Why him, why now?

We know everything about what Raheel got and we know nothing about what anyone else got.

Waqas Ahmed 11:52 PM | 25 Jan, 2017
Why him, why now?
In 2014, some agricultural land was allocated to 11 generals (10 Lt Generals and 1 General). This is how it works:

For better or for worse, every Lt General gets 40 acres of land and every Army Chief gets an additional 50 acres. The land is allocated during service, it is handed over after retirement. So, Kayani got 90 acres of land and his corps commanders got 40. Musharraf got 90 acres of land and his corps commanders got 40 - though Mushy's team probably got additional goodies too but that's besides the point.

Interestingly, this practice was not an issue after Kayani, it wasn't an issue after Mushy, and it certainly was not an issue with chiefs before him.

Lets take a moment here to get this out of the way: IT IS HORRIBLE THAT ALL THESE PEOPLE ARE GETTING SO MUCH LAND. They should ideally get no land, they should not get any extra benefits. They should just work for a salary like all other government officers.

Ok now we resume the article.

To recap, 11 people from Army got agricultural land this year like many people before them have been getting. We don't know anything about anyone else but we know Gen Raheel will be getting 868 kanal land, which is valued by generous property dealers at around PKR 1.35 Billion, it is situated somewhere around Lahore's prime property area a few miles off Bedian near the border and is very prime and very rich and may contain a gold mine. There may be holes in this story but let's assume it's all true.

We know everything about what Raheel got and we know nothing about what anyone else got.

So let's ask ourselves, why him, why now? Why are there such holes in our knowledge? Is it by design or have we been ignoring all those stories where all those generals got crazy land?

We are not insane, the answer is simple, the story is not the story, why this is a story is the actual story.

You see, Raheel Sharif is a dangerous person. He has not only pissed many people off in the past but he may also disturb the peace of a lot of people in the future. There are two types of people he has pissed, those who wanted to use his shoulders to shoot and those who have been under his stick. But most important of all, he is dangerous because he may disturb the whole system by one day contesting an election!


It is a possibility, however remote, that we can't just leave to fate. We must kill this possibility before it rears its inconvenient head. Those mathematicians who have calculated the exact market value of Gen Raheel's land correct to two decimal places have also calculated that this man can be dangerous.

That is why him, that is why now. It doesn't matter whether he wants to enter politics or not. In any case, people change their minds and nothing, I repeat, can be left to chance.

Raheel did his job and got handsomely paid in return. That is the end of the matter, he doesn't deserve anything more. Pakistan should know this and end this childish love affair with a man who only did his job in return for money. This is the message here.

But Pakistanis are silly people, mathematicians can calculate money to two decimal places but they will never understand that these are the matters of heart and unless we get another man as beautiful as him we will never fall in love again.

Waqas Ahmed
Waqas Ahmed

Waqas Ahmed is Editor, Digital Media, at Daily Pakistan Global. You can reach him at


Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on March 31, 2023

KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on March 31, 2023 (Friday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 283.8 286.6
Euro EUR 306 309
UK Pound Sterling GBP 347.5 351
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.2 79.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 75.6 76.4
Australian Dollar AUD 187.5 189.9
Bahrain Dinar BHD 753.99 761.99
Canadian Dollar CAD 206.5 208.7
China Yuan CNY 41.25 41.65
Danish Krone DKK 41.26 41.51
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.11 36.46
Indian Rupee INR 3.45 3.56
Japanese Yen JPY 2.15 2.22
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 925.67 934.67
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.85 63.45
New Zealand Dollar NZD 175.57 177.58
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.33 26.63
Omani Riyal OMR 736.34 744.35
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 77.92 78.62
Singapore Dollar SGD 209.5 211.5
Swedish Korona SEK 26.5 26.8
Swiss Franc CHF 308.25 310.75
Thai Bhat THB 8.28 8.43

Today's gold rates in Pakistan – 31 March 2023

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 208,200 on Friday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs178,500.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs163,624 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 190,849.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 208,200 PKR 2,470
Karachi PKR 208,200 PKR 2,470
Islamabad PKR 208,200 PKR 2,470
Peshawar PKR 208,200 PKR 2,470
Quetta PKR 208,200 PKR 2,470
Sialkot PKR 208,200 PKR 2,470
Attock PKR 208,200 PKR 2,470
Gujranwala PKR 208,200 PKR 2,470
Jehlum PKR 208,200 PKR 2,470
Multan PKR 208,200 PKR 2,470
Bahawalpur PKR 208,200 PKR 2,470
Gujrat PKR 208,200 PKR 2,470
Nawabshah PKR 208,200 PKR 2,470
Chakwal PKR 208,200 PKR 2,470
Hyderabad PKR 208,200 PKR 2,470
Nowshehra PKR 208,200 PKR 2,470
Sargodha PKR 208,200 PKR 2,470
Faisalabad PKR 208,200 PKR 2,470


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