ZA Bhutto’s ‘judicial murder’: In scorching speech, Bilawal asks apex court to apologise

Published: April 4, 2012
President Asif Ali Zardari and PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari honouring Zulfikar Ali Bhutto on his 33rd death anniversary at his grave in Garhi Khuda Baksh. PHOTO: APP

President Asif Ali Zardari and PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari honouring Zulfikar Ali Bhutto on his 33rd death anniversary at his grave in Garhi Khuda Baksh. PHOTO: APP


The ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) had some strong words for the country’s judiciary – past and present – on Tuesday and the one delivering the tirade was none other than the party’s young chairperson, Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari.

The heir apparent to the PPP throne even weighed in heavily on the current standoff between the government and judiciary in the prime minister’s contempt case.

Speaking at the Central Executive Committee (CEC) of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), convened at Naudero on the 33rd death anniversary of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Bilawal plainly asked the Supreme Court to apologise for the “judicial murder” of his grandfather, the former prime minister, in 1979.

“I expect the Supreme Court to finally provide us justice … we expect the Supreme Court to apologise for the role it played in the judicial murder of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.

“The Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto reference case is a golden opportunity for the Supreme Court,” he added. A presidential reference, seeking the reopening of the ZA Bhutto case, is currently being heard in the Supreme Court, but has been delayed for a number of reasons — inviting muted criticism from the PPP.

But Bilawal minced no words on Tuesday.

Though his speech was about the judiciary in general, there were direct messages for the current apex court, and its top adjudicator.

On one occasion, he spoke of how former prime minister Nawaz Sharif had his name cleared from the courts.

“The Sharifs of Lahore have had their trumped up charges squashed by the courts. I do not believe there will be double standards. I do not believe that Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto of Larkana is hanged but he does not get justice from these courts while the Sharifs of Lahore are vindicated.”

Then, he spoke of how the notorious Asghar Khan case, dealing with intelligence agencies’ funding of politicians, was reopened recently – and on whose call.

“Similarly, the Asghar Khan case has finally been taken up by the Supreme Court. Shaheed Benazir Bhutto fought for more than a decade for this case to be heard. It is a positive development that following Imran Khan of Lahore’s demand the case has finally been heard.”

He urged the same treatment for the “Bhuttos of Larkana.”

There were some direct questions for the courts – dealing with some contentious decisions.

“More than 50% of terrorists presented before our courts have been freed. I am told there is a lack of evidence and the fault lies with the prosecution. The rapists of our sister Mukhtara Mai have been freed by the courts. Presumably for the same reasons. How can there be enough evidence to hang SZAB but not enough evidence to keep terrorists and rapists in prison,” he questioned.

And then he let loose an even stronger question, referring to the standoff between the government and the Supreme Court over the writing of a letter to Swiss authorities to reopen graft cases against his mother and father: “How can there be enough evidence to attempt to try the grave of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto but rapists and terrorists are set free?”

The speech did not relent, and only got stronger.

“I urge the courts to proceed with caution. I urge the courts to revisit their flawed decision in the Mukhtara Mai case. I urge the court to help keep our country safe by convicting terrorists for the atrocities they have committed. I urge the court to remember how they got where they are today. On May 12, 2007, 40 members of my party lost their lives supporting this chief justice and the cause of an independent judiciary … The courts are dangerously close to repeating the mistakes of the past.

“They should resist the temptation to obey the dictation of the establishment.”

He continued: “Were our hopes raised for naught? Must we learn the hard way that once a PCO judge always a PCO judge?”

He said that ZA Bhutto’s hanging was not the first nor the last flawed decision of the courts. ”Unfortunately our courts have often stood on the wrong side of history.”

On the Supreme Court’s order to the prime minister to write to Swiss authorities, failing which he could stand disqualified and spend prison time, the ‘chief’ of the PPP also had some orders of his own.

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, who is also PPP’s vice-chairman, was told plainly: “We cannot allow the court to dig up my mother’s grave … Mr Prime Minister you will not violate the Vienna Convention, you will not violate the Constitution of Pakistan, you will not desecrate the graves of our martyrs.

“There is not only the Supreme Court, there is also the court of the people and the court of history … Just as Shaheed Bhutto was vindicated, you too shall be vindicated. They can threaten to send Yousaf Raza Gilani of Multan to prison but he is a follower of Bhutto Shaheed. We do not fear prison cells. We do not fear death cells.

He once again referred to “double standards” – “Let us pray … that Shaheed Bhutto of Sindh was hanged but another prime minister from Punjab is freed. That Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto fought in every court in this country and around the world to maintain her innocence. While a former prime minister from Punjab, a self-confessing, convicted accused is vindicated, but Shaheed BB is put on trial from her grave. That a prime minister who ransacked the Supreme Court is given better treatment over our Seraiki-speaking prime minister who obeys the Constitution and presents himself before the court is stripped of his constitutional rights.”

And for good measure, he repeated: “We will get justice. If not now. If not by this court. We will be vindicated in the courts of history. The people have spoken. We are all agreed. ‘Hum Benazir Bhutto Shaheed ki Qabar ka trial nahi honay den gay’”

Meanwhile the CEC also unanimously passed a resolution expressing full confidence over the leadership of its Co-Chairman, President Asif Ali Zardari and Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. (With additional input from APP)

Published in The Express Tribune, April 4th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (104)

  • The Flying Object
    Apr 4, 2012 - 5:08AM

    Following in the footsteps. Of course of Zardari…
    Good riddance :P


  • A. Khan
    Apr 4, 2012 - 5:23AM

    “asking PM not to obey court”

    Now that would be setting a bad precedent, if one were needed in the country. I hope young Bilawal is hauled into court for that one. Or else the young prince will forever treat this country like his personal fiefdom.


  • Disco
    Apr 4, 2012 - 5:24AM

    The Bhutto family has shown Pakistanis the mirror. We deserve the leaders we have because we are too lazy to struggle for change. Zardar is not done with his revenge on Pakistanis, there’s more. Lets wait and see.


  • Socrates
    Apr 4, 2012 - 5:24AM

    SZAB of Larkana….Gilani of Multan….Bilawal of London? Dubai?


  • Arindom
    Apr 4, 2012 - 5:32AM

    He seems to have more brains and fire than our Italian duffer – Rahul


  • jibran
    Apr 4, 2012 - 5:39AM

    Well said… Once a PCO, always a PCO. This sums it all.


  • anwar
    Apr 4, 2012 - 5:39AM

    what more can i say he is more of asif ali zardari’s son rather than benazir bhutto’s son


  • Sultan Mehmood
    Apr 4, 2012 - 5:43AM

    Once a PCO judge always a PCO judge? Yes?
    Once a 10 percent always a 10 percent? NOOOO!!!! It becomes 100%!


  • Bishop Dr. Ijaz Inayat
    Apr 4, 2012 - 5:49AM

    Hijackers of PPP and Pakistan.


  • Syed Ali
    Apr 4, 2012 - 6:10AM

    One more thing: Is Bilawal not studying law at Oxford? Does he not know that the Constitution is only what the court interprets it to be? If the court has ordered to do something, by definition, its consistent with the constitution. If anyone disagrees, they have to “present and argue” their disagreement before the court but the court will still remain the ultimate judge of what the constitution is to mean and be. Go and argue immunity before the court mate – don’t insult the people’s intelligence by suggesting that the PM or you or your daddy has the right to tell the court what the constitution is or isnt.


  • Nosherwan Shahid Shaikh
    Apr 4, 2012 - 6:16AM

    Quit being a nationalist, Mr. Heir to the throne!


  • saqibtahir
    Apr 4, 2012 - 6:26AM

    “Were our hopes raised for naught? Must we learn the hard way that once a PCO judge always a PCO judge?”

    Bravo, Mr. Chairman.


  • Danis
    Apr 4, 2012 - 6:29AM

    If the supreme court should apologize for the judicial murder of ZA Bhutto, then the PPP has a lot to apologize for due to the atrocities that were committed in East Pakistan during its tenure. 3 Million apologies to be exact!!!

    Let’s count how many apologies are due by the PPP:

    1) 3 Million apologies to the bengalis
    2) At least a 1000 apologies for the targeted killings in karachi that have taken place with the PPP in federal and sind governments
    3) At least another 15000 apologies for the murders in Balochistan during ZA Bhutto government
    5) 170 million apologies for the torture that Pakistanis are going through due to the PPP’s inefficiency in governance!!


  • omair
    Apr 4, 2012 - 6:41AM

    Just another day at the circuis !!!!


  • Jadugar
    Apr 4, 2012 - 6:43AM

    Bilawal, The judges of that time should apologise not the institution, infact before the SC apologies, people who are and were in power should apologise to the nation for injustice done to the poor people of Pakistan by all the present and past self seekers which includes the present Govt.


  • Pro Bono Publico
    Apr 4, 2012 - 6:44AM

    His Imperial Majesty Bilawal Zardari has demanded the Supreme Court apologize for ZAB case? Has PPP apologized to the people of Pakistan for dismembering Pakistan (by ZAB)?

    CJ Chaudhry should haul Bilawal for contempt.


  • dv sikka
    Apr 4, 2012 - 7:01AM

    To treat the judiciary as street dogs is a bad policy.


  • Apr 4, 2012 - 7:11AM

    So Zardari-2 is bound to take over Pakistan, with the same rhetoric as Zardari-1. Will you please rise Pakistanis now?


  • Hello
    Apr 4, 2012 - 7:13AM

    Welcome bilawal. Mukhtar Mai case stand from you is such a breath of fresh air from you. Just because of principal stand I support PPP.


  • Tanveer
    Apr 4, 2012 - 7:15AM

    “ZAB of larkana”, “Shareef of Lahore”, “Iman khan of Lahore” … This lad needs spanking and then a lesson on Pakistan..


  • Hungama
    Apr 4, 2012 - 7:19AM

    Some speech, how can one speak to the nation in a language they don’t understand – English, surely a ‘leader of a nation’ should speak to the masses in there mother tongue Urdu.


  • Realist's musings
    Apr 4, 2012 - 7:22AM

    There you have come. This speech, I tell you, was the most anxiously awaited speech for anyone who knows the history.

    Jiey Bhutto! May you live a thousand years’ life Bilawal


  • Asim Malik
    Apr 4, 2012 - 7:24AM

    Another kid on block – these folks are too hung on old time stories. Talk of today when they have revenged public for nothing. Shame on you.


  • MA
    Apr 4, 2012 - 7:26AM

    Amazing how corrupt his mind has become at such a young age, seems he has been skilfully trained and influenced by his father, the feudal tone while proclaiming his family’s birth right to rule this country is so evident; who have given it nothing but corruption and nepotism and destroyed the very fabric of our society.


  • Saad
    Apr 4, 2012 - 7:28AM

    Hats off Bilawal, though one cannot really expect these PCO judges to impart justice.

    Jeay Bhutto!


  • Khalid Munir
    Apr 4, 2012 - 7:38AM

    Bilawal is wrong in saying that there should not be any difference between Prime Minister from Larkana and lahore. BB once said so and Justice Sajjad Ali Shah replied that for them every one is equal and went on to legitimize her ouster. he learned it the hard way. When he tried to do the same to the Prime Minister from Lahore, he was thrown out. Lahori simly stormed the Supreme Court and Sajjad Ali Shah had to run. There was a difference and will be


  • Very 1
    Apr 4, 2012 - 7:48AM

    Bravo Bilawal! About time those two dozen or so individuals were brought down from cloud-9. Keep it up. The people are with you.


  • Khan
    Apr 4, 2012 - 8:03AM

    Peace is ultimate solution for our problems in Pakistan…but there is no PEACE talk anywhere in Pakistan.


  • someone
    Apr 4, 2012 - 8:06AM

    What a petty attempt to emotionally exploit the masses, alas it will have the desired effect.

    Whatever the merits and non-merits of the arguments, i was personally disgusted by the clear attempts to divide the country. We are all Pakistanis not Mr so and so from lahore or multan or larkana.

    Tough times like these require the whole society to come together and build the nation. But it seems everyone is just thinking about their own selfish gains.


  • Billoo Bhaya
    Apr 4, 2012 - 8:24AM

    @Sultan Mehmood:
    Agree with both of you. The prodigal son will be the Grandmaster of 1000%. If he gets his hands on the till he is going to outdo dad and all his party friends in a matter of months. And our people are so noble, honest and god fearing that they will re-elect all of them again. You watch it.


  • ahmad
    Apr 4, 2012 - 8:31AM

    Way to go PPP, this is the way to show this biased judiciary its real face & place among people of pakistan


  • Hassan Bokhari
    Apr 4, 2012 - 8:31AM

    Well done Mr. President and Future Prime Minister of this country. Show these establishment backed judges that this country is run by the elected representatives! Long Live Bhutto! Long Live Zardari! Long Live Gillani!


  • Asad
    Apr 4, 2012 - 8:33AM

    First of all this family and its party must apologize for the murder of Pakistan.


  • Imran Ali
    Apr 4, 2012 - 8:33AM

    Quick question for the young Bhutto. Can you please ask your dad who is the actual owner of the $60 million in the Swiss account. If he gives an honest answer, we will forgive all his sins.


    Apr 4, 2012 - 8:57AM

    The prince is talking through his head without realizing the consequences. A man is known by the company he keep. If he has the company of Aitazaz Ahsan and Asif Ali Zardari, he will speak their language.


  • Apr 4, 2012 - 9:06AM

    I hope he gets contempt soon.


  • Shahid Malik
    Apr 4, 2012 - 9:06AM

    Every word spoken by Bilawal & reported in this news item is correct. One must have the courage to speak the truth. The contempt of Court laws should be repealed. Judges should not be given the status of holy cows. They should be the first ones to present themselves for accountability by the people and their elected representatives. Supreme Judicial Council is impotent for all practical purposes. Time and again, judiciary in Pakistan has proved incapable of doing justice. The much talked about present judiciary is, perhaps, history’s most prejudiced judiciary.


  • Hafeez
    Apr 4, 2012 - 9:23AM

    @Pro Bono Publico:
    I guess it was military at the helm of affairs when Bangladesh came into being. Not PPP.


  • saeed
    Apr 4, 2012 - 9:23AM

    PPP always rule under the umbrella of democracy. And This is the only political party ehose leader loss their life ,not any any other political party and religious party lost their single leader.PPP leader always suffer more than their party worker.I always give credit to PPP bringing democracy to Pakistan and nawaz sharif for true meaning of capitalism to Pakistan .


  • popsaeed
    Apr 4, 2012 - 9:44AM

    Your father give enough “saza” to pakistani people by way of corruption ,load shedding what you want more from pakistani people. You only want to process of corruption will continue and no one can stop them.


  • Ifroz
    Apr 4, 2012 - 9:45AM

    Hilarious. This is treason and open defamation of our legal system. The child chairman and his ex-convict parent both need to be behind bars.


  • sara
    Apr 4, 2012 - 9:50AM

    great speech 4m bilawal. we may disagree with ppp policies but this speech was a hard hitting one .the judiciary needed this reality check. now judges r claiming 2 b peoples representatives. they r more politicised than ever. welldone, bilawal 4 not mincing ur words.somebody has 2 show these PCO judges their real face. judiciary z no less responsible 4 the choas in our country. mukhtara mai case has clearly shown how independent our judiciary z. Present Pakistan Judiciary is actually a mouth piece of mullah-military alliance. THATS ALL I CAN SAY.


  • Ahmed
    Apr 4, 2012 - 9:51AM

    I think its shame on the part of Pakistani people and a big political party with leaders speaking like this. An interesting short story for readers to understand what I want to say:

    A man was given death sentence by the court. His mother was crying that my son is innocent , he did not murder the person for which he is given the punishment. A visionary person asked her! Ok, do you remember any special event about your son? Mother think a while and replied:Yes, He was found of encircling the heads of aunts in a thread and tighten the thread till the head of aunt disconnected with the body. Visionary replied: He is punished for that sin not this murder.
    Remember that special police force enacted by ZA Bhutto to get political controls. !!!


  • Zhahid Hamid
    Apr 4, 2012 - 9:56AM

    I am not agree with PPP politics at all. Using martyrdom rhetoric to keep party intact rather they should speak about their policies and economic problems in country. I agree with them on one point and that is question of judicial impartiality. Even supreme court is giving historical verdicts but their verdict shadowed by their excessive use of judicial power. On other side, there has nothing change in lower judiciary where masses spending each penny for justice. Although our judges and their followers in media and court circles blame weak persecution and of lack evidence is the only causes to freed terrorists then why not they take legal suo moto under which they can ask government to make changing in law of evidence they can order government to make some mechanism for security of witnesses but i never see supreme court working on it…


  • Apr 4, 2012 - 10:07AM

    men matters in islamabad must consider positively what is contained therein…..!


  • Elhaan Khan
    Apr 4, 2012 - 10:12AM

    Great job done by Bilal. When court will punish those who protected OBL for 6 years? Punjabi Army and Judiciary responsible for all the problems of this country!


  • Amir
    Apr 4, 2012 - 10:12AM

    Finally the egg is broken and chick is out.


  • Mirza
    Apr 4, 2012 - 10:16AM

    Time for the PCO SC judges to listen to the people’s reps. They have a golden chance to undo the wrongs their ignominious history. Instead of fabricated cases like memo and violating national and International laws the court should treat people fair and equal. What is the court doing about M. Mai and other cases like that? Instead of maligning the elected leaders of smaller provinces the court should be fair and appear to be fair. Mansoor Ijaz can get all the time in the world at a place of his choice but the murders and rape cases do not draw the court’s attention. What people could not say openly Bilawal has done that? To the haters of PPP and democracy I would like them to answer the questions raised by Bilawal point by point. If the PCO judges have the guts they should call him and try him for contempt in an open court!


  • daredevil
    Apr 4, 2012 - 10:24AM

    One failed to understand if this was a leader of party believing in a strong federation or a provincial party? Though you may see the judge as PCO, you completely ignore the fact that your Nana served the first military dictator with complete servility for eight long years.


  • rafiq
    Apr 4, 2012 - 10:27AM

    Bilawal speaks truth.


  • sars
    Apr 4, 2012 - 10:27AM

    Thats a good point since we cannot catch and convict murderes and rapists , so we shouldnt have any judicial process and shouldnt bother to ever try to get better. We shouldnt investigate corruption either even though it is our (the nations) money that is stolen.
    Wow i dont think you are learning much in your law courses. Many of our politicians come up with similar crap but at least we can charge them with being uneducated.

    Asking PM not to obey court shows how much respect you have for Pakistan and pakistanis.
    Would you even be able to find lyari on a map of karachi?
    those die hard supporters wouls still chant and vote despite anything. The thinking person would have a lot of reservations


  • MAD
    Apr 4, 2012 - 10:29AM

    You know what Bilawal. As far as hanging your granddad is concerned it was probably the only thing Zia did that was right.Recommend

  • Mahmood
    Apr 4, 2012 - 10:31AM

    Sorry Bilawal – You are NOT a Bhutto – ZAB was , you aren’t. The apex court has bigger fish to fry than to apologize.


  • KiJ
    Apr 4, 2012 - 10:33AM

    Zardari Jr., next time deliver your speech in Urdu, please… show some respect for and cohesion with common Pakistanis… Learn something from Rahul Gandhi who has an Italian mother!


  • Acorn Guts
    Apr 4, 2012 - 10:51AM

    At least this kid can read out a written speech in front of media .. that’s a good start. We already know how good he is at throwing tantrums. A good successor I must say!


  • Observant
    Apr 4, 2012 - 10:52AM

    Great Words, This bravery is something hereditary- Long Live Bhuttoism!


  • Faysal
    Apr 4, 2012 - 11:05AM

    Did he say a word about the people getting killed in Balochistan, Karachi, Gilgit, KP and FATA as he spoke? no, because in his eyer they are insignifcant? Mr. ZAB was killed thirty years back but PPP still has to avenge that. I pity the people who call this lad their leader.


  • am
    Apr 4, 2012 - 11:28AM

    bilwal lives in uk i dare him to make the same speach in UK he would be charged for contempt since he knows he can get away with it in PakistanRecommend

  • JB
    Apr 4, 2012 - 11:41AM

    God save Pakistan from these **.


  • Ahmer Ali
    Apr 4, 2012 - 11:46AM

    When did you accept the Supreme Court’s decisions in the past that when you will accept now?


  • Apr 4, 2012 - 11:54AM

    This speech is truly a Contempt of Court. If Gillani can be indicted the same rule applies Bilawal.


  • Apr 4, 2012 - 11:55AM

    Well, this tells alot about the mentality of Pakistan’s future leader (hope not). Hate speech promoting ethnical discrimination.

    Shareefs of Lahore
    Imran Khan of Lahore
    Yousuf Gillani of Sialkot
    Bhuttons of Larkana
    PM of Sindh v/s PM of Punjab

    He seems to be banking of the level of illitracy among the massess.


  • A J Khan
    Apr 4, 2012 - 12:11PM

    When Bilawal said that DEMOCRACY IS THE BEST REVENGE, he and his party proved it. Never was such a revenge taken from the people of Pakistan as has been avenged by the present setup for voting them in.


  • Ali S
    Apr 4, 2012 - 12:22PM

    It’s funny he’s calling on the people of Pakistan to rise up yet he’s never lived here and can’t even speak Urdu – let alone Sindhi – without a funny accent.


  • Furkan
    Apr 4, 2012 - 12:24PM

    I am amazed to see people are still taking PPP’s side…. these are the people who gets alot from the party. A common man will never support Bilawal Zardari or his father becuase he knows what they have been doing to him and how much he suffering due to their wrong policies and their inability to run this Government. I hope we get rid of them soon. Recommend

  • vasan
    Apr 4, 2012 - 12:27PM

    I think he is damn right.


  • ali gilani
    Apr 4, 2012 - 12:45PM

    Shame on you, you make a joke of “murder of pakistan” how low can you go?


  • Sajjad
    Apr 4, 2012 - 12:47PM

    We should not expect any thing better out of this lad ……..the son of Mr 10%….


  • Dilshad Chandio
    Apr 4, 2012 - 12:48PM

    Well well well…someone had to have the courage to say what young Bilawal said. Kudos young man and we hope you will continue to expose the prejudices of Pakistan’s establishment in times to come.


  • Thinker
    Apr 4, 2012 - 12:49PM

    Impressive speech by a young leader. Keep it up.
    Rest of three provinces should be united against the Punjabi army.


  • Apr 4, 2012 - 12:51PM

    @Pro Bono Publico & Danis: have you ever read Mr.Hamud ur rehman Commission report? I think u never did, otherwise repeating the same foolish argument, “Bhutto caused the separation of east Pakistan” would be just to give a blind support to our retarded establishment… pls never try amend history according to your wishes…n pls dig out some facts abt the current judiciary and its past, n do get an answer how did they get this supreme position in a short career….


  • pervaiz memon
    Apr 4, 2012 - 12:52PM

    He is right even ISI money distributing case in 1990 is turn toward IB money distributing case 2009. Asgar khan case is clear crystal accuses are submit their confession but court is reluctant to punish them


  • maz3tt
    Apr 4, 2012 - 2:14PM

    We want PPP to apologize to their followers for the failure to bring benazir’s killer to justice even when in full power and authority and the list goes on.


  • Elcay
    Apr 4, 2012 - 2:58PM

    Can some one remind him that Federal lawyer in the ZAB reference case has been suspended from the SC. SC has directed Federation to appoint a lawyer so that reference hearing can continue.But the Federation has no time to appoint a new lawyer.Recommend

  • zehra
    Apr 4, 2012 - 3:02PM

    they must not forget how they got there? so in a way, it is like hey guys we got you back and now you are judging us? by getting you back we are absolved of allcrimes and how dare you try to do your job? back off!! it sounded like a whinny boy, oh teacher teacher, when they did it they didnt get punished, i even voted you the best teacher of the school and now you are punishing me??

    they said democracy is the best revenge and the past years have really shown us that, it is indeed the best rtevenge they could have taken form us. hope it the last year and we dnt get it again, but looking at the comments here i feel we might be getting another 5 years of democracy is best revenge!!godforbid.

    hope my comments get pu7bilshed!


  • Pro Bono Publico
    Apr 4, 2012 - 3:11PM

    Don’t forget that ZAB refused to attend the National Assembly: he threatened to break legs of MNA who would go to Dhaka; he declared idhar hum, udhur tum. He was right hand man of General Yahya.Recommend

  • Krishna Pachegonker, Aurangabad
    Apr 4, 2012 - 3:14PM

    Undoubtedly it was cruelty of then military dictator Zia to execute sucha charismatic leader ZA Bhutto. Three decades back while we were uni students , our dept of english , marathwada uni. made a fervent appeal to indian pres. to dissuade then admns to defer the deah penalty.
    Ironically how can the people of subcontinent forget the atrocities and mayhem commited by Bhutto army on many innocent peoples of then east pakistan?

  • lkhan
    Apr 4, 2012 - 3:31PM

    Can not agree more with Bilawal Bhutto’s analysis. The Supreme Court is not only following the establishment’s order of the day, but over stepping its responsibilities with impunity. History will judge it, and more importantly the citizens of Pakistan whose awareness of justice is respectable.


  • drsami
    Apr 4, 2012 - 3:59PM

    look whose talking..a person who cant speak the national language is giving us lessons and those also akin to destabilizing and destroying the country as if they already havent done enough damage at all.I fail to understand how these senior persons in the CEC listen to such jibberish from an immature person …i hope the courts are taking notice of such an unwarranted onslought.At least the courts are doing there job tell us what u have done over the last years except for us bringing misery and sufferingRecommend

  • Ammad Malik
    Apr 4, 2012 - 4:59PM


    worse then sitting behind the computer and whinning?


  • mrk
    Apr 4, 2012 - 5:13PM

    Let’s not get so worked up! He is doing what he should be doing – play to the large vs. small province crowd, attack the judiciary, get people into emotional bs and by god – Zardari and co have few more terms at Pak’s helm left in them. Looking at the comments here, and that’s coming from the ‘so called educated lot’, think about the uneducated!!Recommend

  • Very 1
    Apr 4, 2012 - 5:24PM

    @Khalid Munir:
    Punjabi hegemony broke the country down a half century ago and it might do it again. Look at Baluchistan.


  • wahab khan afridi
    Apr 4, 2012 - 5:44PM

    PPP as if you are very clean politicians, you are the number one corrupt govt in the whole worldRecommend

  • Asghar
    Apr 4, 2012 - 5:58PM

    I dont understand what kind of leaders are these and what kind of literate generation is this, they call themselves educated but they are dividing the nation in the name of politics, just for the personal benefit and just for party’s grievances.

    Bhutto worked to develop the nation and gained the place in history by sacrifiing his life, he started atomic program of Pakistan and the current leadership!! what they have started BISP, corrupt rental projects, looted the Hajis? Do they even feel as how they will be remembered in history? Shameless people!!!

    I dont know till what time we will continue behaving with such irresponsibility. Look at other nations how they are developing themselves, how they are growing, how they are working to develop for their nation. We should be ashamed of as what we are today, we dont have education, we dont have health facilities, no electricity, no food, no drinking water.

    Kindly anyone tell me when our leaders will grow up?


  • Raz
    Apr 4, 2012 - 6:00PM

    Bilawal do you think you can provide Justice if you and your family don’t follow courts and Justice. Think about it.Recommend

  • Apr 4, 2012 - 8:57PM

    Vienna,April 4,2012
    Good exposure of justice and the candidate seeking justice.
    Hopefully Bilawal Bhutto head of Zardari tribe will save a
    sinking ship called Pakistan.
    Taravadu Taranga Trust for Media Moniotoring TTTMM India
    –Kulamarva Baalakrishna


  • Alia Agha
    Apr 4, 2012 - 9:04PM

    Mr Bilawal Zardari it would really be interesting if you would dig deeper into who killed your beloved mother instead of playing into the hands of the tyrants always being used as a scape goat for bigger issues at hand. Its sad that from where your vote bank is and from where you are given so much love that area is so neglected (lyari) they bleed for your kindness and expect the party manifesto to be implemented, but im afraid you are following into the footsteps of the tyrants of our land and not an ounce of the BHUTTO blood is visibleRecommend

  • anonymus
    Apr 4, 2012 - 9:48PM

    @Pro Bono Publico:

    Punjabi establishment was not willing to share one day of power with Bengalies. now you have full controll of Pakistan.
    Do bengali blame bhutto? no
    do balochi blame bhutto? No
    there is and was only one group of occupiers- punjabi establishment and Bhutto was voted by them and brought in power by them.


  • anonymus
    Apr 4, 2012 - 9:58PM


    do upu think that intellectualy bankrupt people can see that, no.
    most peaceful election in history of Pakistan was in bungal desh after army operation as every one was unopposed. who won that- Jamat islami. if bhutto was instigator then PPP should have won.

    Bhuuto agreed all points of Mujeeb except 1/2 point that he will not agree for separate currency.
    Bhutto had final agreement with PNA in 77
    “but both times gunmen came”
    why gunmen lobby is so unahppy now
    in democracy they get to rule only one portion directly and in gunmen era it is 100%.


  • David Hussey
    Apr 4, 2012 - 10:27PM

    Oh well .. We all know ,they cheated us for four and half years.They did nothing.. Speeches won’t work now.You should have done something real instead of what you ave done to this country.Lets get over it and lets support some true leader instead of these looters.


  • Ashraf Siddiqui
    Apr 5, 2012 - 1:07AM

    No institution, no law and no human is above Zardari family. They do not have any skills, any vision and completely mis-managed gang of power hijackers who are trying to survive by using & propagating ZA Bhutto name – interesting thing that ZABhutto who was himself a faillure politician and a failure administrator – who used his powers as Civilian Martial Law Administrator – who came in power with the support of United States using power of Pakistani then generals – those generals were kidnapped from GT Road and sent abroad appointing them as ambassador of Pakistan.

    ZA Bhutto, Dy. Prime Minister in General Yahya Khan government, represented Pakistan in UN Security Council where he torned UN Resolution asking to have political solution of East Pakistan crisis – ZA Bhutto pushed away Mujeeb U Rehman of Awami League and majority leader in Yahya Khan elections – ZA Bhutto announced and warned NO one should go to East Pakistan – ZA Bhutto destroyed industrial development of Pakistan, destroyed education system of Pakistan – ZA Bhutto created hatred between Sindhis and non-Sindhis – thousands of Urdu speakaing people were killed during early period of ZA Bhutto government – ZA Bhutto abolished elected governments of Baluchistan and NWFP. ZA Bhutto was hanged on the FIR of his own PPP leader Ahmad Riza Kasuri’s father killing orders – Session Court hanging orders were maintained by High Court, Supreme Court and President of Pakistan. Asking today Supreme Court of Pakistan to appologize Bhutto family is nothing more than making joke of Pakistan’s judiciary system by the criminals – They are all gang of criminals who should be tried in courts.


  • Ashraf Siddiqui
    Apr 5, 2012 - 1:10AM

    One should ask Rose flowers spread on the grave of ZA Bhutto are purchased from their own pockets OR that also from people money – Instead developing industries & agriculture – instead increasing exports to earn income for country – busy in destroying economy day by day and charging more and more taxes on general public.


  • Sandip khanna
    Apr 5, 2012 - 3:31AM

    @Danis: Shouldn’t the 3 million apologies for the genocide of the Bangladeshis come from the Army? What has PPP got to do with those atrocities? Nice attempt to start shifting the balme and hoping in due time history would get rewritten. That doesn’t happen though.


  • Saad
    Apr 5, 2012 - 6:11AM

    @Pro Bono Publico:

    Bhutto told his MNAs not go to the session and not any other party but that was withdrawn after the talks with Mujib. So please read as to who ordered the military action and whether Bhutto was informed of the same.

    Keep it up Bilawal. Jeay Bhutto.


  • jagjit sidhoo
    Apr 5, 2012 - 7:38AM

    “More than 50% of terrorists presented before our courts have been freed. I am told there is a lack of evidence and the fault lies with the prosecution. The rapists of our sister Mukhtara Mai have been freed by the courts. Presumably for the same reasons. How can there be enough evidence to hang SZAB but not enough evidence to keep terrorists and rapists in prison,” When the govt is keen they provide the evidence and the guilty get convicted if the govt wants to protect the accused they do not provide the evidence and the accused gets let off. The SC does not have the power and resources to investigate a case. If the terrorists are going scott free ask the govt why they have not produced the evidence in court. By the way there is a PPP govt in Pakistan.


  • Apr 5, 2012 - 10:29AM

    You can see Pakistan’s fault lines.


  • fareed ahmed
    Apr 5, 2012 - 10:40AM

    For the time being Bilawal should stop worrying about Z.A Bhutto and ask his dad to get the killer of his mother.Why dig the buried case,first solve the fresh case. then try to find out who killed Murtuza Bhutto.And when these cases are solved then you might take up the hanging of ZA bhutto..People of of Pakistan exactly know what za bhutto let him sleep otherwise flood gate will open and he be exposed more.


    Apr 5, 2012 - 1:07PM

    way to go ,bilawal. we r with u.


  • Fraz
    Apr 5, 2012 - 4:17PM

    It is very difficult to digest the truth.What Bilawal has said is very right .Our Judicary and establishment are left with very little time to rectify their earlier mistakes


  • shak
    Apr 5, 2012 - 6:33PM

    everytime i read a comment Pro PPP or PMLN, I am heart broken. I pray to god that these are paid trolls and not people who believe these politicians.

    what has either party given pakistan…….besides corruption, lawlessness, poverty, hunger, injustice………how can someone support or vote for these same people over and over again…………

    i could care less about PTI or any other party but how can you praise anything PPP or PML do……..please someone tell me your rationale, i just don’t get it


  • Ashraf Siddiqui
    Apr 6, 2012 - 12:27AM

    Bhutto of Larkana, Geelani of Multan, Sharifs of Lahore, Bilawal of London and Zardari of Washington


  • Apr 6, 2012 - 4:57AM

    “I am amazed to see people are still taking PPP’s side….”
    The most important requirement for all followers of any faith is complete blindness.


  • Saad
    Apr 6, 2012 - 5:46AM


    Sorry to disappoint you, no one here is a paid troll. We support PPP because they are the lesser evil. Because unlike the alternates uniformed or bearded or our recent clean shaved taliban they do not justify murders of innocent lives or patch up deals with those responsible for killing thousands of Pakistanis.


  • Apr 7, 2012 - 10:55AM

    “3) At least another 15000 apologies for the murders in Balochistan during ZA Bhutto government”

    Very interesting how people look differently at the same event. Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur, who writes for Daily Times, a PPP rag (owned by Taseer Group) a few months back said that two generals were responsible for committing atrocities against the Balochis.
    Actions taken by Gen Zia
    Gen Musharraf

    Talpur conveniently forgot to mention murder of Balochis and destruction NAP by ZAB. How can PPP apologize for anything their overlordship did not do?

    Balochis should choose their friends a bit more carefully.


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