Bilawal Bhutto vs PTI: Who is trolling whom?

Published: October 15, 2013
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The online feud between Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) leaders and supporters had local Twitter users abuzz, as the battle quickly moved from exchanges about Malala to outright trolling.

The war of words began on October 12, when PTI leader Asad Umar tweeted a reply regarding the teen activist’s desire to become Pakistan’s prime minister one day.

Bilawal Bhutto, who was tagged in the earlier tweet, took the opportunity to criticise PTI Chairman Imran Khan.

Not one to hold back, Asad Umar responded to the criticism.

What followed was an outpouring of rage by PTI followers on both Twitter and Facebook. Tweets about the online exchange went viral, and became Facebook memes.

The young Bhutto replied to a number of PTI supporters, but also managed to sneak in a few potshots at the Insaafians.

Last night, Bilawal signed off with a smile and hashtag directed at the PTI, some of whom have continued trolling him.

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Reader Comments (30)

  • Oct 15, 2013 - 6:07PM

    let them troll each other as long as it keeps them from trolling Malala its ok!

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  • Asad A.
    Oct 15, 2013 - 6:14PM

    Haha PTI trolls have met their match. Go Billy B!

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  • I am a Khan
    Oct 15, 2013 - 6:16PM

    Immature Balawal and Immature PTI leaders…utterly childish behaviour.

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  • Uza Syed
    Oct 15, 2013 - 6:29PM

    This one is good:

    BilawalBhuttoZardari @BBhuttoZardari “I’m really looking forward 2 next election whn the ppl of Pakhtunkhwa will flush this jali tsunami down the toilet. #goodnighttrolls :-) “

    and this is just wonderful and describes that 61 year old kid who just failed to grow up :

    BilawalBhuttoZardari @BBhuttoZardari

    @Asad_Umar @KamranNawaz6 I want Malal 2 b my PM. She puts IK 2 shame coz at 14 she had courage to talk against TTP but IK is a coward at 60. (IK to shame?! no one can shame any shameless coward including this one).

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  • Seema
    Oct 15, 2013 - 6:40PM

    @Asad A.: Hahaha Jeo Bilawal…

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  • Zeeshan
    Oct 15, 2013 - 6:41PM

    That goes to show people of Pakistan made the Right choice by not Selecting the Immature Brat who lives in UK OR the Cricketer who lives in cuckoo land !!!!

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  • jamal
    Oct 15, 2013 - 6:47PM

    This is not what trolling means. Please look it up.

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  • Rumormonger
    Oct 15, 2013 - 7:06PM

    It seems that Bilawal Zardari will never be entering real politics. He will only tweet and blog from an undisclosed location. Even in Pakistan he will be hiding behing the 14 eet walls of Bilawal House which encloses Karachi public property. How can he even say what he is saying from an ivory tower.

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  • Arsie
    Oct 15, 2013 - 7:29PM

    I’m following Bilawal on twitter and I can confidently say all the senior ‘tajziyanagaars’ who had predicted an end of PPP will hav to eat their words in next elections. Hard times for Pti trolls. Bilawal is the man of the moment.

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  • Oct 15, 2013 - 7:45PM

    Trolls are a nice timepass of course. Hahaha.
    They made a parody acc of the B. Bhutto Zardari and the youngster just told them he has the guts to make a mockery out of them if it’s just about trolling.
    What I didn’t like about it is Asad Umar’s tweet. He should never have responded to a tweet that makes fun of other party leaders.
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  • Oct 15, 2013 - 7:47PM

    I cant imagine how people are actually applauding Bilawal for acting like a loon. He is a leader of a political party. No one their right state of mind would support what Bilawal is doing on twitter.
    This isn’t trolling. Trolling is an aspect of commoners from Bilawal’s end this is unacceptable. Using Bhutto’s name and acting like a legacy has a huge difference!
    An alos I would like to point out PTI’s leadership has never displayed this immaturity. Trolling may be common trait of PTI supporters but never PTI’s leadership.
    I dont see him as a potential leader but just another immature-road-side-troll who doesn’t even have sense how to be a leader.

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  • fawad
    Oct 15, 2013 - 7:58PM

    People like children of influentials should be ashamed of using their family’s influence in Politics. They live most of their lives in Europe but learn nothing from them.

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  • Mir Agha
    Oct 15, 2013 - 8:12PM

    Malala and Imran agree on talking to the Taliban. Malala and Imran agree that drones are wrong. Malala and Imran are liked (and disliked) by many in Pakistan. Hmmm, i see a union of political figures in the future…

    Baby Bhutto on the other hand, doesn’t even know his own party the PPP endorses talks with the TTP. There’s a reason the people of KPK knocked him and his allies (ANP) out.

    Pretty sure he’s trolling himself.

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  • sultan
    Oct 15, 2013 - 8:21PM

    Seriously? Is this article trolling us by calling that trolling? Troll-ception?

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  • waqar
    Oct 15, 2013 - 8:22PM

    bilawal bhutto is no match…he was crying like a baby

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  • salman
    Oct 15, 2013 - 8:24PM

    one retweet of asad umar’s tweet is equal to all bilawal’s tweets put together

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  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Oct 15, 2013 - 8:39PM

    Buhahahahahahahahaha! And I thought I was the one who had the audacity to troll the trolls of Deen-e-Ilzam! Way to go Big B :Ds

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  • Karachiwala
    Oct 15, 2013 - 10:19PM

    thank god, its not being blamed on mqm..

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  • Mir
    Oct 15, 2013 - 10:49PM

    Bilawal is a good looking boy, he will be very popular in KP and with TTP. I hope he stay away from Pakistan, there will be hundereds wants to kidnap him.

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  • Hehe
    Oct 16, 2013 - 2:24AM

    I think Bilawal is clearly at fault here. I mean Asad Umar had only nice words to say about Malala, don’t think there was any need for Bilawal to stoop this low (that too as party chairman) and criticize IK without any reason.

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  • Dani
    Oct 16, 2013 - 8:34AM

    Well who is coward?
    The ones who failed to arrest Benazir Bhutto murderers in 5 years?
    And about Malala as PM well PPP will never allow a figure like her to become PM, its all rhetoric every ones knows Malala cant even contest elections for good 10 or 15 years so doing politics on her name might give Mr Bilawal and PPP few votes from people who likes Malala, otherwise last 5 years of Mr Bilawal party in government were the worst days for Pakistan and Pakistanis and this is the reason they are now just shrink to interior sindh.
    And Malala is sign of woman and girls educations and Mr Bilawal party leaders the Feudal Lords of interior sindh wont allow education of even boys in their areas and turned schools into their Autaqs, actually interior sindh needs Malala against PPP .

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  • Zeeshan
    Oct 16, 2013 - 9:46AM

    @ Mir you seem to be a part of G&L pride group..
    @ ET can’t believe that comment has been approved by yourselves !!!!!

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  • Muslim Leaguer
    Oct 16, 2013 - 12:55PM

    Both these Trolls are the 2 sides of the same Coin.
    They get education in UK, enjoying on beaches &night clubs there. But come to Pakistan only for ruling (ruining) the Country.

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  • Usman
    Oct 16, 2013 - 2:38PM

    Well i now have no doubt about the future of PPP. this guay happens to be the chairman of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s PPP. Asad Umer said nothing which can be rated as unethical. Bilawal went too low in response to anonymous or common people. there should be some difference between political leaders and ordinary FB users. and this guay talking about bravery, give us a break! you, your sisters and your father are hiding somewhere. bravery in PPP died too with the death of Benazir. you refused to run the election campaign of 2013 because you were afraid. that was legitimate and wise as well but then don’t talk about bravery, please. IK, with all my reservations about his politics, is the only leader in PK who has the courage to go out in public these days. you don’t teach IK courage, atleast. bilawal chill out in London, have fun!

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  • Ameer
    Oct 16, 2013 - 3:32PM

    ET as always, conveniently ‘forgot’ this. Bilawal has “principals”.

    LOL. So much for Oxford.

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10202162392124177&set=a.10201013833610932.1073741831.1319993025&type=1&theater

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  • Frank Observer
    Oct 16, 2013 - 5:01PM

    @Ameer:

    Thanks for pointing out the obvious bias and partial journalism of ET. Nothing new there, ET is always out to degrade PTI. BTW, will the people of Pakistan vote for a gay to make him a PM? Not sure Pakistan’s society is open to that idea yet.

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  • rana r
    Oct 18, 2013 - 9:54AM

    Well done BilawalRecommend

  • Abid P. Khan
    Oct 18, 2013 - 8:10PM

    @Mir:
    “Bilawal is a good looking boy, he will be very popular in KP and with TTP. I hope he stay away from Pakistan, there will be hundereds wants to kidnap him.”

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    Trouble is, such experiences can have everlasting effects on a person’s psyche. Do you really think Ayub Khan ever forgot, what he in his book describes as bed being too small in size? Ask people from Lalu Kheyt.
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    Not that easy either for IK to delete from his memory

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  • Oct 19, 2013 - 1:50PM

    @Karachiwala:
    don’t drag mqm here.it is b/w the two.

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  • Abid P. Khan
    Oct 21, 2013 - 4:08AM

    @I am a Khan:
    “Immature Balawal and Immature PTI leaders…utterly childish behaviour.”
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    Let the kids have fun. They have discovered the buttons. Sorry the other kid was how old?

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