Islamabad Politics Report/Moazzam Raza Tabassam: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s electoral campaign on Sunday in Lyari area of Karachi was distrubed by a angry group of residents.
The disgruntled protesters also resorted to vandalism and several cars were damaged in the incident but no one was hurt.
Bilawal was completely unharmed in the incident.
On sunday, Bilawal was going to Chakiwara to address a rally at the Peoples Ground Lyari when it faced disruption. Former Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah was driving the vehicle in which Bilawal was seated.
Bilawal’s motorcade was eventually halted in Kalri area as his car started to heat-up.
The residents of Kalri area stopped Bilawal’s rally from travelling to Lyari and chanted slogans against him. The residents were protesting against the acute shortage of water in the area.
Many women were among the protesters brandishing earthen pots to show their disapproval.
A large group of people pelted stones at Bilawal’s convoy as it was passing through Kalri area of Lyari when it was stopped near Juna Masjid.
Some disgruntled protesters also resorted to vandalism and broke the windows of a car, which was a part of PPP chief’s caravan.
Police resorted to shelling to disperse the protesters and changed the course of Bilawal’s procession. Several PPP supporters also hurled stones at the protesters.
Earlier upon his arrival, Bilawal vowed that he would fulfill all the promises made in the manifesto, and implement a programme to provide basic facilities. He said that nation will stand by him in the first election.
Bilawal will contest the upcoming general election from the dominant NA-246 constituency in Lyari.
A similar incident was witnessed on Saturday as he visited Lyari to inaugurate his election office in the area when several angry protesters chanted slogans against him.
“Those protesting do not belong to PPP,” Yousaf Baloch election office incharg NA 246 remarked, alleging that protesters belonged to their political rivals such as Muttahida Qaumi Movement among others.
Upon arrival in Lyari, the Bilawal stepped out of his car and chanted slogans.
“I will fulfill all promises made in our manifesto,” Bilawal vowed as he addressed supporters.
He added, “I will implement a programme through which people receive basic facilities on subsidised rates.
“The nation will stand by me for my first election,” the PPP chairman said.
Bilawal will contest the upcoming general election, the first of his political career, from his party’s traditionally dominant National Assembly constituency in Lyari — NA-246.
The PPP chairman had visited Lyari on Saturday to inaugurate his election office in the area.