The first priority for Quaid-i-Azam after attaining independence in 1947 was the formation of a Constituent Assembly with the task to frame a constitution for a modern democratic welfare state. After his death, a few ambitious men deliberately delayed this vital task in their bid to create a constituency of their own. In this betrayal, they conspired with the civil and military bureaucracy and those who had opposed the creation of Pakistan. Under-hand deals were cut with members of the Unionist Party and remnants of the British trained civil and uniformed bureaucracy. As happens with such ambitious projects, the fate had its own script. Pakistan, a country created through a constitutional struggle became a haven for conspirators, thugs and dictators. -ANEELA CHANDIO, Sukkur, via e-mail, June 25.