Bilawal hopes the next Prime Minister ‘will not be from Lahore’

  • PPP to contest elections “on its own”; Counting on public support: Bilawal
  • LB by-election results are just a “trailer”, claims former External Affairs Minister.
  • He says, “February 8 will be the day of victory for Bhutto’s manifesto.”

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Monday expressed hope that the country’s next Prime Minister will not be from Lahore, the stronghold of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).

Speaking to the media in Karachi, the former foreign minister said his party would contest the elections “on its own” and on the basis of its election manifesto.

“We will not look at anyone [else] And [will rely] on the public [support] For [success in elections]Bilawal further said, “[Although] There can be any candidate for Prime Minister, the final decision is of the public.”

Bilawal on Sunday termed the PPP’s success in the local government by-elections a mere “trailer” and said: “The people have proved [by voting] That they are with PPP”.

The PPP leader’s comments come after the party scored a big victory in the LB by-elections held in 14 districts of Sindh on Sunday, with Karachi Mayor Murtaza Wahab winning the seat of Union Committee (UC) Chairman from Sadar Town area of ​​Karachi. .

Meanwhile, PPP’s Karachi Deputy Mayor Salman Murad along with Saifullah Noor also won the chairman’s seat from Malir district and Maurpur city respectively.

“Even if our [political] opponents unite [against us] They will not be able to defeat PPP,” Bilawal said.

“The PPP won yesterday despite not being in the government,” he said.

The party president also claimed that his party will reflect the success of the LB by-elections in the upcoming general elections.

He said, “It is necessary that PPP forms the government.” [in order to] Start people-friendly projects.”

“February 8 will be the day of victory of the manifesto [Zulfikar Ali] Bhutto Shaheed and Benazir Bhutto,” he said.

It is pertinent to mention that last week, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had announced as per Supreme Court directions that the general elections will be held on February 8, 2024 – ending months of ambiguity over the elections.

The apex electoral body announced the election date after consultation with President Arif Alvi on the direction of the court.

A three-member bench of the apex court headed by CJP Isa – hearing multiple petitions seeking timely elections within 90 days – also ordered the caretaker government to “ensure general elections on February 8”.

‘Unfortunate’ terrorists are using US-made weapons

Commenting on the revelation that US-made weapons were used in the attack on the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) base in Mianwali, the former minister said it was unfortunate that weapons were left in Afghanistan during the hasty withdrawal by the United States. Have fallen into the hands of dacoits and terrorists.

Bilawal was referring to last week’s terror incident, where security forces killed nine terrorists in an evacuation operation in quick response of troops after a failed terrorist attack on an air force base.

“Whether it is Khyber Pakhtunkhwa or the raw area of ​​Sindh [the miscreants] Which America has left in Afghanistan,” he said.

The former External Affairs Minister also reiterated his party’s staunch stand against all forms of extremism and assured that if his party comes to power, the menace of terrorism will be curbed through effective implementation of the National Action Plan.

Furthermore, while expressing his views on the May 9 riots, the PPP leader was of the view that there should be a provision of some form of amnesty for those “not involved” in the incident.

The country will not forgive those who attacked Jinnah House and military establishments. […] However, not everyone was involved [in the May 9 riots] Those who were not involved should be released,” he said.

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