27th December: When Democracy was Silenced

It was a normal day, full of political activities. PPP and PML-N had their rallies. Political temperature of the federal capital was at its peak when suddenly a news channel broke the news about suicide attack in PPP’s jalsa in Liaqat Bagh hurting Benzir Bhutto seriously. Later the news of her demise appeared on television and it changed everything in moments. Apparently a politician passed away. Chairperson of a political party died. Felt like we have lost our voice, a window has been shut that let the light in, leaving behind darkness. But it doesn’t end here. Benazir Bhutto
Late Benazir Bhutto, who was once referred to as “Daughter of the East” was murdered, that surely isn’t the way we treat our daughters. There were threats as she herself and other leaders of PPP have talked about and similar attacks on her convoy in Karachi earlier in October when she returned to Pakistan from exile.
Everything was halted, this country kept on burning for three four days, something she might never have approved of in her life. It was a big loss for everyone for sure; all this corruption by current government is a by-product loss of that (she’d be so ashamed in her grave on her political successors). Politicians however encashed it well. There will be many seminars, memorials and tributes whole day tomorrow for her. Frankly I don’t think she need any of this, you can’t tell a moon what beauty is, and, for where she is, her deeds and our prayers can only do something for her. In my opinion, instead of talking about what happened and crying over it, we should better do what she was aimed to do, take her vision a step ahead and make things happen rather than ‘promising’ only.
Now that everything is back on track as per governments’ reporting, I as a common man still have some questions. What happened exactly? Why only she was targeted? How could it happen? If our security forces can’t protect her from such an organized attack how can they protect a common man?  What progress is made in this case? If PPP leadership can’t get justice for their leader how can we expect it? They got elected in her name but doing exact opposite of what she hinted she’ll do. When she came back she sounded different, a mature and understanding politician with an aim of real change, but now all we see in incompetence, arrogance and corruption. What happened to that agenda she introduced? What happened to that charter of de


mocracy? It is the same judiciary she fought for, but now we see ministers and PPP’s office bearers trolling judiciary. She believed in transparency but currently all we see is under-the-table deals. Every step is being taken for personal benefit and Pakistan is long forgotten. She gave the idea of a healthy economy, equality, justice, public access to basic necessities and education but all we see is exact opposite of that.
Dear PPP leadership and Bhutto family, we all know it’s a great loss for you. But so is for us all. You lost a leader, so did we. You lost a mother, so did we. You lost a voice, so did we. It’s about time to get back to her agenda and make things get better. If can’t deliver, at least try, she gave her life trying, a precious life. May her soul rest in peace and she gets all the blessings of Allah Almighty in her eternal life hereafter.

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