Bilawal continues his tirade against PML-N

Sources say reason behind PML-N’s silence is that they might need PPP support for anti-govt drive


Rameez Khan March 08, 2020
PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari addresses a press conference in Lahore. PHOTO: NNI

LAHORE: As Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari continues his tirade against the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), the latter prefers to remain silent.

Sources in the PML-N claim that the reason behind their leadership’s silence is that they might need PPP support for launching an anti-government drive.

Furthermore, they believe that the PPP chairman does not pose any real threat to them for which they want to continue ignoring his broadsides.

Addressing a press conference in Lahore on Sunday, the PPP chairman once again fired a broadside at the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) saying that both the parties had worked for the rich in the country.

“PML-N and PTI believe that investing in rich will benefit the country, while PPP thinks it is wrong as only investing in poor helps the economy to grow,” he said.

“People in Punjab have seen that no economic progress comes from constructing roads and metros. Such progress is artificial,” he added.

The PPP chairperson called for investing in the common man, farmers, students and poor.

“Let it be Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Benazir Bhutto or Asif Ali Zardari’s government, we have always worked for the have-nots of the country,” he said.

He recalled that the PPP government had launched the Benazir Income Support Programme for the unprivileged.

Criticizing the PTI government, Bilawal said “contrary to our government, this “incompetent” government is putting the most of financial burden on the poor”.

“First they were adamant of going to the IMF and later when they did, they agreed to all their harsh terms,” he added.

“We too went to the IMF but we guarded the interest of the people.”

Bilawal has continued with his hard-hitting remarks against the PML-N for the past some time.

Last month, while speaking to media, he had said that like Imran Khan, Nawaz Sharif had also been “selected” for the post of premier.

“Before Imran Khan, Nawaz Sharif was a selected premier. Benazir Bhutto did not allow Sharif to become Ameerul Momeneen and led a vibrant opposition with just 17 members in the National Assembly (in 1997),” he said.

He observed that the PML-N was following the footsteps of the PTI and did not give importance to parliament.

“The role of opposition leader in the National Assembly is important but he (Shahbaz) is in London. We hope that he will return soon and play his role as opposition leader,” he said.

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