PPP will fight govt everywhere: Bilawal Bhutto

Staff Writer

Karachi: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari this week warned the rulers that his party will fight them everywhere.

Earlier, the PPP’s Central Executive Committee endorsed the decision by the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) to submit resignations to respective party leaders by December 31.
Speaking at a news conference, Bilawal Bhutto once again called the government “fake” and “corrupt”, saying that it needed to be challenged at every forum. “It is time for the prime minister to go,” he said.

PDM president Maulana Fazlur Rehman and former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also threatened to resign from the assemblies.
Bilawal Bhutto said the PPP had endorsed the deadline of January 31 for the government to resign. He added that the party’s CEC believes the government should be challenged on every forum: on the streets, in courts and legislative assemblies through a no-confidence motion. If the PDM contests the Senate election together, it would win, Bilawal said.
The PPP chairman outlined a plan for going against the government by taking on board political parties and civil groups on “real issues”.

The issues include government orders on Sindh and Balochistan islands, Pakistan Steel Mills and PIA employees issues, woes of lady health workers and students. “Students have been an important part of every movement in Pakistan and we will take them on-board,” he said.

Bilawal Bhutto rejected the approval of 2017 census results by the federal cabinet, and said that the step is illegal. PPP and other provinces have been raising their voices against the census when it was held, he said.
“We had asked that a percentage of census results be checked and redid, but the government has [instead] gotten it approved by the cabinet.”

He said that the party will contact political parties who are allies of the government but have objections over the census results. “This is a national issue. Resources allocated on the basis of ratio are skewed, and the gerrymandering prior to the [2018] election was done on basis of this census.”

Bilawal Bhutto said that the central executive committee’s recommendations will be discussed with the PDM leaders, and a final decision will be made by both.