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The consequence of resistance literature

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This is the second and final part of my column in response to some observations made by readers on the series about resistance writing.

One reader, Retired Col Aizaz, asked me to comment on the ‘achievements of political leadership’ in Pakistan. I must clarify that the series was not about highlighting the ‘achievements of our political leadership’. There is a lot to be written about the claimed achievements and purported failures of politicians. Essentially, this country itself is an achievement of the political leadership that negotiated and realized the dream of Pakistan.

It was the achievement of a politician, Tameezuddin Khan, to challenge the dissolution of the first Constituent Assembly and get a favourable verdict from the Sindh Chief Court. The verdict was later overturned by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Munir who himself later acknowledged that he was under tremendous pressure. It was the achievement of the political leadership that gave, though a bit late, the first constitution of Pakistan in 1956, which was abrogated by Maj-Gen Iskandar Mirza who himself was removed by General Ayub Khan to establish a military dictatorship that lasted for 11 years and rooted out the political leadership.

For any budding democracy political parties are the bloodline and a free press provides it the lungs to breath. If you crush political parties again and again in the name of corruption and incompetence – without applying the same to other institutions – you cannot create a level playing field. It was the achievement of the political leadership to persuade Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah to establish herself as a strong political leader. She galvanized the people of Pakistan against a military dictator who had tried to abolish and eliminate all of the political leadership that was fighting for democracy in Pakistan.

Fatima Jinnah emerged as an icon of resistance and spoke for the people’s aspirations to establish a........

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