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PPP leader Bilawal Bhutto is clearly trying to impress an audience in Pakistan, but his speech in Multan has ruffled many feathers in India. He said, "I will take back Kashmir, all of it, and I will not leave behind a single inch of it because, like the other provinces, it belongs to Pakistan." 

Bilawal Bhutto is only attempting to do what many politicians in Pakistan, including his mother Benazir Bhutto has done, use the Kashmir card to help their career.

William Dalyrymple wrote in the New York Times in January 2008 that, "It was under Ms. Bhutto’s watch that the Pakistani intelligence agency, Inter-Services Intelligence, first installed the Taliban in Afghanistan. It was also at that time that hundreds of young Islamic militants were recruited from the madrassas to do the agency’s dirty work in Indian Kashmir. interview in 1994."

Shekhar Gupta has written in detail about Benazir Bhutto's attempt to revive the 'Free Kashmir' campaign in an article titled 'Playing with fire' in India Today on May 31, 1990.

 “India tries to gloss over its policy of repression in Kashmir,” she replied. “India does have might, but has been unable to crush the people of Kashmir. We are not prepared to keep silent, and collude with repression.”"We support the Kashmiri call for self-determination. We will give them all moral and political support." The crowd came alive. "Leke rahegi Kashmir" (she will not rest till she takes Kashmir), shouted the PPP front-benchers. (Excerpts)

Dr Anil Athale a former joint director, War Studies, and a retired colonel wrote in Rediff in December 2007, "For let us not for a moment forget that jihad in Kashmir was initiated by her, so also the nurturing of the Taliban. It is difficult to forget her war dance as PM when she shouted 'Azadi, Azadi' to a Kashmiri audience."

A search on YouTube shows many videos where Benazir Bhutto can be heard exhorting crowds and openly challenging India on Kashmir. 

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