Hours after Prime Minister Imran Khan made scathing remarks against the top leadership of Pakistan Peoples Party in its stronghold Thar, PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Friday hit back at the former for adopting an even ‘harsher tone while criticising opposition than while responding to Indian PM Modi or talk against banned outfits’.
Addressing a rally in the underprivileged Sindh town earlier in the day, the premier had taken the ruling party to task over what he claimed its dismal performance in the province. Taking a jibe at Bilawal and his father PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Imran said if the two had taken a “U-turn on corruption”, they would not have been facing NAB investigations and court cases.
The premier also made a mention of Bilawal’s National Assembly speech, in which he had criticised the government over its counter-terrorism policies and returning the captured Indian fighter pilot in haste. “There is a leader who has changed his name from Zardari to Bhutto,” he remarked.
Finance Minister Asad Umar had also made similar remarks on the floor of National Assembly on Wednesday.
The PPP chairman hit back at the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leadership on Twitter today, saying, “I wish our PM could work up the courage to respond to Modi or talk against banned organisations with the same tone he frequently criticises opposition. Also if he wants to respond to my NA speech should do so in parliament to my face. Cowards talk behind people’s backs.”
“#Thar ka jalsa ho, tau aisa ho (This is what you call a rally). #jiyabhutto,” he said in another tweet with a video clip of his recent rally at the same venue.