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Friday , December 26, 2014

I wish Benazir Bhutto was alive today

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From time immemorial month of December has always left an indelible imprint on the sands of time. Be it the birth of Prophet Jesus Christ who gave a new meaning to human existence from here to eternity, or lesser individuals not anointed spiritually by divine cahier like Quaid-e-Azam described succinctly by his biographer Professor Stanley Wolpert: "Few individuals significantly alter the course of history. Fewer still modify the map of the world. Hardly anyone can be credited with creating a nation-state. Mohammad Ali Jinnah did all three." December has also been surfeit with earth-shaking eventualities that have been pregnant with seeds of ominous consequences. On 16th December 1971 half of world's largest Muslim country was sacrificed at the altar of Praetorian ambition when Pakistan's military coterie preferred to surrender before an alien army rather than hand over power to its own people and legitimately elected leader. ....

Saturday , April 27, 2013

Elections in Pakistan: a lesson to learn

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Being a keen student, I have been fond of learning from the great lives of those immortal men and women who have left an indelible imprint on the sands of time and contributed enormously in bequeathing to humanity high pristine values of civilised norms of peaceful co-existence and forces for the advancement of human kind. I also believe in the words of wisdom of American philosopher George Santayana that "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it." People of Pakistan today are standing at the crossroads of a defining moment in their chequered political existence, riding towards democracy from dictatorship. We are moving fast towards the May 11 landmark elections when all is set for the first ever transfer of power in Pakistan through vote instead of the extra-constitutional and praetorian interventions that had been the practice in the past. Although the distance and....

Friday , March 15, 2013

Pakistan is on the verge of making history

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A democratic Pakistan is just about to make history. For the first time ever in 66 years, a popularly elected government completed its constitutional tenure of five years on March 16. No doubt a momentous occasion; it is a landmark achievement for a country that has had a rollercoaster political existence. It is now all geared up for elections to be held on May 9. The great transition from dictatorship to democracy will coincide with the 73rd anniversary of historic Pakistan resolution of March 23, 1940. We have come to this happy pass through a policy of national reconciliation pursued by President Asif Ali Zardari bringing in the fold all the political stake holders and a coalition evolved through consensus - fulfilment of Benazir Bhutto's dream to carry Pakistan forward towards making it an egalitarian state as envisioned by Pakistan's founder Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and its builder,....

Saturday , December 08, 2012

Zardari's mission to Paris: "Stand up for Malala"

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President Asif Zardari of Pakistan is in Paris spearheading the high profile UNESCO-co-sponsored global event 'Stand Up for Malala: Girls' right to education' on December 10. Just before the event President Zardari and his daughter Aseefa Bhutto Zadari had visited Malala in the hospital to enquire about her recovery, to convey prayers and best wishes of the people of Pakistan in person and to convey to her how proud entire nation was over her bravery and commitment to strive, to seek and not to yield under threats to kill from the blood thirsty terrorists. Malala has become a symbol of nation's pledge to root out terrorism, sectarianism, extremism and its determination to return the country to the liberal and tolerant vision of Quaid-e-Azam and martyred Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto. Dark forces of obscurantism had struck what they thought a debilitating blow that would run panic among the peace-loving people....

Thursday , September 27, 2012

Zardari's finest hour at the UN

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President Zardari did the nation and Muslim Ummah proud at the UN General Assembly session when he stood tall amidst world leaders to forthrightly present Pakistan's case in its correct perspective as well resonate worldwide condemnation of the blatant act of incitement of hate against Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in the comity of nations. I watched his speech on Television and I saw in him a different man in a mood that is true manifestation of how hurt a Muslim feels inside on the horrendous act of blasphemy. While not condoning violence he forcefully urged the international community not to remain a silent witness to criminalisation of the freedom of expression that endangers the global peace and security. As the sole spokesman of "the brave and courageous people" of Pakistan, Zardari underlined the enormous challenges faced by his resilient nation. He recounted the sacrifices in blood to fulfil its....

Monday , September 10, 2012

Zardari returning Pakistan back to Quaid's vision

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This year too, as has been in the past many, founder of Pakistan Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah's death anniversary comes at a time when the country he established to be a moderate, liberal, progressive and secular democratic state stands at a critical juncture. He wanted Pakistan to be an egalitarian society based on the foundations of Islamic social justice and welfare of the people irrespective of their caste, creed or gender. Mr Jinnah's ideological vision as enshrined in Pakistan's raison d'être envisaged by him to serve as a role model for other Muslim countries is being challenged by obscurantist forces that had opposed the establishment of a separate Muslim homeland. These retrogressive forces have found powerful bed-mates in those elements that believe in the sustenance of status quo and are opposed to empowerment of people. President Asif Ali Zardari, who has completed successfully four years of his presidency....

Tuesday , August 14, 2012

66th Independence Day of Pakistan: Challenges

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On the 65th anniversary of Pakistan's independence, the best homage to the Muslims of the subcontinent who sacrificed all they had for the creation of a separate homeland under the dynamic leadership of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah would be to sincerely rededicate ourselves as a nation to the ideals of the founding fathers. Pakistan was established as a nation-state with democracy as its polity in which people of Pakistan were to be the sole arbiters of power to be exercised through an elected sovereign parliament. All other institutions were to be subservient to the dictates of parliament. None could over-ride the general will of the people as manifested in the sovereignty of the parliament. Today, Pakistan stands at crossroads of history once again after having established an electoral democracy and supremacy of the parliament. It is a defining moment in its chequered history. The sovereignty of the....

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Let reconciliation be the tribute to Benazir's memory

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Just when the nation fondly remembers with passionate devotion its beloved martyred leader Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto's 59th birth anniversary (21st June), Pakistan finds itself once again at the crossroads. Following the recent developments, it is confronted with ominous signs. Dark clouds of uncertainty have once again lent credence to the doomsayers. The country that was saved from disintegration by President Asif Ali Zardari when he defused the violent masses - irrespective of their provincial or ethnic affiliations - by calling upon them that Benazir Bhutto had laid her life for saving Pakistan and not destroying it. It was the most challenging and arduous responsibility that President Zardari took upon himself. Chosen by PPP as its co-chairperson in keeping with the wishes of the assassinated leader, his mission was to steer the country to safer shores. He launched the emotionally-charged nation back on to a course that was to....

Tuesday , June 12, 2012

Lest the Pakistanis forget

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The legacy of national reconciliation bequeathed by martyred Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto to the people of Pakistan nourished by her blood has finally become the order of the day. The government of national reconciliation has shown the way for establishing democracy and a culture of tolerance. Notwithstanding the challenging circumstances President Zardari was entrusted by history to lead the nation following Benazir Bhutto's elimination by the anti-democratic forces, only a man of his calibre could translate great leader's vision in politics. His selection of a cool headed and suave Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani as Prime Minister bears testimony to the series of positive political developments in the country including the landmark constitutional reforms that gave a new lease of life to Pakistan's federal existence that had been threatened by long standing and abused constitutional distortions in the 1973 Constitution fracturing its original shape beyond recognition. Not many doomsayers....

Tuesday , June 05, 2012

The reasons behind Karachi's troubles

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Over the years, Karachi has been vulturised and Lyari now is being subjected to the same treatment to make these places pay for them being the bastions of democracy in Pakistan. The bloodshed all around is not entirely because of ideological or party differences. It has always been made to pay, being on the frontline in the struggle for empowerment of the people. That is why Pakistan's first dictator Ayub Khan shifted the federal capital from Quaid's city to Islamabad, not realising that it would serve a fatal blow to the unity between East and West Pakistan. The anti-democratic forces and extremists who followed him found common cause to keep Karachi on the tenterhooks. Analysts believe that Karachi is now hostage to thugs, mafias and terrorists who want to establish their writ over it. Why Lyari has now become a prime target is not hard to find....


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