In all conscience, the PPP’s penchant to glorify two of its outstanding leaders, Benazir Bhutto, and Zulfikar Ali Bhutto – though both undoubtedly martyrs and individuals with a vast following -- has started to turn on itself. The furore in the National Assembly, that followed the passage of the Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Medical University (PIMS) bill that provides for the university’s affiliation with the Quaid-i-Azam Post Graduate College was a glaring evidence of how the people have come to dislike such shenanigans. All such moves, intending to throw into oblivion the name of the Quaid must be strongly condemned for we stand to lose our identity and the purpose of our existence the moment we forget who was the great statesman who gave us this country.

Among the protestors were PML-N and MQM; good as it may seem, the latter’s uproar appears somewhat tainted owing to the recent attacks made on the personality of the Quaid by the party chief. The move is more than just a pretence of improvement of higher education apparently to demonstrate to the people that this feat was another of PPP’s great steps, it shows the deteriorating levels of reverence for the Quaid. Over a period, different parties and quarters have been in one way or other displaying their disregard for history by twisting it and presenting the version that suits them best, but there is absolutely no match when it comes to how the ruling PPP has got it down to a fine art. It appears an effort is on to erase from people’s consciousness the traces of Quaid or perhaps appropriate his legacy. Consider for example how abruptly, the pictures and portraits of Quaid-i-Azam have been obscured by photographs of the Bhutto Clan adorning the backdrop every time President Zardari goes on airwaves from the presidency. This has been done too frequently to inculcate in the audience the thought that these two leaders of the party enjoy a similar place in history. And besides there are plenty of examples one can find whereby notable landmarks and public places have been renamed after the party’s leaders just for the purpose of self projection.

Granted Benazir Bhutto and Zulfikar Ali Bhutto commanded an incredible amount of support within Sindh, there is however no point in trying to make them look bigger than the founder of the nation. These two leaders have their own place in people’s hearts and minds, but going beyond that will only draw massive outrage and anger. The PPP should know that it is counterproductive; it is doing more than good to the image that is being projected.