12 May, 2021

'Benazir Zinda Hai!'

Benazir is dead. The question now on everyone's mind is: Will Pakistan survive?

'Benazir Zinda Hai!'
Benazir Bhutto always considered Rawalpindi Garrison Town her second home. It was here that she attended school at Presentation Convent when her father Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was a member of General Ayub Khan's cabinet. Those were days of joyous insouciance, to be replaced soon

after by memories dark and forbidding. For, it was in this town that Benazir met her father for the last time before he was hanged, the district prison now demolished and replaced by spiffy fast food outlets. This town in Punjab had been the bastion of the Pakistan People's Party before General Zia-ul-Haq deployed his military might to turf out the Bhuttos from here, paving the way for his son to claim it as his stronghold.

When Benazir Bhutto entered Rawalpindi Garrison Town on Thursday, December 27, it was an attempt to reclaim what she considered her own. A PPP election rally had been organised at Liaquat Bagh, where, on October 16, 1951, Pakistan's first prime minister, Liaquat Ali Khan, had been gunned down. The crowds were milling around in the park. The...

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