LARKANA: Former president Asif Zardari has ruled out possibility of negotiations with PML-N and said the Nawaz-led party has ‘stabbed PPP in the back with the help of establishment’.
“We will not let you form the next government in Punjab,” Zardari said. “The PPP can form a coalition government with any party but not with the PML-N”.
Zardari was addressing a public gathering held to mark the 39th death anniversary of PPP founder Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in Garhi Khuda Bukhsh.
Zardari said he will force Nawaz Sharif to quit politics and would conquer ‘Takht-e-Lahore’.
The former president said he had already told Sharif brothers that he could send PML-N government packing whenever he wanted and he proved it.
He claimed that Nawaz Sharif wanted to create rifts within PPP by nominating Raza Rabbani for Senate chairmanship. “But we foiled his attempt and strengthened democracy in Balochistan,” Zardari added.
PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto also addressed the party’s annual gathering and used the occasion to criticise political rivals, besides recalling achievements of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.
He lashed out at Nawaz Sharif, calling him ‘heir of Zia-ul-Haq’.
“I laugh when people tell me that Nawaz Sharif has launched a movement to restore sanctity of vote,” Bilawal said, adding that the PML-N chief has attended just five National Assembly sessions in last four-and-a-half years.
Bilawal also took a dig at PTI chairman Imran Khan and said the cricketer-turned politician was a ‘brother’ of Taliban.
Bilawal claimed that Imran Khan ‘is carrying flag of U-turns’.
“PPP is the only Party which can challenge and fight extremism and terrorism,” he said.
“Extremism is because of terrorism, which cannot be eliminated through military actions alone. We need to change curriculum and national policies,” he affirmed.
About development work in Sindh, Bilawal said provincial government has built 517 health facilities in Sindh in five years.
He claimed that Imran Khan did not make ‘a single hospital or public sector university, and that Shahbaz Sharif inaugurated an ‘incomplete hospital’ in the same period.
“People know that Nawaz and Imran are trying to belittle each other for the sake of power but they won’t tell as to what formula they have to remove poverty at the ground level,” he said.
“Masses don’t care about ‘Mujhe Ku Nikala’. They want their problems resolved and PPP is the only party which is busy resolving these problems including the provision of basic necessities of health, education and clean water facilities.”
Bilawal maintained that his party respects judiciary. “We didn’t get justice from these courts. PPP suffered the most due to wrong decisions of the court but still we respect our institutions and are seeking justice for judicial murder of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.”
Bilawal reminded the PPP supporters of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s accomplishments.
“If Pakistan has nuclear bomb today, it’s the milestone achievement of ZulfikarAliBhutto. If labourers and peasants have any rights today, if you have a passport today, it’s because of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.”
“Bhutto is the name of an era. He united the Islamic countries as well as Arab states and gave concept of ‘Islamic Bomb’ and Islamic currency. Not only Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was martyred but Pakistan’s golden era was hanged.”
Story first published: 4th April 2018