What a day for Paksitan when Malala Yousafzai was announced as the 2014 joint recipient of Nobel Prize for Peace shared with India’s Kailash Satyarthi. This is indeed a tremendous achievement for a girl who did not back even an inch from that crazy Pakistan Taliban. Ever since she recovered from her head wounds, she has been a passionate and outspoken crusader of girl education in Pakistan and all over the world.
And then there is Bilawal Bhutto Zardari the son of assassinated former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and former President Mr. 10% Asif Ali Zardari. This man was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and when he turned 21 inherited a political party. Usually it is a trust fund for the rich but for Bilawal Bhutto as he is known now received the family inherence of the Pakistan People’s Party which was founded by his grandfather Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.
Both Malala and Bilawal are young, but when we see how they conduct themselves, it is unimaginable how this Oxford educated nincompoop could one day become the leader of Pakistan and Malala a girl who is still only 17 years old would never be able to accomplish this task. The reason is very simple; she is pragmatic and would not hesitate to speak against injustice happening in Pakistan supported by her father who receives so little credit for his efforts as an educator.
On the other hand Bilawal who is led by the nose by his father Asif Ali Zardari also known as Mr. 10% is nothing but another self entitled brat who has made it to the top because of the money which has been usurped by his family for since the creation of Pakistan. The difference is palpable even when it comes to parents and the only common ground Mr. Zardari and Mr. Yousafzai have is they are both responsible biologically for the existence of these two people.
Here is a 17 year old girl who can speak with such eloquence it could make many grown men feel shy in her presence and on the other hand is Bilawal who is a grown man and if anyone would listen to his speeches would simply die laughing. Bilawal Zardari should learn from Malala when it comes to the intricacies of the art of speaking. When he screamed on top his voice and declared he would get every inch of Kashmir from India, people laughed.
His latest antic of getting a million people to march from Trafalgar Square to 10 Downing Street for the Kashmir cause was an utter disaster and people started throwing bottles and tomato. Bilawal Zardari’s call to a million people to raise the Kashmir issue “fizzled faster than an aerated drink.” On the other hand Malala has been creating ripples all over the world with her eloquence speeches and her humbleness of her achievements. In that rally Bilawal had to run for his life and it is perhaps the only experience he shares with Malala. But even then it may be not close to comparison when it comes to life and death situation.
There are many admirers of Malala in Pakistan and it must be a very proud moment for them, but the haters are also in large numbers calling her a lackey of the west. But she is exactly what Pakistan need and not someone like Bilawal who is least bothered about the advancement of his country, rather fills his coffers.
Yes, Bilawal had congratulated Malala for being awarded the Noble prize for peace and he also had asked her to join to help improve education in Sindh. But what he really needs to do is not to make any political hay, but instead work towards the betterment of the people of Pakistan who still do not have access to medical care, education and still are considered personal property of the landowners. So one can safely conclude that Malala is a rare anomaly in Pakistan and Bilawal a natural process of political ascendency and they could be indeed be called a Paradox of Pakistan.