Karachi at standstill as Prince Bilawal comes of age…

Published: October 18, 2014

PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto visits the site of his rally on Thursday. PHOTO: PPI

One does not have to be an Imran Khan fan boy to realise what is wrong with Pakistan and its ruling class. The primary reason Imran’s message has resonated with the masses is due to their longing and need for this current system to “change”. Today, as the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) prepares to throw one awesome party of their own, I doubt if that “change” will have anything to do with them. It seems that this dog is not willing to learn new tricks at all.

It is beyond comprehension, in a country where the capital has been besieged by two political parties for over two months now, how one political party has shut down the largest city in Pakistan for just one rally. Roads blocked, shops closed, the entire city at standstill as Prince Bilawal Bhutto Zardari comes of age. Certain inconveniences are taking place in Islamabad, no doubt, but the scales are not comparable.

The Sindh Government has blocked almost all major roads and, till yesterday, had even planned on declaring a provincial holiday and suspend mobile networks. Again, let’s not forget that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) have been at this for two months, while the PPP rally is yet to even take place. As I write this, the helicopter is en route to the venue.

Leading up to this so called historic gathering, Karachiites have also seen every billboard in the city and major landmarks painted green, red and black, adorned with photos of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Benazir Bhutto and Bilawal Zardari himself. One can only wonder what percentage of all this marketing expense came from the Sindh exchequer and from the pockets of the residents of Sindh, and for how long PPP can rely on these faces and not their track record to gather crowds and hold political ground.

Regardless, it is truly unfortunate what has become of a party that claims to represent the rural and lower class of our country but ends up only highlighting what is wrong with us – dynasties, corruption and ignorance, to mention a few.

Has PPP already forgotten what took place on that plane when it decided to wait for Rehman Malik?

Are they as oblivious to public sentiment as our national government is?

Notwithstanding what Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s speech might comprise, the precedent that has been set in the making of his first major, political address reaffirms the fears of those that support the system and Constitution of Pakistan and fuels the fire of anarchism and disruptive forces presently rampant throughout the country.

There is no change here.


Shahryar Khan

A digital marketer and concerned citizen, who tweets @Shahryar92 (twitter.com/Shahryar92)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    Most of the people brought to PPP’s Jalsa are coerced into coming. Entire school buses are hijacked and entire passenger buses are forced to take their passengers to the Jalsas. Therefore I don’t think that PPP’s party and their baby leader will be doing anything. Lots of talk . Yes. Not much else.Recommend

  • Aiman

    FYI, PTI & PAT sit-ins are not creating any big problems for the citizens of Islamabad/Rawalpindi. They are protesting peacefully. Please write with good knowledge. ThanksRecommend

  • Prashant

    Shahryar, when you are born in a dynasty with a golden spoon in your mouth, it is difficult to be in sync with the common man whether the prince is on your side of the border or ours. The irony is those who have worked hard to come up the hierarchy in parties which are not yet ruled by dynasties have worked hard only for themselves and not for the common man. There might be exceptions but are too insignificant to make a difference.

    Just, look at them and tell me what makes them so capable of ruling a country other than their rich and regal faces besides the fact that they come with a particular surname which is enough for their sycophants to term them as visionaries.Recommend

  • 55guest

    The most funny thing is that, a few days back Asif Zardari labelled Imran Khan as “inexperienced politician”. He forgot his own son stands in the same category, and of not even knowing about poverty and dirty drinking water in the rural areas. It amazes me how he was blaming IK for spending money on his jalsas…ahaan what about you Mr.Zardari? A good question to ponder…..Recommend

  • Omair Shahid

    Spot on ppp is in a state of denial that’s why alot of people support pti for these reasonsRecommend

  • Abuzar Jamil

    All hail the king. Joffery.Recommend

  • Abuzar Jamil

    All hail the king. Joffery.Recommend

  • Parvez

    After the whole thing….I felt a little sorry for them, the Party of ZAB, BB……has been brought down to the status of a third rate circus…..with a rented crowd at that.Recommend

  • Parvez

    After the whole thing….I felt a little sorry for them, the Party of ZAB, BB……has been brought down to the status of a third rate circus…..with a rented crowd at that.Recommend

  • aaaaa

    yes they broke into Parliament peacefully, set fire in front of the SC peacefully, entered Cabinet division peacefully, tried to enter PM house peacefully, employed cranes to break down parliament’s fences peacefully, invaded PTV HQ peacefully. Asmatullah Junejo ended up in hospital because of peaceful actions of the moron march 2014.Recommend

  • Queen

    I wonder how someone who reads speech written by others in “Roman Urdu’ can claim of being the leader of the poor people of Pakistan?Recommend

  • Dajjal

    Prince Bilawar comes of age???

    Hardly…. he was, is and will remain a delusional He is a cheerleader for a failing team, doing his weird routines between bad performance of PPP… Recommend

  • Pakistani

    Baby Bhutto can’t handle even a minor political debate. It’s funny to hear they are nominating (a guy who don’t know anything about the politics of Pakistan) for a party leadership.Recommend

  • Faisal

    I am a PTI fan but have to be fair. PTI and PAT held Islamabad hostage for at least two weeks. My Office is in the red zone. My office remained closed for one week and then it was always a difficult task getting into red zone till recent past. I don’t have high hopes from PTI but of course, it is far better than others.Recommend

  • Pacer

    Only inconvenience caused was by govt containers.. now even they have been removes. The rallies are totally detached from the populated areas of IslamabadRecommend

  • Hufsah

    My feelings exactly… concise, to the point and extremely well written.Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    to be honest Joffery would kick out of Bilawal in a political debate. To rule you must excel at something, joffery was ruthless, bilawal is not even that. Recommend

  • Sane

    Monarchy and Dynasty no more accepted in this country. People are about to be ready for throwing them not to come back again.Recommend

  • Abuzar Jamil

    I will totally agree with you.Recommend