Democracy yes, dynasty no

Published: December 31, 2012
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The writer founded the rock band Junoon and is author of the book, Rock & Roll Jihad. He tweets at @sufisal

The writer founded the rock band Junoon and is author of the book, Rock & Roll Jihad. He tweets at @sufisal

“The punishment for refusing to participate in politics is that you end

up being governed by idiots.” — Plato

 

In his speech at Garhi Khuda Bakhsh on December 27, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, 24, boasted about the party’s ‘proud’ record of bringing real justice to Pakistan. Three days earlier, 20-year-old Shahzeb Khan was brutally gunned down in Karachi by the sons of the same corrupt feudal elite that Bilawal represents. Shahzeb’s only ‘crime’ was defending the honour of his sister who was harassed while returning from a wedding. A verbal brawl broke out between Shahzeb and two absconding suspects. Shahzeb’s father, an officer in the Sindh Police, mediated the scuffle and implored both parties to back off. But power and money intoxicate and corrupt absolutely. The feudal sense of entitlement and revenge of both the accused — one said to be a Jatoi and the other a Talpur — emboldened them to act above the law and they did precisely that. Accompanied by armed guards, they followed Shahzeb’s car and allegedly pumped four bullets into the young man near Mubarak Masjid in Defence. This kind of senseless violence has become the norm in Pakistan.

The Pakistani feudal mindset symbolises injustice and greed and it is eating away at the heart and soul of the nation. Any Pakistani who challenges injustice does so with considerable risk to himself. As in the case of Shahzeb Khan, they often pay with their lives. The core problem plaguing Pakistani society is lack of accountability across the board. During the late 1990s, I recorded a song called Ehtesab and made a video that satirised Pakistani politicians and dictators whose corruption scandals were being reported internationally. The response of Bhutto-Zardari and Nawaz Sharif’s government was to ban the video and Junoon and threaten my life. However, I’m not the only Pakistani artist who has been punished for expressing the truth. One of Pakistan’s greatest Urdu poets, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, spent many years in jail for his anti-establishment views.

In Garhi Khuda Bakhsh , Bilawal’s speech-writers thought it appropriate to recall Faiz’s poem Bol. Had Bilawal actually understood the Urdu poetry he was reading with a gora accent, he would’ve known Faiz’s poetic legacy has been to speak truth to power. Faiz sahib condemned authoritarianism and class warfare and struggled for the rights of the downtrodden. The revolutionary poet today would be shocked to hear that a privileged son of a flawed president was cynically co-opting his poem of freedom and justice. To add insult to injury, both Bilawal and his father demanded five more years of democratic revenge from the people of Pakistan.

Since the death of Benazir Bhutto, President Asif Ali Zardari and Bilawal cynically extort sympathy votes from the nation and yet, are impotent in protecting the lives of ordinary Pakistanis. If losing a family member was the criterion for democratic rule, America’s Kennedy family should’ve been in power in the US ever since the assassinations of John and Robert Kennedy in the 1960s. Pakistan needs democracy, not dynasty. As Shahzeb’s wanton murder illustrates, the last five years under President Zardari have been the rule of the gangster rather than the rule of law. How can he call himself a democrat while appointing his son as chairman of the PPP for life? His time as the president of Pakistan has brought staggering levels of violence, corruption and graft. He is accused both by Fatima and Ghinwa Bhutto of murdering his own brother-in-law Murtaza, who challenged his power during Benazir Bhutto’s second term.

The Holy Quran says: “Killing one innocent person is like killing the whole of humanity”. If that allegory was applied to Pakistan, we would be mourning the death of life itself. How many innocent Pakistanis have to die before President Zardari can hear the cry for justice?

Pakistan’s future lies with neither of these ‘DNA democrats’. The key to moving forward lies in the genesis of Pakistan’s freedom movement: Our nation’s founder, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, struggled and sacrificed to win our independence from Britain, setting clear examples of legal and political activism. Jinnah was a constitutional lawyer who was inspired by Islamic values of social justice. Sixty five years later, my generation sees Jinnah’s tenacity, incorruptibility and idealism embodied in the leadership of Imran Khan. The main battle in the forthcoming 2013 national elections will be between the saviours of dynasty and the people’s Junoon for justice.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 1st, 2013.

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Reader Comments (64)

  • Hataf Shahab
    Dec 31, 2012 - 10:41PM

    Bilawal isnt responsible for Shahzebs Murder. Ure completely digressing from the issue. This is a blatant lie and unfair at its best. I expected better from Salman Ahmed but its really bad.

    the alleged murders do not belong to PPP.

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  • Dec 31, 2012 - 10:54PM

    I found myself agreeing with the author most of the way through this article and then I hit the bombshell in the last paragraph. So this is an advertisement for PTI? Very disappointing.

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  • Asad Rehman
    Dec 31, 2012 - 10:55PM

    and thanks for politicizing a noble cause. THANKS So MUCH

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Dec 31, 2012 - 11:07PM

    Please read history and analyse it with open unbiased mind before telling lies to your readers. Z.A. Bhutto ( though I am not a big fan of him, because of his economic policies) was first leader who stood for the poor classes. When he was fighting for the rights of poor, where was middle class you represent? Just ask this question to your elders and you will find the answer.

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  • sabi
    Dec 31, 2012 - 11:18PM

    In democracy a donkey can be a party chief.It is a democratic right.At the same time in democracy people have the right to elect that donkey.We should not take that right from people.Let people decide what they want.And let us believe in survival of the fitest reality.

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  • Pro Bono Publico
    Dec 31, 2012 - 11:22PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    ZA Bhutto — the co-founder of Bangla Desh? What? He stood for the poor? Which poor? It is such a mindset that has led Pakistan to failures.

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  • ali akbar
    Dec 31, 2012 - 11:25PM

    Salman, you can make always make an argument without resorting to personal attacks (gora accent? really? and that to, coming from you?). And what was the article about? The weak justice system or PPP’s tenure. If it is the former, then the problem is not just the PPP….
    Very poor opinion piece.

    p.s: you should also learn the difference between being accused and proven guilty.

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  • sabi
    Dec 31, 2012 - 11:32PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    “was first leader who stood for the poor classes. When he was fighting for the rights of poor,”
    He played with the plight of poors.He taught poors to break the laws to get what they were not entiteld.He told students to burn private buses if not allowed to travel free.He told poors to capture land of others where they were allowed to live on humanitarian basis.

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  • Liaqat Yousufzai
    Dec 31, 2012 - 11:36PM

    I agree with salman that the forthcoming election will be between saviours of dynasty and the people’s Junoon. I think that we have a good chance to get rid of assassin and promote true democracy in our beloved country…

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  • khan
    Dec 31, 2012 - 11:40PM

    Really poor and biased article. Salman is talking about democracy but this article seems to be attack on democracy. I do not understand the linkage of Shahzeb murder with the speech of Bilawal.Recommend

  • Muhammad
    Dec 31, 2012 - 11:47PM

    “Gora accent” shame on u Salman

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  • Hataf Shahab
    Dec 31, 2012 - 11:49PM

    I dont get why people are not speaking against the fuedals in PTI are they some form of angels?

    Shah Mehmood Qureshi opposed women rights bill in parliament and Fatima Bhutto criticized him, and Imran Khan for that.

    Legharis are in parliament and in PTI, they are considered worse than jatoi and talpur!

    what about javed hashmi, he took money to rig elections from the isi?

    Kasuri’s tenure as a foreign minister was the worst bec he STARTED drone attacks! he backed the dictator and now khan?

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  • unmet46
    Jan 1, 2013 - 12:23AM

    Good article! Pakistan’s only Hope is PTI…May God allow it to come to power.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jan 1, 2013 - 12:43AM

    Its nothing more than a fashion statement of urban elite and middle classes to put blame of everything on rural people. Majority of people live in villages but majority of criminals reside in urban areas but urban intellectuals would not write against their mentors.

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  • naeem khan
    Jan 1, 2013 - 12:46AM

    another FOREIGNER this time a US CITIZEN telling us what to do the people of Pakistan are sensible enough and if left alone will always make choices that are in their best interests please go back to US (although i believe you are there and ran away from the country that AT LEAST GAVE YOU EVERYTHING ) and give your SERMONS there to the people who in recent history elected BUSH JUNIOR TWICE and i need not to remind son of GEORGE BUSH so much for dynastic politics

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  • aley
    Jan 1, 2013 - 12:58AM

    Disappointing to say the least.

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  • Jan 1, 2013 - 1:43AM

    Salman –
    While a lot of concerns are well placed, I think if you had toned down on the aggressive stance of the article, that would have made it more palatable to read.

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  • Arifq
    Jan 1, 2013 - 2:22AM

    Poor, biased and pathetic. Jinnah was a total ‘gora’ so by that standard he cannot represent Pakistan. Shame on you Salman for politicizing a boys murder!

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  • Salma
    Jan 1, 2013 - 2:31AM

    ok then bring tsunami – what’s the insecurity PTI walo? in any case the PPP poor voters don’t read these blogs.

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  • Salma
    Jan 1, 2013 - 2:32AM

    by the way it’s quite shameless to blame the PPP or ANP for the killings when PTI supports the killers i.e. the Taliban. Utterly shameless.

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  • stingingnettle
    Jan 1, 2013 - 3:24AM

    Salman Ahmad’s article has two intertwined threads running through it. Firstly it is his objection to dynastic political entitlement and secondly it brutal murder of Shahzeb Khan. You might not like his linking or mixing of the two threads into one but one things is certain; it is very difficult not to condemn the murder of the young man for the pettiest of reasons by individual drunk on power and influence. Irrespective of where this kind of murder happens and who the victim is, I hope we can all agree that it grates against our humanity and we find it repulsive. Shahzeb is not more or less important than any other Pakistani who deserved to be alive today.

    My other point is about Bilawal; how many of us would like to be bypassed in our professional life by someone who just happens to the son or daughter of someone very important? The answer will, I hope, be no one. If I work hard and climb all the rungs on the ladder through, education, training and competence – I will be incandescent if a grossly inexperienced and unworthy person is given a ‘genetic’ preference over me. The leadership of parties and countries cannot be passed on like an inheritance; this is totally contrary to the principle of meritocracy we desire so much. Institutional meritocracy can only come about if we resist and speak up against such breaches as the appointment of Bilawal.

    You might not like Salman Ahmad’s political inclination and his idea of a solution but this you have to give him; he has a point about both matters he talks about.

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  • HN
    Jan 1, 2013 - 5:22AM

    for those who say Salman is biased in blaming PPP for the act of Jatois and Talpur they must not forget that it is the governments responsibility to ensure justice to its citizens. If the perpetrators of such a cold blooded murder can get away and hide, that too of a DSPs son, and the police refrains from taking action due to political pressure, then is Salman not right in blaming the PPP government for it. As far as his support for PTI is concerned, he is an active member of PTI and atleast he is not hiding his preference when writing this opinion unlike those who write biased pieces everyday in this paper and conceal their preferences for various groups and parties.

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  • Reasoner
    Jan 1, 2013 - 7:59AM

    ‘Pot calling the kettle black’ !
    Salman you being part of PTI (which support Taliban terrorists) have no right to play politics on a young man’s tragic death !
    Wondering if Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Legharis, & Kasuri etc. (leaders of PTI) really belong to ‘middle-class’ ????

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  • Sarang Qazi
    Jan 1, 2013 - 10:09AM

    I found this an interesting read until he mentioned Imran Khan. Author has every right to cling on to his utopian ideals regarding immy k but there is absolutely no sense in connecting it with this case.
    When a feudal kills a person they need to be brought to justice but when a Taliban kills a person, your party encourages us to have negotiations with them. Please clarify your stance on this.

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  • Raza
    Jan 1, 2013 - 10:09AM

    I wish our singer read history of our country no one like feudal class but Salman Ahmed forget it feudalism is supported by powerful military establishment of our state since its creation and its mindset even in urban center its prevailing and follow by middle class party and their leaders always claimed that they are against primitive mode of feudalism . True cold blooded murder of Shahzeb khan is condemnable and its barbarian act and naked terrorism. The million dollar question is that when state incorporated and strengthens feudalism since creation of Pakistan everyone knows who supported powerful feudal elites in our country in both urban and rural areas of country. Dear Salman I wish you can also write with same passion and boldness against our urban feudal who are not allowing any single party or voice to do any political activity and rule like Hitler even Pir Pagaro who is powerful Pir of Sindh people can hold rally against him not our urban feudal middle class Pirs dear . I hope that enlighten singer next column expose also our urban Pirs of Sindh province.

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  • Eyeing Propaganda
    Jan 1, 2013 - 10:43AM

    At least Salman is being honest here. He is an open PTI supporter and pens down his views explicitly. Not at all pretending to be unbiased unlike many pseudo writers on this forum. PPP/PMLN have been utter failure and brought misery to the people. PTI has given millions hope, at least a dream to see the country prosperous !!

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  • Faraz
    Jan 1, 2013 - 10:52AM

    hollow article with hollow approach,wasted my time.

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  • ASIM
    Jan 1, 2013 - 11:24AM

    70% of the population lives in villages;but without any role

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  • xyz
    Jan 1, 2013 - 11:34AM

    very well written article.we need genuine democracy .

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  • Neha
    Jan 1, 2013 - 11:39AM

    love this!!

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  • Ahmed Khan
    Jan 1, 2013 - 12:08PM

    Dynastic politics isnt limited to Pakistan alone, and if you look at the sheer number of countries that seem to have it I dont think that it is inherently a symptom of failure of democracy. South Korea just elected the daughter of a former dictator, India has far more dynastic politics on the local provincial and national levels than us. Many american families (the kennedys, bushes and rockefellers to name a few) have had several generation of their families serves in senate, congress and as governors. Japans prime minister is the grandson of a former prime minister and so was his opponent in the previous election. Indonesia, malaysia, any number of south american countries and the list goes on.
    Therefore claiming that all the ills in our political system stem from dynastic politics is overly simplistic and borderline ridiculous (which are signature PTI characteristics). If you really do believe that it is the problem then maybe you should compare our political frameworks and system with the above mentioned examples and see where the solution lies.
    Most importantly unlike monarchies (such as the ever so brilliant KSA) and dictatorships such as North Korea and Syria the people have a clear path to getting rid of these “dynasties”

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  • Nadia
    Jan 1, 2013 - 12:38PM

    There is no connection between Shahzebs death & Bilawal’s ideology. If you insist on making one, would you also hold Obama responsible for the deaths of all those primary school children?
    It is irritating to read pieces such as these from those who are residing in the lap of luxury in the U.S away from Pakistan. If you are so concerned, then live in this country & fight for your right
    Language is over-rated. I dont care which language a leader expresses himself / herself in as long as the msg is worthwhile. If we continue to pick on trivial things, we will never be happy.
    Most importantly, please dont use Shahzebs death as an opening to your article when what you really wanted was to openly advertise in favour of IK & criticize the ruling party. Thats shameful.
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  • AHSAN
    Jan 1, 2013 - 12:42PM

    Only PTI ………………..

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  • Waqas
    Jan 1, 2013 - 12:57PM

    Mr Salman,

    With all due respect, this article makes no sense. How can you link Bilawal with Shahzeb’s murder? And now you are supporting democracy which is rather surprising for me because I remember you were the biggest supporter of Musharaf’s dictator government, and you have said this in many tv programs. I think you should find a good singer and try to rescue your music career rather than indulging into writing articles about politicians and that too without any facts.

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  • omair shahid
    Jan 1, 2013 - 1:13PM

    @Sarang Qazi:
    please give solution pointing fingers is very easy for almost 8 years we are fighting this war and it has given us no solution. American who has the most advance weapons & army has unable to win the war in Afghanistan they are having talks why cant we.

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  • omair shahid
    Jan 1, 2013 - 1:14PM

    @Sarang Qazi:
    please give solution pointing fingers is very easy for almost 8 years we are fighting this war and it has given us no solution. American who has the most advance weapons & army has unable to win the war in Afghanistan they are having talks why cant we.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Jan 1, 2013 - 2:18PM

    People have to understand that you are first and foremost an artist……….so you speak from the heart. The over all picture you have drawn is hard to fault. Those who have jumped to defend the PPP have lost sight of the fact that the original ideology that motivated the PPP, is no more. Today this country has zero repeat zero political vision. What we have is a bunch of shameless, self serving people using the word ‘democracy’ to rape this country. The result is a vacuum that criminals (in the name of religion) and the establishment (in the name of stability) want to fill……………..and 185 million Pakistanis helplessly stand and watch.

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  • Nawaz
    Jan 1, 2013 - 4:19PM

    Great article….. About time someone has written an article stating the reality of Pakistan dynastic politics. And i agree with you that PTI is the only hope to save Pakistan……

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  • stingingnettle
    Jan 1, 2013 - 4:26PM

    Ahmed Khan (above) writes;

    “Dynastic politics isnt limited to Pakistan alone…”

    You are absolutely right and you cite some examples too. Here is the big difference; the torch of leadership, in none of the examples you mention, were passed on through a handwritten will! For example, whilst the Kennedy name was a help, but it did not result in any automatic appointment. George B (junior, as much as I dislike him) did not inherit (in his very early twenties) his party position in a letter written by his father or mother; yes oil money and political connections may have helped but genetic entitlement was out of question. So what you say carries no weight at all.

    Ahmed Khan also writes;

    “Therefore claiming that all the ills in our political system stem from dynastic politics is overly simplistic and borderline ridiculous…..)

    You are partially right; yes not all our ills stem from dynastic politics but MOST of them link back neatly to this obscene and vulgar system of political and social entitlement. The morass we find ourselves in today is mostly the result of being ruled by second rate repeat failures and our finest minds are wasted on the sidelines because the likes of Bilawal, Hamza and Maryam jump queue using their glorious living or glorious dead. Pakistan will only move forward if we offer the best opportunities to the best and most deserving minds. Bilawal’s accession to the throne is an alarming development because it condemns our next generation to rule by second rate, undeserving and incompetent politicians who have no track record of proven success.

    No body can argue against the simple thesis that without meritocracy, we cannot establish a just society in Pakistan. Bilawal’s elevation is totally wrong and undeserved and it insults the intelligence of the many hard working, educated and worthy youth of Pakistan who deserve to lead on merit.

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  • John the Baptist
    Jan 1, 2013 - 4:38PM

    Long live PTI, the only hope for Pakistan. Be patriotic, vote for PTI! We can turn this land into something really wonderful.

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  • Just another Pakistani ...
    Jan 1, 2013 - 4:42PM

    Loved the article! It makes a lot of sense if you are not blindfolded by the abhorrence of PTI and love of PPP/PMLn etc.

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  • asif g
    Jan 1, 2013 - 4:53PM

    salman ahmed nailed it ….

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  • unmet46
    Jan 1, 2013 - 5:12PM

    @Reasoner and @Salma

    If some people are not sensible enough to understand PTI’s stance on the Taliban and keep repeating like a broken record that it “supports them,” then no one can help them.

    Your ANP has recently declared it wants to negotiate with the Taliban be4 any operation is considered and your US has been looking 4 and doing negotiations ever since, are they supporting the Taliban too??

    Plus IK and the PTI have an intelligent policy against the Taliban, i.e. we first want to negotiate and get those who listen to drop weapons, get out from American influence in this war, get the tribal people towards our side and then finally fight with the remaining pure “idealogues”- This is more intelligent than the “emotionally charged” stance of declaring an open war and killing every one, every where (which is impossible).

    We need IK’s intelligent appraoch to eliminate the Taliban.

    IK also calls 4 peaceful solutions to Kashmir issue and doesnt support Pakistani military intrvention in Kashmir, so why dont you go and call him the supporter of Indian army on this issue? He does not suport military in Balochistan too, he doesnt suport military operations anywhere. His stance is to use the police instead.

    Also PTI has all classes of people representing and following it so chill.

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  • BETA
    Jan 1, 2013 - 5:14PM

    Death to LAND LORDS, BURGEOISE HAS TO GO, IF PAKISTAN WANTS TO PROGRESS WHAT JINNAH ASPIRED FOR. vote Imran is voting Jinnah,

    Jinnha left his Wife’s memory, his daughter and his whole property for Pakistan, why can’t you …………………………..

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  • dr j tipu
    Jan 1, 2013 - 5:18PM

    Great job salman, totally agreed,…….i dont want my nephews n nieces to grow up eith shsmeless names of shareefs n bhuttos, rather avsecurevSYSTEM that guarantees protection n equsl chances for all……the more ine works hard the more quality of life they get, simple

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  • Ali
    Jan 1, 2013 - 5:32PM

    The link between Bilawal and Shahzeb’s murderers?
    The Jatois, Talpurs Bhuttos are all feudal lords. They have a disproportionate say in the running of the country that they are not entitled to if what we claim is true i.e. that we are a democracy. Basics norms and laws do not apply to them, they act like the maharajas of old.
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  • PTI Mardan
    Jan 1, 2013 - 5:48PM

    Good Job Salman Ahmed.Recommend

  • Waqas
    Jan 1, 2013 - 6:41PM

    Oh I get the Shahzeb Bilawal link now, according to this if a middle class guy kills someone then all middle class MP’s will be held accountable for that :). And I just don’t get how it has anything to do with democracy? During the reigns of Zialulhaq and Musharaff and other dictators, did all such killings stop? I think we should be realistic and grow as a nation rather than thinking that removing a person/family will make everything change

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  • Hataf Shahab
    Jan 1, 2013 - 7:25PM

    There is no connection between Shahzebs death & Bilawal’s ideology. If you insist on making one, would you also hold Obama responsible for the deaths of all those primary school children?
    Nadia Said it

    Thing is we do not have a problem with PTI. Fine. But blatant lies never work they never will. Typical attitude that the urban elite have of the votes of the rural class who already feel oppressed by people like salman who think that just bec he is educated from somewhere only the rich can afford. I mean being educated is no benchmark and living the cities without realizing there is a massive rural class that is more intellectual.

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  • Ali S
    Jan 1, 2013 - 7:44PM

    Agreed with what he said, but the PTI plug was unnecessary, and so was the Junoon advertisement that Salman always likes to throw in everything he says.

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  • Hamza
    Jan 1, 2013 - 8:27PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad: what history have you been reading Sir? fsc BA? the authentic uncensored history would label ZA Bhutto 90% responsible for East Pak debacle as well as forcing Ayub to go for an ill planned 65 war that lost us alot.ZA Bhutto was the perfect politician with all the skill sets to succeed, but he was forever obsessed with power and lusty for leaving his legacy.if ZA Bhutto really stood for the poor then why do u hate his economic policies? he was a feudal badmash (read about his FSF) with excellent oratory skills.thats it

    A well written and honest article.people hating on salman as if he is an official part of PTI.suck it up fake liberals :/

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  • Shahzad Khan
    Jan 1, 2013 - 9:07PM

    Isn’t Salman Ahmed the same guy who used to sing songs on the stage with Musharaf? when did he find his love for democracy? And while I totally condemn the killing of Shahzeb Khan & can understand that the killers may have used their fuedal influence but the way Mr.Ahmed has tried to link this killing with Balawal & his fuedal ancestry is really poor effort to gain political sympathy for PTI. I must mention here that neither I am for fuedal system nor am I for any dynastic politics. But the writer has tried to mislead the readers by just linking fuedalism with PPP.

    First of all, It is a bitter truth that everyone in Pakistan who’s got some sort of power tries to influence the course of law. what if Shahzeb’s killers were spoilt sons of a military or a cival bureaucrat or some rich industrialist or sons of influential judge, don’t you think they would have used their clout? And above all, what if Shahzeb’s killers were religious brutes, in that case even Mr.Ahmed & his political mentor Mr.IK would not have even minced some words of condemnation?

    Second, Can Mr.Ahmed explain what would he call Mr.Shah Mahmood Qureshi, & Mr.Tareen of PTI? Are they less than any fuedals or their ancestry is changed after joining PTI? Or the writer only considers only those as fuedals who have sindhi surnames like jato, etc? At the end, I stand by all those who demand that killers of Shahzeb should be brought to justice irrespective of their background; I vehemently dislike the writer’s dishonest approach to use Shahzeb’s death for his politcal purposes.

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  • unmet46
    Jan 2, 2013 - 12:06AM

    @Hataf Shahab and @Shahzad Khan

    We are talking of the feudal mindset and the wrong activities associated with it. Have Shah Mahmood Qureishi or Jahangir Tareen ever been involvd in shooting people like the two suspects of this case (who have links with the PPP)?

    Shah Mahmood has not a single charge of corruption against him and Jahangir Tareen is your country’s highest tax paying politician (according to the latest report by CIRP)!

    Javed Hashmi is considered to be one of the most honest and noble politician by most Pakistanis. The ISI and the army denies giving him any money. It was Younis Habib who said he was given money by the army through him, but the army denies. Javed Hashmi claims he took no money from the army but took money as some business exchange from Younis. During Mush’s time a case ws run against Javed Hashmi (similar charges), but the NAB cleared him of all such charges.

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  • Atika
    Jan 2, 2013 - 2:23AM

    I see people bashing on Salman, saying that Bilawal has no link with Shahzeb’s murder; let me make it clear that he was blaming Bilawal for being part of the system that promotes feudalism and does not ensure justice to the suppressed.
    Besides, those who are blaming PTI for supporting Taliban must study terrorism from it’s grass roots and see what solution does other parties have and compare with PTI’s policy and I’m sure you’ll be convinced.
    As far as PTI’s issue of having feudals is concerned, I would say how can you blame a party to be undemocratic who is carrying out fair Intra-party elections; when those Legharis, Qureshi….have not been given tickets and it’s upon the people to elect them then why to blame PTI of being the same as other parties?

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  • Usman
    Jan 2, 2013 - 4:27AM

    Blaming Salman for being biased? Blaming him for politicising an issue? Wake up you idiots, you live in a democracy, EVERYTHING in a democracy is political, get used to to it, get involved, and bring the change you talk about POLITICALLY. What is this non-sense about politicising or not politicising an issue?.
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    Shahzeb was murdered by a feudal. who got his power through politics. Now how can you ask someone to not politicise this matter? Recommend

  • Lala Gee
    Jan 2, 2013 - 12:07PM

    Excellent. Simply superb. As beautiful as “Dil Dil Pakistan”. God bless you my brother.

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  • SurelySure!!
    Jan 3, 2013 - 4:49PM

    @abdussamad:
    100% agreed.

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  • SurelySure!!
    Jan 3, 2013 - 5:16PM

    @ Author: Mr. Salman Ahmed:
    I like you as musician and love to hear albums of JUNOON and am junooni as well. Please carry on the job where you are good at. Perhaps this is not your cup of tea!
    On a lighter note; I am waiting for yet a come-back of Junoon by releasing a new muscial album.
    Merci beaucoup!! :)

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  • Sidrah
    Jan 4, 2013 - 7:55AM

    How is Imran khan going to get rid of feudalism? Is shah Mahmood Qureshi not a feudal? what about the kasoori family.

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  • Salma
    Jan 5, 2013 - 1:05AM

    too many contradictions in PTI – sitting in the lap of feudals they criticize them (agricultural and business feudals – no dearth in PTI) honestly this party shames itself by these lies.

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  • unmet46
    Jan 6, 2013 - 12:00AM

    @ Sidra and @Salma

    We are talking of the Feudal mindset and the wrong activities associated with it. Have Shah Mahmood Qureishi or Jahangir Tareen ever been involvd in shooting people like the two suspects of this case (who have links with the PPP)?
    Shah Mahmood has not a single charge of corruption against him and Jahangir Tareen is your country’s highest tax paying politician (according to the latest report by CIRP)!!

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  • unmet46
    Jan 6, 2013 - 12:34PM

    @ Sidra and @Salma

    We are talking of the Feudal mindset and the wrong activities associated with it. Have Shah Mahmood Qureishi or Jahangir Tareen ever been involved in shooting people like the two suspects of this case

    Shah Mahmood has not a single charge of corruption against him and Jahangir Tareen is your country’s highest tax paying politician (according to the latest report by CIRP)!Recommend

  • Waqas ur Rahman
    Jan 6, 2013 - 2:11PM

    Good article sir. This must have hit Pipliyas where it hurts the most. We dont want Bilawal or Hamza to rule us. Down with Dynasty. We are not Ghulam Ibne Ghulam of Bhuttos.

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  • usman
    Jan 6, 2013 - 2:58PM

    @Salma:
    Intra party elections effectively negate feudal culture in a party. You don’t seem to know the abc of politics

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