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Bilawal draws on family legacy

world Updated: Dec 28, 2012 00:07 IST
Imtiaz Ahmad

The political career of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, co-chairperson of the Pakistan Peoples Party and the son of late PM Benazir Bhutto, was launched at Garhi Khuda Baksh, the ancestral home of the Bhuttos, on Thursday.

“Today, I am with the martyrs at Garhi Khuda Baksh. I am with my mother and my grandfather. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto are still alive in our hearts even today,” Bilawal Bhutto told his audience in Urdu in a charged speech that questioned the role of the judiciary and attacked those he said were derailing democracy in Pakistan.

Several thousand had gathered to see Bilawal Bhutto speak on the fifth anniversary of his mother’s death. “Bhutto is an emotion, a love,” he said.

“Every challenge is soaked in blood. No matter how many Bhuttos you kill, more will emerge from every house.”

He questioned the role of the judiciary, particularly the chief justice. He asked how judges “have time to initiate cases on petty issues but do not have time to provide justice.”

He blamed the judiciary for not doing him justice. “When you do not have time to bring the murderers of my mother to justice — who are already arrested — how did you get the time to have a trial of her grave?” he said.