By Usama Bhutto
Skies doth bleed that December evening. The world painted a gloomy picture of South East Asia. Epicenter of change was jolted to its very foundations. Daughter of the East left in the dying hours of that fateful day. Every eye looked upon in anguish and dismay towards the scattering federation of Pakistan. From the sands of Garhi a voice resounded “Pakistan Khappay”. The dust settled; Pakistan lived.
Asif Ali Zardari was at the thelm of events following the assassination of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto. Entrusted with her political legacy and ideals, the Feburary elections were a litmus test for Asif Ali Zardari. The Pakistan Peoples Party steered into the most important elections in the history of Pakistan. A dictator strangled the democratic process and its minions threatened the Federation and it Federating Units alike. Asif Ali Zardari emerged as the sole flag bearer of Reconciliation and the people of Pakistan brought about a revolution on 18th Feburary as the PPP won an overwhelming majority through the length and breadth of Pakistan. Thus the people expressed their confidence in the PPP and its Co-Chairman Asif Zardari.
A novel experiment of coalition government in Pakistan has been by far the greatest achievement of Asif Zardari. Where political rivalries could sprout and dismantle the system, his shrewd political insight annihilated the dirty ideas of anti-democratic alliances when the PPP entered into a coalition Government not only at the centre but in all the four provinces of Federation. The challenges to democracy remained in focus and Asif Zardari had a sound grip over the pulse of change.
The PPP has been a democratic entity struggling to rid the nation of continued dictatorships and their adversaries. It has had a long history of struggle and sacrifices in this regard. From Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto to Shahnawaz Bhutto and Mir Murtaza to Benazir, Bhutto, the PPP has never turned its back to the people. Despite the fact that its sitting Co-Chairman Asif Zardari was kept in extra-judicial captivity for more than a decade, the PPP has stood steadfast in its stance and beliefs.
Asif Zardari was politically victimized by the stooges of dictators for more than two decades now. A greater part of his life spent behind the bars when a family and young children looked upon him, his courage and determination is exemplary.
Asif Zardari has been a target of character assassination since he stepped into the shoes of Bhutto. Fabricated corruption stories were bubbled through the Pro-Taliban and anti-democratic elements in the media and political circles alike. Extremist elements have long since conspired to unite under a single point agenda of Minus-Zardari set-up. A set-up intended to benefit the enemies of democracy, Islam and Pakistan.
Spetember last Asif Zardari was democratically elected by the Legislative bodies of Pakistan with an over-whelming majority. Unparalleled in the history of Pakistan. The conspiracy theorists had everything to lose before the man who was un moved by false propaganda. Jails and Courts and assassination attempts. Non issues such as the NRO and the Kerry Lugar Bill were the desperate attempts of these elements to defame a popularly elected President, yet the recent victory in Gilgit Baltistan has stricken them dumb. For PPP believes in “all power to the people”
The Gilgit Baltistan reforms and abolishment of black laws such as the FCR have been landmark victories for Asif Zardari. Above all, SAWAT and Waziristan Operations have dismantled the network of terrorism. Pakistan was at the brink of being declared a terrorist state and Asif Zardari stood up to the extremist elements with full force and vigor. The successful military operation have thus restored the confidence of the international community in Pakistan’s commitment to confront extremist elements.
Islamabad has been packed with theories and conspiracies targeting the presidency and Asif Zardari, but the power of the people of Pakistan shall defeat every ulterior motive of the forces of vile. Behind the symbol of courage and determination we stand united: Asif Ali Zardari.
Pakistan Khappay !