"Happy Birthday Asif"- Article written by Benazir Bhutto on 26/07/2003: Last week, Asif Zardari spent his seventh consecutive birthday alone in prison. He remains a hostage to his wife’s political career. A male spouse in a traditional society that elected the #Muslim
world’s first #woman
prime minister was bound to find trouble. And he did.Many traditionalists see women as the extensions of men. They resent the women and target the man they think makes it possible. In their mind, a woman is a piece of property without free thought or action. If she violates their thinking, the fault lies with the man too. So Asif pays the price. Married for fifteen years, Asif has spent nine years in prison. Today, he is described as the #NelsonMandela
The sea change in attitude from criticism to respect is notable. People at large appreciate that the accusations of corruption are at odds with the resistance of a man who gave up everything dear for a political cause.His liberty, his family, his livelihood were sacrificed at the altar of the struggle to turn Pakistan into a democratic country. He symbolises the people’s struggle against fascism and military domination of the country. When the #PPP
formed the Government in #1988
after defeating the establishment sponsored IJI, Asif became the centre of a smear campaign. A twice-convicted slum lord was lured (through his wife getting an expensive plot) to scandalously claim that Asif tied a bomb to his leg, holding him hostage for ransom. Research by an English detective firm helped get the evidence that ultimately led to acquittal in that case. The worst case fabricated against Asif was blaming him for the murder of his brother-in-law #MurtazaBhutto.
This was fabricated despite the conclusions of a high-powered judicial committee that the evidence against Asif was based on speculation. It could not be relied upon. In fact, Murtaza was murdered to overthrow the democratic government in #1996.
Asif was blamed to cover up the tracks of the real murderers. Asif’s life is full of interesting stories. In #1989,
a corp. commander met him with a message from the armed forces; More Here : https://t.co/6IIt0b5WuA