KARACHI: Chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, on Friday said he was declaring jihad (holy war) against hijackers of the faith.
Addressing his supporters at Karachi’s Karsaz on the occasion of the sixth anniversary of the Oct 18, 2007 bomb blasts that killed 176 people during a historic rally led by Benazir Bhutto, Bilawal promised supporters that he would fight for the people.
The PPP chairman said that on Oct 18, the Taliban had used a child in the suicide attack on the rally led by his mother on her return from Dubai.
He said the PPP was a party of jiyalas (zealots), adding that it had given numerous sacrifices on several occasions.
Speaking at the site of the attack amid cheer from party supporters, Bilawal said he had “sacrificed” his childhood and his mother for the country.
During the address, he said Karachi still remained “a colony of London” and pledged that his party would “rescue the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa from the tsunami”.
He laid a floral wreath at the memorial of those killed in the Karsaz bombing and offered prayers for the victims.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, PPP leader Mian Raza Rabbani and various other party leaders were also present on the occasion.
Bilawal then headed to the mausoleum of Abdullah Shah Ghazi to pay his respects.