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The LUBP commends Mr Bilawal Bhutto Zardari for his bold and timely rejoinder to Islamofascists

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari assured Christians and other minorities in Pakistan that they would be defended

The LUBP commends Mr. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, PPP chairperson, for his bold and timely rejoinder to the Islamofascists. At a time when the PPP government is being besieged on all fronts, it is important not to loose focus and address issues clearly and in that regard, we have nothing but the highest praise for Mr. Bilawal. In one strong gesture, he demolishes the narrative that is being carefully crafted in GHQ and its various supporters which blames the PPP for the murder of Taseer, therby deflecting attention away from the real murderers, their supporters and their apologists.

Our two posts (A plan well executed and Shaista Aazar’s piece “Salman Taseer: Another victim of the deep state“) address these issues and more will be coming.

Mr. Bilawal, LUBP stands with you!

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Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari pays tribute to Salmaan Taseer, pledges to defend minorities in Pakistan

The son of Benazir Bhutto compared the death of a prominent Pakistan governor to his mother’s assassination at a memorial meeting tonight. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, now chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party, told those gathered at the Pakistan High Commission in London that the bravery of liberal Punjab governor Salman Taseer will “never be forgotten”.

Mr Bhutto said: “My mother embraced martyrdom while defending our faith. She was martyred doing her jihad against those who had hijacked our religion. On January 4, Shaheed Salman Taseer was assassinated because he too refused to be silenced. He too was assassinated in defence of our religion. He died defending the message of Islam.”

Those mourning Mr Taseer were told that the 66-year-old, who had a British-born mother, was “the real lion of Punjab”.

Oxford University-educated Mr Bhutto condemned those who have praised Mumtaz Qadri, the bodyguard who said he killed the politician for criticising blasphemy laws.

Addressing Qadri’s supporters, Mr Bhutto said: “You, along with the killers of Shaheed Salman Taseer, are the real blasphemers. Because of you, the message of Islam is distorted in the eyes of the world.”

He stressed he spoke “not as a politician” but a student, and added: “Those who attack my religion, especially those who corrupt its peaceful message, you are what I call covert blasphemers and you will be defeated. This will be our jihad.”

Echoing the words he spoke following his mother’s death, he said: “Democracy is always the best revenge.”

Mr Taseer had become involved in the case of a Christian woman who he said was wrongly sentenced to death for insulting Islam’s prophet, Mohammed.

Mr Bhutto promised Christians and members of other minority groups in Pakistan: “We will defend you. For those who wish to harm you for a crime you did not commit, they will have to go through me first.”

Bhutto, who is studying in England, said “the dark forces of violent extremism, intolerance and bigotry are intent on devouring our country and our faith” and Taseer’s killing was meant to cow its opponents into remaining silent and frightened.

“Our party’s struggle to uphold the values of Islam and democracy will continue,” Bilawal pledged. “An egalitarian, tolerant and a just order, which serves all the people, remains our goal. Taseer was targeted for pursuing these noble goals and we will honour his memory by continuing the mission, which he joined as a student and served until his death,”

He said he would uphold the legacy of his mother and his grandfather, former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, who was hanged in 1979. “I will not be silenced by fear.”

He also condemned clerics who warned against mourning Taseer’s death, saying of those who threatened Muslims who prayed or grieved for him: “You too shall be defeated.”

“The assassination of Shaheed Salman Taseer is not about liberals versus conservatives or moderate versus radical Islam. It is about right and wrong,” Bhutto said.

Other speakers at the meeting included MPs Gerald Kaufman and Sadiq Khan, who spoke of their sorrow at the politician’s death.

Prayers were said during the gathering, and a minute’s silence held in his honour. (Source: Asian Image and Reuters and Daily Times)

Video: Bilawal Bhutto Zardari condemns Salman Taseer’s assassination

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  • It is an excellent speech, a clear message to the obvious and camouflaged PPP haters who say that Taseer was abandoned etc.

    Is there any other political party in Pakistan with
    this kind of message to fanatic mullahs (the real blasphemers) and assurance to religious minorities?

  • ’قاتل کے حامی توہینِ رسالت کے مرتکب‘

    بلاول لندن میں سلمان تاثیر کی یاد میں منعقدہ تقریب میں شریک ہوئے

    پاکستان کی سابق وزیراعظم بینظیر بھٹو کے صاحبزادے اور حکمران جماعت پیپلز پارٹی کے چیئرپرسن بلاول زرداری کا کہنا ہے کہ گورنر پنجاب سلمان تاثیر کے قاتل کی حمایت کرنے والے لوگ ’اصل میں توہینِ رسالت کرنے والے ہیں‘۔

    گورنر پنجاب سلمان تاثیر کو چار جنوری کو اسلام آباد میں ان کے محافظ نے گولیاں مار کر قتل کر دیا تھا اور قاتل کے مطابق اس نے یہ قدم گورنر پنجاب کی جانب سے ناموسِ رسالت کے قانون کو کالا قانون کہنے پر اٹھایا۔

    پیر کی شام لندن میں پاکستانی ہائی کمیشن میں سلمان تاثیر کی یاد میں منعقدہ ایک تعزیتی تقریب سے خطاب کرتے ہوئے بلاول بھٹو زرداری کا کہنا تھا کہ ’جو لوگ میرے مذہب کو نشانہ بناتے ہیں، خصوصاً وہ جو اس کے پرامن پیغام کو خراب کرتے ہیں، تمہی وہ لوگ ہو جو پوشیدہ رہ کر توہینِ رسالت کے مرتکب ہو رہے ہو اور تمہیں شکست ہوگی‘۔

    خبر رساں ادارے اے ایف پی کے مطابق بلاول زرداری نے کہا کہ ’یہی ہمارا جہاد ہوگا‘۔انہوں نے عیسائیوں سمیت پاکستان میں بسنے والی اقلیتوں کو یقین دلایا کہ ان کا تحفظ کیا جائے گا۔

    جو لوگ میرے مذہب کو نشانہ بناتے ہیں، خصوصاً وہ جو اس کے پرامن پیغام کو خراب کرتے ہیں، تمہی وہ لوگ ہو جو پوشیدہ رہ کر توہینِ رسالت کے مرتکب ہو رہے ہو اور تمہیں شکست ہوگی۔
    بلاول بھٹو
    انہوں نے کہا کہ ‘ہم آپ کا تحفظ کریں گے۔ اور وہ لوگ جو آپ کو ناکردہ جرائم کی سزا دینا چاہتے ہیں انہیں مجھ سے ہو کر آپ تک پہنچنا ہوگا‘۔

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/pakistan/2011/01/110111_bilawal_blasphemy_zs.shtml

  • Bilawal won my heart. Gilani, Zardari all were tight lipped. This is the destiny of PPP to take progressive stands. Otherwise it has no reason to exist. Brave son of brave mother.

  • bravo,he spoke so well.we will not be silenced by fear.may GOD be with u,bilawal, in ur noble intentions.

  • thank u bilawal 4 taking a brave and clear stand on this issue.@ babar,i dont think ,mr.president is tight lipped abt the issue.he not only condemned it but also praised mr.taseer 4 his courageous stand in favour of oppressed minorities in pakistan.i think in this charged atmosphere its not possible 4 the government 2 review the blasphemy laws.they dont have the majority in the parliament either. dont u remember the NIZAM-E- MUSTAFA tehrik in late 70’s,the PNA movement which was funded by anti-democratic forces 2 topple ZAB’s government.i guess.mr zardar doesnt want the islamist parties and the establishment 2 repeat the history and derail democracy.

  • well said mr. Bilawal (the hope for the nation).islam have been hijecked by the religious extremists known bu wahabis who are against the saints and the core of islam .in fact they are real blasphemous to the prophet Muhammad.
    the only solution to the situation is……………..Suggestion by HH AlGohar Younus to the Government of Pakistan
    http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.goharshahi.com%2Furdu%2Flatestnews%2F2011%2Fjan%2F07%2Findex.htm&h=115c1

  • a rabid ISI agent said about the PPP jiyalas (via Twitter)

    mosharrafzaidi Mosharraf Zaidi
    Is it possible to appreciate the content of Bilawal’s speech without becoming a rabid jiyala? Yes. It is. Its called objectivity.

  • Pakistan has come to a point where thousands believe they are righteous and have divine authority to carry out God’s acts on this earth. The repugnant response by the supporters of Salman Taseer’s alleged killer has truly been mesmerizing. Qadri’s fan base has distorted Islam to such an extent that it has become laughable to comprehend how they perceive themselves to be protecting the sanctity of Islam. To read this article: http://bit.ly/i6eiYK

  • He sounds a ray of hope.
    Very courageous way to condemn ST assasination.
    Jis daj se koi maqtal mein jata hai woh shaan salamat rehti hai
    Is jaan ki to koi baat nahin yeh jaan to aani jaani hai

  • Sorry, but may I ask was Bilawal elected? A party that does not elect a chairman does not seem to believe in democracy.

    Are we too much into personality worship? Why can’t we seek people to run the party based on their record of service for Pakistan and it’s oppressed people?

    Bilawal’s only claim to fame is his ancestry? He has not even finished his studies yet!!

  • @Mubashir, since when have you become such a supporter of the PPP so as to comment on it. The Jamaat Islami I think uses a rigged method to “elect” its leaders and they have been great for democracy right!!

    The PPP has submitted to the electoral process and even in the last elections. the electorate preferred the choices of Bilawal and Zardari heading the party vs. establishment stooges and back stabbers like Aitzaz, Nahid Khan and Safdar Abbasi leading the party.

    Why don’t you put your money where your mouth is and ask your Qazi Hussain Ahmed and Imran Khan as to why they did not participate in the last elections or can they only come on the backs of military dictators!

  • Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Chairman PPP has bluntly blasted the supporters of Salman Taseer assassin and labeled them real blasphemers. He came vigorous against those admiring the murderer of Governor Punjab. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari while praising Salman Taseer has said Shaheed Salmaan Taseer was the real Lion of Punjab. Bilawal said “He was one of the few heroic politicians left in the ever-depleting pool of brave Pakistani politicians. At a time when evil masquerades as people of faith terrorizing all those who oppose or disagree with them, Shaheed Salmaan Taseer fought back. He spoke without fear. He defended those who could not defend themselves despite threats of violent retribution. His murder is more than a political assassination. Like the assassination of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto it is a message. It is a message to all of us who believe in the peaceful teachings of our beloved prophet. It is a message to all of us who believe in democracy, justice and humanity, that the dark forces of violent extremism, intolerance and bigotry are intent on devouring our country and our faith. It is a message for us to remain silent and frightened in the face of terror and injustice. We have been threatened to either bow before this evil or be killed. But, in the tradition of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Shaheed Benazir Bhutto we refuse to bow down”.

  • Ali Abbas Anayatullah, kab tak Qudsia kay bhurqay may chupa rahay ga? Mard ka bacha hai tou apnay naam say likh

  • MR. BILAWAL BHUTO HAS GIVEN A VERY STRONG AND RIGHT STATEMENT IN FAVOUR OF SALAMAN TASEER SHEED,BUT WHAT ABOUT SARDAR ZULFIQAR KOTHA(KHOSA),THE NEW GOVERNOR OF PUNJAB, WHO HAS NOT SAID A SINGLE WORDS FOR SALAMAN TASEER DURING HIS OATH CEREMONY. THANK YOU FORGETTING SALAMAN TASEER, SO QUICKLY, THANK YOU PPP AND THANK YOU PAKISTAN.

  • The crown prince of Pakistan ( Bilawal Bhutto) is a joker. PPP claims to be a democratic party, but is run like a family dynasty. Bilawal bhutto who can’t speak proper Urdu and has lived most of his life outside of Pakistan is going to teach Pakistan about blasphemy laws.

    Pakistan is tired of Family dictatorships and this Angrez ki aulad Bilawal is NOT suited to lead Pakistan.

  • Bilawal baichara kia janay Pakistan k problems aur logon k masael. Kia Bilawal Bhutto ka intakhab democracy he? Power aur Government(iqtadar) k hasool k lye to log nasal tk change ker laitay hain ALLAH maaf fermae.