By Riaz Ali Toori
He loves his country best who strives to make it best! Indeed every citizen loves his country but not everyone endeavors to make it prosperous, best and strong. Some spend their lives for the betterment of their soil but those who sacrifice their lives for the love of their land, are very few. They are the sincere lovers of their land because survival of nations needs blood and by giving it, they guarantee a vivid, bright and unrivaled future for their nation. In turn the nation is obliged to remember the great sacrifices of their heroes. The nations who tend to forget their legends are doomed.
Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed was one of the leaders who indeed molded the future of this country by her constant and firm struggle against regressive forces. She emerged on the political horizon of this country when a dictator had besieged this nation by his satanic policies implanting seeds of terrorism, Islamic fundamentalism and sectarian violence. Since then she spent every moment of her life in continuous struggle to weed out Zia’s relics that were play havoc with this country. Her struggle comprised numerous ups and downs, soaked with tears, angst-ridden and drenched in blood.
Fortunate were the subjugated people of Pakistan who were led by the leader like Benazir Bhutto Shaheed whose struggle was no less than that of Nelson Mandela, Aung san suu Kyi, Mao Ze Deng and other icons of international stature. She dreamed to make Pakistan a country, free from poverty terrorism, illiteracy, unemployment, corruption, inflation and sectarian violence. In order to materialize her dreams she faced every privation with patience but there was nothing that could deter her from this struggle.
She believed that the solution of all problems along with the progress and prosperity of her motherland lay in the ideology of Bhuttoism. Following the ideology of her great father she gave this nation a new vision and concept of reconciliation. A vision that did not bear fruit in a vacuum but was the result of her struggle and acumen. It was her vision and political insight that a true and parliamentary democracy has been restored in Pakistan. It was her vision that has today placed a perpetual block on the future of dictatorship.
It is indeed hard to forgive those who maligned your image, made your life tortuous, tarnished your image through mudslinging and wiped out the loved ones from your life. Full kudos to the great leader Benazir Bhutto Shaheed who pardoned her worst rivals and introduced politics of reconciliation. How one can forget the era of 90’s and dubious role of PML-N leaders? But it was the vision and patience of Mohtarma that today the same leaders are heading the richest province of Pakistan. They should be thankful to Mohtarma who saved their political career and introduced a golden epoch of political patience. The return of democracy, much damaged by General Pervez Musharraf, is evident of her continuous struggle. She has laid the stage on which the now rescued politicians are rehearsing their games of politics with much fanfare and revived strength.
She did not buckle before a dictator but pursued him to assure restoration of democracy and secured the return of many exiled leaders. If there would have been no Benazir there would be not have been democracy in Pakistan and many leaders would have still remained in political asylum.
No one could imagine that ANP and MQM could be on the same frequency, no one could imagine a Pakistan without politics of revenge and personal vendetta and no one could imagine an atmosphere of reconciliation in a country whose history is replete with stories of political victimization but the vision and ideology of Benazir Bhutto Shaheed made all this a possibility and reality. She proved she was a visionary leader with God gifted qualities of leadership. Charter of democracy signed between to worst rival political parties was also a result of charisma of her political insight and acumen.
After the Constitution of Pakistan this is the most sacred document that proved a milestone which is a guarantee of the vibrant future of Pakistan. She induced the golden principle of her ideology, vision and sagacity for the success and progress of this country. Pakistan needs no other philosophy because these principles ensure a prosperous, invincible and strong Pakistan.
Fortunate were the people of Pakistan that got a leader like Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed but how unlucky was the “daughter of East”, who laid down her life for democracy but could not see her dream becoming a reality. Lucky were the browbeaten people of Pakistan who got the leader that strove for their rights but unfortunate was the Mohtarma who could not have a single sigh of relief throughout her life. Auspicious is the land of Pakistan that witnessed a leader like Benazir Bhutto Shaheed and how unlucky was the Mohtarma whose life was snatched by the fifth column of that very country.