Den pakistansk/engelske författaren Tariq Ali har skrivit om tragedin i Pakistan. En tragedi som enligt honom orsakats av militär despoti och anarki. Precis som jag anser han att det troligen var muslimska fundamentalister som utförde dådet, men han tror också att de kanske inte gjorde det på egen hand. Även det en uppfattning som jag delar. Han låter vidare meddela att Benazir Bhutto, i opposition till sina amerikanske uppbackare eventuellt funderade på att bojkotta det kommande valet:
Benazir, according to those close to her, had been tempted to boycott the fake elections, but she lacked the political courage to defy Washington. She had plenty of physical courage, and refused to be cowed by threats from local opponents. She had been addressing an election rally in Liaquat Bagh. This is a popular space named after the country’s first prime minister, Liaquat Ali Khan, who was killed by an assassin in 1953. The killer, Said Akbar, was immediately shot dead on the orders of a police officer involved in the plot. Not far from here, there once stood a colonial structure where nationalists were imprisoned. This was Rawalpindi jail. It was here that Benazir’s father, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, was hanged in April 1979. The military tyrant responsible for his judicial murder made sure the site of the tragedy was destroyed as well.
Mitt i all tragedi och all spekulationer ser dock Tariq Ali trots allt en möjlig positiv utväg ur den extrema kris Pakistan nu hamnat i:
It is difficult to imagine any good coming out of this tragedy, but there is one possibility. Pakistan desperately needs a political party that can speak for the social needs of a bulk of the people. The People’s party founded by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was built by the activists of the only popular mass movement the country has known: students, peasants and workers who fought for three months in 1968-69 to topple the country’s first military dictator. They saw it as their party, and that feeling persists in some parts of the country to this day, despite everything.
Benazir’s horrific death should give her colleagues pause for reflection. To be dependent on a person or a family may be necessary at certain times, but it is a structural weakness, not a strength for a political organisation. The People’s party needs to be refounded as a modern and democratic organisation, open to honest debate and discussion, defending social and human rights, uniting the many disparate groups and individuals in Pakistan desperate for any halfway decent alternative, and coming forward with concrete proposals to stabilise occupied and war-torn Afghanistan. This can and should be done. The Bhutto family should not be asked for any more sacrifices.
I den här artikeln kan man läsa om hur Benazir Bhutto nyligen träffade en del av de folkliga ledare som Tariq Ali adresserar i ovanstående stycke av sin artikel.
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