Fathers and sons
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?