KARACHI: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Patron-in-chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Saturday slammed the Taliban for trying to drag the country back to the “stone-age”.
Addressing a gathering during the closing ceremony of a two-week Sindh Festival in his home province of Sindh, Bilawal also urged the country to rise up against the threats.
“The Taliban want to impose the law of terror in the country, but I want to tell them, if you have to live in Pakistan you will have to follow its constitution,” he said.
“We don’t accept the law of terrorists,” he added. “Some people are trying to bring back the stone-age era in the country in the name of Islam.” Bilawal in an aggressive mood warned the Taliban to restrain from crossing the limits and do not try and teach its version of Islam as he was the son of “Babul Islam”.
He refused to accept the “Islam of the Taliban” and announced a jihad against them if they cross their limits. “Dialogue is always an option but we have to have a position of strength. How do you talk from a position of weakness? You have to beat them on the battlefield. They are fighting us. It’s not only confined to North Waziristan. They are attacking us in Karachi. We would like to eradicate the Taliban from Pakistan,” said Bilawal.
He said that everybody should just admit that TTP is an enemy and driven by lust for blood.
“Taliban have no interest in talks or peace,” Bilawal said, adding that it was surprising that some parties still insisted on holding talks with such deadly enemies.
“Every drop of blood being sacrificed by the public and the nation’s brave armed forces is creating unity and consensus that beasts can never be lured through roses and they need to be responded to in the same language,” he added.
The young PPP leader sympathised with the bereaved families whom loved ones had been killed by the terrorists, saying that he personally shared their grief as he himself lost his mother in the nation’s war for survival.
The PPP leader emphasised on an operation against the terrorists as he said that the solution to terrorism could not be found through dialogue.
He said that enemies of the country had resorted to terrorism but the Sindh Festival had brought smiles on the faces of people from all over Pakistan. He said the PPP had sacrificed its leaders Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Benazir Bhutto and numerous workers but it continued striving for democracy and peace in the country.
The start of 2014 has seen a surge in militant violence with more than 130 people killed.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government has been under fire from political opponents for failing to mount a strong response to the upsurge in attacks.
The government has for months said it favoured talks with the Taliban but 25-year-old Bilawal has spoken in favour of military action against them.
The Taliban’s demands include the nationwide imposition of Sharia law and an end to US drone strikes.
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