BRIGHTON, UK: This is with reference to Mohammad Rai’s article of December 25 titled “Jinnah — lessons for our politicians”. It is ironic how a group of people, including Jinnah, who were highly educated and constitutionalists who believed in, and also took part in, democratic practices to help justify the creation of Pakistan are today remembered by those who were involved in coups and other such extra-constitutional activities.
We need to just look at the number of factions, all claiming to be the real PML, who try and appropriate Jinnah’s legacy. We should also think of the many people who contributed to, and were actively involved in the creation of Pakistan and who were members of various minorities (Parsis for example) and who, over the years, left the country. That our rulers would corrupt the legacy of Jinnah and the founders of Pakistan to maintain their political hegemony speaks volumes for the disdain and contempt with which our ruling elite treat the Pakistani citizenry.
Syed Nadir el-Edroos
Published in The Express Tribune, December 27th, 2010.
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