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Bilawal asks PM Abbasi to take back statement on Senate chairman

HYDERABAD: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari claimed on Sunday his party wanted to bring judicial reforms in the country, but the ruling Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) opposed them. 

Speaking to reporters here, the PPP chairman opined that there was a need to cut down on judicial activism as the courts were already groaning under a backlog of more than 1.9 million cases.

Taking an aim at political rivals, he said the PML-N had always weakened state institutions and never worked for strengthening them as well as democratic polity in the country.

He said politicians should be allowed to do their job and if they failed to deliver, the people had a right to vote them out. He stressed that it was a right of every Pakistani to participate in electoral process.

Explaining the reason behind the PML-N’s defeat in election for Senate chairman, Bilawal said the ruling party suffered the defeat because of its weak candidate.

He called on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to take back his statement on Senate chairman.

He was responding to PM Abbasi’s call for newly-elected chairman of the Upper House to issue a statement swearing that he ‘didn’t buy any senator’ to clinch the coveted slot.

The PPP chairman further said former premier Nawaz Sharif was never and would never be an ideological leader. The ruling party was desperate for a way out of the Panamagate quagmire, he added.

Bilawal said institutions would weaken if they would trespass their constitutional parameters to meddle in each other’s affairs.

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