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Bilawal Zardari Becomes New PPP Chairman and Benazir Bhutto’s Successor

Posted on December 30, 2007
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The News is now confirmed. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has been named the new Chairman of the Pakistan People’s Party. His father, Benazir’s husband, Asif Ali Zardari will be the co-Chairman.

Seemingly credible reports suggest that Bilawal Zardari, Benazir Bhutto’s 19-year old son, now a student at Oxford University, is being considered as the new PPP Chairperson to succeed his mother – and before that his grandmother and grandfather. Later today he will read out a testament from Benazir Bhutto outlining the future of the party.

Repeating what is now being widely reported, but in more detail, a report from Christina Lamb and Dean Nelson of The Times (London) details:

BENAZIR BHUTTO’S 19-year-old son Bilawal will be thrust into a dangerous spotlight today as Pakistan’s most powerful political dynasty prepares to pass the baton to the next generation. Bilawal, a first-year undergraduate at Oxford University, is the heir to a blood-soaked legacy. He lost his mother to an assassin on Thursday; his uncles both died in suspicious circumstances; and his grandfather, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, was hanged in 1979 after being deposed from power….

At 3pm today Pakistan time Bilawal will read out his dead mother’s political testament to leaders of the Pakistan People’s party (PPP), which his grandfather founded and the family has always controlled. “They have to show his face to reassure the party that there will be another Bhutto leader in the future,” a diplomat said. Bilawal is expected to play a leading role in the campaign for elections, still scheduled for January 8 despite the riots that have followed the assassination. But he will return to his studies at Christ Church early next year. Under Pakistani law, parliamentary candidates must be at least 25 years old.

Benazir Bhutto wanted Bilawal to complete his education before becoming involved in politics. Although she would have liked him to lead the party, she did not want him to feel compelled to do so or to make the kind of sacrifices that she had to make when her father was executed. Her widowed husband, Asif Ali Zardari, will make a bid today to lead the PPP in order to keep power firmly in the hands of the Bhutto family and to ensure that Bilawal can eventually inherit his mother’s political mantle.

Party leaders grieving for her began discussing the succession last night. The talks took place in Bhutto’s ancestral home at Garhi Khuda Bakhsh, where she was buried on Friday in the mausoleum that she built for her late father. Early this morning 10 villagers were keeping vigil by her grave, reciting the Koran. There were two fresh wreaths from the new army chief General Ashfaq Kayani.

…The prospect of Zardari returning to frontline politics has horrified several members of the PPP central executive, who blame him for embroiling Bhutto’s two short-lived governments in corruption allegations. Zardari became known as Mr Ten Per Cent because of widespread allegations that he received kickbacks on government contracts. Many in the party would prefer to see the PPP taken over by Makhdoom Amin Fahim, head of another feudal family, who ran the party while Bhutto was in exile.

If, indeed, he becomes the Chairman – now or in the near future, nominally or actually – the Bhutto family legacy will continue. While the last name changes – as it did in India when Jawaharlal Nehru’s daughter Indira Gandhi took over – the reins of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) will remain in the Bhutto clan.

I must confess that my own immediate feelings on this are rather mixed.

I do not think this is a burden (given the weight of the responsibilities or the dangers) to be thrust on one so young. I have never met Bilawal but hear from those who have that he is an impressive young man. I have no doubts that he is but it is neither fair on him nor the party nor the cause of democracy for this to happen at this moment or in this way. More that that, I wish (even though I know it was unlikely) that the Party would open up its leadership and internal democracy process. Also, there is the fear that if he is anointed many will try to manipulate him and he will be turned into a “puppet prince.” I do hope that none of this will happen.

If indeed a role is thrust upon him, even as a figure head whose appointment is meant to hold the party together, this is clearly a big responsibility. It is probably something that he probably anticipated in his future. His mother clearly did. But probably not as soon as this and certainly not in these tragic circumstances.

Whatever happens in the next hours I wish young Bilawal the best. This must be an immensely trying time for him. Whatever happens, I hope and wish and pray that even if he comes to this position because some consider it to be his ‘ancestaral right’ that he will think always of what is good for Pakistan. That he will remember that this is not a privilidge but also a responsibility. There are, of coruse, grave dangers that come with the mantle that some might want him to take on. And I pray earnestly that his fate will not be that of his mother and grandfather.

Finally, no matter what is decided, I pray that he will be guided by the purity, optimism and ideals of youth and not by the self-serving interests of those many who will flood to ‘advise’ him. Leadership is to be judged not only by what leaders do but by who advise they seek and listen to.

My advise to him – not that he asked – is that he should listen always to his heart and mind, well before he listens to anyone around him. Let him be guided by his own idealism, rather than the political ‘pragmatism’ of those who will soon (if they have not already) surround him. Let him follow that which was best in Benazir Bhutto and Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and avoid their follies.

I wish Bilawal well. But I will wait on my judgement of him, as will history.


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[NOTE TO READERS: We had earlier posted a story suggesting that Bilawal Zardari had already been confirmed as the new PPP Chairperson. Realizing that at that point it had not been confirmed, we then took this post off and replaced it with a note of apology saying that this news was not yet confirmed. Given that Bilawal Bhutto as PPP Chairperson was clearly a possibility (either immediately or in the near future) and that a number of still-relevant comments had been made, we then merged the two posts (including relevant comments) but with appropriate changes in the original post to reflect the fact that as of this writing this was a 'likelihood' and not a confirmation. It now turns out that our original sources were correct and Bilawal has been named Chairman.]

242 Comments on “Bilawal Zardari Becomes New PPP Chairman and Benazir Bhutto’s Successor”

  1. ATP Administrator says:
    December 29th, 2007 5:00 pm

    Any comment posted before December 29th, 2007 9:45 pm was posted on our original writeup which had erroneously suggested that the decision on Bilawal’s appointment had already been made. Please keep this in mind as you read the following comments.

  2. Pervaiz Munir Alvi says:
    December 29th, 2007 5:14 pm

    “………….and while the last name changes……….the Pakistan People

  3. Anwar says:
    December 29th, 2007 5:29 pm

    Deconstructing a dynasty in a society obsessed with personalities and not with ideas is not going to be easy….

    We now have another expression of defying democracy and milking the good will of the people to feed the insatiable appetite for power and glory of the false prophets.

    Another opportunity to demonstrate and promote the principles of democracy has been missed — PPP, I am afraid is no more!

  4. Dewana Aik says:
    December 29th, 2007 5:31 pm

    Does PPP have any right to demand democracy? If I were Musharaf, I would first demand democracy from PPP.

  5. RJ says:
    December 29th, 2007 5:32 pm

    Once again they (PPP) showed it defies democracy; it is party that believes on dynasty. Preferring Bilawal over Amin Faheem is nothing but a joke. Hope now the western world will see the true face of democracy in PPP.

  6. Daktar says:
    December 29th, 2007 5:37 pm

    I would also not have liked this, but I am with Adil. Give him a chance at least. The PPP cadre obviously wanted this. Similar things have happened elsewhere…. Indira Gandhi and sons. George Bush and sons. Bill Clinton and wife.

    I do not like this decision but my prayers are also with him.

  7. Abizaib says:
    December 29th, 2007 5:56 pm

    If this turns out to be true then my response is “Oh Crap!”. This will prove lack of democracy within the party itself. At the same time this will expose the elite mentality and oligarchy that is being maintained by Bhutto family.

    If thats what needs to be maintained, then why not Fatima Bhutto? Or how about Barristar Aitzaz Hussein from outside the family? But the “poor” supporters and followers may eat this up too…

  8. Haceeb says:
    December 29th, 2007 6:01 pm

    Jinnah’s Pakistan losts its idiology after 1960s.. now we are left with just personalities.. faces change and not the system.. over-reaction on Benazir’s death and destruction on streets has raised many questions about us being a nation.. WHO will raise voice for those who died on streets in the aftermath.. they were just “common man”..

  9. DL says:
    December 29th, 2007 6:05 pm

    This looks like pure madness to me. I mean, c’mon. The guy hasn’t even completed his education. He has had no experience in dealing with affairs of the state. As Adil Najam once said, its high time that we move away from politics of personalities. Let someone with more experience take the helm of affairs, and let the young chap focus on his education for the moment.

  10. sidhas says:
    December 29th, 2007 6:06 pm

    In a democratic system, a political party is supposed to provide a forum for open dialogue and a ground for new recruits and selecting future leadership.

    maloom nahi kab humain es marz se chutkara milay ga.

    Well, this was expected. I think it will lead to weakening of PPP just like when young Benazir came on board, many like Khar and Jatoi left the party because there was obvious conflict in vision, age, and experience.

    I wonder how two known slatwarts of PPP, Makhdoom Amin Fahim and Atizaz Ahsan will take this news.

    Nonetheless, I congratulate Bilawal and hope he does well and come up and exceed expectation of your own party members and fellow countrymen/women.

  11. Dewana Aik says:
    December 29th, 2007 6:10 pm

    Sounds like khamba politics to me

  12. Abizaib says:
    December 29th, 2007 6:14 pm

    Just thought of an idea, maybe PPP should propose three – four candidates form their party and let the supporters of the party vote for it. Whoever wins gets the position. If this is truly “Peoples Party” then let the people run it rather than the Oligarchs.

  13. Ather Mughal says:
    December 29th, 2007 6:23 pm

    Bathing an object with unclean water may let it shine but does not guarantee its cleanness. I am not sorry to say that we are not yet ready for democracy.

    Let

  14. Zia says:
    December 29th, 2007 6:52 pm

    I am not sure if this is confirmed but if it happens then I wish him good luck as much as I pray for this young man’s safety in a field full of vultures.
    I think I can understand why PPP would choose him…obviously they have to get votes and no one can get more votes for them than this man with clean past. Aitezaz might have been a good choice but many in the top aides will detest it for his fight for justice. I think we all know the fact that ours is still a clan ridden society and a common man from middle class can not come into politics unless he has guns and army supporting him. I am sure once the democratic values prevail, these things will be filtered out in coming dacades.
    Allah bless our country.

  15. Kasim Mahmood says:
    December 29th, 2007 7:15 pm

    Another sad day in the history of PPP. Without the Bhutto name, it’ll be a difficult ride for him. Doesn’t ZAB has any grandsons from his two sons ?

  16. temporal says:
    December 29th, 2007 7:33 pm

    …Pinky treats PPP as family heirloom!

    am sory i said that!

  17. Eidee Man says:
    December 29th, 2007 7:34 pm

    I must say I’m shocked to hear that this story has broken out already. None of the news outlets are reporting this; I guess Adil might have received advanced word through some source.

    Anyway, I agree that the parties should have elections within themselves. But, if any of you have ever been inside Sindh and talked to and been in touch with the core base of PPP, you will find that they will support this decision wholeheartedly. Call it stupid, irrational, whatever; but isn’t that the essence of democracy? I.e. letting people decide whatever they want, and if they realize they dont like it, well, they can just change it.

    PPP is a national party, but it was nothing without the Bhutto name. As an example, consider the former Lion of Punjab Mustafa Khar; he is completely irrelevant today.

    Also, consider the election in India that saw the Congress party coming to power; do you really think they were electing Manmohan Singh? (Ha!) No, they were electing a Gandhi; in fact, a lot of the farmer class in India threatened to commit suicide Sonia Gandhi did not become Prime Minister!

  18. Eidee Man says:
    December 29th, 2007 7:39 pm

    Interesting comments about Amin Fahim and Aitzaz Ahsan. I think Aitzaz is probably the best choice for Prime Minister if PPP wins a majority (and I hope it does).

    Amin Fahim, by all accounts, is actually a good person but I admit I can’t see him representing Pakistan anywhere outside of Sindh…he should nominated to be PPP’s Chief Minister.

    So yeah, the best thing now is for Aitzaz to be PM, the former judges to be restored, and Musharraf to go home (or to the US)…..okay, I’ll stop dreaming now.

  19. SLodhi says:
    December 29th, 2007 7:42 pm

    In ideal world

    Aitezaz should be the choice, but he is Punjabi & He is way to leaning towards Judiciary so may not be a good choice.

    Amin Fahim has been groomed by BB in past few years & he is Sindhi, but that will give Punjab a reason to defect.

    So in these circumstances, Bilawal may be a better choice. He may take the party through the elction.

    He may stay as the leader of the party & let some senior person take over the control of government. if he does that that will be good, as he can keep the party united & at the same time provide the country with experienced ledership.

    He have a lot to learn & I pray for his success. He is half my age, but I will be willing to support him IF he shows some sensibility.

  20. SLodhi says:
    December 29th, 2007 7:51 pm

    Kasim Mahmood says:December 29th, 2007 7:15 pm
    Another sad day in the history of PPP. Without the Bhutto name, it

  21. Mohsen Ali says:
    December 29th, 2007 8:00 pm

    How can we ask a person to be sensible if he does not even have sense that what he is doing is un-ethical, immoral and un-democratic.Making him leader in Best Interest of Party looks to me same as making Musharaf President in Best Interest of Pakistan.
    The next name in the list is said to be of Sanam Bhutto, in any case they want a Bhutto’s name to be in the people controlling the party.
    A sad decision which will truly mean rewinding history twenty years back. I am also sad to see that educated people could support the dynasties.
    Sometime one should make right & just decision and let things go in flow.

  22. SLodhi says:
    December 29th, 2007 8:17 pm

    Mohsen Ali says:
    A sad decision which will truly mean rewinding history twenty years back. I am also sad to see that educated people could support the dynasties.
    Sometime one should make right & just decision and let things go in flow.

    And that is exactly what we would like to do. In current situation keeping the PPP united is the most important thing. As PPP is the hope for our poeple.

    I know that we have many other parties but none the caliber of PPP with its roots in people.

    If we let go the PPP the terrorist have already won. I don’t like the herditary factor here but that is a sacrifice I am going to make to keep PPP united. I can only wish & pray that Bilawal will bring modern democratic principles within his own party, but by no means this is the time to practice it.

    We need a United PPP & a healthy PML to be in the elections or the political disguise of AL Qaeda will gain control of our country AGAIN for another 5 years. And that is the cost we can’t afford.

  23. RE says:
    December 29th, 2007 8:23 pm

    I think Zardari was out of question but now Zaedari family has taken over PPP. Zardari must be happy to just have that. I wish Bilwal best and hope he learn from the mistakes of past by the PPP.

  24. Eidee Man says:
    December 29th, 2007 8:26 pm

    I don’t know why my comments are being censored…but anyway, here’s an excerpt form the Daily Times:

    Benazir

  25. Mutazalzaluzzaman Tarar says:
    December 29th, 2007 8:34 pm

    What is all this gibberish about wishing him well and hope that he is guided by the “right principles”, etc. If he’d worked his way up, I could understand asking him to be guided by the right principles, etc. But when one inherits a political party, then there are no principles to speak of.

    As far as I am concerned, this decision is shameful and absolutely embarrassing! This is not a democratic political party but a family jageer. I was just beginning to sympathize with PPP. Why they went with a kid who has barely finished high school when there are men of the caliber of Aitzaz Ahsan in the party is beyond me. Everyone knows Aitzaz Ahsan – the man is a hero. If not Aitzaz, go with Makhdoom Amin Fahim. Go with someone capable and experienced.

    This is about as disillusioned as I’ve ever gotten with Pakistani politics. The country has no future if the supposedly biggest political party in the country that claims to champion democracy operates like a monarchy. This party does not derive its support from its political ideology. It’s all about the “imperial” family. People from the middle class are screwed no matter what.

    Every crisis – the first sacking of the CJ, May 12th, martial law, “sacking” the CJ AGAIN along with 60 odd other judges and now Benazir’s murder – resulted in a lot of anger and frustration. But I thought that every crisis presented an opportunity to right things and start over. Benazir’s murder gave us another such opportunity to aim for real democracy and reform. And that has been extinguished already. What is the point of getting rid of the military dictator and his army when feudals are waiting to take over backed by masses upon masses of their idiot peasants who can’t even read or write much less know why they’re voting for someone.

    This latest development is absolutely sickening, shameful and embarrassing!

  26. Ahmad R. Shahid says:
    December 29th, 2007 8:42 pm

    Bilawal would never be what his grand father was or his mother was. He would just be a lame duck, ably “guided” by the party seniors. I wonder if he can even talk to NS or Musharraf. He would read the “well thought out” scripts from his “uncles”, whom he would try to get rid of with the passage of time and start bringing in younger people who could speak his language, whatever it is. Initially he would succeed in keeping the party together but in the long run would become its nemesis. The way BB kept the party together while at the some time becoming as unpopular and discredited as she could.

    At least when BB and NS were thrown into the fray, they were in their thirties. Currently, according to CIA, there are 36.9% population of Pakistan which is 14 or below. In the future that might feel attracted towards voting for Bilawal, being the youngest of all the candidates. Though its still too early to tell.

    That would also boost the chances for NS in the future, if not in the immediate aftermath of the 2008 elections. He is bound to get some vote bank of the PPP, which supports it for its anti-establishment views. He being the established name in politics would also wrest away any political initiative from Bilawal. These Amin Fahims of this world would become in-effectual in asserting themselves and might never truly rule the party. It would be some new elements from with in the party who might prove more opportunist than Amin Fahim and more able to get his sympathies who might be more than willing to listen to them thinking of them as his sincere advisors, which they prove not to be.

  27. meengla says:
    December 29th, 2007 8:48 pm

    1) I, too, have mixed feelings about it. As a puritan democrat I would say Aitzaz is the perfect choice, followed by Amin Fahim.
    2) Bilawal should just stay away!! He, too, will be killed once he acquires any potential of power. That is certain to me now. Every ‘Bhutto’ will be killed if they rise too high.
    3) This is certainly a ‘dynasty’. But if ‘the most successful democracy in the world’ and ‘the largest democracy in the world’ have basically been ruled by dynasties of sort for decades then Pakistan can certain be forgiven the cult-ish choice right now.
    4) Perhaps a political scientist can tell it better, but in my opinion people look at leaders’ background as much as they look at leaders themselves. If there is a strong previous experience of enjoying power then people can be rather easily convinced of the current leader’s potential for the future. Again, India and the United States serve as good example. Perhaps it is like: ‘Better stick with the devil we know then the devil we don’t know’?
    5) In my opinion, as if I had much doubt, but after the denial of Mehsud and after the stupid explanation by govt. of BB’s murder (no direct bullet–trying to make look like an ‘accident’ of her folly rather than the attack itself), I think Bhuttos will continue to be killed. Please stay away Bilawal and Fatima!!!
    6) It would be a fallacy to say that rich people cannot ever promote the cause of the poor. Rich may live the rich they are. But they -can- make policies which can be significantly pro-poor. Marx’s F. Engel friend is a good example
    7) It is entirely possible that leaders like the Bhuttos of the PPP really get so much affection and trust that they start to believe in their ‘chosen’ role and be willing to die. I cannot think of any other explanation for the defiance of ZAB to his execution and for the suicidal come-back of BB to Pakistan other than their own perception of their roles in the larger, ideological scheme of things.

    PS. To all the Bhutto clan: PLEASE STAY AWAY FROM PAKISTANI POLITICS. Let PPP splinter. I know, without ‘Bhutto’, PPP will splinter. But you better live your lives. May be even get out of this benighted country, taking your moneys will you. For I don’t see any hope for normal politics in Pakistan unless the jackboots of Pakistani military are rolled back. YOU BHUTTOS WILL BE KILLED MERCILESSLY UNTIL THEN!!

  28. Ahmad R. Shahid says:
    December 29th, 2007 8:50 pm

    This event also strenghthens my view that a murder is never good. Had BB not been murdered she might not have been able to pass on the mantle to his son for many reasons. 1) She might still have lived for a couple of decades at least and in the process getting further discredited with party being further fragmented. 2) Over time people would become lesser interested in personalities and might not have voted for another Bhutto just for the namesake. 3) There would have been no sympathy vote for any successor from within the Bhutto family. 4) NS and the civil society might have become a relatively bigger force and the new Bhutto might not have been able to fight with them for long.

  29. RJ says:
    December 29th, 2007 9:13 pm

    @Mutazalzaluzzaman”What is all this gibberish about wishing him well and hope that he is guided by the

  30. Irum Sarfaraz says:
    December 29th, 2007 9:19 pm

    …abhee ishq kay imtehan aur bhee hain….

  31. ATP Administrator says:
    December 29th, 2007 10:00 pm

    All the comments above this one; were posted on our original writeup which had erroneously suggested that the decision on Bilawal

  32. Eidee Man says:
    December 29th, 2007 10:27 pm

    Good to see ATP retracting or at least admitting that it may have jumped the gun.

  33. temporal says:
    December 29th, 2007 11:22 pm

    is the party a family heirloom?

    if there is any truth to this then this should raise eyebrows – this treatment of the party literally as baap ki jaagir

    does not augur well for the party nor the causes it espouses!

  34. nail says:
    December 29th, 2007 11:23 pm

    ok, its good that you corrected it, however i believe that Bilawal is going to be the the chairperson. Theres another name: Sanam Bhutto. lets see whats next.

  35. nail says:
    December 29th, 2007 11:25 pm

    well temporal: you got to understand the politics of Pakistan and especially of PPP. The Bhutto name is an essential and integral part for its own survival. I know what you are saying and i believe it. But, thats how it is. The situation as well as the politics in Pakistan is always so emotional.

  36. Eidee Man says:
    December 29th, 2007 11:33 pm

    I

  37. sada says:
    December 29th, 2007 11:54 pm

    We all talk about democracy, equal opportunity and merit but tend to compromise when it comes to us especially in the wake of deep emotionalism. The sad demise of Benazir Bhutto is a reality and it is condemned from all sane quarters and Pakistan will keep on facing the implications of Bhutto

  38. Saeed Ahmed says:
    December 30th, 2007 12:21 am

    I agree to the comments from

  39. meengla says:
    December 30th, 2007 12:24 am

    I second what Eidee Man says above and I, too, am not going repeat my post as I made the last time

  40. Jyoti says:
    December 30th, 2007 12:31 am

    @Eidee Man:

  41. legaleagle says:
    December 30th, 2007 12:35 am

    oh for cryin

  42. Eidee Man says:
    December 30th, 2007 12:43 am

    @Jyoti: my point was that it is undeniable that Congress draws its core support because of its association with the Gandhi dynasty

  43. Eidee Man says:
    December 30th, 2007 12:45 am

    Okay, GEO is reporting that the state apparatus is again targeting Aitzaz Ahsan. People are DYING, the whole system is in chaos, and the police is going after the president of the bar association? What the hell is wrong with this government???

  44. meengla says:
    December 30th, 2007 12:55 am

    Let

  45. Eidee Man says:
    December 30th, 2007 1:10 am

    Well, Fatima may look like Benazir did when her father died; but she certainly isn

  46. meengla says:
    December 30th, 2007 1:20 am

    Eidee Man,

    Only time will tell the role of the Bhutto grandkids. As they say, politics make strange bedfellows!

    But you are right about the Nehru dynasty in India. A few years of deviation does not take the trend, even if Jyoti is not wrong either. And, as it is, both Piriyanka and Rahul are not exactly in political background either.

  47. December 30th, 2007 2:13 am

    All comments above this one were originally made on our original uncorrected post or on our ‘Correction Post.’

    All comments after this one are on the corrected post that you can read above.

    Please keep this in mind as you read these comments.

  48. Usman says:
    December 30th, 2007 2:25 am

    I am very impressed by the trouble you have gone and the apologies you have made for the mixup in your original post and in its clarifications. This is why this blog is respected. I think many others would not have done this. I know some other blogs that also posted the same but have made no corrections. Well done ATP.

  49. RE says:
    December 30th, 2007 2:50 am

    Forget all the things our country is burning its even more sad than BB’s death. Lets get back to normal , Work on it help the city clean up the mess. Show unity. Call TV stations to talk about the country enough of BB. She is one dead now our country is in danger give the priority. This is what world want to see a nation with nukes to show some civilized acts.

  50. Daktar says:
    December 30th, 2007 2:51 am

    If he does become the new Chairman it will not be new or unusual, I think lots of examples are already given, another would be Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in Kashmir who because Mirwaiz at very young age after his father.

  51. RE says:
    December 30th, 2007 2:57 am

    I think by announcing her son as new chairman of PPP will calm down people as they will see him as new leader of PPP. I like the decision good for the calmness of Pakistani people. He should come out and ask people to calm down.

  52. RE says:
    December 30th, 2007 3:10 am

    Chaos and anarchy in Pakistan are exactly what Bush and the CIA wanted in order to expand the Bush outreach beyond his failures in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    Osama bin Laden lives to fight another day as the blundering Bushits desperately try to divert the American voter’s attention just in time for the presidential and congressional primaries in 2008

  53. ali m.m. khan says:
    December 30th, 2007 7:27 am

    I have notihng to say aabout this….except that i have nothing to say. May Allah forgive us all and revive uur spirit.

  54. December 30th, 2007 7:54 am

    If this story is true, then it shows Pakistan to be a feudal state, not a nascent democracy. Choosing a 19 year old boy as next potential Prime Minister, is not a good sign, nor is picking her husband. One is at least a decade too young, and the other has more corruption allegations than Robert Mugabe.

    I now think that the CIA’s opinion, that by 2015 Pakistan will be probably be run by the Taliban, is likely to come true. If the best that the educated elite of Pakistan can do is anoint another feudal lord, then maybe they deserve the Taliban.

    Before anyone says it won’t happen here, look at Iran …. the middleclass elite didn’t think that Khommeni would take power, or would be controllable if he did, but that’s exactly what happened. They may never have democracy in Iran, and the country is in terminal decline.

    Why? because the middleclass was not leading the opposition, nor advocating true democractic changes. They could have done, the Shah could have been persuaded towards democracy, as he needed their support to make things run.

    But they chose to make money, and wait for someone else to sort it out …. they forgot that an army isn’t made of Generals, it’s made of working class recruits, so Khommeni walked back with the foot soldiers support … the same applies to Pakistan.

    If you get a boy king, then start moving your money abroad really fast, because events could go very quickly at the end.

  55. Shaji says:
    December 30th, 2007 7:57 am

    It’s him!!! We’re doomed!

  56. Saad says:
    December 30th, 2007 7:58 am

    Bilawal Bhutto has been declared the chairman of PPP. Details later.

  57. Saad says:
    December 30th, 2007 7:59 am

    He’s been declared the co-chairman of PPP along with Asif Zardari.

  58. Shaji says:
    December 30th, 2007 8:01 am

    His role model is his father… I bet he would want to improve on his 10% record.

  59. Saif says:
    December 30th, 2007 8:08 am

    Mr. RE:

    Can you please do two things: One, your posts are far too frequent and too repetitive and most often they don’t add any value to the ongoing discussion. You will do a great favor to everyone if you limit your posts to one or two per topic unless you have something new to add. Secondly (this is not as important as the first), choose, if you can, a more pronounceable name for yourself.

  60. Ahmad R. Shahid says:
    December 30th, 2007 8:14 am

    Whether politics is dynastic or not also depends on the support base of the party. PPP is the party of the poor and the down-trodden masses specially hailing from the rural areas. It is bound to have an impact on the politics of the party. No wonder gradually it has failed to make a mark on the urban politics and we had NS who emerged as a leader from the urban centers specially in Northern Punjab. One can look at the results of the 1997 elections. Thus PML(N) is somewhat different from PPP even though the dynastic element is still there. That is also one of the reasons that PTI rose in popularity because it belonged to neither the Bhutto clan nor the Sharif clan.

  61. Anwar says:
    December 30th, 2007 8:33 am

    Pakistanis are very resilient people. They will survive this turmoil also.
    Best wishes to the nation and our prayers are for a better future for every citizen.
    At this juncture the best we can do is to learn from mistakes and move on. The blame game will only stir more dirt.

  62. December 30th, 2007 8:35 am

    Your readers may be interested in the following reports in the western press today.

    1) Ms Bhutto was about to be exposed as horribly corrupt, with a family fortune of over

  63. Anwar says:
    December 30th, 2007 8:42 am

    Pardon my double posting. Saad is correct – Guardian is also reporting the appointment of Bilawal as the new leader of PPP.

    If all party elders voted for him then they are complicit in the demise of this party..

    Perhaps in the next couple of days the impact of this nomination will become more clear.

  64. Sarfaraz Abbasi says:
    December 30th, 2007 9:22 am

    Perhaps all you here don’t see that Miss Bhutto, kept her last name just to aloaf the struggle and slogan of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. This is required to let a Bhutto clan stick to party to ambitions and aims. Amin Fahim is the key person in party. Sanam Bhutto won’t takeover party since she has contempt for politics after execution of her father. Fatima Bhutto would not takeover likewise, since she’s been talking against party.

  65. legaleagle says:
    December 30th, 2007 9:28 am

    Adil

    kindly correct your post title. Bilawal”Bhutto” Zardari (official title) will be the chair f the PPP and daddy will be the co-chair. so if PPP wins the election, Zardari will be likley your next PM!! Yay!! Jubilations!!!! typically aasmaan say gira, khajoor may atka!! for both PPP and Pakistan.

    I am now certainly NOT voting for PPP!!

  66. legaleagle says:
    December 30th, 2007 9:44 am

    BBZ (Bilawal Bhutto Zardaris) first words during his appearance as Chair of PPP

    ”Democracy is the best REVENGE!!”

    The kidz idealism is already poisoned by his puppeteers!!

    (P.S – Like mommy, he is unable to speak Urdu!!)

    Zardari has proudly announced to change the name of his kidz to XYZ Bhutto Zardari! Good Lord! here we go again!

  67. Shaji says:
    December 30th, 2007 10:03 am

    What’s more interesting is that during the slogan chanting people almost immediately forgot the ‘Zardari’ part of his name as it just didn’t rhyme. They preferred Bilawal Bhutto instead of the rather longish Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. I’m all ok with that, other than the idiocracy of having a 19 year old take over a political party of a country especially when u have better people to lead the party. He can choose to later come on, if he so desires, but he better prove himself to be a capable leader, not just a slogan chanting idiot like his father.

  68. Ahmad R. Shahid says:
    December 30th, 2007 10:12 am

    In the long run Bilawal’s name would become what people would like to call him.

  69. Abid says:
    December 30th, 2007 10:12 am

    The PPP being a party with feudalistic bearings with a Raja/Rani at the center of it all and living in a world of make-believe, made the obvious choice. And as Max Weber said it aptly:

  70. Saad says:
    December 30th, 2007 10:12 am

    Shaji, he’s the future chairman of the party. For now, it’s Zardari who’ll control the party.

  71. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    December 30th, 2007 10:13 am

    The joke of the century,

    @The youngest Dictator in the contemporary world
    says :
    ” Democracy is the best revenge ”

    as if he was elected democratically !! ha ha ha ha hah

  72. Adnan says:
    December 30th, 2007 10:34 am

    by adding “Bhutto” in name, it’s sure that no non-Bhutto member could ever reach on top position of PPP. PPP’s version of Democracy. I feel pitty for so called “Makhdoom” mr.Amin Fahim.

  73. RE says:
    December 30th, 2007 10:48 am

    SAIF
    You’ve got to do what you think is in the best interest of your country.

  74. RJ says:
    December 30th, 2007 10:55 am

    @Adnan:”I feel pitty for so called

  75. meengla says:
    December 30th, 2007 11:10 am

    1) Do you think there would be a viable PPP now had a ‘Bhutto’ not taken over in 1977?
    2) Dont’ go too far in your democratic puratanism: As if the United States and India are not being dominated by basically a few families for decades and will likely to do so.
    3) If PPP did not bring a ‘Bhutto’ to forefront now it would splinter! And even with Bilawal Bhutto it may still splinter.
    4) What about other political dynasties in Pakistan? Whether rural or urban many, if not all major parties have major dynastic leadership
    5) Give some benefit of doubt to AAZ: He suffered a real prison for 8+ years–no other politician in Pakistan’s history has been through that–and yet he was let go for lack of evidence by the same blood-thirsty establishment which is responsible for killing BB
    6) Given the precarious situation of PPP and its role in the unifying force for Pakistan, this is a flawed but rationale decision. But the same bloodhounds who hunted BB until only a few days ago are out again in full force in blogspace.
    7) Finally, and most seriously, there have been slogans of ‘Pakistan Na Kaphe’ (Pakistan unacceptable?) in interior Sindh and looks like Altaf would not mind joining any secession considering his ‘daughter of Sindh’ condolence message for BB. But today AAZ has apologized for that and has said: ‘Pakistan Kaphe. Pakistan Kaphe!’.

  76. Nasir Khan says:
    December 30th, 2007 11:21 am

    All these politicians are a bunch of jokers. Most of them have no serious stake in Pakistan. They have enough wealth stashed away abroad so that if they have to leave one day, they and their future generations can spend a comfortable and a luxurious life in a country of their choice. In the mean time, the common man is getting beat up and killed for them. Democracy is a farce, in Pakistan as well as in the West. Army as an institution has serious stakes in this country and therefore would try to run it successfully . . . if for nothing else but its own survival.

  77. Ahmad R. Shahid says:
    December 30th, 2007 11:23 am

    With the Bhutto clan at the top the support for PPP would go down. Increasingly there would be lesser and lesser number of people who would vote for PPP just in the name of Bhutto. It has already happened. Many people that like ZAB don’t like BB, and many who like the first two may not necessarily like Bilawal Bhutto. The party is increasingly becoming a party of Sindh and Southern Punjab and has over time lost its appeal in the such urban areas as Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Lahore. I doubt it that its vota bank would get any larger with a Bhutto at the top. Even though it would save PPP from immediate dis-memberment in the short term, it simply can’t ensure it in the long run unless it changes its style, which it won’t at least in the short term.

  78. zia m says:
    December 30th, 2007 11:27 am

    I don’t know what is this fuss all about .Amin Fahim will be the next PM in case PPP wins.If they want to use the sympathy card to win the elections they have every right to do so.
    Let us not forget 50% of our population is illiterate and how many of us are going vote?
    I am for any means that can send the army back to where it belongs.

  79. meengla says:
    December 30th, 2007 11:44 am

    1) As my initial message in this thread makes it clear: Aitzaz Ahsan would be ideal leader for PPP, followed by Amin Fahim. But that won’t go very far: Ours’ is a society which is not only largely uneducated but also follows symbols. But we are not exceptional in this sense: I keep repeating examples of USA and India. Look at who has ruled the States since 1988 and very like to do so over next 4-16 years. In case of India it is even more obvious.
    2) Just saw a clip on GeoTV: Many people interviewed in Lahore said it was a good decision to have BBZ as the leader because ‘Bhutto’s Blood’ must be present in the leadership.
    3) Pull yourself back and look from a distance in both time and space: Go back to 1977 and study events after that. Any political scientist will tell you that despite all the flaws the PPP remained a party of anti-status quo. Had it not been PPP then the march, or even the chatter of ‘democracy’ would be slower/less.
    4) I am more than willing to support PML-N. Nawaz Sharif has won some respect. But I have to see whether it is the personal vendetta of NS with Musharraf or a real change of direction wherein military is asked to go back.
    5) Until a party emerges with representation in all parts of Pakistan AND with a anti-status quo message, I will support the PPP.

  80. shaira says:
    December 30th, 2007 11:52 am

    u hot bilawal :P

  81. Adnan says:
    December 30th, 2007 12:07 pm


    Army in the Pakistan is the most democratic institute in Pakistan

    Oh yeah *nods*- that’s why he removed guys like Gen.Usmani and brought his own men to fulfill his agenda.

    even recently he did same:

    tinyurl.com/3dn8rj

    your imaginary world is very different from real world. Pak Army is not “Holy Cow” anymore- Maybe it never was…

  82. Emad says:
    December 30th, 2007 12:14 pm

    Ok this is obviously a Pro PPP/Bhutto forum. I respect your views although I might not agree with all of them.

    I am still learning about Pakistan and its Leaders outside the Pak-studies we are thought at schools/colleges.

    But with my limited knowledge I really can

  83. RJ says:
    December 30th, 2007 12:17 pm

    At least the guys Army brought were not teenagers and not outside the army. I may live in Alice land, but possesses some common sense that the real world folks don’t have.

  84. Sami says:
    December 30th, 2007 12:39 pm

    Democracy……..bhutto family has suffered for so long to bring democracy to this land of pure. they spilt their blood for the cause of democracy. No other leader of their stature can even claim to have sacrificed so much for this cause (also because we havnt had many leaders who enjoyed the same level of respect and power as Bhutto’s had)……..But the poor souls just never wanted to see democracy thriving in their own party. Mr Bhutto nominated Benazir before going to gallows and Ms Benazir Bhutto nominated her husband and son…… they just wanted to live in a democratic country and run a dynastic party ( well no its not hypocrisy its just something for the greater good of the party and nation …….rather its a scrifice they are always willing to make for the poor pakistanis)………. the best thing that Bilawal has done is that he changed his name from Bilawal Zardari to Bilawal Bhutto Zardari as an acknowledgemnt to the great sacrifice made by her mother. And we all know that there was certainly not politicaly motivated move. So throne has once again been occupied by a Bhutto ( only that this is a converted Bhutto ….. the only term i could think of converted as people change their religion this lad has changed his caste) …… I really do feel sorry for Fatima and Zulfiqar Jr. who are Bhutto’s and were potential successors of the Zulifqar ALi Bhutto but they are no match for the Zardari and Zardari Jr.(he is now a Bhutto and Zardari)…….. Bilawal has said that he is lucky person as all three of his heroes are from within the family and you know one of them is the great Mr 10% ………hmmmm so now you want to be Junior Mr 10 percent.

  85. Adnan says:
    December 30th, 2007 12:45 pm

    Army is a profession just like Engineering where only related field people could work to carry on special task. While politics and religion are two fields where every TOM,dICK and Harry wants to poke his nose no matter he knows a word about certain matter or not that’s why you see so called media generated “scholars” like Ghamidi,Shoaib Mansoor or Asra nomani. Same goes with politics where your “ARMY” guys like Musharraf,Zia etc poked their nose and messed with entire country.

    On a related note, same Army official appointed a “Doctor” as a chairman of Pakistan “cricket” board.

  86. saadiya says:
    December 30th, 2007 12:56 pm

    I am not surprised PPP has appointed the teenage Crown Prince to succeed his mother. It would be nice to see the monarch of the party to bring democracy to the country!!

    I wonder why they had to change their name? Did Indira Gandhi ever feel the need to do that? or for that matter Rajiv did?

  87. a Pakistani says:
    December 30th, 2007 1:14 pm

    The real heir to the legacy of the Bhutto is Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Jr. or Fatima Bhutto. Who is that Bilawal Zardari? A son of Mr. Ten Percent. Above all, Pakistan is not someone’s father’s property; it’s a country of its people. I believe Bilawal couldn’t even speak urdu. How can such a person who doesn’t even know the sociopolitical dynamics be the head of Pakistan, let alone be the head of some Pakistan Political Party.

    Please save your country from all these people. Let it be the Pakistan of Jinnah, not of some Bhutto or someone else. Why are we, Pakistanis, so stupid? Haven’t we learned anything in the last 60 years? These are corrupt people. I feel really sorry that Benazir is no longer with us, but does this that she is dead now make her a saint? Of course, not. Her government is considered to be the most corrupt one, even by the foreigners.

    No one can give you the democracy rather it must be attained.

    Sincerely,
    A Pakistani

  88. Eidee Man says:
    December 30th, 2007 1:24 pm

    Well, if so many of you are so distressed at PPP being allegedly run as a monarchy, I remind you that people have the option of not voting for the party!

  89. Dewana Aik says:
    December 30th, 2007 1:26 pm

    I wonder if the new monarch will return the 1.6 or so billion dollars her patriotic mother stole form the country?

  90. legaleagle says:
    December 30th, 2007 1:41 pm

    PPP had the opportunity to do the right thing as a mature political party. With the Bhutto(Zardari)-Choosni back in the mouth, I doubt if they would even get the number of seats required to be a power broker in the next government.

    PML (Q) can win these elections quite easily considering what PPP has now come up with as leadership solution. This entire scene reminds me of the movie ”Aliens vs Predator”’. Zardari being an alien and BB being a Predator. I the end of the movie, the final scene shows a creature thats a combination of both species, unfortunately BBZ is coming out as the same creature!!

  91. meengla says:
    December 30th, 2007 1:46 pm

    1) I don’t know who is saying that ‘PPP is the only hope’ for Pakistan. Not me at least. My stance is clear: I am willing to support any political party who can bring Pakistanis from various parts (and ethnicities) of the country into one platform AND be willing to confront the army-led establishment in the country.
    2) And for that I am even willing to ignore the alleged corruption of BB because I think the PPP was not the only one who looted. To tell you the truth the PPP keeps getting hounded is because it is the one single most powerful anti-establishment force in country.
    3) Please at least spare me the label of thinking in terms of ‘Sindhi’, ‘Punjabi’ etc. I am Urdu speaking (some may say ‘Mohajir’) but I don’t vote MQM and am rooting for PPP because, as I see it, the party has earned my respect through enormous struggles and sacrifices. BB’s murder was just the latest one.
    4) Why not talk about who was where financially in 1977 and how they amassed wealth to become the tycoons that they are now? Why not take some generals to task? Why not some politicians from the various flavors of PML?
    5) While the politicians may have looted the exchequer the military rulers have caused far more damage to Pakistan and that includes even Ayub Khan’s rule. And none of them faced the kind of humiliation that NS and Benazir had to face.
    6) We can speak of the ideals of M.A.Jinnah all we want. But when we have ruler who is willing to beat up journalists, lawyers, NGOs, political workers, fire judges then, to me, the fight is right there in front of us in the form of the Khaki led establishment.
    7) After the denial of Mehsud, I am more than before inclined to think that BB was murdered not by the fundos (they may have provided a rented suicide bombers from our readily available warehouses) but scared elements of establishment who have felt threatened with PPP since the early 70s and will go to any length to keep killing the Bhuttos.

  92. a Pakistani says:
    December 30th, 2007 1:51 pm

    Eidee Man said:
    [Well, if so many of you are so distressed at PPP being allegedly run as a monarchy, I remind you that people have the option of not voting for the party!]

    Yes, that’s correct. As I have already we, Pakistanis, are little sick in out heads. Pakistan is being run as monarchy in one way or another. Benazir came as the saviour of Pakistan. What kind of a saviour? Did she bring all those of dollars of Pakistan? In a country like Pakistan where police wouldn’t even dare to touch the son of some minister, then how come did they kill Murtaza Bhutto outside his home? Have you ever wondered? Of course, not. Because many of you have an emotional attachment with PPP. Let me ask one thing: Do you have any emotional attachment with Pakistan, at all.

    I’m not a pro-Musharraf. But if you see things with open mind then you would agree that some things have changed in Pakistan since he took the reins of government. Those suicide attacks and bomb blasts have nothing to do with Musharraf. Those are the products of Afghanistan. Don’t you see things have changed through out the world? Benazir had promised the USA that she will let them do anything in Pakistan? Who was Benazit to say say such a thing? It is OUR country, not of some Bhutto.

    Please have some mercy on Pakistan.

    Sincerely,
    a Pakistani

  93. Kasim Mahmood says:
    December 30th, 2007 2:04 pm

    Well, I earlier wrote under my comments that it’ll be a difficult ride for Bilawal without the Bhutto name. Just saw in the news that Zardari has changed all his children’s names to reflect Bhutto. Now, Zaradari will be the middle name and Bilawal will be known as Bilawal Bhutto. Contesting elections is another politically smart decision. Congress announced early elections after Indira Gandhi’s assassination to ride on the sympathy factor, and that’s exactly what PPP is counting on.

  94. Umar Shah says:
    December 30th, 2007 2:05 pm

    Allah bacha-aye meray Pakistan ko. I am surprised at people (even though I know they mean well) who say the PPP should have picked Aitzaz or Amin Fahim as the new leader. How does this hand picking make PPP a democratic party and on the other hand why give Bilawal ‘a chance’? based on what merit? How about holding an election within the PPP and let the Pakistan loving jiyala’s (who btw just burned my country to ashes) a chance to pick their new leader? Isn’t PPP all about democracy? didn’t Benazir come back after an 8 year exile (or should I say vacation on the people’s tab in France and Dubai) to restore democracy because that’s the only cure for Pakistan? So lets hold elections in the PPP and be honest and true to the word. Handing over the reigns to Bilawal after ‘renaming’ him is a farce that every resonable person can clearly see. The poor kid was not even properly groomed or prepared to make a statement to the world. His first words were about revenge through democracy rather than asking the people to calm down and thank them for their support or telling them Pakistan comes first. Hearing him showed whether it’s regal blood (like the Bhuttos -as they claim) or Oxford/Harvard education, once a fuedal, always a fuedal. The loosers are the awaam and the ignorant jiyalas who the Americans see as PPP’s grass root support base. Little do they know this support comes from generations of ghulami these poor and illiterate people have been forced into by these fuedals and not by the love of democracy that these people have no idea about. Democracy is a system and a way of life and not the right to rule the poor and unfortunate. Those who compare this family with the Kennedy’s or the Gandhi’s are naive and the US has not been ‘ruled’ by the same family since 1988 neither did Bill hand over the reigns of the democratic party to Hillary. She is one the many contenders in the presidential elections and hasn’t even gone past the democratic primary election yet.

    And finally thanks to ATP for excellent coverage on the subject and allowing people to comment freely, although I would like the moderators to limit comments from people to 2 at the most in case someone wants to clarify comments from their previous post. There is a tendency to argue unneccesarily by a handful of people and its makes reading the comments painful for the rest.

  95. December 30th, 2007 2:07 pm

    Its more than enough for him that he is BB’s son. There wasnt any difference if he changed his name or not. The serious quarters are wishing him the Best and will follow his leads now.

  96. Kasim Mahmood says:
    December 30th, 2007 2:20 pm

    If the name doesn’t make a difference, why didn’t Benazir change her last name like most Sindhi women. Name plays a big part in every walk of life and more so in politics.

  97. December 30th, 2007 2:40 pm

    Muslims Against Sharia condemn the murderers responsible for the assassination of Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and her supporters.

    Our prayers are with the victims of this atrocity. We send our condolences to their loved ones.

    May the homicide bomber rote in hell for eternity. May his accomplices join him soon!

    http://muslimsagainstsharia.blogspot.com/2007/12/prime-minister-benazir-bhutto-murdered.html

  98. Owais Mughal says:
    December 30th, 2007 3:25 pm

    I wish democracy started from home. how can this party bring democracy to country when they can’t practise it among themselves.

  99. Absar says:
    December 30th, 2007 3:36 pm

    I do not think this is a good decision by PPP and I do not support either the party or this decision. But I saw teh press conference on GEO and was impressed by Zardari saying the right things. It was a very strong press conference. His theme of unity and people coming together and specially his very strong words against anyone trying to play the ethnic or Sindhi card. I was impressed by how strongly he made the point about national unity and against playing the provincial card by anyone.

  100. Owais Mughal says:
    December 30th, 2007 3:49 pm

    Absar, i didn’t see Zardari’s press conference. If what you’ve written is correct (and i am sure it is correct) then it is a positive sign. Uniting people and taking them away from burning Pakistan’s public/private property is need of the hour.

  101. ISMAIL says:
    December 30th, 2007 3:55 pm

    I think most of you are being very unfair. This is not new, as others have said: Mirwaiz in Kashmir. Rajiv Gandhi in India. Hilary Clinton in USA.

    The Bhutto family is important to PPP followers and I think any other decision would have angered the PPP supporter. It would have been much better if a party election were held right not but it is clear that if it was and if Bilawal was a candidate he would win hands down.

  102. Farooq says:
    December 30th, 2007 3:58 pm

    By the way, it is very funny to read some of the comments. So some of the agency types are complaining about lack of democracy in PPP and then saying that we should support a military government. Cute. Just how stupid do you think the rest of us are!

  103. Dewana Aik says:
    December 30th, 2007 4:02 pm

    In an ideal world Election Commission should have banned PPP from elections on the grounds that Bhutto/Zardari families are treating PPP as their own property and are acting in a far from democratic way.

  104. December 30th, 2007 4:08 pm

    We have added a video of the Press Conference where Bilawal’s Chairmanship was announced. More videos will be added as they become available.

  105. Khan Sahab says:
    December 30th, 2007 4:09 pm

    Feudalism lives strong in Pakistan, even amongst its democrats. A 19 year-old at the helm? I’m sorry, but this is ludicrous. As much as I feel that Benazir’s assassination was a tragedy, these developments are nothing less than a travesty for the boy and the poor people of Pakistan. Its times like this that I’m glad my family left Pakistan and that I’m an American. To those in Pakistan that say we in the diaspora should go back and play our part, I say to hell with you. Why should we go back and lend our blood sweat and tears to a parasitic system based on feudalism, clans, pirs, nepotism, incompetence and corruption. If this is the state of politics in Pakistan, Pakistan will deserve whatever nightmare it gets, and believe me, it IS on the horizon. Wake up people and stop sugar-coating the reality of endemic failure that is Pakistan. So much for the sacrifices of my grandparents generation and the vision of Quaid-e-Azam.

  106. Shaheen Sultan Dhanji says:
    December 30th, 2007 4:16 pm

    Legacy has more of a right, than fairness in this situation, thus it seems…. Bilawal Bhutto is 19 and still has not completed post secondary education, lacks political background and has lived abroad all his life. Does he really understand the foul-play in Pakistan’s political infrastructure? How the theory of Darwin eches “survival of the fittest”.. The Bhuttos have a legacy, no doubt, but I hope it’s not a ‘right’ or ‘priviledge’ that is going to be a luxury for the young chap Bhutto. Here may be a chance for Bilawal to prove to the peoples of Pakistan, that, a democracy can exist in fairness, logic, truth and compassion. Enough damage has been made in Pakistan, and the residues someone needs to wipe off -forever! As Adil has mentioned, I too agree, hope Bilawal Bhutto does not end up a mere puppet in the hands of the people. Maybe Bilawal ought to read some passages from Machiavelli’s ‘The Prince’. It may benefit him! And as for Zardari, well…..what to say? Mr 10 %, hopefully has learnt his lesson, and shall not burden his son with the calamities, he once burdened Benazir Bhutto. Time for reflection, a righteous movement and a big NO to the demands of USA. Time for Pakistan to heed the words of Quaid -e- Azam and of Iqbal. Bilawal Bhutto has the opportunity to mark a difference in the turbulent history of Pakistan…. Let’s see what envelopes.

  107. Qadir says:
    December 30th, 2007 5:02 pm

    Thanks for putting the videos of the press conference.
    I am also impressed by the strong word for Pakistan federation that are used. Especially at the beginning of the first video. This is teh right message to send out now. Unity for the country and an end to violence.

  108. December 30th, 2007 5:15 pm

    I wish Bilawal all the best.

    I hope he can stop Pakistan bleeding – see http://www.otherpakistan.org/martial.html

    Feimanallah

    Wasim

  109. Rashid says:
    December 30th, 2007 5:18 pm

    Dr. Najam, read your interview in the science section of DAWN and then came here. Very good work on this website.

  110. QURBAN says:
    December 30th, 2007 5:22 pm

    Thank you for adding the video.
    I never thought I would say this in my life, but I was actually impressed by what Zardari had to say. His call to stop the violence and for unity was strong and real.
    I wish Gen. Musharraf could also have spoken as passionately and convincingly about Pakistan. The Musharraf speech seemed all about himself.
    I still do not trust Zardari but he gets good marks at least for saying the right thing in this difficult time.

  111. NO NAME says:
    December 30th, 2007 5:30 pm

    I cannot make sense about some of the comments here. They made clear that he will go back to studies, so this is figurehead. Also, its not as if Bilawal took over the COUNTRY of his own power (remember, that was Musharraf), this is teh reins of a party and if the party workers do not like the decision he will surely fail.

    I am so glad to see so many people here who worry about democracy, I guess all of them will therefore start working towards removing Musharraf from office. Right?

  112. Bashar says:
    December 30th, 2007 5:48 pm

    Inna Lillah-e- Winnah Elehe Rajeoon.
    Unfortunately this is our society. We ask others to do things, which we don’t personally want to do.
    We want every body to follow Islam, democracy, justice etc, but when it comes to us we fail tremendously.
    And people will accept it, and carawan will move forward.

  113. Irritated Pakistani says:
    December 30th, 2007 5:55 pm

    Some fantastic responses.

    Please please please give Pakistan to Pakistani. BB’s death is a tragedy – but so is death of 50 common people and the loss to pakistan railways and banks

    It is essential that Pakistani nation holds together. Let us have the Pakistani leading Pakistan – NOT the fuedals, personalities, army, Gujratis and Lahoris

  114. adam says:
    December 30th, 2007 6:11 pm

    Real Bhutto’s only Sanam Bhutto, Fatima Bhutto, Zulfiqar Bhuto Junior all other is Just Fraud and Rubush.
    Best option is Fatima Bhutto and Zulifiqar Bhutto Junior

  115. meengla says:
    December 30th, 2007 6:14 pm

    [QUOTE]
    Ahmad R. Shahid says:December 30th, 2007 8:14 am
    Whether politics is dynastic or not also depends on the support base of the party. PPP is the party of the poor and the down-trodden masses specially hailing from the rural areas. It is bound to have an impact on the politics of the party. No wonder gradually it has failed to make a mark on the urban politics and we had NS who emerged as a leader from the urban centers specially in Northern Punjab. One can look at the results of the 1997 elections. Thus PML(N) is somewhat different from PPP even though the dynastic element is still there. That is also one of the reasons that PTI rose in popularity because it belonged to neither the Bhutto clan nor the Sharif clan.

    [/QUOTE]

    1) As I say above, I have a growing acceptance of NS and wish him well so long as he is genuinely interested in the supremacy of civilians over the Khakis.
    2) Between early 80s and 1999, NS enjoyed enormous support of the establishment while the PPP was ruthlessly put down and when given power got diluted power and constant intrigues by the highest pillars of powers. This inevitably led to the shrinkage of PPP’s vote bank.
    3) 2002 was the first election where NS faced a hostile establishment and the result was his ‘heavy mandate’ of 1997 was reduced to only 14% of votes.
    4) I salute NS for confronting the khakis but he did pick fights with both the Supreme Court, the COAS, and the President of Pakistan–something never been. That reflects his all-too-confrontational, ego-centric personality.
    5) In 1997, he broke one of the unsaid rules of Pakistani govt. formations: Adequate respresentation of minority provinces into positions of power in his govt. Even Zia ul Haq chose Junejo in 1985. But NS could not find a single trustable (even if lame duck) President from other provinces and chose Rafiq Tarar upon his ‘Abbaji’s’ advice. A little research will tell you the integrity (or lackofthereof) of Mr. Tarar (suitcase of money to quetta-read Cowasjee!)
    6) Mr. Sharif’s party is rightly accused of two major events: Attack on the Supreme Court of Pakistan and his attempt to introduce ‘Shariat Bill’ thus giving himself power to be an ‘Amir ul Mominoon’.
    7) It is said that Mr. Sharif is reformed now. I think it is at least partly true.
    8) While I don’t doubt Imran Khan’s committment and integrity, you seem to have exaggerated idea of Imran’s influence.

    I bring up all this because, even though PPP-PML-N are sort of allies now, there is probably going to be confrontation in future. I hope not!

  116. adam says:
    December 30th, 2007 6:15 pm

    This is last election which this party will win under these Fake Bhutto and time will prove next only real Bhutto’s Party will be PPP or there will be no PPP founded by Shaeed Bhutto ( please note it and cheak after 5 year it will become true)

  117. Shaji says:
    December 30th, 2007 6:16 pm

    PPP’s present is quite certain… MAF will lead the party while BBZ goes back to complete his education and learn a little bit of broken Urdu to help communicate with his ‘poor’ people which this party claims to come from.

    It’s the future that worries me. 10 years down the line, maybe more, when he returns, we will not have forgotten him certainly and he will return, like his mother, a triumphant hero, who is destined to lead Pakistan and if we have any form of democracy then, he might be voted into power.

    10 years is enough for a corrupt father to corrupt his son. He’s no angel right now… and I highly doubt any oxford education can make him so. He will be groomed and trained in the art of politics (which also includes corruption and nepotism).

    I personally have no hope from PPP and certainly no desire to see another Bhutto on top.

  118. Qudsia says:
    December 30th, 2007 6:26 pm

    I do not like this one bit, especially the role of Zardari (although I agree he said all the right things at the press conference). But I am with Adil Najam, I wish Bilawal well and hope he will follow Adil’s advice. It is good advice.

    People do sometimes change. Jinnah changed his positions many times. Lets judge him on what he does and not just on who his father is.

  119. RE says:
    December 30th, 2007 6:47 pm

    Irritated Pakistani
    agree with you. headline news should be how to calm pakistan and main posts on boards should be same.
    visit http://www.longlivepakistan.com for truth.

  120. Owais Mughal says:
    December 30th, 2007 6:58 pm

    I am deeply impressed by Zardari’s press conference. He said all the right things at the right time.

    I hope past may be past. I hope he is a changed person now and may shed his past which was tainted by allegations of corruption.

  121. December 30th, 2007 7:48 pm

    ATP Friends,

    Please see my farewell to BB and Fatima Bhutto’s farewell to her aunt via the link here;

    http://www.otherpakistan.org/martial.html

    Feimanallah

    Wasim

  122. PAKISTANI says:
    December 30th, 2007 8:03 pm

    Ah, Mr/Ms RE and Mr/Ms Irritated Paksitani, but they DO have a pos on bringing calm to Pakistan as the lead post. Watch teh video and hear what Zardari is saying. A pity that even someone like Zardari gets the importance of national unity but our President Gen. Musharraf continues to tear the country apart.

    Maybe you should also put this video at the top of your blog, eh?

  123. Eidee Man says:
    December 30th, 2007 8:11 pm

    I agree with Owais; although Asif does not have the speaking ability or charisma of Benazir (and certainly not ZAB), he did say all the right things. I hope his many years in prison (which everyone seems to forget) have changed him to use this second opportunity to do some good.

    I’m not surprised to see all of the feudal, etc comments; I don’t expect anything more from Pakistan’s “educated” elite. As Imran Khan was saying to a group of students at LUMS (who one can assume are much more privileged than other Pakistanis), we are the people who can do the most good but we have NEVER done anything because lack of democracy affects us the least. Most of us probably figure that if the heat becomes unbearable, we can simply pick up and put our professional skills to use in another country.

    Again, the essence of democracy is letting people make their own decisions, regardless of how sound they may seem. If the supporters of PPP don’t like this family ownership thing, they can certainly let their feelings be known in the elections. The pontification from the educated people on this blog about how PPP should be run, seems awfully similar to the b.s. that flows out of the barracks….and it’s no surprise that ALL dictatorships have been wholeheartedly supported by the educated classes.

  124. RE says:
    December 30th, 2007 8:32 pm

    Owais Mughal
    Did Zardari say I am sorry about my past? Or Did he say he has learned from his past mistakes and he will make sure he will not make these mistakes again? Even this should not get him off the hook. He is not above the law.
    I support Mushraf because I trust him. But if he is caught doing corruption I will say the same about him. Any politician or army office takes money out of Pakistan’s Pocket should not be above the law.This money can be used for better Pakistan for poor of Pakistan.
    Pakistan’s interest is first.
    However I heard Asif Ali Zardari asked people to stay calm. I appreciate that and this was nice of him and I hope his son does the same until things get back to normal. This is most important at this moment.
    I truly hope elections are fair.

  125. zia m says:
    December 30th, 2007 8:44 pm

    I still can’t get over Mr Khan Sahabs comments .I wish Americans would have treated us like American Japanese in w11.We could have gone back to our country and do some good instead of critizing every little thing.
    I salute the common man in Pakistan on their struggle and wish I could contribute in a positive way.Lot of talent here is meaningless for the good of their own nation.
    I feel humbled.

  126. Naved Haqqi says:
    December 30th, 2007 8:44 pm

    Adil,

    You have expressed your hope that young Bilawal would not be used as a pawn and that he would listen to his heart and mind, and not be driven by the ‘advice’ of his advisers. Yes, given the circumstances, that would be the best advice to the young heir. Or, let me say, that you have expressed the very possibility of exactly what would happen, but quite diplomatically. Expecting otherwise, would be quite naive.

    I can only commend the political maturity of People’s Party in seizing this opportunity in the best way possible. This also shows their understanding of the national politics, psychology of their party workers, and most important of all, the tremendous political energy as a result of Bhutto’s assassination, that has suddenly catapulted them into a position of great strength. Their best bet is to gain maximum seats through elections and establish their domination in the assemblies. Once the party is in control, they can take care of the ‘problems’ and settle the scores. I would relate nomination of Bilawal with feudal custom and norm, change of Bilawal’s name with the psychology of their party worker, unity in federation with votes, demand for international investigation as a token of complete distrust in administration, and reference to Bhutto’s letter with defamation of the opposition party, again related with vote. They had the stage and they played their part very well, indeed.

    As for the sincerity of People’s Party executives and their campaign for democracy, I have my reservations. A feudal party that supposedly stands for democracy. To me that is an oxymoron. Democracy is a current political ‘Trend’ and not something that the political elite of Pakistan believes in. It becomes relevant when you are going for elections and need international support. It is not required when you have to select your own party leader. Our society believes in double standards, or should I say multiple standards? We have learned the art pretty well. So, I don’t expect People’s Party, or any other Pakistani political party to act outside the norms of our society. They are very much in tune with our societal standards. Look at how the PML-N is rolling back and forth. It is quite amusing to see the game being played by all sides.

    The only thing that hurts me most is the fact that, at the end of the day, it is the common man that pays the price of their game. For us to change the playing field, we have to change the society itself. To change a society, we need to better educate our youngsters. There is no short cut. God bless us all!

  127. illiterate peasant says:
    December 30th, 2007 8:54 pm

    The tragicomedy continues….

    the supposed champions of democracy in pakistan appoint a 19 year old as the leader of the party simply so the crook zardari can keep control

    worse, PPP apologists, including this blog, cheer it on and try to explain why this is indeed the right thing. “He said all the right things”! lol.

    The only good things out of all of this is are:

    1. that PPP is seriously weakened and will hopefully be killed by zardari’s incompetence
    2. the hypocrisy of those that spoke of democracy and law and order when it suited them (Najam Sethi, GEO, etc.) is now exposed. they proclaim a kleptocrat a “shaheed”, explain away the lack of any democracy/reason in PPP itself and cheer on the destruction Pakistan infrastructure.

    The biggest threat to Pakistan are indeed the religious extremists but the Pakistan/Islam hating left is not far behind.

  128. Sher Bano says:
    December 30th, 2007 8:56 pm

    We have six years before Bilawal would be eligible to officially take over. Given our political uncertain history, it is too long a time to be making assumptions again.

    We are also getting detracted by the spectacle. Let’s not forget to urge the restoration of judiciary and release of judges to pre- Nov 3 status.

    If Zardari does what people need, then he proves himself worthy. However, those justifying this continuation of dynastic rule need to understand just because Gandhis, Bushes and Clintons are doing it, doesn’t make it right.

  129. Emad says:
    December 30th, 2007 9:21 pm

    Zardari has always been a smart person, he has often openly challenged to prove allegations against him, he has always played his cards right.

    Indeed smart but I still don

  130. mustaq from tokyo says:
    December 30th, 2007 9:45 pm

    i want to comment about the socalled security instead.West&PPP&BB were&still complaining about security.Can she or her western friends not afford a bullet-bombproof glass like Pope to be installed on top roof of that Landcruiser-Pajero.Bhuttos&Zardaris sucked so much money our of Pakistani tax,they send their kids to Oxfords&do they want to say that they can’t afford a few thousand dollar from their own pocket for their own security and for that too,poor Pakistanis have to pay for them.The PPP says that they work for the people.After the blast,all the PPP vehicles ran away,leaving the poor bodies,injured on the scene.None picked the injured.I watched the whole video.Insteadof helping the injured,infront of them,they were chanting slogans against Musharraf.And look at the Bhuttozardaris!Sardari in this century in the name of democracy! Hey,guys,what is happening here!

  131. M. Arif says:
    December 30th, 2007 10:03 pm

    I think this is a smart political move… The symbolism is poignant. These few guys here shedding crocodile tears on how bad this ‘feudalism’ is would never have been voting for PPP at all (actually, I expect they would never be voting) and those who would be voting (the poor) are actually the ones who would have rebelled had any other decision been made. So, this is smart politics.

    As for those here who are so lamenting the lack of democracy, they are also the ones supporting a dictator’s military government. They don’t even understand how pathetic they sound.

    As for sticking your neck out of the sunroof, I agree that was not a smart move. But in the larger history wanting to be with your people (Benazir) is probably better than being a scared rat holed up in a bunker and not being able to even step out anywhere in a country you supposedly rule (Musharraf).

    So, as a Paksitani, the question is simple. Who is better? She who dies for her people and country (Benazir) or he who kills his own people and sells the interests of his country to American interests (Musharraf)?

    The answer is clear.

  132. Rohan says:
    December 30th, 2007 10:14 pm

    Well i think he is too young to become the chairman and I fear what happened to his family may happen to him in future. It’s a great risk to stay in politics. Well enjoy another interesting post abt the press conference held yesterday abt the same issue at:

    http://www.chowrangi.com/federated-decisions-by-ppps-cec.html

  133. Syed Qadir Ali says:
    December 30th, 2007 10:14 pm

    I am also impressed by Asif Zardari here. He seems to have matured. What he is saying about national unity and everyone coming together and asking people to stop the violence and even this thing about not being against the Army as a whole, all of this is exactly what leaders seem to say right now.

    It will take more than just one press conference for me to start liking Zardari but I am willing to give him a chance.

    I wish Gen. Musharraf had been able to say something similar but he seems only interested in his own personal power and not in the country. I am not willing to give him a chance any more.

  134. Tahir says:
    December 30th, 2007 10:23 pm

    Selling an ideology of democracy and practicing supremacy of progeny is like Mughlia Khandaan authoring encyclopedia of equalitarianism.

    What happened to Benazir on Dec 27 was a tragedy. Whats happening now to the party is demise through egoistical attitude. Two chairpersons, both incapacitated – one on account prematurity and the other due to inability and scandalous past. Commanders in absentia.
    If this sounds like a joke, wait till they sweep elections.
    Someone said we have become a banana republic on one of Muasharraf’s recent insanities. Now we know it was too soon a declaration.

  135. meengla says:
    December 30th, 2007 10:51 pm

    @M.Arif,
    Very good post!

    I have to admit one thing: Until I saw AAZ’s press conference today I had been holding my breath. To me it was a very real possibility that PPP’s Sindh leader could say: To hell with the federal politics and fall to the secessionist ways like Jiey Sindh. There have been reports that PPP’s Punjab leadership has been ‘roughed up’ in Naudero and there was an expectation for Sindh PPP to issue a call to rebel. May be some of you would call it some kind of ‘ethnic blackmail’ or mere bluff. But if you look at the violence in Baluchistan in recent years–supposedly by a ‘tiny minority’–then it would be quite likely that we would see repeat of violence in interior Sindh, albeit on larger scale.
    But AAZ was very clear. Also, it is never factored into our criticism of AAZ that he suffered real prison for 8+ years while the entire State machinery worked hard to prove charges against him but had to let him ago. Is there any other politician in Pakistan who was made to suffer this?

    It is entirely possible that, while the ‘feudal’, ‘corrupt’ charges against the PPP have a lot of weight, we have been led to single out the PPP for so much since 1977. I cannot find any other explanation for it except that PPP remains the single most powerful anti-establishment force in Pakistan.

  136. Mohsin syed says:
    December 30th, 2007 11:08 pm

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/#22443738

    Though i am not a big fan of PPP, but video shows that BB died by gun shots. I am wondering why govt wants to change the facts?

  137. Mus says:
    December 30th, 2007 11:43 pm

    By appointing Bilawal as the part chairman, dad Asif Zardari will launch his bid to cash in on Benazir’s assassination big time.We were told Asif was living in Manhattan,NY because he was ” sick and ill and couldn’t travel to Pakistan”.
    All that tuned out to be false now that dad Zardari is eyeing (more)money and power by cashing in on the tragedy.
    God Bless Pakistan !!!!

  138. Ali Qasim says:
    December 31st, 2007 12:17 am

    There were many senior leaders comparetivly from BB after bhutto.But History Shows she took party on peak with his inteligency and higly educated skills.
    So we hope after few years BILAWAL will show inteligency of his Blood

  139. Eidee Man says:
    December 31st, 2007 12:44 am

    Mus, interesting analysis, why do you suppose Asif Zardari spent 8 years in jail away from his wife, his children, and the alleged millions (billions?) he stole from Pakistan? What’s the point of collecting all this money if you’re going to be in jail anyway?

    I’m watching Aaj TV and I’d like to paraphrase what a caller just said:

    We’re a very strange country who doesn’t realize what its assets are; we produce bowlers like Imran Khan, Wasim, Waqar, and Shoaib and then make them play on dead wickets. And we get leaders like Liauqat Khan, Zulfiqar, and Benazir, and we kill them.

  140. Atelier says:
    December 31st, 2007 1:30 am

    Asif Zardari & Nawaz Sharif have jointly decided to form a new Company

    ” Crook & Crook Incorporated”

    registered in The Grand Cayman Islands with exclusice concessions and sole rights to Pakistan.

    Excellent article on BB by William Dalrymple in Sunday, Dec 30 Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/story/0,,2233334,00.html

  141. Chandio Buksh says:
    December 31st, 2007 1:35 am

    It is a joke to say that PPP is founded on the basis of democracy as its founder was a dictator inside and outside the party and there is no inside party elections to choose its leader. Both are the same: one comes to power backed by soldiers and the other by false promises to poor people of Pakistan. Don’t ask the question of patriotism ? just go to the Swiss banks, If Bilawal or Sanam they follows the dynasty. But killing of a leader we don’t beleive in this.

  142. SQA says:
    December 31st, 2007 1:57 am

    I will not judge Bilawal on who his father or mother is. Whatever way he got here, I really hope that he will rise to teh occasion. My prayers are for Pakistan.

  143. Nasir Khan says:
    December 31st, 2007 2:09 am

    Just a reminder to all the democrats: Mr. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was a product of the martial law government of Gen. Ayub Khan. He was his foreign minister. Just like all other “Great” politicians, he also left enough money in Swiss Banks for his wife and children to comfortably survive his death. Who paid for that? Ofcourse, the people of Pakistan. How can we then only blame the Generals and the Army for looting this country? Let us be fair.

  144. RE says:
    December 31st, 2007 2:31 am

    Nasir Khan we Pakistan love our leaders after they are dead.And we forgive our leaders once they leave the office. Only problem we have is with the leaders who are at the time ruling the country. This shows how much our country has suffered. People are forgiving but the leaders will not change. People of Pakistan has paid enough price. Now we have good history of these leaders fate ,The money they stole was not enough to save their life.

  145. Khan Sahab says:
    December 31st, 2007 3:00 am

    I appreciate the comments in this forum, I’ve learned a lot from reading the different perspectives presented herein. I can see the genius behind the appointment of Bilawal from the point of view of the PPP, I can also feel the frustration of those hoping and aspiring for something better than the same old feudal politics, and I also sense the desperation of the pro-military status-quo crowd who are seeing their legitimacy undermined by their own actions and statements. My sense is that things are such a mess, in the short term it remains hard to say what is best for PAKISTAN and who is the worst of the different viable/possible options? I personally have great respect for Aitzaz and Imraan, but dont see either as being likely challengers to the status-quo. Nawaz or Zardari or Musharaf, seem to be the only options and frankly, I havent made up my mind as to who is the least bad option. One can still hope that Aitzaz and Imraan join forces, I’m not holding my breath though.

  146. Ghulam Ibn Ghulam says:
    December 31st, 2007 3:15 am

    Well we are a nation whose graduates strive for jobs for years after graduation and soon we will will have PM a fresh graduate from Oxford,, are their jobs for Trainee PM in Pakistan…..i reckon we should all change our surnames to Bhutto..Jago plzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  147. Shayan says:
    December 31st, 2007 3:22 am

    I too am as cynical as a lot of people on this thread. How can PPP claim to lead Pakistan towards democracy when it refuses real democratic process within the party itself.

  148. Ahsan says:
    December 31st, 2007 3:29 am

    If genetics has any thing to do with the character of a peson, then Bilawal will herit double qualities of Bhuttos and Zarsaris. After proper aducation from two clans, he will be hungry for power and thirsty for wealth. Very appropriater qualities to govern the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

  149. king_faisal says:
    December 31st, 2007 3:50 am

    i personally know people who have benefitted by dealing with zardari. thankfully, i am now in a position where i can emulate those people. and since apparently pakistanis want zardari to be the leader, i will feel no shame in getting my cut. in the end dumb nations deserve their fate.

    to those who say zardari has not been proven guilty of corruption and murder, i ask would you give evidence against zardari? i know i would not. pakistani qaum is not one to sacrifice you life over:

    http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9D0CE0D61338F93AA25755C0A967958260

    Masked men armed with automatic weapons today ambushed and killed the Pakistani judge who was trying former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto’s husband.

    http://www.tribuneindia.com/1998/98sep14/world.htm

    murders affect Zardari case

    “ISLAMABAD, Sept 13 (PTI)

  150. mustaq from tokyo says:
    December 31st, 2007 5:35 am

    West ,PPP & BB were & are still complaining about security. Can she or her western friends not afford a few thousand bullet-bombproof glass like Pope had to be installed on top roof of that Landcruiser. Bhuttos & Zardaris sucked so much money out of poor Pakistani tax, they send their kids to Oxfords & do they want to say that they can’t spend a few thousand dollar from their own pocket for their own security and for that too, poor Pakistanis have to pay. The PPP says that they work for the PEOPLE. After the blast, all the PPP vehicles ran away, leaving the poor bodies, injured on the scene. None picked the injured. I watched the whole video. Instead of helping the injured, infront & on top of them, these wachos were chanting slogans against Musharraf. I myself interviewed the people at the scene,so I know.And look at the Bhuttozardaris!Sardari in this century in the name of democracy! Asif, keep that in your Slaved-Sindh Villages! We dont need this!

  151. kalakilly says:
    December 31st, 2007 5:58 am

    atleast Bilal cannot be successor of Mush….Among rest of the political parties,only army proved to be the most democratic.Hats off

  152. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    December 31st, 2007 6:57 am

    Meengla,

    Opium doses.

    @ what you are trying to sell us will no more work,
    you are tryng to justify the oligarchy and dictatorship
    by ” if-it-was-not-like-this, than-it-would-have-been-like
    that. Opium’s doses given by tresspassers of Politics.

    Geo TV is sending salaams and duroods to Bhuttos
    La-hawli-wala-quuatta-illah-billah-il-ali-ullazim.

  153. Adnan says:
    December 31st, 2007 7:00 am

    Pakistan is nothing but a disgusting medieval kingdom and Bilawal is the heir. If he indeed his father son, he will eat away the 90% his father left out.

  154. Anwar says:
    December 31st, 2007 7:24 am

    I am curious to know if Musharaf’s gambit will pay off.

  155. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    December 31st, 2007 8:16 am

    @ Musharraf’s gambit has already paid off,
    the donkey politicians have arrived at the edge of
    the trap, some of them will be pushed into, and some
    will fall in by their stupidity.

  156. meengla says:
    December 31st, 2007 8:59 am

    If a bumbling do-nogooder GW Bush can beat a noble prize winner Gore in the ‘most successful democracy’ in the world, if Rahul Gandhi becomes a top leader of India’s largest, oldest political party, if Jeb Bush can be a candidate in 2012, if….

    These are signs of ‘genetic’ symbolism. We give too much credit to us humans if we think we think rationally or that we should think rationally.

    But get over it! Had PPP appointed Aitzaz–arguably, the best candidate for the topmost slot–then the party would splinter. I don’t think PPP is suicidal! As it is there is a huge struggle against an establishment which has done nothing but hound the ‘security risk’ party of PPP since 1977 and you wise guys want the party to commit hara kiri?!

    Live in a real world. Just because Imran Khan is untainted in your books does not mean that Pakistani masses (I could denigrate them like you as ‘sheeples’ etc but I won’t) are ready to accept him as their leader just yet. Imran Khan’s political acumen is so good that he could be deceived into capturing by some university students!

    What is needed to change the feudal system is to first of all create a mechanism where at least one feudal lord can be replaced with another one–and for that to happen there can never be the military led establishment. That is the first requirement. We may create an imperfect system but nothing stays the same and that too will change for better. But we must establish the supremacy of ballot over bullet first.

    In India we have a more or less dynastic system but at least jackboots don’t determine which of their so-called democrats will rule them. We need that at least.

  157. Zebunnisa says:
    December 31st, 2007 10:17 am

    Amazing. Its amazing to see the lack of insight into the form and shape of South Asian politics. Yes, it is not the best way, but it cannot be changed in one second. To placate the masses, particularly, this was the wisest of decisions. South Asian countries (at least those from the former subcontinent) have always followed dynastic politics. That by itself needs to change, true, but it is not just the Bhutto house that is dynastic in nature. Unfortunately it is the way we have cultivated politics in our region: dynastic, cult-ish. Give the PPP a break, and read a little more into the decisions taken by them rather than going ona nd on about a “19 year old ruling Pakistan”. Even a 2 year old should be able to see the rationale.

  158. Nayab Khan says:
    December 31st, 2007 10:24 am

    PPP should be renamed to BHUTO PEOPLES PARTY, a 19 years old boy who smiled with pride when there were slogans of his name, who has burried his mother just a day ago; cannot be a people’s person.

    Nawaz Sharief has also given such an un-responsible statements today.

    The debate on how BB died is not important, she has died in a result of a suicide bomber attack and it is either Al-Qaida, local talibal or militants; Which is the real threat to Pakistan’s stability!! Any government (BPP, PML or Musharraf’s Pupets) will have to fight extremists out of the country first. Non of the political parties (BPP or PML) has the guts to fight these extremists and risk their decrease in popularity.

    I am sorry brothers, with PML or BPP, Pakistan is doomed.

  159. Ali Raza says:
    December 31st, 2007 10:40 am

    “My heart bleeds for Pakistan. It deserves better than this grotesque feudal charade” Tariq Ali

    http://comment.independent.co.uk/commentators/article3295851.ece

  160. RIZWAN says:
    December 31st, 2007 10:59 am

    Funny how supporters of military dictators suddenly cry for democracy!

    Also, can we please have a way of restricting each commentator to only a few comments. At least the comments that are repeated again and again and again like stocking stuffers seemingy to make the discussion sound as if there are lots of comments with a certain view. Its very distressing and time wasting for the rest of us and seems like something that some poor ISI slob was told to do by his bosses.

  161. Undecided says:
    December 31st, 2007 11:17 am

    I am also very worried about the corruption issue with Zardari. On the other hand, it is also surprising that despite keeping him in jail for 8 years and all the resources at their disposal (including to dream up false evidence) Nawaz Sharif and Musharraf could not prove anything against him. So, maybe the charges were political and not real. Otherwise, I am sure Musharraf would have fried them.

    Anyhow, I am focussed on Pakistan’s present and future and after looking at this video this is the first sincere words I have heard about the need for Unity in Pakistan and against provincial hatred. Musharraf is actually been inciting provincial hatred through his friends in the MQM. I am glad Zardari stressed on this. We needed someone to call for unity and to call to stop the violence.

    Ironic and sad that a sincere call to stop the violence comes from someone like Zardari and not from the government or Musharraf!!!!

  162. Pervaiz Munir Alvi says:
    December 31st, 2007 11:28 am

    Dynastic politics at best. Need not to give examples of other countries. Just look within. Politics in Pakistan is personality driven. Hardly any one speaks of ideas and ideologies. Just personalities. Other than being a son and a grandson of former politicians and prime ministers what else Bilawal has to offer to this unfortunate country and its unfortunate people. This reminds me of National Awami Party. Khan Abdul Ghafar Khan—Dr. Khan Sahab—Wali Khan—Naseem Wali Khan—AsfandYar Wali Khan—and the political lineage goes on. Political parties in Pakistan are family business. The position of CEO shall remain in the family. Democracy Pakistan style. Where else Bilawal Boy will get the job of company Chairman on first day at the job. And the poor Awam that becomes human shield for these political princes and princesses.

  163. December 31st, 2007 11:29 am

    I suspect that the comments of Khan Sahab December 30th, 2007 4:09 pm “… I

  164. ASIF says:
    December 31st, 2007 11:34 am

    Good point Mr. Alvi.
    Actually your comment reminded me that even our so-called merit-based dictators create dynasties.
    Ayub Khan – Gohar Ayub
    Zia-ul-Haq – Ijaz-ul-Haq

  165. Abid says:
    December 31st, 2007 12:10 pm

    Saaiin, Pakistan khapay
    Musharraf na khapay
    Zardari na khapay
    Sharif na khapay
    Zardari jo bbaaru na khapay
    Jeneral na khapay
    Pakistan khapey!

  166. December 31st, 2007 12:14 pm
  167. December 31st, 2007 12:54 pm

    Alvi Saab,

    You are spot on. Personality politics thrives in Pakistan and in most of South Asia and will do until grassroots activism and education for all is promoted.

    That said a surname be it Bhutto, Haq or Sharif or any other should not disqualify you for anything too I believe. As the Holy Quran says ‘ no soul shall bear the burden of another’

    Death is final and BB’s death has stumped me. Even though I remain a political opponent of Benazir Bhutto, I wish her a fond farewell as seen in my farewell post at http://www.otherpakistan.org/martial.html

    Feimanallah

    Wasim

  168. RE says:
    December 31st, 2007 1:42 pm

    Happy New year All
    Hope next year
    Brings unity to all Pakistanis.

  169. Marya says:
    December 31st, 2007 2:09 pm

    I think most of those who take pity on Mr 10% Zardari, do not really know what kind of time in jail he spent. Ask an old fellow student of Zardari’s from Pitaro college who was an incharge doctor at the time Mr Zardari was spending time in “jail”. He can tell you that most of this time Mr Zardari was getting himself admitted in this hospital on different pretexts and spending time at hospital in style.

  170. Suky says:
    December 31st, 2007 2:48 pm

    “…atleast Bilal cannot be successor of Mush

  171. Dewana Aik says:
    December 31st, 2007 2:49 pm

    Imran “Drama Queen” Khan chilling out in Bombay while all this happens;

    http://www.rediff.com/news/2007/dec/29bhutto4.htm

  172. ayesha khawaja says:
    December 31st, 2007 3:11 pm

    i think its sad that ppp can only go forward with a bhutto, its a shame with dynamic people such as aitazaz ehsan around, but no one has any interest in what is best for the country, i think they are hoping to cash in on the sympathy votes of even those people who aren’t staunch ppp supporters.
    .

  173. A.D.R. says:
    December 31st, 2007 9:24 pm

    A rather sad decision. But politically necessary. Same phenomenon as Rajiv Gandhi.

  174. zakoota says:
    December 31st, 2007 9:37 pm

    Aitzaz Ahsan was the best choice!

  175. legaeagle says:
    January 1st, 2008 12:50 am

    Read the excellent analysis done by Tariq Ali

    http://comment.independent.co.uk/commentators/article3295851.ece

  176. legaleagle says:
    January 1st, 2008 1:43 am

    The projected ‘Fallen Angel’ by the west today, in their own words in 1998. Read!

    http://www.samsloan.com/benazir.htm

  177. bilal rana says:
    January 1st, 2008 1:50 am

    may allah keep bilawal zardari from evil eyes .but his father
    should not let that child serve that country where no one
    appreciated their love for pakistan.who care about democracy bilawal lost his mom his early year from his dad zardari
    who will pay him back people are jealous of their legacy and
    status.

  178. mafzal says:
    January 1st, 2008 5:30 am

    i think the old ppp will break up into 2 factions sooner rather than later becuse u must be democartic inside your house before u prose democratic government in the country so i am with the PTI and ISF/NSF now even ZAB broke from the NSF to form is own faction called PSF/PPP

  179. Javeria says:
    January 1st, 2008 12:11 pm

    The ppp’s gone out of their minds making a 19 year old kid their chairman.None of the PPP members care about pak and all of them are selfish gits.One of them said: “If the govt tries to crush PPP, Pak will be finished.” Huh!look at his statement, what wrong has pak done them???? ITS SO PAINFUL TO ADMIT THAT OUR FUTURE LIES IN THE HANDS OF FOXES AND HYENAS.WHEN THEY ARE DONE RIPPING OUR BODIES APART THE REMAINING VULTURES(POLITICIANS) WILL FEED ON OUR DEAD BODIES.

  180. mustaq from tokyo says:
    January 1st, 2008 9:37 pm

    Bhuttos&these socalled Pakistanis are educated,brained-washed by west&their universities to rule a nation foreign to them.They don’t go to Pak universities which also teaches same Political science or liikewise subjects.The only difference is,these Pakistani unversities are not ranked by socalled international agencies.They are Paki faces with Brits or Americans instead,like Japanese Americans,Latin Americans etc.So in other words,Pakistan is still being ruled by British Empire(Oxfordic mindset).Nothing wrong in being educated in west,but at least have some respect to Pakistani culture.I was watching the whole announcement procedure of the Bilawar Prince a hour before he even sat infront of media a few days ago.The PPP people&BB’s realtives were joking,laughing,smiling with each other and media.And then came the Prince late aswell and didn’t even apologized who then addresses Nation in English.In Japanese,we call OBOCHAMA.And outside,people are being killed in the street.These people have no respect to People of Pakistan.And no sorrow for ordinary people who were also killed in Karachi and Pindi. May Allah guide them!

  181. PAKISTANI says:
    January 1st, 2008 9:51 pm

    Janab, Mustaq sahab from TOKYO. Let em get this straight.

    You sit in TOKYO and explain to the rest of us that those who are sitting in Pakistan but speaking in English do not understand ordinary Pakistanis – But, you sitting in TOKYO, do. And the real problem as you put it is they speak in English. Of course, you then use a JAPANESE word to explain why this is bad.

    Wah bhai wah!!!!

    You are even funnier than the other gentleman who writes from Europe and sometimes in French telling us sitting in Pakistan how we know nothing about Pakistan and sold our souls to outsiders.

    I guess, those of you sitting in TOKYO and EUROPE are the real Pakistanis after all!!!!!

  182. faraz says:
    January 1st, 2008 10:16 pm

    Welcome to mideveil times. PPP is nothing but property of bhutto family and they think they have born right to rule Pakistan. They call it democracy.

    For that they can appeal US senetors to block Pakistani aids.

    I am not suporter of NS, but he has some character. At least he dont appeal USA to cut off vital aid to Pakistan.

  183. Umar Shah says:
    January 2nd, 2008 12:34 am

    Everyone is blaming everyone for BB’s murder and the rioting that followed. With so many comments abouts AAZ’s murderous exploits of the past and the fact that he quickly appointed himself the the (co)chairman of PPP while ensuring his newly renamed kids were adequately present around him in his press conference and other photo opps, I wonder why nobody is considering BB’s assasination could be an inside job? or are ppl afraid to ask this question just like they were in asking the jiyalas not to destroy Pakistan’s public property. And why is he so adamant in demanding that elections be held on Jan 8? Sympathy vote can do wonders for the PPP in this election. AAZ has everything to gain and nothing to lose in the coming days.

  184. f.Khawaja says:
    January 5th, 2008 12:22 am

    ppp choice of shows lak of democratic values of the party.How could the “then intlligencia of ppp” accept this.Why not hold elections? what was the hurry for the action?

  185. muskan says:
    January 6th, 2008 7:50 am

    i cant say that i am very satisfied for bilawal being nominated for this seat but one thing i can say that PPP has not maintained the “BHUTTO’S SUPERIORITY” coz zulfikar junior (son of late murtaza bhutto) is also there but like benazir as she was trained by her father insted of her brothers bilawal has grown up under hands of a great and real leader and thats y he has been preffered by the the party members over zulfikar junior coz he is more reasinable for this . i am really worried about this young man and this is very bold step of zardari to hand over this bloody leadership to his son . may God bless him and may he live long to brighten the name of his party set by his nana zulfikar ali bhutto ,the great man in the history of Pakistan after jinnah. PAKISTAN PAINDABAD.

  186. meengla says:
    January 6th, 2008 10:50 am

    http://www.jang.com.pk/jang/jan2008-daily/06-01-2008/col1.htm

    Jang’s Safdar Mehmood (presumably the Speaker of Zia-era Majlis e Shoora) stresses at least 3 points:
    1) Bilawal’s nomination should be seen in the context fo personality cult prevalent in our region and is not unusual for political parties of Pakistan
    2) Higher ideals for party leaderships can only evolve in a democratic society, over time.
    3) In the last para, he hits the nail on head: Feudalism does not manifest itself by large landowers. But it is a aptitude shared by other parts of Pakistani society including small/large industrialists, politicians, officials, business owners…..

  187. Imdad Ali Laghari Village Haji Qadir Bux Laghari says:
    January 19th, 2008 4:00 am

    DEAR QUAID.
    BILAWAL BHUTTO CHAIRMAN OF PAKISTAN PEOPLES PARTY.
    Sad which is not forget in all life . My prays for your long life is every time and every where. This is good decission for the party which you are the head of PPP. I and we all the lot of thankfull to you very much.
    Sir reply on my emial thanks
    imdad_laghari@yahoo.com
    only for OUR BELOVED QUAID BILAWAL BHUTTO

  188. meengla says:
    January 19th, 2008 1:08 pm

    Perhaps the most thought-provoking piece of writing on Benazir’s succession is pasted below.

    [quote]

    http://www.dawn.com/2008/01/19/op.htm

    Deconstructing the

  189. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    January 19th, 2008 7:43 pm

    Meengla jee,

    18 paras of “Bonnet blanc, blanc Bonnet”

    @precedent comment too long and lethargic
    towards the grundnorms of “prescribed” priciples
    of universal democratic values, soit minimum atleast,
    ‘decidedness not undecidedness’ ?

    today 10th Achoura, just heard eyeopening
    Shame-e-Gharban by Talib Jauheri, so poignant, could’nt
    hold my emotions, reminded me Rashid Turabi from
    whom I heard 17 years his philosophy on the subject of

    “choice between Haq and Batil”

    I was trying to find one or two paras of this enormous
    article mentionning this ” farqq “, alas no. could you please explain ?
    I am invited in Brussels to listen to Musharraf tomorrow.
    what should I ask him, if he can listen to me. Our
    Ambassador and myself exchanged some nice poetries, time
    to time and have asked him if I could have some Tabadila-e-Khayal, lets see ? although have Bronchitis and avoid
    travelling, but the event is a chance to ask and corner him.

  190. Ansar Hussain Kazmi says:
    January 24th, 2008 7:53 am

    would you like to tell me about the Sapel Bandi a village name nearest to sawat Pakistan . My best friend is living there. His name is johan Pervaiz . We used to live in Peshawar with Mushtaiq Muneer and khan Jee. Khan Jee was attached PIA. He belongs to Mardan . Now I have lost all his contact number or address. Any person who knows the Sapal Bandi Village or Johan Pervaiz , Please provide email , cell no, contact no to the following email address.
    1. ansarkazmi@yahoo.com 2. kazmi_rto@Yahoo.com

  191. Dj Sara says:
    January 25th, 2008 5:57 am

    KAl Bhi Bhutto ZInda tha… aJj bhi Bhutto ZInda haI…
    benAzir Bhutto.. zIndaBad……

    Jan tak sooraj chand rahe ga..Bhutto terA naaM rAHe ga….

  192. zohaib khan says:
    January 29th, 2008 4:26 pm

    mohatarma was the best leader of the world

  193. Darbari RACHHPAUL S Bedi LL.B(Hons), Dip.P&H says:
    February 6th, 2008 8:05 pm

    Sir

    The assassination on 27 December 2007, of Ms Benazir Bhutto and other innocent lives, was both cowardly and barbaric act and it challenges all those who seek peace and justice.

    None other than The God has any right to take life. Those who killed her, they have no right to be called ‘humans’.

    Violence has never achieved anything and it will never either.

    If none wanted her to be their leader, then the Ballot Box was the answer and not a Bullet.

    People do not grow on trees and especially, those who are our leaders. It is not easy to be a judge, a leader, or a General.

    Those who lead us, are 20 % of the 100% and to such people deserve respect and support.

    These people have sleepless nights and many worries, not only of their own but they have broad shoulders. They carry worries of others too, for which they should be respected.

    The Islamic Republic of Pakistan has been deprived of an outstanding leader, children have lost their dear mother, a husband has lost his wife and reconciliation process has been put back many years.

    All those who are tempted to use violence, must remember
    ” Pen is mightier than Sword”.

    Faithfully

    Darbari RACHHPAUL Singh Bedi LL.B(Hons), Dip.P&H

  194. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    February 6th, 2008 11:16 pm

    Darbari ji,

    @ thanks for informing us about the new caste
    created by you called “Leaders ” 20% of 100% !! bit too
    exaggerated, with 20 % I can make the “Beyra Paar ” of
    entire nation in 20 days, but, unfortunately, 85 % of your
    20 % are not even honest or reliable to their own party, how
    can they be for the whole nation ?
    I agree, they don’t grow on trees, please let those delicious
    mangoes grow on the trees, which are far far better than
    these ” Leaders ” whether in Islamic Republic of Pakistan or ‘Secular’ Republic of India.

  195. attiya says:
    February 25th, 2008 11:22 pm

    We love u Bhuttos. and we love you Bilawal.Best of luck

  196. crush on Bilawal says:
    March 1st, 2008 4:36 pm

    roses are red,
    viloets are blue
    your so hot
    and i love you

  197. AAA says:
    March 1st, 2008 4:50 pm

    I guess the “Facebook” crowd has just hit ATP!!!!!

  198. March 2nd, 2008 8:23 am

    we love bilalwal bhutto zardiri love u love ur party love ur mother greatst leader in the world zinda hai bhutto zinda hai bhutto

  199. March 6th, 2008 12:12 am

    hy!how r u?we miss u alotz!4m saman,mahnoor

  200. March 10th, 2008 2:07 am

    WE ARE ONE OF THE BIG FANS OF PPP.WE REALLY MISSED MUHTARMA BENAZIR BHUTTO.NO DOUBT SHE WAS A GREAT LEADER.SHE REALLY SACRIFICED HER LIFE FOR DEMOCRACY.MAY ALLAH GIVE HER A PLACE IN JANAT_UL_FIRDOUS.AMIN! 4M SAMAN,MAHNOOR

  201. March 12th, 2008 3:24 am

    hyeeeeeeeee!HE IS A GREAT GUY AND COOOOOOOOOOLEST GUY OF THE WORLD.NODOUBT, HE IS A GREAT SON OF A GREAT LEADER AND HE WIL BECOME A GUD POLITICIAN BUT HE IS TOO YOUNG TO LEAD PPP.4m saman,mahnoor ever green

  202. March 21st, 2008 10:06 am

    I am very Glad to see such a very useful Site and have seen the details of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party and impressed fully.

    Thanking you very much

  203. adnan says:
    March 24th, 2008 12:43 am

    he will be a great leader bqz he is th son of great leader and we all pray for him to be the grat chairman of PPP.Today the issue of prime minister seat will be rsolved in coming years by this guy.

  204. Estrelajosie says:
    March 29th, 2008 9:40 pm

    I love Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, he’s ma hero!!!

  205. DR MUNEER AHMED MANGRIO says:
    April 7th, 2008 1:14 pm

    I HAVE A LEADER OF P.P.P PARTY OF 1982 I HAVE A FOUNDER MEMBER OF LMC STAIL I HAVE PPP DOCTORS FORUM OF PESEDENT AT SUKKUR DISTT I LIKE THE ZULIFIQAR ALI BHUTTO AND INTERNATIONAL LEADER BENAZIR BHUTTO SAHIBA SHE GIVES THE MORE CETIFICATE WITH INCARGE ;

    THANKS
    DR MUNEER
    SUKKUR
    03463940360

  206. DR MUNEER AHMED MANGRIO says:
    April 7th, 2008 1:18 pm

    I LOVE BHUTTO FAMILY I LOVE MY LITTLE CHAIRMAN BILAWAL BHUTTO ZARDARI I LIKE TOO MUCH COO CHAIRMAN RESPECTED ASIF ALI ZARDAREI WITH THESE PERSONALTIES

    THANKS
    DR MUNEER AHMED MANGRIO
    SUKKUR
    03463940360

  207. SHAHID ALI BAATI says:
    April 8th, 2008 4:11 am

    Hi my dear
    Bilawal Bhutto Zardari Chairman Pakistan PPP
    i so very happy sindhi and pakistani peopel.so my new leadar young and semart i pravod of u .
    thanks
    shahid ali baati s/0 kamal khan .@ palijani dstc. matyari sindh pk. 0301_3593996

  208. nudma says:
    April 8th, 2008 3:41 pm

    pakistani people are lucky that bhutto family is there to lead this nation. they have sacrificed there lives for democracy to flourish even then many people ( which i am sure most of them are not even pakistani , are doing this to create choas) have said such a negative comments that even their( bhuttos) opposition leaders could not think of them???????????? i think they have some personel problems with them ………………so i am sorry they cant be solved coz all the family is only phisically dead but they rule the minds and hearts of loyal pakistanis. why u people get jeolous if they study in oxford or if they have legacy,…………………mind u in pakistan politics cant be done without all this though this trend is changing now. but the fact is that ” u can love them(bhuttos) or u can hate them(only for your personel interests coz their is nothing to hate them for national interests) but u cant ignore them coz the atomic bomb which is the strength of pakistanis, dr. qadir khan who is the proud of pakistanis and 1973 costitution which is the power of the parliment of pakistan is bestowed on this nation only and only by bhuttos which is the fact that cant be crushed even if u and me die in the struggle to do so. long live bhuttos long live bilawal bhutto( in the name of sunat-e-rasul , as HIS family was carried by the children of HIS most lovable daughter for whom HE used to stand up).

  209. Mustafa says:
    April 9th, 2008 7:25 am

    Salam well idnt know that others wt does they thing its not way to stop every one to express is views but i think that the way Benzair was killed its truly rejected by Islam as she was women how can some one do it i know that bilawal is with greev and its a moment of mourn for him and his family members i can not stop others to say but as touch of humanity we should respect others feeling. God 4give her and Blesses us tc.tnx.

  210. Mustafa says:
    April 9th, 2008 7:30 am

    Salam Bilawal is true icon for Youth we must not neglect his feelings.

  211. Muhammad Yahya says:
    April 19th, 2008 4:46 am

    Dear Bilawal

    You are one of the best personlity of pakistan nation of pakistan has great hopes on you

  212. May 8th, 2008 10:23 am

    work hard bilawal we are with fatima and zulifqar we all sindhi are not with zardari we will accept you but we will never accept your father.

  213. kamran khattak says:
    May 8th, 2008 4:45 pm

    DEAR bilawal dont worry be strong like ur mother and we all r with you and hope ur the best . G.A .BHUTTO.

  214. Baloch says:
    May 13th, 2008 5:44 am

    salam bhai

  215. Mian Irshad Ahmad says:
    May 19th, 2008 12:46 pm

    Respected Bilawal,

    You are a great as your mother. i like you. My prayer will remain with you. I hope you are a best leader for Pakistan.

    Please give me your personal email address, i want to share some request.

    Waiting for reply.

    Your Sincerelly,

    Irshad

  216. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    May 19th, 2008 5:52 pm

    @ now after 215 comments contra or pour, we
    have now PPP activating their campaign in favour
    of their “bachah ” leader as replacement of Jughadri
    feudal leaders and Pir-o-Faqeer

    Kia daur agaya hay keh rosi ki fikr mein
    Hakim baba howa hay ik acha bhala FAQIR
    Shuja Khawar

  217. Saleem katpar says:
    May 22nd, 2008 7:52 am

    Hello Bilawal…!

    I advice you that learn sindhi becoz u r sindhi.

  218. Muhammad Shakeel says:
    May 28th, 2008 1:33 am

    Dear and the respected head name bilawal and zardari sahib
    please i want to job but here is no oppurtunity for me any where in your contry so i am very upset so please just give me any suitable job by which i can live in this country

    Regards
    Muhammad Shakeel
    0344-5293755

  219. Bacha Jamhuriat says:
    June 17th, 2008 9:58 am

    Isn’t it amazing that Bilawal was so passionate about being chosen as shareek chairperson that he even did not realise the paradox in his statement that said ‘ my mother always said that democracy is the best revenge’. He followed this up with ‘..and she said I should succeed her as the leader of Pakistan People’s Party’. After this his father Zardari brought the journalists questions to an end by saying ‘He is only young you cannot expect him to answer all your questions’ but he is old enough to be placed alongside his father as an unelected chairperson of the party. And to make this seen to be palatable to the Pakistanis Bilawal becomes a Bhutto as well. Seems the party that talks most about democracy also is like all of the country’s other political parties i.e. a family bussiness. For how long will the PPP squeeze Zulfy’s ‘fame’ to sell itself. It seems with mohajirs going for MQM and Altaf, Punjab for PML (N) & PML (Q) only Balochistan and NWFP seem to return candidates from all national parties as well as independents to go to Islamabad. So who’s ethnocentric amongst the provinces?

  220. Waqas Chaudhary says:
    August 15th, 2008 4:30 pm

    I don’t get why people are cheering on Bilawal being the new chairperson. For heaven’s sake, he’s a 19 year old with zero experience and I doubt any knowledge of life and politics in Pakistan. Pakistan and Pakistanis need to stop supporting feudal and family politics. Me being the son of an influential leader does not make me the best contender for steering my nation to success. Also Musharraf, Benazir and Nawaz Sharif were all given a chance, move on people!

  221. aleen says:
    September 1st, 2008 1:44 pm

    Bilawal my all prayers with you. May God Bless you in all field of life. Be Happy Forever.i hope one day you become chief of Pakistan inshAllah.
    i love your Mother and your Family I love YOu thousand much
    you r my ideal

  222. Ziaullah Afghan says:
    September 5th, 2008 1:22 pm

    I think the sceptics who criticize the family politics have a valid point but despite having the support of her father’s illusrious name BB proved to be an astute politician and a great leader for Pakistan. I support Bilawal with this hope that keeping the great tradition of leadership he will prove himself to be one of the greats from the Bhutto family.

  223. Sarfraz Ahmed Bhangar. says:
    November 19th, 2008 6:07 am

    We LOVE Bhutto Family. May ALLAH BLESS HIM.

  224. noor nabi says:
    December 25th, 2008 8:17 am

    Democracy is the best revenge

  225. Panjwani says:
    January 31st, 2009 3:37 pm

    1. People of Pakistan are in dream. Reality is that Zardari, Nawaz Sharif, Benazir and their followers and wellwisher are corrupt and power hungry.
    2. The creators of Bangladesh Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Indira Gandhi, Sheikh Mujib and their families have one fate that they are killed by their countrymen.
    3. If the people of Pakistan are mad of Bhutto, Nawaz Sharif, Isfandyar Wali, Zaradari, Benazir, Bilawal, etc, and dont want to change their mentality, so it is a matter of time and Allah will send once again any Halaku Khan to the feudals, blood suckers, politicians of Pakistan and Pakistanis.
    4. Allah is great and He is the only judge of the universal.
    5. Dear Pakistanis, please wake up, time is very short.

  226. February 27th, 2009 9:26 am
  227. June 16th, 2009 12:22 pm

    “What a peace of leader BB was! how noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! inform and moving how express and admirable! in action how like an angle! in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world! the paragon of politics……”

  228. July 5th, 2009 4:57 am

    DEAR bilawal dont worry be strong work hard hope ur the best .
    zindha ha bb zinda ha

    zindha ha bb zinda ha
    G.A .BHUTTO.
    G.A.BANZEER.
    JK PSF RAWALAKOT AZAD KASHMIR

  229. Rohit Chauhan says:
    July 22nd, 2009 12:17 pm

    hellos

    Well mr kashmiri one thng is for sure that mr. bedi never said anythng wrong or bad about The Great Islamic Republic Of Pakistan but the way u responded shows how sad and frustated an average pakistani is….i know india has a lot be-imaan leaders but even then we have mangoes bananas and evry thng esle to eat here apart from kalshnikovs,bullets,splinters,bombs,human body parts,grenades and the list goes on and on and on……and ya how SWAT……..suna hai ab karachi,lawhore ki baari hai…..allah hi maalik hai aapke mulq ka……..chliye khair kuchh bura laga to maafi…….warna koi nahi yahan qasab bhai ke chhote bhai ko bhej ke hume tapka dijiyega ……..aapke liye to rozmarra ki baat hogi……fiamanillah……do write me a mail as i hardly see all ths….

  230. July 22nd, 2009 1:47 pm

    @Rohit Chauhan

    Please stop polluting Pakistani websites with your garbage posts. Plenty of problems in India for you to comment about on Indian blogs.

  231. Shaban Malik says:
    September 9th, 2009 9:27 am

    What democracy Pakistan People’s Party practices… I am so enthralled that Bilawal in the leader of this “democratic” party.

    NOT!!

  232. Aslam Baloch says:
    October 9th, 2009 4:06 am

    Dear Bilawal Sahib.

    GOD BLESS U, It is Request to you, that, kindly consider the and pay attention on Crises of Balochistan.Because Bloch s are Also belong to Pakistan and Also citizen of the Pakistan.

    Thanks

    Aslam Baloch
    Tehsil Chhalagri District Bolan Balochistan.

  233. Rashid E. Malik says:
    December 18th, 2009 12:23 pm

    Dear Mr. Chairman !!!

    This is very Hi Time, to show off full-fledged Street Power of PPP on 27th DEC.2009.

    Therefore, every road must lead to LIAQAT-BAGH ( RAWALPINDI ), to register PPP’s Hard & Fast Attitude to demonstrate BB’s Death-Anniversary, this time.

    Kindly consider this humble Request !!!!

    FYI: on 18th Dec, 1987, BB & Asif Ali Zardari’s wedding took place in Karachi, therefore, today is Wedding-Anniversary of both ( but our hearts are bleeding due to the assassination of our BB ).

    Best Regards,

    Rashid E. Malik
    18 – 12 – 2009

  234. Jamshed says:
    March 24th, 2010 7:40 am

    I keep hearing that the PPP is fighting for democracy.The inner workings of the party look like those of a monarchy.

  235. ak says:
    May 26th, 2010 11:16 pm

    Blind leading the blind? Merit holds no value?

  236. Dr Azizullah says:
    August 6th, 2010 3:02 pm

    MR CHAIRMAN….
    BILAWALBHUTTO.
    i must say you are the future PRIME MINISTER of PAKISTAN ,prepare your self to fight the enemies of democracy ,& ISLAM.
    best of luck.

  237. eman awan says:
    September 26th, 2010 11:44 am

    MR.CHIARMAN AOA HOW R U . SIR I ONLY WANT TO SAY THAT THIS IS DIFFICULT TIME FOR OUR GOVERNMENT BUT WE R HOPE FULL AND WE TRUST ON GOVERNMENT. I MUST SAY THAT U WILL BECOME A REAL LEADER OF PPP LIKE UR FATHER , UR MOTHER AND THE GREAT UR GRAND FATHER ZULFIQAR ALI BHUTTO .INSHALLAH .BEST OF LUCK .PAKISTAN ZINDABAD.

  238. Tariq Hussain says:
    January 14th, 2011 11:37 am

    The Honorable
    Chairman
    Pakistan Peopls party Mr. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

    SUBJECT; REQUEST ASSISTANCE FOR SERVICE GROUND.

    I beg to humbly requsted I Tariq Hussain Qambrani S/o Mohammad meenh Wasayo Qambrani R/o District Umerkot Sindh ward No 315 Sheedi Mohalla Umerkot Sindh.

    Sir, I much requested to you I more than given applications in Distt. Umerkot sindh M.P.A Syed Ali Mardan shah and M.N.A Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur their not consider my application our area many peoples to be work, I am poor boy my father heart patient and rest at home I am elder family membere my family is and I am poor awkward family and expanses of education difficulty facing problem complete education Graduation we always give a vote of pakistan peoples party. Jenab Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto time today Muhaterma Benazir Bhutto PPP voters but after give votes and our MPA and MNA not consideration of our work and last step is writing a letter my education B.A on select me a service appoint.

    I much highly grateful to you with thanks anticipation ever remain, my sickness parent went M.P.A Syed Ali Mardan shah and M.N.A Yousuf Talpur lot application and personally went to meet him such there is not any good response and roughly said to me just your approached for service delay awaiting now for service.

    Sir, I am assuring response me approached for my appoint service obliged help to please awaiting response me due to please an early give me this my letter.

    Thans. Yours Obediently,

    (Tariq Hussain Qambrani

    Date;
    Postal Address
    p.o Umerkot Sindh
    ward No 315 Sheedi Mohalla
    Umerkot sindh. P. O .Box.No: 69100. Phon: 0238571627
    Mobil: 0346-8963093.To,

  239. Tariq Hussain says:
    January 14th, 2011 11:42 am

    The Honorable
    Chairman
    Pakistan Peopls party Mr. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

    SUBJECT; REQUEST ASSISTANCE FOR SERVICE GROUND.

    I beg to humbly requsted I NIAZ ALI KEERIOS/o HJJI MOHAMMAD RAMZAN KEERIO R/o District Umerkot Sindh ward No 315 Sheedi Mohalla Umerkot Sindh.

    Sir, I much requested to you I more than given applications in Distt. Umerkot sindh M.P.A Syed Ali Mardan shah and M.N.A Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur their not consider my application our area many peoples to be work, I am poor boy my father heart patient and rest at home I am elder family membere my family is and I am poor awkward family and expanses of education difficulty facing problem complete education Graduation we always give a vote of pakistan peoples party. Jenab Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto time today Muhaterma Benazir Bhutto PPP voters but after give votes and our MPA and MNA not consideration of our work and last step is writing a letter my education B.A on select me a service appoint.

    I much highly grateful to you with thanks anticipation ever remain, my sickness parent went M.P.A Syed Ali Mardan shah and M.N.A Yousuf Talpur lot application and personally went to meet him such there is not any good response and roughly said to me just your approached for service delay awaiting now for service.

    Sir, I am assuring response me approached for my appoint service obliged help to please awaiting response me due to please an early give me this my letter.

    Thans. Yours Obediently,

    (NIAZ ALI KEERIO

    Date;
    Postal Address
    p.o Umerkot Sindh
    ward No 315 Sheedi Mohalla
    Umerkot sindh. P. O .Box.No: 69100. Phon: 0238571627
    Mobil: 0346-8963093.To,

  240. Tariq Hussain says:
    January 14th, 2011 11:46 am

    The Honorable
    Chairman
    Pakistan Peopls party Mr. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

    SUBJECT; REQUEST ASSISTANCE FOR SERVICE GROUND.

    I beg to humbly requsted I NIAZ ALIS/o HAJJI MOHAMMAD RAMZAN KEERIO R/o District Umerkot Sindh ward No 315 Sheedi Mohalla Umerkot Sindh.

    Sir, I much requested to you I more than given applications in Distt. Umerkot sindh M.P.A Syed Ali Mardan shah and M.N.A Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur their not consider my application our area many peoples to be work, I am poor boy my father heart patient and rest at home I am elder family membere my family is and I am poor awkward family and expanses of education difficulty facing problem complete education Graduation we always give a vote of pakistan peoples party. Jenab Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto time today Muhaterma Benazir Bhutto PPP voters but after give votes and our MPA and MNA not consideration of our work and last step is writing a letter my education B.A on select me a service appoint.

    I much highly grateful to you with thanks anticipation ever remain, my sickness parent went M.P.A Syed Ali Mardan shah and M.N.A Yousuf Talpur lot application and personally went to meet him such there is not any good response and roughly said to me just your approached for service delay awaiting now for service.

    Sir, I am assuring response me approached for my appoint service obliged help to please awaiting response me due to please an early give me this my letter.

    Thans. Yours Obediently,

    (NIAZ ALI KEERIO

    Date;
    Postal Address
    p.o Umerkot Sindh
    ward No 315 Sheedi Mohalla
    Umerkot sindh. P. O .Box.No: 69100. Phon: 0238571627
    Mobil: 0346-8963093.To,

  241. June 30th, 2011 2:43 am

    well we all have to see how he brings up the sprite of his mother and his Nana to be a great politician

  242. bravo says:
    December 18th, 2011 2:21 pm

    Bilawal Zardari S/o Mr 10 Per Cent (Asif Ali Zardari)
    Always Son Like Father!

    PPP & PML-N shifted looted money outside Pakistan

    PPP & PML-N shifted looted money outside Pakistan,
    the bank account and Property in USA & UK,
    so if they never fallow their instruction and rules of business (gulami), what they want,they have to do,

    if they never do, they will Size his Bank account and property,
    this way they can’t sincere for Pakistan.

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