Karachi: PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari delivered a heartfelt tribute to the victims of the tragic Karsaz bomb blast incident that occurred in 2007 during the homecoming reception rally of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. On the somber anniversary of the event, Bilawal remembered the scores of party workers who lost their lives on that fateful day and expressed his unwavering support for the Palestinian people.
October 18, 2007, marked the return of Benazir Bhutto to Pakistan after eight years of self-exile, with thousands of enthusiastic supporters welcoming her. Tragically, as her rally crossed the Karsaz bridge in Karachi, a devastating blast occurred, orchestrated by a suicide bomber. The blast claimed numerous lives and left hundreds injured, though Benazir Bhutto herself miraculously escaped unharmed but deeply shaken.
In his address to PPP supporters gathered in Karachi, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari stated, “Today, we have all gathered here to commemorate the victims of the tragic incident, and the PPP also stands in solidarity with the Palestinian people.” He emphasized the remarkable courage displayed by PPP workers that day, highlighting their dedication to democracy and their unwavering loyalty.
Bilawal went on to express the party’s solidarity with the Palestinian people, stating, “The people of Karachi stand with the people of Palestine. The people of Palestine were never alone yesterday, and they will not be alone tomorrow. As long as Pakistan exists, the people of Palestine cannot be left alone. The people of Palestine and the PPP share a longstanding connection.”
He recounted Benazir Bhutto’s historic visit to Palestine and the relationship between the PPP and the Palestinian cause. “The people of Pakistan condemn the oppression faced by the people of Palestine. We demand that the prime minister and foreign minister do not remain silent on the Palestinian issue. On the Palestinian issue, all of Pakistan stands united.”
Bilawal Bhutto stressed the importance of national unity in a time when Pakistan faces division on various issues. He called for a new way of thinking and politics that abandons the politics of hatred and name-calling. He emphasized the need for new leadership and the importance of holding elections to let the people decide their future.
Furthermore, Bilawal voiced his concern over the current political landscape, citing the damaging effects of the politics of “selection” on democracy. He advocated for moving forward, holding elections, and placing the power of choice in the hands of the people, asserting that it’s not about “yours” or “mine” but “ours.”
In terms of economic progress, Bilawal urged for a focus on the common man and underlined the importance of centering the economy around the welfare of the people. He asserted that the PPP’s legacy included achievements in alleviating inflation, poverty, and unemployment.
Bilawal Bhutto concluded his address with a promise of hope for young people, mentioning initiatives in healthcare and development projects in Sindh. He also alluded to plans for a new economic corridor across the country when the PPP comes to power.
The anniversary of the Karsaz bomb blast serves as a poignant reminder of the PPP’s enduring commitment to democracy and its unwavering support for the people of Pakistan and Palestine.