By: Jarri Mirza
Mumtaz Bhutto on 17th October 2009 wrote an article with titled “Bahadur baap ki buzdil beti ” on the eve of BB’s homecoming . And now he is announcing to be a poplitical successor of BB and calling Asif Ali Zarari to be an opportunist . Let us examine who is an opportunist.
According to BB in her book “Daughter of the East” Mumtaz advised her to call for Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto autopsy since there were no marks of hanging on his neck and it will be good political move for the party . BB’s replied to him then that she wanted to leave her father in a peace. Histoty is repeating itself; someone is playing a dirty game on a death body as he once wanted to play in a past , and someone is gathering his emotion together and trying make his pain into his strength as BB used to say “convert your pain into your strength”.
Previously published in Daily The News.
This is with reference to Nawab Mumtaz Ali Bhutto’s article “Rise and fall” (Nov 2). Surprisingly Nawab sahib is addressing Benazir Bhutto as a shaheed today and his present ‘whipping boy’ is Asif Ali Zardari. This takes me a few years back when Mr Bhutto was using exactly the same language about Benazir Bhutto. Would Mr Bhutto be kind enough to describe the reasons behind this change in his sentiments?
The criticism of Mr Bhutto about President Zardari’s expenditures and resources seems totally biased and hypocritical as Nawab sahib, a self-proclaimed ‘chieftain’ of the Bhutto tribe, has never made his assets public nor is there any public information about his tax returns. This is not a secret though that Mr Bhutto owns huge land holdings and urban assets and enjoys a lavish lifestyle while his own haris are deprived of basic necessity like clean water.
As regards his venom against the democratic process and President Zardari’s regime, one can clearly feel the love for power which makes Mr Bhutto dream for an unconstitutional change thus creating an opportunity of becoming a ‘caretaker’ — once again. There is a democratic set-up in place and parliament has a legitimate right to complete its constitutional term. Like it or not Nawab sahib, you have to wait and let the political process take its course.
Another alternate Mr Bhutto can resort to is to go back to his parent political party, the PPP, become a part of the democratic process and raise his voice inside the party and in parliament. If Mr Bhutto has decided to stay away from the democratic process then the best course for him is to sit back and wait for the present regime to come back to the people in the next election. If President Zardari is such a failure, people will reject him in the next election.