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Masses see in Bilawal a new hope

While addressing a public meeting in Dharki on Friday, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has demonstrated the impressive speech power which reminded one of his grand-father Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Shaheed and his mother Benazir Bhutto Shaheed. Addressing the participants of the meeting, Bilawal passed castigating remarks against the ruling PML-N and PTI who are busy in a tussle aimed at their personal gains. He is hopeful of winning the 2018 elections given the present plight of the masses due to the incompetent policies of the current rulers.

He remarked that the PTI chief, instead of indulging in mudslinging against others, should tell the nation about his father Ikramullah Khan Niazi, and, speaking sarcastically, added that that sacrifice of the lion was necessary for saving democracy in the country, adding that in 2014 the lion was saved while saving democracy. He said Imran Khan should tell how much “help” was provided to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) by Uncle (Ahmad Shuja) Pasha. Bilawal said he would spill the beans if he was forced to speak by Imran Khan.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari alleged that Imran Khan and Gen Hamid Gul had jointly hatched a conspiracy against Benazir Bhutto. He said Mian Sahib is prime minister and not the king. He said this is democracy and not the kingship of Takht-e-Raiwind. Pointing to the present political tussle between the PTI and PML-N, Bilawal also made a number of demands to the federal government and threatened to hold a long march on December 27 if the PML-N failed to accept his party’s demands.

The PPP leader demanded that government must revive the national security committee of parliament, accept the bill presented by the PPP on the Panama Papers controversy in the National Assembly, implement the resolutions passed at the recent multiparty conference on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, and appoint a full-time foreign minister immediately. The power of mass popularity shown by the PPP can be termed a positive development as the vibrant and dynamic presence of a number of mainstream political parties can strengthen the democratic set-up.

In order to ensure good governance, the presence of a strong opposition is necessary and the young Bhutto is heading in this direction. It may be recalled here that under the chairmanship of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the foundation of the PPP was laid on the principles of democracy, social welfare, equality for all masses and empowerment of the downtrodden masses in society. And in current situation when there is a crisis like situation in the country in the backdrop of Panama Leaks revelations as also the tension with India on Loc besides the issues of terrorism at home and tension with other neighbours, there is hope in the leadership of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari who can make his mark in national politics. Masses say that if the PPP wants to retain the lost glory, it has to bridge the gap between the masses and the leadership and the young Bhutto seems to be the bridging force.

Right now Bilawal seems to outlining a new policy on how to proceed with its future politics. Under his leadership, the party seems to be re-framing and re-branding the party manifesto to win the confidence of some disgruntled PPP leaders and workers. One is sure the PPP can win hearts and minds if it sticks to the basic principles that were its founding basis. In Bilawal seems to sticking to those basic principles which continue to echo in his speeches, he can make a difference.

In Bilawal, faithful PPP jiyalas and diehard old leaders see Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto, and for them, Bilawal’s leadership may just be catalyst for the revival of the party they have given their blood and sweat to over decades. It is up to Bilawal now how he convinces people to believe in the legacy of that one slogan that has retained its relevance even after almost five decades: Roti, Kapra aur Makaan (Bread, clothing and shelter).

Bilawal also set a good precedent by celebrating Diwali with hindu community of Pakistan in Dharki. His act has proved that PPP always respect and promotes the interfaith harmony, every citizen of Pakistan deserves equal rights to perform their religious rituals freely and frequently. His goodwill gesture to the Hindu community definitely aimed at inter-faith harmony which is the hall-mark of our constitution which guarantees equal rights to all citizens irrespective of their class and creed and caste.

As a matter of fact, the minorities of Pakistan have played the key role for the development and prosperity of the country and fortifying the democracy and our political leaders must bring the minorities communities into mainstream politics so that they should feel themselves as part and parcel of the democratic set up. Minorities make up only about three percent of the 190 million population of Pakistan, which was founded as a haven for the sub-continent’s Muslims on independence from the British in 1947 with a promise of religious freedom to minorities and it is our national obligation to give equal rights to our minorities.

Source: National Courier

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