PM wants to ‘turn all institutions into Tiger Force’

Bilawal says PPP protest to continue until Imran sent packing


Hafeez Tunio October 17, 2021
Bilawal and Aseefa Bhutto at Karachi rally stage. SCREENGRAB

KARACHI:

PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Sunday alleged that Prime Minister Imran Khan was trying to turn all institutions of the country into the PTI’s Tiger Force.

“It [PTI government] has not brought a change, but destruction," he said while addressing a PPP rally at Karachi's Bagh-e-Jinnah organised to commemorate those who lost their lives in the 2007 Karsaz bombing on Benazir Bhutto’s homecoming convoy.

The Corona Relief Tiger Force, was formed by the government last year to hire the volunteer services of citizens to mitigate the impact of Covid-19

The PPP chairman, flanked by his sister Aseefa Bhutto Zardari, said he was warning Prime Minister Imran Khan that his reverse counting [for his government] had begun.

He added that the premier was trying to turn all institutions of the country into his Tiger Force, claiming that he had attacked the parliament, Senate, judiciary, Election Commission of Pakistan as well as Punjab police and the province’s bureaucracy.

“No institution is left as he is even trying to turn the media into his Tiger Force," Bilawal claimed.
He promised the participants that his party would form the next government "very soon". "Our protest will continue until [PM] Imran's rule is over," he added.

“The PTI’s politics is not of change, but of destruction, he said.

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"Look what they did to the curriculum... this is not change but destruction... look what they did to HEC [Higher Education Commission] by reducing its budget... this is not change but destruction," he told the charged crowd.

The PPP chairman recalled that Imran Khan used to say that “when inflation rises, it means the prime minister is corrupt”.

“Today the country is at a historic high of inflation which means that we have the most corrupt prime minister in the history of Pakistan.”

He noted that everything, from wheat to sugar, was being sold at record high prices now.
“Imran Khan has destroyed the economy of this country.”

The PPP chairman said his party was protesting against the "PTIMF" economic policy from day one in a bid to stop the government from taking anti-people steps.

"We will not allow anyone from outside to make decisions for this country... only the people of the country are allowed to make them.”

Bilawal said he could not promise to make everything right from day one but “we do promise to bring people-friendly policies immediately”.

“We will construct houses, not demolish them... we will eliminate poverty, not the poor. We will raise people's salaries from day one... we will increase pensions from day one... we will give people jobs, we will continue our legacy, we will finish what [Bilawal’s mother] Benazir Bhutto and [grandfather] Zulfikar Ali Bhutto started.”

The PPP chairman said that when Benazir returned to Pakistan, there was a wheat, oil and gas crisis and the country was ruled by a dictator.

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“We have a similar situation today with the country being ruled by dictatorship in the guise of democracy.”

He said the PPP was the only party that believed in people-friendly economic policies.

“Imran Khan promised 10 million jobs and five million houses... he promised so much but all he has done is deceiving the people of the country.”

Terming his mother the bravest woman in the world, Bilawal said she had come to the country to liberate her people from dictatorship.

"She was told that a dictator wants to kill you, terrorists want to kill you but still she returned for her people, to give them freedom from dictatorship, to free them from poverty, to put the country's economy on right track.”

He said that his mother could have ruled the country from abroad as well but she decided to return to the country only for the people.

"You [jiyalas] defended Shaheed BB from terrorists on this day. She wanted to give voice to people, to you; she wanted to give them the right to vote.”

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