Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s press conference
Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari addressing a press conference in Islamabad has said that the people of Pakistan are on one page on the issue of sending Imran Khan packing.
On the completion of two years of the day when Imran Khan was selected as prime minister, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that it is a black day in the history of Pakistan. We all remember how this selection was made. In elections 2018, the results had come even after three days and those results do not have any legal standing. Polling agents were thrown out of polling stations and 90% of the forms 45 are still not available. Our institutions became controversial in these elections. Military was deployed inside and outside polling stations. Never before in the history of Pakistan, was military ever deployed inside the polling stations, not even in 2008 and 2013 elections. When our candidates were being kidnapped and terrorism was at its peak, candidates were being murdered and my own election camp in Larkana was targeted. Even the journalists were not given access to the polling stations in 2018 elections.
Chairman PPP said that now the entire Pakistan and the people of Pakistan are on one page that this selected Imran Khan has to go. He has destroyed the economy of the country and our politics of the country and our democracy of the country. If he stays anymore, then the country’s economy, democracy and society will be at great loss. Imran Khan was brought on the slogan of corruption free Pakistan, it was said in PTI’s election manifesto that corruption will be eliminated in 90 days but now ask people of Pakistan about it. Ask Transparency International which is saying that corruption in PTI government is unprecedented and this is the most corrupt government in this history of Pakistan. Imran Khan had said that he will not give relief (NRO) to anyone but he introduced the biggest amnesty for corrupt people. There is corruption in every project like BRT, Malam Jabba, Billion Tree Tsunami etc. There is a clear case against the ministers and advisors who have declared their assets recently and a case of assets beyond means could easily be initiated against them. Imran Khan has given NRO to every kind of thief from sugary to wheat and from oil to Kulbhushan Jadhav. The person who was supposed to become our ambassador for Kashmir has become a lawyer of Kulbhushan Jadhav. Our “new Sharifuddin Pirzada” says that he is working according to International Court of Justice so why the federal government has approached court in support of Kulbhushan Jadhav.
Imran Khan and his Sharifuddin Pirzada say that they did not need to talk to opposition so now they cannot pass the legislation without opposition. The constitution says that any ordinance should be brought to the National Assembly as soon as possible and the National Assembly was in session in May, June and July but this government did not bring this ordinance. This is a violation of the constitution which they cannot do. Chairman PPP said that the Supreme Court ruling is that no person-specific legislation can be done but this government has the name of Kulbhushan Jadhav in this ordinance which makes it person-specific. This government had a 60 days’ time to present this legislation in the National Assembly and during this time, neither the government nor Kulbhushan took any benefit from this. Now this is the second effort by this government to bring person-specific legislation. The PPP has never compromised on national interest, human rights and international laws. This government did not contact the opposition because this is an apolitical and puppet government. For important legislations, consensus has to be built.
This government turns every crisis into a catastrophe. It has not fulfilled a single promise made in its manifesto. Corruption was not eliminated in 90 days, South Punjab province was made in 100 days, not a single house was built of promised five million houses and not a single job was made available despite promising ten million new jobs. This government has made rendered people homeless and millions have been laid off. PTI manifesto had promised devolution but in KP, Punjab and Balochistan local governments have been sent packing by PTI. He said that Sindh is the only province where local governments are still working and will complete their tenure in August this year. IG Police are continuously changed in KP, Punjab and Islamabad and the IG in Islamabad was changed just because cattle had entered a house of a minister.
Imran Khan had to change the PM house and governor houses into universities but did not. He was supposed to travel on a bicycle but is using a helicopter. Imran Khan has taken a u-turn from all of his promises. He is ruling the country in the time of a pandemic which has put every Pakistani’s health and life in danger.
Responding to questions, he said that we demand level playing field for every political party. PPP has always fulfilled is responsibility as opposition and it is legacy of the party that we always fulfill that responsibility. Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto fulfilled the responsibility of opposition with only 17 seats in the National Assembly. We think that PPP was always victimized in every election in Pakistan. We had accepted 2008 election results as protest. Every opposition party is doing its job. The government is bringing fake JITs against us and we are also facing NAB. PML-N is also playing its role as opposition and the leader of opposition will preside over the APC of opposition parties which will be held after Eid-ul-Azha. He said that he had a very detailed discussion with Akhtar Mengal about the issues facing Pakistan and will ask opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif to invite Akhtar Mengal to formally join the opposition.