For PPP no option but to protest: Bilawal

Published October 29, 2019
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari said on Monday that the anti-government movement had just begun and “many new things” would happen in the coming days. — DawnNewsTV/File
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari said on Monday that the anti-government movement had just begun and “many new things” would happen in the coming days. — DawnNewsTV/File

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari said on Monday that the anti-government movement had just begun and “many new things” would happen in the coming days.

Talking to reporters after meeting his father, former president Asif Ali Zardari, at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, he said all important issues of the country should be resolved in parliament.

He said his party believed in democracy and the supremacy of parliament. But, he added, injustices and the policy of political victimisation by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf government had left no option for the opposition parties but to take to the streets.

He accused Prime Minister Imran Khan of weakening parliament, pressurising courts and strangulating the media. He also alleged that the government was using the National Accountability Bureau for victimisation of its political opponents.

Mr Bhutto-Zardari said all opposition parties had agreed on a single point that this “incapable, incompetent and selected prime minister cannot run the country”. He said the workers of all opposition parties, including the PPP and Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N), were participating in the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl’s Azadi march against the government.

Expressing dissatisfaction over medical facilities being provided to Asif Zardari by the government, he said the former president’s personal physician should be allowed to see him for the satisfaction of the family.

He said Mr Zardari should be provided same medical facilities which were being provided to PML-N supreme leader and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif. He said that for a number of times the PPP had contacted courts for getting better medical facilities for Mr Zardari.

The PPP chairman accused PM Khan of creating hurdles in the way of provision of better facilities to Mr Zardari.

Published in Dawn, October 29th, 2019

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