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An open letter to Asif Ali Zardari – by Javed I. Sheikh


I would like to share this letter posted almost one year before at another forum.

Mr. President,

Sir,

1. As one of the most senior founder members of the Pakistan People Party and Ex-General Secretary of the PPP District Gujrat, I exercise this opportunity and privilege to express my concerns.

2. After gaining a comfortable position in the Elections, your initial strategy to unite all of the prominent political forces from the Federating units of Pakistan, was much encouraging and brought a feeling of Hope to the nation.

3. An unexpected and suspicious delay to keep up verbal and documented promises and Pacts to restore the judiciary was a start to create doubts about your credibility.

4. By accepting the Position of President, not only you jeopardized the political future of your son Mr. Bilawal Zardari Bhutto but also incarcerated the growth of PPP’s vote bank.

5. Would have been much better for you to stay in the background as an umpire just like Mr. Kamraj the President of Indian National Congress, who never accepted any administrative office but was respected as a king-maker and real force behind Jawahar Lal Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri and Indira Gandhi.

6. You didn’t attempt to tender an apology for the myth about your image as Mr. 10% if that was real and never tried to clarify your position effectively if that was unreal propaganda.

7. Your mistakes helped to multiply the popularity of regional leaders to the status of national level.

8. As a student of Political Science, like many others, I am confused to understand and specify if Pakistan is being run under Parliamentary or Presidential System, as provided by the 1973 Constitution?

9. There is a limit to keep on cashing the emotional and consentient attachment of the people with the (late) Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto.

10. This is not a qualification for the PPP to be accepted, tolerated and accommodated as lesser evil because the opponents of the PPP don’t enjoy a respectable credibility.

11. I am not completely disappointed about your capacity to exercise wisdom in order to bring about change and show the light at the end of the tunnel by getting back to the footsteps of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto as there is no Henry Kissinger and Zia-ul-Haq at the horizon.

With best wishes,

Javed I. Sheikh
Washington D.C. 20037

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