Pakistan People’s Party’s (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, while addressing a rally in Lyari on Sunday, said that those who were speaking about the partition of Sindh now themselves stood divided. Bilawal also declared that he would set people free from ‘Takht-i-Raiwind’.
Bilawal said that Lyari is the stronghold of brave people who have risen against all forms of dictatorship. “Lyari was the second home of my mother and grandfather,” he said.
He recalled that his parents’ wedding was held in Lyari and that he was also born there.
“I am the son of Lyari,” Bilawal told cheering crowds and said that Lyari still remains the stronghold of his party. He decried that the peace of Lyari was spoiled under a conspiracy.
He paid glowing tributes to the martyrs of Lyari who lost their lives for the sake of the party, and to the hardworking people of the impoverished area.
The PPP held the Salam-e-Shuhada rally in Karachi to pay homage to the victims of the Karsaz blasts victims which was led by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.
A large number of party workers and supporters also gathered in others areas to welcome the rally.
The rally will pass through several areas including Bilawal Chowrangi, Mai Kolachi, Native Jetty, I.C.I Bridge, Lea Market Lyari, M.A. Jinnah Road, Kharadar, Mazar-e-Quaid and Karsaz.
Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah termed the rally as the start of the preparations for the 2018 election.
PPP leader Qamar-uz-Zaman Kaira, while speaking to a private news channel said that the rally is a befitting response to their opponents, and is testament that the party is still present in the hearts of its members.
While addressing the rally at Bilawal Chowrangi, Bilawal said that the Karsaz attack on 18th October 2007 was the biggest terrorist attack against any political party of the world.
He said that former prime minister Benazir Bhutto chose Karachi as the city of her return to Pakistan and did not back down from the threats she received and kept challenging the evil-doers of society.
He added that Karachi is the heart beat of Pakistan and they will liberate it from ‘Takht-e-Raiwind’.
He added PPP had restored democracy, hoisted the national flag in Swat and tackled poverty through Benazir Income Support Program (BISP) and even initiated the China Pakistan Economic Corridor.
He emotionally recalled his mother and said that the supporters and lovers of Benazir Bhutto are alive. “Benazir had come to Pakistan for ending dictatorship, terrorism, unemployment and sectarianism from the country”.
He lashed out at Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan and said that the responsibility of dealing with a “lion” has been given to a “sportsman.
A welcome camp was set up near the Bilawal House playing party tunes, while flags and banners have been placed in various parts of the city.
Chief Minister of Sindh Murad Ali Shah, former Prime Ministers Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani and Raja Pervez Ashraf, Khursheed Shah, Sherry Rehman, Nafisa Shah, Latif Khosa, Qaim Ali Shah, Shehla Raza and Moula Bux Chandio accompanied the PPP chairman.
Aseefa Bhutto Zardari said on Twitter that the day shows the true love for Bilawal Bhutto and that those who sacrificed their lives will not be forgotten.
Strict security arrangements were made for the rally.
Some 8,429 security men were deputed at entire routes of rally to maintain law and order.
Helicopters continuously flying over the rally routes and around to conduct aerial surveillance throughout the day. -Business Recorder