KARACHI: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said the PTI government was trying to make Senate elections as controversial as the 2018 general election adding that the Sindh government would sue in a presidential regulation court to hold Senate elections through an open voting process.
Speaking at a press conference at Media Cell Bilawal House on Monday, Bilawal reacted to the ISPR DG’s statement today, saying he agreed with the statement 100%. The PPP chairman said the military spokesman said the TNI was not involved in politics. “This is what my party and I want,” he said. “How can there be a contradiction in this?” Bilawal demanded that the formation play no role in politics. He said if after the election it turned out that PTI took part in the election as a party and did not get any support, then it would benefit Pakistan. “If not, it will be a wrong step and prove to be detrimental to Pakistan,” he said. “I hope we learn something from the 2018 general elections and such steps will not happen again.”
Regarding the PDM meeting place, the PPP Chair said that Fazl had not yet provided a “final location” for the long march, adding that discussions were being held about whether the Opposition party wanted to gather in Rawalpindi or Islamabad. “This is a decision that will be taken by PDM. Maulana sahab has not yet given the final location, ”he said. However, he said it didn’t matter where the Opposition got together. “When our long journey begins, our strength will be seen by everyone even before we reach Rawalpindi,” he said.
The PPP chairman said they are ready to run for Senate elections against the current government even through the open voting process because angry members of the ruling party will vote against the current regime despite the open vote. “After all, every citizen has a constitutional right to secret ballot papers, so that he can exercise his vote in full privacy and without pressure. This fundamental right is exercised in every election, but now the equal rights of assemblymen are being attacked, “he added.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said the president’s reference to the Senate election was being heard by the court, but the PPP would also challenge the recent Presidential Ordinance through the Sindh government, while Senator Mian Raza Rabbani and the provincial government would take a separate stand on the reference (in court).
He said it was possible that a rotten egg had sold its vote, but the majority of the assembly members voted on the basis of their conscience. “If the PTI government wants electoral reforms, there has been enough time over the past three years to consult with other parties for constitutional amendments. But now in an unconstitutional way, his bad intentions have been revealed, “he added.
Furthermore, the PPP chairman said that the elected government hopes to be given leniency with easy conditions during the Senate elections such as the last general election. But when Imran Khan saw that the PDM was ready to fight and the members (PM) himself were angry too, he first put forward a judicial reference and then tried to impose a constitutional amendment bill through the committee without any discussion.
Bilawal said that if the conspiracy against the Senate elections was successful, it would be a major attack on democracy, parliament and the electoral system. “If Pakistan’s Constitution is violated to satisfy party and individual egos, it will make all institutions controversial because democratic parties want to remain in the system to continue their struggle,” he stressed.
The PPP chairman said everyone knows that Imran Khan and PTI do not have an organic majority but that these puppets have been forced on them by destroying democracy. This major mistake is now dragging the country’s economy to ruin. “Imran Khan wants to hide his funny majority by trampling on the Constitution and election laws, which the Pakistani people will not allow,” he added.
He said that the PDM public meeting in Hyderabad would let the people of the country know what the Sindh people wanted as they had fought and made sacrifices during the popular movement of MRD and ARD. Provincial Ministers Syed Nasir Hussain Shah and Saeed Ghani, MNA Shazia Ata Marri and Jamil Soomro also attended the occasion.