PPP supported democracy, never stood with Nawaz
PPakistan People’s Party Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Wednesday paid tribute to those martyred in the twin blasts in Karachi’s Karsaz area during a party rally on October 18 in 2007.
While addressing a rally in Hyderabad, the PPP chairperson lauded the courage of those who “did not run away after the first attack but instead rushed towards their leader, Benazir Bhutto, and embraced martyrdom in the second blast”.
PPP has faced challenges ever since its inception, he added. “After Zulfikar Bhutto was hanged, Benazir and Nusrat Bhutto took charge of the party and proved the dictators wrong.”
On the one hand was PPP, Bilawal said, while on the other were the politics nurtured by dictators.
However, the PPP chairperson added, politics is not the name of mud-slinging. Bilawal criticised the stance of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairperson Imran Khan, saying there are some politicians who have not yet come out of the cricket ground.
“These people use corruption as a mere slogan,” Bilawal said. “But corruption cannot be ended till farmers and labourers continue to be exploited.”
The PPP chairperson also criticised the motorway constructed under the rule of Pakistan Muslim League-N. “Your so-called motorway has so far claimed hundreds of lives.”
Other leaders of the party were also present on the stage with Bilawal.
Earlier in the evening PPP leader Naveed Qamar addressed the rally, saying martyrdom takes PPP higher in rank. But, he added, those behind the Karsaz attack are still alive.
Qamar said they do not fear conspiracies, therefore, would never back out.
“Conspirators say elections will not take place,” he added. “But such statements are made by those who get nothing out of elections.”
While speaking to reporters there, the PPP chairperson said that his party have supported democracy but never stood with Nawaz Sharif.
Bilawal stressed that there should be across-the-board accountability.
When asked about his party’s stance on Nawaz, Bilawal replied: “We are never with Nawaz Sharif but support democracy when it is in trouble.”
While responding to a question, the PPP chairperson also spoke about Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairperson Imran Khan, saying the latter would soon retire from politics on his own.