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Zinda hai, BB! Zinda hai!

Benazir heralded the attack on innocent children in Peshawar. While the conservative governments and military leaders clouded our vision Benazir was the only one who saw it coming and she warned the West as well as the East that the world will see hideous massacres in the name of religion. Bhutto wrote in her book,”The Daughter of the East,” that she feared an attack from a Jihadist named Osama Bin Laden. This was in 1990, ten good years before the horror that struck the Twin Towers.

Those Jihadists saw to her death and since Benazir, the terrorists have had their way. They have provoked sectarian conflicts, bombed mosques and churches, attempted to murder school girls and blown away schools. The message that they have brought to Pakistan is of a dogmatic Islam that discourages religious dialogue and is scared of school girls who can think for themselves.

The same extremism that poses the biggest threat to Pakistan now, killed Benazir Bhutto on December 27th, 2007. And though her body left us that day, her bullet-proof ideas remain amidst us, and these ideas are growing stronger and more steadfast.

Firstly, Benazir wanted us to see the terrorists for what they were and now her country is free of the deluded vision of Islam that the extremists were harbouring and spreading amongst the people. Her sacrifice and the sacrifice of a thousand Pakistanis from all age groups, religion, sects and castes have shown us the real face of our enemy and this is our first productive step in this war. We, now, know our enemy.

Secondly, Benazir proved an inspiration for the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner. The young Malala Yousafzai wants to follow in her footsteps and bring her people to an enlightened Pakistan. She shares this dream with Benazir, like she shares Benazir’s valiance and her volition to stand dauntless and fearless against evil. Malala, like Benazir, is a symbol of hope and courage in the face of this blemished version of Islam and its followers. Above all, Malala and Benazir are beacons of education for the women of this nation, who need awakening so that they can play their part in the development of this country. They are a constant reminder of the strength of a woman; a woman who can stand up for her right to education, her right to liberty and her right to free-thinking in a male-dominated world. Malala and Benazir are the voices against extremism that we ought to listen to now.

Thirdly, Benazir stood for a modern and enlightened Islam. She advocated a religion of peace and harmony and she practiced it by attempting to reconcile with the West and all of Pakistan’s neighbours. And in the face of extremism she highlighted the message of peace, human rights and education for the youth of the nation. No doubt she was a threat to the extremists, she preached everything that went against their teachings and what she stood for will be the downfall of extremism. Education, harmony and peace will be the end of extremism.

Every year, since 2007, ends with chants and prayers for Shaheed Benazir Bhutto and at the end of each year we are reminded of the Pakistan that she dreamt of. Her dream was was rather simple; she stood for democracy, and she vehemently opposed violence and the corruption of youth in the name of religion. And because her dream is still alive, ZINDA HAI BIBI, ZINDA HAI!

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17 comments on “Zinda hai, BB! Zinda hai!

  1. Wyrd Smythe
    December 27, 2014

    Our progress is agonizingly, painfully slow, but the world does seem to inch towards being a better place. May the coming year (and years) bring better peace and harmony for all the people of the world, but oh so especially for you and all your peoples.

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  3. mubami
    February 2, 2015

    Hmmmm; very thoughtful post but I would differ a little here.
    We try to move forward despite having faced several odds and obviously terrorism and extermism are at their heights. We have to move forward because if we standstill we will become ramnants of the past.

    But my question is should we move forward just for the sake of formality or move in right direction ahead. If we need to move ahead for the good we need to avoid having positive thinking forcibly. What does it mean if someone says things will be better.

    It is nothing but a wishful thinking. Just bring an example of country where things got better other than Japan where millions of people died by atom bomb and South Africa the lucky country that got the best leader of our time.

    So instead of just putting our head into the sand with wishful thinking of things will be better we should first stop, correct everything that has gone bad and then move forward and obviously our movement will be then in right direction.

  4. BIBI
    February 26, 2015

    yes, awam mar gai per phir bibi zinda hai

  5. mahashaikh
    April 9, 2015

    she is one of my favorite leader God rest her soul
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  6. Mariyam Ahmed
    May 11, 2015

    Shaheed benazir bhutto was the leader of the nation and will always remain. her policies are mostly supported by our patriotic journalists even in latest pakistani news.

    • Usman dar
      November 7, 2015

      Who said she is shaheed plz ALLAH ke bando open you eyes. Which policies to make salves like every one in pakistan. Plz understand la ilaha ilalah

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  9. Mystic
    August 9, 2015

    Seriously? !!! Isn’t BB who organized Taliban to defeat Northern alliance and lovingly called Mother of Taliban*. It’s all politics. She was intelligent but was no angel. She knew her husband was behind her brother’s murder. She knew all along about Zardari’s corruption. She made same deals with establishment as other leaders did.

    *Reference: “The Taliban: Islam, Oil and The New Great Game in Central Asia”. Ahmad Rashid: page 90

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  11. Usman dar
    November 7, 2015

    Moderate Islam is what? What BiBi bring to Pakistan and what she achieve in her life a Nobel price what’s the value of it nothing. How many people killed in pakistan with hunger, terrorism, and killed by some one else even her own brother when she was in charge.
    Islam is Islam no moderate or not liberal it’s it’s a perfect religion and no need to make any change it’s not made by world Gods.
    And apart from that No one is shaheed apart from a person who died on way of ALLAH and he was not sinner and completed all his responsibilities…..

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    January 7, 2016

    Very thoughtful to amazing post .
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