Bilawal shows he’s learning the ropes fast enough


Chairman Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that his party has planned to hold a ‘long march’ in order to get his four demands met by the government.

He was addressing a gathering in connection with 9th death anniversary of his mother and slain party chairperson Benazir Bhutto in Garhi Khuda Baksh on Tuesday.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari pointing to his paternal grandfather Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto, he said a few people never die rather their ideology and achievements live in history and minds of the countrymen.

He said that Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto in the same way continue to live on in history and in the hearts of people and added that a few people despite being alive are dead indeed. “A few people taunt us for being connected with the past.

I ask them, have the issues been resolved for which the PPP was formed?” “ZA Bhutto gave the hand of Benazir Bhutto in the hand of poor people of the country and advised her to never abandon them, assuring her that they would also never desert her,” he said. “Benazir Bhutto then went to fight Zia, while later she fought with his remnants.”

The PPP chairman said even today there is monarchy in the state, innocent citizens and personnel of the armed forces are dying at the hands of terrorists. Taking exception to the interior minister, he said the Quetta carnage report by the Supreme Court reaffirmed what he had said, claiming that the minister did meet with representatives of banned outfits.

He also alleged the Prime Minister of keeping terrorists’ facilitators in his cabinet. The government was facilitating the terrorists instead of masses, he stated. “I asked you to bring a permanent foreign minister, who could represent Pakistan adequately, but you did not listen,” Bilawal said, adding you want me to stay silent on every wrong act you commit.

“No, I will fight for the prestige of the country, for justice, for the rights of the people, for I inherit the legacy of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto,” he said.

Addressing the people, he said, “If you stand by me, I will fight for your rights.” Referring to services of his mother, Bilawal Bhutto said that Shaheed BB always steadfast in critical times and spared no efforts to facilitate them during the need of the hour but the present rulers flee to abroad when were in trouble.

In a direct reference to PM Nawaz Sharif, the PPP chairman asked him to be prepared for another fight, for he is coming. He said that he is gearing up for a political ‘long march’ to make the government accept his four demands and he will tour the whole of Pakistan for this purpose.

‘I asked the government to accept our four demands, but it turned a deaf ear to all those clamours,” said Bilawal.

Calling Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif scandals-tainted, Pakistan People’s party chairperson Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari announced that he would visit each corner of the country as part of his party’s planned anti-government movement.

He claimed that PM Sharif was mired in various scandals including ‘Sasti Roti, Yellow Cab, Danish Schools, Asghar Khan case, LNG scandal, Nandipur, Hudaibiya Mill, and the Model Town tragedy. “You’ve been involved in a series of scandals,” he said.

Bilawal said Benazir could only get five years of power during her 45 years of struggle. He also chanted during his address: “Gali gali mein shor hai – Nawaz Sharif chor hai”.

He warned PM of a strong opposition protest if Panama Papers bill failed to sail through National Assembly. Bilawal questioned why the Asghar Khan case couldn’t be settled as yet. He also raised questions over incomplete trial of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s murderers.

Earlier, he began his speech underlining sacrifices of his slain mother and grandfather.

-INP