Tag: Zulfikar Ali Bhutto

Did someone say “Dr General-CMLA Ziaul Haq” too?

Ninety-nine percent of Pakistani (electronic and print) media (Urdu as well as English) is right wing, and 100 percent of it has run amok in fury over an honorary doctorate awarded to Interior Minister Rehman Malik by Governor Sindh Ishratul Ebad Khan. A newspaper editorialised its anger thus: “The huge smile on ‘Dr’ Malik’s face…

Supreme Defiance

Zafar Qureshi can’t catch a break. Restored to his position at the Federal Investigation Agency on the orders of the Supreme Court, what was to be his first day back on the job never happened because of a bomb threat. When he was finally allowed access to his office the next day, he discovered that…

From jalopy to juggernaut?

ISLAMABAD: With much of the political firmament only now beginning to lay down the planks of their next electoral campaigns, one man and his party is already up and running. The question: is the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf a jalopy or a juggernaut? In an exclusive, wide-ranging interview with The News in the run-up to the first…

Plight of Civilians in the Security State!

The story of the extra-judicial killing of a youth in front of Benazir Park in Clifton Karachi has shattered me to a great deal from inside as I can associate with it in so many ways. It reminds me of an instance which took place about ten years back when I was serving in a…

For God’s sake!

If possession of liquor, and not its consumption, is a crime, Odho should face justice. The question is: is possessing two bottles of liquor such a big crime that the Chief Justice of Pakistan feels forced to take a suo motu action? In March 1977, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto spoke to the people of Lahore for…

Zia, army & Islamization

The fact that the West-Pakistani army committed thousands of recorded and unrecorded atrocities against their own countrymen and women  further proved that Islam alone could not build a nation and that on both sides the incipient regional and ethnic differences had resurfaced, differences that Islam was unable to bridge. To suggest that the Pakistan army…

Long live the dynasty!

Political dynasties in the context of South Asia are the product of socioeconomic factors, class-based social structures, gender dynamics, and the lack of political consciousness of our masses. The institution, however, legitimizes status-quo in the society, keeps the class system intact and slows down the democratic process in the society Just last year when Pakistan…

Waiting for Ayatollah Godot

Even in the intensely divided and zero-tolerance society of Pakistan, we do have a consensus on something. If you ask a man in the street what the cure to Pakistan’s problems is, the invariable answer is: a messiah. We need a Pakistani Ayatollah Khomeini who can rid us of the immoral, the corrupt, the inept…

Talibanisation of the Heart

The Sialkot lynching is not spontaneous. It is in fact a great tribute paid to General Zia who created the Islamo-fascist mindset with the help of Arabian money and Pakistani-sectarian manpower. In the backdrop of the public lynching and then hanging of brothers Hafiz Mueez Butt and Muneeb Butt in Sialkot on August 15, a…