Faryal not contesting for Senate top position, confirms Bilawal

PPP chairperson discusses potential political alliance, Sindh's development, upcoming elections


News Desk February 02, 2018
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Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto cleared the air over Faryal Talpur contesting for Senate chairmanship saying its all rumours.

Talking to a private news channel, Bilawal said "This is the epitome of fake news, no such thing is happening. Faryal Talpur is not taking part in Senate elections."

"The party is going to decide whether she will contest for national or provincial assembly."

Bilawal was further inquired if Faryal would contest the provincial assembly elections and he responded saying, "Yes, we are still contemplating over this matter."

Chairman PPP said that it is an uphill task to maintain majority in the Senate since its based on the strength in the provincial assembly. "We outperformed our strength and we are hoping to outperform this time around too," he maintained.

"PPP will try its level best to ensure that we make use of the disunity among Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N), and gather as much support from all across Pakistan."

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Talking about 'massive horse-trading' in Balochistan over the Senate seats, Bilawal said that it is incomprehensible how the PPP can trade seats when they have no members in the Balochistan Assembly.

"It is a huge political set back if not the biggest political set back for Nawaz Sharif that he has lost the government in Balochistan."

Discussing if there would be a political alliance in K-P with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) or Awami National Party (ANP), Bilawal said that they won't lay out their strategy in front of media, however, the nation will see how things unfold soon.

PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif recently stated that the Sindh government has only deteriorated the situation of the province and not done enough for the people. To that, Bilawal commented saying "The ruling party has only spent humongous amounts in advertising but PPP has been silently doing its work to facilitate the people via means of healthcare. Our biggest challenge was maternal and infant mortality rate. This is a grave issue for the entire nation however, media only focused on Thar. Over the course of five years, we have decreased the infant mortality rate to over 50 per cent. This is a momentous task that we managed to do."

In another recent interview on global front, talking about the dynastic aspect of sub-continental politics, Bilawal Bhutto noted that it was always positive for young leaders in Pakistan and India to find space in national politics.

“The people of Pakistan support the PPP. Other people have the right to oppose my party. I would like to think they oppose us on policies and other issues of general interest, like we do.”

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