Dissent is a forbidden fruit in Pakistan

Dissent is a forbidden fruit in Pakistan now. You could either be declared financially corrupt or anti-state for committing the crime of dissent. Dissenting from the narrative of state institutions was never easy in the country. But the mainstream politicians were mostly exempted from the ambit of such serious allegations in the post-Zia period. It might be because the mainstream politicians usually embraced the narrative of the state institutions in this period. Or may be because the mainstream politicians were seen as serving the interests of the state institutions in the larger scheme of things. Benazir Bhutto was an exemption among the mainstream politicians as she continued to challenge the narrative of the state especially on foreign policy and regional security issues.

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