Without PPP and ANP, PDM is not a democratic movement: Bilawal
- Bilawal says that the PDM is not a democratic movement without PPP, ANP.
- Tells PDM that PPP has no plans to return so they can keep talking about not inviting the party to themselves.
- Said that if PDM wanted to follow the PPP from the start by avoiding resignations and contesting the elections instead, he “might as well join PPP”.
PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said on Saturday that the opposition Pakistan Democratic Movement is “no democratic movement without the PPP and the PNA”.
Speaking at a press conference in Mardan, the PPP chairman said that over the past year the opposition alliance had “cried out for the resignation of the assembly.”
“Why don’t you quit then? “He asked, adding:” You are not resigning and also want to run for office.
He said that if the PDM wishes to follow PPP’s position in this matter, they “might as well join PPP”.
The PPP chairman also discussed the party’s future plans for the alliance. He said the party was also unwilling to join the alliance and had not made a request to do so either.
“We have torn up your case notices. Why do you say over and over again that you won’t take us back? He asked the PDM leadership.
“We do not wish to come back. Thank you very much,” he added.
The PPP chairman, however, clarified that the PDM is a political alliance, and although there may be political differences, “we are one in parliament”.
“We have given the Leader of the Opposition the power to make decisions on behalf of all of us,” he said.
Bilawal said he told these “revolutionaries” that if they had resigned from the assemblies, they would have left the field wide open for the PTI.
“We will not make the mistake of boycotting the Azad Kashmir elections,” he said.
He went on to accuse the government of wanting to influence Azad Kashmir’s elections. “The government falsified Azad Kashmir’s electoral list,” Bilawal said.
Bilawal said that in Pakistan’s history the PPP has opposed three dictators.
“A dictator who threatened our supporters is in exile today while our supporters still live in their homeland,” said the PPP chairman.
“Our workers are not afraid of the ‘selected’, of the NAB, etc.,” he said.
He condemned the arrest of Khursheed Shah’s son, Farrukh Shah, by the anti-transplant watchdog and warned them against a harsh response.
Speaking about his party’s struggle for the people throughout its history, he said the PPP “believes in solving the problems of the people”.
“The real face of the ‘change’ promised by Imran Khan is inflation,” Bilawal said, demanding that the government, in the budget proposed for the coming year, increase wages in line with rising inflation .
Responding to remarks by Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry that he said the Supreme Court should ensure the implementation of Article 140-A in Sindh, Bilawal said: “Fawad Chaudhry and the government should refrain from involving the Supreme Court in politics.