Tuesday September 06, 2016
Why Z. A. Bhutto Was Assassinated?
Ostensibly it was a murder case, in which Z. A. Bhutto was sentenced to death, but now it has become evident and many people believe that it was a judicial murder. Many former judges and legal experts agree with the proposition that Bhutto was framed in murder case and then hanged only to remove him from the political scene.
Two state institutions played pivotal role in Z. A. Bhutto’s assassination: Pakistan Army and Pakistan judiciary. Army may not have been involved as an institution, but general Zia being an army chief cum President did represent the armed forces of Pakistan. Pakistan judiciary participated in Z. A. Bhutto’s assassination as an institution since the murder case was processed first at High Court and then at Supreme Court level.
Question is why Z. A. Bhutto was assassinated by these two institutions? What Z. A. Bhutto did to deserve this all?
We are addressing this question to draw PPP’s current leadership’s attention to the parallels between the then and now situations and save them from serious mistake they are making by ignoring public sentiments on certain issues that Pakistan faces today.
PPP leadership may not agree, but Pakistan’s most important issue today is general Musharraf and his cohorts’ trial who committed serious crimes against the constitution, the state and the people of Pakistan.
Like PPP’s current leadership, Z. A. Bhutto also misread the call of the time and ignored the importance of trial of all those who committed serious crimes against the state and the people of Pakistan from October 1958 to December 1971.
Z. A. Bhutto even ignored the recommendations of Hamoodur Rehman Commission report. Instead of trying the criminals as suggested by Hamoodur Rehman Commission, Z. A. Bhutto pushed the long list of their crimes and Hamoodur Rehman report under the rug.
Z. A. Bhutto was assassinated by Armed Forces of Pakistan and Pakistan Judiciary because he did not act on the recommendations of Hamoodur Rehman Commission report. Had Z. A. Bhutto acted on the recommendations of Hamoodur Rehman Commission and tried criminal generals, judges and bureaucrats today not only he would have been alive, he would have definitely saved Pakistan from two subsequent martial laws of general Zia and general Musharraf.
It was Z. A. Bhutto’s blunder to ignore the recommendations of Hamoodur Rehman Commission report which cost him his life and Pakistan two subsequent martial laws.
Current PPP leadership is making even bigger blunder by indemnifying general Musharraf and others who committed serious crimes against the constitution, the state and the people of Pakistan from October 12, 1999 till the day general Musharraf resigned. Z. A. Bhutto at least established Hamoodur Rehman Commission to investigate criminal generals, judges and bureaucrats, but current PPP leadership even does not want to talk about the crimes committed by general Musharraf and cohorts.
PPP leadership claims it wants reconciliation in the country. Mr. Zardari and Mr. Gilani say they forgave the crimes general Musharraf committed against them. Mr. Zardari and Mr. Gilani may forgive crimes that general Musharraf committed against them but how can they forgive the crimes general Musharraf committed against the constitution, the state and the people of Pakistan?
Current PPP leadership must learn from Z. A. Bhutto’s mistake. They should not repeat the same mistake. Z. A. Bhutto paid for the mistake of not trying criminals in uniform and civil with his life and the nation paid with two subsequent martial laws.
General Musharraf and his cohorts’ trial will determine the future of democracy in Pakistan, PPP government, PPP leadership, people of Pakistan as a nation, and Pakistan as a country.
If PPP leadership wants to avoid Z. A. Bhutto’s fate and save Pakistan from future martial laws it must try General Musharraf and cohorts immediately. Otherwise, history will repeat as it has repeated many times before for those who do not learn from it.
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