Bilawal Zardari, son of deceased Pakistani leader Benazir Bhutto, is making waves with his recent speech in Larkana, Pakistan. He made this speech standing next to his father, acting president Asif Ali Zardari.
It looks like the rotten apple doesn't fall far from the corrupt tree.
Earlier this year, speaking with CNN, Bilawal had blamed former military dictator Pervez Musharraf for his mother’s death. In this speech, too, Bilawal took note of mentioning his mother's assassination several times and how she died for democracy. As a suggestion to Bilawal, however, it may have been more effective to do so when NOT standing next to President Asif Zardari, under whose governance and instruction Musharraf was given a Guard of Honor on the forecourt of the Presidency before the dictator left Pakistan.
Big Zardari had also previously referred to Musharraf's party as "Qatil League" (Killer League); funny how they're a part of his coalition government now and his son seems to have no issue.
Bilawal also made sure to criticize the Supreme Court. But, of course, it makes sense that Baby Zardari would not be happy with them. If the courts were doing their job, Daddy Zardari would not even be eligible to hold office in Pakistan, seeing as how his criminal record rendered him ineligible. Yet, he was allowed a clean slate by Musharraf's "National Reconciliation Ordinance." The ordinance, of course, was eventually overturned by the Supreme Court, which was headed by Iftikhar Chaudhry, the first man in Pakistan's history to challenge a dictator.
Suddenly, the Guard of Honor to Musharraf by Zardari and Bilawal's opposition to the court makes sense, doesn't it?
Bilawal Zardari was declared chairman of the party five years ago, following his mother's assassination. Zardari had then named his son "Bilawal Bhutto Zardari," Just as Zulfiqar Bhutto took Pakistan as his own property and passed it down to his daughter Benazir, so is young Bilawal attempting to inherit power now. Please don't call it a dynasty; he's doing it all to bring democracy to Pakistan.
Bilawal made his speech in Urdu, using an accent that makes him sound a foreigner to the language. I wonder if his speechwriter had to put the words phonetically in English. Interestingly, a crucial difference between Urdu and English for Bilawal is that he is willing to name his mother's killers in his English interview to CNN. In his Urdu speech in Pakistan, those names disappeared and his mother was killed by "a mentality."
Maybe the presence of that party in his father's government made him a little uncomfortable. Or maybe there just isn't an Urdu translation for those names.
All this was done while Dad looked on with pride. "Mr. 10%" as the newspapers call Asif Zardari, is one of the most corrupt individuals ever born. He was not even elected to power, instead designated president by the parliament — the samepParliament where over two-thirds don't even file taxes and 10 billion rupees are lost each day to incompetence and corruption.
Still wonder why Zardari is always asking for foreign aid?
Had America found a leader and ally in Pakistan that had a little more integrity and sincerity than Zardari, safety and stability in Asia and the world would have benefited. Judging by this speech, however, Bilawal is proving that he is more Zardari's son than Benazir's.