Bilawal accuses PTI govt of trying to ‘occupy Karachi
Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Thursday came down hard on the federal government for what he claimed
‘trying to occupy Karachi’, following Law Minister Farogh Naseem’s statement that the Centre was considering taking over the administrative
affairs of the metropolis by invoking Article 149 of the constitution.
Addressing a press conference, Bilawal said running a country is not like playing a cricket match. He said government is playing with the
constitution “but we will save the country with our blood.” He said Prime Minister Imran Khan has vowed to protect human rights in Kashmir
but has ripped apart democratic rights of the people of Pakistan. “You want to run Karachi from Islamabad?” he asked. “You try to build a
narrative against [Indian Prime Minister Narendra] Modi, saying that he unconstitutionally captured Kashmir, and at the same time you try to
occupy Karachi. This is bizarre,” he added.
Bilawal said the PPP will never accept any conspiracy against the province. “According to the constitution, the province that produces a
resource is entitled to utilise it before providing it to the rest of the country,” he said, referring to Sindh government’s longstanding
complaint that the province, despite producing natural gas, was not receiving its due share. The federal government is trying to provide gas
produced in Sindh to the rest of the country and wants the province’s residents to use expensive LNG gas imported from Qatar, he alleged. “If
the federal government continues to weaken democratic powers in the country, oppresses its people, steals their human rights and on top of
that, tries to occupy their land and city, do you think that your country will survive?” he asked.
“This country has already been broken in the past when Islamabad has tried to control the state. It’s not like those people were less
patriotic than you or me […] If PPP and other like-minded parties don’t stand up, tomorrow, separate Sindhi and Pashtun states might be formed,”
Bilawal warned. “Come to your senses! The Islamic democratic system is what has kept this country together,” he added.