KARACHI: Pakistan People’s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari addressed his first public meeting which was attended by his party’s workers from across the country, on Saturday evening.
Addressing the gathering, he said Karachi is exposed to extremism and terrorism and this has to be addressed on an urgent basis. He said fair and free polls to be held in 2018 would establish Karachi as a PPP stronghold. He stresses the need to overcome the differences and undertake concerted efforts for the progress, prosperity and development. He acknowledged that much has to be done for improving security in the mega city. The PPP chairman urged the Sindh government to ensure transparency in all its affairs to strengthen public confidence in governance of the province.
He termed the concept of “Bhuttoism” as a panacea to the series of challenges faced by people and claimed that “Bhuttoism” is a reality that could never be erased from the hearts and minds of people. “This Bhuttosim is not only a barrier to derailment of democracy and compromise on democratic culture but also a bulwark to combat international conspiracy against the country meant to push Pakistan towards civil strife,” claimed the young Bhutto.
He said that it would be through the concept of Bhuttosim that Pakistan will have to restore its image in the comity of nations and strengthen its leading role in the Muslim world. Bilawal said those who question development work undertaken by the PPP in Sindh need to understand that “his party does not believe in superficial schemes but has undertaken real work with direct impact on public well being”. He said “realistic and well meaning schemes” have helped Sindh have surplus produce of wheat and other crops, while a series of public welfare schemes for masses, particularly marginalised sections of society, have been initiated.
The young Zardari claimed that the presence of people from all parts of the country in the meeting being addressed by him was evidence of how much the masses love the party. This, he said, was accentuated by the fact that PPP in its tenures has always ensured maximum employment for the masses. The PPP chairman also referred to the sense of insecurity among smaller provinces of the country and said these needed to be extended sympathetic response from the federation. He took exception to what he said were misplaced priorities of the media houses in the country whereby genuine issues were ignored.
Bilawal also expressed his reservations about the political leaders of the country. He said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) wants to become the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) of Lahore. He said that in his speeches MQM chief Altaf Hussain says whatever comes to his mind, while the “puppets in Islamabad” talk about civil disobedience, referring to PTI chief Imran Khan’s call for civil disobedience. He said Quaid-e-Azam helped secure Pakistan for the people but time did not allow him to ensure stabilisation of democracy.
The responsibility, he asserted, was undertaken by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and then by Benazir Bhutto. “The struggle to strengthen democracy continues even today,” he said mentioning the series of resistance his party and its leaders, including his mother Benazir Bhutto had to face till her assassination in Rawalpindi on December 27, 2007.
“Why is it that it is only our party workers and leaders are exposed to inhumanity, be it imprisonment, flogging, hanging and murder,” he enquired, replying himself that this was because pro-status quo forces were scared of the commitment and sincerity of PPP to the cause of democracy and public rights. Bilawal said love of people for their leaders was well evident on October 18, 2007 when they selflessly moved forward to protect Benazir Bhutto and managed to do so at the cost of their own lives. He claimed Bhuttoism is the guarantee for the country and PPP is the strong linkage among people belonging to all parts of the country.
Source: Daily Times