By D. Asghar
The recent statement by Bugti Jr., about setting a bounty of Rs. 1 Billion for Musharraf’s head is pathetic, deplorable and highly immature, to say the least.
In the same statement, the leader of “Jamhoori Watan Party”, indicated that Brigadier (R) Masood Malik, would act as an approver against Musharraf, for genocide and abduction of innocent people of Pakistan.
Both of these statements are in sharp contrast with one another. The first one comes from a Sardar of a tribe and demonstrates the typical depth of a tribal leader. There is no denying that Bugti Jr., has valid grievances against the former President. But asking a person to behead him, would be tantamount to inciting grave violence against another human being.
This is what is fundamentally wrong with our nation. Violence from the screens of Punjabi flicks to the streets of the country has become the order of the day. We are indifferent, when people are “beheaded” as some how it is the “Islamic justice.” Some how the idea of prosecution, defense and due process have been erased from our collective intelligence. Even in the Islamic Justice, the decree of such extreme can only be declared by a Qazi (Chief Justice) and of course after appropriate due process.
If violence was the means to the end, then we would have seen a total reform and revolution around the nation in all these years. The fact is that, people are sick and tired of the daily acts of violence, which have ripped the entire fabric of this beautiful nation. Jinnah’s peaceful and progressive Pakistan has become the ridicule of the entire world.
If Bugti Sahib’s party really wants to make Pakistan a truly “democratic country” (much like the name of his party) , then he should follow the process of any “democratic and civil” nation and demonstrate some depth of a statesman in his character. His Rs. 1 Billion reward should be used towards his own people who are deprived and the Province which still needs to catch up with the 21st century.
If Bugti Sahib has an approver, then he is familiar with the legal process. It would be meaningful to bring concrete evidence to the fore, to seal the case against the former dictator. But to suggest any thing other than the legal course would only endorse the commonly held perception that Pakistanis and Muslims are wild and barbaric.
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