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Benazir’s Daughter

My Mother Benazir Bhutto

amlbk Benazirs DaughterShe’s the daughter of the assassinated Benazir Bhutto and Pakistan’s current President. So will British-educated 22-year-old Bakhtawar Bhutto-Zardari now enter the violent political arena of her homeland?

At Edinburgh University she is known as Itty Bee, a gregarious final-year English literature student with a penchant for MIA, Jay-Z and impromptu boom-box-and-barbecue picnics with her close-knit circle of friends. Right now, she is, like most of her contemporaries, locked away in her bedroom, forcing on her “revision face” and keeping herself fortified with Diet Coke, political rapper Immortal Technique and regular bursts on Facebook. After several weeks of hard slog, she recently posted that her dissertation was finally in the ring binder. But with finals now upon her, there is still little time for going out.

When she gets on the train to London, however, Itty Bee enters a different world. Here, she dons a headscarf and becomes Bakhtawar Bhutto-Zardari, the eldest daughter of Benazir Bhutto; the scion of a clan that has gripped Pakistani politics for the past four decades. She has already experienced more than her fair share of family tragedy. Her mother was assassinated just a few months before she went to Edinburgh. She never knew her grandfather, who ruled Pakistan in the Seventies but was hanged in 1979. Two uncles have been murdered. And her father – whom she calls “Baba” – is Asif Ali Zardari, the President of a fractious country often described in the West as “the most dangerous place on Earth”.

As a result of all this, Itty, 22, has made friends with extreme caution. But very soon, after her graduation this summer, she will face some life-changing decisions. Will Itty, whose Urdu name, Bakhtawar, means “a harbinger of good luck”, choose to go into the family business that has already claimed so many Bhuttos? The answer is almost certainly yes. There is already a political buzz around her, with thousands of supporters following 20 Facebook pages dedicated to her, such as the one entitled “Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari, our great leader”.

We meet at Benazir’s old flat in Queen’s Gate, London, around the corner from the Natural History Museum. Scattered between tapestries and keepsakes from around the world are dozens of images of Benazir and Benazir’s father, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, who founded the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) in 1967. Itty’s recently completed dissertation sits on the dining room table. Its title is telling: “Shakespeare’s political heroines in Antony and Cleopatra, Macbeth, Othello and The Winter’s Tale”. For Itty, these characters demonstrate how human frailty is the cause of failure, rather than fate or, especially, gender. It is a view her mother voiced repeatedly, having constantly lived with taunts from Pakistan’s male-dominated political system that women were politically incapable and naive.

BBtime2 234x300 Benazirs DaughterDressed in her trademark black, Itty settles into an armchair. Her BlackBerry is buzzing with messages from friends and relatives wanting to see her during the few days that she is in town. “I’m proud of my family,” she says, as her younger sister, Aseefa, 19, who is also studying in the UK, pours a Diet Coke.

For most of their childhood, Itty, Aseefa and older brother Bilawal lived with their mother in Dubai, where Benazir had gone into self-imposed exile after the collapse of her second government in 1996. The girls didn’t see their father, who was in prison in Pakistan on what the family maintain were politically motivated corruption charges. “By the time the authorities allowed us to have regular phone calls, I was almost a teenager and yet he was still telling me to go to bed by 8pm, not to watch television or read comics,” recalls Itty. “In Baba’s mind we must still have been the young kids we had been when he was arrested.”

These days, both parents are absent, although Itty and her sister stay in daily contact with their father on their phones. “Baba gets really cross when I don’t answer, and says he’s going to send in the Army,” jokes Aseefa. The image of a doting father massing troops to protect his kids sits oddly with President Zardari’s battered public persona back home, where newspapers portray him as vain, incapable of taming the military establishment, muddled, corrupt and never able to shake off the resulting monicker, Mr 10 Per Cent.

The endless sniping makes Itty fume and at Edinburgh she has earned a reputation asa fierce defender of the family name. “As part of my degree I took a course in South Asian studies and on the first day went into the lecture hall to find an enormous photo of Zia-ul-Haq, the military dictator who hanged my grandfather, projected on to the wall,” she says. “All the recommended books were telling me how my grandfather was the worst man in history. I had big arguments with the teacher. He didn’t like the Bhuttos.” She jumps up and starts pacing around the room: “I’m sick of hearing how corrupt my mother, my father and grandfather are supposed to be – until they die, of course. Then, they become the best thing Pakistan has ever had.”

In recent months, both she and her sister have started using Twitter to get their message across. Itty’s profile declares: “Proud daughter of shaheed [martyr] Benazir Bhutto and Asif Ali Zardari.” Between them, they have nearly 50,000 followers, although for several days in May supporters were unable to pick up messages after Zardari’s Government banned Twitter, accusing the website of posting blasphemous content against Islam. Itty carried on tweeting anyway: on drone strikes, a bloody Nato attack against Pakistani troops last year and the continuing investigation into her mother’s assassination.

After the cushion of four years in academia, Itty is clearly aware that many eyes are on her. She will graduate this summer around the same time that her father begins plotting the PPP’s future. After a series of collisions with the country’s all-powerful military and its cantankerous judiciary, Zardari is widely predicted to call a general election in October, bringing his five-year term as President to an early end. Officially, it is Bilawal whose hat is in the ring to succeed him. A handsome Zardari lookalike and Oxford graduate, Bilawal is co-chairman of the PPP with his father. If Itty joins him in Pakistan, they will become a mirror image of the Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi brother-and-sister team across the border in India. And almost before we sit down, she is talking like a politician. “I want to continue my mother’s work on social issues such as women’s rights, education and poverty.

“I don’t consider myself Western,” she says. I do recognise that I’ve benefited from a UK education for the past four years, but otherwise I consider myself Eastern. I’ve got a lot to learn. I want to educate myself about my country. I want to wander around and see real life for myself. There’s an awful lot to do.” She talks about the country’s rapid slide towards religious extremism and how the population has more than doubled since her mother was in power. “There was one baby I saw in the flood-hit areas in 2010,” she says. “She was lying on the ground, covered in flies, while the mother just sat there. When I asked why she didn’t swat away the flies and pick her baby up, she looked at me and said, ‘This is how I was brought up, so why should I treat my child any differently?’ That’s one of the things that needs to be remedied in my country. We need to make life worth living.”

The last time I was here at the Queen’s Gate flat was in 2006, when I came to interview Benazir Bhutto on her self-imposed exile, only to discover that she was planning to end it. Then it was filled with advisers and chain-smoking party workers, talking up her plan to go home and contest new elections, having already served twice as Prime Minister.

Bilawal, Itty and Aseefa were away at school in Dubai. Zardari was recuperating, after his 11 years in prison, at a medical clinic in New York. It was a bizarre scene, with Benazir hopping around in jogging pants, picking at a plate of uncooked vegetables, her raw diet designed to get her in shape for the arduous campaign trail ahead, as calls from political leaders in three continents pinged around the living room.

Today the flat is quiet, although Itty gets minute-by-minute text updates about the storms raging in Pakistan. Her father, whom she has not seen for five months, is defending his coalition government against multiple challenges from the courts, the Opposition and the military. There are continuing attempts to prosecute him for corruption charges. There remain whispers of a coup in the offing and Pakistan’s relations with its closest Western ally, the United States, are at an all-time low following the revelation that Osama bin Laden lived in the country for up to nine years. Only last month, the two countries came to blows again after a Pakistani doctor, Shakeel Afridi, was sentenced to more than 30 years in prison for his role in helping the CIA monitor the bin Laden compound.

Itty’s life has been a political rollercoaster for as long as she can remember. “The family had one summer together after my mother was killed and before my father became president,” she recalls. “Our private time is very special. It’s the only time I can really relax.” When Aseefa last saw her father it was on official business, accompanying him to meet Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma in January this year. “They were joking about spending 11 years in prison,” Aseefa says. “Aung San Suu Kyi told my father the first ten years were the easiest.”

The closest the girls had to a normal life was between 1997 and 2004, when they were living in London and Dubai. “It was the only time we had Mama to ourselves,” says Itty. After she was killed in 2007 at the age of 54 and the children returned to Pakistan for the funeral, the local press declared open season on the Bhutto offspring, even ridiculing Itty for a rap she wrote in memory of her mother and uploaded to YouTube: “Shot in the back of your ear/ So young in 54th year/ Murdered with three kids left behind/ A hopeless nation without you, you are in all their hearts.”

Since then, the girls have kept a low profile. For the past three years, Aseefa has been living with her sister in Edinburgh, having enrolled at the city’s exclusive St George’s School for Girls. “Baba and Bilawal were in Pakistan. I just wanted to be near Itty,” she says, glancing at her sister. But she has just started a degree at another British university. “I don’t want to name it because I don’t want the attention,” she says apologetically. “Why not?” challenges Itty. “Everyone knows who you are anyway.”

Both girls understand the need for caution, Itty citing her launch of a relief charity during floods that crippled Pakistan in 2010. “It became some story about me starting a political party against my brother,” she says. “They said the dynasty was splitting. It’s total fiction. I want to support my brother. My mother always told us to be proud and to stick together.”

Keeping an eye on them today is Benazir’s younger sister Sanam Bhutto, their default mother. “Sticking together is the most important thing,” Sanam says, nodding at the girls, who call her Aunty Sunny. “My father [Zulfikar Ali Bhutto] used to say, ‘You kids must hold together like a fist. Individual fingers can be broken, but together as a fist you are strong.’” Not all of Zulfikar’s children heeded his advice. Benazir’s oldest brother Murtaza, who set up a political movement to rival his sister, was shot dead in 1996, a crime pinned for a time on Zardari, while Shahnawaz, Zulfikar’s younger son, was poisoned during a family holiday in Nice, France, in 1985. Only Sanam, who has lived in London since her father was killed, has shunned politics. “That’s why I’m still alive,” she says grimly.

Despite the risks, Itty is keen to get back to Pakistan this summer, although she is well aware some will not welcome her. “People say to me, ‘What do you know about Pakistan? You don’t know how we suffer.’ But our family has also suffered so much for Pakistan.” When Itty thinks of home, she thinks of Bilawal House, the family home in Karachi, where she spent her first six years. When she returned in 2004 to greet her father on his release from prison, she found all her childhood toys still in her bedroom, arranged by her mother. “Even now, I feel like I’m literally coming home, my mother’s make-up is still in her bedroom, our family photo albums are still on the shelves.”

Bakhtawar Bhutto-Zardari’s life has been overshadowed by Pakistani politics, from her birth. Benazir Bhutto became pregnant with her second child in March 1989, just three months after being voted into office, the first woman elected to govern a Muslim state. She kept the pregnancy a secret for as long as possible, determined that the men around her should not exploit the situation.

“Once they learnt I was pregnant, all hell broke loose,” Benazir told me in 2006. Facing a parliamentary vote that it was unconstitutional to have a pregnant head of government, she secretly arranged to have her daughter delivered by Caesarean section. “I drove over to Bilawal House wearing a burka,” Sanam says today. “We swapped places and then she drove off in the burka to the hospital. Nobody had a clue.” The following day, Benazir was back on the job. Sanam beams: “As a baby, she was so tiny my sister called her Itty after the song, Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie,” she says, explaining the pet name.

Seven months after Itty’s birth, Benazir was ejected from office on corruption charges. Zardari was arrested, accused along with his wife of accepting millions in bribes. But in October 1993, she was voted back into power and the family was reunited at the Prime Minister’s house in Islamabad. Then in November 1996, Benazir’s government was again overthrown, Zardari was rearrested and the children sent abroad.

Zardari was finally released in December 2004. Itty remembers the summers following his release as “the best times ever. We’d all go off to the US, where Dad was undergoing medical treatment. He was known as Mr Ali so we could just disappear from the scene.”

However, by 2007, politics again loomed. Pakistan was reeling amid a wave of suicide bombing and support for President Pervez Musharraf, a general who had seized power in a military coup in 1999, was dwindling. Behind the scenes in London, Washington and Dubai, the PPP, spurred on by the British Foreign Office and the US State Department, secretly hatched plans to return Benazir to Pakistan.Itty says they were not unduly worried. “We were excited about her going back because we knew how happy she was to return. We didn’t think, ‘It’s a life and death thing.’”

Benazir told me before leaving for Pakistan that autumn that she was not frightened;she had survived several attempts on her life already. However, she had not witnessed the growth of the lawless Pakistan Taleban, a deadly and invidious force aimed against domestic targets. Within hours of her arrival on October 18, 2007, she was targeted again.

Itty reveals that her mother had asked her daughters to accompany her. “But I was sitting my A-levels two weeks later,” she recalls. “So we stayed at home with Baba and followed it all on TV.” That night, Benazir’s tank-like lorry wound its way through Karachi flanked by supporters chanting, “Long live Bhutto.” Itty remained in touch with her mother by text and e-mail. “She was waving with one hand and messaging me on with the other. We were discussing my university application form.”

Just before midnight on October 18, after the girls went to bed, two huge explosions rocked Benazir’s convoy, killing 126 people. She had just ducked down into the truck to remove her sandals, so survived the blast. Even more horrific was Benazir’s belief that one of the two bombs had been attached to a baby. “Just before the blast, a man was trying to pass this child to her and she almost took it,” says Itty. “After realising there were too many people, she gesticulated not to bring her the baby and the security van behind took it instead. That’s when the first explosion happened.”

Benazir returned to Dubai, telling her family she was shocked at just how far Pakistan had fallen. But when Musharraf declared a state of emergency soon after, she decided to go back. “Mama came into my room the night before leaving,” says Aseefa. “She said, ‘Don’t wake up tomorrow morning. We will say goodbye now.’” But Aseefa insisted on coming to the airport anyway. “In the lounge Mama said, ‘Come with me, you can sit on my lap on the plane.’ And I said no, I had school,” she recalls, sobbing. “I wish I’d gone with her. I should have been with her. My biggest regret ever is that I didn’t go with her on that last trip.”

Their worst fears were realised on December 27, 2007. The family were at home in Dubai watching television when a news flash popped up. Benazir had been injured during a gun and suicide bomb attack as she left a rally in Rawalpindi. Dozens of PPP supporters were dead. “I remember it like it happened yesterday,” says Itty. While her father and brother tried to find a plane to take them there at short notice, “I was ringing up all these people in Pakistan, demanding updates about her condition. I thought she was just injured, that we would see her in the hospital… But nobody was telling me the truth.”

On the way to the airport, she listened as her father took a call. “I heard him say, ‘You must put the body on ice,’ and my world turned upside down.”

It was chaos when the family landed in Karachi. Itty recalls, “My father and brother were taken in an ambulance with my mother’s body and the doors didn’t even close properly.”

The funeral was held in Naudero, the Bhuttos’ ancestral village near Larkana, in Sindh province, 400 miles to the north. “It was unreal,” says Aseefa. “People were so upset they were setting themselves on fire. All I wanted was to have a little time alone with her. But people were desperate with grief. They were climbing on to the roof of our house and breaking all the windows.”

Aseefa says that after the funeral, Zardari told his children he was ready to pack the family up and get them as far away from Pakistani politics as he could. But when he found that Benazir had placed him in charge of the party founded by her father he pledged to stay. “We were all in a room together when he read out my mother’s will,” says Itty. Almost immediately, Zardari suggested that Bilawal should stand as PPP chairman. “It was his idea, not anyone else’s. He had tears in his eyes. He said we have to let the party vote.” At the time it was widely reported that he was so desperate to seize power that he had faked his wife’s will, but Aseefa says it was the opposite. “He was angry and upset. He wanted to get us away from politics until we were married with children. He himself had no intention.”

After the funeral, Zardari and Bilawal remained in Pakistan to contest the elections of February 2008, while Itty and Aseefa returned to Dubai. “It didn’t hit home that Mama really was not there,” says Aseefa, “until I came home from school one day months later with a good grade for my essay.I wanted to show her like I used to. Finally, I knew I would never be able to do that again.”

During my last interview with Benazir Bhutto, she admitted that her children had suffered as a result of her political career. “With me coming and going, I always worried they were fearful I wouldn’t return, like their father didn’t return one day. I told them no matter what I would always be back.”

Now she is gone, Bhutto’s daughters say they respect their mother’s choices. “I’m not angry,” says Itty. “I’m just sad it has to be this way.” She also understands the political legacy that Benazir has left behind. Like her mother, Itty is resolute that home is Pakistan, whatever the chattering classes in Islamabad say about her foreign upbringing. She also has a clear sense of duty. “I want to stand up and be counted; to make an effort to help my country.” That voice, if you close your eyes, is her mother’s voice.

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21 comments on “Benazir’s Daughter

  1. Ravez Junejo on said:

    Miss Bakhtawar Bhutto-Zardari founded the Save The Flood and Disaster Victims Organisation in 2010 when hyper floods ravaged 25% of Pakistan’s territory resulting in the deaths of thousands and huge monetary losses. SFDVO was one of the few privately run NGOs that completed housing projects for the flood victims who were rendered homeless. SFDVO was also active in the 2011 flood season.

  2. Fareedullah on said:

    [I LOVE YOU BAKHTAWARBZ][Fareedullah]

  3. Sajal on said:

    Love you dearest BBZ -You are Hope of nation!!!

  4. Mujtaba Abbas on said:

    The article is very nice…

  5. Wamsha on said:

    Itty we Love you soooo much <3 <3 The reflection of SMBB <3 <3 <3

  6. Saria Benazir on said:

    Absolutely startling! Bakhtawar is certainly the mirror image of Shaheed Mohtarmah Benazir Bhutto. She makes us all too proud – our reason to stand tall. All support & prayers of the nation are with you. I owe you my blood – Itty, that is a promise and you’d always have this life. Pakistan is desperately waiting to have you back. Once again, it would be a “Benazir” return!
    JEYAY BHUTTO, JEYAY BAKHTAWAR! <3
    Lots of love, SB.

  7. dr. rajesh on said:

    bakhtawar keep up we the people of pakistan knew u r reflector of mohtrama benazir , you are great asset of ppp. god bless u

  8. Mazhar Hussain on said:

    I am a big MUREED of SHAHEED BHTTO and SHAHEED BB. But i want you to know that your father is giving no relief for us, the poor people of Pakistan.

  9. Ali Khan on said:

    I will keep my comments short and sweet. I didn’t bother to read the article. Any glorification of corrupt Bhuttos/Zardaris is strictly off limit for me personally.

    I am saddened when the Westerners, especially the Brits start to write about a family which is deeply mired in corruption and loot for decades now.
    I have asked these questions repeatedly from the supporters of PPP and die hard lovers of Bhutto and now de-facto Bhuttos of Zardari clan, their leaders have multiple houses spread all over the world, in different cities of Pakistan, in Dubai, in the UK, in France and many properties in the USA.
    How BB in the past and now Zardari maintains these properties; wages of the servants who worked for them, the upkeep of the properties, bills and taxes etc? Will someone ask this new kid on the block, how much income has been declared by her father in recent years in any part of the world? How much tax he has paid to maintain King’s life style by him and his children?

    Unfortunately PPP leaders and their supporters are always shy away from such fundamental questions.
    My question to the writer(s) of this article, would you allow such abuse of power and flouting of the norms here in the UK? Would you allow our Politicians to live like Kings without ever showing their incomes, assets and their interests in the Register?

    If we cannot allow this to happen in the UK, what right we have to glorify a family whose dishonesty is beyond any doubt. Those who think I am stretching the boundaries here could start to answer my fundamental questions and we go from there. One of the main reason why PPP has given the scarifies of Gilani yesterday is because Zardari and BB herself was deeply involved in the Corruption charges investigated by the Swiss Authorities. No wonder PPP leaders openly say, (Babar Awan Repeated it yesterday in a talk show) to write the letter to the Swiss Authorities tantamount to the trial of BB’s grave. They all know about BB’s involvement in corruption. She had another case against her on UN oil quotas for Iraq during Sadam’s regime.

    By glorification of Bakhtawar or any of Zardari’s/BB’s children is a direct front to the poor people of Pakistan, who are left hungry and destitute from the corruption of their political and military elites.

    Bakhtawar or anyone else from her family cannot bring any change to the lives of poor and destitute Pakistanis. Their main motive and practice is to amass wealth for themselves and loot Pakistan and its people of whatever little resources they have. Current PPP Government has broken all the records of corruption according to the reports by International agencies. The current corruption shows no change in their methods and practices, they were thieves in yester years and are still looting Pakistani nation.

    Please stop glorifying them. We cannot recommend for people of Pakistan something which we would never ever tolerate in our Country, namely the corruption, loot and amassing ill-gotten money.

    I hope you will allow my comments to be displayed.

  10. Jawad on said:

    Mr Ali Khan sums up it pretty well,

    PPP government in the “name of democracy” has been raping the rights of middle and poor class people. Increase in oil prices, increase in dollar and nerve-wrecking loadshedding you name it! has lead poor people to committing suicide. The industries are shuting down. These so called the protector of democracy are nothing but looters and snakes who are increasing the size of their wardrobe and bank vault. Neither Benzair nor the current government has done anything right so far, Pakistan is on an edge and can be collapse due to it’s economy.

    They have corrupted the institutions of Pakistan, Mr Gillani was one of the worst prime minister of Pakistan, he is not even able to represent himself properly infront of national media and makes a complete fool of himself. Mr Gillani and his family has been spending the money of tax payer and building mansions out of it, buying luxury vehicles. Rich is getting richer and poor has no where to go and feed his family.

    Please don’t let these snakes and disease infest our beloved Pakistan they have done enough damage already, otherwise the citizen of Pakistan who will vote for these so called “defenders of Pakistan” we will murder our nation when we bring them back.

  11. naeemk on said:

    This is horrifying that next genration of poltician ( God forbid if they ever win election again) has same shamless denial attitude towards problems of people of Pakistan. We people just dont want to see your corruption embeedded faces, benazir , zardari, nawaz sharif, mullah diesel you name it. This time we want change, go enjoy wealth that your parents looted untill the day of accountibility that is not far from now.

  12. Mamoon ur Rasheed on said:

    the most corrupt party. people are dying of hunger/load shedding.

    Benazir got murdered in the war of power and it was a bad day for pakistan that includes me but she was not the leader, she was also a looter.
    Zulifqar ali bhutto was a genious and his end shows that he was only genious to benifit his rule, not the rule of law. His death was a great loss in the way he died not that he was important to people of pakistan.

    Zardar?????? man who is killling people day by day? most corrupt gov ever?????

    We are not that bad nation to deserve such a leader. we deserver better leaders like mahatir mohammad, tabbib ardagan.

    you and your family is junk of history. and soon you will rest there but without piese cos we(people of pakistan) will make sure to get back what you and your family looted from us.

  13. mustafanoor on said:

    yes it is very will article

  14. Solomon2 on said:

    The Bhutto clan has an unfortunate tendency towards self-deception. ZAB was a conniving Napoleon until hubris brought him down; Benazir boasted much but other than tarnishing her opponents only accomplished the few things the military permitted. As a PPP scion without experience she may find herself as isolated an ineffective as her mother, or as slavishly obedient to militancy as her grandfather.

    Girl needs to chart her own course a bit, I think.

  15. I hope, for the sake of our country, that Bakhtawar will not follow in the footsteps of her mother or father – or anyone in the Bhutto family. In my mind, the name Bhutto is synonymous with corruption and theft – theft of our money, our lives and our safety.

    How is a man is not even a college graduate leading our country? What sort of example is he setting for the youth? How is he paying for the education of his children? With our hard earned money? How is it that half of PPP has Jeeps and Pajeros? I’m sure not all of them are well off to buy multiple cars like these.

    Why is it that Pakistan is getting increasingly unsafe under Zardaris rule? I question why Dr. Shakeel Afridi was sentenced to 30 years in prison for helping the CIA. Why wasn’t eradicating a powerful terrorist on top of the list to better Pakistan’s safety? What is with this constant bombing and shooting? Why have we have become desensitized to death? These are our people, this is our blood. But after being upset for so long, there’s no use. This situation has led us to selfishness – as long as we’re not the ones dead everything will be fine. But every life lost is a part of Pakistan lost. Why isn’t this matter taken into consideration?

    Also – what on earth is with this banning youtube? You won’t give foreign people the freedom of speech – or local people for that matter – to silence the religious extremists that shouldn’t be a part of this country anyway but you will sentence a man to prison who was getting rid of a man who gave a bad name to Islam? Does that make any sense in your head? Because it doesn’t in mine.

    I think it’s time PPP surrendered. This country is just getting worse under it’s rule. It’s time we need a change – it’s time we have the freedom to demand for it without the fear of being shot. If i were to protest this out loud, how long would it take for me to be killed?

    Everything you’re doing for education and women’s rights and what Aseefa is doing for Polio eradication is great and we all appreciate it. But let’s take this country step by step to a better place. Let’s get rid of PPP and get a new government. Even if it is corrupt, it is a highly difficult task to be more corrupt than PPP. But with all the rigged voting, paying the poor to get a vote, it doesn’t seem likely that we will get a change. We have to start from somewhere. How about you disguise yourself so no one knows you’re a Bhutto and go out in a car with a driver and no security. Isn’t that a scary though? Now imagine the people who can’t afford guards. They can’t afford the security which should be given by the state.

    Pakistan’s image across the world is tarnished and you are not doing anything to help that. And no one else can because of the way we live our lives – in constant fear. “You can’t get out of the house today, the halaat are bad”. “I can’t call my driver because his phone got snatched and I can’t drive alone because it’s too unsafe”. Why are these sentences part of our daily lives and why is nothing being done?

    With the PPP regime, we have all been constantly waiting for a change. Something better. No one wants to live like this anymore. But we are all still waiting…

  16. BHUTTO FAMILY IS NOT TOO BE BLAMED FOR CORRUPTION WHOLE COUNTRY IS CORRUPTED YOU ME AND EVERY ONE LIVING IN PAKISTAN WE ARE ALL CORRUPTED IF YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT PPP THEN ASEEFA BHUTTO CAN BRING CHANGE BUT IT CAN HAPPEN IF SHE GETS A CHANCE AND IT CAN ONLY HAPPEN IF ONE PARTY GETS A WHOLE COUNTRY TO RUN. I AM SUPPORTING ASEEFA BHUTTO TOO BRING CHANE IT CAN HAPPEN IF SHE GET HER CHANCE TO BECOME A PRIME MINISTER OF PAKISTAN SHE HAVE VIEWS THAT CAN BRING CHANGE SHE HAVE ENERGY AND SUCCESS PLAN TO BRING CHANGE IN PAKISTAN.

  17. KOHISTAN on said:

    Banzer was the great leader of Pakistan
    I LIKE HIS FAMILY

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