What next?

Zardari & Nawaz: Younger ‘brother’ dupes elder. What next?

By Aziz Narejo, TX, USA

Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed had realized the need to bury the hostility and bitterness of 1990s between the PPP and the PML-N and had made serious efforts to build working relationship between the two major Pakistani political parties to strengthen democracy in the country, defeat undemocratic forces and bring in a positive change for the people. She had traveled to Jeddah to hold talks with Mian Nawaz Sharif. The two had later continued their deliberations and finally signed a document “Charter of Democracy” (CoD) in London in 2006.


Both the leaders continued their cooperation when they returned to Pakistan last year and BB convinced NS to contest elections although the latter was opposed to them under the illegal presidency of dictator Musharraf. The tragic assassination of BB caused a severe blow to the partnership but the two parties somehow continued the cooperation.


Asif Zardari, the widower, who assumed leadership of PPP vowed to honor CoD and form a coalition government with PML-N after February 18, 2008 elections. He called Nawaz Sharif his elder brother and signed with him an agreement to restore deposed judiciary within 30 days of the formation of the government (Bhurban declaration, 9th March, 2008). He backed out of the agreement later. The two parties reached some understanding in Dubai and London too but Mr. Z didn’t stand by them either.


The two parties finally reached much publicized written agreements on 5th and 7th of the current month to the effect that all the deposed judges would be restored according to the Bhurban declaration within 24 hours of the impeachment or the resignation of dictator Musharraf. Zardari and Nawaz put their signatures to all the pages of the agreements in the presence of Holy Qur’an. Mr. Z has now gone back on those solemn agreements too.


These turnarounds by Mr. Z have created a gulf of mistrust between the two parties and their alliance has virtually ended. The Charter of Democracy is dead too so is the last legacy of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed buried six feet deep by none other than her widower Asif Zardari.


I think it is time that PML-N, lawyers’ leaders and others give up on any hope of any good coming from Zardari. They should rethink their strategy. They have to come up with a new plan and new approach to defeat the forces that are behind this cruel joke. The people are sick and tired of the procrastination on an issue that should have been resolved six months ago. There are so many other severe issues that are begging for attention. The economy is in tatters. War is going on in two provinces. People are committing suicides due to hunger and unemployment. There is no law and order. People have lost hope. Despondency has set in.  


The situation can’t continue as it is. It needs to change. The people don’t want more of the same or the continuation of the Musharraf era. PML-N, other political forces, human rights organizations, lawyers’ leadership and others have to come forward and speak to the people and provide answers and lead them to the victory over the dark forces. Is it too much to ask for? 

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