Though six years have passed since the assassination of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed yet the hearts and minds of her followers are clenched with utmost pain and grief.
The effects of her assassination would never subside and the generations to come would feel the agony of her departure as if it happened only recently. Hundreds of statesmen and high-profile leaders have been assassinated in this century but Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed was among those leaders whose assassination could not be blurred into the dust of time. She would always live in our hearts.
Unlike many other leaders, Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto knew she was a big impediment in the way of frustrated elements and that the frustrated elements would continue chasing her for bringing her down but she did not get intimidated and continued marching ahead for getting the people their rights.
Despite being aware of the threats she faced, she was determined to reach her people and on October 18, 2007, she flew back to Pakistan. She made a historic statement to her people, “The country was engulfed among threats and hence I ignored all the threats to my life for the sake of my country and the people.”
It was a splendid scene when the people had flooded the streets to catch a glimpse of their beloved leader and that day of October 18 was the commencement of the revolution, which the great leader had kicked off in Pakistan.
However, the enemies of the country carried out explosions beside the vehicle wherein Mohtarma Benazir was mounted. Subsequently, 200 followers lost their lives while 500 were injured.
But this did not slow her down. Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto showed her innate courage and continued to stay among the people.
The matter of fact was that the Shaheed Benazir Bhutto had a mission ahead to protect democracy in Pakistan and protect the entire world from the to-be-imposed war that the authoritarian circles of the non-Muslim world and the extremist groups of the Islamic world had waged against the peace and people of the world. Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto was fully convinced that the 21st century could be devastating to the world order under a planned scheme of lethal confrontation between the West and the Islamic world and in order to prevent that deadly lethal confrontation, she had presented the ideology of reconciliation, which worked well.
The policy of reconciliation did not only aim at guiding the Muslim world what they should do but the same policy also contained sane advice for the countries of the West.
She made her best to make the leaders of the West understand that the religious seminaries did not mean to promote fundamentalism but it was the compulsion of the poor to send their children to those seminaries for education. She urged the West to invest in educational system in the less developed Muslim world and divert the hefty funds they were spending to meet the expenses of war. She was convinced that it was poverty, lack of education and inequality that paved the way for terrorism, extremism and even dictatorship.
The ideology of reconciliation of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto is the only possible way to allow peace and tranquility to prevail while ignoring that ideology could lead us to the verge of devastation. There should be no doubt about the vision of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 27th, 2013.