The spokesman for the president has said the main aim is to correct a “historic wrong”. It is in some ways hard to believe that this is the full story. There are, after all, other ‘wrongs’ in our history that deserve ‘correction’. These include many terrible events that took place in former East Pakistan during 1970; they also include much of what happened in Balochistan just a few years later. We still know too little about them and sufficient effort has not been made to make amends.
In these, as in the Bhutto case, what has happened cannot be reversed. ZAB is dead; his legacy lives on. There is conjecture that the reopening of the case is intended as some kind of ‘test’ of the courts; other reports suggest it is a part of a political game, the details of which will emerge later. There is no real way of saying for now — but in the days to come, we can expect the ghosts of history to look out at us once again, reviving memories of all that happened so long ago.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 03rd, 2011.
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