It is high time that Ijaz-ul-Haq wakes up from his slumber. Trying to glorify his father who happens to be the most hated person in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. And this hatred is not just limited to the generations who had to live under his regime. I am in no position to comment on points he raised about the internal dealings of the ISI but my question is why is he shouting all this at the top of his voice now? Wasn't it all fine & part n parcel of the process when Zia was in power or when the party of Ijaz-ul-Haq's choice was in power?
According to Mr Haq, his father was a true Islamic icon of this country & was eliminated by the enemies just because of this. He needs to be reminded that the majority of the people hold a drastically different view; according to which Islam was distorted the most by Zia to gain political support. He used Islam to justify his coming to power, the way he did; to gain support for the Afghan war whose price we as a nation are paying to date.
Adding to his list of achievements are introduction of the drug culture, the Kalashnikov culture, our own version of Taliban, lack of tolerance for other's believes & view points, wide spread of Madrassas which were left unchecked & instead of fulfilling the duties which are assigned to this institution in theory in our religion, majority of them were producing mindless extremist & not to mention a whole generation of youth which had no clue as to what they want to do with their lives. All thanks to Marad-e-Momin Zia. The creation of extremely corrupt political parties which are looming on our heads today, leaving us with no other alternative to choose from is an achievement of Mr Zia which has contributed to our present rotten political system.
Mr Haq is pointing fingers at the USA for their involvement in his fathers murder, but then who's responsible for making them our big daddy. Wasn't it Zia who bowed before them so that he could rule the land of pure for eleven years & the continuous support for his version of Jihad. What about the interrogation cell constructed under the Lahore Fort, what about all that torture suffered by people just because they disagreed with the regime.
Ijaz-ul-Haq wanted the late Benazir Bhutto's government to bring to justice those involved in the plot. Wasn't he demanding too much or has he forgotten that Zia executed Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto on trumped up charges?
Another funny thing in his writ up is that he wants a Truth & Reconciliation Commission to cover & examin our national history & in his list of assassinated politicians he refused to enlist the names of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto & his two sons.
Then according to him as his father's funeral was such a grand one that showed what a great & loved leader he was. Had his father not stopped SZAB's children attend his funeral let alone the people; the reality of his statement would have been clearly exposed.
However, one point with which I am in agreement is where he states that external powers do commit conspiracies but it is the internal people who make them materialize. How True. BUT wasn't his father part just a similar conspiracy? So I guess it was not unfair when he was told that to find the answers to his questions he should look towards the Almighty.
In the closing paragraph Mr Haq had the audacity of justifying hid father's dictatorship, by calling him a benign dictator. Ask those who had to live with this benign dictatorship.
"If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem...It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all of the time; but you can't fool... all of the people all of the time..."
We as people might be helpless infront of our bloody regimes but we aren't fools, so STOP mocking at our sanity but throwing light on the history of this country as it suits you.