Fed up with the apathy of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) government towards the plight of the Bhutto clan, its leader, Sardar Aamir Bhutto said on Friday that it has decided to part ways with the party.
“We have been humiliated and disappointed for the past four years, yet the PPP government has given nothing to the Bhutto clan. The pioneers of the party are running from pillar to post to get their problems solved,” Sardar told The Express Tribune. “The clan has given unconditional support to the PPP since its inception and we continued to do so even after the tragic assassination of my cousin, Benazir Bhutto,” he said. “I have not demanded and do not need a position within the party because with the grace of Allah and my clan’s support, I am sitting on a high post of Sardar,” he said.
He said that people come to him with their problems and he is able to solve most of them. “But when it comes to providing jobs to them, I am helpless because I have to rely on the party’s leadership for this,” he said. “Enough is enough. We have to make our own decision about our future.”
Sardar said that he will meet the elders of the clan to discuss the matter with them and come up with a plan of action. “The attitude of PPP’s leadership towards the Bhutto clan is forcing us to think that we are nothing in their eyes. I have worked for the party my entire life, but its leadership does not even bother attending my phone calls.”
“The Bhutto family’s political history is older than that of the Zardaris,” he said. “My grandfather, Sardar Wahid Bux Bhutto-I, was elected member of legislative assembly in 1927 and my father, Sardar Pir Bux Bhutto, also played a vital role in politics,” said Sardar. “It hurts when we see people who joined PPP just yesterday getting more respect than us.”
Published in The Express Tribune, June 9th, 2012.