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Dog eat dog

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IN thinking about how to honour the recently deceased Jam Saqi — a giant in the annals of this country’s history, irrespective of how the tyrants that he challenged branded him a traitor — I came across a photo of the great communist leader being tried by a military tribunal with one Benazir Bhutto in the ‘courtroom’ to put her weight behind Jam.

It was a reminder of just how different the world of politics was back in the 1980s. Those were certainly dark, dictatorial days, but they were also days when progressive forces more often than not closed ranks and a wide cross section of society — particularly young people — recognised and responded to ideological politics.

Transpose that image of politics onto a present in which the handful of progressives occupying positions in mainstream parties seem isolated. It has been reported in the aftermath of a Senate election tainted by apparently unprecedented buying and selling of votes that all talk of the Senate chairman Raza Rabbani continuing in his position, through which he has consistently asserted the basic principle of popular sovereignty in the face of judicial overreach and the establishment’s unending manipulations, has been quashed by his own party leadership.

Simultaneously, we heard about the resignation from........

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