On Safdar Abbasi’s participation in Geo TV’s Capital Talk – by Abdul Nishapuri
Dear Dr Safdar Abbasi,
From the very outset I as a critical supporter of the Pakistan Peoples Party acknowledge your services to the party. These services date back to at least 35 years.
Dr. Ashraf Abbasi was twice the Deputy Speaker of National Assembly
Your mother, Dr. Ashraf Abbasi, holds a special place not just in the history of the PPP but also of Pakistan for being the first lady deputy speaker of the National Assembly from 1971 till 1977. This honor was repeated again in 1988 which without doubt has never been replicated by any other party in Pakistan.
Your brother, Haji Munawwar Ali Abbasi has been a committed party worker and a legislator of the party in the Sindh Assembly on more than one occasion. It is needless to say that whatever you and your family has done for the party has not only been acknowledg
Haji Munawar Abbasi has been an MPA
ed but also duly rewarded.
A political worker’s dream is always to reach parliament and by the grace of Almighty Allah, you and your family have achieved the dreams of many a political worker.
Your spouse, Ms. Naheed Khan’s commitment to Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto is unparalleled. She was not only the eyes and ears of the martyred Chairperson but also a very efficient organizer at the party level. She held positions of Political Secretary to the Chairperson and Prime Minister and was also an MNA in 2002-2007 National Assembly, which are nothing less than apt rewards.
Abraham Lincoln in his famous speech on June 16, 1858, before he became the President of US said “A house divided against itself cannot stand”. Though the intent of Lincoln was to refer to the division of his country between slave and free states but this quotation is something which can be reflected in all aspects of human life, societies, organizations and faiths.
Today our nation is divided on all the lines I just mentioned. Whatever the situation today, we are all part and parcel of problem as well as the solution.
You have been a senator of the PPP since 1994. InshaAllah, you will complete the term in 2012 and would be one of the longest serving parliamentarians in the country. As a committed worker, you may again be nominated for a position of Senator. However, what perturbs me as a political worker and a critical supporter of the PPP as to why you are playing in the hands of elements who want the PPP to fail?
We at LUBP have been fighting against all those element who just cannot stand to see the PPP in power. Off course, these include couch/tonga politicians who can’t even win elections in their own families; ex-super bureaucrats who did nothing significant for the country when they were in positions of power; defence analysts; and our beloved media which just wants to prove that they are the movers and shakers of power politics in the country.
Having worked very closely with Shaheed Benazir Bhutto, you would know that the PPP didn’t come into power through a deal but through a ballot. It is also worth noting that post martyrdom of BB, there was no power struggle in the party nor did the party disintegrate.
Even though we are not very well organized but whoever has been the head of the party, the chain of command has held firmly under him or her.
Whoever has left the party has become a nobody. Look at the likes of Ghulam Mustafa Khar, Late Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi, Late Farooq Laghari, Hafeez Pirzada, Aftab Sherpao, Iftikhar Gilani, Iqbal Haider etc. Have they made their mark in individual politics other than winning a couple of seats in their native districts? I doubt it.
The recent decision to boycott Jang and Geo was a very appropriate decision which in my opinion should have been taken much earlier. You just cannot expect one media group to become a party against the symbol of the federation. Remember, President Zardari is the symbol of federation because he belongs to the political party that represents the federation. When someone continuously attacks President Zardari, he is attacking and trying to weaken the PPP as well as the federation of Pakistan.
Just imagine that if they succeed what will happen? Will the PPP win the next elections? The people will not vote the PPP in in case of an earlier than scheduled elections. If that happens, would you be able to stake a claim for re-election to senate in 2012? Let us be very honest that by attacking Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto, it was the PPP that used to suffer.
It is my suggestion that if a decision has been taken to boycott Jang and Geo, it should be honored by everyone in the Party. At the end of the day, it is a war of nerves! Whether the decision is right or wrong only time will tell. Off course, if you dissent, Jang and Geo will portray themselves to be victims on your shoulders. If you believe in principles that this decision was wrong, please resign from your position as a Senator as a mark of protest.
But let me assure you – the day you leave the PPP, these Jang and Geo would not even take you online for a beeper! Remember, this is the same group which refers to MBB a Shaheed or Shaheed Rani, in spite of the fact that they were calling her a ‘sell-out’ and ‘corrupt’ only a few hours before her assassination in December 2007.
I repeat again, “A house divided against itself cannot stand” and trust me, showing you as a dissident, the target of the pro-establishment media is the PPP and no one else.
A person committed to the ideals of the PPP