Aseefa Bhutto-Zardari, daughter of former President Asif Ali Zardari, sees many similarities
between the government of Prime Minister Imran Khan and the dictatorship of retired General Pervez Musharraf.
While evaluating the one-year performance of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) in an interview with the BBC Urdu said that Prime Minister Khan "has the same cabinet ministers that Musharraf had."
Know more: First year of the Pakistani Prime Minister: unpredictable
"Imran Khan has had more failures than successes. There has been an offensive against freedom of expression, freedom of association, human rights; all this is happening under his mandate," he said.
The PPP chief's daughter also attacked the prime minister for his past promises. She said: "He [Imran Khan] He had promised the Pakistani people that he would create 10 million jobs. However, you still have to create a single job. Actually, it has created more instability and many millions of people have been laid off due to this economic instability.
"He promised that he would build five million homes. He still has to make a house and has [instead] millions destroyed [of homes].
"He promised that he would rather commit suicide than go to other nations for help; however, he is seen in all countries with the same begging dish in his hand," he said.
Speaking about inflation, she said: "If you ask the common person, the common man on the street, they will tell you that inflation is at its highest point; unemployment is always high. They will tell you that electricity is expensive, Bread is expensive and gas is expensive, the cost of living is expensive and even death is expensive in Pakistan.
"This is what is happening today in Imran Khan's Pakistan: one turn after another," he said.
He also compared the current regime with the former PPP government, describing the tenure of the Zardari-led party as "better" than the current government.
"If you compare this with the PPP government, despite a worldwide recession, despite the war on terrorism, despite two natural disasters, the PPP was able to create six million jobs. It created the first social network for millions of Pakistanis from all over Pakistan, Benazir's income support program.
"Former President Zardari strengthened ties with China by creating the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, which will create economic opportunities for Pakistan and also benefit the region. We restored the 1973 Constitution; we gave the provinces greater power. This and many other things are the reason why the PPP government focused on the rights and opportunities of people for everyone. Imran Khan's government is none of these things, "he said.
Speaking of his motivation to join politics despite the difficulties, he said he had lost his grandfather, his mother and said his family "had made many sacrifices."
"One only has to go to Ghari Khuda Baksh to see how many members of my family have been sacrificed by Pakistan. The options [for me] They must remain silent or speak. My grandfather decided to speak for people's rights. My mother chooses to defend people's rights, and my brother also defends people's rights based on my grandfather's mission and my mother's vision.
"My brother speaks all over Pakistan and, therefore, we will continue talking and supporting our president, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari."
Aseefa also criticized the government led by the PTI for its Kashmir policy.
"Personally, I think Imran Khan's delayed speech in parliament lacked direction. It was a failure. The Foreign Minister went to Azad Jammu and Kashmir and said we shouldn't expect much from the international community, which is ridiculous." .
"It is outrageous what is happening in Kashmir, and there must be both international and national outrage. I would like to reiterate what my father said on the parliamentary floor, that if this had happened under his mandate, the first flight he would have would take the United Arab Emirates, then to China, then to Russia, then to Iran to call on our Muslim brothers and sisters and our allies to support us and denounce the fascist and humanitarian crisis that is happening in Kashmir. "
He said the international community should play an active role in this regard. "I think the international community needs to condemn the situation in Kashmir and much more. There is not enough condemnation for the situation in Kashmir."
"The state-backed atrocities in Jammu and Kashmir include raped women, murdered children, shot protesters. If someone holds a Pakistan flag, soldiers think they have the right to shoot them. These are serious human rights violations." and the international world is silent and its silence is deafening, "he said.
He also reiterated his concerns about the health of his father, Asif Ali Zardari, who is currently incarcerated for his alleged role in a massive money laundering case. She demanded that the government transfer the former president to a hospital to receive proper medical treatment.
"I first address the seriousness of the situation when a BBC an article came out saying that my father needed to go to a hospital and that the government was reluctant to move him. "
"I managed to come to Islamabad to meet my father, I had a court order that gave me permission to meet him. However, once I arrived at the hospital, the authorities closed all the doors. Patients were not allowed in or out; citizens were not allowed to enter. I was able to enter and was waiting for my father to complete some tests.
"While I was waiting for him and he was returning, about 30 policemen surrounded him. The women mistreated me, the men also pushed us back. I tried to see my father, but the police were determined not to let my father look at my face.
"I made my way, I held his hand. I tried to enter his room; however, the female police officers were still pushing me back and physically trying to prevent me from taking my father to his hospital room."
She said she had talked to Zardari's doctors and was told they were very worried since three of her arteries are blocked.
"Not only is he a sugar patient, but due to his last 11 and a half years in prison and due to the torture he suffered, he developed serious back problems. His spine problems have returned to their current condition."
She said her father's doctors had the impression that more tests were needed and that treatment should be continued in a hospital.
"Later that day, I discovered through the media that my father was transferred to jail clearly without the permission of the doctors. The doctors were being pressurized before and the government clearly managed to press them to send my father to the jail".
"I am not absolutely satisfied with the treatment. My father needs to be in the hospital under the observation of the doctors until they say he is fit enough to return to jail."
NRO or not NRO
Speaking about the NRO so commented, a guilty agreement between his father and the government, he said: "The current government continues to say that they are not interested in giving NRO, they will not give an NRO: our answer is who asks for a NRO? My father spent 11 and a half years in jail, being tortured, and never asked for a NRO.
"He doesn't have a single conviction against him and he won't make a deal. So I don't think my father will make a deal in the short term."