Tribute to Benazir Bhutto

on 28, Dec 2012 | 10 Comments | in Category: Insight

Fakiha Hassan Rizvi

Fakiha Hassan Rizvi

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One might disagree with her political ideology, but she was a visionary and seasoned politician. Following the legacy of her charismatic father, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, she audaciously faced all perils. The father entered the gallows and the daughter intercepted the bullet. Historians will quote her as an example while discussing courage, valour and heroic stances adopted by firm fisted women around the world.

 

During her last address to a public rally in Liaqat Baagh Rawalpindi, Benazir Bhutto seemed not less than a gallant warrior of  democracy. Her resolve for rescuing the country from its ’socio-political quagmire’ strengthened with each word that she delivered on December 27, 2007. Unfortunately, the nation didn’t get a chance to assess the mature political vibrancy of Benazir. The first woman premier of a Muslim country was shot dead soon after she bade farewell to her supporters at Liaqat Baagh. Pakistanis witnessed a second political assassination at the same place (first being that of Liaqat Ali Khan- first premier of Pakistan). The culprits are yet to be discovered and brought to book, for both the tragedies that befell the young nation. Her prognostication about the conditions following, in case of her assassination, turned into reality. ‘My death will serve as a catalyst for change’, said late Benazir.

 

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) won the general elections of 2008. The country got rid of Musharraf regime and the judiciary was restored after a long, monotonous struggle of coalition partners that joined the lawyers’ movement. Benazir’s widower, Asif Ali Zardari hailed the party as its vice-chairman and her son, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, embraced chairmanship at a young age. The next general elections are round the corner. It is for the first time in the political history of Pakistan that a democratically elected government is likely to complete its constitutional five year tenure.

 

As per prophecy, her assassination did mark a significant wave of democratic transition. Undoubtedly, Pakistan was enmeshed in innumerable problems like power crisis, faltering economy and the country’s steepening position into the abyss of extremism. The past five years weren’t easy for the subjects and the constituents. Governments’ clash with the judiciary, a chequered relation with the opposition factions and disgruntled allies like the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) accounted for a fragile democratic stature. What baffled the most was the considerable deviance of the incumbent government from Benazir Bhutto’s political conviction.

 
In her first political speech that she has narrated in her book, ’Daughter of the East’, Benazir argued with Professor Michael Walzer
on Pakistan’s inability to provide Bengalis with the right of self-determination. With her quivering lips, young Benazir, silenced
an audience of 201 students (1 herself) as she opposed the Professor by stating that the right of self-determination was granted to
Bengalis in 1947. It’s a lamentable fact that Pakistan People’s Party under President Zardari didn’t follow the vocal audacity of Benazir to improve Pakistan’s place on the international horizon. I doubt if Shaheed-e-Jamhooriyat (martyr of democracy- the title PPP ascribes with Benazir) would have sent an op-ed to Washington Post in the wake of Abbotabad raid by the US Navy SEALs.

 

 

From the Movement to Restore Democracy (MRD) to her last publicly signed document, Charter of Democracy (CoD), her dissent for oppression, favour towards political liberty and commitment to democratic values was obvious. She was a confident leader who resisted subjugation and enslavement till her last breath. Another thing that goes to her credit is the way she reassembled the barracks of PPP to ensure that it remains a cohesive political force after Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s death.

 

The recent fragmentation of PPP with the exclusion of someone as important as Shah Mehmood Quraishi and thwarting echoes of members like Zulfiqar Mirza, depicts the inefficacy of today’s PPP to contain separatist divergence. A leadership which cannot serve as a unifier has a tendency to misgovern the country.

 
Although the post-Benazir PPP attempted to revive concepts of ’political reconciliation’ and national integration through coalitions
and National Finance Commission Award, respectively. It takes performance and administrative efficiency to reside in the hearts of
the masses. Benazir Bhutto wasn’t an adept administrator as well, but a visionary leader who possessed political acumen. The ideological liberalism of the PPP requires a projection through governance strategies, articulation of public sentiments and clear political orientations. The nation poured in sympathy votes the last time as a token of homage to brave Benazir. Upcoming elections will conclude in accordance with the performance of Zardari-led PPP. The essential Bhuttoism isn’t that pure now as late Benazir mentions in Daughter of the East:

 
“My father’s imprint on me, however, keeps me going.

 

Endurance. Honour.Principle.

 

In the stories my father used to tell us as children, the Bhuttos always won a moral fight.”



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  • Taj Ahmad

    Great leader, great Prime Minister and a great daughter of great leader Mr.Z.A.Bhutto.

  • kitalist

    Typical Pakistani nation we forget everything all the corruption she has done through her husband and her family.I wish she was alive not to leadbut to put her in court.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ali302 Ali Humayun

    I pity those who think Bhutto had a leadership virus like AIDS virus that got transferred to BB and later from BB to Zardari.

  • Nick Farahshah

    How can you pay tribute to a traitor. She gave the list of Khalistan leaders to Rajiv Gandhi. A typical burger woman.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jasim-Khan/570105033 Jasim Khan

    actions speaks volume than words. Have a little reality check. Democracy is power to people and NOT power to Bhuttos.

  • Anonymous

    There is no need to weep and cry over Bay Nazir’s life,” achievements’ or her death. She betrayed her father’s legacy, was a corrupt and incompetent PM and ruined the country, politically,economically and morally. She betrayed the Sikh’s freedom struggle against India and Kashmiri’s sacrifices for their struggle. And before her death she ” bequethed” her party to her most notorious,corrupt, thief husband Zardar. What a Joke. I’m glad that she is there ,where she is and cannot harm the country anymore.

  • Anonymous

    the supporters and vote bank of PPP in pakistan is hardly 20%. you can check that out of every 5 persons, one would be jiyaala or peopla.
    this is a secularist party, who propagate and promote “bhuttoism” and not the religion.
    Z A Bhutto exploited islam by calling it islamic socialism. this group is also known as
    peo,pilao,party, because most of these junk are lovers of alcohol.
    bilawal, known by his nickname “BILL” is zardari’s blood, but to exploit the ignorent people, they added “bhutto” and which is now a commercial name.
    peoplas have changed the name of “islam”abad airport to benazir airport, and this name shall inshallah be reveresed once this gang is out of power.
    zardari has hidden properties in usa,uk,dubai etc etc, and all are under the name of
    his conman, the famous one is TAPPI who is a gang leader sitting in dubai.
    zardari has not done any business but has acquired “haraam” when his wife came to power for the first time, and this practice has continued since till todate.
    he has used presidency as his hideouts and is making commissions and money beyond the expectation and knowledge of his party workers, who think him very honest.
    all his hidden wealth and properties should be confiscated and paid for the country’s debts as he is solely responsible to drag the country into such big loans.
    he is the one who has made garhi as the place of grave worship and “shirk”.
    and ALLAH swt knows all about his creations.

  • Anonymous

    the supporters and vote bank of PPP in pakistan is hardly 20%. you can check that out of every 5 persons, one would be jiyaala or peopla.

    this is a secularist party, who propagate and promote “bhuttoism” and not the religion.

    Z A Bhutto exploited islam by calling it islamic socialism. this group is also known as

    peo,pilao,party, because most of these junk are lovers of alcohol.

    bilawal, known by his nickname “BILL” is zardari’s blood, but to exploit the ignorent people, they added “bhutto” and which is now a commercial name.

    peoplas have changed the name of “islam”abad airport to benazir airport, and this name shall inshallah be reveresed once this gang is out of power.

    zardari has hidden properties in usa,uk,dubai etc etc, and all are under the name of

    his conman, the famous one is TAPPI who is a gang leader sitting in dubai.

    zardari has not done any business but has acquired “haraam” when his wife came to power for the first time, and this practice has continued since till todate.

    he has used presidency as his hideouts and is making commissions and money beyond the expectation and knowledge of his party workers, who think him very honest.

    all his hidden wealth and properties should be confiscated and paid for the country’s debts as he is solely responsible to drag the country into such big loans.

    he is the one who has made garhi as the place of grave worship and “shirk”.

    and ALLAH swt knows all about his creations.

  • Anonymous

    And what was that political ideology of BB? The only thing she ever had was bhutto as surname. Since, you are not a PPP supporter, you could write as much about Veena malik.

    • Nauman Khan

      Yes, I agree with the writer. Here she discussed the political life of Benazir not the corruption she was accused for. It is true Benazir fought like a true lioness. She was brave enough and returned to Pakistan despite the fact that her life is in danger. No men can dare such thing like Benazir did. She was a great politician indeed.

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