Bilawal House, not White House, ousted Imran: FM

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15th death anniversary of Benazir obseved


Vows to take mother’s mission forward; Establishment’s apolitical role ‘orphaned selected’


Pakistan People’s Party Chairman and Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Tuesday said that Bilawal House, not White House, ousted the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan from power.

Bilawal said this while addressing a gathering in Garhi Khuda Bakhsh held to mark the 15th death anniversary of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

He said that the culprits behind her assassination wanted to halt PPP’s journey for supremacy of the democracy, adding that he will take his mother’s mission forward.

Bilawal while praising “Jiyalas” said that masses loyalty towards Benazir prove that they have not forgotten her political ideas.

“My mother was a patriotic Pakistani, and her name was marked in not only the country’s history but across the world. She was the voice of the poor, an ambassador for the destitute, a true supporter of democracy, and a strong reply to terrorists.” said Bilawal. “It is our responsibility to follow Bibi’s vision” and achieve the mission she had set out on,” the chairman stressed.

“President Zardari and I tried to take her mission forward and whatever work is left will be completed in the next 15 years,” he promised.

Launching a tirade against the PTI chief Imran Khan, he said that Imran Khan attacked the 18th amendment.

The foreign minister held Imran Khan responsible for rising terror attacks in the country saying that he bended his knees in front of outlawed TTP without asking people and parliament.

He added that he will urge the government to review policy towards terrorism, adding that “we will have to quit that policy and establish the writ of the state.”

“Only the PPP had the ability to steer the coun mission forward and whatever work is left will be completed in the next 15 years,” he promised.

Launching a tirade against the PTI chief Imran Khan, he said that Imran Khan attacked the 18th amendment.

The foreign minister held Imran Khan responsible for rising terror attacks in the country saying that he bended his knees in front of outlawed TTP without asking people and parliament.

He added that he will urge the government to review policy towards terrorism, adding that “we will have to quit that policy and establish the writ of the state.”

“Only the PPP had the ability to steer the country out of the prevailing crisis beacause we had dealt with the terrorists effectively in the past and will do so now,” he added.

Bilawal said that miscreants behind Benazir’s assassination thought they would halt her party’s journey forward. “I want to tell them to come and see how many people gathered here in Garhi Khuda Bux. Even after all these years, Bibi’s jiyalas [supporters] are still present here.

“These people have shown their loyalty towards her and have proven that they have not forgotten Benazir or her political ideas. We believe it when we say ‘aj bhi Bhutto zinda hay’ [Bhutto is alive even today],” he asserted.

“We sent Imran home through the Constitution […] and this was the first time the parliament ousted a prime minister. The ‘conspiracy against the selected’ was not hatched behind closed doors, rather it happened on the streets and in the parliament in plain sight.

He went on to say that the army had made its position on staying out of politics clear and it was now time to ensure that they fulfilled their promise.

“This is the reason we are hearing screams from Bani Gala. Imran is once again trying to pressurise the establishment to meddle in politics. But let me tell you: come back to the parliament.

“You are a stranger to the House. Come back and play your role in the parliament. Come and talk about reforms, whether it is the National Accountability Bureau or elections,” he said, adding that otherwise, the government would not be able to stop those who wanted to “victimise you”.

“In any other country, politics and rallies would have come to a halt after the havoc wreaked by the floods. But even in the midst of a catastrophe, the fight for Punjab kept taking place, and [Imran’s] long march did not stop.