ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said on Monday that the PPP agrees with Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) on the one-point agenda that Prime Minister Imran Khan must go.
“As far as [JUI-F’s anti-government] Azadi march is concerned the position of PPP is very clear. We support [JUI-F chief] Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s march politically and morally,” Bilawal said on Monday while talking to reporters after meeting the PPP’s jailed supreme leader, Asif Ali Zardari, at Adiala Jail.
He said: “The PPP has always struggled for democracy and agrees on one-point agenda with Maulana Fazl that this government of Imran Khan must go so that we can save democracy.”
The PPP chief said unfortunately the government has locked up the parliament.
“Imran Khan is not allowing the parliamentary system to function; not allowing any bill to be passed; not issuing production orders for jailed members; not allowing meetings of parliamentary committees.”
He accused the government of pressurising courts; trying to throw out judges; using the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) as a political tool and threatening NAB chairman.
“So when all democratic paths are closed for opposition then we are left with no option but that of agitation, protest and roads blocks,” he said.
He said the PPP is not supporting a single party but democracy. He said PPP has had a long working relationship with Fazlur Rehman. “We think that the problems of this country are of such magnitude that all of us will have to solve these problems together.
Talking with reference to the PPP’s level of support to Fazl, he said ‘for now’ it is his and his party’s programme to support Maulana. “However, the PPP cabinet and core committees will take a final decision in this regard,” he added.
He said if any undemocratic behaviour is exhibited against the JUI-F’s march and if Fazl is not allowed to exercise his democratic right to protest, then the PPP will also protest.
Talking with reference to Zardari’s health, he said the PPP and his family is very concerned as health condition of the former president is deteriorating rapidly.
“But as I always say his health conditions may get worse but his determination is unshaken. He will remain steadfast on his principles and ideology for which Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto sacrificed her life and President Zardari himself spent over eleven years in prison,” he said.
He said the recently held by-polls in Larkana were mired in controversy as the Free and Fair Election Network (Fafen) also highlight irregularities during the Sindh Assembly seat election in which the PPP faced defeat despite being in power the province.