RAWALPINDI: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari lashed out at the government Friday by saying that the “puppet regime of political orphans” was crumbling.
The PPP chairman was addressing a rally held at Liaquat Bagh to mark the 12th death anniversary of Benazir Bhutto. The former prime minister was killed in a gun-and-bomb attack at a PPP election rally in 2007 at Liaquat Bagh.
Bilawal said he will complete the unfinished mission of Benazir and ensure people are given their rights. He said political orphans were ruling over Pakistan hence there was a leadership and economic crisis in the country.
“These are the same political orphans Benazir warned you about,” he said. “Look at how they conduct their politics. They are cowards.”
Bilawal taunted the government by saying all claims they made about politicians had proven false.
“They said Mian sahab [Nawaz Sharif] will never go abroad for treatment. Mian sahab went abroad for medical treatment. They said President Zardari will never come out of jail. He is out of jail now too,” he said.
Bilawal urged the masses to support him in ousting “this government of selected and political orphans as the people’s rule cannot be established without the PPP”.
The PPP chairman praised his grandfather Zulfikar Ali Bhutto by crediting him with giving rights to labourers when he was prime minister. Bilawal said his mother Benazir had fought two dictators during her lifetime and never backed down from anyone.
“You [people] are witness that they [political rivals] used to say a woman can never be the prime minister of a Muslim country,” he said. “You saw how she became the first female head of state of a Muslim state.”
Bilawal said credit goes to Benazir for providing Pakistan with the much-needed missile technology. He said the slain PPP leader had come back to Pakistan, before her assassination, to ensure democracy thrived in the country.
The PPP chairman lashed out at the government, saying that it was an enemy to the poor people of Pakistan. He criticised “those in corridors of power” for removing BISP’s women beneficiaries from its list and declaring them ‘undeserving’.
“This is not the independence that Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah gave us,” he said. “We will build the Pakistan that Benazir envisaged for you.