PPP, PTI flex muscles in marathon roadshows

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Bilawal demands dissolution of assemblies; Qureshi blames PPP for ‘buying’ lawmakers

Political rivals PPP and the PTI on Monday continued with their respective marches in Sindh to demonstrate their political muscle and “expose” each other’s corruption and poor governance in the province and the centre respectively.

The PPP’s march, led by party chairperson Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, began in Karachi on Sunday and will pass through 34 cities to reach Islamabad after 10 days on March 8, according to a plan shared by the party.

The march reached Hyderabad on Monday, where Bilawal addressed the participants and criticised Prime Minister Imran Khan over the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government’s policies.

“This march is against the inefficient, ineligible and selected prime minister, against his economic and political policies and his cruelty,” he said, adding that the march was also organised to protest growing inflation, poverty and unemployment.

Bilawal said in order to end the “economic crisis” in the country, the prime minister would have to be removed and free and fair elections would have be held.

Meanwhile, PTI, which had initiated its own “Haqooq-i-Sindh March’” from Ghotki on Feb 26, continued its march towards Karachi for a third day ton Monday, It is expected to reach the port city on March 6.

Addressing the participants of the march , Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qurehsi, who is also the PTI’s senior vice-chairperson, said while the PPP had been saying it was prepared for elections, but it actually wanted delays in polls.

He accused the PPP of aiming to table a no-confidence motion against the government by means of “buying” lawmakers.

“But any elected representative with a conscience will not be sell-out because he has to answer his voters in his constituency … they stand by their principles,” he said, adding that the opposition’s “drama” of tabling a no-trust motion would be unsuccessful.

 

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