Time to save Punjab first, says Bilawal
Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman and Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) leader Bilawal Bhutto Zardari Thursday said the opposition parties’ alliance’s movement against what he called the puppet government would continue, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
Addressing a presser along with other party leaders in Islamabad, he said if Imran Khan even had an iota of shame in him, he would have resigned as prime minister of the country.
“Now it is time to save Punjab from the PTI,” he opined.
He expressed the resolve that now the PDM would get Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani, its candidate who defeated Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s Abdul Hafeez Shaikh in Senate elections from Islamabad, elected as Senate chairman.
Bilawal said that the opposition parties’ alliance had not only defeated PTI candidates in by-elections but also in Senate elections. “We will attack the government from all sides in order to send it home early,” he vowed. “Now after his candidate’s defeat in the Senate elections, Imran Khan is morally bound to resign from the premiership,” the PPP chairman said, and added, “Imran Khan should concede defeat now. He is a sportsman and he should behave like a sportsman.”
He said Gilani’s victory was democracy’s victory. “PDM and democracy’s future is bright,” he claimed.
Bilawal said this win had increased the parliament’s prestige and a new journey of democracy had begun. “I will talk to Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Shehbaz Sharif to decide when to set out on a long march and when to bring a motion of no-confidence,” he said, and added, “We, and not you Imran Khan, will determine the timing of bringing the no-trust motion.”
He said sending the ‘selected and puppet’ government home was the opposition’s target. “PTI government’s term is drawing to a close,” the PPP chairman claimed.
He said the way the country was being governed these days was pathetic. “The country could no longer be run like that,” he said.
He was of the view that Prime Minister Imran Khan did not trust PTI MNAs. “Imran, if your claim that you know who bribed whom for the Senate elections, then make names of these people public,” he challenged the prime minister.
At the same time, however, he said Imran Khan would never do that since all his talk of holding turncoats accountable was ‘rubbish’.
However, Bilawal himself claimed that he knew the names of those who had ditched Imran Khan in elections for the upper House.
PPP chairman said that Imran Khan knew nothing about politics. “He thinks that politics is just like cricket,” he remarked.
Bilawal claimed that the entire Pakistani nation celebrated PDM candidate Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani’s win in the Senate elections, while the government tried to cover up its defeat by raising hue and cry.
He said Imran Khan had said that he would dissolve the assemblies if the opposition won the Senate elections. “But he will not do that because he is a coward. He is afraid of elections since his own party members have rejected him,” the PPP chairman claimed.
He said many members of the PTI wanted to vote for the PDM candidate, but for one reason or the other they did not.