Mon, Apr 08, 2013 - Page 5 News List

Pakistan’s ruling party alienating in re-election bid

AFP, GARHI KHUDA BAKHSH, Pakistan

However, Kaira dismissed big rallies as winners of elections, instead pointing to television and the Internet to reach larger audiences, even though the percentage of the population that has regular online access is tiny.

However, Muhammad Panah Soomro, a laborer in the village of Bangaldero not far from the Bhutto shrine, is furious.

“I will show them my shoe if they will come here to seek my vote,” he said. “Bilawal doesn’t come here. He’s a rich man and lives abroad. His father is the biggest goon and has looted away his mother’s party and wealth.”

Critics say that while the PPP has presided over the country, the economy has worsened and security has deteriorated, and they blame it for failing to do more to improve people’s lives.

They say that a dynastic party, obsessed with the martyrdom of its fallen leaders and pilloried for corruption and incompetency, is losing touch with the center-left progressive ideology on which it was founded in the 1960s.

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