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Friends of terrorists are traitors: Bilawal

28 December, 2013

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GARHI KHUDA BAKHSH: Opposing the peace dialogue with the Taliban, PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Friday said those befriending the terrorists and holding out an olive branch to them were traitors and enemies of the motherland.

He was addressing a rally here on the sixth death anniversary of his mother and former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.Criticising the Taliban, Bilawal said: "They carry out attacks in mosques and kill innocent people in the name of Islam... they are not humans." He also said ending the drone strikes in Pakistan would not eliminate extremism. The PPP leader said he would launch a Jihad against terrorists.

He lashed out at the PTI Chairman Imran Khan, saying that terrorism would not end even after the cessation of drone strikes. "Elimination of terrorists is the only way to restore peace in Pakistan," he said. "Martyrdom is my destiny and Garhi Khuda Bukhsh is my final resting place," he added.

The PPP leader said Buzdil Khan (Imran Khan) was trying to block the Nato supplies in reaction to the killing of terrorist Hakimullah Mehsud. He said a handful of water cannot bring a tsunami and Imran Khan must keep this in his mind.

In a naked reference to the PML-N President Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Bilawal said the late military dictator Gen Ziaul Haq fed his 'lion' on milk and now it was feeding on the blood of the hapless and helpless people of Pakistan.

However, Bilawal and his father and former president of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari made it clear that they would stand by the PML-N government if a conspiracy was hatched to remove it through short or mid-term election.

Bilawal also pronounced that his two sisters would follow him into politics. "All children of Benazir Bhutto will start taking part in active politics before the next election," said Bilawal and asked the people to support him and his sisters, Bakhtawar and Aseefa.He criticised the government's policy of privatisation, saying that giving national assets to friends was not privatisation but personalisation.

He said politicians nurtured by dictators believed in the politics of power. He said the PPP gave sacrifices for the defence of the country. He said his father Asif Ali Zardari raised the slogan of 'Pakistan Khappay' to save the motherland and the nation should thank him for this huge service.

He said the military establishment and judiciary used all bags of tricks to fail the PPP but failed. The PPP chairman said he knew what shame was but what the judiciary did to democracy was "shameful". He said the PPP leadership braved the charges of keeping money in Swiss accounts and swam through all challenges.

Continuing his salvo, Bilawal asked who had confined Asif Ali Zardari at the President's House. He said the Punjab establishment must keep in mind that the Federation of Pakistan would be never strengthened unless the southern Punjab,Khyber Pakhtunkhawa, Sindh and Balochistan got their rights.

The PPP chairman said the establishment did not want to see the PPP successful in the May 11 elections. He said the elections were not transparent. He said the Punjabi establishment went against them and the PPP, MQM and ANP were forced to run their election campaigns through the video link.

Zardari said his party would continue to point out weaknesses of the sitting government both inside and outside parliament. He said Mian Nawaz Sharif alone could not win this battle and 'we will have to fight jointly to save the country'.

"Whenever politicians get embroiled in in-fighting, the sneaky tomcat appears on the scene, something we have to stop," Zardari stated. He said a tomcat feeding on milk had now been trapped.

Asif Ali Zardari said he saw no solution to people's problems through the mid-term elections and strongly opposed any short-term or mid-term situation. "We will not let anyone march on Islamabad," he vowed.

He said it was not a joke that an elected prime minister was handcuffed. He said the political forces had been pitched against each other since the creation of Pakistan. He said the government should be supported to fight a particular mindset. He said Talibanisation was thriving due to poverty.

"I pray for the success of this PML-N government and availability of one hundred billion dollars forex reserves," he said, adding, "The privatization of national assets is a blunder on the part of the government, which we will continue to resist, guiding the government towards a better solution."


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