Bilawal repeats Zardari’s rhetoric

ADDRESSING a delegation from Balochistan on the occasion of Foundation Day of the PPP, Party Chairman Bilawal Zardari held out an assurance that after coming into power the PPP would restore trust of Baloch people in democracy. He also lashed out at PML-N for doing nothing to resolve problems of Baloch people and claimed that his party would emerge victorious in the province in 2018.
Statement of Bilawal on Balochistan seems to be nothing more than rhetoric of former President and his father Asif Ali Zardari who publically apologized to the people of Balochistan for past ‘excesses’ but miserably failed to do anything substantial for them during his tenure. No doubt, his Government launched much-publicized ‘Aghaz Haqooq-e-Balochistan Package’ but it mostly remained an ‘Aghaz’(beginning) and did not contribute towards resolution of the Balochistan problems. The PPP doled out provincial government to a man who only churned out laughing statements and had no vision to address issues and challenges confronting the largest province of the country. One would definitely ask Bilawal as to what his party did for political reconciliation in the province and to resolve the issue of backwardness of the Baloch people. It is also ironic that instead of appreciating the steps being taken now including the monumental project of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, Bilawal is propagating that CPEC is just meant for Punjab and not for smaller provinces including Balochistan. This runs contrary to ground realities as most of the work relating to CPEC at the moment is about developing Gwadar and linking it with rest of the country and China including Western route that passes through KP. At a time when efforts are being made to revitalise PPP, anti-Punjab statements would be counter-productive.

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