A lost legacy... By Muhammad Khan
18 October, 2012
There is little doubt that the PPP — the largest political party in the country — has, in the past, made it its mission to fight for democracy and against military dictatorship but, I am sorry to say, the PPP has now used the same tactics that dictators used in the past. The PPP has used as much of the government's machinery as possible, spending money on a large scale, posting 19,000 security personnel at the site of its public meetings and using millions of rupees on advertisements, yet they fail to attract a large number of people when compared to the turnout of the PPP's public meetings of the past when people used to come of their own accord. Recently, PPP speakers used highly aggressive and objectionable language against the opponents of the controversial Sindh People's Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) passed by the PPP in the Sindh Assembly on October 1, 2012 by using dictatorial methods. Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah, while criticising a nationalist party, termed the Sindhi culture demonstrated by the female wing of the party as a culture of mere dancers. This was highly regrettable and insulting — the CM should apologise.
It is my candid view that such public meetings and objectionable speeches by the PPP will only serve to further divide the people of Sindh. Furthermore, let us hope the PPP will not shoot itself in the foot by utilising dictatorial methods in the future in view of its glorious past.
MOHAMMAD KHAN SIAL