March 30, 2011

Killers of the Bhuttos, Bhatti & Taseer

By Habib R. Sulemani

“THE federal cabinet has given the go-ahead to the ministry of law and justice to file a reference in the Supreme Court to reopen former premier Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s case, which, the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) believes, culminated in his ‘judicial murder.’ 

"President Asif Ali Zardari will take party leaders into confidence before filing a judicial reference in the Z.A. Bhutto case on April 4 (the leader's death anniversary) in Garhi Khuda Bakhsh (ancestral graveyard), according to Federal Information Minister Firdous Ashiq Awan, who briefed the media after the cabinet meeting on Monday.” (The Express Tribune; March 29, 2011)

Okay. That is a good omen! The symbolic trial of every military dictator is a must to make democracy stronger in the militarized Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

Mr. Bhutto (1928–1979) was hanged by General Zia-ul-Haq (1924–1988), who, as Army Chief, had snatched power from the former Prime Minister during a bloodless coup d'état. Almost all of the characters involved in this case have gone to their final abode—except an elderly former judge, Justice Nasim Hassan Shah. It was no-one but this judge who after retirement had confessed that due to pressure from the military dictator, they, judges of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, had given Mr. Bhutto a death sentence.

So, now, there is a common sense question. Why the current government is not focusing on the assassination of Mr. Bhutto’s daughter and also a former Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto (1953–2007)?

Ms. Bhutto was killed about three years ago. And the characters allegedly involved in this assassination are still alive and active. This is a question Mr. Bhutto’s son-in-law and Ms. Bhutto’s widower, Asif Ali Zardari, has to answer the 118 million people as President of Pakistan!   

Moreover, two months ago, PPP leader and Governor Punjab, Salman Taseer, was brutally killed in Islamabad after allegations of blasphemy. This murder, allegedly committed by one of his bodyguards, was used by the secret agencies, through the media, to terrorize those who are known as liberals in the country. It shocked the whole nation. In the meanwhile, last month, another party leader and Minorities Minister, Shahbaz Bhatti, was assassinated in broad daylight on road in Islamabad. Why the government is not focusing on these recent tragedies?

People ask: is there something fishy about the recent incidents, or the culprits are more powerful than the elected government?

Before the next general elections, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilini has to answer these questions practically. Otherwise, there is no future for this so-called anti-establishment ruling party anymore. Hollow political slogans don't work for anybody anymore in the second decade of the 21st century. Believe you me, Mr. Prime Minister!  

(Photos via Google)

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  1. Awaz Uthey Gi

  2. For the first time two suicide attempts on molana fazal Rehman, he survives but 12 common people died many injured. What is the bottom line?

  3. @Rafiq.
    ISI wants to show only moderate PPP leaders are not targetted but members of the mullah-millitary alliance are also on hit list. this is the bottom line...

    "THE assassination attempts on Maulana Fazlur Rahman, on two successive days, should not come as a surprise: he is not the first `moderate` religious leader whom extremists have tried to eliminate. He is lucky to have survived; others were not. On June 12, 2009, Mufti Dr Sarfaraz Ahmad Naeemi, imam of Jamia Naeemia and a respected scholar, fell victim to a suicide attack. He was a vocal opponent of religious extremism and of the theory and practice of Taliban philosophy."

    Dawn editorial said. I don't read this newspaper since it became a spokes-newspaper of ISI but a friend pointed this out.

    a. Is Maulana Fazlur Rahman a`moderate`?
    b. Dawn mixed him with Dr Sarfaraz Naeemi who was really a vocal opponent of the theory and practice of Taliban philosophy while Maulana Fazlu is heading the political wing of Taliban in the parliament.

  4. The military should apologize for Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s judicial murder—By Shiraz Paracha

    Parrot writers and journalists in Pakistan always praise the position
    of a serving Army Chief. Those who have sold their souls tell us how
    great the military’s top brass is. It does not matter if it includes
    generals, who surrendered in Dhaka, and those who ran away from
    Kargil, or those who killed an elected Prime Minister and tore apart
    the constitution. Even military leaders accused of corruption,
    incompetence and misconduct are portrayed as heroes.
    It is not surprising that we are told that the current Army Chief,
    General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, is the only capable saviour of Pakistan.
    Analysts, anchorpersons and columnists, who pretend to be mouthpieces
    of the military, inform us that General Kayani is different than his
    Not very long ago, General Kayani was the right-hand man of General
    Parvez Musharraff. After Kayani became the Commander-in-Chief, General
    Musharraff received a guard of honour at the end of his illegal stay
    in the President House. The military is a state within the state in
    Pakistan. The sword of a military intervention still hangs over the
    civilian government as the power equilibrium continues to be in the
    military’s favour even under General Kayani.
    It will be a great service to Pakistan if the military, under General
    Kayani’s command, parts ways with the past and throws away the
    colonial legacy of righteousness and supremacy. Like other
    institutions in Pakistan, the military, too, needs critical self-
    review. Instead of applying media management techniques to boost its
    image, the military ought to start a new chapter by publicly admitting
    that the generals, dead or retired, who have hurt the military and
    Pakistan will be tried in military courts for treason. New officers
    should be told that the military had rotten eggs in its basket and
    that such characters will not be tolerated in the military’s ranks
    General Kayani along with his top commanders should visit Ghari Khada
    Buksh, Larkana and offer a sincere apology, on the behalf of the
    military, for killing the founder of a new Pakistan. This would be a
    big step towards true reconciliation.
    The Armed Forces should present a guard of honour to Zulfiqar Ali
    Bhutto for saving the defeated and broken Pakistan. They should salute
    Bhutto for rescuing 90,000 soldiers who had surrendered to the Indian
    Army in Bangladesh.

    Unless the Pakistan Armed Forces recognize and admit that the Bhutto’s
    murder was the military’s biggest blunder, and ask for forgiveness,
    Pakistan will not be at ease with herself. It will remain a disturbed
    and divided country.

    At the same time, the Supreme Court of Pakistan and the Lahore High
    Court must reverse the decision of Bhutto’s judicial murder and seek
    an apology from the people of Pakistan. The Supreme Court is guilty of
    gross injustice.

  5. "The JUI-F will hold rallies and block roads in upper parts of Hazara region against the suicide attacks on Maulana Fazlur Rehman. The decision was taken at meetings held in Mansehra, Battagram, Balakot, Kohistan and Oghi. The meetings condemned the suicide attacks on Fazlur Rehman."


    This is what they wanted... start of election campaign...

  6. The Dakoo making a drama in front of innocent people of Pakistan, to tell them that he is very sincere with Bhutto Family, that is why he submited a reference in the court. But where are the killers of Benazir Bhutto, Asif was very closed to Ms. Bhutto not with Zulfi Bhutto. Asif wants all pakis to be in full shit...

  7. Not only army but all those who were involved in murder of ZAB, BB and Akbar Bugti should be punished.

  8. The author of this blog forgot to post pics and preamble about MURTAZA BHUTTO, not sure if this is PURPOSEFULLY, OR perhaps he does not consider him to be part of bhutto family because he was assassinated by the will of current co-chairman PPP, so would not be worth it to mention it here. Right?

  9. According to Judge Nasim Hassan Shah quoted from above that they were pressurized to hang Mr.Z.A.Bhutto. It mean all those allegations against Bhutto were not true that he ordered FSF to get rid of Ahmed Raza Qasuri who was constantly criticising him for his wrong doings. FSF took the mission and instead of killing Ahmed raza they killed his father.
    Some one should please explin this?

  10. Please stop Blaming the wrong people about ZAB's end! It was a Zionist-Christian intrigue, as threatened by Henry Kissinger to Bhutto for pursuing the ATOM: "stop Chashma, or else we will make a Horrible Example of you," and Kissinger did( not only for ZAB, but also in IRAQ, as well as Libya).