ISLAMABAD: PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Sunday said correcting the imbalance of power between the elected representatives of the people and the unelected but powerful organs of the state was a huge challenge before the democracy.
“Wielding real state power without accountability by some while holding powerless elected people responsible for the nation’s multiple failures is a crisis of our democracy that must be addressed,” he told the party workers and office-bearers from Peshawar, Mardan, Bannu and Karak divisions on the third day of his ‘meet the workers’ programme at Zardari House in Islamabad.
Bilawal said that the PPP manifesto clearly stated that power belonged to the people and the people alone. All other institutions of the state are subservient to the will of the people, he said.
“However, we have witnessed over the past decades that un-elected elements have systematically encroached upon state powers. What is worse is that while the elected representatives have been held responsible for all the ills and misfortunes on one pretext or the other, the real wielders of state power have not been held accountable even for the worst crimes committed against the state and the society,” he added.
“This is a challenge before all democratic forces in the country. However, the PPP, as the party of anti-status quo, has a greater responsibility and must take lead in correcting this imbalance.”