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Bhoolja‘ is not the name of an airline. It simply means (they will) ‘forget it’. It is also a mindset, a mental inertia of those who choose lip service over actions, cosmetics over contents, first aid over root causes and ‘buddyism’ over competence. When a state adopts this mindset as its official policy, a series of mindless events begin to happen. Buddies become Director Generals and ‘shake-down’ inspections begin to replace the stringent airworthiness requirements and procedures. Check out a Boeing 737-200 Manual, and you will find daily checks, transit checks, B checks, C checks and D checks but nowhere will you find the ambiguous and skin-deep ‘shakedown’ checks that were ordered by the government to convey an image of doing something important. Bhoolja’ is based on a belief that peoples’ memory, anger and emotions have a short shelf life and can be easily pacified by lame statements such as “PM or President have taken a notice or ordered an inquiry”. That is where all matters come to an end.

For any accident to happen there ought to be immediate, contributory and root causes. The root causes often point towards poor management practices. However when organizations adopt the ‘bhoolja’ ideology it does not take long for things to start falling apart. The current buddy system has created leaders who are neither capable nor interested in determining the root causes. Although a system of permits, licenses, and approvals exists for most functions, they continue to remain poorly regulated. Only this year, 30 workers died in a boiler explosion in Lahore, although industrial boilers undergo a yearly inspection and approval. A few weeks later, 150 heart patients died because they received contaminated Iso-Tab tablets. The entire system of drug licensing, inspections and controls failed to detect the presence of anti-malarial Pyrimethamine ingredients. The aeroplane that fell down in Islamabad and killed 127 persons had all the licenses, approvals and airworthiness certificates. Only if these had been effective, there would have been no need to order the vague, superficial and frivolous ‘shake down’ inspections.
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Benazir’s Murder: The Pyre Must Burn

The assassin displayed remarkable cool. At least once, he chose to delay his fire and then moved in very close to an advantageous position with the bomber following him. The man who grappled and brought him down deserves a citation.

Benazir Bhutto, the Daughter of the East is dead, buried and treacherously abandoned by her party leadership. Some prime witnesses including the assassin himself, the suicide bomber, Khalid Shanshah, Bait Ullah Mehsud and God knows who else are silenced forever.

Someone needs to explain why that hyperactive Benazir, the Princess of the day, infused with vigour like an elixir had to die. The Bhutto legacy will endure treacherous times. Qouting Hussain Pawar, ‘The pyre will burn’.

At a time when the country is struggling to fight its civil war in the backdrop of a sinking economy and growing parochialism, the Bhutto Legacy provides the cohesion needed to offset threats. It is the duty of every Pakistani to keep this pyre burning till such time the planners of Benazir’s murder are not identified and punished.

In the same stride, the nation must also know who murdered national leaders like the death of Jinnah and his sister, Liaqat Ali, Bhutto, Zia Ul Haq and Murtaza Bhutto.
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