Garhi Khuda Bakhsh - PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that Taliban are deceiving the government and the people of Pakistan in the name of negotiations, vowing that his party won’t bow before “savages”. Criticising PML-N government, he said those who termed Quaid-e-Azam as ‘Kaafir-e-Azam’ are being negotiated with today.
Addressing a public gathering here on the occasion of 35th death anniversary of Pakistan Peoples' Party founder Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Bilawal said peace cannot prevail in smaller provinces unless terrorists are denied sanctuaries in Punjab, accusing the PML-N government of protecting and patronising militants.
The young PPP chief said that his party’s government will not remain silent, like Punjab government, on demolishing of temples. Harming and burning minorities’ worship places is not Islam, he said, adding that the army is honourable and not anyone’s private property.
Bilawal asked what price Pakistan has to pay for friendly money paid by friendly country. He said that it is not wise to muddle in others’ war. “Our own war is not over yet and you (PML-N leadership) are going to entangle the nation into others’ war.”
He said the nation is at a point of history where uncertainty prevails and every heart is filled with fear. “Terrorists want to take away our identities and existence... What did we do that history is not willing to forgive us?” He said people are asking for way from the blind in the name of negotiations. The PPP chairman said that his party is descendant of martyrs, adding that dictatorship of Taliban will not be tolerated. Several Jiyalas- party workers - are confronting terrorists even today, he added.
Bilawal Bhutto said that those who level allegations against PPP are politicking over children’s dead bodies. He alleged that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif only issued statements and made promises when he came to Tharparkar, claiming that PM’s team had stopped aid to drought affectees. Bilawal kept chanting “Khappay khappay Bhutto Khappay” slogan which literally means “Bhutto needed.”
The grand child of Zulfikar Bhutto said that the country was facing the crises today because the nation buried the man thirty five years ago that was akin to light for nation. “Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was a philosophy and ideology; he was the man upon whom the poor relied.” He said that it was his grandfather who transformed the country into an atomic power. Bilawal said that he is worried seeing Punjab as held hostage in the hands of terrorists, adding that this wouldn’t be the case if ZA Bhutto was alive. Pakistan needs a Bhutto once again today, he said.
Lamenting at the privatisation scheme of Nawaz government, Bilawal said that nation’s house is being auctioned in the name of privatisation, adding that no one even thought of taking the nation into confidence. Pakistan’s assets are capital of nation’s poor people, he said, adding that the nation will not be thrown in unemployment. Our nation has built these assets after making several sacrifices, he added. “If government cannot run the country, does this mean we should sell it?”
Bilawal said those who want to rob the country in the name of privatisation are not friends. He said the government has made the nation “professional beggar”. He said that Zulfikar Ali Bhutto gave the world the vision of a “modern Islamic nation”, and that he was a thought and a philosophy. “Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was the hope for the common man, he gathered leaders of the Muslim world, and gave this nation the atomic bomb,” he added. “This country needs Bhutto once more.” “If Bhutto was not martyred we would not have been in this situation,” he added.
Echoing Bilawal’s statements, his father and former President Asif Ali Zardari said that Pakistan and the Muslim world were at crossroads. “During (Zulfikar Ali) Bhutto’s time when the Muslim world was faced with difficulties we stood with them, but we did not put ourselves in danger.” “Martyrs never die,” he said. “Long live Bhutto!”
Zardari recalled that his government’s agreements with China, US and other International level projects, adding that the present rulers were now enjoying there benefits but energy crises in country still prevails. He raised the hands of a PPP candidate for PS-35 and asked the Larkana people that they should never forget their vote and support for.
Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah in his speech encouraged the youth to apply for government jobs and to keep their hopes high. He added that multiple electricity projects were underway for the Tharparkar district and that many similar projects were planned for other regions of Sindh.
A a large number of PPP workers were present at a gathering at Garhi Khuda Baksh town in Larkana. Tight security arrangements were made on the occasion. Special functions were held to pay tribute to late Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. PPP leaders Khursheed Shah and Aitzaz Ahsan also addressed the gathering.