RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said on Friday that 2020 will be the year known to have transparent elections in the country.
Bilawal said so in his address at a rally at Rawalpindi’s Liaquat Bagh on the death anniversary of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.
On December 27, 2007, Benazir Bhutto was murdered in a suicide bomb in Liaquat Bagh. After spending eight years in exile, she returned to the country months earlier.
The chairman of the PPP recalled the contributions of party founder Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto for the country and its people in his address to the participants.
“Bhutto gave rights to laborers and land to peasants,” he said. “He made people the real source of power.”
Bilawal said former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto gave rights to women, released the media, and lifted the image of Pakistan 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 not getting enough food to eat.
“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.
“2020 will be year of transparent election,” the PPP chairman added.
Former president and PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari could not attend the rally owing to his bad health.
In his statement, he said former premier Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in the same Liaquat Bagh.
“The dictator was frightened and then everyone saw what happened to him,” the former president said. “You can bring your people [in power], but you can’t run this country.”
He criticized the government saying what they actually know about inflation and employment.
Zardari said Bilawal can overcome any obstacles in his way.
“We will back Bilawal, the people will back him,” he said. “God willing, we will ease the difficulty of the people.” The former president said his party would soon form the government.
“Almighty Allah has blessed us with a beautiful, precious country,” he said. “A person can take the country forward if they have the wit.”
Zardari said they had served the people in the past, they will willingly do it again.