This editorial from the pro-PML paper “The News” made me think a bit about the futility of principled behavior towards the Pakistani right-wing.
Rarely can apology have seemed more hollow than that tendered repeatedly by information minister Sherry Rehman to the civil society activist Tahira Abdullah. Both women were appearing on a popular daytime television talk-show. One of them had slept sound in her bed the night before; the other had suffered the indignity of being roused from her sleep in the small hours, her door battered by the police, and then carted off into detention, albeit briefly. Ms Abdullah was weeping. Not the phony tears of the cinema, but the real tears that come with the realization that those values which she believed in – justice, peace, equality – had been trampled at her own front door by the very party which she believed was going to uphold and protect those values
This paragraph contains many things that I feel — outrage at the arrest and regret at the state of the Pakistani left. But the context it’s written in, just like all the other “Benazir would never have wanted this” comments from the right, is just laughable. The way to think about it is that these people capitalize on the principles of liberals and then use them to neutralize their opposition to their side’s own completely unrestrained behaviour.
Sherry Rehman’s apology may have been “hollow” (I do not think it was). But where was the apology for Najam Sethi or for Jugnu Mohsin?
The real reason why I was arrested by Nawaz Sharif had to do with a BBC documentary in which I had taken part, exposing the corruption of the PM. I was interviewed by the BBC in Pakistan two days before I left for India . The IB found out and informed the PM. Saif ur-Rehman called me and asked what I had told the BBC. I told him: “everything.” “Negative or positive?” he asked. “Is there anything positive in your regime?” I replied. “We will get you,” he warned.
Where is the movement to restore justice Sajjad Ali Shah?
Why is this country currently being held hostage to the principles of the left in the hands of one the most unprincipled individuals the right has ever produced?