I am disgusted at what Zia did to Pakistan

Published: August 17, 2012
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We lost the freedom of expression that always characterises such reactionary dictatorships. SOURCE: FILE

To begin with, I absolutely loathe generals in uniform running countries. No matter how incompetent the politicians are, how relevant the doctrine of necessity is and how much of a messiah the man in the boots is, there is something very corrupt and amoral about the whole thing.

I remember watching Ziaul Haq’s martial law speech for the first time as a teenager during the peak of the lawyers’ movements. As a child who grew up in Musharraf’s martial law, I, for the first time, was discovering terms like ‘judicial independence’, ‘supremacy of the constitution’, and the ‘primacy of democracy‘. I was caught up in the romance of all that.

Then I saw his speech in which he shamelessly went on about how “Mr Bhutto’s” government has been brought to an end, assemblies dissolved and ministers removed.

What flabbergasted me was how could a man say all this in one sentence and never stutter for once. How could he tell his “aziz humwatno” (dear countrymen) that they are inconsequential and their elected institutions and people are nothing more than fragile toys left to the whims of a badly brought up child?

But he did all this, never being weighed down by the burden of his own words. Heck, he even talked about the constitution in the last part of the sentence. So the constitution, head of the government, provincial and national assemblies, ministers and governors, all went in the same sentence and the man did not even show a modicum of remorse. Despite this, we all know who was hanged in the wee hours of the morning and who got the much celebrated state funeral only fitting for a national hero.

A lot has changed in the last five years since I saw the video of his speech. The lawyers are upholding the law by banning Ahmadi-owned soft drinks and showering cold-blooded murderers with rose petals. Even judicial activism has been harbouring on the fringes of judicial martial law, but one thing has remained constant; my disgust for what Zia has done to my country and what he stood for.

With time, as I came to know of the lashing instances, torturing and persecution of political opposition, imposition of a certain brand of religion, the induction of dated laws into the constitution, I have developed this tremendous sense of loss. This was a loss of what was a dynamic, vibrant and plural country. We lost a culture that embraced rather than discriminated. We lost of a sense of justice that raped women must have felt when they couldn’t find four sound witnesses. We lost the freedom of expression that always characterises such reactionary dictatorships. I can never feel the pain of Habib Jalib but, yes, I do empathise with him, as I can with Khawar Naeem, Nusrat Javed, the blind rape victim, and thousands of other nameless humans who had to suffer through the tyranny of Zia.

A lot has been said on these pages about Allah Hafiz and Khuda Hafiz and the baggage that comes with it. I do not want to get into that because no one could have narrated it better than Mohammad Hanif in his brilliant debut book A Case of Exploding Mangoes. In fact, I would like to end this blog with an excerpt from that very book as nothing else could say it more eloquently. Here it goes:

Two things that weren’t even on the agenda survived every upheaval that followed. General Akhtar remained a general until the time he died, and all God’s names were slowly deleted from the national memory as if a wind had swept the land and blown them away. Innocuous, intimate names: Persian Khuda which had always been handy for ghazal poets as it rhymed with most of the operative verbs; Rab, which poor people invoked in their hour of distress; Maula, which Sufis shouted in their hashish sessions. Allah had given Himself ninety-nine names. His people had improvised many more. But all these names slowly started to disappear: from official stationery, from Friday sermons, from newspaper editorials, from mothers’ prayers, from greeting cards, from official memos, from the lips of television quiz-show hosts, from children’s storybooks, from lovers’ songs, from court orders, from telephone operators’ greetings, from habeas corpus applications, from inter-school debating competitions, from road inauguration speeches, from memorial services, from cricket players’ curses; even from beggars’ begging pleas.

In the name of God, God was exiled from the land and replaced by the one and only Allah who, General Zia convinced himself, spoke only through him.

On quoting this very moving passage from a brilliant author’s book, I would like to make a dedication to Pakistan’s true revolutionary poet; Habib Jalib.

Do you think Ziaul Haq is largely to blame for the radicalisation of Pakistan?

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Omer.Kamal

Omer Kamal Bin Farooq

An economics student from Lahore with a keen interest in sports, theology, politics, and, anthropology.

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  • Marium

    I couldn’t agree more with every word of the author. Extremely well written. Recommend

  • N

    Bohat jaldi yaad agaya aaap ko yehRecommend

  • Noman Ansari

    When he was killed in an exploding ball of fire, he got what was coming to him. It seems all military dictators world over eventually get what they deserve.

    I hope Mush’s end is less harsh though. As bad as he was towards the end, initially, his heart truly was in the right place. Recommend

  • Parvez

    Nicely said.Recommend

  • Usman Khan

    @Noman: I’d beg to disagree. Right from the beginning he kept Benazir out by threatening her of ‘consequences’ of returning. The same threats he repeated when she did eventually return. And then when it appeared that the PPP would win the 2002 elections, he hastily formed the PML-Q and ordered his henchmen to rig the polls (reports of the intelligence chief of the time admitting rigging against the PPP are read-able everywhere). His heart was never in the right place. Musharraf was a dictator through and thorough. He wanted unquestionable power and authority. He never wanted rights and progress for the people of Pakistan. Recommend

  • https://www.facebook.com/farhan.a.hassan1 Capt Farhan

    mother of terrorism… pioneer of sectarianism….Recommend

  • shafiq

    My dear author hats off to you for such a literary and mind boggling piece of work but one thing i must tell you that presently we are again going through the same upheaval and turmoil as it was in late 70s… you see the fruits bear by the magnificent democratic process / regime these days. Democracy the best revenge from poor masses of this Holy Land has been fulfilled by the filthy and scum bag politicians.. You require to inquire and ask the people who know Gen Zia personally and about the strength in his character and uprightness i do not want to go into the details but only one thing i want to mention that he did not steel any property or business or wealth from the money of this Nation. no Swiss accounts or businesses in Arab countries…. its is not very easy to delete or defame the true history it will be remembered —— Recommend

  • http://www.baigarsalan.com arsalan

    August 17 : A day when a ” Mard -e- Moomin ” Left us with Hatred and extremism and we are still paying debts of HIS deeds ! ( Mr. Zia ul Haq )Recommend

  • Muhammed

    Zia ul Haq

    the Savior of Islam. Defender of Pakistan

    pakistan surely would have been consumed by the flood of kufr had it not been him.

    I salute you Shaheed Zia ul HaqRecommend

  • Big Rizvi

    Zia is the Pakistani Hitler. I do not need to explain why, the radicalization and intolerance serves as a very good example.Recommend

  • manish

    really in those 25 second, he stole a lot from future of pakistan..and all the terms like ‘failed state’, terrorist heaven, castle of extremists, is a result of these few seconds of speech.

    as someone said, KHATA LAMHE KARTE HAIN, aur sazaa sadiyan jhelti hain.Recommend

  • Mustafa Moiz

    Defeating a superpower, ensuring economic growth and unprecedented prosperity for the middle class, securing F-16s from the US, building our nuclear program, ending the Baloch conflict started by Mr Bhutto, were these the crimes of General Zia-ul-Haq Shaheed?Recommend

  • manish

    @Muhammed:
    actually me too. for he ensured that a vibrant and strong pakistan would be very difficult to forge because of extremism, sectarianism and hatred.

    an unstable pakistan is danger to india, but a stable and growing pakistan would have kind of posed very very serious threat to india.Recommend

  • Syed Ahsin Ali

    @Muhammed: Yes he was the defender of CIA islam..He brings for this nation a sectarian violence which was never a problem before him.He sowed the seeds of Talbinization of which consequences we facing now.He made the society intolerant to other beliefs..Recommend

  • yasir

    Zia ruled as long as he was required by the foriegn forces and when he became no more required, he was eliminated. Recommend

  • mansoor

    i agree with the writerRecommend

  • Ahsan

    One man cannot be held responsible for what we as a nation have failed to achieve or not achieve.
    sure he ignited a spark, but we the sheep are the real ones to blame.
    Blame the nation who never stood up against that tyranny, blame yourselves (myself included) for not having enough courage to disregards ones selfish concerns for life and property to never really stand for anything that might damage those.
    Zia was a medium but we were the ones that carried that tyrants laws, we are the ones that tortured those souls, we are the ones that stoned Zafran Bibi.
    WE ARE TO BLAME………………
    Accepting ones mistake is but the first step to change..Recommend

  • ThisMeansWar

    @Mustafa Moiz:
    Yes exactly. Now the liberals think of ONE and ONLY ONE aspect of his era, that he banned icons of falsehood in society. It has hurt them so much that the fundamental fire is still burning in their guts and tormenting them somehow.
    For all the liberals out their and generals of modernism: Zia was hero! And he’ll always be.
    And dear author, giving the reference of Mumtaz Quadri wouldn’t suffice to prove your point against Zia. Its an entirely different domain.Recommend

  • http://www.sknawaz.wordpress.com Syed Kashif Nawaz

    @Usman Khan:

    Bro. I would disagree with you as Musharraf really wanted progress & development of people/country, all the economic boom we saw only in his era.

    He didn’t take over the country himself unlike Zia, rather it was Nawaz Sharif’s short sightedness which led him do this.

    The murder of BB was the job of Taliban & not of Musharraf’s. Recommend

  • Wadeira ka Beta

    @Usman Khan: but by using Benazir are you trying to implicitly state that her heart was in the ‘right’ place for Pakistan?Recommend

  • Midhat

    I would still prefer to live under miltary rule then this Zardari’s democratic Rule. He didnot loot the country. He was an advocate of islamization (which we can agree or disagree with) but definately not secteriasm. The recent targerted killings are result of rebelious ideology, these TTP haved even bombed mosques, sunni sufi shrines, schools, marketplaces and what not. Lack of education, basic human needs ( roti kapra and makaan) and lack of implementing law helps in creating more of these frustrated twisted phycopathsRecommend

  • 2BA.d

    The starting line of the author indicates his reactive & stereotyping (a style of defensive coping) ways of looking at that regime. I watched this video clip and all i could see was a mere, but honest and avid announcement of a placid person.
    Read the sub-titles. I’m sure if this had been the words of a US president, the writer would have found them alright :)Recommend

  • Ben

    General Zia may be the most unpopular military dictator, if viewed from the prism of Pakistani democracy but historians can not deny the fact that he has left most indelible marks on Pakistan’s political, social and religious landscape. He fought Soviets, using Afghans, of course with American dollars and Wahhabi mercenaries and pushed the world into dreadful unipolar era. He gifts are drugs, Kalashnikovs, Wahhabi extremism and Afghan refugees, if we assess his achievements from the present-day standards. But those living in the world of 70s and 80s would shrug off this criticism saying he achieved a feat even the Americans could not dream of with their money and military might. Leaving aside the deeds or misdeeds of Zia, it is very unfortunate that he was killed in a mysterious air-crash along with 31 other passengers including members of his top-brass, air crew and American diplomats, right in a garrison town which he was visiting under the arrangements of the army he was commanding at that time. It was a clear case of killing by powerful political players in connivance with Zia’s own comrades. Read more at: http://passivevoices.wordpress.com/2012/08/17/bahawalpur-air-crash-who-killed-the-most-powerful-military-dictator/Recommend

  • http://pakistani-revival.blogspot.com Ovais

    And i am disgusted at Benazir , Zardari and Sharrifs for what they have doneRecommend

  • Mujtaba Rizvi

    Well written. Recommend

  • Baba Ji

    which leaders’ action in last 65 years did not disgust you ?Recommend

  • Vikram

    Most Muslims dream about having a state that is ruled by Islamic laws. Zia should be given some credit for making Pakistan an Islamic RepublicRecommend

  • SALEEM TAHIR

    Zia, in collaboration and collusion with Mullah /taliban inspired clergy was a curse for Pakistan and this nation is paying the price of this Mard-e- Zulmat.He cast a dark and sinister shadow on the country and we are still living under it.Recommend

  • Zeeshan Sheikh

    Long Live Zia ul Haq Shaheed who hanged commi bhutto and tried to bring islam in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Dr Imran Ahmed

    The media use emotional language to describe the most banal subject yet when innocent women, children, Shias, minorities and so on are persecuted and murdered the media language is soft to take into account the sentiments of Pakistanis who are the ideological spawn of Zia.
    Why are hypocritical fanatics not described as “Jahannum ke khanzeer” when they carry out cowardly attacks on say Shia? And why are cowards who kill and burn a mentally handicapped man in the name of religion not photographed, named and shamed? This is the legacy of Gen Zia.

    He that has no courage has no religion. Ali (RA)Recommend

  • Sarah

    I love you bro for this!Recommend

  • Dr Imran Ahmed

    @Zeeshan Sheikh: Zia tried and partly succeeded in bringing a corrupted, narrow, mullah version of Islam that is against the spirit of the Din, the Book and the compassionate teachings of His Prophet (pbuh). For that and for the harm he has done to millions of Allah’s creatures he will answer on the Day.Recommend

  • Raw is War

    Dont be disgusted. try and repair the damage.Recommend

  • kaalchakra

    I wasn’t aware that Zia-ul-Haq shaheed single-handedly brought all of Islam to Pakistan to scare all Islamophobes :)Recommend

  • Ozymandias

    Lets never say ‘one man can’t make a difference’Recommend

  • Sarah

    There is something despicable about that faceRecommend

  • Zubair

    A very well written blog. The fact is that in the days to come, when true history of this region will be written, we shall know the damage Zia caused this land of ours. The roots of religious, sectarian and political divide which has engulfed this country can be traced to his era. he left behind a legacy of intolerance, bigotry, hatred and fanaticism. Its easy to say that he defeated Russia, brought down a superpower but we have to remember what this country got in return. This land of ours is still suffering from his deeds.
    BUT we do have to admit that it was AWAM who let the tyrants play havoc with their lives. Its easier to say that a dictatorial rule like Zia’s is better than current rule but it is US who have put the current rulers in place. Two wrongs do not make a right. We have to admit that We were weak then and we are weaker now. The only way forward is to admit and correct ourselves and throw away the shackles that bind our free thought.Recommend

  • Kawish Siddiqui

    I am surprised, most of the ‘Educated’ people are writing comments here on the basis of this artical and 25 secs (out of half an hour) speech sentances.
    Does anyone know what was the charge on Bhutoo? Does anyone know what has he been played with the Nation by introducing “Constitution”? Does anyone know why Zia sb tookover the rule?
    Yes you all would know what YouTube is saying, you will know what Geo, ARY, Express and other media mafia partners are saying.

    Shame on this ‘Educated’ generation….. it was far better when we were unEducated but “Ba-Shaoor” and were able to discriminate the “Right” and “Wrong” on the basis of true knowledge rather than only Information.

    “Ya Allah, Make us unEducated but Ba-Shaoor.”
    Rabbi Zidni Ilmaa (Aye Allah mere Ilm main Izafa kar or “Sirf Information” se bacha…. Aameen”Recommend

  • Dr Imran Ahmed

    Between Yahya, Bhutto and Zia it is a wonder that half the country survived.Recommend

  • Vikram

    Zeeshan Sheikh: “Long Live Zia ul Haq Shaheed who hanged commi bhutto and tried to bring islam in Pakistan.”

    Long live Pakistan government (ISI and Army) that created talibans who are scholars of Quran who turned Afghanistan into Islamic Emirates. Long live Suicide Bombers.Recommend

  • Vikram

    @Zubair: Its easy to say that he defeated Russia, brought down a superpower

    Really, I did not know. I thought it was shoulder held missiles provided by USA that forced Russia to withdraw. Pakistan tried to destroy Afghanistan but failed.

    Pakistan can’t even control terrorists in its own country.Recommend

  • Asad khan

    @arsalan: Bhutto fell victim to a conspiracy.Recommend

  • Rashid

    @Zubair
    Brother don’t repeat the myth that Zia defeated the Soviet Union. It was the economic failure of Soviet Union relative to the Capitalist countries and China which led to the collapse of the Soviet Union. Gorbachev pulled out of the Afganistan because it just was not worth staying there. The Soviets had the firepower to win in Afghanistan. In the end they decided it was worth it for them to fight a full scale conflict like the Second World War or Korean War.Recommend

  • Dr Imran Ahmed
  • Hinah

    @Raw is War:
    @Ovais:
    @Baba Ji:
    +1
    Author: ‘Despite this, we all know who was hanged in the wee hours of the morning and who got the much celebrated state funeral only fitting for a national hero.’

    & who exactly are we referring to here? ZAB? He destroyed our economy through nationalisation and nepotism and with his gia-normous ego.
    He only got to the hearts of the people by being anti-american. For a person so anti-west, it sure never reflected in his lifestyle.

    He said what was necessary to get people to like him.
    He introduced a slogan that would move people.
    He pulled off a persona that people thought they would like to govern them.

    In short, he was one clever politician. Alas, never a true leader.Recommend

  • Hinah

    @Asad khan:
    Good riddance either way.Recommend

  • http://bigsaf.newsvine.com bigsaf

    @Mustafa Moiz:

    Crimes include being subservient to another superpower, stuck with millions of refugees, nurtured militants, aimed them at India thereafter and now being eaten alive internally. Flooding the country with heroine and guns, US Aid, IMF debts, undermining of democracy and civilian institutions by military inc abuse and corruption, unprecedented revisionist education and Wahhabi radicalization. F-16s secured much later. Withheld after being declared terrorist sponsors by US Congress. Poor indicator for anything except for jingoistic military hawk blowhards who value war toys over development. Nuclear works started by Bhutto and predecessors. Still eating grass due to expenses. Zia can take credit for scientists who believe in harnessing the power of Djinns. Baloch conflict still ongoing, Punjabi Khakis still hated. Not defending Bhutto. Sectarianism increased under him. Posthumously left us Laal Masjid and every other jihadi militant and twisted un-Islamic Wahhabi laws like the Hudood Ordinance. Recommend

  • http://www.facebook.com/britishmuslims Mohammed Abbasi

    I think ZAB kick started the radicalisation process and it got notched up a few gears by Zia, Pakistan is nearly all in the hands of the Mullahs and they will soon bring the paradise the Pakistanis yearn for such as Afghanistan was under The Taliban.

    Unless of course they wake up?Recommend

  • saad

    Pakistan = Failed State.Recommend

  • Aziz

    To say Zia was pious is the mist stupid thing in the world he was out and out a selfish bastard who destroyed the very soul of Pakistanis and so will his elks if returned to power. May God in his infinite mercy spare Pakistan from the clutches of his supporter and their brand of Islam.Recommend

  • Shoaib Sherazi

    I see a lot of people bashing General Zia ul Haq when most of you guys were not even old enough to remember his time and some were yet to be born. I urge people to look at this situation in the broader context and not based on a short clip. You could disagree with military rule or not but it is a known fact the stability is very necessary during war time and Zia ul haq came during the cold war era. As an example I would use the current situation where we now a have a “democratically elected government” and what we have now is an internal war between state and TTP and also in neighboring Afghanistan. Also we have a constant conflict with India. Only of we had a military dictator on top we would have a more peaceful Pakistan. What a dictator could achieve in war time is far more then democracy in peace time. For now I wouldn’t even prefer Musharaf since now he is a politician too. I would rather have Kiyyani to rule Pakistan now to stabilize Pakistan. Also General Zia Ul Haq was the need of that time and we should remember him that way. And give him his due respect.Recommend

  • Zubair

    @Rashid
    This is what I meant. I was not repeating the myth nor did I mean that he was instrumental in unfolding of Russia, Please don’t quote me out of context.
    @Kawish can you shed some light on what you are saying? We cannot ignore the historical facts. Recommend

  • Sajjad

    You have mentioned Ahmadi some where above. I hope you already know that the very own government who legislate against the Ahmadi’s were democratically elected. Bhutto has also did the mass. I am against Zia as well but Democracy in our country is also a different kind of dictatorship.Recommend

  • mr. righty rightist

    180,000,000 failures of a country put the blame entirely on one person.Recommend

  • Azhar Saeed

    Bravo Omer. Well done. Zia is undoubtedly the most wicked, loathsome and hated man born on this soil who ruined the lives of millions not only in Pakistan but across the world. He is responsible for much of the misery around the world, that we see today with regard to religious, ethnic and racial fanaticism and loss of human values Recommend

  • Ex-Muslim Athiest

    @Muhammed:
    Flood of kufr eh? Explain.Recommend

  • Ex-Muslim Athiest

    @Zeeshan Sheikh:
    And thats why I left your religion.Recommend

  • http://x-bts.blogspot.com Amin

    maybe you should read up a little on Bhutto as well… your pluralistic wonderland was being torn down well before Zia…Recommend

  • Shaukat M Khan

    Dear All !

    Just went through different comments posted by a number of readers. The analysis show that majority of people have not supported Zia’s actions. But question is what was our responsibility as a nation when he imposed martial law? Did people came out on streets once he took over ? In same context don’t forget the sweet distribution once Mush took over. This is how we are as a nation. Do you think our Army can take over the country against the wishes of people of Pakistan. The answer is “No”. Also just analyze the history of this region. By and large the people of this region are submissive by nature and hesitate to react (barring few exceptions like supporting Chief Justice). We have to learn that nothing changes till we change ourselves. It is also a fact that our leaders are reflection of our own self. Just see the so called “Democratic Pakistan” of 2012. Question is if Zia introduced extremism who is stopping us to eradicate that …….. Long live PakistanRecommend

  • hassan

    When Zia was cosying upto Western leaders, bringing in a lot of US dollars, no one in Pakistan complained. It is with US charity you built all those swanky roads and airports. At that time, people were gloating that their country is economically doing better than their evil neighbour (whom US detested).

    US continued to pour money into Pakistan which helped us to make our army such a powerful unit. We used the funds to even build a nuclear arsenal.

    If Zia had not got those billions from US then, what would have been the state of our infrastructure ? Our cities would have looked like some overcrowded Sudanese town….Recommend

  • http://syedowais.blogspot.com/ Syed Owais Mukhtar

    Just like the Jews always crying on the holocaust the so-called-liberals of Pakistan are busy in always crying upon what Zia did, I mean 65 years passed, the liberal are not even strong enough to make their way into the minds of people. The fact, their vision is weak, on the other hand the vision of Islam is everlasting so anyone can make an impact on people’s mind once he take the name of Islam. I think liberals now should quit blaming Zia.Recommend

  • Zalmai

    Zia ul Haq turned Pakistanis of Indian heritage into Arabs. He was a genius, a genie straight out of Tales of Arabia. Recommend

  • Nobody

    @manish:
    So in essence, you’re saying you prefer an unstable Pakistan rampant with violence and hatred and bloodshed, often bloodshed of those who are innocent and undeserving of it? Hmm. Testament to character. Such a disappointment coming from progressive and secular India. I hope (and believe) the majority of Indians do NOT feel the way you do.
    And on another point, your statement holds no weight and makes very little sense. A stable and growing Pakistan would comprise of a more educated population, one that can slowly but surely tackle religious intolerance (including a general dislike of all who are ‘different’) and embrace a healthier more progressive viewpoint of other religions/races/cultures/countries, inclusive of its neighbor. But according to you, that’s a threat to India….? Recommend

  • murtaza

    Zia was the worse of all the dictators and its just because of him that we are facing the worst sectarian issues throughout the nation that never existed before ! Recommend

  • Atyachaar

    Then I saw his speech in which he shamelessly went on about how “Mr Bhutto’s” government has been brought to an end, assemblies dissolved and ministers removed.

    Now you know how Indians feel when your politicians shamelessly say we had nothing to do with it on Mumbai attacks. All point to vociferous Internet Indians, but there were made that angry by you people. I would ask god on how he let a group of people go berserk without consequences of their actions. Reading your papers daily proves there is natural justice, I still wish well for ordinary Pakistanis cause everybody deserves to enjoy the benefits of 21 centuries of progress of mankind, your Army and intelligence though can go take a hike!Recommend

  • zaid

    @Muhammed: dude ** off he was a parasite, a bad omen for our country Recommend

  • malik

    A simple layman’s question:

    If Zia was really such a bad guy, how come none of his policies have been reversed so far ? Zia’s Hudood Ordinance still stands. Zakat ordinance is still there. He was the man who gave teeth to the dreaded Blasphemy Laws. What prevents you guys from hitting the streets to ask for repeal of these ?

    You can’t and You won’t. Because, deep down, we want these. We have always wanted someone like Zia.

    Trust me, if a politician promises more Zia-like steps in the country (also known as More Beards and Burqas Programme) , no one will dare oppose him and he will win landslide victory !!Recommend

  • vijay dixit

    Why do the Pakistanis moan about Zia.Just look at the world map & you will see all Islamic countries are under military rule without exception.For the simple reason that Muslims are not democratic by nature.They believe in military rule & are under the misguided notion that backing the Khakis is manly & has the Mullas approval.How wrong can you be.Recommend

  • furqan

    @Hinah:
    Totally agreed with you .
    ZAB ruined Pakistan .In short .. he was responsible for the separation of former Pakistan i-e Bangladesh ..

    further ,I am not agree with the author , bcz all I know there was a time when true shariah was implemented in this country .. I hadnt seen any lady without duppatta on TV or outside the Road ,there was no vulgour activities at that time ..
    But anyways Everyone has their own mind set .. If Pakistan is a muslim state then Islam should be implemented fully .. Recommend

  • http://tribune.com.pk p r sharma

    Dear author ;
    Every body ( including Zia Ul Haq) of Pakistan has to take the responsibility of the current status of Pakistan , Just blaming one specific person will be incorrect . why this realization came after so may years. Once it is realized why not the steps initiated to Undo Zia’s misdeeds. Apparently the misdeeds of Zia are perceived by majority of the people as the good deeds. to begin with why the wrong /incorrect texts from the text books are not rectified? the root is to be remedied and it is collective responsibility but someone has to lead..Recommend

  • Kay

    There is no concept of “people power” or democracy in Islam or Arabs. The sipa sallar or commander of the army has always been the ruler of Islamic nations starting from the prophet himself and continue with the following khalifa’s. Prophet lead many wars himself.
    In Islam Army commander ( good or bad) has to be the Khalifa of the nation. PeriodRecommend

  • Dr Imran Ahmed

    @malik: I think that is correct. Historians accuse West Pakistan of carrying out perhaps the largest ever massacre and rape of muslims and targeted killing of Hindus in East Pakistan. We are aware of this yet we fail to acknowledge it or to apologize to Bengali people. Without acceptance and apology for our own bad behaviour our accusations against Burma, India, USA, Israel carry little meaning. The crimes of the latter pale into insignificance when compared to ours against our own people. Maltreatment of Pakistanis by other Pakistanis continues unabated, the minority Deobandi are now targeting other denominations like Shia in addition to non Muslims.

    Also we apply our laws in a discriminatory fashion against the poor.Let us for a moment consider the scenario where a sweeper witnesses the disabled child of a Police Superintendent or an MPA or a zamindar tearing/burning a Qaeda and tries to register a complaint at the thana. How would the law act in that case? Would the accused and her parent’s be beaten up and jailed, would the Police fail to stop crowds from burning their houses and beating up friends and relatives of the accused? Would they be unable to ever go back home? Recommend

  • Dr Imran Ahmed

    the case of the blind rape victim should give cause even to the most devout supporter of Sharia Law in its present form to question how a code intended to deliver justice was lawfully used to deliver grave injustice.Recommend

  • masab

    the later governments are equally to be blamed for keeping his legacy and his laws…are they not???Recommend

  • T Shah

    @shafiq:
    its intelligent commentary but not mind boggling? stop throwing adjectives around so freely….Recommend

  • T Shah

    @Vikram:
    Pakistani majority does not want a theocracy…..you would not know this as an Indian, as the right wingers are so vocal.Recommend

  • T Shah

    @Wadeira ka Beta:
    benazir was slightly better than zia but still bad for Pakistan as is ZardariRecommend

  • Dr Imran Ahmed

    @masab:
    We all are.Recommend

  • A.Sathyamurthy

    Though, as an Indian, I have refrained from voting on the question at the end of the blog, I like the write up. Until the military’s strangle hold on the civilian govt is brought to an end, the present situation in Pakistan may not change. The military has always succeeded in playing games planting some one as civilian head (in the name of democracy), when the whole world knows who is holding the reins.Recommend

  • Mohammad Akram Virk

    What a useless blog. Thank God Zia was not an ahmadi and he was not an Idiot. He was the greatest leader of Pakistan. He kept every Ahmadi and all enemies of pakistan out of door. Recommend

  • Usman

    I salute you all Gen Zia, Gen Ayub and Gen Musharraf. At least they are better than these corrupt, inefficient, illiterate and traitor politicians.Recommend

  • T Shah

    @Syed Kashif Nawaz:
    Z Bhutto, Zia and Benazir = WORST EVER LEADERS OF PAKISTAN WHO DESTROYED THIS COUNTRY.Recommend

  • T Shah

    @Shoaib Sherazi:
    please dont assume you are the only smart one and old enough person to remember this evil mans rule, we remember and he destroyed Pakistan by taking us back to the caves, he elevated mullahs to the terrorists they are today, he encouraged ethnic and nationalist tendency, he created the MQM, he destroyed Pakistan by allowing millions of Afghans into Pakistan, what right did he have, he acted like the slave dog of america for $$$$, today we are suffering drugs, guns, violence, terrorism, suicide bombings, Pakistanis are harrassed at airports because of what happens in Afghanistan.

    All this Zia is responsible, he did not introduce Islam, Islam was already in Pakistan, he introduced radical Islam, and we can see the results, he tried to do away with English medium schools when the world is learning English from China to Korea to Japan, we already had a lead, he introduced bicycles when india was gearing up for auto production with world car makers.

    This evil man, destroyed our politics, our judiciary, corrupted our bureaucrats, was a one man ruler who could do anything, make any policy, he is the man responsible for extremism in Pakistan today.

    And you fools still worship him? I pray he goes to hell. AminRecommend