The daughter of the East, in the line of Fire



Pakistan once again is the centre of the international interest for another political reason. And this time the reason is; the return of the Mummy. Yes I am talking about the mother of Pakistan Peoples Party and the daughter of the east Ms.Benazir Bhutto. Now you can go on and deny me when I say; there are few popular names run the political game in each country. Whether its India (who call themselves the biggest democratic country in the whole world), USA (who is a self appointed democracy sheriff) or Pakistan (who hardly saw glimpses of what they call a democratic system). Voters and masses in these countries still follow Bhutto, Gandhi (Nehru family) and Kennedy.


Congress party; the oldest political party in subcontinent is run by an Italian woman. Can’t they find a single leader in the population of 100 curores to lead them? I am sure the poor lady never or wanted to be in the situation she is now but what choice did she had. She has to pass the transaction period when either her son or daughter will take over the party. But the point is, that parties start their political struggle in the name of socialism, religion, freedom etc but after some time its realm that lead these so called democratic entities. They don’t even have a democratic process within their own party.


Having said that, I don’t want to take any credit from Ms. Bhutto, she leaded her party for 28 years. Been to jail, was whipped, face the tragic death of his father and untimely deaths of her younger brothers. If you look into her married life, half of that life Asif Zardari was behind bars for allegations that the establishment failed to prove. Even now when I am writing this post home town Karachi an announced national holiday millions of the Jiyaley (the name given to the PPP’s workers) are on the streets chanting her name and covered with red, black and green. The rest of the billions are gathered around the idiot box and watching her coming down from the airplane.


Without any shadow of doubt in Benazir’s popularity her sir name plays an important part. This fact is evident from the billboards hanging on Sharah-e-Faisal where Zulfi Bhutto’s picture is as prominent as his daughter’s.


But something is missing. The question is what!? The international and national media is here, the political workers are here but something is missing. She got Musharraf’s support, US support, ex nemesis MQM is also supporting them by keeping their mouths shut. So what is left? What was their when Imam Khoemeni returned or Zulifiqar Ali Bhutto revolutionized the Pakistani society in the late 60’s; Youth!!

Young men and women of any society not only comprise the majority of the population but also represents where the country is heading. Why the youth of Pakistan prefer staying home then coming on the streets to participate in the process which might help their country to change its course. Lack of leadership is the answer, we the Pakistani youth don’t lack patriotism or humanitarian germs. We all have seen the youth of Pakistan leading the aid process when earth quake hit the northern areas. Their efforts were undoubtedly commendable. Even now in traffic jams when there is no sign of hope or traffic sergeant. Young volunteers jumps in and make the flow possible.


The problem with today’s leadership is that either they don’t represent us or they fail to address our basic issues. Joblessness, corruption in the education department, you can’t get the job you deserve without a source or reference. The education board is one of the most corrupted departments in the country. Higher education is not only unaffordable for the middle and the lower middle class but the quality is also declining with time. There is no sense of security; every young graduate would prefer going abroad for further education and earning some decent living.


But I am still optimistic about our future and the role of our youth. Even now when given a chance, a cause worthy enough to fight for, a movement worthy enough to die for, a leader worthy enough to follow; you will again observe the youth of Pakistan leading and playing their vital role.


13 Responses to “The daughter of the East, in the line of Fire”

  1. October 18, 2007 at 5:17 pm

    well said Y yet again daughter of da east is back to eat up da country’s resources n she is back wd a bang ie wd da support of govt, US lolz its ironical to see dat all her bad deeds have been forgoten n yet again she is here to make more corruption thr is a lack of leadership but our youth have a power to revolutionize da country i completey agree wid u Y and wd youngesters like you our furture is vry bright mashalah

  2. October 18, 2007 at 6:48 pm

    Its de ja vu all over again. lol

  3. October 18, 2007 at 9:00 pm

    According to some latest news she is safe(by some serious mistake) in a bomb blast.

  4. October 19, 2007 at 8:15 am

    thank you beeca and hassan for your comments

    welcome JAHANDOST !! a dejavu indeed

  5. 5 lubz
    October 19, 2007 at 2:37 pm

    Very well expressed, I’m seriously getting tired of all this…

    We do need a serious becon of hope and there is no one, like you said, to represent the youth… not just on political scene, even sports and academic scene as well…

    I know, there are plenty of potential but nobody let them grow…

    Anyways, this is really a good read!

  6. October 20, 2007 at 4:58 am

    thnaks. I actually did some effort this time to write 😛

  7. 7 asmakhalil
    October 21, 2007 at 3:25 pm

    She’s come to restore Democracy!!! :s

  8. October 22, 2007 at 5:43 am

    is this concept to complicated for you asma ?

  9. 9 asmakhalil
    October 22, 2007 at 3:56 pm

    Which one? the one that she’s back to restore democracy or the one that we lack leadership?!

  10. October 23, 2007 at 8:36 am

    both! do u disagree with these claims?

  11. 11 asmakhalil
    October 23, 2007 at 2:20 pm

    You’re kidding me, right?! lol… I mean she’s back to restore democracy… I can laugh my head off for that. She’s not back because people want her back. There are dark, murderous and dangerous designs behind her return.
    But I do agree that we lack leadership. We lack leadership because the best people amoung us keep themselves away from politics.It’s a bloody game! I think we have to start from ourselves. How many of think that we have true guidance. How many of us KNOW the purpose of our existence. These questions if answered, things are going to get pretty simple. We’re confused and above all, our so-called intellectuals are themselves confused. When they dont know the way, how can they show the way to the nation. So, to sum it all up i think we should mend our ways before it’s too late.

  12. October 23, 2007 at 7:40 pm

    nice analysis Asma but the fact is that shes the most popular leader in our country.Whether we like it or not.PPP always gets the max. amount of vote in comparison to any political party. she might be corrupt but neither BB or asif were proved guilty on corruption charges ever. despite the deal factor her voters showed their support as we all saw the turnout and enthusiasm of PPP workers.

  13. 13 asmakhalil
    October 24, 2007 at 1:03 pm

    But the fact remains that when she was here, more than required number of people were inrolled in factories, and they were getting salaries basically for doing almost nothing.No wonder people want her back!
    And the fact remains that Democracy is a flawed system.(Yeah i know I’m a fundamentalist)
    And the fact remains that most of the people that support her are illiterate. They dont really know what they are doing. The “populous” shouldn’t rule the country when the literacy rate is as high as we have here in PAkistan.
    Anyway, Let’s see till when our collective maturity doses off with the sleeping pills from “them”. I’ll be the silent spectator till then…

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