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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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.
hahahahaha!!! Bilawal, you need a reality check!
This news made me laugh. Height of stupidity. Why everyone trying to copy Imran Khan.
Let Buhtto RIP, time to give Pakistan a chance,
Bilawal is Zardari not Bhutto. Their is no hier shut down ppp.
Too little too late...
@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!!!
This kid knows how much money his father has been spending on his election campaign.
@TightPatloon: Actually Malik showed him some "credible evidence" that PPP will sweep the upcoming elections
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,].
@Ch. Allah Daad: Inshallah PTI will make history by creating NAYA Pakistan
Better than N league,
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...
@Shaami: I think no longer.
Try your luck in Bollywood
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.
He just wanted to say,"PPP will be swept in next elections"
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.
Oh Please, spare us this time. Last 5 years were painful enough.
Lolz Lolz Lolz ......... !!!!
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.
my instant reaction on reading caption was :Astagfirullah ! Allah na karey !
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.
Snap out of it, sweet thing!!
hopefully not even with bougas votes this time
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.
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?
High leader you meant? I'm sure his hopes can't be high
Hilarious. Bilawal glad to see that your education at Oxford has served you well. Kid is absolutely clueless. PTI all the way !!!
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!
No chance this time. The people will not be fooled this time.
Hah! Expand BEnazir income support program? Where is he going to find the funds from, is British govt willing to double it?
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 !!!!
Show your performance for last year before you ask for vote in forthcoming election.
Ha! Ha! Ha!
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
Does this kid how?
This reminds of 1920's Bolshevik propaganda
Reminds me of a kid who can put any thing in his month not knowing if he is making any sense.
Says the kid who knows almost nothing about Pakistan since he has barely spent any time there!
In your dreams....no more Bhutto drama this time!
PTI Inshallah :)
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.
What a joke!!!!!
lolll.. this must be the joke of the year.....