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Shahbaz shied away from contesting NA-120 election, says Bilawal

CHITRAL: As Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) is yet to formally announce its candidate for NA-120 seat vacated after the disqualification of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari says Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif is reluctant to contest the election for National Assembly seat fearing his defeat.

Speaking to reporters here on Sunday, Bilawal said Shahbaz knew he may have to face embarrassing defeat in the election, thus he opted not to contest the election. PPP leadership has not yet decided to pitch a candidate from the party’s platform, he added.

Answering a question regarding MNA Ayesha Gulalai’s allegations, Bilawal said that her allegations were of a serious nature and should be investigated impartially. There existed laws regarding sexual harassment, her case should be dealt accordingly, he added. “Politics should be kept aside and impartial investigation into her accusations should be conducted.”

The PPP chairperson said that he was saddened by the reaction of some sections of media and politicians to her allegations. “We advocate women’s rights and bringing them forward, but at the same time castigate them for levelling allegations instead of conducting a probe.”

Slamming PTI chief Imran Khan, he said that Khan was in habit of levelling allegations against others, but PPP never indulged in politics of mudslinging.

He called for legislation for across the board accountability and added no one should be immune to it, he added.

The party had been receiving requests for him to contest the next general elections from Chitral, which are being considered by the party, he added. He announced to hold a public meeting at Chiniot on August 10.



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