“The more they hate, the more we love…”

PTH is publishing this post submitted by Riaz Ali Toori. The views expressed are those of the author’s; however, in the interest of free speech and noting the biases of mainstream media, we are giving space to such pieces here.

“The much they hate Zardari, the more we love Zardari” the slogan I read over twitter by a worker of PPP. The comments on facebook attracted more I read “thanks to the opponents of PPP and Asif Ali Zardari for arousing the languid feelings of Bhuttoism inside my soul as a result of their chauvinism”.

Forcibly ruling over bodies is possible but rule on hearts is thorny. Nasty Zia ruled on the people of Pakistan for more than a decade but he couldn’t create a place in hearts of the people. Today Zia is memorized for spitefulness while Bhutto is ruling over hearts and minds. The way conspirators are busier in inciting plots against presidency is perilous not only to the evolution of nascent democracy as well as will take the politics in 80s.President Zardari yet believes strongly iwwn his policy of reconciliation and doesn’t want PPP be part of this negative game.

Some of our politicians and media persons (anchorpersons included) firstly raised a storm in the form of shaping new ‘ideas’ and “judgments” by criticizing President Asif Ali Zardari for his UK visit. When they came to know that President’s visit to France and UK proved of marker developments, then they went for a very shocking act of shaping the drama of “Shoe Throwing”.

Inciting plots against President the time when he was on an official visit on behalf of Pakistan is worst than all. The opponents of PPP left no chance missed in few days; scattered salt on flood victims by politicizing their deprivations for “Point Scoring”, attacked Pakistan’s diplomacy and at end an attempt they made on President Persona. Personalizing national and political interests for own vested interests will shake the policy of “Political Reconciliation” in Pakistan forever.

Zardari’s policy of reconciliation made possible the 18th Amendment, 7th NFC Award, renaming of KP, empowering Gilgit-Baltistan and Aghaz-e-Haqooq Baluchistan packages. The more President Zardari is fighting war against terrorism very bravery and boldly with national and international will and back up. Zardari fulfilled the dream of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto who had pledged of bringing peace in the valley of Swat and FATA.

“O’ my brothers and sisters fight against dictatorship, poverty, illiteracy and terrorism” Shaheed Benazir Bhutto said in her last speech in Liaqat Bagh. Today President Zardari is trying his best to fulfill the legacy of Z.A Bhutto and Shaheed Benazir Bhutto.

It boggles my mind when the media created a hue about shoes being thrown at the President inside a meeting of the PPP. Can one ask as to how it is possible for one to throw shoes on the Co-chairman of a party in a gathering where thousands of his supporters are present? In an age when all carry a camera or a phone that has a camera, why wasn’t a single picture taken?

Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira and President’s Spokesperson Farhatullah Babar present at the event have firmly stated that they did not witness any alleged incident of a shoe thrown at the President. If anyone has any video clip or evidence of the charge, let they bring it before the media and nation, they both challenged. Hitherto the conspirators have failed in bringing any proof. Anyone who has watched live telecast of the President’s speech broadcast on all major news channels on Saturday didn’t show any disorder during the address of the President.

The President was more excited and content over the passion of PPP workers abroad. The hall was waving in the slogans of “Zinda hay Bhutto Zinda hay”, “Tum Kitnay Bhutto marogay, har Ghar sy Bhutto Niklay ga”, “Ek Zardari sub pi Bhari”.

The people sitting on the stage with the President noticed no such disturbance. When Mr.Zardari was repeating the name of “Z.A Bhutto”, “Shaheed Benazir Bhutto”, “Shaheed Murtaza Bhutto” and “Shaheed Shehnawaz Bhutto”, the eyes of listeners got wet and some cried loudly. There was complete silence, when Asif Ali Zardari said “Without Zainab AS, Hussainiat is imperfect, likewise without Bibi Shaheed, Bhutoism is worthless”. It was a demonstrative crowd in the memoriam of martyrs of democracy. Bhuttos accepted death but neither wept before dictators nor left the country; they lived in people and died with people.

Very few people belonging to opposition political parties had certainly assembled outside the venue and were raising slogans against the President, which is their democratic right. PPP respects the positive criticism and welcomes the suggestions but strongly refuses conspiracies. But thousands of people sitting in the hall endorsed the President’s speech with full vigor and spirit. Our media gave excessive coverage to the outside in dozens but ignored the thousands inside.

This week has seen a number of slips by the hoity-toity intellectual elites who have been waging a media war against the President since the day he was elected. From the very beginning, before he had any opportunity to make any mistakes at all, cynics affirmed “the Present Zardari-led set-up” will not last long. Two and half years of the elected democratic coalition government completed but notorious all efforts went in vain.

Every day, they start with stirring new conspiracies against President but every nightfall beacons disappointment for them. They will burn in the feelings of envy as their forefathers had burnt. I am worried about their coming generations that “how they will cope with challenges of 21st century world with these lower outlook of covetousness and envy”?

President Zardari passes a smile over them and says “Opponents are unwise and don’t understand democracy”. He insists, “Let the conspirators do what they want and let me do my own so as to fulfill the dreams of Shaheed Bhuttos of a happy and prosperous Pakistan.

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12 responses to ““The more they hate, the more we love…”

  1. OMLK

    I appreciate the fact that articles representing differing view points are given space; but they should be edited for clarity and basic grammar.

  2. Many thanks for the comment. Your point is well taken.

  3. Nasir

    “fulfill the legacy of Z.A Bhutto” – this man was an opportunist that tried to use the ahmadi issue to tame and appease the mullahs, although he was in no way as bad the father of Mullahism (Zia ul Mullah), he was not much better. I only hope his successors have the stomach to stand up to hate mongers

  4. Junaid

    Zardari’s policy of reconciliation made possible the 18th Amendment, 7th NFC Award, renaming of KP, empowering Gilgit-Baltistan and Aghaz-e-Haqooq Baluchistan packages.

    If the current PPP gov’s performance is viewed objectively keeping in mind the above mentioned progress it has made, then Zardari has done quite well and obviously the opponents are upset about the progress being made.

    I was actually more impressed with Zardari’s handling of the Mumbai attacks and how calmly he gave the interviews to Western media outlet, handling all the criticism.

  5. Nasir

    does anyone know if he made any statements on the ahmadis and the attaks in Lahore – i would very much like to know where he stands on this, (i know Sherry stood up for them in the national assembley)

  6. libertarian

    Is the author serious? Couldn’t tell. There are subtler and less funny ways of supporting your team …

  7. Sultan Ahmad

    I am not pro Zardari .Neither I am in favour of burning newspapers or stopping the transmission of any channel. But when this so called incident of shoe throwing ocurred I was in Khaira Gali trying to enjoy my short vacation.When Geo started shouting about this incident I had the rare chance of watching the transmission for few hours ,as I had nothing else to do, and it was raining outside. The way GEO was broadcasting this incident was both disgusting and naive.Not a single word was said condemning the man who sopposedly threw his shows.Was it a civilised wayof registering a protest ? First Geo claimed that President had to leave after ten minutes speech and after some time the played the recording of the speech and the speech lasted for more than half hour .Then we were seeing written on the screen that there was interval of two seconds between throwing of the two shoes .Bravo! Geo people must be ready with an electronic stop watch ,that is the only way they could have measured the time interval so exactly.And the gentleman and lady who were reading the news were almost jumping with jubilation.The lady even said that a lot of security measures were taken but people found the way to register their protest. This lady should know that such behaviour cannot be labelled as registering of protest.
    Remember ,whether you like him or not ,right now Mr. Zardari is President of Pakistan. When he is outside the country and you try to insult him like this , you are insulting Pakistan.You are humilating whole nation.
    And after this incident some channels are constantly claiming that we have always stood against every dictatorship. Wonderful !Geo people should open the files of Daily Jang and they will find out that when General Zia imposed Martial Law This Newspaper was all praise for him . The problem is that some elements in electronic media consider themselves as sacred cow.Had it been any Indian President , instead of a Pakistani President would have behaved in a totally different manner.
    I suggest that instead of portaying themselves as a martyr ,electronic media should learn some ethics.

  8. Tilsim

    @ Sultan Ahmad

    Your raise very good points. I am not a Zardari supporter either and I disagree with his decision to leave the country during the floods – principally for the encouragement it would give right wing forces, the political fall out and inevitable turmoil. However, Mir Khalil ur Rahman and his Geo group and Jang newspapers deserve severe criticism for the way they reported it for the reasons that you outlined. In my view right from the inception of this media group, Mir Khalil ur Rahman and his newspapers have played a negative role in shaping the mindset of this country. They have acted as hand maidens to reactionary forces. I am disgusted most of the time in the way that they report events with their political biases dripping from every newscast and talkshows. The urdu newspaper Jang is another level of manipulation altogether although still manages not to quite reach the depths of Nawai Waqt and other such.

    That said, the way that PPP is handling the incident is only creating a much bigger crisis for them. A media ban is just unacceptable and grist to the mill. Their denials are not plausible in any way. It’s sad to see a party press the self destruct mode in this way. I can’t believe that Benazir Bhutto would have displayed so little political maturity had she been alive. Zardari keeps on making huge political mistakes and has squandered all the goodwill that resulted at the last election. Is this the best our more ‘liberal’ politicians from the largest political party in the country can come up with as a response? It’s going to be a walk in the park now for the PML-N to emerge and take the political center stage.

  9. Bin Ismail

    Geo’s philosophy of news-casting is based on a “sell whatever sells” principle. The sensationalism, therefore is quite understandable. But the manner in which this entire episode was handled was, I’m sorry to say, in the poorest of taste.

    A national disaster, of colossal proportions has struck the nation and the only two issues on Geo’s agenda are flying shoes and burning newspapers.

    Pathetic.

  10. Shaizi Cheema

    Excellent Riaz toori. i believe if 100 hate you, 1000 love you. This is politics. We loved Asif Ali Zardari and we’ll. its 100% true that “The more they hate, the more we love”.
    A brave man, we proud of you president. Why people don’t understand that if some one insults our president it means he is insulting our Pakitan because he is president of Pakistan. Long live Bhutto , long live Zardari, long live PPP.

  11. SR

    I totally agree with OMLK. I can accept and appreciate freedom of speech but any and all articles thus posted on any reputable website should first be edited for basic readability and grammar !

    I was hard pressed to understand what the author was saying apart from his ranting on about the Butto family. NO mention what so ever about the current “real” situation of Pakistan, with thousands of people dead and millions displaced, starving and dying post floods and spreading infections and what not.

    Its sad I think that the author (and his side) are SO narrow visioned… not seeing anything beyond the end of their noses.

    Asif Ali Zardari DOES NOT represent the sentiments or feelings of ALL of Pakistan, only a his close (blind) supporters and those he and his party “pay” to support him with bags of biryani and false promises of bettering their lives some how.

  12. Ali Abbas

    @Riaz, I laud you for your conviction and straight forwardness. These civil society types cannot answer many of the points raised by you so they will sink low and attack you for not using perfect diction and grammer. I got your arguements and do not agree with all your points but still feel that voices like yours need to be heard.

    The civil society elites of Pakistan were applauding the protests of Hizb ul Tahrir and PTI while Zardari was giving his speech inside; these activists who were not protesting any government policy but shouting “Jihad, Jihad, Jihad” and “We Want Sharia”; in other words, these Geo-watching laptop Jihadis have such a pathological hatred of the PPP that they would rather support the murderous Taliban as a reaction! Ironically, the Hizb guys who were protesting against Zardari were not even Pakistanis. These Wahabi fanatics should reflect more on their loser policy of abusing the previleges granted to them by UK where they sit like parasites and publically express their intent of destroying the very society that gave them economic and citizenship rights.

    Don’t ever expect our civil society types to come up with an intellectual riposite as to why they continue to believe a media that has been caught making outlandish stories and lies and which provides a pulpit to Taliban apologists and conspiracy theory loons!

    These people will continue to lap up the rubbish served by the likes of Imran Khan and Altaf Hussain. They had the same hate against ZAB, then BB and now Zardari.

    Many of the recent articles by Raza Raja, Rumi and some others have been like a breath of fresh air. Kudos to PTH for allowing space to an alternate voice.