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Minority member should be Pakistani head of state one day: Bilawal Bhutto

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari greeted the Hindu community on Holi at a public rally at Umer Kot today.

While addressing the gathering the PPP chairman said that the party manifesto is based on equality for all. “PPP does not believe in division of people on the basis of color, creed, race and religion,” he said. “We are supporters of the rights of minorities and the poor.”

Bilawal also pointed out that PPP government in Sindh has passed the Hindu Marriage Act which no other government has done. “It is for the first time in Pakistan’s 68 year long history that a government has passed this bill and given legal protection to the Hindu community,” he said.

Bilawal added that soon his party will pass a bill against force conversion of Hindus so that the community becomes stronger. “We are the only government which has announced a public holiday on Holi.

“PPP is transforming the country into Quaid’s Pakistan who always supported complete freedom for all the minorities.”

The PPP chairman said that the party will not allow any divides between poor and rich, minorities and majorities, Hindus and Muslims. “We will make a united Pakistan for all,” Bilawal claimed adding that “all minorities have equal rights and opportunities in all factions of life”

Bilawal urged other provincial governments to follow PPP’s lead in legislation for empowering minorities.

“If a Muslim can become a president in India, why can’t an individual from minorities become one in Pakistan,” he exclaimed.

Read more » The Nation
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No more excuses for Taliban violence, Bhutto heir tells Pakistan’s leaders

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, 25, says prime minister and Imran Khan letting down nation by not backing firm military action

By  in Mohenjodaro

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the youthful heir apparent to one of south Asia’s most famous dynasties, has launched a scathing attack on his political opponents who he said must stop “making excuses” for Taliban violence.

The 25-year-old son of the assassinated prime minister Benazir Bhutto said Nawaz Sharif, the country’s current leader, and the opposition politician Imran Khan, were “letting down the people” by not backing firm military action against the Taliban.

“Perhaps they are suffering from Stockholm Syndrome,” Bhutto Zardari said, referring to cases of hostages who sympathise with or even assist their captors. “There is no reason why the national leaders, the so-called leaders, should not speak out against people who are murdering our citizens, murdering our armed forces and claiming responsibility.”

The remarks are likely to further burnish his reputation as both a brash new arrival on Pakistan‘s political scene but also the most outspoken politician in the country on the issue of militancy and extremism.

He does not sit in parliament, but wields significant influence over the Pakistan People’s party (PPP), of which he is “patron in chief”. The party has been led in the past by his grandfather, his mother – who was killed while campaigning in 2007 – and his father, Asif Ali Zardari. Khan and other right-wing politicians have been criticised for handling the Pakistani Taliban with kid gloves, in a so-far unsuccessful bid to lure them into peace talks.

On Saturday the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan ( TTP ), as the country’s deadly coalition of militants is known, signalled its appreciation of Khan’s approach by announcing the movement wanted him to sit on a committee with four extremist clerics known to sympathise with militant aims. The TTP said Khan and the others could represent its interests in peace talks with the government.

Khan brushed off the embarrassing endorsement, saying “the TTP should select their own Taliban representatives for the peace talks”.

Even mass-casualty suicide attacks on civilians have at times elicited only meek condemnations. Many politicians are reluctant even to identify the culprits as the TTP.

Bhutto Zardari said the tactic had been disastrous, emboldening extremists to target civilians, including Malala Yousafzai, the schoolgirl education activist who nearly died in 2012 after being shot in the head by a Taliban assassin. “This is why people like Malala become targets because the politicians, or the so-called leaders of this country, can’t find the courage to speak out when a 16-year-old girl could. If we all speak in one voice, they can’t kill us all,” he said.

The TTP has used a highly effective intimidation campaign against liberal and left-leaning political parties and journalists to silence many of its natural critics. Bhutto Zardari said he could speak out only because of the vast security operation that surrounds him at all times and heavily restricts his travel in Pakistan, where he spends much of his time at his fortress-like family compound in Karachi.

“I have a lot of security – I lost my mother to the Taliban because of a lack of security – and that explains partly why I can be so vocal,” he said. “But so does Imran Khan. Nawaz Sharif is the prime minister of Pakistan, Shahbaz Sharif is the chief minister of Punjab. They all have more security than I do. They have no excuse.”

In the past Khan has said strident rhetoric might endanger the lives of his supporters and party activists. Bhutto Zardari has shown no such caution, even though he hopes thousands of members of the public will be attracted to numerous cultural events he has organised across Sindhin the coming weeks. They are part of a festival he has promoted as a deliberate challenge to extremists and militants he derisively calls “cavemen”.

Read more » The Guardian
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Bilawal Re-Energizes PPP, Stuns Critics At Karachi Rally

PTI may be famous for it’s political rallies, but it was PPP that stunned the nation with its rally on Saturday. No matter whose numbers you want to believe, it is undeniable that the turnout was massive enough to put to bed silly questions about whether the party is ‘finished’. In fact, the question being asked today is whether or not Saturday’s rally – and more specifically Bilawal’s speech –  marks a turning point in a national politics that has grown stale and disheartening for so many.

PPP didn’t trot out aging rock stars and sports celebrities to draw a crowd. What drew cheers from both jiyalas and critics alike was the substance of Bilawal’s speech.

Read more » newPakistan
http://new-pakistan.com/2014/10/20/bilawal-re-energizes-ppp-stuns-critics-at-karachi-rally/

Sindh Festival is a ray of hope: Bilawal Zardari

KARACHI: Chairman of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said Sindh Festival is a ray of hope and it will bring Mohenjo Daro and Makli back to life.

In a televised speech on Tuesday, he said that Sindh festival would become an annual event. “We are proud of our old heritage and will protect it,” the young PPP leader said. Patron-in-chief of the PPP was of the view that our civilisation is under threat because of the Taliban. We will fight against terrorism. The PPP’s outspoken leader, who criticises Taliban militants often, said the world would see how deep our roots are. “We will tell the world that we are not as we are presented,” he said. Bilawal claimed that militants want to take everyone back to stone age, but ‘we’ will not bow before the terrorists. “We were civilized five thousand years ago, which they (militants) are far from even today,” said Bilawal. He reiterated “Marsoon marsoon, Sindh na daisun.”

Courtesy: Daily Times
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/22-Jan-2014/sindh-festival-is-a-ray-of-hope-bilawal-zardari

The limited options of President Zardari – By Shaheen Sehbai

Courtesy: The News

WASHINGTON: If the past is any guide, as we now know that all previous political upheavals were carried out according to the secret scripts written by key players of our omnipotent establishment, the latest political developments tell us that the noose is tightening around our president and he has to decide quickly which option he has to exercise so that he can survive politically, financially and probably even physically.

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An open letter to PPP Chairman by Munawar Ali

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

Dear PPP Chairman,

chairman@ppp.org.pk

I do not want to take much time, just wanna plea that please help and save Sindh and People of Sindh who have always voted for PPP and are the backbone of PPP. They are the most under privileged and poor even in the present government. The PPP leaders/reps unfortunately do not care about the common people’s problems in Sindh and are actually digging a hole for the party to come to an end. Sindhies are now at the lowest level of any hope from PPP leaders in Sindh. All development and funding is only being spent on Karachi where Sindhies are not welcome. Though Karachi is Sindh’s capital but we have been banned from schools and universities. There is lot of injustice to Sindhies. We were sure that PPP government would address the grievances of Sindhi people who have suffered dearly for supporting PPP since very begining. I am hopeful that you will look into the matters yourself now.

Thanks,

Munawar Ali