Player tasked with hunting lion: Bilawal


KARACHI: Chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, in a reference to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan, has said that “the player has been tasked with hunting the lion”.

Addressing a rally in Lyari on Sunday, Bilawal said that those who were speaking about the partition of Sindh were now themselves stood separated. He strongly criticised his political opponents and said a befitting response will be given to them in the upcoming by-elections. “The arrow is out of the bow and the string of the kite has been struck,” he said.

He also said that the PPP would massively win the upcoming polls in Karachi as the rule in the city from London via telephone had ended.

Bilawal also declared that he would set people free from ‘Takht-e-Raiwind’. He said that Lyari is the stronghold of brave people who have risen against all forms of dictatorship. “Lyari was the second home of my mother and grandfather,” he said. He recalled that his parents’ wedding was held in Lyari and that he was also born there. “I am the son of Lyari,” Bilawal told the cheering crowds and said that despite all attempts Lyari remains a stronghold of the PPP.

The rally, which took around 10 hours to reach its destination, was taken out to pay homage to the activists of PPP who had laid down their lives or were injured after two consecutive blasts ripped through the rally to welcome Benazir Bhutto’s homecoming on 18 October, 2007. Bilawal Bhutto and other central leaders of PPP participated in the rally while boarding a huge truck. Large number of party workers and supporters gathered around the rally route to welcome the participants. The rally passed through several areas, including Bilawal Chowrangi, Mai Kolachi, Native Jetty, ICI Bridge, Lea Market Lyari, MA Jinnah Road, Kharadar, Mazar-e-Quaid and Karsaz.

At the conclusion of the rally at Karsaz Shuhuda Monument at Sharae Faisal, Bilawal presented his four-point charter of demands, and warned the federal government to fulfill it or else they will march on Islamabad from Garhi Khuda Bakhsh on December 27, 2016, the death anniversary of Benazir Bhutto.

The four demands are: Constitution of parliamentary national security committee for overseeing implementation of National Action Plan against terrorism on countrywide basis, adoption by parliament of the opposition-presented bill to investigate the Panama Papers’ scandal naming the family of the prime minister, appointment of full-time foreign minister of the country, and implementation of the resolutions on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project adopted by the All Parties’ Conference convened by former president Asif Ali Zardari to allay the reservations at the national level on implementation of CPEC projects.

“If these four demands are not met, then I will announce in Garhi Khuda Bakhsh on December 27 to go on a long march towards Islamabad and then it will be known to all that how a long march is done by a real political party of masses as there will be Dama Dam Mast Qalandar,” Bilawal told the charged participants.

He said that Pakistan was getting weakened due to internal, foreign and Kashmir policies of the Nawaz government as the enemy of the country was taking advantage of such a situation.

He said that it was the previous government of the PPP, which had launched an operation against terrorists to hoist the national flag in Swat again.

Bilawal Bhutto said that he, being the son of martyred Benazir Bhutto, had demanded in the past to launch an operation against terrorists in the entire country, including North Waziristan, but political opponents of his party had not accepted his proposal.

The PPP chairman said that he had used to say to the Sharif brothers ‘elders’ and Imran Khan ‘Chacha’ to get united against terrorists but both replied differently.

“They become conscious only when a tragedy took place at the Army Public School, Peshawar, and the bomb blast at Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, Lahore, on Easter,” he said.

He said the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had no valid cause to lecture Pakistan on the issue of terrorism when the Pakistani forces and the entire nation had been constantly rendering sacrifices while waging a war against terrorism.

“How come Modi call us terrorists as earlier he was called as the butcher of Gujarat and now he has become the butcher of Kashmir,” he said.

Bilawal said that Modi’s government had attacked on the Line of Control and levelled allegations against Pakistan for committing terrorism in order to cover up its forces’ own atrocities against the Kashmiri people.

“I salute the soldiers of Pakistan Army, Jumma Khan and Imtiaz who laid down their lives for guarding our frontiers,” he said.

He said that Pakistani politicians were quarreling among themselves while Modi was smiling at them.

“I used to state that Modi is a Hindu nationalist and butcher as no good deed could be expected from him but our opponents were not ready to accept this thing,” he said.

Bilawal Bhutto said that countries had to maintain ties with other countries on state-to-state basis not on personal basis.

“But Mian Nawaz Sharif had invited Modi on marriage ceremony of his granddaughter while Imran during his personal visit to India had requested for a meeting with Modi and also took photographs with him,” he said.

He said that oppression in the occupied Kashmir had reached its peak as pellet guns used against animals were now being used against “our brothers and sisters in Indian Held Kashmir, while innocent children were also being targeted there.”

He said unity was the need of the hour for the entire nation but it was lamentable that one of the opposition political parties had boycotted the joint session of parliament convened on the Kashmir issue while the other political party had got censored the joint resolution being adopted by the all parties’ conference.

He said that enemies of the country were used to take advantage of such glaring mistakes.

The PPP leader said that he had no personal vendetta against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif but had serious differences with internal, foreign, and economic policies of his government. He said that Nawaz Sharif’s government had been reluctant to nab terrorists but instead they arrested innocent farmers protesting for their legitimate rights.

He said Nawaz Sharif had completely failed to get the National Action Plan against terrorism implemented in the entire country.

He said that Asif Ali Zardari had convened an APC in order to build a national consensus on the issue of CPEC when the national-level project was becoming controversial, but there had been no implementation done so far on the joint resolution of the APC.

He said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had been trying been to run national enterprises like PIA and Pakistan Steel like his personal businesses and assets in order to maximise his own profit and to lessen the benefits extended to labourers.

Earlier, addressing the rally at the Bilawal Chowrangi, the PPP chairman said that the Karsaz blast was the biggest terrorism against any party. He said that former prime minister Benazir Bhutto chose Karachi as the city of her return to Pakistan and did not back down from the threats she received and kept challenging the evil-doers.

He said that Karachi is the heartbeat of Pakistan and they will liberate it from ‘Takht-e-Raiwind’, in an indirect jibe at the governance of Nawaz Sharif. He added the PPP had restored democracy, hoisted the national flag in Swat and tackled poverty through the Benazir Income Support Program (BISP) and even initiated the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. He emotionally recalled his mother and said that the supporters and lovers of Benazir Bhutto are alive.

“Benazir had come to Pakistan for ending dictatorship, terrorism, unemployment and sectarianism from the country,” he said.

He lashed out at Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan and said that a player has been given contract to hunt the lion.

“We brought a change in Sindh and are bringing a change within the party. With your support, we can bring a change in the country.”

He added that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) federal government will continue to get stronger if the opposition parties behaved in a childish manner. TheNews


KARACHI: Pakistan People’s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Sunday vowed to complete the unfinished mission of slain PPP Chairwoman Benazir Bhutto to get the country rid of terrorism, poverty, unemployment, illiteracy and sectarianism.

Accompanied by two former prime ministers Yousaf Raza Gilani and Raja Pervez Ashraf, Bilawal led a rally to pay homage to the victims of 2007 Karsaz attack in which more than 120 people lost their lives as the rally of Benazir Bhutto came under attack.

Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, Provincial Minister Manzoor Wassan, Senator Sherry Rehman and other central leaders of PPP also participated in the rally along with thousands of party workers. Bilawal addressed the participants of rally at four points, Bilawal House, Lyari, Mazar-e-Quaid and finally at Karsaz. Addressing the rally at Bilawal House, the PPP chairman said, “BB’s son is among you. I have brought change in Sindh. I am bringing change in the party and if you stand by me we will also bring change to the whole Pakistan.”

“My new team will be more effective. BB was the ray of hope for the people of Sindh and together we will complete the unfinished mission of BB. Together we will get freedom from terrorism, from poverty, unemployment, illiteracy, sectarianism and from the caretakers of religion,” said Bilawal.

The PPP chairman “We will together bring freedom from terrorism, for Kashmiris, from poverty, unemployment, illiteracy, sectarianism, from the caretakers of religion – and bring freedom from ‘Takht-i-Raiwind’.”

He said that a contract to hunt tiger down has been awarded to a player, and immature opposition has strengthened the reign of Nawaz Sharif. “Killers of BB thought that nobody would dare to stand against them but see BB’s son is here,” he added.

Bilawal paid rich tributes to the people of Lyari.

He said, “The wedding ceremony of Shaheed BB was performed at the Kakri ground and I was also born in the same area. Lyari is the lifeline of Karachi as it has always raised voice against dictators.”

“The peace of Lyari was destabilized through a conspiracy as many innocent youths of Lyari were killed. People of Lyari always sided with my grandfather and my mother. My mother and grandfather never disappointed you.”

“PPP always provided employment to people but on the contrary N-league always snatched livelihood from them. Now I have arrived – the arrow has been shot from the bow. The kite has been cut down which used to talk about the division of Sindh. Those who talked about the division of Sindh have now been shattered,” said Bilawal, adding that Basant will be celebrated in 2018 in Karachi. He said that now only arrow would rule in Karachi.

The “Salam Shuhuda Rally” commenced from the Bilawal House and culminated at Karsaz, passing through Boat Basin, Mai Kolachi, ICI Chowk, Kakri Ground, Lee Market, Napier Road, Denso Hall, MA Jinnah Road, Numaish Chowrangi, Shahrah-i-Quaideen and Shara-e-Faisal.

Strict security measures were taken along the rally’s route as all exit and entry points of the route were sealed with containers. Reception camps for the rally were set up in many parts of the city. The banners bearing party slogans were also placed at major roads of the city.

Addressing at Mazar-e-Quaid, Bilawal said today the Quaid’s Pakistan is bleeding because of terrorism.

“O Quaid! I want to tell you that violators of constitution are roaming freely today in your country. I promise to remake Pakistan according to your dreams”, he added. TheDailyTimes