IT’S true Zia did make mistakes. Even the woman politician from Sindh the writer mentions made a mistake in selecting her spouse. But to say that the specimens Zia chose for his shura were “the scum of the earth” is a bit harsh and simply not true. The late Abdul Sattar Edhi was one of them, and surely he was one of the greatest men who ever lived.
When the writer says, “The glass was just shattered. Even today we are trying to sweep the shards off the floor,” he forgets that the country was near economic collapse when Zia took over, and we are trying to sweep the shards of Bhutto’s nationalisation policies off the floor even today.
As for Zia having a very low IQ, it was certainly greater than that of Bhutto, who — despite his superior education — selected Zia to be the army chief over six officers ahead of him on the seniority list.
Published in Dawn, August 29th, 2016