KARACHI: The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Saturday said the scriptwriters want to impose a puppet prime minister and opposition leader in the country.
Addressing a massive public meeting at the Bagh-e-Jinnah near the mausoleum of the Quaid-i-Azam on Saturday evening, Bilawal said these days several concerned circles in the country had been talking about a ‘script’ under which political events in the country have been staged, especially in the federal capital. He said that script had been authored to provide a fake electoral mandate to Nawaz Sharif and to make the ‘Puppet Khan’ (referring to Imran Khan) the opposition leader in the National Assembly, a move which could culminate in the derailment of the democratic order.
Bilawal said supporters and loyalists of the PPP had foiled the conspiracy being hatched against the democratic order in the country by the scriptwriters and had secured the slot of leader of opposition for the PPP.
He said the script under which political events in the country were being staged had been authored to cause a civil war-like situation on the pattern of Iraq and Syria and make Pakistan an epicentre for the spread of extremism and terrorism all over the world.
Bilawal said currently there are two political powers in the country, i.e. Bhuttoism and the remnants of the former military ruler Ziaul Haq.
He said the country was, as in the past, divided among the forces of Bhuttoism, which believed in a democratic order, and those in favour of dictatorship in the country. He said that puppets and political orphans staging protest sit-ins in Islamabad were also the manifestations of the forces scheming for dictatorship in the country.
The PPP’s young leader declared Jihad against poverty, illiteracy extremism, dictatorship, and terrorism and asked the masses to support him in his fight against these menaces in the country so that the nation could progress in the true spirit of Bhuttoism.
He called upon all political forces of the country, be it the prime minister or the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), to shun the path of confrontation and join hands to work collectively for transforming the destiny of Pakistan for the good of the country.
A large number of supporters and loyalists of the Pakistan People’s Party from all over the country, especially from rural Sindh, converged at the Bagh-e-Jinnah’s public gathering, which was organised by the party to pay homage to the people who had lost their lives in the Karsaz bomb blasts at Benazir Bhutto’s homecoming rally on October 18, 2007.
All the central leaders of the PPP from the four provinces, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir turned up and also addressed the public gathering, including former president and party’s co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari. People belonging to the PPP packed the Bagh-e-Jinnah spread over 35 acres of land and also the adjacent roads, including Shahrah-e-Quaideen and MA Jinnah Road. The political show was projected by the PPP as the formal launch of the political career of the young party chairman who is a novice to politics.
In his over one-and-a-half hour speech at the large public gathering, the PPP leader called upon Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to strive for the provision of democratic and constitutional rights to the deprived masses, especially those belonging to the smaller provinces and southern Punjab.
Without naming the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan and referring to him as among the puppets staging protest sit-ins in Islamabad, he exhorted the PTI leader not to rely on his ‘umpire’ any more to grab power and instead depend on the power of the peoples’ vote in accordance with the vision and struggle of Bhuttoism, which always stood for democratic change in the country.
The PPP chairman said that when he had recently highlighted the Kashmir issue, the Modi government in India started propaganda against him knowing well that whenever the leader of the PPP highlighted the issue it was a true reflection of the aspirations of the masses and the issue was not being projected as part of propaganda by the country’s elite secret agency. He said that the Kashmir issue should be settled in accordance with the desires of the people of Kashmir.
He said that PPP would once again come up to the expectations of the people of the country to fulfil all their constitutional, social, economic, and democratic rights in light of the political struggle and the cause of the late leader of the party and former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.
He paid rich tributes to ZA Bhutto, saying that as Quaid-i-Azam had founded the country but could not establish democracy as his life had not provided him the opportunity, it was Bhutto who had realised the long-awaited dream of a democratic order in the country and in this way he had given to the nation a gift of the consensus document of the 1973 Constitution with the agreement of all the political forces. He said that ZA Bhutto had been hanged by the then military ruler of the country for his ‘misdeed’ of establishing a democratic order and giving a consensus constitution to the country.
Bilawal asked why the leaders, activists and supporters of the PPP were always assassinated, murdered or made victims of terrorism. He said that leaders of the PPP were constantly being made victims of terrorism and extremism but all the concerned quarters should keep in mind the party would never be frightened as the word ‘fear’ was completely alien to the Bhuttos.
The PPP chairman announced that the party would stage its next convention at Bilawal House in Lahore on the occasion of the foundation day of the party and invited the party’s activists and supporters to attend the convention in large numbers and advise him on reforming the party’s functioning and also in the struggle for achieving the causes of Bhuttoism. He said the PPP will be revived once again in the next general election in the country in year 2018.
Bilawal Bhutto also touched upon certain issues, including the Hazara Dharna in Quetta, the Salman Taseer and Shahbaz Bhatti killings and the conviction of Aasia Bibi for blasphemy as well as Mama Qadeer’s long march for missing persons in Balochistan, subjects normally taboo for most mainstream politicians.
NNI adds: Asif Ali Zardari, while addressing the rally, took a swipe at Imran Khan, saying that people cannot be fooled by setting up a hospital.
He said ordinary people can be fooled by some parties, not the PPP.
“Who is financing such big gatherings? Where are you getting money from?” I don’t want to talk about the past… I want to focus on the future,” Zardari said.
He declared the PTI chief an acrobat who was making the youth of Pakistan fools and said the Imran Khan established a hospital and now on the hospital’s publicity he was making the people of Pakistan, specially the youth, fools.
He warned that the current political situation could end up in a Tahrir Square. The former president said those who supported referendums later tendered apologies. “Supporting a dictator was a political sin,” he said.
Zardari said the PPP government had served the masses.
He also criticised Amir Dogar, who quit the PPP and won the elections in Multan with the PTI’s support. “We know what prompted you to change your party,” he said.
Zardari said no force in the world can stop a modern and progressive Pakistan from being formed. “Benazir’s Pakistan, Bilawal’s Pakistan, your Pakistan and mine is inevitable,” he said.
Source: The News