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Elections 2013 bring an acid test for leadership of President Zardari

The big challenge for Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) is the fact it is contesting 2013 Elections without Bhuttos’ charismatic leadership who ruled minds and hearts of people for four decades. Bhuttos’ bitter political opponents respected their political wisdom and vision for strengthening civilian rule and supremacy in Pakistan.Image

Since the tragic assassination of Sindh-based twice elected Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, her PPP is led by her spouse Asif Ali Zardari who is Co-Chairman with the Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. President Zardari runs party affairs in his own style that some quarters depict as Machiavellian one. Mr. Zardari focuses on power politics and emerged as a guru on political chessboard of the country.

There is no doubt that during 5 years leadership, President Zardari defeated his political opponents in power-politics and got his PPP-led government completed its 5-years term. But, he doesn’t enjoy enough popularity among the party cadres who lacked trust in his leadership.

Rampant corruption, nepotism, deteriorated law and order in rural and urban areas remained hallmark of the PPP government. The party government consolidated the hold of corrupt cronies, capitalist class and feudal class within the party both in urban as well as in rural areas of Sindh. The PPP’s founder chairman Zulfikar Ali Bhutto had shaken the feudal lords and Capitalists.

After judicial murder of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, PPP always trounced the rivals in the Elections from its stronghold Sindh. A middle class PPP’s candidate Pervaiz Ali Shah Jilani defeated Pir Pagara, spiritual head of Hurs and most powerful Pir in Pakistan.

Almost all bigwigs of Sindh were banished by the huge turnout in favour of PPP’s electoral contenders in the 1988 Elections. Benazir Bhutto had led the party that had boycotted the 1985 party-less Elections under General Zia. Since its inception, PPP remained a populist party and almost all progressive and democratic forces supported the PPP and considered it lesser evil as compare to other political parties. Despite mammoth public support, PPP miserably failed to deliver and keep promises it made to masses.

After winning elections, PPP’s leadership has only focused on retaining power and money. The democracy was not introduced within the party and chairpersonship always remained a family issue.

Under Mr. Zardari, PPP leadership conceded much in favour of the MQM and a controversial decision was made about dual local council system. The PPP government failed to check corruption and improvement in law and order situation in Sindh.  Merit-oriented employment became a distant dream. Its national reconciliation applied only on MQM at the cost of the rest. The PPP government also failed to rehabilitate flood affected people. These failures damaged its party vote bank in its stronghold in rural Sindh.

To the benefit of the PPP’s leadership, rivals of the PPP have no better agenda. For instance, its political rival PMLF depends upon votes of followers of Pir Pagara. PPP’s rivals that are Sindhi nationalists remain divided and they too don’t pose any serious threat to the PPP’s vote-bank.

Due to failure of polity and non-implementation of commitments made in the manifestos, Sindh, a bastion of secular politics falls to intolerant religious parties. The religious parties attract masses at grass root levels both in urban towns and in villages. Sectarian parties are also gaining support.

PPP founder Zulfikar Ali Bhutto still rules from his grave the hearts and minds of Sindhi masses because he not only weakened its own feudal class but created Sindhi middle class.  The masses consider him Messiah of Sindh who took bold and practical steps for rights of downtrodden people.

According to Sindhi Marxist writer late Dr Feroz Ahmed, Z A Bhutto was not a revolutionary leader but when Bhutto degraded his own class in front of masses, peasants got captivated.

However, Bhutto’s son in law believes in adjustments with powerful feudal lords hence candidacies of the PPP to contest Elections 2013 go moistly to the feudal class. President Zardari forgets that his policy has empowered feudal class at the cost of PPP’s popularity, vote-bank and die-hard party worker of the PPP.

PPP-led government relatively performed better in rural Sindh. It adopted measures to make improvements in agrarian economy and gave employments to the youths and also reinstated those employees who were sacked during Nawaz Sharif tenure as Prime Minister.

Eighteenth amendment to the Constitution is a good deed of the PPP-led ruling coalition that will benefit the people of Sindh in the long run. But, poor governance and fragile law and order situation and taking the stance of rural Sindh on burning issues for granted are the issues that put PPP on defensive.

The good news for the PPP’s de facto chief is the fact that PPP’s staunch rivals Nawaz Sharif, PML-F, Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf and Sindh-based nationalist parties have no alternate viable agenda for a genuine change. The cruel lesson of history remains invariable that change remains constant and status quo has to go. With this message, Elections 2013 bring an acid test for President Zardari. Image

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Return of military dictator

Pakistan enlightened  moderate military dictator who ruled Pakistan more than ten years after living exile in four years came to Pakistan and decided to do politics and contest election in  upcoming 2013  election .

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Former military dictator removed the elected government of former PM Nawaz Sharif and imprisoned him and later exiled him after intervention of Saudia Arabia for ten years.

During his initial two years former military dictator took bold steps and in his first speech he had given seven points agenda to rebuild National confidence and morale, strengthen the federation, remove inter-provincial disharmony and restore National cohesion, revive the economy and restore investor confidence, ensure law and order and dispense speedy justice, depoliticize State institutions, devolution of power to the grass-roots level ensure and swift and across the board accountability.

His initial two years were golden days in history of the country when he had taken bold steps and brought reform in economy, restore law and order and promoted merits and launched accountability process without any victimization.

But after end of honeymoon period of his rule he did commit same blunders which committed by previous rulers and sitting ruler used state institutions for personal gains and prolong and strengthens its own military rule and inked deals with corrupt politicians and patronized religious extremists and foreign countries intervention in state affairs at macro and micro levels in affairs of the state and promoted nepotism in state institutions.

General retired Perviaz Musharraf lovers considered him messiah and claimed that he revived the economy and strengthen and promoted liberal values and weaken religious extremists groups, CBM with India and given unprecedented freedom to media.

It’s no doubt that 9/11 event was great opportunity for him to take bold steps and redesign Pakistan external and internal policies as wishes of Pakistani nation and as an independent nation and majority of hijackers who attacked on United States were Egyptians and Saudias and none of Pakistani national was involved in attacks .

Pakistan after cold war era again played a front-line state and played a client state of United State and Mush and Bush alliance further weaken our state writ   due to its flawed policies. 

The sudden and artificial booms in economy further created gaps between haves and haves not and artificial boom in real estate and in banking sector further increased poverty and it’s very hard for any poor people that he got benefit from his economic policies.

9 /11 events in United States which shook the world and further legitimized Musharraf regime, he made alliance with neo-con President Bush and made pacts with United States unofficially and given unprecedented support to US and its intervention in internal affairs of the country.

He held controversial referendum to legitimize his rule and further polarized   federation unit’s masses and patronized religious extremists and formed MMA religious alliance of political religious parties and his flawed liberal agenda further weaken state writ and make vulnerable state institutions of the country.

His unilateral decisions further weaken federation and history is witnessed that he was first President of the country and who was delighted on the bloodshed of its own citizens in Karachi, when Chief Justice of Pakistan Choudary Iftikhar Ahmed, came to Karachi on 12th May 2012, former President and military dictator held public meeting in the capital on same day and shown fists to nation that he had shown his power to the nation.

Pro-federation politicians were assassinated in his regime and he in his book “In the line of fire” he admitted that he sold out Pakistanis to United States and got money as a reward.

No one is supporting religious extremists or ethnic’s extremists who wanted to weaken our state but million dollar question is that if any citizen of our state involved in any activity and violated law, he should be tried in our own state according to laws not sell him to foreign master to prolong his own rule.

Former powerful military dictator and never given tough time by any political opponents and he was most powerful man to implement his any agenda without any opposition. During General Zia period political parties despite his brutal rule and suppression gave him tough opposition and resisted his regime’s flawed Islamic rule.

This is not an old Pakistan or iron curtain Pakistan in which our ruling elites betrayed their own citizens in the name of supreme interest of the country for their own personal agendas and prolong their rule.

There is no doubt that he is popular celebrity among urbanized middle elite class of Karachi but his future is uncertain  and according former chief of army staff General ( r ) Mirza Aslam Baig that he is not supported by security establishment of country .

Political class of the country considered him killer of former PM Benazir Bhutto and former chief minister Nawaz Akbar Bugti both were assassinated during his regime.

His former general colleagues considered him dangerous and ambitious man and he decided to contest election from a constituency in which all ethnics communities people are living, Urdu speaking considered him messiah, Sindh and Baloch considered him killer of their leaders, Punjabi considered him killers of Lal Masijad children and women, Pashutan considered him that he is killer of Pashutan people.

According to an independent media when former president and military dictator end his self exile and reached at Karachi airport not more than two thousand persons assembled at Karachi airport for his warm welcome and majority of them were security officials and media persons.

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Hastily passed new LG law damages PPP’s popularity in Sindh.

Hastily passed new LG law damages PPP’s popularity in Sindh.

Sindh Peoples Local Government Act 2012 recently passed by Provincial Assembly o Sindh has damaged popularity of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) in its strong hold in rural and urban areas of Sindh among Sindhi speaking voters.

 The PPP led by President, Asif Ali Zardari after tragic assassination of its lifetime slain chairperson Benazir Bhutto won election in Sindh province with thumping majority and nominated the old party guard Syed Qaim Ali Shah as Chief Minister of Sindh. The PPP leaders visited Nine Zero MQM headquarters to make reconciliation with the urban base party in Sindh.
 The PPP and MQM were political rival parties but after President Asif Ali Zardari’s visit to 90, a new reconciliation policy to bridge the gap between rural and urban areas of Sindh started. The dilemma of the PPP was that after judicial murder of Zulikqar Ali Bhutto, powerful security establishment never accepted PPP under the leadership of her brave daughter Shaheed Benazir Bhutto.

When Benazir-led PPP won election in 1988, Sindhis-Mohijar ethnic conflict was systematically supported by anti-democratic forces and polarized the relations between the peace loving communities.
 The PPP ,strongly believes in federation of Pakistan and the party has roots in four provinces but after judicial murder of Zulikqar Ali Bhutto anti-democratic forces especially after post-Zia era contained PPP vote bank strength in its urban centers especially in Lahore and in Karachi.

The PPP never got majority from Karachi in elections and only won elections from Lyari and Sindhi and Pashutan speaking constituencies of Malir, Kemari and majority of Urdu speaking in urban areas always preferred to cast vote against anti-PPP. Earlier, the PPP was popular among left inclination people of the metropolis but with creation of MQM in 1980s, the PPP won elections from those consistencies in which Baloch and Sindhi people are in majority.
 The PPP from its foundation to post-Benazir Bhutto tragic assassination won elections from rural areas of Sindh and also from urban centers of Sindh where Sindhis are living in majority.

 Majority of Sindhi believe that Sindhi feudal political class during the partition era supported Muslim League and Sindh Assembly passed a resolution in favor of creation of Pakistan but during formative phaseof Pakistan, they could not benefit from state orientated policies and further turned into minority after migration of Urdu speaking from India to urban centers in Karachi and Hyderabad and Sindhi Hindu middle class migrated from Sindh province of Pakistan towards India.

Sindhi believe that the PPP is sole political party to protect their cultural, economic and demographic interests and always supported it despite they paid heavy price of supporting PPP. Being an indigenous people of Sindh province of Pakistan they have more constitutional rights to run affairs of Sindh province and benefits from its resources.
 

Sindh big land holding class which is prime beneficiary from revenue generation from crops doesn’t have interests in uplifting and development of their poor masses and not investing their surplus income on their constituencies’ development.

 The same issue is prevailing in urban centers of Sindh in which urban bourgaize class is
benefiting from state perks and privileges and majority of poor masses don’t have education, shelter, health and their lives are not safe.
 Eight-year military rule of Pervez Musharraf and its unplanned revolution, flawed reconciliation policy continued by President Asif Ali Zardari, bad governance and lack of commitment and will to serve masses, and lust of power further alienated Sindhi educated urbanized middle class from PPP who always prefer to caste vote for PPP.

 In rural areas where majority of people living not benefiting from state policies because of presence of primitive mode of feudalism and the state’s strange approach to development and welfare of their own citizens.
 The PPP which always won election with people’s support does not have road map for uplifting and development of poor and vulnerable people of Sindh.  

The MQM strongly believes in uplifting of their own ethnic people’s interests but it never took bold steps to win heart and mind of people of Sindh and only do rhetoric against feudalism and its policy towards other ethnic communities was based on prejudice. It’s strange that Sindhis who are living in their land from thousand years their sons and daughters don’t have right to get education in State-run educational institutes in Karachi and they feel alienated in their own Sindh province of Pakistan.

The MQM, which strongly believes that they are guardian of middle class never protects rights of other ethnic communities’ poor and vulnerable labour class people and always prefers to protect rights of feudal class and in Karachi protect rights of bourgeoisie class not the poor and vulnerable Urdu speaking labour class which are facing same issues as faced by vulnerable Sindhis, Siraki, Baloch, Punjabi and Pashutan.

In civilized and mature democracies, rural and urban models have different local bodies models and powers should be transferred from center to province and provinces to districts but issue with post colonial states like Pakistan is that none of rulers took pro-people development steps to empower people at grassroots level and never took sincere efforts to resolve genuine issues faced by Pakistan after birth from colonial rule of British.

The ruling elites through their myopic policies used local bodies as a shield to prolong and legitimize their own unconstitutional rule. As a result, the people are suffering from their flawed policies and its further eroding writ of state and further weaken state to protect constitutional rights of people. The current elected government of PPP to remain in power in haste passed Sindh Peoples Local Government bill in Sindh Assembly.

The Sindh Assembly which is legislative body of people of Sindh province did not witness any debate on Sindh Peoples Local Government bill by the PPP or MQM. Furthermore, the both ruling political parties also did not seek suggestions from their own political coalition partners namely PML ( F), ANP, and NPP.

 The problem with sitting political class of Pakistan is that they strongly believe to protect their own petty interests and never done legislation to empower people of this country. And the ruling elites’ political decisions and blunders only reduce their say among  people just like the PPP’s top leadership unilateral decision damage its own vote bank in its own stronghold of Sindh.

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Pak needs a paradigm shift in its foreign, security policies.

Attacks on United States, sole super power on 11 September 2001, shook the world. As a result of these attacks by non-state actors on US soil in its history, former President of United States George Bush warned at that time, “You are with us or against us.” This warning compelled Pakistan military dictator Pervez Musharraf to make a new alliance and partnership with United State to fight war on terror against Al-Qaeda and followers of extreme brand of religious extremist groups.

Pakistani secular and moderate military dictator Pervez Musharraf after attacks on United State was in catch 22 situation and decided to wage war against religious extremists’ organizations and Taliban supporters who were considered “strategic assets” by the security establishment.

Musharraf, the architect of Kargil war in his television address raised slogan, “Sab Say Phely Pakistan” (Pakistan First) and waged war against religious extremists and Jihadi groups who were nurtured by western powers and the ruling elites in cold war era and later further strengthened by the military dictators to prolong their rule and achieve short term foreign policy strategic goals.

Musharraf’s dual policies further pushed and drifted Pakistan into religious extremists. He failed to take genuine and bold steps to eradicate religious extremism from Pakistani society and made  electoral alliance with the religious parties.

With his support and patronage, the MMA, a group of religious parties formed and their leaders were given full support from the regime to incorporate religious extremists’ views in state institutions.

The MMA formed government in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa afer winning general election.  Musharraf’a strategy was to kill and capture foreign militants who were affiliated with Al-Qaida but he did not formulate a long term strategy as to how to cope with home-grown sectarian and religious parties which had shaken the foundation of Jinnah’s Pakistan.

The former military dictator’s dual polices to combat with religious fundamentalism and old cold war security paradigm further encouraged the extremists groups to strengthen their roots in masses and challenge writ of state and Jinnah’s secular Pakistan.

In foreign affairs, the military ruler took bold steps and started confidence building measures with its hostile neighbor India and brought paradigm shift in Pakistan’s Kashmir policy but failed miserably to seek long term solution of Kashmir conflict.

Pervez Musharraf’s initial two years after military coup d’état were considered golden years of his eight year long regime but subsequently he followed the same path of ruling class to perpetrate his rule.His flawed accountability process further encouraged corruption and nepotism.

The former military president was considered luckiest dictator as both popular party leaders were in exile and he had free choice to implement his policies and plans according to his will but his flawed enlightened policy and consumer economy further strengthened hands of religious extremists groups and gave United States free hand to intervene in Pakistan affairs at macro and micro level.

Former US president Bush and his neo- cons and ruling elites have their own imperialist agenda in Asia in interdependence world to exploit resources of former states of Russia used religious extremism as a tool and continue its presence in Afghanistan.

But million dollar question for our ruling elites both civilian and military was how to cope with menace of religious extremists in the society which is spreading in four provinces in both rural and urban areas.
After departure of eight year military rule of Pervez Musharraf, PPP, PML (N), MQM and ANP and PML-Q came into power after 2008 elections but these political parties have not any road map to counter menace of religious extremism in the country.

The PPP, ANP and MQM which are considered secular political parties but their dilemma was that they are pitted against each other’s  and killing each other political workers but they don’t have viable and long term policy to contain religious extremist ideology and mindset.

The United State and other western powers are using religious extremism as a shield to intervene in their hostile states which are opposing US’s doctrine of neo-liberalism.  After end of Cold war era, United State unilaterally attacked Iraq, Libya but fails to seek long term solution of major conflict between Pakistan and India on Kashmir, Palestine issue and its dual and pragmatic policy to blindly support monarchies in Sheikh Kingdoms which are nurseries for violent brand of religious extremists.

Pakistan is a nuclear state and rich minerals resources but due to flawed polices of the ruling class consists on feudal class, clergy class, corrupt bourgaize class and corrupt and uncountable civilian and military bureaucracy always imposed policies which were beneficial for ruling elites and foreign powers only but they never paid any heed to their own people’ voice to curb religious extremists and other internal and external challenges faced by the state after new paradigm of  interdependence world order.

Problem with our ruling elites both civilian and military rulers is that they still believe in old paradigm of security of state and they never plan and implement rational and long term policies to bring genuine reform in post colonial state and to protect lives of their own citizen and to run affairs of state as guaranteed  in the constitution.

Pakistan needs a paradigm shift in its foreign policy towards neighbors and super powers and in its internal policies to defeat violent brand of religious extremists and ethnic militants who are killing innocent people of their own country in pretext of religious extremists as well as fascist approach to hate and kill other ethnic people.
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Call for prioritizing human security .

More than 200 children have lost their lives in rain hit districts of Sindh province of Pakistan after outbreak of measles. There are still a large number of malnourished children admitted in hospitals to combat with viral deceases.

Measles virus decease broke out in rain flood hit districts of Sindh .

Measles virus decease broke out in rain flood hit districts of Sindh .

Agriculture and livestock is major source of livelihood in 2012 torrential rain hit districts of Sindh province in Kandhkot-Kashmore, Jacobabad and in Ghotaki. Participatory Development Initiatives (PDI) a non government organization which is working in Sindh and Balochistan provinces of Pakistan recently visited rain hit districts to review the post flood devastation issues and challenges faced by the affected communities.

I was part of that team and we visited villages of Kandhkot Kashmore Jacobabad, and Jaffarabad districts which were hit during super floods of 2010. The vulnerable communities are still struggling to resume decent livelihoods when 2012 torrential rains hit districts and perished standing crops, washed away livestock and muddy houses.

According to MIRA initial damaged survey done by UNOCHA that 2012 torrential rains flood affected more than 5 million people in Sindh, Balochistan and in Punjab. According to UNOCHA report floodwaters have destroyed many sources of safe water and enhance vulnerability to waterborne diseases like cholera and more than 80 percent of the assessed communities depend on hand pumps that have been contaminated by flood waters.

PDI team members visited the affected district when Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari who hails from Sindh province and his party always won election with thumping majority from rural areas of Sindh launched political career of his son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in Larkana on death anniversary of PPP slain chairperson Benazir Bhutto who was assassinated on 27th December 2007 in Rawalpindi city near federal capital Islamabad of Pakistan.

In Kadnhkot Kashmore district mostly tribal Balochs won election and majority of population is Sindhi Baloch speaking and Sindh government ministers daily claimed that they took solid steps to mitigate losses of rain flooding communities and done better arrangements for rain hit families by providing them adequate food, water and shelter.
The govt. compelled rain hit communities to their devastated houses submerged under rain flooding.

Along with my team members, Saleem Abbasi and Prof Ismail Kunbhar and advocate Sobia Talpur, we met with women and children who are living in extreme poverty after flooding and their villages were surrounded by rain water and they were drinking contaminated rain water and used same water for cooking purpose.

Majority of basic health units in rain hit areas are non-functional and there is huge difference between haves and haves not and government and ruling elites never prioritized human development and human security as their top priority and left vulnerable rural communities on mercy of natural disasters.

Prime example of Sindh government’s preparedness to meet with any eventuality after suffering three consecutive natural calamities could be gauged from the that it had allocated Rs500m in current financial year of 2012-13 for possible relief and rescue efforts though National Disaster Management Authority had advised it for allocation of Rs5 billion to meet with monsoon challenges.

Rain flood hit families are using contaminated rain water in district kandhkot  Kashmore .

Rain flood hit families are using contaminated rain water in district kandhkot Kashmore .

Dilemma with third world under developing countries like Pakistan and India is that our ruling elites consists of military, civilian bureaucracy, corrupt politicians, clergy class, feudal lords and industrial class who never prioritized human security and mostly spend huge chunk of money on security not on development and welfare of their own population.

Increasing malnutrition among vulnerable rain affected women in Sindh and Balochistan rain hit districts further aggravates the situation and spread measles and other respiratory deceases among the affected communities.

Aisha Khoso, a girl student hailing from rain affected village Khamiso Khoso of Kashmore district told PDI team that when she was settled in relief camp, she got foods but after forced evacuation she is unable to get adequate food for her family.

According to MIRA assessment report more than 90 percent agriculture and livestock in rain hit districts completely perished which is major source of livelihoods of rural population in Sindh and Balochistan.

Slow and low funding intervention by humantrain relief agencies and ill-conceived post flood arrangements taken by government and poor pre-disaster contingency planning to mitigate hazards of natural calamities further worsen human disaster scale.

There is strong need at gross root level especially districts disaster management authorities (DDMA) should be functionalized and civil society representatives’ voice and suggestion should be included in policy making and implemented without any political agenda and only for prosperity and development of the communities.

Prof Mohammad Iqbal Director International and Science of Karachi University observed that across the globe all nations are multiplying their agriculture productivity, preventing diseases prevalence by universal vaccination and resolving the problem of environmental pollution but Pakistan has no national strategy and plan of action to use this revolutionary science for solving preventable problems and for rapid development.

Prominent Pakistani economist and Sindh Chief Minister’s former advisor for Planning and Development Department Dr Kaiser Bengali told PDI team that state authorities and ruling elites of our state have never prioritized human development as their priority agenda to combat with natural disaster and mitigate its losses.

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Curse of Feudalism

Killing of Shahzeb in posh area allegedly by son of an influential person was a shameful act, which triggered widespread protest in the metropolis by civil society, prompting chief justice of Pakistan to take its suo moto notice.
 Killing in Karachi is a routine matter and daily innocent people lost their lives in pretext of ethnicity, sectarian and in mobile snatching but law enforcement agencies have failed to arrest culprits.
Ethnic militants, sectarian outfits and criminal gangs have given free license to rob citizens of Karachi without any fear and due to ethnic polarizations and weak civil society despite most urbanized and educated class is living in Karachi never dared to protest against injustice and ruthless killing of innocent persons who don’t have say in power structure of our state.  One can witnesses quarrels among sons of influential families having political and business connection at cafes/restaurants in Clifton and Defense and on petty issues who indulged in ruthless expression of power.  One such incident took place during the Pervez Musharraf regime when a relative of politically influential personality fell in love with a daughter of another politically influential figure of Karachi. The manifestation of power by urban feudal lord sons and rural feudal lord son is fashion in posh area while our urban Baboo feudal lords demonstrate their power in their own style.
 Now, a new trend has been introduced by our elites in posh areas and political parties have opened their political offices in commercial areas of DHA and their workers without any fear extorted money from Pan Shops, restaurants and stores etc.

 Both urban and rural lords were openly challenging the writ of government and justice for the victims remains elusive.   This is a bitter fact despite passage of more than sixty years to existence of Pakistani state feudalism is prevailing in Sindh in its ugly shape and its impact on urban areas of Sindh was pernicious but most tragic and sad thing was that the urban middle class was blindly following ugly mode of fascism which is more brutal than ugly feudalism and only less privilege both urban and rural areas of Sindh citizens are paying price.

Justice would prevail in this country especially in Sindh province of Pakistan when both new and old Sindhis without their personal ethnic bias serve citizens of the province and join hands together and not blindly follow them and resisted their leaders’ rhetoric and our main stream media  shun its bias approach and play a role of neutral arbiter and reformer in the society . Though some of the alleged killers of Shahzeb have been arrested following intervention of the superior judiciary, million dollar question is that who would guarantee to other innocent citizens who don’t have say in our power structure.