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#Pakistani #Christian woman beaten and forced to convert to #Islam

A Pakistani Christian mother of eight, Shazia Bibi, was beaten and forced to convert to Islam. Shazia Bibi used to work as a domestic servant at Mian Imran’s house, in Chanan Village District Gujrat, where she lived with four of her children.

 After a few months Mian Imran, who has links with extremist groups, started pushing Bibi to convert to Islam.

 He offered her Rs 200,000 to convert as well as a home. But she declined his offer, not knowing how dangerous it would be for her.

 Imran kept trying to convince her to convert to Islam and when he realised Bibi was not going to change her religion, he started claiming that she owed him Rs 200,000 saying that if she wanted to leave, she would have to pay him.

Bibi shared the whole matter with her husband, Bashir, who took her and the children away without Mian Imran‘s knowledge. But when Mian came to know, he went to their house and abused and beat them before forcefully taking their kids with him.

 He threatened that if they do not return the Rs 200,000 he would kill them and convert all their children to Islam.

He further told the family that going to the police would not make any difference because of how powerful he is.

 Our partners, who were involved in the case told us that when they approached Mian Imran he didn’t allow them to see Shaiza Bibi who with her children had moved to a Madrassah run by the extremist group.

They were told that Bibi and her children had converted to Islam therefore she could not be allowed to live with her Christian family. After several meeting Mian Imran agreed to release her on two conditions – that she will not change her religion and she will be allowed to practice Islam, and she has to pay him the money owed.

There was no other way and keeping in view the family safety, Rs. 200,000 was paid to Mian Imran for the release of Shazia Bibi.

The world is watching: continued solidarity for jailed comrade in Pakistan

A Marxist student comrade of the Progressive Youth Alliance, Rawal Asad, remains in jail on the charge of sedition, having had his bail hearing rejected. In addition to continued protest in Pakistan against this injustice, messages and photographs have been pouring in all week from all over the world demanding our comrade's release.
There were two major protests in Pakistan today, the first in front of Emerson College Multan, led by the PYA. Despite enduring harassment, threats and abuse from the college management, the comrades were not cowed and there are more demonstrations planned until Rawal is freed:
Another protest took place today in Bahawalpur, which was attended by students and also workers of Gulistan Textile Mills (Bahawalpur):
The International Marxist Tendency's solidarity campaign has continued to gather steam. We will not allow the Pakistani state to get away with this blatant attempt to silence and make an example of a revolutionary student, who has been arrested for no greater crime than exercising his constitutional right to attend a protest and organise workers and students in defence of their interests.

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Iran’s Major General Qassem Soleimani has cautioned Pakistan on the true intentions behind Saudi Arabia's investment, saying that the Riyadh regime wants pitting Pakistan against its neighbours.
"Saudi-sponsored terrorists on Pakistani soil are causing trouble for all neighbours, and Pakistan must fully realize this matter,” he said, making it clear that ‘it worries Iran that the Saudi money end up in the hands of these Takfiri terrorists.

"We tell the people of Pakistan that they should not permit Saudi Arabia to destroy their country with its money," said Major General Soleimani, adding that the (South) Asian country must not turn into a place for activities that disturb regional states.

Last week, a bomber -- identified by the IRGC as Pakistani national Hafiz Mohammad Ali -- slammed his explosives-laden vehicle into a bus carrying off-duty members of the elite Iranian force in Sistan and Baluchestan Province bordering Pakistan, killing 27 of them.
Iran says the Pakistan-based Jaish ul-Adl Takfiri terrorist group that claimed responsibility has ties to al-Qaeda and the Saudi regime.

In the wake of the fatal terror attack, the IRGC warned Saudi Arabia and its vassal state, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), of retaliatory measures for backing the terrorists on behalf of the US and the Israeli regime. It also urged Pakistan to change its policy towards Jaish ul-Adl.

Soleimani further said Iran does not want mere condolences, but concrete action from neighboring Pakistan, asking, "Can't you, as a nuclear-armed state, deal with a terrorist group comprises of hundreds of people?"

"Iran is a safe neighbor for Pakistan and we will not threaten this country, but we will exact revenge against the Takfiri mercenaries, who have the blood of our youths on their hands" no matter where in the world they are," Soleimani said in reaction to the terror attack on IRGC in Zahedan prior to a controversial visit by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to cash-strapped Pakistan, where he received a lavish welcome.
"Saudi-sponsored terrorists on Pakistani soil are causing trouble for all neighbours, and Pakistan must fully realize this matter,” he said, making it clear that ‘it worries Iran that the Saudi money end up in the hands of these Takfiri terrorists.

"We tell the people of Pakistan that they should not permit Saudi Arabia to destroy their country with its money," said Major General Soleimani, adding that the (South) Asian country must not turn into a place for activities that disturb regional states.

Last week, a bomber -- identified by the IRGC as Pakistani national Hafiz Mohammad Ali -- slammed his explosives-laden vehicle into a bus carrying off-duty members of the elite Iranian force in Sistan and Baluchestan Province bordering Pakistan, killing 27 of them.

Iran says the Pakistan-based Jaish ul-Adl Takfiri terrorist group that claimed responsibility has ties to al-Qaeda and the Saudi regime.In the wake of the fatal terror attack, the IRGC warned Saudi Arabia and its vassal state, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), of retaliatory measures for backing the terrorists on behalf of the US and the Israeli regime. It also urged Pakistan to change its policy towards Jaish ul-Adl.
Soleimani further said Iran does not want mere condolences, but concrete action from neighboring Pakistan, asking, "Can't you, as a nuclear-armed state, deal with a terrorist group comprises of hundreds of people?"

Editorial: #Pakistan - Making an announcement about JuD's proscription is not enough - Ban on JuD

THE decision by the country’s civilian and military leadership to take action against Jamaatud Dawa and its charity wing, Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation, is significant.
On Thursday, the National Security Committee, with the prime minister in the chair, took the decision, with the Prime Minister’s Office later saying that the state cannot be allowed to “become hostage to extremism”.
The JuD is of course an avatar of Lashkar-i-Taiba, one of the many jihadi groups that dot this country’s landscape. However, making an announcement about the group’s proscription is not enough; if the state has evidence of the outfit’s involvement in militancy it should present the facts and pursue the legal course so that JuD’s leadership can face justice.
As has been witnessed for nearly two decades now, the state moves to ban militant outfits, but, in very little time they are back, up and running, with new names and the entire structure of violence intact. For example, in 2002 the Musharraf regime banned a host of jihadi and sectarian groups, yet this effort had little practical effect because with a mere change of nomenclature, the groups continued to peddle hate and violence, making a mockery of the proscription.
Moreover, the establishment’s attempts to ‘mainstream’ violent actors — eg presenting them as legitimate religious scholars or relaunching the jihadi lashkars as political parties — have also failed to steer these groups away from violence and hate. For example, a sectarian party has been repeatedly allowed to take part in general elections, but its senior leaders have failed to cease spewing venom.
History has shown that while low-level jihadi and sectarian party cadres perhaps can be deradicalised and mainstreamed, their leadership is committed to the ideology of violence and can only be silenced through the legal path. These parties’ fundraising, communications and organisational systems must be targeted to put them out of business; imposing mere ‘bans’ is futile.
In the delicate post-Pulwama period, Prime Minister Imran Khan must be praised for saying that those who use this country’s soil to attack others are enemies of Pakistan. The government has now started to take action. For instance, reports emerged on Friday that a key madressah associated with Jaish-e-Mohammad in Bahawalpur — another militant outfit accused of orchestrating cross-border attacks — was taken over by the Punjab government.
These moves indicate that the leadership has perhaps realised that taking half-baked steps against violent actors is dangerous for Pakistan’s internal security, as well as its external relations. Now the elected leadership and the military establishment must take this campaign — as envisaged under NAP — to its logical conclusion by ensuring that non-state actors are not able to raise armed militias, and that those spewing hatred against other countries or spreading sectarian views are prosecuted.
It was unwise to allow these outfits to operate in the past, and efforts are needed to shut them down permanently.

Terrorism Watchdog Castigates #Pakistan Over Aid to Militants

By Maria Abi-Habib

Pakistan is not doing enough to curb terrorism financing and money laundering, a global financial watchdog said Friday in a stern warning that reflects renewed scrutiny of the country’s links to militant groups.
The Financial Action Task Force, a watchdog based in Paris, hinted that Pakistan could face consequences — like being placed on the group’s blacklist — if it had not taken specific steps by May.Even remaining on the watchdog’s gray list would have consequences, complicating Pakistan’s ability to raise money on international markets at a time when its economy is sputtering and it is in dire need of loans. A blacklisting could lead to sanctions by Western countries, including the United States.
The warning comes a week after India threatened to retaliate against Pakistan for a bombing that killed at least 40 Indian soldiers in Kashmir. The militant group that claimed responsibility, Jaish-e-Muhammad, or Army of Muhammad, operates in Pakistan, where it raises money under aliases, according to American and Indian officials.Khurram Hussain, a columnist with Dawn, Pakistan’s leading English-language newspaper, said the statement by the Financial Action Task Force was its “most strident one” in 10 years.
“It seems like somebody somewhere has run out of patience with Pakistan, and FATF is channeling it,” he said. “Previous governments have tried to take the same actions to list these groups as terrorist entities and limit their activity but have failed to do so.”
The watchdog’s statement named Jaish-e-Muhammad specifically — a rare callout for the group — as well as the Islamic State, Al Qaeda, the Taliban and Lashkar-e-Taiba, which India and the United States accuse of orchestrating the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed over 160 people.
The statement provided a list of actions that it sought from Pakistan by May, accusing local law enforcement of failing to investigate or crack down on terrorists.
Pakistan has not shown a “proper understanding” of the risks that terrorist groups pose and needs to undertake “remedial actions and sanctions” against them, the statement added.
It went on to demand that the Pakistani authorities identify cash couriers and prevent them from moving illicit money out of the country; that effective action is taken against groups that are prosecuted for financing terrorists; and that suspect groups are denied resources to launder or raise money for terrorist activities.
Pakistan was put on the watchdog’s gray list last year for failing to act against Lashkar-e-Taiba and its suspected political front, Jamaat-ud-Dawa. This week, fearing its status on the gray list would be renewed, Pakistan renewed its bans on Jamaat-ud-Dawa and another affiliate, which had lapsed earlier. But the task force went ahead with its rebuke hours later, signaling that the move was too little, too late.
Although last year Pakistan initially seized some assets of the groups believed to be fronts for Lashkar-e-Taiba, officials’ efforts waned, and the groups remain active.
Pakistan’s finance minister responded Friday on Twitter to the unusually harsh statement by the Financial Action Task Force, saying that the group’s board had kept Pakistan on the gray list “despite hectic efforts and lobbying to get us black listed.”
But the post by the finance minister, Asad Umar, may make matters worse by failing to express any commitment to the watchdog’s targets.
The United Nations and the United States Treasury Department consider Jaish-e-Muhammad a terrorist organization. Several moves by the United Nations Security Council to impose sanctions on the group’s leader, Masood Azhar, have failed because of vetoes by China, an ally of Pakistan. But on Thursday night the Security Council, including China, condemned the Jaish-e-Muhammad attack on Indian soldiers in a forceful statement. Sensing growing pressure over Jaish-e-Muhammad’s activities in Pakistan, the Interior Ministry said on Friday evening that the government had taken control of the group’s headquarters in Punjab Province.But if past actions are any guide, new steps like this one are likely to be temporary and cosmetic. Pakistan’s military denies accusations by the United States that it protects certain terrorist groups, using them as tools to achieve foreign and domestic policy objectives.
The United Nations is expected in coming weeks to advance a resolution to blacklist Mr. Azhar, the Jaish-e-Muhammad leader, though last week China ignored Indian demands to renew efforts to penalize him. Targeting Mr. Azhar specifically would make it harder for the group to raise funds in Pakistan.
The financial task force will make a final decision this year on whether to remove Pakistan from its gray list, place it on its blacklist or remove it altogether.

Pakistani journalist launches #AntiHateChallenge condemning #Pulwama attack

Mirza expressed anguish over the terror attack and asked fellow citizens to join in the social media campaign.

Amid the hate and tensions, an independent Pakistani journalist, Sehyr Mirza, has begun an #AntiHateChallenge on Facebook, condemning the Pulwama suicide bombing in Jammu and Kashmir which killed 40 CRPF troopers.
Mirza expressed anguish over the terror attack and asked fellow citizens to join in the social media campaign.
"We're deeply disturbed over the tragic terror attack that claimed innocent lives in Kashmir," Mirza posted on a Facebook group named "Aman ki Asha" on Tuesday.
In a tweet late on Wednesday, Mirza, also a peace activist, said: "I thought it was very important to break the silence to create a healing space and the best way to do that was through giving out a message of love and warmth.
"So, I initiated the #AntiHateChallenge to express solidarity."
Mirza also shared her photograph along with several other Pakistanis holding a poster, saying "I am a Pakistani and I condemn Pulwama terrorist attack".
"In such testing times, we need more sane voices to speak out against war and terrorism," she said in the Facebook post.
"We have initiated this #AntiHateChallenge to not only condemn the attack but also express solidarity with our Indian friends. Requesting Pakistani fellows, who share our feelings to please, join in??"
She also quoted Indian poet Sahir Ludhianvi's famous lines: "Whether blood be ours or theirs, Its the blood of humankind. Whether wars be waged in the east or west, It is the murder of world-peace. Whether houses be bombed or borders, The temple of the Soul is wounded. War is a problem itself. How will war resolve problems? Today it will rain fire and blood, Tomorrow, hunger and scarcity".

#Pakistan - #PPP - #Bhutto and Pakistan’s nuclear programme

By Tariq Osman Hyder
In assessing the contribution to Pakistan by former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, it cannot be disputed that nuclear deterrence is the key strategic factor safeguarding Pakistan’s national security and that Mr Bhutto was the architect and prime mover towards the attainment of this capability.
Pakistan was faced by a paucity of scientists, facilities and, most of all, poverty of vision, compared to India. The Pakistan Atomic Energy Council, the forerunner of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC), predated Mr Bhutto’s induction as minister of energy in 1958, after which the development of the nuclear infrastructure became a key focus. The PAEC could rely on his support for funding. The establishment of the Pakistan Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology, the Pakistan Atomic Research Reactor under the US Atoms for Peace programme, and the contract for Pakistan’s first power reactor KANUPP owed much to his support.
In his 1967 book, The Myth of Independence, Mr Bhutto correctly assessed that India appeared determined to proceed with its plans to detonate a nuclear bomb, and that Pakistan must therefore embark on a similar programme. The 1971 war reinforced Bhutto’s conviction that Pakistan must have nuclear capability. He chose Dr Munir Ahmad Khan to take over the PAEC and, a few years later, Dr AQ Khan to set up a centrifuge plant, the cutting-edge technology of which was assessed by the West as beyond implementation by any developing country. Meanwhile, Dr Abdus Salaam continued as scientific adviser.With trained manpower available, Dr Munir Ahmad indigenised capacity building and also started a number of infrastructural (nuclear fuel cycle-related) projects as well. These complemented the centrifuge programme and also helped run KANUPP. The latter became necessary following India’s testing of its nuclear weapons in 1974, because that led to Canada stopping fuel supplies altogether.
The centrifuge programme provided the enriched uranium which, by the early 80s, gave Pakistan nuclear capability. Of course, leaders depend on reliable professional advice. There were some blind spots. The safeguards on KANUPP depended on an agreement between Pakistan and supplier Canada and this would have lapsed within six months of the agreement’s abrogation. Pakistan had every right to do this when Canada stopped its fuel supplies. Had that been done, an early start to the plutonium route could have been taken. In the absence of such a move, the PAEC should have started work on an indigenous dedicated reactor earlier, rather than waiting 15 years.
Mr Bhutto’s main achievement in the nuclear field was to set the scientific community the specific task of making Pakistan a nuclear power and to appoint managers and allocate resources to proceed in that direction. The centrality of his vision has been substantiated by the fact that every successive government has further developed Pakistan’s nuclear programme and resisted efforts by foreign powers to restrict this capability. The recognition that our nuclear deterrent capability is vital for Pakistan’s defence and place in the world has become a unifying consensus in the country.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 19th, 2011.

Trump says India, Pakistan facing a 'very dangerous situation'

United States President Donald Trump, while voicing alarm at a “very dangerous” standoff between India and Pakistan, indicated that the US and others are trying to defuse tensions between South Asia’s two nuclear-armed states.
"Right now between Pakistan and India, there is a very, very bad situation. A very dangerous situation,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office on Friday afternoon.“We would like to see it [hostilities] stop. A lot of people were just killed. We want to see it just stop. We are very much involved in that [process]," he added.At least 40 Indian soldiers were killed in occupied Kashmir's Pulwama district on Feb 14 when a suicide bomber drove an explosive-laden car into their convoy. According to media reports, Jaish-e-Muhammad claimed responsibility for the attack but New Delhi immediately blamed Islamabad and threatened a retaliatory attack. It also announced that it would launch a diplomatic offensive to isolate Pakistan in the international community. Furthermore, India scrapped the Most Favoured Nation status granted to Pakistan and imposed a 200 per cent customs duty on its goods.
In response to India's allegations, Prime Minister Imran Khan promised to conduct an investigation if New Delhi provided “actionable evidence” but also warned that Pakistan will "retaliate" if attacked. On Friday, the Pakistan army also warned India to avoid "any misadventure", as it could have dangerous consequences.
The exchange alarmed world capitals, who — as President Trump hinted in his news briefing on Friday — immediately got in touch with both New Delhi and Islamabad to defuse the situation.
“We're talking and a lot of people are talking [...] but it is a very, very delicate balance going on. Right now, there is (sic) a lot of problems between India and Pakistan because of what just happened," Trump said.
Trump assured India that the US understood its feelings. "India is looking at something very strong. India just lost almost 50 people in the attack. I can understand that too," he said, adding that his administration was talking to "authorities in both countries". He, however, did not specify what measures the US and other nations had so far taken to avoid further escalation between the neighbouring countries.
On Thursday, the United Nations Security Council urged all states to “cooperate actively” with New Delhi for bringing to justice all those who were responsible for last week’s attack.
The same day, Pakistan’s National Security Committee decided to proscribe the Jamaatud Dawa and its charity wing, Falah-i-Insaniyat Foundation, as part of measures to tighten the noose around extremist and militant groups in the country.
India rejects third-party negotiations in its disputes with Pakistan, saying that it prefers bilateral talks. But so far, New Delhi has refused to hold direct talks insisting that it wants Islamabad to tackle with militancy. India's stance creates a difficult situation for mediators who cannot publicly declare their efforts for improving ties between the two neighbours, lest it annoys India.
President Trump, in response to a question during Friday's news briefing, pointed out that the US had last year suspended military aid to Pakistan "because they weren't helping us in the way that they should have".
“I stopped paying Pakistan the $1.3 billion that we used to pay them. In the meantime, we may set up some meetings with Pakistan,” he said, but did not explain the nature, level or timings of those meetings.
He, however, added that ties between the two countries had improved.
"We have developed a much better relationship with Pakistan [in a] short period of time than we had [before]," Trump said. Bilateral ties between Washington and Islamabad have grown warmer since Pakistan agreed to broker peace talks between the Afghan Taliban and the US. The US is looking to achieve a lasting solution to Afghanistan's crisis before withdrawing its troops from Afghan soil.

ذوالفقار علی بھٹو سے بلاول تک!

معروف سندھی دانشور اور میرے کولیگ کالم نگار جی این مغل نے اپنے اور قومی انگریزی معاصر کے ایڈیٹر علی احمد خان کے حوالے سے ایک واقعہ بیان کیا ہے، لکھتے ہیں ’’بھٹو کی شخصیت میں عجیب مقناطیسیت تھی کہ بھٹو کے کمرے سے باہر نکلتے ہی 60,50لوگ وہاں جمع ہو گئے جن میں نوجوان ڈاکٹر بھی تھے دیگر عملہ بھی تھا، شاید کچھ مریض اور ان کے تیمار دار بھی تھے۔ بھٹو پر نظر پڑتے ہی سب کے سب زور زور سے جئے بھٹو کے نعرے لگانے لگے، جیسے ہی بھٹو لفٹ کے نزدیک پہنچے تو لفٹ کا دروازہ کھلا ہوا تھا، بھٹو کے ساتھ ہم دونوں بھی لفٹ میں داخل ہو گئے۔ بھٹو نے تعجب سے ہماری طرف دیکھا اور انگریزی میں کہا:۔
"You Gentlemen from press here?"اتنے میں مَیں نے اور خان صاحب نے ایک آدھ سوال کر دیا۔ ہم نے پوچھا کہ افواہیں گرم ہیں کہ آپ آج کسی وقت بھی گرفتار ہو سکتے ہیں۔ کیا آپ اپنی گرفتاری کے لئے ذہنی طور پر تیار ہیں۔ بھٹو نے منہ سے سگار ہٹاتے ہوئے جواب میں کہا کہ
"You mean I am mentally prepared to face my arrest?
Look I am mentally prepared to face each and every eventuality.
سچی بات یہ ہے کہ بھٹو نے اس جملے کے ذریعے سب کچھ کہہ دیا تھا، انگریزی لفظ "Eventuality"کا دائرہ اتنا وسیع ہے کہ انہوں نے یہ لفظ استعمال کر کے بین السطور اپنی گرفتاری اور پھانسی تک کی پیش گوئی کر دی تھی!‘‘
اور بلاول بھٹو زرداری پاکستانی قوم کے اسی ذوالفقار علی بھٹو کے نواسہ ہیں جس نے بالآخر 4؍ اپریل 1979ء کی شب تختہ دار کو سرفراز کیا تھا۔‘‘ ان کے سامنے، ’’ہے دلیری دستِ اربابِ سیاست کا عصا‘‘ کے سوا کوئی آپشن نہیں، یہ دلیری اُن کے خون میں بھی گردش کر رہی ہے، یہی دلیری ان کی خاندانی تاریخ کی پیشانی پر جھومر کی طرح چمک رہی ہے۔
پاکستان پیپلز پارٹی ہی نے فرد کی بات کی ہے، پیپلز پارٹی ہی نے نارمل طرز حیات کا فلسفہ دیا ہے، پیپلز پارٹی ہی نے ریاست میں انسانی حقوق کی قانون سازی کی ہے، پیپلز پارٹی نے ہی آئینی بالادستی کے تحت قومی اداروں کی بنیادیں رکھی ہیں، پیپلز پارٹی نے ہی ’’بھول جائو، درگزر کرو اور آگے بڑھو‘‘ کے عمرانی معاہدے کے ’’نیلسن ڈاکٹرائن‘‘ کا انتخاب کیا، چنانچہ اندرونِ ملک اور بیرونِ ملک لوگ صرف اور صرف اسی لئے اس جماعت سے متفق یا اس کے حامی ہیں، اس کی نظریاتی تشکیل اور روح میں انہیں حب الوطنی، عوام دوستی، اقتصادی عدل، قانونی مساوات اور احترامِ انسانیت کے لافانی نغمے ہر لمحے سنائی دیتے ہیں۔
پاکستان پیپلز پارٹی نظریاتی دنیا میں انسانی عظمت و رفعت کے منشور کی علمبردار ہے، اپنے منشور کی تکمیل کے لئے جس نے پھانسی کے رسے کو بوسہ دیا ہو، دیس سے باہر زہر کا پیالہ پیا ہو، دیس کے اندر اپنے گھر کی دہلیز پر موت کا استقبال کیا ہو، عوام کے سرعام دربار میں شہادت قبول کی ہو۔ اس پیپلز پارٹی کی نظریاتی بنیادیں مخلص بیوقوفوں، لالچی چوہوں، مفاد پرست دیہاڑی بازوں، سیاسی چانس گروں، عوام دشمن اقتدار پرستوں اور متوقع اقتدار کی کمین گاہوں میں گھاتیں لگا کر پہرہ دینے والے ذہنی منصوبہ سازوں کے ہاتھوں مسمار نہیں کروائی جا سکتیں، آپ کو سچ کے کم از کم ناگزیر تقاضوں کا بلا کم و کاست اظہار کرنا چاہئے، عوام کو بتائو ذوالفقار علی بھٹو، بے نظیر بھٹو، شاہنواز بھٹو، مرتضیٰ بھٹو، بیگم نصرت بھٹو، بی بی بے نظیر شہید، آصف علی زرداری، فریال تالپور اور بلاول بھٹو زرداری پاکستان کی قومی سیاسی تاریخ کے باوقار لیکن آبلہ پا مسافر ہیں، یہ جان لیوا آبلہ پائی انہوں نے صرف عوام کی درگاہ میں پیش ہونے کے لئے اختیار کی۔
پاکستان میں آج بھی ایسے افراد کی نسل موجود ہے جو پیپلز پارٹی کی نہیں عوام کی ایجنٹ ہے۔ وہ اپنی غربت اور جدوجہد کی سنگینیوں سے ابھی زمیں بوس نہیں ہوئی، اسے ذوالفقار علی بھٹو کے نظریات سے وابستگی ہے۔ بھٹو کی اولاد نے ان کے نظریات کی آبیاری میں اپنی جانیں نثار کی ہیں، یہ اہل قلم پارٹی کی شخصیات یا افراد کے ترجمان اور کاسہ لیس نہیں ہیں، ان کا اوڑھنا بچھونا پارٹی کے افکار ہیں، یہ قلمکاروں کی وہ نسل ہے جسے آج بھی بختیار خان جیسے جیالوں کی قدر اور تلاش ہے جس نے محترمہ شہید کو ’’تم‘‘ کہہ کر مخاطب کیا، انہیں قانونی بنیاد پر اجلاس سے باہر جانے کو کہا اور بی بی شہید نے سب سے زیادہ بختیار خان کی بات ہی سنی، میرے ایک اور کولیگ کالم نگار شاہد جتوئی نے اپنی یادداشتوں میں یہ وقوعہ تحریر کیا تھا۔
بلاول بھٹو زرداری قومی سیاست کے عہد نو کی علامت ہیں۔ قیام پاکستان کے بعد پہلی اور دوسری نسل کے سیاستدانوں میں سے پہلی نسل تو قریب قریب معدوم ہو چکی، دوسری عمر رفتہ کے ریٹائرڈ اور اختتام پذیر دائروں میں داخل ہونے کو ہے۔
سیاست میں نوواردوں کا عہد شروع ہو چکا ہے۔ پاکستان کے سیاسی عمل میں شاید سب سے طاقتور سیاسی علامت بلاول بھٹو زرداری ہیں۔ بلاول بھٹو زرداری اس عظیم ماں اور پُر عزم والد کا فرزند ارجمند ہے جن میں سے ایک نے اپنے قومی سیاسی سفر کو شہادت کی ابدیت سے سرفراز کیا، دوسرے نے ’’درگزر کرو ، بھول جائو اور آگے بڑھو‘‘ کے نصب العین کی راہ میں اپنی جان ہتھیلی پر رکھی، جوانی بندی خانے کی نذر کر دی اور شب و روز اس منزل کے حصول میں لگا دیئے جسے آئینی بالادستی کا قیام کہا جاتا ہے۔
ذوالفقار علی بھٹو اور بی بی شہید کے بعد محترمہ فریال تالپور بھی پاکستان پیپلز پارٹی کے قومی سیاسی سفر کے اس عمل میں ایک اہم سنگ میل کی حیثیت اختیار کر چکی ہے، انہیں یہ حیثیت آصف زرداری مخالف ان مہربان، قوتوں نے دی ہے جنہوں نے گزرے دو تین برسوں سے ہی نہیں، آصف زرداری کو پاکستان کا صدر منتخب ہو جانے کے بعد ہی ٹارگٹ کر لیا تھا، ’’فریال تالپور نے پارٹی کے اندر اپنی آمریت قائم رکھی ہے‘‘ کا سلوگن بھی ان بے اصول سیاسی انانیت کے قیدی کرداروں کی فتنہ گری کے مفسدانہ شرارے تھے، فریال تالپور کا سیاسی آشیانہ ان شراروں سے جلنا تو درکنار ایک رتی بھر جھلسا بھی نہیں مگر ان بے اصولوں کا آج سندھ کی سیاسی دھرتی پر وجود ہی دکھائی نہیں دیتا۔
اب چیئرمین پیپلز پارٹی بلاول زرداری بھٹو کے حوالے سے تھوڑا سا ذاتی احوال۔
گزشتہ ماہ سلیقہ شعار پارلیمنٹرین اور مستند دانشور نفسیہ شاہ سندھ سے خاکسار کی تیمار داری کے لئے تشریف لائیں، پھر چیئرمین پیپلز پارٹی بلاول بھٹو زرداری نے پی پی کے منور انجم کے ہاتھ مع دعائوں کے گلدستہ بھجوایا۔ بعد ازاں لاہور سے ہی پنجاب پیپلز پارٹی کے فعال دانشور ڈپٹی سیکرٹری اطلاعات بیرسٹر عامر حسن کے ذریعہ اپنے ذاتی خط میں نہ صرف میرے لئے نیک تمنائوں اور سعادتمندی کا اظہار کیا بلکہ میرے علاج معالجے کے حوالے سے بھی میرے تمام حالات و معاملات میں عملی تعاون کیا جس کے لئے خاکسار ہمیشہ دعا گو رہے گا۔
پس منظر اس داستان کا یہ ہے کہ گزشتہ تقریباً پانچ چھ ماہ سے میں اسپتالوں میں رہا، ایک بڑے اور دو چھوٹے آپریشنوں کے مراحل سے گزرا، بالآخر سروسز اسپتال کے سلیم الفطرت مسیحا اور سرجن یورالوجی ڈیپارٹمنٹ ڈاکٹر ایوب مرزا کو مولا کریم نے میرے لئے دست شفا عطا فرمایا، اس دورانئے میںکالم نگاری بھی جاری رہی جو صرف اور صرف مالک کل کے کرم و رحم کی عطا تھی اور عطا ہے۔ احباب کی دعائیں بھی مقبول ہو ئیں۔ میں معمولات زندگی شروع کرنے کے قابل ہوا، یہ کالم پیپلز پارٹی جیسی ترقی پسند اور عوام دوست جماعتوں اور افراد کے لئے ہمیشہ سعی و جہد کا آئینہ دار ہو گا۔ ان شاء اللہ۔