- Shahbaz says, “Bilawal Bhutto is like a younger brother.”
- He has said that he will work with Bilawal for 16 months.
- The politician says that nothing will be achieved by crying and blaming.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president and former prime minister Shehbaz Sharif called Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari a “young brother”, a day after the young politician praised his party supremo. Advised to “concentrate”. On Lahore”.
“Bilawal Bhutto is like a younger brother. [We have] “Worked together for 16 months,” he said, citing their cooperation under the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) coalition government.
The senior politician’s comments came during a press conference in Quetta, where PML-N leaders including Nawaz had gathered to meet Balochistan-based political parties ahead of the elections in February 2024.
The former prime minister’s statement was made in response to remarks by his former foreign minister that advised Nawaz to “focus on Lahore” rather than looking towards other provinces in the country, especially for the upcoming elections. Pointing out his interest in Sindh. General elections on 8 February next year.
Addressing a reporter in Mithi a day earlier, Bilawal said, “Mian Sahib has been suggested to go to other provinces. I suggest he should stay in Lahore only.”
He said that the PML-N supremo should resolve the issues prevailing in Punjab instead of moving towards other provinces. The PPP chief urged the PML-N to do politics on its own instead of relying on others.
The party has started rapid efforts towards seat adjustment in the southern province of the country, because if it succeeds in getting majority votes then it is eyeing to form a coalition government in Sindh. A PML-N delegation led by him visited Karachi last Sunday and shared its intentions regarding seat adjustment.
Responding to a question on Bilawal’s statement, the PML-N president said, “We should move towards mature politics. Crying and blaming will do nothing.”
The former prime minister urged politicians to reflect on their actions and analyze where mistakes were made.
Shehbaz also said that whoever the public elects as the next Prime Minister, the country will accept him, as his party is rallying for Nawaz’s name for the coveted post.
The veteran politician, after meeting leaders of provincial political parties on his Balochistan tour, pledged to bring prosperity to the province, which is deprived of better infrastructure compared to the rest of the country.
He urged Baloch politician Sardar Lashkari Raisani – who was last associated with the Balochistan National Party (BNP) – to join the PML-N, saying, “We have to solve economic and social problems together.”
He said that Raisani’s joining the party will strengthen the party. “The political elite has joined the PML-N. We have met the leaders of political parties of Balochistan. I am very satisfied.”
The former prime minister said his party leaders would sit with Raisani to resolve all issues.
After meeting workers in Quetta, Nawaz left for Lahore
Meanwhile, PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif criticized Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) for failing to develop Balochistan.
“Many people came and talked but practically nothing was done. There is a difference between them and us,” he said while addressing his party leaders and workers in Quetta.
Nawaz questioned the Imran Khan-led party for not bringing any change in the province since coming to power in 2018 despite tall claims.
He asked: “What changes have the change-makers brought about in the last four years?”
Nawaz regretted that if his party’s government had not been sent home in the past, poverty, backwardness and economic misery would have ended.
Expressing her condolences, the PML-N supremo also met the father of a teenage martyr who lost his life during the May 9 riots. “You arrange for a lawyer, we will support you,” he assured her.
After meeting his party leaders and workers, Nawaz left for the airport. Shehbaz, PML-N chief organizer Maryam Nawaz, Pervez Rashid and Maryam Aurangzeb and other leaders also left for Lahore along with the PML-N supremo.