This shady character tappi is currently calling shots in sindh and is regarded as de facto chief minister of Sindh. He got Dr Fazlullah Pechuho(Zardari's bro in law) sacked,he got Zulfi Mirza Sacked,He now got Wassan sacked..
Owais Muzzaffar Tappi is responsible for Lyari Operation?
As siege of Lyari enters 5th day, the question persist that who is really responsible for Lyari Operation? Who sent the ill equipped Police force in, rather than ordering the resourceful Rangers to do the task?
Those who know the who’s who of Pakistan’s politics, are aware of the director of this show of brute force. The person, responsible for Lyari Operation, is known as Owais Tappi.
Owais Muzzaffar Tappi
Owais Muzzaffar Tappi (in black shalwar qameez)
Who is Owais Muzzaffar Tappi
Ansar Abbasi wrote on Dec 31, 2010, that Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has been virtually suspended by the de facto ruler of the province Mr Tappi, who just recently got his own man appointed as principal secretary of the CM, taking over even the little clout that was left with the aging PPP leader.
Mr Tappi, whose real name is Owais Muzzaffar, once a mid career civil servant long time confidante of President Asif Ali Zardari, who treats Tappi as his step-brother.
The report by Ansar Abbasi highlights how Sindh CM was over-ruled by the group of Zardari-ans, Faryal Talpur, Zulfiqar Mirza, Agha Siraj Durrani and Owais Tappi. Apparently Tappi got rid of Mirza and Durrani and his now only second to Adhi Faryal.
As per Abbasi (and that was in December 2010), Tappi is not alone in running his fiefdom called the Sindh Province, these sources said and add that he is very ably assisted by a highly controversial aging bureaucrat of all seasons from Islamabad.
Over 70 bureaucrat, the sources said, has been visiting Sindh and holding meetings with the chief secretary as well as ministers and secretaries taking briefings, issuing instructions and reinforcing the writ of the president’s adopted step-brother. The officials are very clearly told to get major decisions from Mr Tappi and not to take instructions from the chief minister.
So, Owais Muzzaffar Tappi is the de-facto Chief Minister of Sindh, running the affairs of state from Bilawal House.
Owais Muzzaffar, aka Tappi is the adpoted son of Hakim Ali Zardari and the step brother of Pakistan’s President Zardari. Tappi is the alleged land grabber and extortionist.
Tappi, the name that may sound strange to ordinary souls but not to those occupying key positions in the Sindh regime or are knowledgeable in the business circles in Karachi, Islamabad and Dubai, In the days when president’s father was running Bambino Cinema in Karachi and the family lived in the upper storey of the cinema building, one Muzaffar worked as manager of the cinema as well as the caretaker of the house, a source said, adding that one of his sons Owais frequented the house and was taken as a member of the family.
In 1995, he was appointed as an DDO (Revenue) in PCS by then chief minister without any exam by the Sindh Public Service Commission.
Tappi went into exile in Musharraf regime and stayed with Benazir in Dubai becoming a caretaker for the Bilawal House in Dubai.
Zafar Baloch PAC Lyari KarachiBut why he went against the Baloch of Aman Committee who were armed and raised against MQM by PPP itself?
The answer lies in a response by Zafar Baloch – that Tappi got irked when he was discourage to contest elections from Lyari.
Zafar Baloch, leader of PAC, says a lot in this video – including who gave weapons to the Balochs of Lyari and why – and what is the real reason of Lyari Operation.
This reveals another sorry page from our history – where people in power use the common men for their nefarious plans and then discard and disown them like trash.
This is what they did with Rehman Baloch. Now they are leading Uzair Baloch and his colleagues towards the same fate.
After PAC, PPP will form another armed militia head by Akram Baloch and it operate in direct supervision of Tappi. Thus another series of turf war to control Karachi will erupt between various political, ethnical parties and groups.
Tappi: de facto chief minister of Sindh
Thursday, November 25, 2010
ISLAMABAD: Once an ordinary mid-career civil servant in the Sindh province- Owais Muzzaffar, aka Tappi, is the de facto chief minister of the province today.
Known as Mr Tappi, the name that may sound strange to ordinary souls but not to those occupying key positions in the Sindh regime or are knowledgeable in the business circles in Karachi, Islamabad and Dubai, the most powerful man in Sindh today is running the show from the Bilawal House, Karachi.
Both the advisor to the Chief Minister Sindh Sharmila Farooqi and Spokesman for the Bilawal House Ejaz Durrani denied this factor. Mr Tappi was not available for his comments. However Tappi’s personal secretary Mr Junaid, who sits in the Bilawal House, when approached said that his boss was presently outside Pakistan. Junaid, too, denied that Mr Tappi was calling the shots in Sindh today.
Credible sources in the provincial government, however, confirm that the era of Zulfikar Mirza is over as Tappi is the man, who dictates what to do to all concerned in the provincial set-up. Tappi is the adopted son of Hakim Ali Zardari and a step-brother of President Zardari.
“A ruler is not bound by any law, as his word is, law is for the minions of the state and no one dare point out any law or rule limiting the authority of the ruler,” this is how a well-informed official source explained the rule of Tappi.
The source said that there was no such thing as a constitutionally empowered Chief Minister in Sindh since past two and a half years. “These days the ruler of Sindh is Mr Tappi,” said the source but Sharmila Farooqi’s reaction was, “Of course not”. Surprisingly Ms Farooqi even claimed that she did not know Mr Tappi and suggested to this correspondent to talk to Mr Tappi to ascertain his role.
Sources confirm while the very presence of his PS Junaid in the Bilawal House endorses that Tappi holds his court in Bilawal House where, the sources confide, even the acting chief secretary Sindh stands in respect until asked to take a seat; where all members of the cabinet and provincial bureaucracy are supposed to be on call and take all instructions from Mr Tappi as commands of the Presidency. The chief minister has no role but to sign on papers and files sent to him as dictated by Mr Tappi. These sources say that Tappi decides on all lucrative matters in the provincial government ranging from allotment of lands, reconstruction funds, sugar pricing and such other things. He is the ruler of Sindh and no one dare question his authority.
The Presidency Spokesman Farhatullah Babar has been inaccessible and perhaps shied of even responding to a question sent to him through a mobile phone message. The Bilawal House Spokesman Ejaz Durrani politely said that the reports about Mr Tappi were part of the propaganda campaign launched against the president and the co-chairperson of the PPP.
When asked if Mr Tappi held a seat in the Bilawal House, he did not deny it and said the Bilawal House was open for all the party workers. He though confirmed that Tappi was like a member of the family to the president, who, he added, treated all the party workers as the members of his family.
Despite these denials, the sources in the provincial capital revealed that Mr Tappi had become so powerful that he recently made a horrible example of Dr Fazlullah Pechuho, former finance secretary of Sindh who delayed a few land allotment files of Mr Tappi.
He was removed instantly and had been left without posting since past two months. Mr Pechuho’s punishment is horrifying for the bureaucracy as he is no ordinary mortal. He is brother-in-law of the president being husband of MNA Dr Azra Pechuho.
“The message was sent much earlier as well when Dr Zulfiqar Mirza was removed from the mantle of being the de facto Minister for Land Utilisation (the CM being the Minister In charge officially) and Tappi was given this assignment and he brought his own set of officers in land department,” the source disclosed.
Tappi, it is said, was not taken very seriously initially as he did not have the aura of Home Ministry which Dr Mirza had but the removal of Pechuho from the prized posting of Finance Secretary sent the message loud and clear: Tappi is the ruler of Sindh appointed by the Saeen.
These sources said that the matter was further facilitated by giving additional charge of the post of chief secretary to the Senior Member BOR who has been holding such positions since past two months. The poor chap is acting like a personal servant to Tappi in the hope of getting a permanent posting as CS.
Though Sharmila claims that she is not familiar with Tappi, the sources say that the association between the president and the de fecto CM Sindh goes back to decades. In the days when president’s father was running Bambino Cinema in Karachi and the family lived in the upper storey of the cinema building, one Muzaffar worked as manager of the cinema as well as the caretaker of the house, a source said, adding that one of his sons Owais frequented the house and was taken as a member of the family. In 1995, he was appointed as an Assistant Commissioner (now called DDO (Revenue)) in PCS by then chief minister without any exam by the Sindh Public Service Commission. Tappi went into exile in Musharraf regime and stayed with Benazir in Dubai becoming a caretaker for the Bilawal House in Dubai. He absconded from the service throughout and returned after the death of Benazir Bhutto. The absconding DDO was allowed to resign respectably without any action.
The ex-DDO, the sources said, remained at low profile initially where he would pursue his matters through Dr Mirza and the chief minister. He also took help from Faryal Talpur, powerful sister of the president. In the process of over two years, he reportedly proved to the top man in Islamabad that there was no one else but Tappi, who could serve him well.
These sources said that he wanted a grip over all the provincial matters. He could not exercise his full authority in the presence of Fazal Pechuho, who had a say in provincial matters due to his relation with the president. His removal finally got Tappi the mantle he was aiming to get all these years. “The chief minister gets orders from him and the Acting Chief Secretary Ghulam Ali Shah Pasha acts most obediently before a former DDO,” confirmed a provincial secretary.
Tappi’s pomp and protocol matches his position. His motorcade, it is said, contains several police and rangers vehicles accompanying him all the time. All land matters at the provincial or even at the district level are to be cleared by him first. “He chairs all the meetings in the ante room of Bilawal House and passes orders to the ministers and officials, even when the president is holding another meeting in the next room during his visit to Karachi,” a source said.
Zardari’s friend rules Sindh through CM’s new secy
Friday, December 31, 2010
ISLAMABAD: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has been virtually suspended by the de facto ruler of the province Mr Tappi, who just recently got his own man appointed as principal secretary of the CM, taking over even the little clout that was left with the aging PPP leader.
The ex-Secretary to the CM Kazi Kabeer was punished for carrying out CM’s orders and has been awaiting posting for the last three weeks. He left charge on December 13. Shah could not do anything about it. Kabeer’s successor Ahmed Buksh Narejo is also not the choice of the CM but of Mr Tappi, whose real name is Owais Muzzaffar, once a mid career civil servant long time confidante of President Asif Ali Zardari, who treats Tappi as his step-brother.
Following a recent report in The News about this de facto ruler of Sindh, it was expected that things might have improved in the province of President Zardari’s domicile, but credible sources in Karachi reveal that the things have gone from bad to worse.
Sharmila Farooqi, the media adviser to the Sindh chief minister, when approached, denied that the Sindh province is ruled by Mr Tappi. She insisted that Tappi has nothing to do with the Sindh government and denied that the secretary to the CM was replaced on Tappi’s wishes.
Farooqi said that the Sindh government is being run under the rules of business, and all the postings and transfers are being done as per the law and by the competent authorities whether the chief minister, provincial ministers or heads of different departments.
The sources, however, have a different tale to tell. “There is now no doubt about the truth in the view that the Presidency gets provoked by the press coverage of its maladministration which is bringing the democratic system under the threat of being derailed, but in their fury of provocation, the ruling coterie tends to reinforce the causes of its failure with greater vigor,” a source said.
The source added that while admitting that Punjab has good governance in his speech in Naudero on December 27 and giving the PPP the credit for it, the president failed to clarify why such party is discovering a deeper ditch of bad governance in Sindh every day.
The source said that earlier officials of the government of Sindh were being told time and again about the grave consequences of ignoring Tappi’s importance in their day-to-day working. Even the chief secretary was ordered to obey Tappi’s instructions.
However, in order to clear an air of confusion as sometimes the signals from the Chief Minister’s Office would be in contradiction of the wishes of Mr Tappi, the latter recently got control of even the CM’s Office by getting his choice officer appointed as principal secretary to the CM.
The credible sources said that the chief minister, who has to serve as subordinate to Faryal Talpur, Zulfiqar Mirza and Siraj Durrani, was equally pliable to the demands of Tappi. He, however, enjoyed some 10-15% say in the affairs of the government in pre-Tappi days.
For example, it is explained that Zulfiqar Mirza would not let CM suspend a DSP in the SITE of Karachi on the charges of negligence but would allow him to request Mirza for posting of an inspector once in a while.
Similarly, in earlier days, the CM would not be allowed to even think of posting secretaries in the departments run by important ministers, but would be allowed some say in unimportant departments. The CM’s son, the sources added, was also allowed to get a few cases of land allotments approved while major chunk went to Dr Zulfiqar Mirza.
Tappi, however, was not ready to concede even that little margin to the CM, and now he has decided the key appointments in the provincial administration. It was unbelievable and shocking as earlier all decisions, though taken by someone else, were a matter of formality pronounced by the Sindh chief minister. Tappi couldn’t tolerate even that formality. Now, the chief minister has been barred by Tappi from passing any major decisions without orders from Tappi, the sources said.
In fact, the chief minister asked for it, one of these sources said, adding that Mr Tappi used to force his way into the Chief Minister’s House with a nine vehicles motorcade and go straight into the office of the chief minister without any concern for the CM’s engagements.
The CM would put everything aside to pay attention to the “viceroy”, but Shah of late asked his secretary to request Mr Tappi to very kindly and graciously take the trouble of prearranging the time schedule of such meetings before coming to the CM’s House.
The source said that the secretary to the CM, not knowing that he was being led into a deep ditch by his weak boss, very humbly conveyed such sentiments to Mr Tappi, but the very next day, the chief minister received orders from the President’s House to transfer his Secretary Kabeer Kazi and take a nominee of Mr Tappi as his Secretary.
The new secretary, it is said, is so conscious of his duty that he only takes those files to CM which are approved by Mr Tappi. For all practical purposes, these sources said, the new appointee is secretary to the de facto CM, Mr Tappi.
This single incident has drastically changed the entire scenario of provincial governance. The chief secretary, it is said, now does not even consult his chief minister before issuing the orders desired by Mr Tappi. However, he is very cautious in carrying out orders issued by the CM (which are hardly any during the day) and is supposed to seek approval from Tappi, before implementing CM’s orders, if any.
Another posting ordered by Mr Tappi was of Mr Sualeh Faruqui, DG, Provincial Disaster Management Authority, who was asked to sign vendor agreement with a selected party. On his refusal, he was transferred and made an OSD. He has been replaced by a very compliant officer Aijaz Mangi, who had been working as Fisheries DG since past three years, under an officer six years junior to him. He is still in BS 19.
Tappi is not alone in running his fiefdom called the Sindh Province, these sources said and add that he is very ably assisted by a highly controversial aging bureaucrat of all seasons from Islamabad. Over 70 bureaucrat, the sources said, has been visiting Sindh and holding meetings with the chief secretary as well as ministers and secretaries taking briefings, issuing instructions and reinforcing the writ of the president’s adopted step-brother. The officials are very clearly told to get major decisions from Mr Tappi and not to take instructions from the chief minister.
Syed Qaim Ali Shah, the besieged Chief Minister, gets only pity from the provincial bureaucracy for his helplessness, but at the same time, people wonder what is left there in the package deal for the CM to continue in such embarrassing circumstances. “It maybe the lure of an occasional land allotment case, taken to the Board of Revenue by his son or such other favors for the rest of his family members,” a source commented.
“Whatever the reasons for the elderly Shah to continue like this or for the President’s House to make such an arrangement for the unfortunate province, which blindly votes in the name of Bhutto, the fact is that the government machinery in Sindh has come to a grinding halt,” the source lamented.
The officials avoid making proposals, which may require the CM’s approval as they know that the chief minister’s powers have been suspended, and the de facto CM Tappi, they would rather avoid to go to.
“Mr Zardari, is this the way to pay the province which gave you historical support—destroying it completely and crippling its development and economy comprehensively? Please have some mercy on poor people of Sindh,” the source whimpered.