The PPP chairman slammed Qureshi for talking about ‘proving political courage’ during the pandemic
The PPP chairman slammed Qureshi for talking about ‘proving political courage’ during the pandemic. FILE PHOTOS
KARACHI: PPP Chair Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Tuesday demanded that Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi should withdraw his statement about his party using provincial politics against the Center or resigning from his post.
The PPP chairman said he was accused of using the Sindh card, but he had raised the issue of Balochistan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa or Gilgit-Baltistan as well.
“Am I playing the provincial card even then?” he asked while speaking at a press conference in Karachi.
A day earlier, Qureshi while speaking at the National Assembly accused PPP MPs of using ‘Sindh cards’ instead of showing national unity amid a coronavirus pandemic and also criticizing the party during the Senate session on Tuesday.
He demanded that the foreign minister’s statement be unacceptable and that he should revoke it or resign.
“The minister’s comment was ‘slap in the face’,” he said. “What are you [Qureshi] do you mean by saying that you will prove your political courage in Sindh? Is this the time for that? “
Furthermore Bilawal said this was not the time to carry out political campaigns. “We are not thinking of proving our political courage in Punjab during this pandemic. We are not thinking of winning the election. We just want to save the lives of people in this country. “
The PPP Chair said not everything was about politics and such statements during the crisis had to be avoided.
When he is [Qureshi] “is our minister, we know who approached him and triggered his dream of becoming the country’s future prime minister,” the PPP leader said.
Bilawal regretted that he had offered the federal government to put aside political differences and work together to overcome the pandemic, but in return he only received criticism and verbal abuse from the highest level against his party and Sindh’s chief minister.
The PPP Chair also pledged to frustrate any move against restrictions on provincial autonomy, saying the federal government wanted to cancel the 18th Amendment on the pretext of a pandemic.
“We [Sindh government] are victims because of them [federal government] want to use the 18th Amendment as a bargaining chip, “Bilawal added.
Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in the country, federal ministers have criticized the PPP-led Sindh government for handling Covid-19, blaming the 18th Amendment, which guarantees financial and administrative strength for the province, due to the Center’s inability to effectively implement it. coronavirus measures throughout the country.
Bilawal said the federal government did not have a majority in parliament to make amendments to the Constitution but “if the Center makes such an effort we are ready to fight them in all available forums”.
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