Bilawal dispels reports of differences with Zardari

Published: December 25, 2014
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PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari and PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. PHOTO: @BBhuttoZardari

PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari and PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. PHOTO: @BBhuttoZardari

In an attempt to dispel reports of differences between Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and his father PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari, the former tweeted a picture of the two together in London. 

Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah on Thursday also clarified that there are no differences between Bilawal and his father, Express News reported.

Reports of an alleged rift between the father and son began to surface after Bilawal reportedly decided against addressing PPP workers on Foundation Day because of his differences with PPP’s central leaders regarding the party’s stance vis-à-vis the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), PPP officials told The Express Tribune.

Over and above that, a meeting between PPP stalwart Makhdoom Amin Fahim and former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf — the main accused in the Benazir Bhutto murder case — reportedly made an already disgruntled Bilawal more uneasy with the Bhutto scion responding with an apparent dig at Fahim:

According to media reports, Fahim was allegedly set to join an ‘anti-PPP’ group, comprising members of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F), among others.

Interestingly, the meeting prompted two senior PPP leaders — Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah and former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf — to hold a meeting with Fahim at his residence in Karachi.

Moreover, the Sindh chief minister, in this regard, said Fahim was not upset with the party and was not going to leave it, Express News reported.

Interestingly, with the drought in Tharparkar making headlines earlier in the year, there were also reports of a rift between Bilawal and Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah with the former reportedly issuing show cause notices to the latter and provincial Deputy Secretary General Manzoor Hussain Wassan over mishandling of the crisis in Tharparkar.

However,  three days after issuing show-cause notices, the party’s chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari withdrew the notices, ultimately blaming the media of false reporting.

A spokesperson at Bilawal House, justifying the chairperson’s decision, said: “The media ran a false report, which is why the show-cause notices have been withdrawn. An intra-party inquiry is being conducted under the supervision of the chairperson and action will be taken after it is completed.”

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Reader Comments (18)

  • Anon
    Dec 25, 2014 - 6:10PM

    nobody cares either way…

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  • Ussama Yaqub
    Dec 25, 2014 - 6:13PM

    Who cares? Part of a legacy, the sooner we forget, the better!

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  • Saeed
    Dec 25, 2014 - 6:51PM

    Young man should look in the mirror of he wants to see a ghadar.

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  • ShowCause?
    Dec 25, 2014 - 7:41PM

    Cheif minister didn’t see this coming, did he? First time I am impressed with the lad. See, if you can’t control your own men, how you going to run the Govt made from them?

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  • Ali
    Dec 25, 2014 - 8:01PM

    I think we must realize that if he us actually having a tussle with his dad then that means he doesn’t share his dads opinions. Which I think is a good thing, if he is so opposite then he can be good. Someone who wants to do something for the society. Let’s see, time will tell.

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  • F Khan
    Dec 25, 2014 - 8:33PM

    Young Bhutto is tweeting against Amrika. He needs a refresher in recent history. BB lobbed firms in the US to promote her in the US government and which lobbed her twice as PM of Pakistan. Please we still remember the notorious NRO agreement, brokered by US/UAE. What is and has been Haqqani, Ispahani and Haroon doing there in the US for almost 2 decades? They have been lobbing for PPP. Time has changed public is now very much aware and this out of the fact tweeting isn’t going to get acceptance from the public.

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  • 10% Jiyala
    Dec 25, 2014 - 8:53PM

    PPP is finished.

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  • Nasir
    Dec 25, 2014 - 9:33PM

    Wait you hear the news that Bilwal is not attending his mother’s death anniversary event. You may hear lame excuse of he’s sick or has nausea!

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  • Rumormonger
    Dec 25, 2014 - 9:42PM

    R.I.P. for PPP of VIPs.

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  • Aziz Anwar
    Dec 25, 2014 - 10:44PM

    This is another Drama by Zardari to show
    Bilawal differing with his father and relaunch Bilawal as his own man

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  • 10% Jiyala
    Dec 26, 2014 - 12:02AM

    The only way to revive PPP is to bring in Fatima and kick the butt out of this father and son with all the yes-man uncles.

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  • HAIL
    Dec 26, 2014 - 12:08AM

    Bilawal is a non ploitical child, Zardari must convert himself from Asif Zardari to Asif BHUTTO ,if he wants to keep chairman ship of PPP

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  • Asad
    Dec 26, 2014 - 2:24AM

    PPP is Divine’s way of punishing people of Sindh. Five decades of unflinching loyalty and outcome is hunger, lawlessness, bad governance, child mortality & malnourishment and crime-politics nexus. Praying God for forgiveness and another divine intervention!

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  • A. Khan
    Dec 26, 2014 - 2:28AM

    I expect nothing less from the Sindh CinC (chamcha-in-chief) of PPP.

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  • naeem
    Dec 26, 2014 - 9:25PM

    They are two sides of the same coin.
    A son who lives on the money that his father has looted from a poor impoverished country is actually a bigger crook then his father

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  • Psychosis!
    Dec 26, 2014 - 10:46PM

    @Aziz Anwar:
    Ha ha ha! Can’t trust anything these days, can we? We have become an “All Conspiracies” culture no? We see things that are not there, we live here but are not here, Only robbery & killings are Reality for us!

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  • Usman
    Dec 27, 2014 - 7:45PM

    Bilawal, do u want to show 21st Century Pakistan that u r a leader?!

    Earn a living based on your talents, and repudiate the ill-gotten wealth of your father.
    Tell the country that you will prosecute the corrupt, and recover stolen wealth
    Stop living off your mother’s and grandfather’s name, be your own man and don’t mention them in your speech and use your real name Bilawal Zardari.

    21st Century Pakistan has no time for the failed,ancient,corrupt & irrelevant governing styles of the PPP/PMLN

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  • Faraz siddiqui
    Dec 28, 2014 - 11:32PM

    I think if Bilawal would have remained Bilalawal Zardari rather than Balawal Bhutto it would have not only established him as a strong politician but a torch bearer of BB. The Bhutto’s cloak has made an irreparable damage to his political career as well as his own identity. There is one reality that he is a son of BB but Zardari could not understand this or may be he was not confident that his son could have been a successful politician without Bhutto’s tag. His identity as a son of Benazir Bhutto was far credible than Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. Now they have to decide which way to go because its already too late.

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