SYED IZHAR HUSSAIN JAFFERY,
a person which is known person among the political, social and of course
in power corridors in every government. Originally hails from Karachi,
Jaffery has something hidden in his personality which helps him to come
closer to the top brasses. In late 1960s, he was an active student
leader and claims to be a close associate of Mairaj Mohammad Khan, Ali
Mukhtar Rizvi, and Shahenshah Hussain all of them were the top ranking
figures of the student's politics. He did his graduation from S.M.
When Z.A. Bhutto launched Pakistan Peoples Party
after his dissociation from President Ayub Khan, Jaffery was in
forefront of PPP and said to be the founder member of PPP. After Bhutto
regime was over, he was active in Ziaul Haq regime, than in Nawaz Sharif,
Whether it is a Majlis of "Sham-e-Ghariban"
or a "Mushaira, he can be seen in the front row paying his tributes
to the zakir or poet in his peculiar style. He claims enjoying close
acquaintances with top political leaders in the country.
a deep association with student politics, as well as education circles.
In the light of your experience do you think that educational standards
especially in the province are satisfactory?
JAFFERY: It is
unfortunate that the education environment in the province of Sindh and
in Karachi in particular is degenerating sharply. It is sad to note that
Sindh is lagging behind in the field of education as compared to other
three provinces of the country. It is unfortunate that education is the
victim of the political forces which used the students for political
gains. Responsibility for this decline in education does not lie on the
shoulders of the government alone, the parents, the educational
organizations and the society as a whole were responsible for the
decline in quality of education in the province of Sindh.
have always been prominent among the audience of "Majlis of Sham-e-Ghariban".
People are watching you on television on every tenth of Muharram for
last three decades. You are always seen giving a big hand to the speaker
or orator on every occasion. Do you make all these gestures to attract
attention of the people?
I am a great lover of Imam Hussain (R.A.) and all my gestures are
spontaneous coming out from the core of my heart. Although I am a great
admirer of Allama Talib Jauhari, among all of the Zakirs. I have the
greatest love and respect for Allama Rashid Turrabi who was really a
great scholar with great love for humanity.
Allama Talib Jauhari is also equally good because he
always maintains objectivity in his addresses and most of time takes
lead of Holy Quran and Sunnah. There is a great social responsibility on
the shoulders of these religious leaders and they can play a greater
role in forging unity among different sects of the Muslim society.
do you see the role of the politicians in bringing harmony among the
people of different walks of life? Did our leaders deliver the goods in
bringing democratic, social, and economic justice in the country? Did
they really serve the people and raise voice for the rights of the
my long association with the politicians, I can say without having any
second opinion that most of the politicians failed to deliver. I feel
with a heavy heart that even the slogan of "Roti-Kapra aur Makan"
was merely a political gimmick and was used to pull the crowd.
Getting these three essentials has always been a
dream of the people of this country and the politicians raised such
attractive slogans only for public consumptions. It is an irony that the
genuine services of the people like Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, who served
the country and the people, were never acknowledged. This gives a bad
taste and feelings that ours' is a thankless society. Dr. Abdul Qadeer
Khan was being questioned in our country. Dr. Abdul Kalam, his counter
part in India has been chosen as the President of that country, this
differentiates the attitude of the two societies.
has become a business. It is a known fact that most of the people in the
game of politics are for plots and permits. Since you have close
acquaintances with all the top ranking people and high ups did you get
some plots or permits?
JAFFERY: It is
an interesting question. You are right that majority of the people do
these things for personal gains. But you believe me that Z.A. Bhutto,
Ziaul Haq and other leaders extended such offers on many occasion
without asking for such favor but I never indulge in such practice as I
am quite happy and satisfied with my small house of 120 sq. yard in Al-Noor
Society of Federal B. Area. Unlike many people who have been shifted
from shanty hutments of Liaquatabad, Golimar or Landhi to Posh areas of
Clifton and Defence Housing Society, but you can see that I am living
happily in my house built by my father who was a retired government
officer. You may take undue advantage by misusing your contacts, but
should also be prepared to pay the price of your peace of mind and on
top of every thing the price of your inner respect.