Addressing party workers on the sixth anniversary of the Karsaz bombing in Karachi which killed over 175 people, he said that the party workers sacrificed their lives for the restoration of democracy in the country.

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Patron-in-Chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Friday said that his father would lead the party for the next general elections in 2018.

Addressing party workers on the sixth anniversary of the Karsaz bombing in Karachi which killed over 175 people, he said that the party workers sacrificed their lives for the restoration of democracy in the country. “PPP is not a political party but a passion,” he said.

He said that the political parties who took shelter from the terrorists were now celebrating. Bilawal took a shot at the Muttahida Quami Movement and said Karachi is still a colony of London. Targeting the provincial Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, he said his party would rescue the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa from the tsunami.

On October 18, 2007 former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto’s motorcade was rocked by explosions near Karsaz. She had returned after an eight-year self-imposed exile during which she lived in Dubai and London.

The young PPP leader spoke of sacrifices and also that he had sacrificed his childhood for the country. Media reports suggested that Bilawal, who is now 25, could be fielded from Larkana for the National Assembly by getting the sitting member to vacate the seat.

His speech has drawn sharp reactions from other political parties. The PTI reacted by saying Bilawal is a spoilt brat who calls himself a "leader" only because of his mother and grandfather, and who hides in rooms from where he records his speeches. He had the gall to call Imran Khan a coward but Imran Khan is a leader of the people who, unlike the Zardaris, neither hides behind closed doors, nor bullet proof screens, to address the public but goes right into the crowds, is a brave and fearless leader who has built his leadership by working for the people of Pakistan - not inheriting a position by virtue of birth.

Bilawal also needs to wake up from his stupor to understand that the PTI Tsunami is already here to wipe out the corruption of his father and the PPP, it said.