Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said on Saturday that institutions did not belong to one person but to the people, adding that “I hope they [the institutions] will not make themselves controversial for a single person”.
Addressing a public gathering in Parachina, Bilawal said the opposition will not allow for the next elections to be made controversial.
He said Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government was over and the premier was “retreating like a coward”.
Further criticising the premier, the PPP chairperson said that Imran Khan used to say that he would “commit suicide” rather than approach the International Monetary Fund (IMF). “But as soon as he became the prime minister, he went knocking on the IMFâ€™s door,” the PPP chairman stated.
Laying in to the premier, Bilawal while referring to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)’s pre-election slogans of providing jobs to the people, said that, “Imran Khan had promised that people would come to Pakistan for employment; that did not happen. He has, in fact, rendered jobless even those who live in this country.”
â€œWe never recognised this rigged government,â€ Bilawal stated, adding that “Imran Khan was not the prime minister of the Pakistani people but of someone elseâ€. He said the premier had lost the majority and that his “rule was over”.
The opposition leader said he would not prefer calling the premier by his surname â€˜Khanâ€™. “Khan means bravery. What kind of a captain runs away from the pitch instead of facing the competition?â€ he said.
Referring to the vote of no-confidence, Bilawal said that he has been waiting for the political contest since March 8. “But the PM refuses to come forward. Demonstrate your sportsman spirit, Imran, and come forward if you have the courage,â€ the opposition leader asserted.
â€œBring a total of 172 members to the assembly and we will recognise you as the prime minister,â€ Bilawal said as he challenged the premier.
‘Imran, West on one-page’
The PPP chairman remarked that PM Imran and the West were on one-page regarding Pakistan’s foreign policy, and that is to “destroy the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) agreement”.
He said the premier had hurt the country’s foreign policy interests. “He is ready to destroy Pakistan to save his power,â€ Bilwal stated.
The chairman accused the prime minister of ruining Pakistanâ€™s foreign policy and economic interests by damaging CPEC.
â€˜Pakistan has speakers of every languageâ€™
Referring to his faux pas in an earlier rally in Islamabad, Bilawal admitted his Urdu was weak after 30 years, but said the “premier cannot speak the language even after 70 years”.
â€œIf my Urdu is weak then you should teach Urdu to your three children,â€ the PPP leader said in reference to PM Imran’s children who live abroad.
We are proud of our national language and we will get better, but know that Pakistan is a country of speakers of every language, Bilawal added.