Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. PHOTO: INSTAGRAM / BBZ
‘The federal government has repeatedly sabotaged efforts to create a united front against coronavirus’
The co-chair of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Friday strongly criticized the federal government for repeatedly sabotaging efforts to create a united front against the coronavirus pandemic.
Addressing a press conference in Karachi, the PPP co-chair said Prime Minister Imran Khan had disappointed the entire country during this pandemic.
“The prime minister and his spokesmen attacked Sindh and his people day and night,” Bilawal said. “He undermined the efforts of health workers, doctors and law enforcement officers, who are fighting the virus on the front lines.
“He questioned the work of the Sindh ministers and made them perpetrators of character assassination.”
Bilawal said the pandemic had revealed the inability of the federal government.
“The prime minister talks about receiving daily wages but hasn’t given them one rupee,” he said, adding that “health workers only ask for personal protective equipment (PPE) but, unfortunately, the federal government hasn’t fulfilled the two demands yet.”
He urged Prime Minister Imran Khan to “become prime minister.” “You [Imran Khan] is no longer in the container anymore, “he said, adding that if he could not support the Sindh government then the most he could do was not to damage his advice to people about staying at home.
The PPP deputy chairman further stated that the Sindh government treated coronavirus patients with its own resources, because the center did not provide any assistance.
“Can you imagine declaring war and not giving weapons, ammunition and uniforms to the soldiers?” Bilawal asked.
“The center has disappointed every province,” said the joint PPP chairman. “They did not provide adequate facilities to the Balochistan government on the Taftan border, no one advised the Punjab government to take preventative measures during the Raiwind meeting.”
He added that if Imran Khan wanted to remain prime minister of only Islamabad, then fighting this pandemic would be very difficult. “My God, Karachi will suffer the same fate as New York.”
Bilawal emphasized the insufficiency of Sindh’s current health budget to fight against deadly pathogens.
He called on the federal government to invest in the provincial health care system. “Most of the resources are used for payment of defense and debt,” he said.
Bilawal dedicated Labor Day to doctors, paramedics and health service staff and daily wage earners because they were most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
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