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Alone ZARDARI But So Many Enemies – by Chittan Janjal


As an impartial observer, I tend to feel sorry for many of those fellow countrymen, who are trapped in a sort of phobia—the Zardari phobia— and the most unfortunate thing is that there does not seem to be any remedy for this. I feel sorry for these crying ‘babies’ suffering from hallucinations, who can only see Zardari’s face behind every wrong doing, evil and misdeed happening in this country. Their bewilderment is a source of derision especially when they fail to malign him despite their best efforts. I pity them. My all-out sympathies for them but I just cannot help them out of this malady because apparently there is no known remedy for any phobia. May God bless them.

I cannot forget the epoch of Zardari’s downfall. Where were all these hate mongers hidden when he was sent behind bars without any conviction, when he faced brutal assault and when he faced every pain with patience. Why did they then not come out from their hideouts and stand alongside Zardari? Why was there no one who could denounce the brutal assault on Zardari? I saw no one on the road, did not witness any protest, did not hear anyone raising his voice against the cruelties faced single-handedly by Zardari. However, when the season changed, all these cowards suddenly appeared out of thin air and turned their guns at Zardari.

I also feel sorry for Zardari. He was alone on the day when he was in turmoil and trouble and he is alone even today as he commands the seat of President of Pakistan. Without any contradiction, even today he has around him a crowd of cronies in the guise of sympathizers. Wolves in sheep’s clothing are more treacherous than open enemies, who lack the moral courage to come out and show their real face. They pretend to be ardent and passionate supporters of PPP and democracy but in reality they are persistent Zardari haters. Zardari is an integral part of PPP, his efforts for democracy and politics of reconciliation are remarkable so what kind of hypocrisy it is that forces these people to professes love for democracy but hate Zardari?

The establishment, bureaucracy and all rightist groups, do not want Zardari. Why? Why do they all vilify him? Just because he always talks about democratic norms, he wants all the political parties to join hands for the sake of Pakistan, he wants to pursue a policy of reconciliation, he wants to weed out militants, he wants to end age long blood feuds, he wants to end political victimization or just because he is striving to shut the doors for future military interventions? Clapping, I applaud all those who are spewing venom against him. After all what is the need of democracy, why should we weed out militancy? Political victimization is our hallmark, why not continue with it? We love autocracy? Let us hate Zardari as he is unprecedented.

Our psyche has been reshaped by the media devils and propaganda machinery. Zardari is carrying past burden, reaping what he never sowed, while his past is resonating in his sub conscious. We never take off our glasses of prejudice and never aspire to unveil the truth. Hate mongers have not allowed Zardari to take any respite. Icing the cake, the most crucial supporters have joined the fad. They are leading the gang of hate mongers. To prove their political acumen and wisdom, well-wishers of Zardari eventually started hitting him. I knew it had to happen sooner or later because apparently many of us may have accepted Zardari but not in our hearts.

There is a need of big heart and an open mind to become a Zardari supporter. First we will have to shun hypocrisy, we will have to clean our sub conscious, we will have to put set aside our biases and we will have to learn to accept him with all his traits. If you cannot do this, stop chanting the slogan of being ardent supporters of PPP because the legacy of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto includes Zardari.

Note: The writer name is not real while a Pen-Name as per the trend of the blog-LUBP. The writer can be reached chittanjanjal@yahoo.com

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  • You Said:- “Why did they then not come out from their hideouts and stand alongside Zardari? Why was there no one who could denounce the brutal assault on Zardari?” and “Our psyche has been reshaped by the media devils and propaganda machinery.”
    ……………………………………………………

    Now please listen calmly:
    1 – All notorious Zardari haters in media are under umbrella of a notorious Jamat e Islami activist Hussain Haqani who has been appointed Ambassador by Mr. Zardari (not by workers of PPP). He is the man who Photoshop Benazir’s picture and spread from air in every town using PML Nawaz Helicopter. Today all anti-PPP jurno’s and Fake Civil Society members get apparition, refuge and warm welcome in Pakistan mission in Washington!

    Would you blame JI/PMLN or media for it?

    2. Farah Naz Asphani, a former private housekeeper of Mrs. Ziaul Haq and Sharis family is member of Parliament, not elected by PPP workers but again Mr. Zardari. She provides patronage, financial moral and political support to to all anti-PPP media persons and Fake Civil Society activists and Zardari phoebes. Any anti Zardari chattering function can not complete without her presence.

    Please explain Mr. Zardari’s position about these (just two) appointments and reasons for his close association with Mr. Haqani and his wife while it is an open secret that those campaigning aganist Zardari are close associates of Haqani couple. If you can find out the reason, you may understand all answers to your so many WHY!

  • @ Shahid
    “Khisyaaani Billi Khamba Noochay”
    🙂
    Come to the topic dear…Dont be in anger if anyone to whom u are paid throws out of the party offices.

  • I thought we had closed this useless topic & discussion already, but I was wrong.

    So I’m really disappointed…
    🙁

  • @ Junaid Bhai
    Yeah brother i was out of this fuss but again see someone who dont want to us be unite

  • To be honest, when Zardari was in prison, PPP activists were suffering same police brutality and state oppression. My question to Shah Sahib is very simple (without calling him bili or kutta), as he is arguing. Hopefully Shah Sahib can use some decent language and answer these questions boldly and honestly.

    1. Do you know the names and recognize faces of notorious anti-PPP media persons in Pakistan?
    2. Are all aware that they are close associates of Haqani and his wife (if no watch video of KLF)?
    3. Is Haqani himself a Jamat e Islami activist, and media advisor of Nawaz Sharif?
    4. Is he closely associated to all anti-PPP medi persons and fake civil society activists and provides them moral, political and financial aid for writing and talking against PPP?

    And if answer of aboves questions are in YES, then PPP workers should ask President the reasons of nourishing snakes.

  • @Shahid—- Is the reason behind your hating Zardari is these two appointments and jealousy of these two esteemed Personalities who had trusted by Shaheed Benazir Bhutto and now President Asif Ali Zardari?
    This is open denial of the legacy of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto and command of the Co-Chairman PPP President Asif Ali Zardari.

  • Come to the theme of title instead to satisfy the feelings of envy and jealousy by abusing President Zardari, Ms Farahnaz Ispahani and Hussain Haqqani.

  • If you hate Zardari then denounce your affiliation with PPP and don’t be snake of selves though “Fake Faces” are disclosed. You people can’t harm PPP when dictators and much nasty faces hadn’t done this job in past.

  • @Ameer and Shah Sahib,

    I am not an editor of LUBP but still all those who hate Zardari and PPP hate me and LUBP as well, no one should tell me how to defend party of President and what are Shaheed BB’s ideals.

    I have a question for leadership and it is not betrayal of party policy. Answer my questions, if you have courage and are not another employee of Farah Naz or Haqani. Why they are loved by PPP haters and Zardari phoes while same people hate us and LUBP for defending party and President? Answer above questions please.

  • @ Shahid
    I m not answerable to any of Ghost reader or writer.
    also i m not answerable on the behalf of F Ispahani or HH
    Main to yeh notice kar raha hun k how loosers can behave after thrown out of da party…
    By the way read the Mohterma’s last book in which she acknowledged HH services for da party.

    Meray Qabeelay main HUR ka raasta band nahi kia jaata..
    Balk usay Khush amdeed kaha jata hai.!

  • BUGHZ E ZARDARI OO ISPAHANI say bahar nikloo aur topic par aoo bhai…:)

  • Bhutto’s legacy
    Husain Haqqani

    Benazir Bhutto’s tragic assassination highlights the fears about Pakistan that she voiced over the last several months. Years of dictatorship and sponsorship of Islamist extremism have made this nuclear armed Muslim nation of 160 million people a safe haven for terrorists that threaten the world. Bhutto had the courage and vision to challenge both the terrorism and the authoritarian culture that nurtured it. Her assassination has already exacerbated Pakistan’s instability and uncertainty.

    Riots have been reported from several parts of the country as grief has fanned anger against a government that is deeply unpopular. As Pakistanis mourn the death of a popular democratic leader, the United States must review its policy of trusting the military-dominated regime led by Pervez Musharraf to secure, stabilize and democratize Pakistan.

    The U.S. should use its influence, acquired with more than $10 billion in economic and military aid, to persuade Pakistan’s military to loosen its grip on power and negotiate with politicians with popular support, most prominently Bhutto’s successors in her Pakistan People’s Party. Instead of calibrating terrorism, as Mr. Musharraf appears to have done, Pakistan must work towards eliminating terrorism, as Bhutto demanded.

    The immediate consequence of the assassination will likely be postponement of the legislative elections scheduled for Jan. 8. Bhutto’s party led in opinion polls, followed by the opposition faction of the conservative Pakistan Muslim League (PML), led by Nawaz Sharif. Immediately after Bhutto’s assassination, Mr. Sharif announced that he is now joining the boycott of the polls called by several smaller political parties. If Mr. Musharraf goes ahead with elections, it is unlikely that it would have much credibility.

    In her death, as in her life, Benazir Bhutto has drawn attention to the need for building a moderate Muslim democracy in Pakistan that cares for its people and allows them to elect its leaders. The war against terrorism, she repeatedly argued, cannot be won without mobilizing the people of Pakistan against Islamist extremists, and bringing Pakistan’s security services under civilian control.

    Unfortunately, at the moment Bhutto’s homeland (and mine) remains a dictatorship controlled through secret police machinations. Mr. Musharraf’s regime has squandered its energies fighting civilian democrats instead of confronting the menace of terrorism that has now claimed the life of one of the nation’s most popular political figures. His administration will have to answer many tough questions in the next few days about its failure to provide adequate security to Bhutto, particularly after an earlier assassination attempt against her on Oct. 18.

    The suicide bombing on that day, marking her homecoming after eight years in exile, claimed the lives of 160 people, mainly Bhutto supporters. But the government refused to accept Bhutto’s requests for an investigation assisted by the FBI or Scotland Yard, both of which have greater competence in analyzing forensic evidence than Pakistan’s notoriously corrupt and incompetent law enforcement.

    The circumstances of the first assassination attempt remain mired in mystery and a complete investigation has yet to take place. Television images soon after Bhutto’s assassination showed fire engines hosing down the crime scene, in what can only be considered a calculated washing away of forensic evidence. Bhutto had publicly expressed fears that pro-extremist elements within Pakistan’s security services were complicit in plans to eliminate her. She personally asked me to communicate her concerns to U.S. officials, which I did. But instead of addressing those fears, Mr. Musharraf cynically rejected Bhutto’s request for international security consultants to be hired at her own expense. This cynicism on the part of the Pakistani authorities is now causing most of Bhutto’s supporters to blame the Musharraf regime for her tragic death. In her two terms as prime minister — both cut short by military-backed dismissals on charges that were subsequently never proven — Bhutto outlined the vision of a modern and pluralistic Muslim state. Her courage was legendary. She stepped into the shoes of her populist father, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, without much training or inclination for politics, after he was executed by an earlier military ruler, Gen. Zia ul-
    Haq.

    She was demonized by the civil-military oligarchy that has virtually run Pakistan since 1958, the year of Pakistan’s first military coup. But she retained a hard core of popular support, and her social democratic Pakistan People’s Party is widely regarded as Pakistan’s largest political party. In 1988, at the age of 35, Bhutto became the youngest prime minister in Pakistan’s troubled history, and the first woman to lead a Muslim nation in the modern age. For her supporters, she stood for women’s empowerment, human rights and mass education. Her detractors accused her of many things, from corruption to being too close to the U.S. During her second tenure as prime minister, Pakistan became one of the 10 emerging capital markets of the world. The World Health Organization praised government efforts in the field of health.

    Rampant narcotics problems were tackled and several drug barons arrested. Bhutto increased government spending on education and 46,000 new schools were built. Thousands of teachers were recruited with the understanding that a secular education, covering multiple study areas (particularly technical and scientific education), would improve the lives of Pakistanis and create job opportunities critical to self-empowerment. But Pakistan’s political turbulence, and her constant battle with the country’s security establishment, never allowed her to take credit for these achievements. For years, her image was tarnished by critics who alleged that she did not deliver on her promise.

    During the early days after Mr. Musharraf’s decision to support the U.S.-led war against terrorism in the aftermath of 9/11, conventional wisdom in Washington wrote her off. But Pakistan’s constant drift into extremism, and Mr. Musharraf’s inability to win Pakistani hearts and minds, changed that. Earlier this year, the United States and the United Kingdom supported efforts for a transition to democracy in Pakistan based on a negotiated settlement between Bhutto and Mr. Musharraf. She was to be allowed to return to Pakistan and the many corruption charges filed against her and her husband, Asif Zardari, were to be dropped.

    Mr. Musharraf promised free and fair elections, and promised to end a bar imposed by him against Bhutto running for a third term as prime minister. But on Nov. 3, his imposition of a state of emergency, suspension of Pakistan’s constitution, and arbitrary reshuffling of the country’s judiciary brought that arrangement to an end. He went back on his promises to Bhutto, and as elections approached, recrimination between the two was at its height. Benazir Bhutto had the combination of political brilliance, charisma, popular support and international recognition that made her a credible democratic alternative to Mr. Musharraf. Her elimination from the scene is not only a personal loss to millions of Pakistanis who loved and admired her. It exposes her nation’s vulnerability, and the urgent need to deal with it.

    Mr. Haqqani, a professor at Boston University and co-chair of the Hudson Institute’s Project on Islam and Democracy, is the author of “Pakistan: Between Mosque and Military” (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2005). He has served as adviser to Benazir Bhutto. Currently he is serving as ambassador for Pakistan in USA.

  • Hur ke yazeed se bhe doosti aur Hussain ko bhe salam aap ke qabeela mein he hota ho ga! yeh aap ka khudsakhta hur is closest associate of Zardari haters. How do you justify? I am not talking about past but his today….PPP haters get encouragement, moral and political support form your HUR….all fake civil society ACTIVISTS find lonely without Farah Naz to send tabarah on Zardari.

    If our house is not in order, we wont get anywhere. Just because BB once trusted them is no reason to close eyes from their activities. BB trusted Naheed and Shah Mehmood…question is who is supporting anti-PPP activists and jurnos? – names are Haqani, Farahnaz in our own ranks and no complaints about establishment as its an enemy since ever.

  • @ Shahid
    i suggest u a song
    Jaa apni hasratoon par Aaannsoooo Baha k sooooooooooooo jaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa 🙂

  • Farahnaz Ispahani nay party kab join kee thee? mayn nay to pehlay in khatoon ka naam bhee nahee suna tha??

  • Shah Sahib,

    Do not destroy your image as a loyal party worker to show your loyality to Haqani couple! Kuch nadan doost Leghari aur Naheed ke sath bhe aisy he gaye they!

    Watch these pictures – you will find all notorious PPP and Zardari haters with your dear friend. Look at their names and their hatred for Zardari and PPP. If You still do not want to admit, I can only pray for you.

    http://plixi.com/p/75224140

  • @ Shahid

    You are wrong Haqqani (prodigy of zia )will serve our party by taking important position in next caretaker government . After they will kill and dump zardari .

  • I think this is all stupid discussion. Reading all above comments are only headache and nothing else.

    This is the crucial time in our history, and we should all be gathered to make One great Pakistan. Please don’t argue useless here and don’t fight.

    Be Pakistani

  • After the martyrdom of Benazir Bhutto the PPP still retains the populist politics of the Bhuttos. Zardari proved him a leader of charismatic appeal. Although After BB Shaheed PPP turned into a crowd of mourners yet Zardari decided to fulfill the dreams and ambitious of BB and in a short spam of rule, he proved him true heir of Bhuttos. He very keenly followed BB’s last campaign for a secular, liberal, democratic, peaceful and progressive Pakistan. In the leadership of Zardari the PPP is fully trying to create a liberal progressive pole against the religious right that wants to keep Pakistan as a hotbed of contending sectarian, medieval, terrorist outfits, which is at war with itself and the world around. I want to ask those, who constantly allege PPP for not working to materialize the dreams of BB that what else can be a better tribute than this to BB Shaheed.