The recently announced decision to suspend Dr. Israr Shah from the PPP CEC is a terrible one. Dr. Israr Shah has given an unimaginable sacrifice for his party and his country and should be honoured as a hero, not be suspended from the PPP CEC simply for voicing his dissent against the policy of certain PPP leaders. Despite losing both his legs at a bomb blast at the PPP enclosure during a lawyers’ meeting outside the Islamabad district courts in July 2007, he still contested for a seat in the February 2008 elections, saying:
“The word disheartened is not in my vocabulary,” says Dr Shah, who was imprisoned several times as a student activist during the regime of former military dictator General Zia-ul-Haq.
“I am lucky enough to be having a second life, so I will fight for Pakistan.”
Dr. Shah’s criticism of Babar Awan should not be a basis for his suspension from the PPP CEC. It is not right to suspend someone for not toeing the party line, especially someone who has given so much for the party. If PPP cannot honour its heroes and tolerate dissent within its ranks then that is a very bad sign for the party’s future.