Common ground: Aseefa, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari praise PTI for tackling polio, inflation

Published: December 14, 2013
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Aseefa Bhutto-Zardari is a goodwill ambassador for polio eradication. PHOTO: MYRA IQBAL/EXPRESS

Aseefa Bhutto-Zardari is a goodwill ambassador for polio eradication. PHOTO: MYRA IQBAL/EXPRESS

Daughter of the late premier Benazir Bhutto Aseefa Bhutto Zardari praised Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Twitter this Saturday for vowing to lead the anti-polio campaign in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P).

Polio workers are frequently attacked by militants and in the wake of a recent attack on Friday in which two people were killed, Imran Khan called on all political and religious leaders to join him in the campaign to eradicate polio.

Aseefa, who is also Pakistan’s goodwill ambassador for polio eradication, praised Imran for taking the initiative and urged politicians to set political differences aside when it comes to matters of healthcare.

Her older brother Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, chairperson of the Pakistan Peoples Party and a frequent critic of Imran Khan’s policies, also surprised his followers by tweeting his support for PTI’s upcoming protest against inflation.

This praise from the siblings did not go unnoticed and PTI leaders Shireen Mazari and Naz Baloch quick to appreciate the support.

Mazari expressed her appreciation of Aseefa and Bilawal’s remarks in a tweet, before going on to state that these compliments are proof that PTI is the voice of the nation.

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Reader Comments (31)

  • jiyala
    Dec 14, 2013 - 7:32PM

    Nobody cares what they tweet. It’s just their way of staying relevant.Recommend

  • pakiboy
    Dec 14, 2013 - 7:55PM

    The timings of the tweets from both go to show that they have some other plans..more than just appreciating PTI’s efforts. Whatever, who cares what they think. Recommend

  • Niki
    Dec 14, 2013 - 7:57PM

    Bibi where were you during your dad’s regime. You were appointed as an embassador to eradicate polio.Did you ever visit KPK?Recommend

  • PK Love
    Dec 14, 2013 - 8:04PM

    Who is she !!Recommend

  • Dr. M.M.Khan
    Dec 14, 2013 - 8:07PM

    Now that you have acknowledged Imran’s role how about joining him in KP and helping . Is it to much to ask?Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Dec 14, 2013 - 8:29PM

    PTI imran khan effort to lead anti-polio campaign in KPK & protest against price hike on 22nd dec in lahore has been appreciated by everyone.

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  • NooriNatt
    Dec 14, 2013 - 8:37PM

    Go away, Pak does not need PPPP or Bhutto’s. Just go away.

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  • naeem khan
    Dec 14, 2013 - 8:37PM

    the real muk muka what do you say PTI trolls

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  • Jibran
    Dec 14, 2013 - 8:41PM

    Good gesture. Polio is eating up Pakistan. It’s horrors will continue to haunt next generations of Pakistan. We must all be United in our efforts to combat this menace that is engulfing our children.

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  • Iram
    Dec 14, 2013 - 8:50PM

    Appreciate Bilawal and Asifa for not considering it political stunt ask same question from Hamza or Mariam they will present 100 faults in it.

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  • Salman Hussain
    Dec 14, 2013 - 9:28PM

    We are aware about the sincerity of IK for Pakistan, lets other politicians let it know. PTI Zindabad.

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  • Khan
    Dec 14, 2013 - 9:31PM

    Who is she:
    A person who has barely spent any time in pakistan let alone KPK,
    a person who cannot speak national language,
    a person who is solely known here because of her adopted last name

    Who cares about what you think or say?

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  • Aam Pakistani
    Dec 14, 2013 - 9:31PM

    Who are these two kids?

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  • Saud
    Dec 14, 2013 - 9:34PM

    Supporters of democracy who themselves EXIST on basis of last name

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  • azmat khan
    Dec 14, 2013 - 9:58PM

    @Dr. M.M.Khan:
    What role?.Has he shot down a drone?Leading a polio campaign is not a thing to boast of.

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  • ahsan
    Dec 14, 2013 - 9:59PM

    pti should kickout shireen mazari. She does not know anything about politics

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  • azmat khan
    Dec 14, 2013 - 10:01PM

    @Jibran:
    This time you have behaved well and spoken sense.

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  • azmat khan
    Dec 14, 2013 - 10:03PM

    @Saud:
    Please speak clearly.No ambiguity of words.

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  • azmat khan
    Dec 14, 2013 - 10:09PM

    Bhuttos, you are really great.Magnanimous and large hearted.Future is yours.
    Thank you ET.

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  • Parvez
    Dec 14, 2013 - 10:25PM

    Well said Aseefa…….it would have been even better if your father had dones something positive on this during his 5 years as President.

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  • azmat khan
    Dec 14, 2013 - 10:48PM

    @NooriNatt:
    Natt, i thought you are horrified by drones only but you are more scared of PPP.Please try to become real Noori Natt of Maula Jat movie.God protect you from nightmares.Recommend

  • mahayrana
    Dec 14, 2013 - 10:53PM

    good Recommend

  • reader
    Dec 15, 2013 - 12:05AM

    PTI should hold another rally and Bhutto-Zardari kids should support that too.
    Rally should be to demand that Bhutto-Zardari family give the country back the wealth they looted from it and go to jail for mass theft.Recommend

  • Dr.M.M.Khan
    Dec 15, 2013 - 12:08AM

    @azmat khan:
    I thank you for your comment. I apologize for not guessing your age but i do know what polio means and does. Perhaps like me you are very lucky. I have two cousins who contracted this disease.and have ended up with deformities. Their quality of life has been taken away. ! It is a human right to prevent human misery. Imran’s efforts need appreciation.He has not boasted.

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  • Umar
    Dec 15, 2013 - 1:08AM

    Aseefa is not in charge of the polio eradication program but only a goodwill ambassador which means her job is to use public platforms to support polio efforts. It’s a voluntary post and really does not require her to go door to door offering polio drops though she has done that in nowshera and couple of other localities in KPK but obviously she could not do so much interaction with ppl due to the fact and one cannot deny it that there is and was a security threat against her at the same time she is still pursuing her education and before you start raising the issue of her being abroad. Benazir was in exile and she took her kids with her for her and there security/benefit. Remember there 2 uncles and grandfather were taken from her family, her father in jail hence a lone women choose to take her children away from this danger. The fact that Benazir died as well just supports her case of being abroad even more, they are kids and are young; telling them to endanger there lives which they still have to live is very cruel indeed.

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  • Abacond
    Dec 15, 2013 - 3:50AM

    PPP suddenly does not hate PTI. Just coincidence or….

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  • Mirza
    Dec 15, 2013 - 7:54AM

    Polio is killing our kids and it is not a political joke. It is a national calamity and duty of each and every Pakistani to wage a war against it irrespective of their political affiliation. By the emergence of Polio God is sending a message that all humans have to be fight as one otherwise nobody would succeed. It is not a matter of personal likes or dislikes. All children must be properly vaccinated no exception. Please leave politics and personal hate out of it. This is the hate of TTP and terrorists which is killing our children and it is going to spread in the other countries.

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  • Ricky
    Dec 15, 2013 - 10:04AM

    @azmat khan: I appreciate your human feelings. Thanks
    @NooriNatt: Go away, Pak does not need PPP or Bhutto’s. Just go away.
    You must be kidding telling the sons of daughters of Sindh and Pakistan to go away. They have not come from any other country they have been living here for many generations. Polio is not a game of hatred but a menace that we all have to be serious and join together. Did anybody ever realize that we have been killing each other in Pakistan and Afghanistan for 35 long years and now even our kids are not safe.

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  • Ali
    Dec 15, 2013 - 10:16AM

    @Dr.M.M.Khan:
    Rightly said.

    @azmat khan:
    Stop over reacting. You cry for polio when IK focus is on drones. Now you cry for drones when he turned his focus on Polio. What hypocrisy?Recommend

  • SK
    Dec 15, 2013 - 3:55PM

    @naeem khan:
    Your thinking is chronically infected with the loyalties of the corrupt political entities who have eIther been tried before or are currently being tried again. People like you are beyond redemption and comments from such stagnant mind frame as yours is worthless.Recommend

  • azmat khan
    Dec 15, 2013 - 11:30PM

    @Dr.M.M.Khan:
    Dear Dr. thank you.I fully sympathise with you for your dear ones’ health problem .One of my own older cousin was a polio affected.He died quite full youth but i saw him leading a miserable life.There was no shortage of bread and butter for him in the family but i always saw him distressed and dejected.Otherwise also he was an ignored person.Actually no taste of life is left behind after such a disability.
    Imran Khan is still young and has a zeal to work.He knew and understood this grave issue of polio.in KPK well before winning elections in the province.Now PTI is ruling the province from very beginning.Why did he kept quiet about the issue.so long? By now scores of kids must have been affected with this nefarious disease due to deprivation from the vaccine.What will they remember about their health care.What will be their life.Imran Khan could do a lot but he is late.

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