High hopes: PPP will sweep the upcoming polls says Bilawal

Published: April 15, 2013
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Bilawal praised his father, President Zardari, for surrendering his powers and authority to the elected parliament and further strengthening democracy in the country.

Bilawal praised his father, President Zardari, for surrendering his powers and authority to the elected parliament and further strengthening democracy in the country.

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said on Sunday that his party will sweep the upcoming general elections with the support of the people of Pakistan and go on to form the next government to take the country “forward in the community of nations, in accordance with the vision of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto and Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.”

In a statement on Sunday, Bilawal said his mother Benazir had laid down her life for the cause of democracy and for the people of Pakistan. “PPP will continue to make sacrifices for preserving democracy and the betterment of the masses,” he added.

He said the PPP government successfully completed its five-year term under the courageous leadership of President Asif Ali Zardari and expressed the hope that the party would win the 2013 polls with a thumping majority. “The products of Ziaul Haq’s martial law who dream of victory shall have to bite the dust once again because the masses have not forgotten their murky past,” said the PPP chairman.

Bilawal said his mother always stood like a rock in the face of successive dictatorships and went to the extent of laying down her life for the cause of democracy. He said the PPP would continue to serve the downtrodden sections of society.

Upon returning to power, Bilawal said, the PPP will expand the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) to complete its second phase during the next five years. He announced that the new PPP government would also double the monthly BISP stipend to Rs2,000 per month. The PPP chairman added that under the second phase of BISP, more local and international institutions including banks will be taken on board as partners and scope of the programme would be widened. He stated that the Waseela-e-Haq, Waseela-e-Rozgar and Waseela-e-Taleem initiatives are the part of BISP’s long-term strategy to help out the poorest of the poor in the country.

Bilawal counted the 18th Amendment and the restoration of the 1973 Constitution among the landmark achievements of the PPP government. He also praised his father, President Zardari, for surrendering his powers and authority to the elected parliament and further strengthening democracy in the country.

“PPP is the real heir to the legacy of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto and Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. My mother gave the best years of her life while protecting her father’s legacy. She confronted the worst at the hands of General Ziaul Haq who had sent my grandfather to the gallows. She kept her father’s party and his mission alive with great steadfastness. She gave her life for the preservation of democracy and the people of this country acknowledge her great sacrifice. Let me assure the followers of Shaheed Bhuttos that I will protect their legacy till my last breath while carrying forward their mission, vision and philosophy being the leader of the largest and most popular political party of the country, which has roots in all provinces. We shall live and die for the cause of Pakistan as done by my mother Benazir Bhutto and my grandfather Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.”

Published in The Express Tribune, April 15th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (50)

  • ahmed
    Apr 15, 2013 - 2:54AM

    Jiye Bhutto….NOT!

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  • ahmd
    Apr 15, 2013 - 3:04AM

    lolll.. this must be the joke of the year…..

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  • Umais Ali
    Apr 15, 2013 - 3:07AM

    What a joke!!!!!

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  • Shaami
    Apr 15, 2013 - 3:09AM

    I have no idea that for how long PPP can sell its Chooran like that and people will continue to fall prey to these hollow promises.

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  • Paki
    Apr 15, 2013 - 3:30AM

    In your dreams….no more Bhutto drama this time!

    PTI Inshallah :)

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  • just_someone
    Apr 15, 2013 - 3:44AM

    Says the kid who knows almost nothing about Pakistan since he has barely spent any time there!

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  • Usama
    Apr 15, 2013 - 3:46AM

    Reminds me of a kid who can put any thing in his month not knowing if he is making any sense.

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  • Waseem
    Apr 15, 2013 - 3:57AM

    This reminds of 1920’s Bolshevik propaganda

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  • Afrooz
    Apr 15, 2013 - 4:01AM

    YAWNN!!!

    Next ….!!

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  • Mr. President
    Apr 15, 2013 - 4:07AM

    You would think that someone who have studied from Oxford University would talk with some logic and sense. But Nooooo. He is just plain dillusional Recommend

  • Haseeb
    Apr 15, 2013 - 4:16AM

    God forbid!

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  • Keep Dreaming
    Apr 15, 2013 - 4:23AM

    Dream On!

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  • Ajaz Haque
    Apr 15, 2013 - 4:32AM

    Does this kid how?

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  • Apr 15, 2013 - 4:34AM

    Sweep the election like “sweeping the floor” he meant. Event Bilawal knows that PPP has no chance this time and that is why he left for Dubai. But Malik brought him back

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  • FoY
    Apr 15, 2013 - 5:18AM

    Ha! Ha! Ha!

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  • Saleem
    Apr 15, 2013 - 5:18AM

    Show your performance for last year before you ask for vote in forthcoming election.

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  • Zohaib
    Apr 15, 2013 - 5:23AM

    PPP performance for the last 5 years is worst performance in history of pakistan and how can they say that they will come in power again ?? It is only because this nation deserve these kind of mafia and corrupt leaders & our people will again vote for them in upcoming election !!! So plzzz use your vote sensibly and plz donot vote for PPP !!!!

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  • BritishRaj
    Apr 15, 2013 - 5:28AM

    Hah! Expand BEnazir income support program? Where is he going to find the funds from, is British govt willing to double it?

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  • Syed Ahmad
    Apr 15, 2013 - 5:32AM

    No chance this time. The people will not be fooled this time.

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  • Pro Truth
    Apr 15, 2013 - 5:43AM

    Yeah right, after what your dad has done to country and to your party(yes its ownership not a democratic party)! they will not find a vote for PPP even if they sweep the ballot box inside out!

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  • Baset
    Apr 15, 2013 - 5:59AM

    Hilarious. Bilawal glad to see that your education at Oxford has served you well. Kid is absolutely clueless. PTI all the way !!!

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  • confused
    Apr 15, 2013 - 7:11AM

    High leader you meant? I’m sure his hopes can’t be high

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  • Ricky
    Apr 15, 2013 - 7:11AM

    Where are those who were dreaming about a conflict between father and son? They were dreaming and hallucinating. The news of the demise of PPP are highly exaggerated. The fact is the first PPP govt gave employment to all graduates under NDVP scheme. Now the poorest of the poor women are benefiting from BIS. What has any other party or dictator has done for all poor and needy?

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  • Sohrab Karboy
    Apr 15, 2013 - 7:47AM

    Political realities are sometimes like swallowing bitter pills. Despite universal condemnation expressed in all the comments above, fact remains that PPP will still win a considerable block of votes because of the vote banks of the feudal politicians located mostly in rural Pakistan. It should be noteworthy that 65 percent of Pakistan’s population is rural. However, these feudal politicians contest elections to be associated with the ruling party. They find little incentive and see little benefit in serving as a strong opposition. Therefore, consistent erosion of PPP’s elected numbers will force them to become competitive by providing services to their constituents. It will not happen overnight. Pakistan’s hope lies in the younger generation. 35 percent of Pakistan’s population is under the age of 15. A continuous and consistent democratic period will definitely bring the necessary change. For that to happen, the nation as a whole should learn that military intervention every so many years weaken us and is an obstacle in our political growth and stability as a nation. Our people deserve much better than what they have had in the past. Vote for CHANGE on May 11.

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  • concerned citizen
    Apr 15, 2013 - 8:01AM

    hopefully not even with bougas votes this time

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  • Xulfjan
    Apr 15, 2013 - 8:28AM

    Snap out of it, sweet thing!!

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  • Go Zardari Go!!
    Apr 15, 2013 - 8:41AM

    Actually people thought that PTI would be breaking PMLn vote bank to help the PPP at the end. In reality vast amount of PPP voters are voting for PTI, in addition to the PMLN breakage. I know at 15 ex PPP voters that will PTI and 10 PMLN voters that will vote PTI.

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  • citizen
    Apr 15, 2013 - 8:54AM

    my instant reaction on reading caption was :Astagfirullah ! Allah na karey !

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  • Ali Kazim
    Apr 15, 2013 - 9:17AM

    All I would say to my PTI friends who cant wait to rule the country… That you might be in for a BIG surprise. And it may not be a pleasant one :)

    Party leaders need to lead from the front. And they need to believe in their party. That’s what PTI did… even when they only won one seat in the National Assembly.

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  • Softliner
    Apr 15, 2013 - 9:20AM

    Lolz Lolz Lolz ……… !!!!

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  • Ayesha Bhaalay
    Apr 15, 2013 - 9:22AM

    Oh Please, spare us this time. Last 5 years were painful enough.

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  • b
    Apr 15, 2013 - 9:38AM

    almost certain no-one who went to oxford has ever used the phrase ‘betterment of the masses’. this statement shows how out of touch he is with the state of the nation, and that he is not ready for a career in politics here.

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  • Jadoon
    Apr 15, 2013 - 9:53AM

    He just wanted to say,”PPP will be swept in next elections”

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Apr 15, 2013 - 9:57AM

    He is not joking. PPP is counting on PTI’s performance. PTI cannot win more than few seats but it could hurt PML(N) badly.

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  • Aschraful Makhlooq
    Apr 15, 2013 - 10:07AM

    Bilawal Bhutto keep up and continue daydreaming and stargazing.Because only stargazing and daydreaming are always free and can be continue and keep up forever and lifetime……Recommend

  • Salman
    Apr 15, 2013 - 11:48AM

    Try your luck in Bollywood

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  • Faraz
    Apr 15, 2013 - 2:10PM

    @Shaami: I think no longer.

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  • Adnan
    Apr 15, 2013 - 2:59PM

    Do not be glad with so many comments disapproving Mr.Bilawal mantra, as majority of his voters do not have access to internet and online newspapers…

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  • Irfan
    Apr 15, 2013 - 3:30PM

    Better than N league,

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  • bilal
    Apr 15, 2013 - 3:40PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    Inshallah PTI will make history by creating NAYA Pakistan

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  • HSH
    Apr 15, 2013 - 4:17PM

    Love all the comments, but in the end if we guys don’t vote to make sure that these guys don’t come to Power yet again, all these comments are no better than what Bilawal had to say. So, lets go out and vote to make sure that our future is in the right hands,].

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  • Sirf Pakistani
    Apr 15, 2013 - 5:46PM

    @TightPatloon:
    Actually Malik showed him some “credible evidence” that PPP will sweep the upcoming elections

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  • Beware
    Apr 15, 2013 - 6:05PM

    This kid knows how much money his father has been spending on his election campaign.

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  • Adnan
    Apr 15, 2013 - 6:17PM

    @HSH:
    Cannot agree more… if we do not VOTE than we are ourself nailing our own coffins…. Please do VOTE and encourage others to VOTE!!!

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  • Tamoor
    Apr 16, 2013 - 5:59AM

    Too little too late…

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  • mfb
    Apr 16, 2013 - 1:29PM

    Bilawal is Zardari not Bhutto. Their is no hier shut down ppp.

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  • Analyzer
    Apr 16, 2013 - 2:34PM

    Let Buhtto RIP, time to give Pakistan a chance,

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  • SAK
    Apr 16, 2013 - 7:21PM

    This news made me laugh. Height of stupidity. Why everyone trying to copy Imran Khan.

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  • SJS
    Apr 17, 2013 - 12:21AM

    hahahahaha!!! Bilawal, you need a reality check!

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  • yasir
    Apr 20, 2013 - 9:21PM

    A government’s over all performance cannot be judged by its shortcomings in wiping out the backlog of insurmountable socio-economic problems that it had inherited from a dictator. It did not have a magic wand to over come acute power shortages. It has addressed the issue and in next two years the country will have enough power. Benefit of its efforts and sufferings would be reaped by the next government as was the case when Benazir Bhutto was dismissed in late 1996. She had invested billions in power sector that made President Musharraf confess in a TV interview that when he took over in 1999 he had surplus power and he was looking for foreign markets to export it. Same was the case on the food front in 2008. Country was starving of essentials. Today Pakistan is exporting wheat, cotton, rice and is self sufficient in sugar—thanks to a booming revolution in agriculture due to government’s procurement policies.

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