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 protests against attacks on Kashmiris
Srinagar, Feb 16: Members of Awami Ittihad Party (AIP) led by the President, AIP, Er Rasheed on Saturday carried out a sit-in protest at Press Enclave Srinagar against the attacks on Kashmiris and Jammu Muslims in India.
The protestors were holding banners and placards that read “Stop targeting Kashmiri people living in India”, “Give protection to Kashmiri people in Jammu”, “Solve Kashmir issue by self-determination”, “Don’t celebrate killings” and raised slogans against Jammu police and its administration for not taking stern action against the people attacking Kashmiris.
While talking to media, the president of AIP, Er Rasheed appealed the administration of Jammu to discharge its duties towards the masses and take stern action against those who are involved in arsenic and violence against Kashmiri community and damaging their property.
He said they also condemn the Pulwama attack but that doesn’t mean that the people of Jammu and other parts of India will attack innocent Kashmiris in its reaction and try to give it a communal angle.
“It is shameful that the goons and fringe elements are being given free hand and no stern action is being taken to protect life and property of Muslim community in various parts of Jammu and other places,” he said.
Er Rasheed raised questions as to how it was possible for the miscreants to damage huge properties and set ablaze dozens of vehicles when a call for the Bandh was given a day before and the administration was supposed to be prepared to meet any eventuality.
He said, “Through this approach, it is evident that the government of Jammu is working as an extension wing of RSS and Sangh Parivar.”
“Making Pulwama attack on CRPF as an excuse, a section of radical elements wants to implement its nefarious designs against the Muslim community.”
While expressing solidarity with the civil secretariat employees, Er Rasheed said, “The attacks on employees are unacceptable, unethical and un-civilized and government must move beyond words and all those involved in attacks on secretariat employees, stranded Kashmiri passengers, damaging vehicles should be booked under Public Safety Act.”
Er Rasheed appealed PM Narendra Modi not to forget that Kashmiris are worst victims of violence and need peace with dignity more than anyone else but it cannot be achieved without delivering justice and appreciated the statement of JCCI condemning violence but said that the saner voice in Jammu need to come out in open support of communal harmony and isolate the fringe element.
“If the government fails to do justice with the victims of Jammu, the Muslim community will feel further disheartened and isolated which may not be in the interests of the state,” he said.
He demanded full compensation to be announced by the government to all those whose property has been partially or fully damaged the same way it announces for other cases.
SKIMS resident doctors association demand suspension of fellow over his ‘killing’ post
Srinagar, Feb 16: Resident Doctor Association SKIMS has urged Director institute to suspend a doctor over his facebook post saying that Kashmir doesn’t need a healing touch but a ‘killing touch.
The doctor has been identified as Dr Amit Sharma, DM scholar cardiology at the Soura Institute.
The complaint against the doctor has been filed by Resident doctor association and has urged the authorities to put the said doctor on immediate suspension.
“We condemn such acts and demand legal action as per law against the same at the earliest,” the resident doctors said.
The doctors association has demanded suspension of Sharma with immediate effect as ‘he can be a threat to patients he may be attending to’.
“The post itself speaks of his hatred and communalism against Kashmiris. How such a person could be entrusted to treat the sick and needy people of Kashmir,” said the doctors.
The doctors said that matter may be put forthwith cyber Police cell and a proper enquiry and action be taken as per law.
The resident doctors of SKIMS have expressed deep anguish and anger against the said doctor and demanded the action at the earliest.
United Jammu, Kashmir will benefit its people: Tarigami
Srinagar, Feb 16: CPI (M) leader and former MLA Kulgam, Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami on Saturday said violence in Kashmir or Jammu won’t yield any results but can benefit the vested interests.
Addressing a press conference, Tarigami said that the two divisions including Jammu and Kashmir must stand united to get benefits, adding that the situation created by vested interests in Jammu doesn’t mean that all Jammuties want such situation to prevail.
“I have observed that like Kashmiris, people of Jammu also want peace and doesn’t want such kind of situation created by vested interests to prevail. Kashmiris have not got any benefit from violence and Jammu will not achieve anything by such means,” he added.
He said people from both the regions must stand united at this juncture to defeat the vested interests.
“We appreciate the role of JCCI and civil society groups of Jammu, who have clearly taken a stand against vandalism in Jammu by some fringe elements on Friday. By targeting minority community, fringe elements were vitiating peaceful atmosphere and unity of the state,” he said.
He said Governor’s administration must fix responsibility over the torching of vehicles of a particular community and vandalism in Jammu city on Friday. “Despite apprehensions about flare-up, authorities should have ensured adequate deployment of forces in the sensitive locations of Jammu,” he added.
Reacting over the Lethpora attack, Tarigami said “the attack on CRPF convoy at Awantipora on Thursday has shaken all those who are concerned about human lives and peace in the region. The loss of so many security personnel while on duty is being mourned across the country. We share the grief and sorrow of victim families of this attack.”
“CPI (M) has been consistently of this opinion that for addressing the legitimate concerns and aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, a meaningful and credible dialogue process is the only option. Such acts, like Pulwama, only amount to delegitimising genuine and democratic aspirations of people of Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.
“We appeal to different political shades of the state, civil society and media to use their influences to maintain harmony and brotherhood in the state despite provocations from fringe elements,” he said, adding that “we appeal to the political leadership of the country that at this crucial juncture, they must not allow the disruptive and divisive elements to divide the communities under the garb of this tragedy.”
People of Kashmir expect the leadership, both in the government and in the opposition, civil society and intelligentsia to play their role to maintain communal harmony and safeguard the lives and property of Kashmiris outside the Valley, he said.
“Let us not allow those, who want to deepen the wedge between people of Kashmir and rest of the country, succeed,” he added.