Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Real godfather: Raja Afzal's profile

Master of all!
The white trimmed beard and rectangular spectacles hide much of the expressions of 70-year-old politician Raja Muhammad Afzal. He has remained the member of the National Assembly (MNA) for three times (1988, 1993, 1997), a senator and twice mayor of the city.
His two sons are MNAs from Jhelum. Raja Afzal shares all the vices of politicians of a third world country, but he is invincible in elections. I have been monitoring his way of politics for the last one year. I have met him thrice on various occasions.
He has an elephant’s memory. You meet him once and he remembers it forever. He knows the ancestors, relatives, traits of his voters and opponents. He is not a graduate but his general knowledge is not less than anyone.
Raja can start conversation with anyone on any topic. He knows about universities, education and grading systems like an education consultant. I have seen him talking about nervous system, to a person whose brother recently underwent the spinal cord surgery.
He has a large public contact. Such is his appetite to remain public that his voter can meet him at any time, but his family members have to seek an appointment from him before meeting. You will find all sort of people at his house from 12pm to 2am. There is no receptionist, no waiting queue and no protocol. A person who comes on a brand new land cruiser sits on the same couch where a poor mechanic with dirty clothes is sitting.
The meeting room in his house is nothing but Raja Muhammad Afzal’s bedroom. You just go and find a place on the couch. He sees you and nods a hello, while he is busy on telephone. Raja Afzal’s longtime driver is also his personal assistant now.
When I reached his place it was around 9pm on January 3. People were leaving and entering his house. There was no contingent of AK-47 totting guards, no don’t disturb signs and no receptionist to stop you from meeting him.
We went straight to his bedroom and found him sitting on a chair and talking to someone on telephone. The people of his constituency had brought their problems to him. One of the person sitting on his bed had a monitory dispute in Italy. He wanted Raja Afzal’s intervention in the matter. The person was uneducated and was talking in a high pitched voice. Raja Afzal remained cool and listened to his problem while taping his fingers at the end of the arm rest. The ex-MNA instructed his assistant about the man’s problem. The man left, praying for him. Next came a high ranking district government employee. He had some transfer and posting issue, which was promised to be resolved. Similarly, people came with their problems and went with a solution or surety that their Raja Afzal will take personal interest to solve their problem.
I was impressed with his amazing stamina to bear all sorts of people. His face rarely expressed anger, but you find him thumping his fingers rapidly on the arm rest of the chair in situations where he is expected to loose his temper.
His driver was telling someone that today they had attended two weddings and offered condolences at three far off places of the district. With an ageing body and ailing health, it needs a lot of guts to travel that much.
Raja Afzal does not seek any monetary consideration from the people whose issues he has resolved. All he wants a favour in return. The person with an Italian money dispute was expected to elect him again. The government employee was expected to favour Raja Afzal’s supporters who is return were expected to elect him again.
His two MNA sons had left for Islamabad to attend a session of the National Assembly. He also telephoned them a couple of times, instructing them to solve the problems of the voters.
Our family has never voted for him. My father has had remained his staunch opponent. I casually showed my admiration for a columnist/politician of the PML-N and Raja Afzal offered me an interview with him. Raja Afzal never misses an opportunity to win people and that is the reason behind his political invincibility.
PS: Raja has not spoken on any significant issue during his three tenures in the National Assembly nor he has any private bill on his credit. He may be delivering to his voters but miserably failed to deliver to his constituency. 

30 comments:

  1. he solves their issues and wants favor in return. that is what politics in Pakistan is all about, give and take. dysfunctional institutions and strong personalities to whom what matters is vote and connection not the merit. what a pity.

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  2. He was also a con man in the 60's 70's, robbing people from Azard Kashmir and was wanted there at a time. Now all they are doing is robbing people in Jhelum so that beard is just a cover up. NEVER judge a book bye its cover you fools

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  3. The Government person, who went to get his transfer from Raja Afzal does not know that Raja Afzal was the one who ordered his transfers in the first place, this is his way of winning people, naam bi shatarn kaam bi shaatarn

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  4. Satan has a good memory

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  5. He would often solicit proposal of girls for rich old people of Mirpur. He would fleece close to a million rupees from them on various pretext. On the day of wedding, he would replace the girl with a eunuch. The poor groom would find about the fraud on his wedding night. And the fraud was so embarrassing that the groom would secretly divorce the 'bride'.

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  7. Leave him alone. You jealous b******, he has also done good to the people of Jhelum.

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  8. Every story has many different versions

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  9. jhelum people r proper fucked up munafiks

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  10. horible jhelemi sell they duaghters for money

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  11. yes bro i agree with u they think they gods gift on earth and think hazrat adam landed in shandar chowk but really they r the most evil people in the wourld eat befor u go jhelum they wont offer u food no matter how rich they r

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  12. not all jhelemi r bad so shut it

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  13. what is his source of income,he is a con man.man is an evil genius and look what his sons are doing in jhelum.what good has he done to jhelum.

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  14. He is causing problems for innocent law abiding citizens by favouring his supporters who are corrupt and trying to con people out of land and money. He will have to answer that on the day of Judgement and what answer will he give his lord? There will be no safarish that day except that of your good deeds.

    True power is the Islamic Rule and when we wake up we shall get rid of people like this, Inshallah.

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  15. he is dangerous figure in jhelum,

    raja afzal is meethi churee but undercover badmaaash
    never trust raja people
    they are ful of it

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  16. They havent allowed a school to be built in their own village. In fact when his party came back to power after Musharaff, they actually knocked down a school that has been built. I wonder why?

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  17. Waheed Ur RehmanJuly 18, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    Plz remember he got sanctioned one campus of PU.
    How many people can approach directly to the district top man?
    Remember his good points. No doubt he is great.

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    1. oh really g he build the campus of p.u but you know he eat a big amount of fund through this campus.his honesty shown when you look the material that use for campus hahahaha g he was such a thing but in mushraf time

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  18. he sold his step brothers and sisters land and he eat haram he is a drama he is a con man

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  19. he is such a nice person i like him specially his big son who r very noble and polite.

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  20. He got the taste now in election he is evil

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  21. Now he knows people hate him, I don't know nadim Khadim but I know Ch Khadim hussein, He is down to earth nice man and now Raja Afzal should realise he was supported by Ch Khadim

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  22. all you people that commenting i didnt know that you are all saints so i dont think you have the right to say any of the sort, that is what you hear have you seen any of this personally ..... i dont think so, so why dont you M*****ers go do one

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  23. Agree subtly with last comment made..you are clearly being sheep and judging..as the article clearly states that Raja saab does have his vices but is loved amongst the people in a majority vote..he has indeed won over them in a certain way hence why he has acheived so much accomplishments in his time..try leaving the personal comments out and think out of the box

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  24. As someone new Jhelum - can I please ask for someone to summarize the picture of Jhelum politics to me? Who are the key players apart from Raja Afzal and his sons? I know they recently switched from PML-N to PPP but have they belonged to any other parties before?

    What is the status at council/tehsil level politics? Who are the key people there?

    Thank you.

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    1. after hearing all your rubbish...i can simply say that u r a fucking moron

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  25. Raja Afzal is the king of Jhelum.Great man

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