Monday, December 31, 2007

Democracy is the best revenge YES! But not in a totally militarised Pakistan!

A Bazaar in Peshawar: Democracy cannot thrive in such places with abject poverty.


It is truly sad to hear Benazir Bhutto being shot dead, nobody deserves that kind of ending. When my someone text me a message saying she was killed, I wasn't sure if it was a prank. But then knowing the Bhutto family from what we know and have read, it was one full of tragic. You know the old adage that if you live by the sword you die by it.
I was once told, don't know whether it was in jest of for real, that Benazir's father Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was killed at the behest of the drug lord of the world. We do not know who or what this drug lord was or is. Zulfikar tried to stamp the drug trade.
In the mid-nineties when I was a guest of the governor of Peshawar, General Bungash, and he told me that Peshawar and the whole of North West frontier is one uncontrolled provinces of Pakistan, where warlords reign supreme. Bungash actually burst out laughing when he was told by a United Nation body to tell the people of the North West frontier to grow spinach instead of poppy. The thing is, if Afghanistan and the North West frontier were to be free from opium growing the world will be plunged in a total chaos.
Yes! Drug trade is almost as importance as the weapon trade. While the civilised world abhor drug trafficking, but it is one of the most lucrative business of the world, and that I can see some foreign policy of any super power will help protect this "despicable" trade at all cost.
Already a senior Pakistan intelligence officer was denied his ambassadorship when the host country refused his appointment. This one, named by Benazir before she was killed, was involved drug trade and possible murder of several politicians in Pakistan.
Now back to Benazir, his son Bilawal who said in his most impeccable English accent that "democracy is the best revenge" for his mother's death, well this can be true if you live in Sweden, or Denmark or anywhere in Europe where democracy thrived.
But in failed countries like Pakistan, where sectarian conflict and opium rules, I just wish this young Bilawal has the best of luck in his quest to turn his totally militarised country into a democratic one.

No cheers today!

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