by: Mohammad Khan Sial
Our some friends are paying rich tributes to late Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi, His life can be divided into two parts. As well as first part is concerned, their tribute to late G M Jatoi is generally correct but there were some bitter facts about 2nd part of his life.
01. When army dictator Ziaul Haq removed elected Govt of Z. A. Bhutto, there were the persons who immediately met Gen Zia in the darkness of night. They were Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi and Maulana Kausar Niazi..
02.Unfortunately Rais Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi and Abdul Hafiz Pirzada both did nothing to save the life of Shaheed Z. A. Bhutto. When Bhutto Saheb was in Jail and waiting for death, he asked Abdul Hafiz Lakho, advocate of Shaheed Bhutto, if both are unwilling to come forward, please ask them to come in public at least for face saving”. (Reference BBC Urdu interview broadcasted on April 04, 2009. In search you can find the video.
03. In MRD many innocent Sindhi people were brutally killed. Saein G. M. Syed also pointed out this. In those days, Jatoi Saheb and his younger brother Mujtaba Jatoi were leading the movement. They led the movement in a way that many people were killed so that they should be in better position of bargain with Ziaul Haq to become Prime Minister (Jatoi Sc) but Pir Pagaro did not agree and he gave name of Mohammad Khan Junejo.
04. Jang dated 21st Nov 09 , has printed a statement of Zia Abbas – a close associate to G M Jatoi who disclosed that Jatoi was to be appointed as Prime minister and General Ziaul Haq agreed to this. Had Ziaul Haq not killed in air crash, Jatoi Saheb would have become Prime Minister of Pakistan within a few days.
05. After the execution of Shaheed Bhutto, Gen Zia also decided to appoint him as Prime Minister and this was accepted by Mr Jatoi in an interview. But Begum Bhutto issued statement that if any one is appointed as Prime Minister on our strength (PPP), he would be ousted immediately. This statement stopped him to become Prime Minister but now Zia Abbas has disclosed that a few days of his death, Gen Zia again agreed to appoint him as new Prime Minister.
The memory of human beings is very short. I have no personal ill-will with Mr. Jatoi. in personal capacity he was good man but I am writing above lines to keep the record straight.