Karsaz blasts anniversary: Bilawal Bhutto fires broadside at foes

Published: October 19, 2013
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Bilawal Bhutto gestures while addressing party workers in Karachi. PHOTO: ONLINE

Bilawal Bhutto gestures while addressing party workers in Karachi. PHOTO: ONLINE

KARACHI: 

Bilawal Bhutto’s campaign for the 2018 elections has begun, it seemed, as he gave a morale-boosting speech to Pakistan Peoples Party supporters – and disparaged other parties. “In the next general elections, Asif Ali Zardari will be the supporters’ bow and I will be the arrow,” he claimed in his short but passionate speech, insinuating a future landslide victory.

Friday marked the first time a top party leader visited the Karsaz blasts site to mark the sixth anniversary of the carnage in which 177 people were killed and over 600 party supporters injured on October 18, 2007.

The twin blasts took place when the slain chairperson of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and former prime minister Benazir Bhutto was on her way to a public gathering at Mazar-e-Quaid when she returned to the country after eight years of self-exile.

The PPP was in power for five years but neither the party patron-in-chief, Bilawal, nor the co-chairperson, his father and former president Asif Ali Zardari, ever visited the blast site. The young chairperson’s visit was attended by a few hundred party workers amid tight security on Friday afternoon.

Bilawal started his speech with the Nara-e-Takbeer and chanted slogans, along with party supporters – just like his mother did.

But soon, his speech became more of a tirade – he rebuked all major political parties as well as mocked them. The theme of his harangue seemed to be the emblems of political parties. He used ‘heroic’ imagery of the bow and arrow for his party, but made derisive metaphors out of other party symbols.

Criticising the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government, Bilawal said that his party will defeat the ‘lion’. “The belly of the lion is filled with the blood of poor people!”

On the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, he said, “We’ll cut the kite that is flown through the telephone,” he decried the party and its exiled leader Altaf Hussain. Pakistan achieved independence in 1947 but Karachi is still London’s colony, he added.

For the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, he mocked the party’s slogan of ‘PTI tsunami, terming it a storm. Criticising PTI’s provincial government in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, he alleged the PTI’s tsunami was causing the common people to drown in it. “We will liberate the people from that storm,” he pledged, adding that his party was not ‘cowardly’ like the PTI.

However, for his party workers, Bilawal was all praises. Lauding the sacrifices rendered by party workers, he said PPP’s supporters rushed to save their leader when the blasts occurred, unlike workers of other political parties who run away when catastrophe strikes.

He highlighted how PPP leader Zamrud Khan saved the day when gun-toting Muhammad Sikandar put the capital, Islamabad, to a grinding halt. When the federal government could not do anything, it was his party worker who “secured the whole city”, he said.

Bilawal also extolled the sacrifices of Punjab’s former governor Salman Taseer and slain federal minister for minorities Shahbaz Bhatti.

Bilawal laid a floral wreath at the Karsaz memorial and also offered Fateha for the victims.

Like father, like son

Former President Asif Ali Zardari also paid tribute to the victims of the Karsaz carnage and vowed that the party would carry the mission of democracy forward.

“We pay homage to those brave sons and daughters of the nation who laid down their lives and suffered grievously when the welcoming caravan of their leader Benazir Bhutto was brutally attacked by the enemies of democracy,” he said in his message issued on Friday.

He said he would like to caution democratic forces against the prevailing dictatorial mindset, which “refuses to bow before the Parliament”. “The days of direct assault on the Parliament are over, but we must be vigilant against the dictatorial mindset that seeks to ambush the Parliament through different ways.”

Published in The Express Tribune, October 19th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (17)

  • LOL
    Oct 19, 2013 - 2:56AM

    Send this kid back to the UK

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  • Sara
    Oct 19, 2013 - 2:57AM

    Please use the right name for Bilawal. He is not Bilawal Bhutto. He is Bilawal Zardari.Recommend

  • C.M.Sarwar
    Oct 19, 2013 - 3:07AM

    What are Bilawal’s credentials? That he was born to BB? Anything he did for and with the common folk? He should start his political career at taluka/ district level to understand the facts on the ground.He cannot thrive on BB’s controversial political legacy and his father’s misdeeds.

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  • Blithe
    Oct 19, 2013 - 3:09AM

    No, we don’t suffer from amnesia!

    Remember each and everything your party did in the past full stint, including trying to divide Punjab on linguistic grounds, playing havoc in Karachi (hand in glove with MQM and ANP), corruption at every step of the way , getting absurd IPP deals and then masking with subsidizes that created a huge deficit, etc. , etc.

    Please don’t make these “populist “speeches. You make yourself look stupid.

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  • Oct 19, 2013 - 3:46AM

    Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarian (PPPP) was the ruling party and not the PPP as Mr. Mandhro mentioned. Please correct.

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  • Zeshan
    Oct 19, 2013 - 5:22AM

    PPP couldn’t fix Sindh in past 30 years but is eager to save KPK.

    Tu rehnde.Recommend

  • Ahsan
    Oct 19, 2013 - 5:58AM

    and Bilawal has created Chaos among other parties, keep it up young dude, you will go far, I assure you.

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  • Ghulam Mustafa
    Oct 19, 2013 - 7:21AM

    Can somebody please smack him down – this tick is becoming more and more obnoxious – more than his grandfather and father.

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  • H. Khan
    Oct 19, 2013 - 8:35AM

    This Bilwal ran away during the last election and abandoned the party and workers. Five year of PPP rule and they did not catch the killers of Benazir Bhutto. Pakistan deserves better the Bilwal and his clan

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  • Sensible
    Oct 19, 2013 - 12:19PM

    I am not worried about his urdu accent ….i am worried about what he is trying to say here…..Pointless/Non sense Crap…….i don’t believe in Blood line leaders but seriously he is not even a Bhutto….The world is a stage where every human being acts …..Pakistan is the place of poor actors

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  • Gulkhaiz
    Oct 19, 2013 - 12:37PM

    Political buffoonery .Recommend

  • ali ahmed
    Oct 19, 2013 - 2:05PM

    How can be Bilawal be Bhuto and Zordari at the same time….did he understood the meaning of his speech….both his father and grand father destroyed the the economy of Pakistan…in the name of socialism

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  • Parvez
    Oct 19, 2013 - 2:10PM

    If Nawaz and his PML-N don’t perform ( looks very much like that ) ………the PPP-Z will be back.

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  • Muhammad
    Oct 19, 2013 - 5:43PM

    of all this joke was best “we sacrificed 100 seats for sake of workers” ….Hahahahaha

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  • Oct 20, 2013 - 11:39AM

    Bilawal is a dynamic educated political students .his innocent family always sacrificed to save democracy
    May Allah stay bless him.

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  • sabir hussain Gultari Babachan
    Oct 20, 2013 - 11:47AM

    If we look around the political background and the environment under which Bilawal blooms certainly we will come to know that Bilawal will be a dynamic leader .He is like a tiny star on the sky who nearly come to discover .Bilawal,s pavilion is our heart …

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  • Aqib Ali Shah
    Oct 22, 2013 - 2:20AM

    I wish his speech did mean an end to so called reconciliation politics which had definitely proved to be worse for pakistan, specially here in Sindh .

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