Fa­thers and sons

Southasia - - EDITOR’S MAIL -

The writer made some good points in his ar­ti­cle ‘Dy­nas­ties and democ­racy’. Although the phe­nom­e­non of trans­fer­ring po­lit­i­cal power from one gen­er­a­tion to the next in or­der to re­tain fam­ily hold on power is not unique to our coun­try, I am sure it is not prac­ticed in any other coun­try in the man­ner as it is done in Pak­istan.

The tra­di­tion of in­volv­ing one’s off­spring in of­fi­cial mat­ters was per­haps in­tro­duced by Z. A. Bhutto. His daugh­ter Be­nazir Bhutto ac­com­pa­nied him on his fa­mous trip to In­dia af­ter the 1971 de­ba­cle to ne­go­ti­ate the mat­ter of pris­on­ers of war with then In­dian Prime Min­is­ter, Indira Gandhi. Fast for­ward some three decades and we saw Be­nazir’s son and daugh­ters ac­com­pa­ny­ing their fa­ther, the pres­i­dent of Pak­istan, to for­eign tours. Bi­lawal Bhutto at­tended im­por­tant gov­ern­ment meet­ings even though he was not autho­rized to sit in those meet­ings. Do we see such things hap­pen­ing in any other civ­i­lized democ­racy?

So­hail Gor­chani


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