Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari’s speech in Kotli, Azad Kashmir on April 30, is making the rounds on social media, partially because it was live tweeted by one Bhutto-Zardari sister, and highly commended by the other. This speech is no different from those delivered by other PPP leaders in the past though; it is essentially a mix of old speeches and slogans chopped and fitted together, with some populist anti-Modi and anti-Nawaz rhetoric casually thrown in to make it more palatable to the people of Kotli. The politicians have never taken the Kashmir issue seriously, but use it as means to garner more support from the general populace. However, the traction it that their “anti-Modism” is gelling well into the fight against PML-N, and for once it seems, they have been able to put two and two together.

The People’s Party seems content on riding past waves of glory, as was witnessed in Bilawal’s speech by his reference to past achievements of PPP government in Kashmir. Yet, this is exactly what has led to the decline of the party. The party needs an injection of something new, whether it is a youthful membership, a greater reliance on social media, or a new message. The party can no longer rest on the shoulders of two dead leaders. Of course, Bilawal is to be the new face, but the party needs more than just a facelift. A change in leadership normally promises a change in the way things are done, but this has not been the way so far due to either Bilawal’s immaturity, no change in the old guard, and Asif Ali Zardari’s legacy. Both PPP and PML-N hold tremendous advantage over other parties because they are both almost untouchable in one province at least. This means that all both parties have to do to increase their support base is making sure that their time in control is irrefutably seen as an improvement.

The first three years of PPP in Sindh after 2013 have been unremarkable at best, and troubling at worst. Apart from some important human rights legislation that experts will argue would have been passed regardless of which party was in government, there is no notable achievement of the PPP government in Sindh. The smarter option then for PPP, to gain political relevance would be to focus on improving the lot of the Sindhi people instead of touring the country in the hopes of finding more supporters. Bilawal Bhutto should rightly learn from the personalities of his mother and grandfather, but should look to make his own mark. All PPP really has to do is make Sindh great, and the young PPP leader will automatically be launched to the forefront of Pakistani politics. Until then, the party really has no leg to stand on when accusing PML-N by allegations that they themselves are accused of.