I had access to an email from Victoria Schofield in London to Maqsooma offering condolences on the death of her mother Farkhanda Bukhari.
I have not had the chance to meet or know Farkhanda except through his autobiography titled ‘Yeh Baazi Ishq Ki Baazi Hay’. Her reputation was that of a staunch supporter of the Bhuttos and was nicknamed jaiyali. In this email, Victoria revealed to Maqsooma that Farkhanda came into her life a long time ago, not through the usual presentation channels, but by association with an Italian lady Maria Salvatore, with whom she was training to learn. the Italian language. In the course of many conversations, when the names of Bhutto and Benazir appeared, Maria prevented Victoria from arguing that she too had a Pakistani connection. It turned out to be Farkhanda Bukhari’s.
Maria also worked for Amnesty International providing aid to people who came to England in distress. In the 1980s, Maria had met Farkhanda Bukhari who was allegedly involved in the PIA plane, in 1981. To the surprise of many, during the Al-Zulfiqar demonstration, 54 political prisoners were released, of which Farkhanda was. the only woman detained. . She was abducted from her home and exiled abroad.
She first arrived in Syria and ended up in London. The details of these events were elaborated in his autobiography âYeh Baazi Ishq Ki Baazi Hayâ. In the words of Asha’ar Rehman, editor of an English daily, “the book is the latest addition in a series about the relentless persecution of progressive forces by General Zia, the one man the Pakistanis cannot. not to avoid, however far they take, however far they may have traveled since those horrible times â.
Asha’ar Rehman adds that between the two there was turbulent political activity in the face of a regime that is most oppressive, including a mysterious visit to Libya. The involvement of a senior Pakistani military official and his educational sister, the small group that included Farkhanda Bukhari, was linked to an attempted revolution in Pakistan. In his autobiography, Bukhari mainly chooses to react to the little literature available on the trip to Libya and refrains from telling his story in full.
The only information she gives is that she had been trapped and didn’t know where she was heading and why.
In his autobiography, Bukhari only blamed the unavailability of any available literature during his trip to Libya and refrained from telling his story in its entirety. In 2011, an old man was blamed for an incident in the 1970s while working for the management of Musawaat, the Pakistan People’s Party daily in Lahore. The long awaited censorship of Farkhanda Bokhari, a PPP certified jiyali was expected.
The autobiography was the answer but fell short of expectations. It only established the fact that the purdah-watching wife of a famous poet Shuhrat Bukhari, professor at Islamia College in Lahore, turned into a rebellious girl who got into a head-on collision with a regime. martial law. The transformation seems natural; its protagonist, a girl from the old town inclined to do things differently from an early age, depending on her own feelings and the force of the events around her.
Bukhari was a staunch fan of Bhutto’s doctrine of running a state. Over time, the Party was gradually taken over by opportunists.
I meet Aslam Gurdaspuri on my night walks in Bagh-e-Jinnah in Lahore. I have known Hassan Lateef, the preeminent music composer for many years. Dr Mubashar Hassan created and supported Nespak, an idea of ââPakistani engineers doing the consultancy work that was given to foreigners to save Pakistan’s precious currencies. Currently, all of these pillars have joined the Almighty or are not considered ideologically close to the current Party leaders. Farkhanda Bukhari was the last of the icons of this bandwagon. May she live long in Heaven. Ameen.
The writer is the recipient of the prestigious Pride of Performance award. He can be reached at [email protected]