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The Legacy

When I think about how the leadership of the PPP has focused primarily on maintaining their hold on power, on accumulating personal wealth and property both in Pakistan and abroad, on surrounding themselves with cronies and yes-men, on appointing friends, relatives and supporters to key posts in government and in the bureaucracy and on glorifying themselves, I feel sorry for the thousands who walked for 14 hours in 1986 to escort BB from the airport to the Meenar-e-Pakistan. I feel sorry for the men, women and children who waited with excitement, through discomfort and disorganisation, the whole day, for a glimpse of their beloved BB who was going to be their saviour. I feel sorry for those from outlying towns and villages who came in their droves, brought in on buses and trucks, to scream slogans in support of their Rani who would give them justice, fair opportunity, employment, development, a decent income, roti, kapra aur makaan and, above all, respect and honour. I feel sorry, because today the legacy of that leadership, with the late BB’s husband and her son at the helm of the PPP, has been injustice, unemployment, inflation, hunger, despair, an energy crisis, crime, broken institutions, twisted priorities, mismanagement, corruption and, above all, dishonour and disrespect.


About Ahmer Murad

Husband, father of two boys, financial manager in the pharmaceutical industry, Liverpool fan, Karachiite. Humanity, peace & justice.


One thought on “The Legacy

  1. I don’t feel sorry for those PPP supporters, who still after knowing their leader’s *beautiful* deeds, continue to support them.


    Posted by wheredreamscollide | February 26, 2012, 7:45 pm

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