Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Not so proper farewell to Javed Hashmi

One can count on fingers politicians like Javed Hashmi in Pakistan. He remained in jail for his principles for almost a decade. His political career is not tainted with corruption allegations and he talks sense most of the time.
Without badmouthing policies or leaders of his former party,  the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), he joined the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI). The PML-N leadership has failed to give a proper farewell to their party's most loyalist parliamentarian. Hashmi, who paid tribute to the workers of the PML-N in his address at the PTI Karachi rally, is facing criticism.
This criticism is not coming from his former colleagues but family members of the PML-N leadership. Hamza Shahbaz and Captain (r) Safdar, both son and son-in-law, respectively, of PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif has criticised Hashmi's defection is a very degrading way.

Always a rebel!
Addressing a press conference in Peshawar, Captain Safdar, whose only claim to fame is his love marriage with the daughter of Nawaz Sharif, has said, "If Hashmi had mentioned this before, we could have collected Rs10 million for him in alms from Peshawar alone." The whole nation knows that if Hashmi was up for sale, Musharraf would have bought him. When the whole Nawaz Sharif family accepted exile instead of facing the trial, Hashmi faced it bravely. I wonder how Captain Safdar has forgotten the history so quickly. Safdar's statement is quite shameful for him.
Hamza Shahbaz was the first to criticise Hashmi, saying the PML-N is not affected by anyone leaving the it.
These two statements are enough to damage the PML-N's public image, which has been maintained by a group of senior journalists headed by Pervez Rashid. A proper farewell to Hashmi by the PML-N leadership would have lifted the PML-N's image.

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