Byline: SHAFQAT ALI
ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan Peoples' Party chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari yesterday predicted the downfall of the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf led government within months.
Speaking at a massive public rally at Liaqat Bagh Rawalpindi to mark former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's death anniversary, the PPP leader said 2020 would be the election year. 'The upcoming year (2020) will be the year of transparent election in the country,' he said.
Benazir Bhutto: assassinated in 2007: served as Prime Minister from 1988 to 1990 and again from 1993 to 1996. She was the first woman to head a democratic government in a Muslim majority nation.
Every year, the PPP holds a public meeting or rally to mark Benazir's death anniversary. This year, however, the day has assumed more significance as chairman of the party and her son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari selected the same venue for the public meeting where his mother was assassinated. The call pulled a good crowd.
Bilawal said: 'The people were protesting against the inflation and joblessness. The economy is on the brink of destruction and the government has excluded over 0.8 million people from the BISP (Benazir Income Support Programme) which is a grave cruelty,' he asserted.
Bilawal said that martyred Benazir Bhutto struggled for the rights of general public for 30 years.
He said that Rawalpindi witnessed how the people's leader was treated, adding that Bhutto gave rights to the labourers.
Bilawal said that his grandfather Zulfikar Ali Bhutto gave rights to labourers when he was prime minister and his mother Benazir Bhutto had fought two dictators during her lifetime.
'Benazir Bhuto provided Pakistan with the much-needed missile technology. The country is being ruled by 'political orphans. Today the media is under siege and judiciary is under attack,' he added.
Bilawal said Benazir Bhutto provided rights to women, freed the media and elevated Pakistan's name in the world. 'Political orphans are panicking, their puppet rule is shaking today,' he said. 'They are unable to run the country and economy.'
The PPP chairman said a country could not flourish with its people going to bed empty stomach. 'The country would not be able to function if political orphans continued to rule,' he said.
Bilawal said people all over the country were saying goodbyes to the incumbent government. 'The country, democracy and freedom (of speech) are in danger,' he said.
Bilawal said Benazir was the strongest chain of...