PDM not willing to oust PM Imran: Bilawal

PPP chairman says anti-government rally in Karachi would have been ‘more successful if women participation allowed’

News Desk August 30, 2021

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari has said that the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), the alliance of nearly a dozen opposition parties, is “non-serious” about its stance against Prime Minister Imran Khan-led government.

“They [PDM] are not willing to remove Buzdar [Punjab chief minister] and even they said they never wanted to remove [prime minister] Imran Khan,” Bilawal said while addressing a press conference in Sindh’s Sukkur district on Monday.

The PPP, which was major part of the PDM, quit the anti-government alliance in April this year over ‘show-cause notice controversy.

Bilawal said all political parties had a right to do politics in their own way “but it would be the best scenario if they had accepted our strategy” to topple the PTI-led government.

He added that the ruling party has benefited the most due to the PDM’s strategy.

Bilawal was referring to the election of Senate opposition leader in March this year wherein PPP’s Yousuf Raza Gilani appointed as the opposition leader in the upper house of parliament.

Also read: PPP welcomes PDM in Karachi: Bilawal

“We can only show them the path. We proved our strength in the National Assembly and if they [PML-N] did not ditch us in Punjab, we could also deal a blow to the ruling party there as well,” he said, adding that PM Imran could be removed from power if his party’s strategy had been adopted by the alliance.

Responding to a question, Bilawal said yesterday’s PDM power show in Karachi would have been “more successful” if they had allowed the women to participate in the public meeting.

The PPP chairman statement comes despite PDM chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman denied the reports that they had not barred women from attending rallies.

Several media reports claimed that women participation in the PDM’s Sunday rally was very low.

Earlier in the day, PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif claimed that the PTI-led government had received unprecedented support from the establishment in the country’s history.

Shehbaz' remarks came as he visited Mazar-e-Quaid during his visit to the port city. "Candidates elected by the people should be given an opportunity to serve them," he remarked.

The PML-N chief also said the incumbent government is "incapable and ineligible". "They have come [into power] through a backdoor."


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