A picture showing slain former Pakistani premier Benazir Bhutto sitting on the lap of late military ruler Zia-ul-Haq has been plastered on the Internet after PPP workers "rioted" at the arts festival venue where it had originally been displayed.
The controversial computer generated picture titled 'Stiff Competition', a mock-up of a family portrait with heads cut and pasted over, depicts dictator Yahya Khan sitting on the lower right, military ruler Ayub Khan holding a baby Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto on the rear left, Benazir sitting on Zia's lap, and Bangladeshi leader Sheikh Mujeeb-ur-Rehman at the top right.
The picture was displayed at the Shanakht festival in the Arts Council in Karachi. The festival was cancelled after offended PPP workers "rioted" at the venue. "I hope the entire Pakistani blogosphere is plastering this all over the net…," wrote a blogger identified as NB at fiverupees.Com.
He said this should be done as a response to "the offended PPP jiyalaas (workers) who saw fit to disrupt the festival, fire their weapons, issue death threats and FIRs to the organisers of the event".
An online petition is being signed to condemn the violence at the festival.