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FM Bilawal Bhutto Zardari says ‘early elections to not benefit democracy’

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Foreign Minister and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said Sunday that he found no benefit to democracy in the organisation of early elections in the country.

FM Bilawal Bhutto Zardari made the statement in an interview with Al-Jazeera.

He said that he did not see the need to hold early elections in the country as was being demanded by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman and former prime minister Imran Khan.

The foreign minister said that the current government inherited from its predecessor “a divided country and a collapsed economy.” However, he said the incumbent government was looking for solutions to internal problems and consensus at the international level, the state news agency quoted Al-Jazeera.

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He said in order to address the challenges inherited from the previous government, it was essential that the whole country get united as no single political party or individual could address the situation alone.

He said in order to address the challenges inherited from the previous government, it was essential that the whole country get united as no single political party or individual could address the situation alone.

Rubbishing the accusations of a foreign conspiracy behind the removal of Imran Khan, the foreign minister said the political leaders were supposed to speak the truth to their people instead of coming up with such conspiracy theories.

He told the interviewer that it was for the first time that a prime minister was removed constitutionally through a vote of confidence, not through a coup or court order.

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Asked about the early elections, he said instead of furthering democracy, the early elections would instead further Imran Khan’s agenda.

He said it was important for the country to complete its five years term unless there was any urgency which currently was not there.

To a question, FM Bilawal said that Kashmir was an unfinished agenda and since Narendra Modi’s election, the space for Muslims in India as well as Kashmir was shrinking.

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He said the people of Pakistan and India want to live in peace. In order to achieve that, it was essential to respect international laws and conventions to address the issue of terrorism and extremism.

Coming to Afghanistan, the foreign minister said Pakistan was engaging with the war-torn country in the interest of its own as well as the neighbourhood.

However, he said the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) had been involved in terror attacks in the past which were still going on. He said Pakistan would work with the Afghan government to address the challenge posed by the terrorist outfits.

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