ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leaders on Thursday defended the ongoing train march by PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and said his is a public contact campaign which does not aim at dislodging the incumbent government.
The PPP chairman last week started from Sindh a march that will culminate at Rawalpindi where Bilawal would address a rally on April 4, the death anniversary of the PPP founder Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.
Addressing a press conference, PPP Punjab President Qamar Zaman Kaira and General Secretary Chaudhry Manzoor said the purpose of the train march is not to derail the government.
“The opposition will, however, not play on the back foot. Our priority is the national interest and we are not striving to secure any personal gains,” Kaira said.
He said the government was screaming about the train march for no good reason.
“Earlier, they [PTI] used to invite us for a sit-in in Islamabad and announced they would place containers for the protest. You use state institutions against us and expect that we will not even approach the public. If staging a rally is a pressure tactic, then what were you doing earlier?” he said.
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Kaira, however, warned that if the PPP decided to stage a sit-in, Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government would not be able to withstand it. “We [PPP] have fought martial law” he added.
The PPP leader said PM Imran Khan does not respect parliament and the Constitution and insults political parties. “We respect the courts and we are not here to fight. However, the way NAB [National Accountability Bureau] is dealing with politicians is wrong,” he added.
He lambasted the government’s economic policy, saying it has not been able to give anything to the people, adding that the government is depriving people of livelihood and inflation is increasing.
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“If debts were being paid, then we should have seen a decline in the national debt but it is on the rise. Currency notes of Rs1 billion were printed by the government,” he added.
Kaira, however, said the PPP supports the armed forces, defending the nation against terrorism and Indian threat. “The PPP supports the armed forces as they are waging a war against terrorism. The opposition will stand by the government if India resorts to military aggression,” he added.
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