This is apropos the ongoing debate in the wake of post-NRO annulment decision by the Supreme Court of Pakistan. The people of Sindh and rest of the country loved Z.A. Bhutto because of his impeccable track record of integrity, commitment and dedication to the people of Pakistan. It pains us when we hear about the heirs of his political legacy being so tarnished with allegations of corruption. Then, they have the temerity to take his name and put themselves on the same pedestal as him? Bhutto never faced any charges of corruption and therefore those that are accused of it, must not compare their possible prosecution with his trumped-up persecution. He suffered this fate because he challenged the world powers by starting the programme for Pakistans nuclear deterrence and also because he was the brain behind the strategy of use of oil as a weapon by the Arabs. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto lived and died in Pakistan as a patriot. He lives today in the hearts and minds of the vast majority of people of this country. He never owned any sugar mills, nor indulged in business ventures for personal profit. There were never any charges of a conflict of interest made against even by his worst enemies. This new breed of politicians that we have today, who misuse their official status to build personal business empires, are an insult to politicians of repute like Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Liaquat Ali Khan and Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. Politicians facing corruption charges, or those indulging in corruption, only harm the cause of democracy and can never contribute to the progress of Pakistan. Politics devoid of morality and ethics is as evil as dictatorship. Zia ul Haq and Musharraf only served themselves while the nation suffered. Ayub Khan started this process of derailment of democracy and it was in his tenure that the foundations of a corrupt politicized civil and khaki bureaucracy were laid down. This country cannot afford to close its eyes to the menace of corruption and must eradicate politics of men that have no other objective but to fleece the nation, plunder its resources and then run off from here. Irrespective of whether those involved in corruption are from the uniformed services, civil bureaucracy, political parties, judiciary or media, they must be made accountable for their crimes. Otherwise the chaos we suffer today would continue. -ANEELA CHANDIO, Lahore, January 21.