Death Knell for a Champ
Is the PPP headed towards extinction? If it continues with its present leadership and does not change its ways, the time is not far when there will be no PPP to talk about.
Following sharp differences on the Tashkent Declaration, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto ( ZAB) resigned from the Ayub cabinet in 1966 to begin an independent political career, emerging as the most popular democratic leader in Pakistan’s history. He was undoubtedly ‘Quaid-i-Awam,‘ the leader of the masses. His popularity in the Muslim ummah and the historic success of the Islamic Summit in Lahore, which was attended by many head of Muslim states, established him as the undisputed leader of the Muslim world. Naturally, when the west saw a genius like Bhutto all set to lead the ummah, alarm bells started ringing in western capitals and he was finally eliminated from the scene.
After the death of ZAB, his wife Nusrat Bhutto very bravely confronted the dictatorship of Gen. Ziaul Haq, of course with the support of her daughter Benazir Bhutto (BB). Unfortunately both the sons of ZAB were also killed, leaving the eldest daughter to hold the reins of the party and she very successfully managed to become the Prime Minister of the country twice. While she was all set for her third victory, she was killed on December 27, 2007, at Liaquat Bagh in Rawalpindi. Her death shattered the party.
But it the untimely death of BB brought back PPP to power and the command of the party was shifted from the Bhutto dynasty to Asif Ali Zardari, completely changing the complexion of the party. With a shrewd move and the slogan of ‘Pakistan Khappey,’ Asif managed to become the President of Pakistan by dislodging Gen. Musharraf. His apparent emergence as the champion of reconciliation was in fact a move to open the gates of corruption for all and sundry, slowing the process of progress in the country. This was further aggravated by the power crisis which severely affected the economy of Pakistan. The devastating shortage