PPP, PML-N see new elections as solution to problems facing Pakistan

Opposition parties reject federal budget 2020-21

By: News Desk      Published: 08:21 PM, 28 Jun, 2020
PPP, PML-N see new elections as solution to problems facing Pakistan
PML-N leader Khawaja Muhammad Asif (L) and PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari speak at a press conference in Islamabad on Sunday.

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said on Sunday that Prime Minister Imran Khan could prove dangerous for the lives of Pakistani people if he stays further in power.

Addressing a press conference at Sindh House in Islamabad accompanied by Khawaja Muhammad Asif of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Bilawal said many people in the PPP were in favour of new elections in the country. He said the opposition was stronger today than ever and PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif was making Prime Minister Imran Khan sweat despite his poor health. He said that an all-parties conference (APC) would be convened next week after Shehbaz Sharif’s recovery from the coronavirus infection.

Referring to a massive increase in the prices of petroleum products on June 26, Bilawal said that fuel prices were increased through an illegal notification. He said that people were burdened again in a difficult situation. He said he was expecting the government would give health a priority in the budget, but it did not happen. He said that all opposition parties have rejected the budget.

Khawaja Asif said that new elections were the only solution to the problems the country was facing today. He said that all options available in the constitutions would be used to topple Prime Minister Imran Khan, but no unconstitutional option would be used for this purpose. He said that Prime Minister Imran Khan had become a liability. He said that government’s allies were leaving and rulers’ days had been numbered.

The PML-N leader said it was critical to get rid of the incumbent government at the earliest. He said that Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government was pushing the country to destruction. After petroleum products, he said, the government was all set to increase the prices of electricity and gas. He said the IMF had imposed an economist on Pakistan. He said that people were expecting relief, but the government added to their burden. He said that pandemic had already destroyed the economy.

In a related development, opposition parties rejected the federal budget on Sunday. A joint declaration in this regard was signed by the PPP, PML-N, Awami National Party (ANP), Jamhoori Watan Party (JWP), Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M) and Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) and independent lawmaker from the tribal areas Mohsin Dawar.