By Syeda Fizza Batool Gilani
The stage was set and the moment had arrived. It was time to introduce the next generation of Bhutto and Zardari to the world– Bilawal, Bakhtawar and Assefa. Who would have imagined that these children, who had always preferred to stay away from the glitz and paranoia of the dangerous world of politics would one day be entering it albeit, owing to circumstances neither to their liking nor of their own doing. Continue reading
By Aakar Patel
It is difficult for Indians to see the qualities of Pakistan’s leaders because of emotion from years of hostility. Of current president Zardari Indians know very little, though some remember him as Mr 10 per cent. But Zardari never says fierce things, and that marks him out. For outsiders, who are not as concerned with his behaviour on the judges’ issue, which will prove to be irrelevant to Pakistan in the long run, he has been a good leader and might even turn out to be a great one. But he is in the middle of his reign and should be judged after he is through. Continue reading
Zulfiqar Halepoto from Hyderabad writes a passionate letter to Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BB
My respected and dearest Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Saheba
The finest daughter of the East
I am writing you this letters with wet eyes, heavy heart, deep compassion, profound grief and heartfelt thoughts as the revival of democratic rule in the country has failed to bring social justice, peace and rule of law in the country. Unfortunately Pakistan is trapped by mediocre and corrupt rulers again and again.
Pain of your departure: loss of identity
Since the day you went away from us to the eternal breeze of heaven, we feel that we have lost not only a leader, but Pakistan has lost its progressive, liberal and democratic identity.
Country is now a paradise for mediocres.
For some, it was not a time for you to depart from us, as Pakistan was in a need of a leader of international caliber, who could have negotiated with regional and international powers. Continue reading
WASHINGTON, May 19: American journalist Seymour Hersh has rejected news reports that quoted him as saying a ‘special death squad’ working under former US vice-president Dick Cheney killed Benazir Bhutto.
The award-winning journalist described as “complete madness” the reports that the squad headed by Gen Stanley McChrystal — the new commander of US army in Afghanistan — had also killed former Lebanese prime minister Rafique Al Hariri and a Lebanese army chief.
“Vice-President Cheney does not have a death squad. I have no idea who killed Mr Hariri or Ms Bhutto. I have never said that I did have such information. Continue reading
Filed under Pakistan, USA
By Peter Bergen
CNN National Security Analyst
(CNN) — In the past few weeks as the Pakistani Taliban have marched ever closer to the capital, Islamabad, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has sounded the alarm about the threat posed by the militants, who she said in congressional testimony pose “a mortal threat to the security and safety of our country and the world.”
Some media commentators have even warned that the populous, nuclear-armed state might fall into the hands of the religious zealots. Continue reading
By Azhar Aslam and Shaista Kazmi
Serendipity is an interesting word in English language, not least so because its sub- continental in origin. It is defined as ‘the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable precious or agreeable things not sought for’. About a year ago an opportunity was presented to the largest political party, PPP, when its unelected but unchallengeable leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated. At a critical juncture, when fools amongst us thought the time had come for party to show maturity and sagacity, it did something that should stay as a blight of shame on it, by passing the chairmanship to a boy of 19 as hereditary mantle (except that there is no integrity, honour and conscience for these people to have shame). Continue reading