Chairman Pakistan People’s Party Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, on Friday called for elections to be held “as soon as possible” and within the constitutional time frame of 90 days.
During a press conference here, Bilawal highlighted three major issues facing the country at present including inflation, unemployment, and poverty. He emphasized that the PPP’s focus is on addressing these challenges and not on political rivalries.
He stated that the PPP consistently worked to support the people and alleviate poverty. He stressed the importance of holding elections within the constitutional timeframe of 90 days to enable the PPP to serve the country and address the economic difficulties faced by the people.
The Chairman PPP also raised concerns about the ECP’s decision to transfer police,
provincial secretaries, and commissioners in Sindh, stating that such transfers should not occur until the election schedule is announced.
Responding to a query, he expressed solidarity with politicians facing legal challenges and emphasized the need for them to learn and gain experience during such times. He also condemned attacks on sensitive military installations and stressed the importance of deterring future attacks.
Bilawal added by asserting that the people of Pakistan should have the freedom to choose their leaders, whether from the PPP, PML-N, PTI, or any other party, and that all should accept the will of the electorate.
Responding to a question about Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s recent statement regarding the PPP’s stance on early elections, he acknowledged Fazlur Rehman’s status as a senior politician but did not delve into the details of his statement. He reiterated that the PPP has prepared for elections and is in favour of holding them within 90 days as per their interpretation of the Constitution.
Bilawal noted differences in interpretation between the PPP, the PDM (Pakistan Democratic Movement), and the Election Commission of Pakistan regarding the timing of elections. He mentioned that the PPP engaged with the ECP on this matter, resulting in the ECP advancing the dates for constituency delimitation. However, he urged the ECP to announce the election date and schedule promptly.