Chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, asserted that the ongoing struggle involves not just getting out of one jail but avoiding another, and this battle is not against opponents or rivals but against issues such as unemployment, inflation, and poverty. Speaking at a Workers Convention in Kohat, Bhutto connected the PPP’s fight to broader societal challenges rather than merely political adversaries.
He emphasized the need to address issues like unemployment, inflation, and poverty, stating that these are the real challenges faced by the people. Referring to the Bhutto murder case, Bilawal Bhutto blamed General Zia, judges, lawyers, and politicians associated with the oppressive regime, labeling them all as culprits. He expressed hope that Justice Qazi Faez Isa, heading the investigation into the Bhutto murder case, would rectify the mistakes made by his institution, emphasizing that the court itself was the crime scene.
Bilawal Bhutto underscored the importance of justice, asserting that the nation was informed that there were security concerns regarding the holding of the convention. He called on the Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to take note, pointing out that the issue had already been resolved.
Regarding the 18th constitutional amendment, Bhutto compared the PPP’s commitment to its implementation with the lack of action from previous governments, including PTI and PML-N. He highlighted that former President Asif Zardari had sent a reference to the Supreme Court twelve years ago to reopen the case of the judicial murder of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. He drew attention to the fact that after twelve years, the case of the martyred leader was still being heard, stressing the innocence of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and the need to identify those who facilitated his judicial murder.
Bilawal Bhutto mentioned that the PPP had been advised not to initiate its conventions in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa due to security concerns, but he reiterated that PPP workers are not afraid. He concluded by expressing the party’s readiness for elections, stating that PPP supporters have always been prepared for elections. He highlighted that the resolution of current crises and problems is embedded in the PPP manifesto. The PPP chairman emphasized that justice should not only be served at the legal level but should also be seen from a historical perspective to reveal to the world why a Muslim world leader was sent to the gallows.
Bilawal Bhutto’s address reflects a broader perspective, intertwining the PPP’s political struggles with the larger issues faced by Pakistani society, while also seeking justice for historical injustices against Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.