PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari has said that during the September 20 preparatory meeting of the opposition alliance – also known as the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) – it was stressed that the forum would “stand against the establishment” and “no one was stopped from taking names” either.
Bilawal made these comments during an exclusive interview with an English daily on Wednesday, in which he talked on a range of issues including the opposition alliance’s future strategy and upcoming polls in Gilgit-Baltistan.
Responding to a question on whether there were disagreements within the opposition concerning its narrative after the PML-N supremo named the country’s top military leadership during his speech at the PDM’s first public rally, Bilawal said:
“While the All-Parties Conference didn’t decide on naming anyone, it also did not stop anyone from taking names.”
The PPP chairman said all opposition parties had agreed on a joint narrative which was also made public in the form of a joint resolution issued by the forum.
But he did go on to say that individual parties can have their own narratives and action plans. “This is a part of politics, it is their right and everything is in front of you.”
Bilawal’s comments come days after he revealed in an interview with BBC that he was “shocked” when he heard PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif’s speech during the PDM’s first rally in Gujranwala last month in which Nawaz named the country’s top military leadership for orchestrating his ouster as PM and for “bringing Imran Khan into power”.