Both nations however have produced political dynasties in Ghandi and Bhutto. While Indira Ghandi was assassinated in India by those opposed to her leadership or gender Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Benazir’s father, former Pakistani Prime Minister like his recently assassinated daughter was cruelly hanged by his successor, a dictator Zia ul-Haq who himself was murdered air-borne in unclear circumstances. The Pakistani turbulent polity is in sharp contrast to its big neighbour.
The orgy of naked terrorism and the festival of bloodletting from
The year 2007 ran to an end in a horrible manner for the Pakistani people especially those devoted to the politics of two-time Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Though most Pakistanis like Afghans and Iraqis are terribly used to suicide bombings and bombers and other terror elements in their national lives the well-planned assassination of the charismatic Mrs Bhutto days after the Xmas feast drew opprobrium worldwide and sent a dangerous message that much as the civilised world is fighting terorrism to a standstill the terror purveyors are hitting back and revenging hard. The dastardly cowardly assassination caught many PPP party faithfuls napping and when her death was confirmed millions cried for both revenge and blood.
Just seconds after rounding off a campaign rally in the garrison city of Rawalpindi a suicide bomber (that must have been on her trail ever since her return from exile) got near her car on motion and hit her with the bullet hitting target: her neck area. Not done the suicide bomber exploded the horrifying bombs strapped in his body killing over two hundred Bhutto supporters on the spot as he blew himself up. If this was not sheer terror one wonders what would qualify for one.
Ever since she decided to return home from years in exile Mrs Bhutto had been targets of terrorists. On the day of her return in
Pervez Musharraf is a big beneficiary of the terrorism season after 9/11. Considered as a dogged fighter ‘contre’ terror by the West especially George Bush’s America Musharraf has received huge funds to aid his prosecution of the war on terror from his end. With such millions of dollars the dictator in him has fully bared its fangs. He had declared a state of emergency that saw the Supreme Court Justices muzzled and thousands including senior citizens, opposition figures and lawyers hauled into prisons.
It took the vigorous opposition of late Benazir (at a time confined to her home in a masked house arrest) and the international community before the unscrupulous dictator lifted the emergency rule. But that was after he officially dropped his military uniform as a General in a bid to transform himself into a ‘civilian’ President.
Educated at Harvard and
With the equally corrupt former PM Nawaz Sharif whose legitimate government Musharraf overthrew in 1999 now safely back in the country (after his first attempt in October from
The South Asia’s political dynasties (from
Ditto the Ghandi dynasty in
andi dynasty alive after his elder brother and heir died in mysterious circumstances. Rajiv paid the supreme price for been a Ghandi, marked out for brutal elimination.
For the late Benazir Bhutto (54) and late Indira Ghandi it is political dynasties in perpetual peril. May their souls continue resting in peace. Like Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Benazir’s father had said decades ago: “The biggest link of external colonialism is internal colonialism. Military coups d’etat are the worst enemies of national unity. Coupegemony is the bridge over which hegemony walks to stalk our lands”. Adieu Benazir!