Bilawal announces support to PM for confidence vote | The Express Tribune


Foreign Minister and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that if Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif is asked for a vote of confidence by the president, his party will bring its full numbers to support him.

Speaking on Express News’ programme ‘Centre Stage’ on Saturday, he said, “I agree 100 per cent that we will accomplish it, we have proved it before and we will show it by doing it today.

“We are ready to compete,” he added.

The foreign minister said that he does not see an environment where the president would ask for a vote of confidence from the prime minister and if such a situation occurs, PPP will complete the numbers.

He said that they are ready for the local body elections. The PPP has appointed its representative in each union council, he added.

“The mayor of Hyderabad will be from PPP, while there is a desire to bring a mayor from Karachi too, if there are provincial elections, new governments will be formed there,” he added.

Bilawal remarked that separation from the federation will not be in favour of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P).

He said that it will be better for democracy if governments complete their term for the third time in a row, rather it will be a “major success” for democracy.

To a question about Punjab and the general elections, the PPP chief said that parties included in the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) may make seat-to-seat adjustments in the elections.

He also said that as a political party, PPP is always ready for elections.

“We want the government to fulfil the term,” he remarked.

The PPP chief said that it will be good for the people of Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) that the government of Imran Khan ends there because it is better for the province and the people to have a caretaker government and provincial elections.

He said that at present the country is in trouble and the burden of which is being borne by every citizen.

“Due to the policies of Imran Khan, the problem of terrorism is resurfacing,” he claimed. “We have to fight them.

“We will take the people out of these difficulties and go to the general elections, God willing,” he said. “People are worried about the flood situation.”

The foreign minister said that Imran left an economic crisis. However, he added, Saudi Arabia made a good announcement, and the United Arab Emirates helped, but the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) programme is to be completed.

Regarding talks with the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), he said that talks will be possible only if Imran comes to the parliament first, and only if there is an opposition leader in the parliament.

“When they will leave the field and run away, they will sit in their homes and give a speech on Zoom, then the conversation will not work in such a situation,” he remarked.

Regarding the polls, Bilawal said that everyone knows the election schedule. The year 2023 is the year of elections, he added.

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“Now that he is no longer the prime minister, what has happened to Khan that he cannot wait for a few months?” he asked.

“In this, PTI will suffer as well as the country. Imran Khan should play a positive role,” he added.

The foreign minister said that he believes that there is no constitutional and legal way to extend the term of the assembly.

“I do not see the environment to take any such step. I do not see any such situation at this time,” he added. He further said that his party has a manifesto and they have been fighting for three generations.

Bilawal said that there was interference in the past, MQM was divided into three parts and a party was formed overnight in Balochistan.

“Our party was being broken up and forcibly joined in their party,” he said.

“We welcome it, and it is a good thing that the institution has announced its neutrality and politicians are coming back to their homes,” he added.

He claimed that in the last six months, the provincial governments of K-P and Punjab have not taken any interest in the problems of the people.

“The people have been abandoned,” he added. “The chief ministers could not reach there to help the flood victims.”

“They are not participating in the funerals of those who are martyred in the incidents of terrorism, but they are busy guarding Bani Gala,” he further said.

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