Multan - Pakistan People’s Party’s Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari Friday launched a scathing attack on his rivals and also pledged to address the grievances of the people of South Punjab by giving the region provincial status.
Addressing a political rally here at Qasim Bagh, Bilawal took aim at PTI chief and Sharif brothers and went on to claim that the next election would be the last for Imran Khan.
"Listen Mr Khan! It will be my first and your last election," Bilawal declared.
Former president Asif Ali Zardari, former prime ministers Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and Raja Parvez Ashraf, opposition leader Syed Khurshid Shah and other top leaders of the party also spoke on this occasion.
Bilawal alleged that the PTI chief introduced foul language in the politics and they could not answer him in the same language. He also declared Khan the ideological soldier of Maulana Samiul Haq and said that Khan needed to learn principles of politics and manners.
He denounced the Khan’s claim of being the youth representative saying he had done nothing for the youth.
Instead, the PPP chairman gave a rosy picture for the youth under PPP in future that would offer equal opportunities, employment and education to them.
He also took a jibe at ousted prime minister for his claim of being an ideology in himself. "Let us know what your ideology is. Is it the ideology that you pledged to protect while standing on the grave of Ziaul Haq, or when you hatched conspiracies against all prime ministers from Junejo to Gilani, or when you attempted to topple the government of Bibi with the help of Osama's dollars or when you went straight to Jeddah palace from Attock jail?" he questioned.
He said Nawaz disrespected the constitutional assemblies and imposed personal dictatorship and added that the people were in a poor state while democracy was feeble due to Nawaz.
He also held Zia and Musharraf's dictatorships responsible for barring Pakistan from moving forward.
Bilawal said some elements utilised religion for politics and promoted extremism and sectarianism and they didn’t want Islam but Islamabad.
The PPP chairman did not forget to mention Shehbaz Sharif and said that he would have to give answer for his oppression, corruption, Hudaibia Paper Mills case, Multan Metro Corruption, 14 martyrs of Model Town and deprivations of South Punjab . "Junior Mian (Shehbaz) thinks that the burden for all sins has been borne by the senior Mian but it's not like that," he maintained.
He claimed that the budget for planting flowers in Lahore was higher than the one for South Punjab 's health.
The PPP chairman pointed out that Muzaffargarh, Rajanpur, Dera Ghazi Khan and Bahawalpur were the most backward districts of Punjab. "It is because the Takht-e-Raiwind has restrained all resources at Raiwind while depriving this (South Punjab) region of its rights," he added.
Outlining PPPP's plan, he said that his party would modernise villages, offer employment to the residents of rural areas and strengthen agriculture.
He alleged that the government was going to play a vicious game of killing small growers but the PPP would not let the rulers accomplish their plan. "They (rulers) want to appease their capitalist friends and bring corporate farming in the country but we will introduce cooperative farming," he announced.
He assured the residents of South Punjab that he would stand by them. "But I can't do anything alone. I need your support and strength. If you're with me, I assure you that we'll make your province and a new era will usher in," he declared.
Speaking on the occasion, former president Asif Ali Zardari warned the government that the PPP might hatch a conspiracy against them now, although it had not done this so far. "Although they hatched every possible conspiracy against us, we showed them how to accomplish five-year term," he added. “The (NA) speaker thought that the government might go but I say that it is going,” he claimed.
Zardari said that Nawaz Sharif and his flawed policies were responsible for Musharraf's coming to the power and it was the wiser strategy of the that led to Musharraf’s ouster.
He said that ill-advised policies of Nawaz Sharif caused his ouster. "And now he is asking as to why he is ousted. You were a curse on the masses and you have been ousted by Allah," he added.
He said the rulers did not have any manifesto. "They even don't know the meaning of CPEC. They consider it just a loaning agency where they can get loans from for their friends. But beware! They'll demand these loans back too," he added.
Addressing the public meeting, Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani said that Shaheed Bhutto settled the Khatam-e-Nubuwat issue forever through his wisdom while the current rulers teased the Muslims across the world due to their ineligibility. He said the PPP demanded Trump to review its decision of recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital otherwise this issue would ruin the world peace.
He said that being the son of soil he demanded his party to create separate province for the residents of South Punjab after coming into power. He criticised the government and said that how could those accomplish their term, who could not complete quorum. He added that one leader claimed to create new Pakistan and then marry. "I want to tell him that old Pakistan is sufficient for us. We'll fix it and serve it," he added.
Opposition leader Syed Khurshid Shah said the masses did not want a leadership that abused others rather they needed a leader like Bilawal. He claimed that the PPP would fulfil historic desire of the residents of South Punjab regarding creation of a separate province. He added that the PPP had tabled the resolution for creation of separate province in the parliament but people did not support it.
Ex-prime minister Raja Parvez Ashraf warned that the PPP would not let anyone rob it of its mandate. "We'll not allow RO elections this time. We'll die but not let anyone steal our mandate," he declared. He said that those who claimed that PPP had vanished were in fact afraid of its power.
PPPP general secretary Nayyar Bokhari, south Punjab president Makhdoom Ahmad Mahmood, Natasha Daultana and other leaders also spoke on this occasion.