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Benazir Bhutto death anniversary : Bilawal , Maryam addresses at Garhi Khuda Bakhsh

Leaders of the 11-party opposition alliance Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) on Sunday gathered in Larkana on the occasion of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto’s 13th death anniversary for another power show as part of its anti-government protests.

PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that if by December 31, the premier does not resign, the jiyalas (party loyalists) will march down to the capital and “drag him off his seat”.

PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz began her address in Sindhi much to the audience’s surprise.She thanked her hosts for their warmth and hospitality since her arrival in the city.

Maryam said it saddens her that Benazir Bhutto, the first female prime minister of the Muslim world, “had to lay down her life” during her struggle and for her beliefs. She said it is a pain that she too carries.

She lashes out at  Prime Minister Imran Khan, when people are “killing themselves out of hunger and desperation due to inflation said, ‘What can I do, I have no magic button’.”

“You say that one should not assume office without preparation, but you were not elected by the masses.

“Those who brought you to power will have to step back,” she said.

PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said the government and any naysayers who think the Opposition will back off, need only look to the Bhutto mausoleum in Garhi Khuda Bakhsh.He recounted the struggles of his grandfather and his uncles, all who “sacrificed their lives” but “did not sway from their democratic beliefs”.

“Look at Benazir Bhutto’s life, spent in the service of the people,” he said.

“Benazir is alive today in the hearts of everyone, and those who clashed with her, their names are forgotten. Ziaul Haq’s grave lies unattended, and Gen Pervez Musharraf is living a life of disgrace abroad,” Bilawal said.

The young PPP leader, who lost his mother at a tender age, said that “Benazir’s presence is sorely missed today, and if she were around, these puppets would not dare compete” with the Opposition.Bilawal said that “the clouds of oppression are dispersing” and that the time for the accountability of the “criminal rulers” is near.

“If you are ready, if you are with me, no power in the world can stop us,” he added.

“If the opposition alliance (PDM) calls for a long march, you have to be ready. We are on the same page and on the same stage,” he said.Addressing the workers, Bilawal asked once more: “Are you ready for the long march? Are you ready to fill the jails?”

He further asked whether they are ready to reach Islamabad and “drag the puppet Prime Minister from his chair”.The PPP chairman said the Opposition has come out to the battlefield “to overthrow the government and uphold democracy”.

PPP President Asif Ali Zardari in his address said running a country is “not the same as managing a cricket team”.”It takes a different mindset to run a country and these people do not possess it,” he said.

“This government will collapse on its own weight,” said Zardari. He challenged the government to hold elections and see who the people stand behind.Zardari said that the National Accountability Bureau has started to “blackmail” people.


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