LAHORE - While some circles in the social media are critical of Bilawal Bhutto’s choice of words to grill the political rivals, his newly-appointed advisers, however, see nothing wrong in it.
An Oxford graduate, Bilawal’s selection of words like ‘Buzdil Khan’ for PTI chief Imran Khan and ‘coward’ for Gen Pervez Musharraf has, of late, been a subject of criticism in the social media from different quarters.
Also, there were reports that newly-appointed political advisers of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari had advised him to be careful in selection of words while targeting his party’s opponents.
“Given our political culture which provides a lot of room for such public utterances, Bilawal’s choice of words for his political adversaries is not that objectionable,” commented Nawabzada Ghazanfar Gull, one of Bilawal’s advisers and a long time companion of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto.
Talking to The Nation, Mr Gull said that PTI leader Imran Khan was responsible for introducing derogatory words in the political dictionary. “Who coined the word ‘dengue brothers” for Sharifs, he asked. “If he (Bilawal) called Imran “Buzdil Khan”, the PPP leader said this in a certain perspective; that of PTI leader’s unjustified support for Taliban,” Gull added.
Bilawal’s critics say that his derogatory remarks are equating him with the PML-N’s Rana Sanaullah who has the penchant for passing such comments. They argue that Bilawal’s talk must be reflective of his Oxford background.
“Notwithstanding the value of decency, Bilawal’s choice of words fits into the present political environment which allows political leaders to talk in such a manner,” remarked Bashir Riaz, another adviser to Bilawal Bhutto.
Bash, as Benazir Bhutto would call him, was of the view that Bilawal underwent emotional shocks in tender age, and hence should be given some margin if he gets a bit harsh on political opponents.
Bashir Riaz served as media adviser to Benazir Bhutto when she was in exile and also coordinated Mohtarma’s interviews with the foreign media at that time. He is now one of the five advisers Bilawal has selected for himself to advise him on political matters.
Defending Bilawal for using harsh words against hostile politicians, his media adviser Fawad Chaudhry termed it a natural reaction to PTI leaders’ phraseology being used in the social media against their political rivals. “The kind of language used in a public address is quite different from the one used in a serious discussion or a meeting,” he observed, adding that Bilawal had uttered such words at public gatherings.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, he said, had also been using derogatory language for the then President Asif Ali Zardari, but no hue and cry was raised by any quarter at that time.