True heroes

Friday, May 17, 2024

There is no doubt that Khawaja Asif referred to some bitter facts, which may not be to the liking of a few. History cannot be changed, nor modified to suit any individual’s perspective. Nations learn from history. However, I have one reservation: no member of the National Assembly, including Khawaja Asif, Omar Ayub, Gohar AK, Patel etc mentioned the torment and humiliation that Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah was subjected to. She never held any political post during the lifetime of Quaid-e-Azam. Yet, she became a victim of state-funded character assassination.

This tendency of self-projection by some must also cease. State-funded hospitals, airports, welfare schemes must only be named after MAJ, Allama Iqbal or Fatima Jinnah and nobody else. There are many others who have served this country well, and made a place for themselves in the hearts and memories of citizens. Personally speaking, I hold Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in high esteem for his legacy which includes 1973 constitution and nuclear defence deterrence capability, yet I believe his picture should not adorn our currency.

Malik Tariq Ali