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Bilawal addresses PPP meeting

Published May 10, 2013 02:22am


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Pakistan People's Party (PPP) chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.—File Photo

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Peoples Party, which has been under severe threat of terrorist attacks, ended its poll campaign with a public meeting in Barakahu on Thursday evening.

Former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, who was to address the gathering, did not turn up because of security threats and went to his home constituency in Gujar Khan.

PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari addressed the meeting via video link.

Some 6,000 to 7,000 people attended the meeting which was also addressed by PPP candidate for NA-49 Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar and other local leaders.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said in his video address that the campaign of his party being obstructed by remnants of former military dictator Ziaul Haq, either by terrorism or conspiracies of institutions.

The address made no reference to the kidnapping of a son of former prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in Multan earlier in the day because his speech had been recorded a few days ago.

“Followers of Zia are working against us to such an extent that they are shaking hands with terrorists,” Mr Bilawal said.

He criticised the PML-N and said running a bus service in Lahore was not a service to the people of the whole of Punjab.

He said people realised that a conspiracy had been hatched to make them slaves of a particular mindset. “We will foil the conspiracy with the vote of people on May 11. “Let us become a movement to defeat Zia’s followers in the polls. We will eradicate terrorism, unemployment and poverty by stamping the arrow (PPP’s election symbol),” he said.

Mr Bilawal said he believed that the people of Rawalpindi and Islamabad would support the PPP because of achievements of his party. “PPP united the nation 40 years ago. My father faced imprisonment and raised the slogan of Pakistan Khappay. (Zulfikar) Bhutto and BB (Benazir Bhutto) sacrificed their lives. We have to change the nation’s destiny and root out terrorism and intolerance from society,” he added.

A source in the PPP told Dawn that Raja Pervez Ashraf wanted to attend the Barakahu gathering, but some security officials had advised him not to go to Barakahu because of severe security threats.

A PPP leader said Faisal Sakhi Butt, a local PPP leader and candidate for NA-48, led a procession which after passing through different areas was to turn into a public meeting in Blue Area. But the plan for the meeting was put off also because of security threats.

“Faisal Butt was told on telephone that the rally could be attacked,” said a source close to the PPP candidate.


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Comments (17) Closed

Chicken May 10, 2013 04:36am
Go to lyari and give your speech
Riaz Ahmad May 10, 2013 04:25am
How can you put political life in a lifeless.
Muhammad Bin Naveed May 10, 2013 05:27am
"Mr Bilawal said he believed that the people of Rawalpindi and Islamabad would support the PPP because of achievements of his party" Mr Bilawal should seriously reconsider opening his mouth for any reason, because whenever he does his foot automatically seems to go inside it. Just the roads in Islamabad should be a good enough indication of the CONTRIBUTION of PPP to the city, lets not even go towards anything else.
Khalid May 10, 2013 06:18am
It is not only Bilawal who is out of touch with reality, it is also PMLN. It is not surprising that faced with exposure of their corruption the records at LDA building were burned with Phosphorous chemicals that caused the walls to continue burning for over 20 hours. More over, there has been no mention of the PTI worker who was killed on Hanif Abassi's orders. This makes him a murderer just as much as the man who pulled the trigger. The death of their election symbol because of neglect is a reflection of their moronic leadership. A siberian tiger was not fed nor watered properly, where as the PMLN leadership dined on Meat and Biryani.
Husain Jan May 10, 2013 06:58am
No body is ready to believe what he said in his video speech, except of course the die-hard Jiyalas. The jiyalas would believe any thing said by their leader without caring a damn about its content.
saqib May 10, 2013 08:27am
Now even president himself and allies does not feel secure while in power and I can understand the feeling of those peoples doing every day business among these threats.
Syed Hussain May 10, 2013 08:48am
Pardon him MBN. He is still new and a kid. Do you remember the famous film dialogue uttered by Mustafa Qureshi, " NAVA AAYA HAE SONIA" ?
Sayeed Altaf Hussein May 10, 2013 09:02am
Bilawal; achievements of PPP! What achievements. The currency has been devalued by 50% per cent. The industry has been in decline since the PPP came into power and there is no sign of recovery. The IMF is redfusing to bail out yet the same IMF agreed a 11-12 Billion dollars right after the last election based on the performance of the Musharraf
M.Yaseen May 10, 2013 09:09am
Lookis like learning acting under the guidance of indian film director or shahrukh khan. He should also take some training in the palaces of muslim kings and amirs to run this country.
YKK May 10, 2013 09:54am
100% agreed, very well said brother
nasir siddique May 10, 2013 11:26am
billu beta, all the money spent on your education has been wasted. I feel sorry to see you so helpless. You have a tremendous opportunity to help this country but you are wasting it like your elders. Its never too late.
hasssan May 10, 2013 01:03pm
he is not lifeless...people call him bilawal benazir yes not bilawal bhutto not bilawal zardari...bilawal benazir such is his power
Rehan May 10, 2013 02:49pm
Dear Oh dear, he looked so out of tune, out of touch with ground realities, out of sync, hopelessly unpatriotic and was parrot reading the speech. Please Mr Zardari, take him out of his agony. He simply ain't interested of the job imposed on him.
Khan May 10, 2013 03:30pm
bilawal epitomizes dynastic politics. the PPP should have the good judgement to not declare him the leader of the party at this point in his life. he should have to rise through the ranks and not be treated like an heir to the throne. he is a kid even if he is a Bhutto and while the PPP talks about democracy, it acts like a monarchy. heck, even modern monarchies will not let such a young prince become a leader without any experience or maturity
Khan May 10, 2013 03:36pm
To be fair to civilian governments, all military rulers benefited from US aid in exchange for fighting some war during their time in power. The constant inflow of dollars from the US in times of war kept the rupee stable, not much else.
Indian May 11, 2013 05:57am
I hope Imran Khan will win. Let peace and prosperity prevail in pakistan. Pakistan Zindabad!-Best wishes from an Indian.
Ali May 11, 2013 07:03am
He wants to be a leader but don't have gutts to come to pakistan and make the speech how will he run the country if he can't even stand in the country