Meet David James: Bilawal’s “Gora Jiyala”

Disclaimer:  References to Homosexuality do not imply any homophobia on my part, or on the part of MQM.  In fact, Altaf Hussain (leader of MQM) recently published a book called Falsafa-e-Mohabbat (Philosophy of Love) in which he wrote “We cannot dismiss it [homosexuality] or turn a blind eye or say that homosexuals are doing something against human behaviour and human nature” [see pic].  Being gay or bisexual is simply a function of genetics.  Nobody chooses to be gay, they are born that way in equal measure across all societies.  If anyone wishes to feel disgusted by homosexuality, that is a foolish choice which they are free to make – but if anyone seeks to injure, imprison or terrorise homosexuals in any other way, they should be incapacitated from doing so.  MQM currently has no power to repeal discriminatory homophobic laws and emancipate Muhajir gays from living in fear and secrecy.  For now, I recommend the creation of G.L.A.M. (Gay & Lesbian Association of MQM).

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Contents

1. University Chum

2. Confidante and Travelling Companion of Bilawal

3. Courageous on Russia/Uganda, Silent on Pakistan

4. Golden PPParachute

5. Bilawal’s “Namaloom Afraad” – Trusted frontmen

6. Bhutto Corruption – Generation 2.0

7. BLO (Bilawal)

8. Looting Karachi to feed David James

 

Pictured whilst he was at Oxford with Bilawal

David James: Pictured whilst he was at Oxford with Bilawal

Very few “goras” (whites) live in Pakistan, except diplomats and journalists.  Even fewer participate in Pakistan’s ethnolinguistically fractured politics. So when a gora comes to Pakistan, and steps into public view as the political associate of a Sindhi hereditary Overlord, it is a matter of public interest.  Even more so when the gora is on the Sindhi Overlord’s payroll.

Birthday greetings for the "Gora Jiyala"

Birthday greetings for the “Gora Jiyala”

Over the last few weeks and months, David James (twitter: @davidjames141 or @dcjdcj1988) has been showing up increasingly in photos and tweets posted by Bilawal’s clique.  He has been described by Asifa Bhutto Zardari as a “Gora Jiyala” (Jiyala: PPP Fanatic).  So who is David James, why is he a Jiyala, and what is he doing around Bilawal? More investigation has revealed the shocking tale of PakOasis, a company run by Bhutto frontmen, winning all rural Sindh contracts directly from Bilawal.

David James sitting in front row with senior dynastic PPP politician Sharmila Faruqi

David James sitting in front row with senior dynastic PPP politician Sharmila Faruqi

Mr James’ seniority in PPP circles can be gauged from this photo tweeted by Sharmila Faruqi, a top-level PPP politician from a notorious pro-Bhutto dynasty.  The photo was taken on a chartered flight going to Moenjodaro ruins for “SindhFest“, a PPP sponsored dance festival held in impoverished rural Sindh.  David James (who worked to produce PPP-SindhFest) is sitting in the front row, right next to Sharmila Faruqi.

1. University Chum

David James has been living with Bilawal for almost 4 years.  Bilawal won't allow him to leave, which is quite sweet.

David James has been living with Bilawal for almost 4 years. Bilawal won’t allow him to leave, which is quite sweet.

David James was Bilawal’s classmate at Christ Church College (Oxford University) and studied PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) in the same small class as him for 3 years (2007-10).  His friendship with Bilawal is reflected in an article he wrote on Pakistan, suggesting that the USA should divert its aid away from ISI/Army and instead give it to (PPP-controlled) police forces.  Overall, little stands out, although on 18th May 2009, David James was arrested by for minor theft, taken to a local Oxford police station, and fined £80/Rs.13,200 (Penalty Notice Order).

David James evidently loves tasting Bilawal's power

David James loves showing off what is in fact Bilawal’s power

Only a few months after leaving Oxford, James was missing Bilawal so much that he moved to Pakistan.  Since then, he spends much of his time tweeting about gay rights, which makes his decision to move to Pakistan all the more curious.  James seems like a decent fellow, who enjoys “smoking and drinking with [his] grandmother in an Irish pub”, so why would he move all the way to Pakistan to be with the inheritor of Z.A. Bhutto, who banned alcohol, music and horse racing in Pakistan?

Like most MQM officials, James comes from an ordinary middle class background, not a feudal overlord ruling millions of illiterate peasants

Like most MQM officials, James comes from an ordinary middle class background, not a feudal overlord ruling millions of illiterate peasants

2. Confidante and Travelling Companion of Bilawal

Only 4 of David James’ tweets have a precise location added to them – and all of these are very interesting locations.  It seems that James deliberately added the precise location to these 4 (public) tweets to show off to his friends.  These include:

1. Prime Minister House, Islamabad

David James deliberately added location to show he was at PM House with Bilawal

David James deliberately added location to show he was at PM House with Bilawal

2. Super-Luxury Dubai Hotel Residences

David James deliberately added location to show he was at a private residence in Dubai (away from main Bhutto Palace in Emirates Hills).  The location is the residence wing of one of Dubai’s most expensive hotels.  There is no need to disclose the specific location on this publicly available tweet.

3. Karachi location

No need to disclose location.

4. Chief Minister House, Peshawar

David James deliberately added location to show he was at CM House Peshawar with Bilawal

David James deliberately added location to show he was at CM House Peshawar with Bilawal

For several years. David James has been travelling with Bilawal in private jets and helicopters around Pakistan and internationally, staying with him at Prime Minister House, visiting major political centres across Pakistan, visiting other luxury locations.

3. Courageous on Russia/Uganda, Silent on Pakistan

James supports gay rights everywhere, but stays mysteriously silent on Pakistan

James supports gay rights everywhere, and attended London’s “Gay Pride” march  in June 2011.  Yet he remains mysteriously silent on Pakistan

Where James’ hypocrisy is most evident is over his stance on gay rights.  James regularly tweets on Russia and Uganda’s discriminatory homophobic laws, and I support him in this worthy endeavour.  That would be fine if James was some random person, but James is the close confidant of Bilawal Bhutto, the Overlord of Sindh.  Why did James never tweet about the homophobic Pakistani laws in place to persecute gays? Pakistan is exponentially worse for gays (practically and legislatively) than Russia and Uganda combined.

Until May 2013, the PPP was in government in Pakistan.  Bilawal’s father Zardari was President.  They had the power to make laws to emancipate gays.  Even today, they control Sindh Police and can order their police forces to leave gays alone. Sindh’s PPP-Police take protection money and allow bootleggers, gambling dens and drug dealers to operate in full view, especially in Karachi’s PPP-dominated gangland neighboorhood of Lyari.

Pink Outrage for Russia and Uganda, yet silence on Pakistan

Pink Outrage for Russia and Uganda, yet silence on Pakistan

But, the Bhuttos cannot speak up for gay rights for the simple reason that they will lose votes in Punjab and KPK Provinces, which they need to have any hope of cobbling together a coalition government in future.  As with all champagne socialists, power is always more important than principles.  Mr James, with his penchant for pink shirts, will speak up against Russia and Uganda, but keep silent on gay rights in the one place on earth where he could actually make a difference.  Well done, David James.

4. Golden PPParachute

Sindh jobs are allocated in Bhutto-controlled SIndh by patronage or by selling the job

Jobs are allocated in Bhutto-controlled Sindh by patronage or by selling the job, even in Bhutto hometown of Naudero

James works as “International Trade Manager” at Pak Oasis, a private company providing water across (PPP controlled) Sindh Province.  Not only does James have no water technology experience whatsoever, it seems Pak Oasis water supply operations are only in Pakistan.  A closer look at Pak Oasis makes this story even murkier.  It seems that Pak Oasis is old Bhutto-style corruption repackaged for a modern era:  a “Private Sector” water company, established by well-known Bhutto front-men, which then miraculously wins every water contract in PPP-controlled Sindh Province.

Like a medieval monarch, Bilawal wanted his dear friend to have a source of income whilst living as his companion, so arranged for a job at his water company.  This is the same loyalist patronage system by which PPP grants jobs at all levels, from very top to very bottom.

PPP Corruption

Bilawal’s (then) Press Secretary claims to have no idea who owns Pak Oasis

Despite repeated requests, PPP officials are evasive when asked who owns Pak Oasis.  Yet other tweets reveal that they all know each other quite well on a personal level.

Bilawal's Press Secretary wishes Bilawal Happy Birthday, Bilawal RT's it.  Yet he claims no idea who owns Pak Oasis

Bilawal’s (then) Press Secretary wishes David James Happy Birthday, Bilawal RT’s it. Yet Press Secretary claims to have no idea who owns Pak Oasis

Pak Oasis was established in 2005.  It immediately “won” contracts to supply water in rural Sindh, an area under firm PPP control. Today, Pak Oasis business consists of Sindh Government water contracts, with 1500 projects reaching 6 million people. (See 2:20 of YouTube interview of David James).

5. Bilawal’s “Namaloom Afraad” – Trusted frontmen

The “Chairman” and “Managing Director” of Pak Oasis are brothers Salim Abbas Jilani and Omar Abbas Jilani.  Neither has any background in water or infrastructure technology, so let’s examine what they are doing running a company which aims to monopolise Sindh rural water production.

Salim Abbas Jilani was Defence Minister under Benazir Bhutto from 1993-96. Another brother, Jalil Abbas Jilani, was Zardari’s Foreign Minister (2012-13).  Yet another brother, Yawar Abbas Jilani, was awarded the contract to design and build a massive Benazir memorial monument and library planned for Islamabad.  (PPP lost power before this was ever built).  In short, the Jilani brothers are close confidantes of the Bhuttos.

This is Bhutto-style socialism: crumbs for the peasants, multi-million dollar fortunes for Bhutto cronies, and gargantuan wealth for the Bhuttos to maintain their political fiefdom.

6. Bhutto Corruption – Generation 2.0

Pak Oasis now has over 2,000 water contracts across Sindh, which were never put out for genuine competitive tender. As shown by this press conference, Bilawal can simply announce that more water plants will be built, and the Sindh government pays for it.  What he didn’t mention in the press conference is that the company which will build the water plants is his own front company, which also pays a salary to his travelling companion.

Pak Oasis itself is a shell, as it does not actually develop any of the water technology itself.  The technology is provided by Dow Water & Process Solutions, a division of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW).  In a 2012 press release, Dow Water wrote that “Dow and PakOasis have a history of successful collaboration on water treatment initiatives, whereby Dow provides PakOasis with technologies that enable it to install, commission, operate and maintain UF and reverse osmosis (RO) water treatment projects”.  Once water plants have been built by Dow Water, a Danish company called Grundfos then provides the water pumps required to move the water from the plant to the village.

Pak Oasis is merely a shell - the techical work is done by Dow and Grundfos

Pak Oasis is merely a shell – the technical work is done by Dow and Grundfos

Pak Oasis doesn’t really have any technical or entrepreneurial value-add.  Their “manufacturing plants” in Dubai and Karachi simply assemble Dow and Grundfos products, done by Dow/Grundfos people, and according to their specifications.  This enables Pak Oasis to charge the Sindh government a production mark-up, which goes into untraceable Dubai accounts.

In the old days, Sindhi politicians would simply steal money directly out of public coffers, but this is Bhutto corruption Generation 2.0.  They have set up a facade company to monopolise all Sindh rural water, put their trusted front-men to run it, got some major international firms to do all the work and the profit is flowing directly into their own pockets.

All Pak Oasis has to do is ensure that the Bilawal-controlled Sindh Government allocates land and permissions, and of course the contracts, and then Dow/Grundfos will do the rest.

Let’s do the math: 6 million people being served by 1500 projects, an average of 4000 people served per project.  Let’s assume Pak Oasis is making a profit of $0.05/Rs.5 per person per day. (Pak Oasis stated that their costs are $0.04 per gallon).

$0.05 per day for 6 million people is $300,000 profit per day.  That’s over $100m per year.  (And this is just one of Bilawal’s scams).

Ready made answers to counter corruption allegations

Thar drought: Bilawal’s then Press Secretary is strangely reluctant to answer how many Thar water contracts will be awarded by Bilawal to Pak Oasis.  Clearly the true answer is: “All of them.”

7. BLO (Bilawal)

Pak Oasis is a Bhuttoist corrupt organisation masquerading as a private sector company.  Only PPP loyalists are allowed to work there, down to the lowest level.  For example, here is a video of Pak Oasis holding a Birthday Celebration rally for the late Benazir Bhutto at one of their factories, with PPP songs, flags, and pictures of the Bhutto Overlord family prominently displayed.  At 27:00, watch how a speaker starts threatening MQM and gets loud cheers from the workers.

Most of the flags at the rally are of BLO (Bilawal Lovers Organisation), in the PPP colours.  David James is a proud and upstanding member of BLO.

Yes, there really is an organisation called BLO (Bilawal Lovers Organisation)

Yes, there really is an organisation called BLO (Bilawal Lovers Organisation)

8. Looting Karachi to feed David James

Rural Sindh is a backward area, with human development indicators below Sub-Saharan levels.  More than 1.5 million Sindhis called “Harees” are kept in medieval bondage slavery conditions, indebted to PPP landlords from birth and forced to till the land till their bodies disintegrate.  These peasants are the backbone of PPP’s voter base, and they are controlled by PPP thugs working for the Overlords.  For example, in Sindh Province there are 6,000 “ghost schools”, whereby PPP landlords grant money to local thugs who are supposedly employed at non-existent schools.  Their only job is to deliver the peasants to the ballot box on voting day.  David James, with his PPP-SindhFest work, fits the same PPP-patronage mould: parachuted into a job, then expected to make political contributions to PPP.

Rural Sindh is one of the most deprived areas on earth

Rural Sindh is one of the most deprived areas on earth

Any challengers to Bhutto hegemony are pushed aside or, if necessary, killed.  In 1958, Z.A. Bhutto wreaked vengeance on his rival as Sindh Overlord.  In 1996, Murtaza Bhutto returned to Pakistan to challenge his sister Benazir’s control over PPP.  Murtaza was shot dead outside his home by Sindh PPP-Police.  As Fatima Bhutto wrote, numerous senior PPP-Policemen were present at the assassination, directly ordered by Benazir and Zardari, who later promoted all of the policemen.  By constantly eulogising Bilawal, Bakhtawar and Aseefa, David James upholds this barbaric hereditary feudal system that was discarded centuries ago in the West.

Urban Sindh is populated largely by “Muhajirs”, those who emigrated from India at partition in 1947.  Muhajirs as a group are liberal, secular and with almost 100% literacy rate.  Karachi is an MQM city – in the last election, MQM as usual won 85% of Karachi seats.  Yet, because Karachi is part of Sindh province, we are governed by diktat from PPP.  They bring in thugs from rural Sindh to fill the Karachi police force, and virtually exclude Muhajirs from police and all government departments.  The local democracy tentatively introduced in the Musharraf era was squashed by PPP, replaced by a PPP-nominee system.

Sindh’s urban population is growing year by year, yet PPP refused to allow a  Sindh census in 2008 when in power (the last was in 1998).  The reason is that this would reduce the number of rural PPP seats and increase the number of urban MQM seats.  For David James, these basic democratic principles matter less than the glamorous lifestyle which his Sindhi Overlord provides.

 

PPP-Police are abducting. torturing and dumping dead Muhajirs on Karachi streets.  Not a single PPP worker or policeman has been touched.

PPP-Police are abducting. torturing and dumping dead Muhajirs on Karachi streets. Not a single PPP worker or policeman has been touched.

94% of Sindh government revenues are levied from Karachi taxes. 70% of Pakistan’s entire federal taxes are levied from Karachi.  Yet Pakistan’s Punjab-dominated (Nawaz) federal government and Sindh’s PPP Provincial government cannot agree who will pay to improve Karachi’s terrible water situation.

PPP Karachi Police regularly abduct MQM workers, whose bodies then turn up in body bags on the road side showing signs of horrific torture.  In rural Sindh, the JSMM Sindhi party is trying to extract Sindh from the clutches of the Bhutto overlords – their leaders and workers are ruthlessly assassinated, one by one.  Not one PPP worker is attacked in retaliation by MQM or JSMM, it is one-way killing in order to protect Bhutto revenue streams.  This money is used to feed David James.

All Power to the People! But the next leader must be my son.

All Power to the People! But the next leader must be my son.

The entire edifice of PPP’s control over Sindh is based on looting Karachi to pay for their thugs to bring the peasants to ballot box.  When you look at Bhutto grand mausoleums, they are all paid for by Karachi Muhajir taxes.  When you look at Sindh water installations, they are all paid for by Karachi Muhajir taxes.  The Bhuttos even own a Chateau in France along with many international properties.  All are paid for by Karachi Muhajir taxes.

Sindhi Landlords keep Sindhis in poverty, and build monumental tombs for themselves

Sindhi Overlords keep Sindhis in poverty, and build monumental tombs for themselves for dynastic control over superstitious peasants

This is the trough which David James has arrived to stick his snout into.

The best course of action for David James is to return to the UK/USA, and campaign for gay rights in Pakistan.  Write a book, share your experiences, and the world will listen eagerly.  Bilawal will never publicly support your Pakistan gay rights campaign.  There will be no more private jet and helicopter rides, no more visits to top-level state facilities, and no more red carpets at rural photo opportunities.  But you will have gained a bit of pride in return, and you can contribute to a worthy cause.

Otherwise you are just another corrupt Bhutto frontman, eating Muhajir taxes and spewing faux-socialist slogans whilst tasting the fruits of dictatorship yourself.  The Bhutto aura you are drawn to is upheld at the barrel of a gun which is fired often.  MQM wants provincial autonomy, with Sindh Province reorganised into 2 administrative units.  All we want is local democracy for Karachi, and the ability to spend our own taxes, freed from the Bhutto Overlord stranglehold.

 

 

 

 

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