KARACHI – We will show to the world by 2018 that the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) is still very much alive, said PPP patron-in-chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in a rare public appearance at the party’s 46th Foundation Day, which was held on Saturday at Bilawal House.
He said that the PPP is not a party of any landlord, player, businessman or Mullah, adding that it is an old PPP.
Bilawal has said that the party will show the world in next elections that it is alive with full enthusiasm.
In his speech, Bilawal highlighted the sacrifices and achievements of Benazir Bhutto and Asif Ali Zardari, stating that the PPP has always challenged the statuesquo.
He also spoke about the rising cost of living in Pakistan and said the PPP will raise their voices on behalf of the poor. He said plans are being made to close Benazir Bhutto Income Support Program.
He said that the share of Sindh has been snatched, adding that Benazir Bhutto had challenged the so called custodians of Islam and custodians of “statusquo”, adding that when these people could not remove love of Bhutto from hearts of people these people martyred his mother. He said Asif Zardari challenged the dictatorship of Islamabad through 20th amendment.
He said it was wrong that the PPP has changed, adding that this is a lie and it was also wrong that the present PPP is not an old one. He said that PPP is party of masses. He said that a Jiala never becomes disappointed, adding that the love for Bhutto could not be removed from the hearts of the people. He said that the PPP would contest next elections for economic equality, adding that PPP will lay the foundation of prosperous Pakistan. He said PPP will make such Pakistan in which the merit would be observed. He said that the price hike is touching the sky today, adding that Pakistan is facing economic depression. He said poor have been deprived from livelihood, adding that the prices of tomato have been reached at Rs 200. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said the subsidy on electricity has been withdrawn and electricity bills have become doubled.
‘Personalisation’ is taking place in the guise of privatisation, he said, adding that the PPP is opposed to 100 per cent privatisation.
“Our detractors say that Bilawal Bhutto Zardari does not speak the same language as common people,” the young chairman said in his Urdu-language speech. “They do not realise that the relationship between me and [the party workers] transcends language.”
At the end of his speech, Bilawal chanted party slogans along with the party workers in and afterwards joined his sister Bakhtawar Bhutto and aunt Faryal Talpur to cut a cake in celebration of 46 years of the party’s existence.
Several leading members of the PPP were in attendance including former ambassador to the US Sherry Rehman, Senior Senator Mian Raza Rabbani and Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah.