Bakhtawar arrives to help flood victims

Published: August 9, 2010
Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari comes to Pakistan to ensure provision of relief aid. PHOTO: EPA

Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari comes to Pakistan to ensure provision of relief aid. PHOTO: EPA

KARACHI: Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari, an international observer and the daughter of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto has come to Pakistan only to ensure provision of relief aid to the people of flood-hit areas in Pakistan.

This was informed by PPP Women Wing Sindh’s Information Secretary and Advisor to Chief Minister Sindh Sharmila Farooqui in a statement issued here on Sunday.

Some meetings of PPP Women Wing attended by Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari in the country were only aimed at providing all possible help to the flood affectees across the country Farooqui said.

She  informed the media that Bakhtawar has said that PPP Women Wing under the leadership of Faryal Talpur is serving people, including women and children in a better way.

“Bakhtawar has also asked PPP Women Wing leaders to visit flood-hit areas across the country regularly and ensure all possible help to them for their rehabilitation,” the advisor further informed.

Bakhtawar said,” a large number of women and children are affected by floods in the country, so joint efforts should be made to rehabilitate them with immediate effect.”

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  • imran
    Aug 9, 2010 - 2:56PM

    she does not look like her mother but she has her brain(political brain)…. this is how a bhutto should behave…good for her….Recommend

  • Aug 9, 2010 - 3:11PM

    What exactly is an “international observer”? Recommend

  • Aug 9, 2010 - 3:30PM

    The Aftermath of “Shoe Therapy”Recommend

  • Jabeen
    Aug 9, 2010 - 4:13PM

    rightly said by tanzeel :)Recommend

  • mussarat ahmedzeb swat
    Aug 9, 2010 - 4:21PM

    welcome back nadir missed your comments.bakhtawar is here upon UN,s request to observe the situation.Recommend

  • sohail
    Aug 9, 2010 - 4:23PM

    Pakistanis don’t need her support and help of her..Recommend

  • Averroes
    Aug 9, 2010 - 4:56PM

    Since when she became an “international observer”?Recommend

  • Lady X
    Aug 9, 2010 - 5:02PM

    Damage control, anyone?Recommend

  • Aug 9, 2010 - 6:04PM

    No need to be cynical about anyone before you try him/her out. she is a fresh blood let her to work among Pakistanis before she enters in politics and vote blindly to PM seat. Her arrival would help us to asses her devotion to the people of her mother land.Recommend

  • Ali Haider
    Aug 9, 2010 - 6:43PM

    I agree with Tanzeel.Recommend

  • Sarah B.Haider
    Aug 9, 2010 - 7:03PM

    Last nail in the coffin.Recommend

  • Shazia Yousuf
    Aug 9, 2010 - 8:19PM

    Well said Tanzeel !

    But on a serious note, any sincere effort in this regard is what we need at this hour.Recommend

  • Shireen Khan
    Aug 10, 2010 - 12:16AM

    Why cannot we be more compassionate by accepting and welcoming her gesture instead of writing all these nasty comments- her family have paid a very heavy price and deserve some respite. I wish them all the luck… Recommend

  • Babs
    Aug 10, 2010 - 12:24AM

    I think its best that she returned to the UAE or which ever foreign palace she resides. The last thing we need.Recommend

  • Unknown
    Aug 10, 2010 - 1:09AM

    Atleast she has arrived to monitor whats going on! where is Mr.Altaf Hussain?Recommend

  • Usman
    Aug 10, 2010 - 1:50AM

    What’s the deal with these Zardari kids, Bilawal, Bakhtawar and Asifa? How can these out-of-touch-with-Pakistani-reality kids know a thing or two about what life in Pakistan is all about? Do they know how it feels to stay up at nights due to load-shedding or inhaling the smog-filled air of Pakistani cities? Have they ever driven on the broken streets of Pakistan? Have they ever dealt with any of the government institutions as a regular Pakistani? Have they ever been in an overflowing-with-kids Pakistani school bus? Have they even walked through the streets of Pakistan after a rain? Have they ever been to a grocery store in Pakistan?

    Until these ‘imported’ kids experience living in Pakistan, they cannot and should not speak about the problems or plight of Pakistanis. This ‘imported’ ruler/elite tradition goes back to the days of the British Raj when every few years we would get a new Viceroy to rule our ancestors. Fortunately for us, the British left but they left behind this notion of ‘imported’ leaders, a curse that we still live with even now.

    Maybe these Westernized kids would be better suited to looking after the mansions and palaces in the UK, France, UAE, and the US. Since they have always lived in palatial villas and led fairly luxurious lives, they can advise us (their ‘awam’) about where to find the best ‘roti’ at an expensive Italian restaurant, which French designer can design our ‘kapra’, and which Greek architect can design a palatial ‘makaan’ on a 80 square yard plot. After all, isn’t ‘roti, kapra, aur makaan’ the slogan of the PPP?

    In all seriousness these kids, who don’t know anything about Pakistani lifestyle, should be the last people to ‘help’ us deal with ‘our’ problems.Recommend

  • Rafi Hasan
    Aug 10, 2010 - 6:07AM

    How old is she? Twenty? And, more importantly, what is her experience in crisis management? Ensuring provision of relief aid to people in the flood-hit areas requires analytical skills, meticulous planning and thorough knowledge of regional topography. When will our ruling class transcend this ridiculous mindset of only looking for a ‘Photo Op’ in every national crises?

    I guess, a click on the following link will help us understand the objective behind Ms. Bakhtawar Bhutto’s decision to partake in relief efforts: Recommend

  • a_editor
    Aug 10, 2010 - 8:19AM

    oh come you jealous people. she’s hardly 20. stop picking on the kid. Recommend

  • Saleem
    Aug 10, 2010 - 9:30AM

    Instead of passing sarcastic remarks while sitting inside our places we should surpass her by doing more positive efforts for the relief of flood victims.
    These remarks demonstrate a sense of inferiority complex rather than an intellectual mindset. Recommend

  • TM Virji
    Aug 10, 2010 - 11:02AM

    wow… finally a bhutto has come to help the flood victims

    PS. or is she a ZardariRecommend

  • ali
    Aug 10, 2010 - 11:36AM

    Another joke to the Pakistan People. Sending Bakhtawar to Pakistan. First the most amazing thing who will guide her and tell the real situation, are these federal minsters who themselves have no pride and interest on the flood effecting Pakistan people and who always indulge themselves to save Mr. Zardari’s acts and blaming other people shining their politics who some how doing something for flood effected people.. Recommend

  • Saleem
    Aug 10, 2010 - 12:48PM

    Lines written by Mr Usman above, can better be written by Bakhtawer since “imported Kids” have better command over foreign language;but even after recognizing her as kid he should have shown some sagacity by sparing her from the aggressive and acrimonious remarks. This is how we make our people controversial without any rational.Recommend

  • Afia jamal
    Aug 10, 2010 - 1:21PM

    I agree with Usman.The bhutto kids can never relate to teh downtrodden pakistanis. Recommend

  • Saleem
    Aug 10, 2010 - 1:53PM

    Its not the point whether or not these kids can perform or deliver?
    The basic question is, should we put our point the way it has been expressed by some of readers?
    And by the way how can someone with so surety claim or accuse (to be precise)the undone deeds of imported “KIDS”.
    Spare them you have had enough of their blood.Recommend

  • Saleem
    Aug 10, 2010 - 2:10PM

    If this Kid can do nothing then why so much of hue and cry?Recommend

  • NGH
    Aug 10, 2010 - 4:13PM

    I think we need an experienced international observer.
    This is no simulation of flood going on that kids are going to walk into the classroom to find out what happens when there is flood. We need experienced geologists, urban engineers,architects and skilled rehabilitators as international observers and not kids.
    Nothing against the kid but right now we need the right (read skilled)person in her place.
    She can help as a volunteer but she is rightnow not skilled enough to tell how to rehabilitate the affectees. She said that the women wing must help the affectee….everyone is saying that..what’s new??
    Honestly, even if will visit the affected areas that is of no good. Instead of spending on her VIP trip to the uprooted areas, better would be to spend on acquiring a group of skilled people!Recommend

  • imran
    Aug 10, 2010 - 5:44PM

    No experience so nothing expected.Recommend

  • Usman
    Aug 10, 2010 - 7:06PM

    Saleem sahaab I respectfully disagree with all your comments. All your accusations and generalizations seem emotional to me and not logical or fact-based. You accuse me and others of having an inferiority complex just because we don’t live in palaces and have the audacity to speak up. In my earlier comments I referred to myself as ‘awam’, now if in your opinion (not mine) that suggests that I suffer from an inferiority complex then I guess 99% of all Pakistanis (the awam) suffer from inferiority complex. A few posts later, you assume that since I am not an “imported kid” my command of the English language will be inferior to that of the “imported kids.” Sir jee most Pakistanis, like me, attend(ed) Pakistani schools and assuming that our English is inferior makes me believe that you under-estimate the Pakistani school system, education, and students. Now who suffers from an inferiority complex, you or me? Also just because I exercised my right of freedom of speech and criticized the Zardari family, you accuse me of having blood on my hands. If criticizing the government for its failed policies and ineffectiveness amounts to blood on my hands, then sir jee a huge portion of the Pakistani awam has blood on their hands. Now with that token, you have blood on your hands too just because you criticized me. You sir also write why the hue and cry when she has done nothing – that’s exactly my point, she will do nothing except for posing for photos, something the current government knows how to do well.Recommend

  • Saleem
    Aug 11, 2010 - 8:15AM

    Well Usman thanks for your “enlightened” observations, the blood of Bhuttos is on the hands of all conservative, extremists and right wing people Recommend

  • saima
    Aug 11, 2010 - 10:06AM

    well said mr. usman…….realy factual things u told…..only those leader can solve our problems……….who are among us……….who belongs to middle class family……….who face all the problems of life here in Pakistan…..we should say NO to wadaira politicians n the best word for those currupts………imported……Recommend

  • Aziz
    Aug 11, 2010 - 5:00PM

    Maybe Ms. Bakhtawar is here to suggest to people that do not have bread to eat cake instead!Recommend

  • farigh mistri
    Aug 11, 2010 - 5:13PM

    i for one welcome our new rapping overlord.. deliver us from this flood, or a funky beat yo!Recommend

  • Mohsin Hijazee
    Aug 11, 2010 - 5:17PM

    Unfortunately I cannot add even a single dot to Usman’s comments. Totally agree. They know nothing nothing and nothing at all.

    Ever they have been to a police station in Pakistan in mortal capacity?

    As a young Pakistani, I totally refuse this newly hip hop generation. We need locals. Recommend

    Aug 11, 2010 - 10:51PM

    NOW YOU SEE NOW YOU DO NOT…………..What is the purpose of criticizing your own daughter, who has come for a noble cause.the point scoring in politics has over shadowed every thing during these FLOODS.when the PRESIDENT goes out for help ,it is a problem and now all those shouting are again shouting for delegations to be sent out and get help.
    It seems that all Forum are being badly over run by thirty odd anchors (that many votes of MR. DASTI are often VOID from a single polling station)so what should be done..SHUT DOWN ALL THE ASSEMBLIES AND MAKE ALL POLICIES FROM THE TALK SHOWS… NOT TO FORGET THE POLLSRecommend

  • aka47estd
    Aug 12, 2010 - 12:05AM

    Late from a family jaunt in Europe. No wait, she wasn’t on board!
    Too late for an “International Observer”!Recommend

  • sunny
    Aug 12, 2010 - 10:13AM

    She is born to rule.
    And she has photos published in new paper while collecting money for flood victims.
    In that photo I have seen how she put the book with cover page of Decessed bhutto. This is the thing show how corrupton comes first time.
    It is not fair for them to have photo session in way.From this pic I realize she will start carrer while learning how to present in press herself.Its total self denial. I urge her go away from Pakistan and have good degree from West and spent time there in working class then may be learn honesty then to corruption.Right now I am observing she is learning how to fake photo session.I feel sorry for her and her state of mind. As she is born to rule therfore she shopuld learn more honesty then to corruption in Pakistan she with his father learns only corruption.Sorry Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari. please not spoil your life by jump i to politics right now as I observe you to learning dishonesty.Recommend

  • Haris
    Aug 12, 2010 - 10:40AM

    What most of you are talking is void of reason and sense!!!!!!!
    I never knew most of us have gone so bellicose, we dont spare kids even
    All you guys who are up against this child dont you realize you are ruining her cause? If shes incapable just because her age being main demerit, than why have youth parliament and respect and support it coz they too are young; or the opposition to this child is merely based on the fact that she happens to be:-
    2.Daughter of BB
    3.Full of commitment with this country and its people
    4.Shes far talented and spirited than all of you who oppose her
    5.And all those who have written bad about her are infact undergoing inferiority complex as someone above has said.Recommend

  • AT
    Aug 12, 2010 - 11:17AM

    The comments are as interesting as the news itselfRecommend

  • inspiration
    Aug 12, 2010 - 1:13PM

    let us first decide what we want? when zardari goes out of the country, its only you people accusing him for not being there for the flood victims. now, when bakhtawar is here to help the people, even if she cant but she’s still here to help, still you people have problems..can our nation think and then decide what it wants? i want to ask everyone who has commented here, what have you done for the flood victims, being the “locals” of Pakistan, having been a part of the loadshedding, local school busses, broken roads and all those things mentioned, have YOU been able to do ANYTHING uptill now for these poor victims???? i am not a PPP supporter but guys give some space to the new generation, give them a chance to prove them, dont make paradigms abt the sir name “bhutto”. its not that if she has not lived in Pakistan then she has no feelings for her motherland and moreover feeling for humanity. none of the rulers of our country have faced what the local awam has always been through, so do u mean none of them should do anythng for us???Recommend

  • arif jamal
    Aug 13, 2010 - 12:29PM

    Young and dynamic people like Bakhtawar and Bilawal can change the fate of the country. Allah has given Bakhtawar an opportunity to prove herself as patriotic Pakistani and a true young and dynamic leader. All she can do to bring half of his father’s money deposited into foreign bank to Pakistan and spend on flood ravaged people. if it is materialized. a new trend will be set and other elite and rich will come forward to help their fellow Pakistani whole heartedly. even the poor gets the inspiration to help their brethren. in this way, a new Pakistan will be emerged which could be the best gift for Pakistan on its birth anniversary. Recommend

  • Atif Khan
    Aug 15, 2010 - 11:48AM

    Totally agree with Usman. These imported kids are of no use. Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Aug 15, 2010 - 11:02PM

    Everyone, together the three kids spell BBA so I’m sure that will be spelled out to us by the Balochistan CM proving that together they consitute a degree and “degree is degree whether original or as an acronym.”

    But the point to note is that she’s come here as an international observer sent by the UN. I rest Usman’s case.Recommend

  • mussarat hussain
    Sep 10, 2010 - 3:59AM

    Sorry to say the Title ” International Observer” has dwarfed stature of Bakhtwar.

    In my opinion being daughter of Shaheed Ms. Benazir Bhutto is more than enough for Bakhtawar.

    Titles like “Roaming Ambassador”, “International Observer”, “International Watchdog” only fit

    people having no family background. She comes from the lineage of Sir, Shahnawaz Bhutto,

    Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and above all Ms. Shaheed Benazir Bhutto, the family known globally in political

    landscape (from her mother’s side), let’s be honest and true.

    Mussarat Hussain
    Washington DCRecommend

  • Sep 16, 2010 - 4:49AM

    Each tragedy is the political positioning opportunity for these people.

    Sad still is unflinching support of their “educated” serfs.Recommend

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