According to press reports, the government has plans of issuing a 'Benazir card' to the poor of the country. The gesture, if genuine, may be praise worthy. But how can a card issued by the exchequer carry Benazir's name? It will not be funded by her personal money but that of millions of taxpayers like this scribe. Benazir Bhutto's death was very sad. But sadder still was the death in office of our first Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan at the same spot in 1951. He was not only the first Prime Minister but the right hand man of Quaid-i-Azam too. But no card was ever issued in his name. That is because the state treasury is not meant for glorifying individuals. With due respect, Ms Benazir Bhutto had no such distinction to her credit. She was just a leader of a political party holding no elected public office when she died. It seems like a way to purchase votes for PPP by doling out taxpayers' money on Benazir card. It would be highly objectionable. It could happen only in a PPP government. None of it could be permissible in a truly democratic dispensation.-B.A. MALIK, Lahore, via e-mail, June 8.