MANSEHRA: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said the rhetoric of revolution does not suit deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif who “is now resorting to threats in order to safe his skin”.
“Mian Sahib, the word ‘revolution’ does not suit you. Have you ever seen or read about a revolution? You can be a conspirator not a revolutionary,” Bilawal said while addressing a rally in Mansehra district of Khyber-Pakhtunkwa (K-P).
The PPP’s young chief said Nawaz could not deceive people now no matter how hard he cried. “The politics of lies, propaganda and mudslinging will not work now,” he added.
Addressing Nawaz, who was disqualified by the apex court on July 28 for hiding his assets, Bilawal said: “You lied, gave false testimonies and now you ask why you were sent packing?”
He said Nawaz squandered billions of rupees in the name of mega projects and used parliament when his government was in trouble, but forgot the forum as soon as he was out of danger.
“You were the architect of Changa Manga politics. You took money from al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden to topple Benazir Bhutto’s government. You can be a conspirator not a revolutionary,” he added.
The PPP chief also lambasted his other political rival, PTI chief Imran Khan, and said the party which raised the slogan of change had failed to bring any real change in the province, whose institutions, according to Bilawal, were in shambles.
Bilawal claimed that the PTI-led provincial government had closed down a cancer hospital named after the PPP’s former leader Nusrat Bhutto while the healthcare system of the entire province was on the verge of destruction as it was being privatised.
“The level of education in K-P’s government schools is also declining but the private schools of PTI members are flourishing,” he claimed.
Bilawal asked the PTI chief when he would initiate an inquiry into the Bank of Khyber scandal, in which one of the PTI government’s coalition partner was allegedly involved.
Imran Khan, he said, had been reluctant to condemn terrorist attack by the Taliban and offered them to open their office in the K-P. “Imran also offered millions of rupees to a seminary related to the Taliban and resisted bid to start a military operation against militant,” he added.
He reiterated the claim that Imran’s kitchen and Jahangir Tareen’s jet plane were run through mining contract in the K-P – a scam into which a probe should be launched.
“Both these parties do not talk about the real issue of the country, as they do not have solutions to those problems,” he said, adding that only the PPP had the capacity to steer the country out of crises.