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My tweet was quoted in Daily Times today, regarding Musharraf and the show he pulled in yesterday:

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Power outages have affected all of us. All and sundry suffer from “lightless” Pakistan. But is this Pakistan “Powerless” too? (Power NOT being used in scientific terms)

I firmly believe each and every one of us has the capability to entice a change in our society, which might start from our very homes and transform into something bigger and effective if it multiplies. Hence, I tried carrying out a rough analysis of how many Pakistanis can save Pakistan from this crisis.

First let’s look into the Supply-Demand chart, which clearly shows when the consumption surpassed production (in previous governments regime). Holding this government responsible for the current crisis would not be very wise. Uncle Musharraf could not add a single MW, even when our demand significantly increased, why Uncle Commando Musharraf?

 Now, let’s look at the consumption which shows majorly, we are using power for domestic/household use.


Let’s look at a rough chart of how much power appliances daily in our homes consume:


60 watts 60-watt light bulb (incandescent)
18 watts CFL light bulb (60-watt equivalent)
5 Night light
0.5 LED night light


150-340 watts Desktop Computer & 17″ CRT monitor
1-20 watts Desktop Computer & Monitor (in sleep mode)
90 watts 17″ CRT monitor
40 watts 17″ LCD monitor
45 watts Laptop computer
Televisions & Videogames
340 watts 50-56″ Plasma television
260 watts 50-56″ LCD television
170 watts 50-56″ DLP television
270 watts 42″ Plasma television
210 watts 42″ LCD television
125 watts 32″ LCD television
55-90 watts 19″ CRT television
45 watts HD cable box
194 watts PS3
185 watts Xbox 360
70 watts Xbox
30 watts PS2
18 watts Nintendo Wii (source)

1440 watts Microwave oven or 4-slot Toaster
900 watts Coffee maker
800 watts Range burner
4 watts Clock radio

55 watts 36″ ceiling fan (high speed)
24 watts 42″ ceiling fan (low speed)


3500 watts Central Air Conditioner (2.5 tons)
1440 watts Window unit AC, huge
900 watts Window unit AC, medium
500 watts Tiny-ass window unit AC
750 watts Central AC fan (no cooling)

Now, without being a cynic, we all realize how carelessly we use energy. If we conserve energy, and instead of using 1 AC (for 2), 3 bulbs for 6, 2 fans for 4 and turning off other appliances not being used (in stand-by mood), we can save from 5-7 KW easily.

Our total shortage is approx. 4000 MW (4000000 KW), if 800000 houses save 5 KW we have 4000 MW, which of course would not justify this and previous governments mismanagement and poor planning, but would help in getting rid of load shedding to a great extent.

A 3.5 KW AC means approx 10-15 fans (depending upon fan speed and other fan specifications). Let’s look at it this way, 5 houses saving 5 KW would mean approx. 75 fans, which means over three dozen middle class and lower middle class homes sleeping well!

“Books of history still preserve, nations get leaders they deserve” – SAAZ

 Syed Ali Abbas Zaidi | Plastic Tearz: An Insight


Photo Courtesy: Faizaan Ahab –for Photography for Change’ 10

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Compromising national Interests and fake Statistics 

From stupid decisions like day time saving scheme to the arrogant measures of mutilating the Constitution, it is a long list of the black deeds of Musharraf regime. However, the recent report of the US Central Command (CENTCOM) on “Effects of Operation Enduring Freedom on Economy of Pakistan” has exposed two grave crimes committed by this regime.   

1. It has been telling lies about the extent of surrendering national interests.
2. It continues to dish out fake statistics about the state of national economy.    

This fact sheet aims at making the nation aware of the details and implications of these misdeeds.    

Musharraf’s Deception    

In his televised address on September 19, 2001, General Pervez Musharraf told the nation that he had agreed to provide only use of airspace and logistic support to the United States for military operation against Afghanistan. He said: “Trust me. I will not disappoint you and there will be no compromise on Pakistan’s security and sovereignty.” That was a gross misstatement bordering on blatant lie, and a masterpiece of deception. He had actually accepted the devastating seven US demands that US Secretary of State Colin Powell put to him on telephone.    

The prompt willingness with which Musharraf accepted these demands surprised Powell, who elatedly reported his success to the National Security Council meeting in the next room. But no body in Pakistan knew that Musharraf had not merely compromised but in effect surrendered the nation’s security interests and sovereignty to the imperial interests of the United States.    

CENTOM Revelations      

It was left to the CENTCOM to tell the world how that surrender was translated into actions. General Pervez Musharraf kept all these facts concealed, though some of the media persons in the country knew at least the nature of support that the generals in power had been providing to the US forces, but they were forced into silence. The regime had succeeded in keeping the nation ignorant of this great betrayal until CENTCOM revealed it all. That is why the CENTOCOM report led to panicky protest by General Musharraf, and the US government obliged him by removing the Pakistan data from the CENTCOM website immediately. However, the facts are now on record, and these could be possibly used as evidence in trials of treason sometime in future.    

Contradictory statements      

The CENTCOM report has also exposed the fallacious claims of the finance managers of General Musharraf about the about the state of Pakistan’s economy. According to CENTCOM, Pakistan economy suffered a staggering loss of US$ 10 billion due to Musharraf’s participation in the American war on terrorism.    

Musharraf’s financial wizard Shaukat Aziz tried to hide his embarrassment, and true to his habit of spinning tall tales, told reporters in Islamabad on May 30, 2003 that the CENTOM estimate was not based on facts, and that actually Pakistan had lost only one billion dollars. But Dawn quoted same day an officer of his ministry saying that “Pakistan planned to seek $8 to 10 billion from the United States as further compensation for the losses it suffered for cooperating with coalition forces during the US-led assault on Afghanistan.”    

The officer also admitted that the Finance Ministry had started preparing fresh estimates of losses only after the appearance of the CENTCOM report.    

Interestingly, Shaukat Aziz’s comment has proved the age-old adage that a liar has no memory. After Musharraf’s declaration of unconditional support to USA at late night of September 11, 2001, Aziz CNN and other media that Pakistan economy will lose around $1.5 billion as a result of its alliance in the operation against Afghanistan. Last year he amended his estimate and said the loss would amount to 2-3 billion dollars, but last month it again came down to one billion!    

In fact, economic experts had foreseen the massive adverse effects on Pakistan’s economy from day one. For instance, Former Minister of Finance Ishaq Dar was sure that Pakistan economy would suffer a loss of around $12 billion. He had, therefore, asked a common friend, as early as December 2001, to advise Shaukat Aziz to make a claim of at least $12 billion from USA for reimbursement of losses which Pakistan economy would likely suffer in the proposed operation of USA against Afghanistan. That advice was apparently ignored. Shaukat Aziz continued telling lies to favor foreign interests, which is a very serious crime.    

False Claims      

This episode of contradictory utterances highlights once more the unreliability of the figures and statistics that Shaukat Aziz and his team of economists have been dishing to hoodwink the people of Pakistan. Their latest lie is that the national economy has reached take off stage due to the so-called achievements following the October 1999 coup of General Musharraf.    

Forex reserves: Foreign exchange reserve is one of the pegs on which General Musharraf hangs his promises of future prosperity. The much publicized 10 billion dollars reserve is not a measure strong economy for the simple reason that this build up is not due to export earnings. Pakistan’s total export earning in fiscal year 2000-2001 was $92 million while current year’s rather optimistic expectation is that exports will add another $500 million to the earlier figure. Roughly, that’s around 5% of the reserves.    

The State Bank has purchased over $4 billion from the kerb market at 2 to 4 rupees above market rate, causing additional loss of millions of rupees. The remaining part of the forex reserves consists of remittances by overseas Pakistanis, who have been rushing their hard earned money fearing the draconian US Partriot Act of October 2001 that authorises US government to seize foreign nationals’ accounts in the name of curbing terrorist activities.  

A protester burning the picture of Musharraf


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The News International

Friday, August 14, 2009

It saddens me, as it would sadden any enlightened Pakistani to read Brig (r) Asif Alvi’s letter of Aug 3. Being an exceptional military commander does not mean one can storm into any public office by force, make promises and never live up to them. It does not give one the right to take the law into one’s own hands and to play with the constitution. If this were the case, in one’s humble opinion, Baitullah Mehsud could have been a top contender for the post of president of Pakistan as his capabilities as a military commander cannot be doubted.

All Musharraf apologists need to realise the fact that a dictator remains a dictator, no matter what he is in terms of personal disposition and/or temperament. All his so-called friends, who were nothing more than opportunists, have left him. I request all Musharraf apologists to request their commander to come back to the country and face the music like the brave man they say he is.

Syed Ali Abbas Zaidi


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