Bilawal, son of the first female Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto and grandson of the founder of PPP Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto follows their ideology of religious tolerance and inter-faith friendship. He wished the community through Twitter:
Talking about minorities, Bilawal said:
We will not tolerate discriminatory treatment of the minorities.
His speech took a political turn when he criticized the government by saying they were irresponsible regarding the rights of minorities. Referring to the assault on a Christian community at Joseph Colony and a bombing at a church in Peshawar, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said:
In Punjab, an attack takes place on a church in Joseph Colony, and no one speaks up! A blast occurs in a church in Peshawar and still silence!
He also performed the Diwali prayers at a temple that was burnt earlier this year and rebuilt by his party.
This act got a lot of media attention and was appreciated on social media. While writing for BBC, Shahzeb Jillani said:
There was little substance in his speech, though he made some bold points about the need to fight militancy and protect religious minorities.
Fayaz, an electrical engineering student, tweeted:
Majid Agha, a researcher and analyst, tweeted:
Journalist Ali Kamran Chishti tweeted:
The government of Sindh celebrated such events earlier as well, but this got a lot importance, as PPP aimed a political comeback through this. This act followed a large and well-attended rally in Karachi, which officially introduced Bilawal Bhutto Zardari as their leader.