To hell and back
Where Nawaz Sharif only talks about restoration of deposed judges and impeachment of the president, PPP on the other hand, assuming power after 11 years is wrapping up all the pending issues. The release of Rehmat Shah Afridi was one of them.
Rehmat Shah spent 9 years behind the bars, was sentence to death on the account of smuggling narcotics but later on his sentence was changed to life imprisonment. 9 years is the period.
I know Rehmat Shah as a staunch supporter of PPP and Benazir Bhutto. His daughter (I don’t know she was the eldest or youngest) was my class fellow in junior school. One day she had brought a large colored photograph of her father with Benazir as a proof because she would talk about her father and none of us would believe her. She gave me many rides on our way to home. After attending school for 3 years with me she left. Some suggested she went abroad though none of my class fellows had clear idea where did she go.
I often think why a man of his stature, an opinion maker would do smuggling. Rehmat Shah maintains that his forthright articles brought the wrath of military and anti narcotics force. Irrespective of who is right and who is wrong I think his release is well timed. I can imagine the elation of his daughter and family members.