Happy Birthday President Zardari – by M Usama Kabbir
Back in 2007 as the lawyers’ movment gained momentum, it attracted abrupt attention of a youth brought up in the ‘prosperity bubble’ of a military regime. With little sense of our history and politics, many (including me) got carried away in the sway of events that followed. More in sheer aversion for a uniformed dictator than in admiration of a ‘principled’ man in robes.
Putting out the fire of secessionist sentiments in Sindh after the assassination of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto in the Garrison city of Rawalpindi was met with utter disregard by the self righteous urban bourgeoisie and their corporate media . Five years down the road, there is an entire collection of ‘Pakistan Khappay’ jokes to mock and ridicule ‘one man’ at the expense of ‘Federation’.
Keeping a profoundly wounded PPP together to steering the party in electoral victory of 2008 General Elections were mere glimpses of a man who went to shape broad based coalition governments in provinces and the centre for the first time in an untoward democratic history of Pakistan. Ousting a military dictator through dialogue and ascending to the Presidency with an overwhelming majority impaired the nefarious designs of vultures in hiding. Thus began another tumultuous phase of our political history that divided Pakistan between the ‘Good’ and the ‘Zardari’.
Old rusted machines got a new life, churning decades old propaganda on behest of ‘Dangerous Duffers’ who now felt vulnerable, and rightly so. The 18th Amendment, flight of undemocratic powers from the Presidency, a sprint to normalize relationships with India and most importantly the devolution of powers to provinces are unprecedented achievements of President Asif Ali Zardari and his government. Though massive issues of governance confront the ruling coalition, they need to be seen in a much broader perspective than a meager four years of the current set up for political point scoring. If not much, food security despite two massive floods, nearing single digit inflation despite domestic security issues and a world wide economic crunch and injecting more than 500 Billion Rupees to rural economy for the first time are achievements downplayed by the critics.
Personally I believe, President Asif Zardari’s acute capability to negotiate and avoid political confrontation is novel to the political landscape of a country marred by many a political battles lost to the ‘Men at their best’. Keeping political coalitions intact notwithstanding huge differences for a five year term is no ordinary accomplishment. Putting an end to politics of confrontation reflects Zardari’s political acumen.
Asif Ali Zardari has been demonized by state apparatus ever since Benazir Bhutto’s first government came into power in 1988 to mould publlic opinion not against the PPP, but the entire political class and the democratic process. This has had a counter-effect in my opinion. It has kept Zardari at bay from populist politics and given him liberty to take difficult and. at times unpopular decisions.
I am sure there are many who may not value it and troll around on my post, but I want to confess that you are not a politician but a political institution, you are not patient but a sea of patience President Zardari; you are strongest president both in terms of its electoral support and parliament. You refused to be the proxy for any “revered institutions” in Pakistan At least, we are confident that Pakistani will cast their votes under a civilian government.
We stand right next to you
Happy Birthday President Zardari !
Happy Birthday indeed
salam sain aap ko allah pak khush rakhy our aap ko zindagi day our aap ko bhut bhut hapy birthday mubarak ho
Happy birthday, Mr. President.
May Allah give you the courage to protect the thousands of Shias, Sunni Barelvis, Pashtuns, Balochs and other persecuted communities killed by ‘you know who’ in the last four years.
you are strongest president both in terms of its electoral support and parliament. You refused to be the proxy for any “revered institutions” in Pakistan At least, we are confident that Pakistani will cast their votes under a civilian government.
Well written Usma Sb
Happy birthday Mr President
Islamabad November 22, 2004: Supreme court grant s bail to Senator Asif Ali Zardai in the last of the cases pending against him. Asif Ali Zardari completed eight years in prisons on November 4th, 2004. During this period he was either given bail or acquitted in 21 cases. In the last of the case involving the alleged import of a car by underpaying the customs duty, his bail was decided today after remaining pending for the last eighteen months.
On December 15, 2001 Asif Zardari was granted bail in the last of the cases (twentieth) against him. NAB re-arrested Asif on December 15, 2001 merely on the ground that he ‘appeared to be involved in offences listed in the schedule of offences mentioned in the NAB ordinance’.
The BMW case involved the import of a second hand car by someone other than Mr. Zardari. The Supreme Court Chief Justice observed today that it was strange that the prosecution woke up to the BMW case only on the day when Asif Zardari was granted bail by the court in the last of the cases against him and just when he had to be set free.
When the prosecutor said that it was mere coincidence the court observed what a coincidence it was that the accused is re-arrested just on the day the court bailed him out.
Significantly the court noted that in the BMW case only Asif Zardari was arrested and no other person was arrested. Neither the importer, nor the agent for importers, nor the customs and motor vehicle officials involved were arrested. Nor was the car recovered from the custody of Asif Zardari.
Given permissible remissions according to jail manual Asif Zardari has already completed the maximum term of life imprisonment behind bars without being convicted.
The first time Mr. Zardari was ordered free by a court was in 1998.
But he was re-arrested in another case. This happened thirteen times. Mr. Zardari was arrested on the night of November 4, 1996 initially under one preventive detention known as the Lahore Maintenance of Public Order and then under a second Karachi Maintenance of Public Order. He was acquitted in two attempted suicide cases, one murder case (Sajjad case), one corruption case known as KESC whereas the conviction in the SGS case was also set aside in 2001. The conviction awarded in the Steel Mill case was also set aside by the High Court earlier this year.
Happy Birthday President Zardari- You’re the man with Vision; Thank you for leading our wounded PPP and continuing Bhuttoism after SMBB’s departure- Your services for democracy will be remembered! All Hail
And for the article; very well written Usama- Best Wishes!
CJP Iftikhar Chaudhry is Criminal, yes in latest program of AryNews Pakistan Tonight Faisal Raza Abadi said said that CJ is criminal and he destroy Pakistan if we not get him out watch this video.