Thursday, April 05, 2012
From Print Edition
The speech made by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on the occasion of the death anniversary the PPP’s founder and late prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto is being seen by many as Bilawal’s official launch into politics. His speech to the PPP CEC at Naudero called for the Supreme Court to right the mistakes of the past and to “apologise as an institution” for the “judicial murder” of ZA Bhutto. In demanding this, Bilawal also brought in the ‘Sindh card’, which has often been used by his father Asif Ali Zardari. Bilawal contrasted the hanging of Bhutto for a crime he had “never committed” with the dropping of references against the Sharif brothers, emphasising that they were Punjabis. Bilawal also brought up the key issue of the letter to Swiss authorities, stating that the prime minister, who was present at the meeting, would “never violate the law of the land” by writing to seek the re-opening of cases dropped under the NRO.
Bilawal’s words will only add to the tensions which exist between the judiciary and the executive. They indicate that the young man expected to lead the PPP electoral campaign thinks along the same lines as his father. This is unfortunate. We see, then, in Bilawal a continuation of the now established PPP line under Zardari. There is no streak of independence, with hostility against the judiciary coming through the speech, even if there was some attempt to soften the tone by praising some SC actions. Politics being dynastic is one tragedy, the attitude of a dynasty not changing even a little bit for the better with the arrival of its next generation is tragedy multiplied.