Show of power in Karachi: Bilawal asks Nawaz to embrace ‘Bhuttoism’

Published: October 19, 2014
"You use an arrow, not a bat to hunt a lion," Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. PHOTO: APP

"You use an arrow, not a bat to hunt a lion," Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. PHOTO: APP

"You use an arrow, not a bat to hunt a lion," Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. PHOTO: APP Hundreds of thousands of PPP supporters gather to hear Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. PHOTO: EXPRESS/MOHAMMAD SAQIB

Kicking off his political career with a massive rally at the mausoleum of the Quaid-i-Azam on Saturday, the chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, hit out at all political rivals calling them to give up ‘Ziaism’ and embrace ‘Bhuttoism’.

“The problem with the PML-N [Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz] government is that the spirit of [former military dictator] Ziaul Haq still dominates its policies,” the scion of the Bhutto family said, addressing the mammoth crowd of PPP activists who had poured into Karachi from across the country. “I urge Nawaz Sharif to embrace Bhuttoism and practice good governance in order to strengthen democracy and save the country.”

Maintaining that his grandfather and PPP’s founder, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, laid down the foundations of true democracy in Pakistan, Bilawal said: “It is interesting that even his [ZA Bhutto’s] enemies take oath under the Constitution my grandfather had framed in 1973.”

Bilawal added that there were only two political forces in the country: “On one side, you have Bhuttoism and on the other, you have the fans of dictatorship who want to perpetuate the status quo… you will find the latter walking in the footsteps of General Zia and General Musharraf.”

Recalling the attack on his mother Benazir Bhutto’s homecoming caravan at Karsaz on October 18, 2007, the Oxford graduate said the forces working against ‘Bhuttoism’ were afraid of a woman who had challenged dictatorship and sought to bring about democracy in Pakistan.

“I’m ready to face the consequences… I would prefer to die, but I cannot give up my mother’s mission,” Bilawal said from atop his bombproof container, the same one that had saved his mother’s life seven years ago on the same day.

He added that anti-democratic forces constantly worked again PPP’s mission, “either in the shape of Pakistan National Alliance (PNA) or Islami Jamhoori Ittehad (IJI), or through actions such as the hanging of ZA Bhutto and the assassination of Benazir.”

Talking about protest sit-in of Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) against rigging in the May 2013 general elections, the PPP chairperson said, “We, democratic people, want to bring change through votes rather than by derailing democracy the same way as the PNA had toppled my grandfather’s elected government in 1977.”

Calling Imran a ‘puppet opposition leader’ propped against Prime Minister Nawaz’s ‘puppet government’, Bilawal urged him to give up ‘politics of sit-ins’ and work for the betterment of internally displaced people (IDPs) and victims of the recent floods across the country.

“Where is Insaf [justice] in Tehreek-e-Insaf… Imran Khan promised to root out corruption in 90 days, but failed to do so… he promises to build Naya Pakistan, but he can’t even deliver a Naya Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P),” Bilawal said. “The PTI wants to establish its writ in Lahore the same way Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has established its writ in Karachi.”

His statement prompted some emphatic PPP supporters to chant ‘Go Imran, Go’ alongside ‘Go Nawaz, Go’.

The PPP leader also hit out at the MQM, saying that despite holding the health portfolio in the Sindh government for the last 20 years, the party had failed to deliver even basic health facilities. “If any deadly virus breaks out here now, the people of Sindh will make MQM’s life miserable… even I won’t be able to save the MQM,” he said.

Accusing MQM of leaving Karachi in ruin, Bilawal said the city would gain ‘true independence’ in 2018.

Responding to chants by supporters, Bilawal said, “I am rebel, I am a Bhutto,” and announced that the party will be re-organised after Youm-e-Tasees (foundation day) on November 30. “We will hold a meeting of our party office bears and bring drastic changes in the party. We will do whatever you want,” he said.

Bilawal claimed there was a ‘script’ being enacted to bring about a civil war in Pakistan, much like Iraq and Syria. “A new script has been written after the murder of [al Qaeda chief] Osama Bin Laden. An office of militant organisation opened up in Peshawar. All democratic forces in Pakistan should join hands to foil this conspiracy,” he said.

Regarding the issue of Kashmir, he said the Indian government and media were trying to malign PPP’s image and muzzle its voice since it is “the only Pakistani party whose voice is heard around the world.”

The PPP chairperson also criticised the judiciary, saying that while it was very active in punishing people like Aasia Bibi for blasphemy, it kept mum when it came to militants. “Whenever our competent officers take action against extremists, the judiciary orders their transfer,” he said, adding that if judges were afraid, they ought to sit at home.

PPP Co-Chairperson Asif Ali Zardari, former premiers Yousaf Raza Gilani and Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and senior party leaders Aitzaz Ahsan, Fahmida Mirza and Makhdoom Amin Fahim also spoke at the rally.

Zardari admitted that past elections had been stolen, but urged protesting quarters to look forward rather than engaging in a blame game. “We [PPP] want to save democracy, but they call us pro-government,” he said. He added that Imran had once supported the referendum of a dictator. The former president also urged MQM chief Altaf Hussain to join hands with him for a better Pakistan, not weaken it.

Aitzaz Ahsan, meanwhile, stressed the need to induct new blood in the party and requested Bilawal to do so.

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

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Reader Comments (38)

  • ModiFied
    Oct 19, 2014 - 7:37AM

    “Embracing Bhuttoism” is the surest way to the gallows. Has any of the Bhuttos died of natural death ?


  • Oct 19, 2014 - 8:00AM

    Half empty ground. Totally empty rhetoric. PPP game over!


  • Rohri wala
    Oct 19, 2014 - 8:05AM

    Sounds like crazed rantings from Baby Bhutto. Son of Mr. 10% and
    Mohtarma. Same Mohtarma who became a $billionaire during her two
    stints on the throne. Went as a Sindhi wadera’s daughter, left with $billions.


  • Saleem
    Oct 19, 2014 - 8:05AM

    In Pakistan, talk is abundant and cheap. I don’t believe a single word that you said. I will believe you only when you will bring back Pakistan’s looted wealth from politicians who been in power in past 67 years. To do that, I can give you a hint – start with your father as well as what he has given to you. Neither he nor you earned that money. Your grandfather didn’t earn that from Bambino Cinema either.

    Kido, before worrying about Pakistan, ask your father how he earned that money and whether he or you deserve to keep that. Look at your fathers’ circle of friends as well and you will find blood of Pakistanis coming out of their pockets as well.

    Think about your mother – she was partner in crime with your father. Sid she ever enjoyed any part of what she and your father amassed from poor people of Pakistan? So what make you think Allah will let you or your generation enjoy that loot?

    Going from one shire to another is not going to help either. There is a mighty power looking down from heavens at all of us. So be nice to HIS people or HE will pull rug under you.


  • John
    Oct 19, 2014 - 8:09AM

    Sure,we the people would have loved to embrace bhuttoism but since for the common man Bhuttoism=Lootoism ,we would let you stick to it as one can do that better than the Corruption Feudal Party of Pakistan .


  • Humza
    Oct 19, 2014 - 8:41AM

    PPP managed to assemble a bigger crowd for its Dharna than Imran Khan. So, I suppose PAT and PTI followers should follow their own logic and say that Bilawal Bhutto deserves to be PM. After all no one seems to respect the concept of allowing an elected government to complete its term as part of one the fundamental aspects of democracy.


  • Ricky
    Oct 19, 2014 - 8:42AM

    Those who are criticizing the Pakistani people coming to attend the gathering are arrogant and urban elites. Pakistani is an agricultural country and its 70% plus population lives in villages. It is this rural heartland of Pakistan that decides the elections not the urban elite minority.
    The reaction, hate, arrogance of these militant urban elites is worse than militant Israeli settlers against the indigenous Palestinians. If PTII and MQM continue to show arrogance against the rural local Pakistani voters they would only come to power via third empire.


  • Sodomite
    Oct 19, 2014 - 8:45AM

    A rambling speech criticizing everyone except themselves for failure in governance and promoting corruption.. If son of Mr 10% had any brains he would question the source of his family’s income and wealth and try to make amends.


  • Mirza
    Oct 19, 2014 - 8:52AM

    This ostentatious show is impressive but more impressive and actual need is to bring back the old faithful. Bilawal has to go to these PPP workers and leaders and apologize for ignoring them and their sacrifices. He has to prove he is his own man and not a puppet of anyone. He has to undo the failed policies and practices of the party after BB’s murder. If he does not make a positive change the next election results would be similar to last year.
    In addition Bilawal should not attack any other party or leader especially the last coalition govt partners who are progressive and have street power.
    It would be great and healthy if PPP and Bilawal make Sindh a better place to live. That way voters can compare the performance of PTI in KPK, PML-N in Punjab and PPP in Sindh. Bilawal has to earn his place in the future setup.


  • Mona
    Oct 19, 2014 - 9:10AM

    OMG!! omg!! literally sounds like her Benazir…minus charisma and class Go Phutto!!.


  • Aam Admi Bechara
    Oct 19, 2014 - 9:29AM

    He has embraced “Bhuttoism” long ago and his governments have been as corrupt as Wadera Corruption Party’s governments


  • Oct 19, 2014 - 10:17AM

    1. Minister of Ayub cabnet
    2. Mujeeb defeated Mr. Bhutto in election, Awami league seats 165 & PPP 85, Mr. BHUTTO did not accept the result and started agitation.
    3. BEnazir Bhutto was LIFETIME CHAIRPERSON of PPP.
    4. Bilawal Bhutto again not elected and became chairman of PPP through WILL
    5. More than 20 years rule in Sindh and symbol of BAD GOVERNANCE.
    5. No Local bodies (called backbone of Democracy)election I last 7 years and No party election.



  • Crazy Canuck
    Oct 19, 2014 - 10:22AM

    With infinite public resources available, what exactly has he done to find his momma’s killers? Talk is cheap little man.


  • Dani
    Oct 19, 2014 - 10:43AM

    Poor Show !

    After in power for so many years they have nothing to say about their performance, people from all over Sindh came but no participation from Karachi. Majority of the attendees are uneducated and this is the reason they will never try to improve literacy rate in Sindh because then no one will support them.


  • Zs
    Oct 19, 2014 - 11:01AM

    PPP and bilawal are still living in past,using bhutto name to fool people.


  • Hatim
    Oct 19, 2014 - 11:02AM

    They claim to believe in Parliament yet they have not moved a single motion for their ‘beleifs’ in the last 7 years. How many bills did the move against blasphemy? Did they ask the Parliament to find killers of bb? Did the Parliament condemn Mumtaz qadri? Did the Parliament do anything for roti kapra makan? Tuq and ik are right when they say it’s a farce Parliament.


  • Insafian
    Oct 19, 2014 - 11:42AM

    All I heard was “Bhutto aaj bhi zinda hai” “Bibi aaj bhi zinda hai” “uska lahoo behraha hai” followed by attacks on
    Uncle Altaf
    Uncle Nawaz
    Modi and India

    The guy had nothing constructive or informative to say. He was stuck on the death of his family members (despite claiming they’re alive)


  • mirza
    Oct 19, 2014 - 11:50AM

    PPP is the party of rich and corrupt people,it is their policy not to allow education among poor population,it is very sad our people are so poor and silly,these waderas will not allow education among them,they want them to die miserably.


  • Sami
    Oct 19, 2014 - 12:13PM

    What Bhuttoism? There is no such concept, don’t develop theories by yourself and stop making public fool and by the people have rejected you. If you could not fulfil your promise of “food, shelter and clothes” during last forty years how can we believe you will do now.


    Oct 19, 2014 - 12:36PM

    This baby boy has done what PML N and MQM combined could not do. He gave final rights to PPP. RIP Mr Zardari.


  • Blithe
    Oct 19, 2014 - 12:55PM

    Much better match of what is being said from the age group perspective than what we have been witnessing before. Confused? Don’t be! 62-year-old behaving like a teenager doesn’t sit well. Bilawal behaving like Bilawal is much better.


  • Ranjha
    Oct 19, 2014 - 1:16PM


    PPP is the party of rich and corrupt people,it is their policy not to allow education among poor population

    Sounds similar to what the Non League is. Birds of a feather, always flock together!


  • Farrukh Habib
    Oct 19, 2014 - 1:39PM

    PTI Plea : Dear bilawal, it a sincere request for you to please embrace shahadat by drinking ‘kachi sharab’ and make Pakistan a better place. Thank you


  • Usama
    Oct 19, 2014 - 2:06PM

    Such a disappointment nothing constructive or meaningful he said in his speak just selling his same old cheap emotions to people


  • Parvez
    Oct 19, 2014 - 2:09PM

    When one sees Bilawal’s ‘ handlers ‘……one starts feeling sorry for him.


  • Haris
    Oct 19, 2014 - 2:19PM

    Both parties are throwing blame on one another rather than providing an appropriate response on their respective performances and negligence during decades of rule. This shows they are hand-in-hand and this pseudo difference is only to create public profiling….. An answer is due to the taxpayers (belonging to any party) for money wasted in health, education etc….!!!


  • Peace
    Oct 19, 2014 - 2:19PM

    Get over your mother and grandfather, tell us what have YOU done or will do?
    And learn to speak the language of people you intend to lead first!Recommend

    Oct 19, 2014 - 2:22PM

    I hope Bilawal returns to England to complete his Masters Degree and let Rehman Malik lead the party forward in a Categorical way.


  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Oct 19, 2014 - 7:32PM

    Mian Sahib and PML(N) will never embrace Bhuttoism, which means getting paid without work, destruction of industry and economy. The leader who has already embraced Bhuttoism is Mr. Khan. Bilawal should work on him to fully comply with all conditions of Bhuttoism.


  • unbelievable
    Oct 19, 2014 - 8:30PM

    Guy has never had a job .. never done a single thing in his young life that warrants anyone following him. Just look at the pathetic campaign he ran in the last elections … His father was probably the worst leader in Pakistan’s history and Pakistan’s reputation plummeted under his leadership. Why vote for someone you know can’t do the job .. akin to voting for George Bush Jr the second time around.Recommend

  • You must be joking
    Oct 19, 2014 - 9:17PM

    GEAY Mutraza Bhutto! Please brink his murderer to justice Bilawal even if that means finding the rot at home.


  • Ali Tanoli
    Oct 19, 2014 - 9:42PM

    Go Zardari or Dollardari go and Go Nawaz Go……….


  • Lion King
    Oct 19, 2014 - 9:50PM

    Go Bara and Chota Zardari Go


  • Ali Tanoli
    Oct 19, 2014 - 9:57PM

    @Ch Allah Daad,
    Mian ji no less than present zardari family and its called Crruptionism for both….


  • Oct 20, 2014 - 2:59AM

    It is quite pertinent to understand that People`s party is the only party that underlines the democratic values and true essence of it. To see Bilawal Revive the oldest electoral party in Pakistan is the august step in the right direction. But now it would require more than just the mere name of ”BHUTTO” – They must and really have to deliver or perish.


  • bajwa
    Oct 20, 2014 - 6:46AM

    Multan elections should be an eye opener to PPP and PML(N). Their time is gone. There are only two parties left in the country – PTI and anti-PTI.


  • globalobserver
    Oct 20, 2014 - 9:00AM

    “Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, hit out at all political rivals calling them to give up ‘Ziaism’ and embrace ‘Bhuttoism’.”

    Bhutto had his hands soaked in the blood of 3 million fellow Pakistanis (now Bangladesh). If that is Bhuttoism, Pakistan is sure to split into more parts.


  • pakOne
    Oct 21, 2014 - 1:47AM

    Bilawal Bhutto, son, go back to UK and take uncle imran khan with you ,and both of you STAY OUT and AWAY from this country.
    ..Oh, forgot to mention, uncle qadri can also fly with you to UK and take a connecting flight to Canada.


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