Who’s afraid of Sherry Rehman?

Raza Rumi

Express Tribune: It has been rather disturbing to witness the way Sherry Rehman has been the latest target of the purists within the ruling PPP. For years, Sherry has represented the intellectual vigour within her party. From drafting of manifestoes to holding the important portfolios, she has been an articulate defender of the PPP and its government. Her decision to resign in the wake of the judges’ saga and media handling of the 2009 Lahore-Gujranwala Long March was a matter of democratic choice.

After her resignation, she did not defame her party leadership and continued to demonstrate her loyalty. She is now a victim of an unwise ban on PPP leaders and legislators preventing them from appearing on a particular television channel. Worse, she has been lumped with the other dissenters — Naheed Khan and Safdar Abbasi — whose politics is altogether different.

The Naheed-Safdar duo has acted like a wounded couple since the time Benazir Bhutto was assassinated and Asif Zardari took over the party. It is a separate matter that sections of the electronic media have been using them as the righteous voice of the PPP in complete disregard of the fact that Ms Khan is neither elected, nor does she hold an official post in the party. Such is the intellectual dishonesty here that Ms Bhutto’s decision of not awarding a women’s seat ticket to Naheed Khan has never been discussed. Similarly, Mr Abbasi who was one of the interlocutors in the NRO deal has overnight become the biggest critic of the ordinance.

On the other hand, Sherry Rehman has no covert agenda and does not allow herself to be used as a pawn in the usual game played by anti-democracy forces. If there was a ‘ban’ on appearing on any particular television channel, the PPP should have taken its leaders and cadres in confidence, instead of issuing a decree via press conferences.

A democratically-elected party, gagging its own senior leaders is worrying to say the least. The issuance of a show-cause notice was followed by a siege of Ms Rehman’s house in Karachi by a mob, while the police stood by and did nothing. Her ailing mother and daughter were in the house and remained hostage for hours.

Since then, the PPP leadership has neither explained nor apologised for the unruly behaviour of the mob that circled her house. Sherry Rehman has served the cause of her party far better than many of its powerful stalwarts of today. Above all, she is not just a politician as she mediates multiple identities: as a legislator, a civil society activist, head of a think-tank and a voice of reason and fine intellect.

By pushing people like her to the wall, the party is only harming itself — because the party needs competent people like her.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 6th, 2010.

12 Comments

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12 responses to “Who’s afraid of Sherry Rehman?

  1. Fellow-Pakistani

    Why complain over injustice done to Sherry rehman, when foundation of injustice in society was laid down by founder of PPP i.e. ZAB in 1974?
    PPP jialaya and jialian can not have both ways!
    Chickens (pakistyani society and PPP workers) are coming home to roost!
    Raza Rumi: What goes around comes around.

  2. D Asghar

    @Fellow Pakistani Bhai..Your grievance may be well founded but misplaced here. I appreciate your comment on my scribble, where it had some relevance there. But in this case neither ZAB, nor BB are responsible for the unruly behavior of the mob.

    Raza Bhai and many others would be sympathetic to your argument. If a law is unjust or needs to be repealed, it needs to be introduced on the floor of the Assemblies.

    In this particular case, it is evident that democratic norms have been violated and it is deplorable. The law you are hinting towards (right or wrong) was passed by the lawmakers of 1974. The lawmakers of 2010 are the ones who can make a difference. Humble Regards.

  3. Nas

    This lady seems to have more guts then many of her counterparts and peers – she was one of the few who pushed through condemnation of the attacks on the ahmadi mosques

  4. Ailia Zehra

    She iz better than a lot of we have in this cabinet. She is an asset 4 da party, If the party understands.

  5. PEER SCHAMWHOREISCH RIDZVAUN AL-MURTAZA NAQVI-ALBUKHARI

    ‘Fellow-Pakistani’ is not wrong about Double Standards that have triumphed over here. The Plot Scam started in 1972.

    Today, (never mind retired judges and migrating-bureaucRATS who have catapulted themselves into multibillionaires, plots in every town galore, et al and other perquisites ago’go)… today; no Pakistani with an honest-to-goodness, ((in the Fatherlan(!!)) halal resources can afford to purchase a decent house (in 1958 one could obtain an N-type, 3 Rm , 10-M house in Samanabad for about Rs 25/- pm instalments apropos ownership basis .. today it costs Rs 10 Millions-plus).

    Be that as it may! Sherry Rahman’s house should NOT have been attacked, nor should she be verbally molested or her family harassed. Dammit, don’t take leave of decency in a frenzy of dirty party-politics or convenient word-smithing.

    In the same breath .. I cannot approve of (or condone as a denizen of The Land of the Pores)some Rs 50 Millions that Sherry Sahiba had forced upon her by our premee-cum-demoncratic Prime Munster, ostensibly for her Foundation (ahem!). Mithai-Money, I presume!!

    I am told that ZAB used to wink that: “I have two personas, one Public ; and The Other, totally private”. About the Private Part, let’s discover more and towards that find out the whereabouts his third wife, the beauty from Bengal, she must be around somewhere.

    The populist lolly-pop of ‘Roti+Kapra+Makkan” (?). By golly, only in our Motherland do slogans replace substance. Delicious Slogans serve as an epicurian dish for the starving masses.

    Luck this Nation blue with Empty Slogans and Make-Believe aesthETHICS (This is Iqbal Geoffrey’s invented neologism, forgive me for quoting a scholar whjo educated Harvard about Justice-with-Love on an Equal Opportunity bases).

  6. Fellow-Pakistani

    @D Asghar bahijan:
    “But in this case neither ZAB, nor BB are responsible for the unruly behavior of the mob”

    ZAB taught Pakistanis that ‘Majority and people in power are authority, regardless of how immoral and unjust their actions/decisions may be’. BB continued her dad’s policy and made a comment: ‘How i can undo my dad’s great service to islam (referrring to 2nd constitutional ammendment)’ even thou she had read and appreciated Maulana Muhammad Ali english translation and commentary of Holy Quran. The same author who ‘per Pakistani law of BB and ZAB’ is Kafir (nauzubilah).

  7. Fellow-Pakistani

    Again @D Asghar bahijan:
    “Raza Bhai and many others would be sympathetic to your argument. If a law is unjust or needs to be repealed, it needs to be introduced on the floor of the Assemblies.”

    Do you still believe pakistanis have an iota of morality and justice left in them? If you think, then i’m sorry to say you have a ‘fixed delusion’. BTW there is no definte treatment for ‘fixed delusion’.
    Do you think, even person like Imran Khan has b—s to introduce such a bill if he gets his foot on the floor of assembly??

    I think the only way to redress this injustice is to take away the 1973 constitution and it’s 2nd ammendment from Pakistanis. And this can only happen, if 5 to 7 provinces of Pakistan become independent countries and then legislate their new constitution.
    And my dear, with out prejudics i honesly believe this will happen. Afterall we know that Allah is NOT relative of Pakistani majority and those in the power. If it was the case, Pakistan would not have been in this s–t compared to hindus after their glorious 50s and 60s when 1 Pakistani Rupee was equal to 2 Indian rupee.
    I guess, Allah is teaching Pakistanis with his ‘Zoordar Hamaly’ (powerful attacks).

  8. D Asghar

    @Fellow Pakistani Bhai Jaan, my point was neither ZAB, nor BB are there. Regardless of what was done by ZAB, Zia or BB. You can sit and argue the cause, it is all said and done. The way forward is either revisit the bitter past or look ahead. The laws can only be altered by lawmakers acting upon the request of their constituents.

    Imran Khan is out of any question, because he does not have requisite clout or representation in the assembly.

    Lastly your comment,

    “I think the only way to redress this injustice is to take away the 1973 constitution and it’s 2nd amendment from Pakistanis. And this can only happen, if 5 to 7 provinces of Pakistan become independent countries and then legislate their new constitution. And my dear, with out prejudices i honestly believe this will happen.”

    If you envision 7 different countries, then which particular country would you prefer to repeal that law. In that case you end up changing your nick to fellow Non Pakistani, I guess.

    Humble Regards.

  9. Fellow-Pakistani

    @D Asghar Bhaijan:
    “If you envision 7 different countries, then which particular country would you prefer to repeal that law. In that case you end up changing your nick to fellow Non Pakistani, I guess.”

    When Pakistan breaks in to pieces, its 1973 constitution and its 2nd ammendment will be null and void. And the new countries emerging out of its rubble will need to form their new constitutions. By that time citizens of those new countries will be sick of Mullah-mafia and double talk politicians like ZAB, BB etc and they will reject them, and start with cleam slate. just the way former USSR republics trashed their constitution article i.e. “There is NO God”. New countries including Russa does NOT have a stupid article on religion in their respective constitutions.
    When time will come, i pick new nick name on this forum, provided it’s still here ‘Pak Tea House’. may be its new name will be ‘Ex-Pak tea house’.

  10. nazir allahwalla

    Sherry rehamn was good at her job. Bring her back.

  11. D. Asghar

    @Fellow Pakistani Bhai,

    I sincerely hope, wish and pray that all those 7 pieces remain autonomus units or provinces within the confederation of Pakistan. Humble Regards.

  12. Fellow-Pakistani

    @D Asghar bahijan:
    “I sincerely hope, wish and pray that all those 7 pieces remain autonomus units or provinces within the confederation of Pakistan. Humble Regards.”

    Yeah, but this will only happen if People of Pakistan get rid of 2nd constitutionl ammendment. Otherwise, what i’m saying is ‘writing on the wall’ and i’m just reading it.