New Delhi, Apr 24: Pakistan’s political parties, except Jamaat-e-Islami, were resolved for better relations with India, former Union Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar has said, noting that mindset in the neighbouring country had changed post Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s rule.
Aiyar, who took part in a discussion on book “Born to be Hanged”, Syeda Hameed’s biography of the deposed and executed Pakistani leader, on Monday evening, described Bhutto as “vengeful, a deeply flawed personality and committed only to his personal advancement”.
He also called for steps towards better relations with Pakistan.
“Each party other than Jamaat-e-Islami, pledges itself to better relations with India … post-Bhutto Pakistan’s mentality has changed and they want to be friends with us … We are battling Bhutto’s Pakistan instead of making friends with (current) Pakistan,” he said.
Hameed said that as a student of literature, she always thought of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto as the protagonist of a Greek tragedy. “Parallels abound in the stories of Zulfikar of Larkana and Oedipus of Thebes. Both men larger than life are victims despite epitomising qualities which are antithesis of victimhood — self-confidence, masterfulness and intensity. As the Greeks would say they were cursed by the Gods,” said the social activist and educationist.
She said she had crucial access to important materials for the book from her uncle across the border, Mubashir Hassan, who was Finance Minister in Bhutto’s government and one of the founders of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).
Noted peace activist and documentary-filmmaker Tapan Bose said Syeda Hameed had authored an interesting analysis of a very complicated personality of the subcontinent who started with certain commitments but later “power corrupted him absolutely”.
“Bhutto was an enigma who had threatened to wage a 1,000-year war against India. He was a patriot, influenced by Karl Marx, a progressive thinker working for a modern, democratic Pakistan with great schools and universities and also a deeply Islamic person,” said Bose.
Aiyar, who disagreed with Bhutto’s assesment in the book, said a joint Pakistan (including erstwhile East Pakistan) would have always given, in a true democratic election, a majority to the Bengalis because their population was bigger and completely different in their political views to what was happening in the distant West Pakistan.
“It was clear that he (Bhutto) could become Prime Minister only of a truncated Pakistan, he could never be the Prime Minister of a joint Pakistan and he allowed this truncating to take place,” said Aiyar, who served as India’s first Consul-General in Karachi from 1978 to 1982.
“So, at the end of the day, somebody who hated India and Hindus as much as he did, what has been the outcome? … They (Pakistanis) are no longer anti-Hindu or anti-India. They don’t even allow an anti-Indian platform to appear on any political party’s agenda during the elections,” he said.
Rasheed asks govt to involve militant leadership into dialogue process
Srinagar, June 25: Asking Delhi to give up its rhetoric and double standards, AIP President Er Rasheed has said that time is ripe for Delhi to accept ground realities and realize that there is no shortcut to the resolution of Kashmir dispute except respecting sentiments and sacrifices of people of Jammu and Kashmir and resolving the issue as per UN resolutions.
In a statement issued on Tuesday Er Rasheed said that on an occasion when Home Minister Amit Shah is visiting Kashmir, he needs to move beyond beaten tracks.
Er Rasheed said, “If Hurriyat is showing its willingness for talks it should not be seen as their weakness but as an opportunity to find an everlasting resolution to the internationally recognized dispute.”
“Both Delhi and Hurriyat leadership must restrain from imposing any pre-conditions for entering into dialogue process,” he said.
“Those trying to see Hurriyat’s willingness for talks as their weakness are living in fool’s paradise as Hurriyat is the custodian of sacrifices and represents sentiments and sacrifices of people of J&K,” he added.
Er Rasheed added that the muscular policy has failed in the past when inhuman operations like catch and kill and operation tiger were tested on unarmed Kashmiris.
He said, “All the stakeholders must understand that J&K dispute is a political one and finding any military resolution will never succeed.”
“It is time to give up ego and involve militant leadership into the meaningful dialogue process and resolve the issue once for all,” said Er Rasheed.
“Without taking militant leadership on board Hurriyat may not be able to deliver much. All the three parties including militant leadership must help in creating a conducive atmosphere for the meaningful dialogue,” he said.
Er Rasheed urged Amit Shah to move beyond official briefing which he may get from state administration and security agencies and urged Shah to ensure that security forces are made accountable and honour and dignity of masses is restored.
Congress strong enough to overcome challenges: Mir
Srinagar, Jun 25: The Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) held an important party meeting of Ex. Ministers & Ex. Legislators to debate and discuss the socio-political scenario obtaining in Jammu and Kashmir.
The party also held detailed discussions over the organization affairs and activities in JK, emphasizing the leadership to further strengthen the Party at grass roots level.
The meeting was presided over by JKPCC President G.A. Mir.
Those who attended the meeting included senior party leaders Peerzada Mohd. Sayeed, Taj Mohi U Din, Ghulam Nabi Monga, Haji Abdul Rashid Dar, Usman Majeed, Mohd Amin Bhat, Shoiab Nabi Lone, Gulzar Ahmad Wani, Bashir Ahmad Magrey, Syed Bashir, Abdul Rehman Dar and others.
JKPCC President held threadbare discussions over the organizational affairs and activities, emphasizing the leadership to further strengthen the Party from grass roots level.
On this occasion G.A. Mir said Congress Party is a vibrant situation in all the three regions, fully capable to overcome the challenges and strong enough to defeat the forces inimical to peace and stability in the country and State.
Mir said Congress party will ensure defeat of divisive and fascist forces, which are hell bent upon to divide the people on regional and religious lines to serve their vested interests. “We have always strengthened the secularism and unity in the country, state and will continue to unite the people,” G.A Mir said.
“Congress party is committed to safeguard the secular fabric in the country won’t allow communal forces to vitiate the atmosphere of harmony and peace in the Country and State,” Mir added.
He said Congress party is the only unifying force in the country and State because the party believes in uniting the people, it will continue to work as a bridge between the communities in the Country and State.
The meeting finalized the district wise and constituency wise party conventions being organized across Kashmir valley.
SMC organizes Swachh Bharat Abhiyan prog at Karan Nagar
‘Efforts need to be put in to preserve Kashmir’s unparalleled beauty’
Srinagar, June 25: Continuing with its three-day event for welfare of Safaikaramcharis, Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) Tuesday organised a Swachh Bharat Abhiyan program here at SMC central office Karan Nagar.
Chairman National Commission for Safai Karamcharis, Valaji bhai Zala, who was the Chief Guest on the occasion, said that Swachh Bharat Abiyan needs to be connected with one and all.
“Not only safai karamcharis but people from all walks of life particularly students who are future of this country should join hands and connect with this nationwide cleanliness/Swachta campaign as it is the most important topic which our kids and students and be aware of this mission,” Zala said.
He also said that Kashmir has rightly been called as paradise on earth for its unparalleled beauty, serenity and fresh air, but it needs to be retained and restored by putting in every effort.
He said therefore, Swachta, which not only includes sanitation but preservation of water bodies, lakes, rivers, curbing use of polythene etc needs to be taken on the wider scale and its logical end.
Deputy Mayor Shiekh Imran, Commissioner SMC Khursheed Sanai also spoke on the occasion.
During the program students from various schools and IEC Partners delivered speeches on Swachta.
At the end of the event Zala flagged off the Abiyan and along with students, Karamcharis and SMC officials marched towards Karan Nagar to take out rally and conducted sanitation drive.
Earlier Valaji Bhai Zala along with his team visited Safaikaramcharis Samoon colony at Solina.
The inhabitants of the colony apprised him about various issues and demanded construction of community hall in the area for organising social gatherings within the community. They also requested him to take note of lack of proper drainage system in the colony and also providing of allotment papers of their houses for proper rehabilitation.
Zala, who was accompanied by Deputy Mayor, Commissioner SMC, Chairman safaikaramcharis workers union and other senior officers of the Corporation, assured them to take up the meeting with Chief Secretary to discuss all the issues for their redressal.