By Maj Gen (R) Parvez Akmal (42 Long Course)
Editor’s Note: Maj Gen Parvez Akmal retired as Deputy Engineer-in-Chief in 2005; he lives in Rawalpindi. Following his retirement, besides editing two volumes of ‘The History of Karakurram Highway’, authored by Brig (R) Mumtaz Khalid, he has been a free lance writer for some Urdu and English dailies until 2009. He also writes Urdu and Punjabi poetry, with pen-name “PA Lala”, often with English rendition. Here is his Urdu poem ‘Zameer aur Rooh’ (Conscience n’ Soul) recalling the bitter memories of NRO and power sharing.
Poet’s Views: I did this poem after the sham NRO effected Gen Musharraf’s self exile; the last couplet was, however, added when the former president returned, despite sincere advice to the contrary. I believe ‘NRO’ was his worst crime; whither Article Six, for he is no traitor. Whilst I can predict adverse comments from his fans, they may well know that I as MD OGDCL always said ‘NO’ to any of his naive instructions, which I found against the national interests. I emphasize that such instructions were often passed on the advice of Shaukat Aziz & Co who, over all these years, have been amply proven corrupt, as well as insincere to Pakistan.
This poem also addresses comments from the likes of Mr. Haroon Wasti who had questioned why I did not target the military segment of our society (Refer his comment on my poem “Mor Pankh”). Regardless of the systems of government, therefore, we must keep raising our voice against the wrong doings of any rulers.
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