where per night charges for a room are equal to Pak Rupee 2,000,000. Yes my friends, you have read correctly. Its Pak Rupee Twenty Lakh. Rs 2 million for one night stay. Mr. Musharraf stayed there for four days and nights and paid Rs 8 million for the stay only. By the way it is only the bill of Mr. Musharraf’s stay in that suite. He must have also spent on lunch and dinner etc. Moreover, he was not alone but half a dozen other officials of this poor nation were with him. Details of their room rent could not be known.
Interestingly, Mr. Rashid Qureshi (President’s spokesman) was with Musharraf during this visit and stayed in the same hotel. When he was contacted by journalists to know more about the expenses during the visit, he said that he knew nothing about the expenses at all. How innocent!!
It was the money of this poor nation where every week there are multiple suicides due to unemployment and poverty. And, it was the expenses made by a person who has always maintained his statement that politicians rob the wealth of this country.
God Bless this country!!