KARACHI:(APS)Speaking at the rally in Karachi, PPP patron-in-chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that Quad-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah gave the present of Pakistan and Zulfikar Ali Bhutto fulfilled the former’s dream by giving Pakistanis 1973’s Constitution.
He said there were only two political forces existed in Pakistan, “one is Bhuttoism and another is offspring of dictatorship”.
Bilawal lashed out at the PTI and PAT, saying: “When the time came to stand up with the Army troops against Taliban, people holding anti-government protests in Islamabad sat down.”
He urged the protesters in Islamabad to leave the sit-in and help the IDPS to rehabilitate.
Bilawal said if there was dictatorship in Pakistan, those calling for civil disobedience in the federal capital would have been bombarded with F-16 jet.
“Those who want to scare us should understand that the word fear does not exist in our dictionary,” Bilawal said while referring to Taliban threats hurled at his party.
“There are foreign forces involved and want Pakistan to be destabilised like Iraq and Syria,” the PPP chairman said, adding that those forces wanted a civil war in Pakistan.
“Bhuttoism is the only solution to save Pakistan from civil war.”
Bilawal also assailed the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) calling Chief Minister Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif a creation of military dictator Gen Ziaul Haq. He held CM Shahbaz responsible for the Model Town tragedy.
The PPP patron-in-chief was also critical of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), saying the party has been ruling Karachi for last more than 20 years without any progress to show.
He urged people of the port city to not lose hope, saying only Bhuttoism can change Karachi.
Paying tribute to Pakistan Army troops, the PPP chairman said the soldiers were fighting against the militants in tribal areas for the survival of the country.
Commenting on Indian criticism hurled at him, Bilawal said that the Kashmir issue would be decided in accordance to the wishes of Kashmiri people.
He also chanted the slogan “Kashmir banega Pakistan” (Kashmir will become Pakistan).
Speaking at the public meeting, former PM Yousuf Raza Gilani said that today’s rally was bigger and better than his expectations. He said that people of all four provinces were united at the rally in Karachi today.
Gilani said Bilawal was a symbol of federation. “Future prime minister will be a Bhutto,” he added.
He urged the PPP patron-in-chief to reorganise the party and bring more young leaders in the mainstream. The former premier urged the protesting PTI to come forward and strengthen the Parliament.
Former prime minister of Pakistan, Raja Pervez Ashraf said that Peoples Party and Pakistan were interconnected and cannot be separated. In an apparent reference to PTI rallies, he said: “Despite prevailing public rallies everywhere these days, we have no contest at all.”
“An elderly of PPP is stronger than youth of other parties,” he added.
Opposition Leader in the National Assembly, Syed Khursheed Shah on the occasion said that Bilawal Bhutto has taken charge of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s flag that he raised to bring democratic revolution in the country.
“Bilawal will bring a revolution for poor, farmers, labourers and the youth of the country,” he said.
Shah also lauded former president Asif Ali Zardari for the 18th Constitutional amendment and for provincial autonomy.
Chief Minister Sindh, Syed Qaim Ali Shah said that PPP was party of young and poor and Jiylas’ sacrifices would write a new history of the country.
“This is a massive rally…no one would be able to count the number of people present at the moment,” he said.
Former speaker National Assembly, Fehmida Mirza paid homage to martyrs of Karsaz tragedy and said there was no danger to democracy in the country as long as Jiyalas were present.
“Peoples Party is fighting for the survival of Pakistan,” she said.
Speaking on the occasion, Senator Raza Rabbani said the PPP was the party that first raised the slogan of revolution, adding that the party does not side with any government. He said the PPP fights for democracy in the country to safeguard the Constitution.
“This is the place where Zulfikar Ali Bhutto raised the voice of rebellion against (former dictator) Ayub. Today, Bilawal will start from here a revolution against an outdated system,” said the senior PPP stalwart.
Speaking at the rally, senior PPP leader Aitzaz Ahsan said that today’s rally was an important milestone for the party and vowed to bring the youth leadership in the forefront. “This party is a party of youth and women and we will now inject new blood in it.”
He urged Bilawal to make the youth an active part of the PPP.
Aitzaz Ahsan cricticised Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) for not shouting foul after victory of their backed independent candidate Amir Doogar in the Multan by-poll.
Bilawal arrived at the rally by helicopter and was set to address the crowds from the same bullet and bomb-proof truck that his mother used for the ill-fated parade, which was meant to mark her triumphant return after nearly a decade of self-imposed exile.
Bilawal – the young scion of the powerful Bhutto family and son of former President Asif Ali Zardari – was accompanied by his aunt Sanam Bhutto, the only surviving sibling of slain former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.
Charged supporters of PPP and Bilawal had poured into the venue from different parts of the province as well as from outside Sindh — PPP loyalists from Balochistan’s Quetta, Khuzdar and other areas as well as from rural Sindh had arrived for the party chairman’s first major public interaction.
A large number of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) supporters packed Karachi’s Bagh-i-Jinnah on Saturday in order to hear the young party chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, as he establishes his first direct contact with the masses.
The rally with the party’s signature anthem ‘Dil Teer Bija’ playing in the background began with addresses from senior party leaders. Manzoor Wattoo, PPP’s Punjab president, who is subject of much controversy on account of his lack of popularity among a lot of the party’s workers in that province, did the opening speech.
Following Wattoo’s speech, other senior leaders Aitzaz Ahsan and Raza Rabbani who represent the party in the Senate spoke to the crowd gathered to get a glimpse of party chairman Bilawal who is finally taking the full plunge into national politics.
The rally marks the seventh anniversary of the devastating bomb attack that hit Benazir Bhutto’s homecoming parade in Karachi on October 18, 2007, killing 139 people in the deadliest single terror attack on Pakistani soil.
She survived the bombing, but was assassinated in a gun and suicide attack in an election rally in Rawalpindi two months later.