For the masses she was no less than a saint – she was the Bhutto’s daughter! Zulfikar Ali Bhutto – who was the founder of Pakistan.
After five years of her assassination, I am constrained to whittle in blood the fable of Benazir Bhutto – a myth deprived of words to portray its immenseness – a narrative unplumbed than the deepest of the waters – a parable gargantuan than the creation: I commence to pen about the woman of the century – the woman who made the hardest of the men throttle; she was destiny’s daughter, and the anticipation of the masses. The tone of Jeyay Bhutto perforates into the atmosphere, for it is eternity – the subsistence of my aspirations lapses here.
Another June 21 and my compassion demolishes – the Jiyala in me cannot resist when the sun mounts up with obscurity instead of an expectation for better, it was not analogous on the very day in 1953 when it brought a hope of a culmination to the obliteration in Pakistan and of a better panorama for the marginalized – women and the subjugated ones could foresee a future free from impoverishment – she brought with her a promise of empowerment and illumination : Her birth blessed Pakistan with a tigress, of whose match there is none – no one can reckon of the valor she possessed – the crowds were all hers, and the callous doom turned her from Papa’s Pinky to then fight as an opposition leader as Mohtarmah Benazir Bhutto : The young woman who had scarcely completed her education to see a military coup in Pakistan, concluding in the judicial murder of Pakistan’s first ever elected Prime Minister, Quaid-e-Awam Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.
It stabs to evoke the reminisces of my leader Shaheed Mohtarmah Benazir Bhutto, who carried the mantle of leadership from her martyred father and endeavored to save the bequest – a legacy which has become perpetual now. The white scarf perched on her head became an icon of power – her words scared the boots more than the enemy’s tanks. All alone, she stood and battled against the forces of fanaticism and dictatorship and recovered this land from the despots, who left the masses disadvantaged and dispossessed them of freedom: Benazir gave voice to the neglected. She rebelled against those hawks, without any trepidation of the outcomes and the vicious tests she was made to go through – a brother was poisoned but she did not give up. Elections were promised to be called in 90 days, but those three months fetched till the Doom’s Day as per likely.
“The people who resent me do so because I am young, I am a Bhutto and I am a woman.”
The world witnessed the same young Bhutto, taking oath as the first ever woman to lead a Muslim state – The woman who was imprisoned and banished by zia ul haq was now the Prime Minister of Pakistan – She had always been the leader of the people, and the greatest impediment for the autocratic forces which always used every plausible way to ram her away from the politics but their labors were of no reward. Benazir Bhutto always lead the hearts and psyches of the people – for the common herd, she was the sole hope. The clout of the people altered the destiny for another time and Shaheed Mohtarmah Benazir Bhutto was again sworn in as the Prime Minister of Pakistan for the second time. “Dila Teer Bija” became the jingle of all the enthusiasts of democracy, the arrow symbolized a new and better Pakistan.
Benazir Bhutto’s epoch was a golden period for Pakistan’s development – the reign brought affluence for the country. Pakistan was at the brink of being declared as a terrorist state – it was my leader, Shaheed Benazir Bhutto who barred this from happening and presented an envisage of a peaceful Pakistan, but alongside kept the defense of Pakistan secure by granting it the missile technology – yet, Benazir Bhutto guaranteed that the future generation of Pakistan has to fight the war with their knowledge, rather than bludgeons – her government established hundreds of thousands of schools throughout the country. She empowered the women in order to enable them to stand equally with the men, breaking those conventions which had left them exploited – she took the initiative to place an end to their inferior position in the society. The haters too recognize the fact that Shaheed Benazir Bhutto placed a fight against ailments, poverty and radicalism – She was a catalyst for change and empowerment. Benazir Bhutto symbolized the federation and egalitarianism – Her accomplishments can be fetched to soak every drop of ink and every piece of the folio, but would be left unfinished. Benazir Bhutto Shaheed gave Pakistan an identity.
The other brother had also been murdered to topple her second government – with an ailing mother and a husband behind bars, three children to care for, Shaheed Benazir
Bhutto continued with her war against the tormenters. The kangaroo courts and the establishment of Pakistan never possessed enough fortitude to face that unarmed woman – they sought refuge in the phony corruption charges. It was the audacity of Benazir Bhutto and only Benazir Bhutto who never wavered in her commitment to the people of Pakistan, I salute you Mohtarmah, and I salute your bravery! SHEER RESPECT – when I see her historical return in October 2007.
“Life and death is in the hands of Allah. That is why I have got the courage to stare in the eyes of death without any fear”. Her homecoming would always be cited at the apex of all notes. Her arrival quenched the thirst of millions of her countrymen – the ambiance was crammed with the catchphrases of JEYAY BHUTTO and Zinda Hai Bhutto, Zinda Hai – Benazir Bhutto Shaheed was a true heir to the legacy – The Daughter of the East dedicated her existence to her principles and fighting to provide justice to her people who had been left in desolation for decades – the stoves laid arctic in the dictator’s government and the poor were compelled to exterminate their families and commit suicide, because of paucity. The General was too coward – they tried to use might to terrorize her and stop her from struggling for her cause: Benazir Bhutto never gave up, despite the perils to her life. Thereby, I lived up to the gloomiest ever day of my survival, December 27, 2007 when my leader Shaheed Mohtarmah Benazir Bhutto was snatched too brutally from me – the world lost the democracy’s champion, the people of Pakistan lost their voice and Saria lost her entire universe that laid with her.
The people of Pakistan have not forgotten you, Benazir! You continue to dwell in the hearts of the people and lead them from your grave – the soil of Garhi Khuda Bux Bhutto remains a magnet for the population and exhibits another Karbala – the war of right against the prejudice continues and following in the footsteps of our martyred leaders, President Asif Ali Zardari saved Pakistan when it had ruined in the aftermath of the tragic afternoon of December 27, 2007. “Pakistan Khappay” – like Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto Shaheed, my President’s words assembled the busted pieces of Pakistan and made a new Pakistan.
“Democracy is our revenge and we will have it”. The Chairman PPP, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari carries my Bibi’s flag too lofty, he has established that Bhutto persists to live and the legacy can never be murdered. “We did not come this far to fail” – Bakhtawar and Aseefa Bhutto Zardari continue to reveal hope for a splendid Pakistan – a Pakistan free from starvation, illiteracy and scarcity, for “Lay kar rehay ga har insaan, roti, kapra aur makaan” – My Bibi dwells in her children, heroic like her and fretful about the grievances of the masses exactly like her.
While sitting on this dust, I feel so beholden to you, Bibi – I’m inhaling in this air just because of you. As long as I live, I will die for you!
Jiyay Bhutto, Jiyay Jiyay Bhutto!
Happy Birthday, Shaheed Mohtarmah Benazir Bhutto – you alleviate my continuity!
Video made by @SariaBenazir as a tribute to #SMBB Eternity