Just over 31 years ago, in a leafy and affluent suburb of a third world country, a young man sat at the bedside of his mother. She was dying. Bereft of peace, and in a painful silence challenged by little other than the muted conversations of family, he sat day after day, forced to acquaint himself with a consuming helplessness; a feeling previously unbeknownst to him.
Many Pakistanis are torn between their support for democracy and civilian control of the military, on the one hand, and their desire for social and political reform, on the other. Just as Sharif is the flawed advocate of democracy, Khan and Qadri's calls for reform have been tainted by their covert ties with the military and its intelligence arms.
It is time to challenge prevailing wrong attitudes in Pakistan, and the "war crimes industry" that continues to plague Bangladesh's internal politics and regional relations, to establish an accurate historical record, and break the culture of exaggeration, blood capitalism and silencing of dissenting views, by asserting the right to the truth.