Bilawal, the only son of slain former prime minister Benazir Bhutto and grandson of PPP founder Zulfiqar Bhutto, is contesting the general elections for the first time.
Benazir Bhutto, the first female prime minister of an Islamic state was killed on December 27, 2007 outside a large electoral gathering of her supporters in Rawalpindi when a gunman shot her and set off a bomb. At least 24 other people were killed and several more were injured.
The court also acquitted five suspected members of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, a Pakistani terror group, of all charges of conspiring to murder Bhutto.Seven TTP militants accused of involvement in the murder have been killed in military operations since 2007. The head of the outfit, Baitullah Mehsud, was killed in a drone strike in South Waziristan in August 2009.
Bilawa Bhutto as running in general elections so was campaigning in Baghdadi area of Lyari when Angry protesters attacked the convoy of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto in the party’s traditional stronghold Lyari, leaving two people injured and vehicles damaged, police said. Party leader Saeed Ghani said two workers were injured in the attack and accused other parties like the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement for the violence.
The incident took place on Sunday with Bilawa Bhutto when around 100 protesters shouted slogans of “go Bilawal go” and pelted stones at the convoy. A truck and a car were damaged during the violence, but the PPP chairman was unhurt. Bilawal has to leave the area as the protests began.
In the evening a statement was issued, quoted Bilawal Bhutto saying that he would not be deterred by the violence. “Lyari is in my blood. I will go to every nook and corner of the country with my party manifesto. We have to defeat these violent elements; not give in to them. I will not be scared into submission by such forces.”
The PPP has traditionally won from Lyari and Bilawal is contesting from the NA-247 constituency in the July 25 general elections in Pakistan.
With violent gang wars becoming commonplace, Lyari residents have often accused the party of doing nothing to improve the situation.
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