Former PM Yousaf Raza Gilani has said that he drunk a cup of poison like Socrates to uphold the rule of law in the country although he knew that the decision to disqualifying him had already been made beforehand. The comparison is, however, not valid since Socrates was awarded death penalty by an autocratic regime. But the former PM was disqualified by the Supreme Court of a democratic government in a contempt case for not obeying the apex court and interpreting the constitution as per his own liking while that is the domain of the Supreme Court. He only wanted to safeguard the co-chairman of his party forgetting his oath of office. He did not realise that he was the PM of the 180 million people of Pakistan and not just of the PPP voters. Now whatever laments he might have in prose and poetry are of no use as he did not uphold the law of land like Socrates but only became a silent sacrificial lamb.
DR MUHAMMAD YAQOOB BHATTI