Unfinished journey of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto: By Iqbal Tareen


I have been trying to reconcile with the tragic departure of our beloved leader and Sister Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto. I attempted to write about it many times but ran into constant indignation, frozen thoughts, and total mental block. I did not know what to say and howto say it. I still don`t know if I could ever give words to my feelings. We know for sure tragedy that landed into our lives on December 27, 2007 is here to stay forever.

But I wonder what if she was not forced to depart from her unfinished journey!

Assassination of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto sets a new height of courage against extreme cruelty. By separating Mohtarma from people of Pakistan, enemies of peace and democracy assume they will impose rule of darkness forever. They are mistaken. Mohtarma`s vision and dream can`t be snatched away from people. It will live forever. Her life and message will resonate in the conscience of every person who ever knew her or knew about her. No matter how hard they try, they can`t kill the hope for democracy and freedom she kindled in hearts and minds of 160 million people of Pakistan.
Mohtarma lived and died as peacemaker and a warrior. She relentlessly fought for peace and democracy throughout her life. Although she inspired millions of people around the world but a few were extremely threatened by her existence. In popular rise of the people, they saw a sun quickly setting on their era.
Like their masters, Killers who took her life were also timidly intimidated by her. They couldn`t dare to pull the trigger facing her so they shot her from the back.
She willingly walked into the face of death was ready to pay with her life for all of us. The soul that departed her body shall lead our nation out of long and dark night of suppression, mockery, and tyranny. The politics of hate and pillage shall disappear from the lives people she loved.
Someday the people shall rise to free the nation from dictatorship, poverty, subordination, and lies. I believe that day will come sooner than later.
People say "she shouldn`t have exposed herself to dangers" Sure, they are making a point. But they forget she had chosen a lifestyle that traded safety and security for dreams and destiny for her people. In her final sacrifice she made an ultimate point proving nothing else mattered to her but the cause she lived and died for. Nothing really mattered…
Let us pledge to finish Mohtarma`s unfinished journey. Let us build Pakistan as she envisioned in her last speech. Let it be a nation inclusive of all religions, languages, nationalities, and ethnicities. Let us cherish rainbow of our nation`s diversity and not be threatened by it.
Let us pledge to empower our disadvantaged and oppressed brothers and sisters to complete the circle of freedom. Let the canons of a few over many be the thing of the past. Let us turn the pyramid of politics base up.
Let us pay a corporeal tribute to Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto by restoring freedom and dignity of every child, woman, and man and make Pakistan a nation that we can proudly call our own.
Let the supremacy of law and governance by people to be the new tenet of the future.

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