KARACHI: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government has been challenged by Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari. He insisted to fulfill four principal demands if government wants to stave off the threat of a long march by the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).
Bilawals’ four demand agenda requires to reconstitute the national parliamentary security committee, adopt the bill moved by the PPP on the Panama Papers, implementation of Asif Zardari’s resolution on CPEC, appointment of a foreign minister as soon as possible.
Currently, the prime minister is serving in this capacity and his top aides Tariq Fatemi and Sartaj Aziz advise him on policy issues. Bilawal charted out the demands as the Salam Shuhada rally reached Karsaz.
“Benazir Bhutto manifested the only hope for common public when she arrived to Pakistan on October 18, 2007,” the PPP chairperson said as the rally departed from Bilawal Chowrangi on Sunday evening.
Bilawal said, “Benazir returned with an aim to liberate people … from unemployment, poverty, terrorism, tyranny, politics of ethnicity,and this outdated system, from ‘contractors’ of religion, but was martyred”.
Further he said, “ Terming the October 18, 2007 detonation one of the largest acts of terrorism against any political party in Pakistan’s history, that people as a rule tend to run away from the blast, but on October 18, people ran towards the bomb blast to protect their leader.
Bilawal criticised PM Nawaz and said that he was obliterating the country and people were frustrated by his policies. In a swipe at Imran Khan, he said the PTI chief’s “immature politics would permeate the prime minister with more power”.
Bilawal said if people sustained to support him, they can bring changes in Pakistan, too”.
Boasting to free Pakistan from the curse of terrorism, he said that “he would “get rid of poverty, redundancy, sectarianism, illiteracy and all other evils”.
Thousands of people took part in the rally from Karachi, chanting pro-Bilawal slogans.
The participants of the rally were fully charged up. Thousands of bikes, hundreds of cars, rickshaws and buses accompanied people on foot in the rally. All the roads leading up to the rally were blocked with containers and proper arrangements of security were deployed along the rally’s route.
The senior leadership of party, including former PM Yousuf Raza Gilani, Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah, attended Sunday’s rally.