PPP Chairman and Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari vowed on Tuesday to take his mother Benazir Bhutto’s mission forward and achieve it within the next 15 years.

“This journey will be completed by us together,” he said in an address at the party’s power show in Garhi Khuda Bux to mark the 15th death anniversary of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

On Monday, a large number of party workers left for Larkana to attend the event. Party workers in Karachi left from Sohrab Goth where a camp was set up to see them off.

At the outset of his speech today, Bilawal said that miscreants behind Benazir’s assassination thought they would halt her party’s journey forward. “I want to tell them to come and see how many people gathered here in Garhi Khuda Bux. Even after all these years, bibi’s jiyalas [supporters] are still present here.

“These people have shown their loyalty towards her and have proven that they have not forgotten Benazir or her political ideas. We believe it when we say aj bhi Bhutto zinda hai [Bhutto is alive even today],” he asserted.

Bilawal said that his mother was a patriotic Pakistan, and her name was marked in not only the country’s history but across the world.

“She was the voice of the poor, an ambassador for the destitute, a true supporter of democracy, and a strong reply to terrorists. She believed in the politics of hope […] of truth […] and of unity.”

Today, the PPP chairman stressed, “it is our responsibility to follow her vision” and achieve the mission she had set out on.

“President Zardari and I tried to take her mission forward and whatever work is left we will be completed in the next 15 years,” he promised.

Bilawal recalled that his mother, throughout her life, fought for upholding the Constitution, adding that her struggle led to the “landmark” 18th Amendment. “Because of her, provinces got their rights.”

He criticised PTI chairman Imran Khan, saying that he had attacked the 18th Amendment various times. “But with this Constitution that the bibi fought for, we sent Imran home […] this was the first time the parliament sent back home a prime minister.”

Talking about the rising terror incidents in the country, the foreign minister slammed Imran for “bending his knees in front of the terrorists” without asking the public or the parliament.

“I will speak to the government and review the appeasement policy for terrorism. We will have to quit that policy and establish the writ of the state,” he maintained.

Bilawal said that only the PPP had the ability to steer the country out of the prevailing crisis. “Only the PPP had dealt with the terrorists effectively in the past and will do so now,” he added.


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