VIP protocol for Bilawal Bhutto leads to infant girl’s death in Karachi

Developing Just Leadership

Crescent International

Rabi' al-Awwal 12, 1437 2015-12-24

Daily News Analysis

by Crescent International

Islam places great emphasis on the preservation of life. Pakistan is officially an 'Islamic Republic' but take the VIP culture that arrogates special privileges to the rich and powerful even to the point of causing the death of poor people. The latest victim of this VIP culture was a 10-month-old infant girl Bisma (pictured) who was denied entry to hospital and died outside because Bilawal Bhutto was visiting inside!

Karachi, Crescent-online
Thursday December 24, 2015, 09:37 EST

Bisma, a 10-month-old seriously ill baby girl died when she was denied entry into Civil Hospital in Karachi because Bilawal Bhutto was on a visit. Who is Bilawal Bhutto and why does he qualify for such protocol to deny seriously ill patients entry into the hospital even to the point of leading to death? Bilawal holds no official position. He is the son of Benazir Bhutto and Asif Ali Zardari, both certified thieves.

She is six foot under when exactly eight years ago (December 27, 2007), an assassin lodged a bullet or two in her head soon after she had addressed a rally in Rawalpindi’s Liaquat Gardens. The law is closing in on Zardari for the billions he has stolen from the country. It is worth noting that Bilawal was not at the hospital for any treatment. Even if he were, would that entitle him to special privilege while seriously ill people are denied entry and thus treatment?

Ten-month-old Bisma was from an extremely poor family. In deeply divided Pakistan, her life is not considered important. After all, thousands like her die every day due to lack of proper medical attention or even clean drinking water. Then there are those, like Bilawal, that demand special privileges and VIP protocol. This spoilt brat has spent most of his life in Britain. He was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and he thinks he is leadership material because his mother was prime minister and his thieving father served as president. How low can this get?

Unfortunately VIP culture is all too pervasive in Pakistan. These petty Pakis do not deserve protocol but a kick up their butts to knock some sense into them. They have no regard for human life and believe in a culture of entitlement. True, Bilawal is not the only culprit but his presence at the hospital—how one wished he had stayed in England where he belongs because he has nothing in common with the people of Pakistan—was directly responsible for the infant girl’s death.

Not only is there is an urgent need to end this obnoxious practice of VIP culture but charge Bilawal as well as the security detail that blocked the hospital entrance, with the murder of the infant girl. Last September, three-old Aylan Kurdi’s lifeless body found face down on a Turkish beach moved the world. He had drowned in the sea when the boat he was in capsized. His parents had put him on boat to escape the mayhem in Syria. His older brother also died.

In death, Aylan became the symbol of the suffering of the Syrian people. Will Bisma’s death move the people of Pakistan in similar fashion? Forget it. Most Pakistanis have become immune to suffering and take the VIP culture as given. If this mindset continues, Bisma will not be the last infant falling victim to this obnoxious practice.

Allah says in the noble Qur’an that He will not change the condition of a people unless they are willing to make the change themselves (13:11). The choice is for the Pakistani people to make.


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