FATEHJANG: Pakistan People’s Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Saturday said that neither ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif nor Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan have any real agenda or manifesto, and both are instead just greedy for power.
“Pakistan is facing internal and external problems, instead the leaders are only greedy for power,” he said while addressing a public gathering in Attock district taking frequent swipes at both his political adversaries Imran Khan and Nawaz Sharif.
“Imran Khan and Nawaz Sharif neither have the capability or the willingness to address the problems of the nation,” he said and both have no programme, ideology or any manifesto for the nation, and their only agenda is to grab power and stay forever.
“I have seen the situation of KP. Their claims of change are completely false,” taking swipe at Imran Khan who he said was touring the mountainous areas rather than addressing the province’s problems.
“KP is suffering from dengue, while Khan sahab is addressing political gathering in Sukkur,” he said.
Bilawal further said that Nawaz, Imran are two sides of the same coin, and both making conspiracies and neglect the people.
“I am the flag-bearer of the people,” he said recalling how the PPP worked for the development of the people in the region and across the nation.
“PPP is still in the hearts and minds of the people of Punjab such as in the days of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto, “he said, but was constrained through a well-planned conspiracy.
“There is no good news coming from Pakistan, and now even President Trump has threatened Pakistan,” he said referring to the recent statement by the US President that Pakistan must act against terror safe havens in its territory.
“Pakistan has been a victim of terrorism, and sacrificed thousands of people, policemen and soldiers, but still has is being threatened for it.”
Bilawal questioned who is responsible for this, and why the narrative of Pakistan not being heard.
“There is no foreign policy. Pakistan cannot live in isolation. It will have to live with the world and put forward its narrative in front of the world,” he said.
Bilawal said there was no foreign minister for four years, and later when appointed, he was defending Nawaz Sharif’s ouster, rather than engaging in diplomacy with other countries and put forward the narrative of Pakistan.
“PPP is the only party which acts against terrorists, and also looks US directly in the eyes,” he said recalling that Pakistan closed US bases and stopped Nato supplies after the Salala incident in 2011.
“For the first time in its history, the United States was forced to apologise for its actions,” he claimed.
He also expressed disappointment over the lack is no implementation of the National Action Plan which is being buried by the PML-N government.
However, he warned that the nation is watching and will not fall for the inept and disqualified leaders of the nation. He promised for work for the marginalised sections of society including farmers, workers and the youth.
“I want to create a social democratic nation,” he vowed which he said was the dream and vision of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto.
Many PPP leaders also addressed the political gathering including former prime minister Yusuf Raza Gillani, Khursheed Shah, PPP Punjab President Qamar Zaman Kaira, PPP South Punjab President Nadeem Afzal Chan, and Manzoor Wattoo.