Bilawal Bhutto Zardari – A born leader -by Akram Shaheedi

Speaking out his heart and mind ‘with full throated ease’ on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of his grandfather Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s speech was an event epitomising ‘seeing is believing’. He was eloquently expressive in form and moving, communicating with the people of Pakistan on monolithic national issues predicting plausible bearings on the future of the country in the domains of security, politics and foreign relations. His seamless speech on serious issues was heart warming and the message was opening the doors to the hearts of the people to stay there to nurture enlightened thinking worthy of becoming Pakistan’s citizenry.
Charisma of Bhuttos was abundantly visible in his persona swaying right across the country as people were convinced from that Providence has cut out him for a special role in this country now facing the existential threat within. His public oratory was exceptionally superb and use of Urdu diction perfectly represented the mood of the speech which was synchronising with the heartbeat of the audience. Even his political opponents, who possess a degree of sense of propriety, must be convinced that he is a born leader.
Clarity and courage is the name of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari who would dare call a spade a spade no matter how bitter it may be, and mincing of words to subterfuge reality is alien to him like great leaders. In his knowledge based opinion based on his own empirical investigation, these are the times to take clear stand on issues because the nation has been starving for clarity while the retrogressive forces are sparing no stone unturned to keep the nation divided for the fulfilment of their insidious designs — the subjugation of not only the people of Pakistan but also the state. The nation must get united for the nation building process—a strong Pakistan, a prosperous Pakistan, a democratic Pakistan with people as the ultimate stakeholders. That Pakistan would have been the dream of Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto come true. That Pakistan would have been the handsome tribute to the fathers of nation explicitly implying Pakistanis were worthy of the trust. But, the enemy who opposed the creation of Pakistan is determined to rock the boat. Fortunately, the democratic leadership of today is well aware of their designs and will surely succeed in steering the ship of Pakistan clear of the tempest. Bhutto Khappay.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari also expressed his acute sense of concern over Pakistan taking sides in the conflict between Middle Eastern countries. His concerns are well placed as this can trigger sectarianism in Pakistan. We also cannot afford enmity with any of the Muslim brother countries. Our interference, open or clandestine, will also be flagrant violation of the UN Charter that prohibits interference in internal affairs of other countries. Pakistan is not in the business of changing governments of other countries, former Secretary to Foreign Minister, Mr. Riaz Ahmed Khan, said while replying to a question of a journalist in Washington. Pakistan should not only follow this as a guiding principle but also be seen following it without an iota of doubt.
Source: The News

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