As an impartial observer, I tend to feel sorry for many of those fellow countrymen, who are trapped in a sort of phobia—the Zardari phobia— and the most unfortunate thing is that there does not seem to be any remedy for this. I feel sorry for these crying ‘babies’ suffering from hallucinations, who can only see Zardari’s face behind every wrong doing, evil and misdeed happening in this country. Their bewilderment is a source of derision especially when they fail to malign him despite their best efforts. I pity them. My all-out sympathies for them but I just cannot help them out of this malady because apparently there is no known remedy for any phobia. May God bless them.
I cannot forget the epoch of Zardari’s downfall. Where were all these hate mongers hidden when he was sent behind bars without any conviction, when he faced brutal assault and when he faced every pain with patience. Why did they then not come out from their hideouts and stand alongside Zardari? Why was there no one who could denounce the brutal assault on Zardari? I saw no one on the road, did not witness any protest, did not hear anyone raising his voice against the cruelties faced single-handedly by Zardari. However, when the season changed, all these cowards suddenly appeared out of thin air and turned their guns at Zardari.
I also feel sorry for Zardari. He was alone on the day when he was in turmoil and trouble and he is alone even today as he commands the seat of President of Pakistan. Without any contradiction, even today he has around him a crowd of cronies in the guise of sympathizers. Wolves in sheep’s clothing are more treacherous than open enemies, who lack the moral courage to come out and show their real face. They pretend to be ardent and passionate supporters of PPP and democracy but in reality they are persistent Zardari haters. Zardari is an integral part of PPP, his efforts for democracy and politics of reconciliation are remarkable so what kind of hypocrisy it is that forces these people to professes love for democracy but hate Zardari?
The establishment, bureaucracy and all rightist groups, do not want Zardari. Why? Why do they all vilify him? Just because he always talks about democratic norms, he wants all the political parties to join hands for the sake of Pakistan, he wants to pursue a policy of reconciliation, he wants to weed out militants, he wants to end age long blood feuds, he wants to end political victimization or just because he is striving to shut the doors for future military interventions? Clapping, I applaud all those who are spewing venom against him. After all what is the need of democracy, why should we weed out militancy? Political victimization is our hallmark, why not continue with it? We love autocracy? Let us hate Zardari as he is unprecedented.
Our psyche has been reshaped by the media devils and propaganda machinery. Zardari is carrying past burden, reaping what he never sowed, while his past is resonating in his sub conscious. We never take off our glasses of prejudice and never aspire to unveil the truth. Hate mongers have not allowed Zardari to take any respite. Icing the cake, the most crucial supporters have joined the fad. They are leading the gang of hate mongers. To prove their political acumen and wisdom, well-wishers of Zardari eventually started hitting him. I knew it had to happen sooner or later because apparently many of us may have accepted Zardari but not in our hearts.
There is a need of big heart and an open mind to become a Zardari supporter. First we will have to shun hypocrisy, we will have to clean our sub conscious, we will have to put set aside our biases and we will have to learn to accept him with all his traits. If you cannot do this, stop chanting the slogan of being ardent supporters of PPP because the legacy of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto includes Zardari.
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