Love for Benazir pulls women from all corners of Sindh towards Bilawal

Published: October 19, 2014
Inayat Khatoon

Inayat Khatoon

Supporters of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, chairman of the Pakistan Peoples party (PPP), gather during a rally in Karachi on October 18, 2014. PHOTO: AFP Inayat Khatoon

Inayat Khatoon came to Karachi with one thing in mind. All she wants to do is hold Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in her arms and tell him that she will be there for him the same way she was there for his mother and his grandfather before him.

With a Pakistan Peoples Party flag wrapped around her head, Inayat said that it felt nice to see brave young men as the party chairperson taking lead. “He reminds me of his grandfather so much,” said the resident of Larkana. “I have been to all of the party’s rallies in Sindh from the time of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. I was also there seven years ago when the twin blasts happened at Karsaz.”

She added that she could not miss Bilawal’s first jalsa at all. “He is like our son. We need to be here for him to show him that we care. He is the son of Sindh.”

Inayat did not seem to mind waiting for the young leader to come up on stage. “We have been here since 11am,” she said. “Waiting a few more hours to see him won’t do any harm to us.” If she ever gets to meet Bilawal in person, Inayat said, she will tell him that they are there for him.

Sitting next to Inayat was Ghulam Zohra, who is also from Larkana, “I am glad I could come here to see him,” said Zohra. “All of us took the bus the day before and wanted to be here in time to see Bilawal on stage. Even if the party doesn’t do anything for us, it is enough to know that there is someone there.”

Ma Bibi says she has been supporting the PPP since she was in her mother’s womb. “My father was a big supporter of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and all of us grew up loving him and his children,” she said. “We are hoping to see Bilawal here today. I saw his mother when she was very young and unmarried. It is amazing to see Bilawal all grown up.”

Shama, a resident of Orangi Town, said there was no question of not attending the October 18 jalsa. “Benazir helped me get a job when I needed it most,” she said. “How could I miss her son’s jalsa? I am thankful to her for helping me out. It is a debt I can never repay.”

Rani was very emotional at the rally. She said that her love for the party and the Bhutto family could not be measured. “We have always supported them and will continue to do so till the moment we die,” she said. Hina, 25, was rushing to get a good seat. “I have come here with people from my office,” she said. “We are here to support Bilawal as he represents the youth.”

Decked in ajrak from head to toe, Qirtas, a university student from Karachi, said there was no way she was going to miss the rally. “I was very upset when I missed the Sindh Festival,” she said. “I will stay here till Bilawal speaks.”

Published in The Express Tribune, October 19th, 2014.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Igloo
    Oct 20, 2014 - 2:57AM

    They came from everywhere except Karachi.


  • Karachi Mirchi
    Oct 20, 2014 - 4:27AM

    Only cure for this sickness is education, which the PPP governments will never provide. Rural Sindh will remain the most uneducated part of the country.


  • Ricky
    Oct 20, 2014 - 7:31AM

    This is what rightwing leaders living in mansions call corruption. How much have any other leader done for so many poorest of the poor? The rural population is not thankless and they love BB. Sindhi and Bloch would never vote for the remnants of Gen Zia and Mush. Instead of expanding it to more people who are poor, they are now reducing the BIS Scheme of PPP.


  • Tight Patloon
    Oct 20, 2014 - 7:35AM

    Pakistanis have a lot of time.


  • Asad Raza
    Oct 20, 2014 - 8:35AM

    Orangi town is in Karachi.

    Next University Student Qirtas from Karachi.


  • Y
    Oct 20, 2014 - 10:18AM

    And I was blind to not see any except a handful of them on the stage with him acting like puppets.


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