Farewell Pinky …
Daughter of the East
(1953 – 2007)
You either loved her or you didn’t, but one thing was for sure – you could not ignore her.
The death of any human being is sad – more so when it is a violent and unexpected death. What is most tragic, to my mind, is that she leaves behind 3 young children – 19, 17 and 14 years of age.
I did not know Benazir, nor did I ever meet her. However, she was a confident, self-assured individual who showed the world that this country has produced women who are dynamic and brilliant and who can hold their own on the world stage. Benazir could have made a difference to this country; she could have made a difference to the empowerment and status of women in this country.
I am sorry she is no longer amongst us. I am even sorrier that she had to go the way she did. For her supporters and her party workers, I have but one message. If you believe that she wanted to save Pakistan and turn it into a strong economic force where each citizen lived in peace and harmony and where democracy flourished, then honour her memory by fulfilling that dream.
This country has so much potential. We have so many young and vital people living in our midst. Let us give them the opportunity to grow and make a mark for themselves nationally and internationally. Let us all ensure that we create an environment that allows them to develop into happy, self-assured and wonderful human beings who can contribute to their country and the world at large.
Farewell Pinky … may your soul rest in peace.
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