Bilawal mocks govt for ‘locking down’ Islamabad – Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The president of the People's Party of Pakistan (PPP), Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, said Tuesday that the government was doing the opposition's job of blocking Islamabad.

Speaking to the media after meeting his sick father, Asif Ali Zardari, in the court of responsibility, said the government had ignored the doctors' recommendations regarding the former president’s health condition and was using his ailment to pressure the PPP.

Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur appeared before the court of accounts in relation to the case of false bank accounts. The court extended his judicial detention until November 12.

However, Mr. Zardari was transferred to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, which has been declared a sub-prison.

“This happened the first time a government is blocking the federal capital. Democratic protest is the right of each party and this is in our Constitution; The Supreme Court has said the same, ”said Bhutto-Zardari.

He reminded Prime Minister Imran Khan that he had offered the opposition containers himself if they were going to protest. "Khan Sahib himself said on the floor of the assembly that we should come, protest and present Dharna [sit-in], and will provide us with containers and food; so I should do it now. I should keep his words.

The PPP president alleged that the Pakistani government Tehreek-i-Insaf had blocked the parliament, held fraudulent elections, pressurized the judiciary and the National Bureau of Responsibility and victimized the democratic political parties that forced them to protest.

In response to a question about his party's stance on "Azadi March," he said there was no confusion within the PPP in this regard. “PPP will lend its full support to Azadi March. PPP officials are also attending and welcoming the march; our own public contact / campaign is present. "

Bhutto-Zardari said the government was afraid due to the opposition's march. “I think this country has had many politicians, but no prime minister has been as afraid as the current one and I think it should show a little more courage; you should not be afraid of every speech, rally or press conference. "

He said that, like other political parties, the PPP also demanded new elections. "I think that for the new elections, we should have electoral reforms because if they are carried out like the last general elections, then they will not be useful and will not be elections, but elections."

He called NAB a "dictatorial institution" and said the anti-graft guard dog was being used to attack political opponents. He added that even the acting government had realized that the economy and the NAB could not go together.

He said that the PPP in memory of the Karasaz tragedy held a large public meeting and that the people of Karachi sent a clear message that they would not tolerate this government and that they wanted to send Imran Khan to pack.

Bhutto-Zardari said that at his public meeting in Tharparkar on Wednesday (today) too, people would send the same message that they wanted to send this "puppet government" to pack and safeguard their democratic, human and economic rights.

He said the PPP was the only party that always sided with the poor and would continue to fight for the welfare of disadvantaged segments of society.

Posted on Dawn, October 23, 2019



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