Picture: Benazir Bhutto gazes towards a crowd of thousands of supporters at a campaign rally minutes before she was assassinated in a bomb attack December 27, 2007 in Rawalpindi
The debate on the 18th Amendment is ISI’s smokescreen to hide its role in Benazir’s assassination
By Omar Khattab in Islamabad
Suddenly the media has swept the entire nation into the vortex of an acrimonious debate between lawyers on the issue of the 18th constitutional amendment. Akram Sheikh, a Jamaat-e-Islami stalwart and an ISI-backed “leader” of the lawyer community, has been using extremely offensive language against the likes of Aitzaz Ahsan and Ali Ahmed Kurd. It appears that he has succeeded in enraging pro-18th Amendment people by making them use harsh language. The rest of the work is being done by anti-democracy and pro-ISI channels like Geo, Sama, and ARY. Islamofascist journalists like Hamid Mir, Dr Shaihd Masood, Kashif Abbasi, Talat Hussain, and Mahrukh Bokhari invite most anti-democratic “analysts” to undermine the authority of the parliament and give support to the morally bankrupt and professionally suspect judges of the Supreme Court. The entire anti-democracy mafia in Pakistan is urging the Supreme Court to strike down the 18th Amendment which the representatives of the 180-million strong people of Pakistan have made. The question is: Why?
The answer is very simple. The recently published United Nations report on the assassination of Benazir Bhutto has clearly blamed the ISI for not only facilitating her murder, but also hampering the investigation into the murder. Even without the UN report, the people of Pakistan believed that it was the ISI which killed Benazir Bhutto because for her refusal to obey the commands of the Army generals. The UN report, however, has a stamp of legitimacy and objectivity. This is why, no one, not even the Islamofascists of the Pakistan media and politics, have been able to question the credibility of the report. Now there is no legal hindrance for the government to take action against criminal generals of the Pakistan Army. But it is a known fact that the Army as an institution is above law. But the stature of Benazir is so high that it may be difficult for the generals to escape justice given Pakistani masses’ anti-Army and anti-ISI sentiments in the backdrop of Benazir’s assassination.
Thus the ISI has gone back to its time-tested tactics: Create an issue and set corrupt media into action so that the real issue gets submerged in confusion. The likes of Akram Sheikh can sell their mothers to serve a cause which gives them a lot of material benefits. This is not the first time that the ISI has thrown up colorful rabbits up in the air to take people’s attention off a real issue like Benazir’s assassination. The second tactic of the ISI is to blame Benazir’s own People Party for her assassination. This too has started as we can see retired army officers and ISI-funded “analysts” and “journalists” churning out conspiracies against the leaders of the People’s Party.
Prediction: If history is any guide, the ISI/Army will once again succeed in confusing the situation. No Army man will be punished for the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.