The “Culture of Entitlement” in the Pakistan military started during General Ayub’s time when he commenced the
tradition of awarding land to army officers (the size of allotment depending upon the rank of the officer) in the border regions of Punjab and in the newly irrigated colonies of Sindh.
General Zia also created a novel way of involving serving officers in commercial ventures by placing military lands and cantonments and the provisioning of logistics to the regional corps commanders.
Thus, many senior army officers availed opportunities to acquire multiple plots in various cantonments for themselves at highly subsidized rates. These prime properties soon sparked nepotism in allotment and corruption among both the military and civil bureaucracies.
Fauji Foundation, Shaheen Foundation, Bahria Foundation are examples of so-called self-sustaining welfare projects which are most certainly
golden egg laying gooses for Pakistan Army. For years, these money minting projects have loaded the uninformed and corroded the taxpayers. A normal scenario in Pakistan.
With interests in fertilizer, cement, food, power generation, gas exploration, LPG marketing and distribution, financial services, employment services, and security services these financial services are now amongst the largest energy conglomerates in Pakistan.
No surprises for guessing how army owned welfare projects are listed and traded on the Pakistan Stock Exchange. Pakistani Army Officers sure possess the required business acumen and the “General lobby”
– beneficiaries take care of the rest. Certain reports exposing Pakistan Army’s billion-dollar project have surfaced recurringly in the media, however, no action on any inquiry ever comes to public light.
A 2017 study found that 33 of a group of 141 former Pakistan
Armed Forces corps commanders, or 23.4%, were given jobs by the Foundation after their retirement from the military. At any one time, as many as seven former corps commanders serve as either the managing directors of the Fauji Foundation or the Army
Welfare Trust or as managing directors of subsidiaries with personnel in these positions rotated out every three years.
are nearly fifty “projects, units and housing colonies” functioning in the country under the administrative control of Fauji Foundation, Shaheen Foundation, Bahria Foundation, Army Welfare Trust (AWT) and Defence Housing Authorities (DHAs).
The projects/units being run by the AWT are:
- Two stud farms in Pakpattan and Okara
- Army Welfare Sugar Mills, Badin
- Askari Project (shoe and woollen), Lahore
- Army Welfare Mess and Blue Lagoon Restaurant,
- Real estate comprising three small housing schemes in Lahore, Badaber and Sangjani
- Askari General Insurance Co Ltd Rawalpindi
- Askari Aviation Services, Rawalpindi
- MAL Pakistan Ltd Karachi
- Askari Guards (Pvt) Ltd, head office
(HO) in Rawalpindi
- Askari Fuels (CNG) with HO in Rawalpindi
- Askari Seeds, Okara
- Askari Enterprises, Rawalpindi
- Fauji Security Services (acquired from Fauji Foundation), HO in Rawalpindi
- Askari Apparel, Lahore
- Askari Lagoon, Faisalabad.
The projects/units underFauji Foundation are: