I was forced on PPP, claims Bilawal

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ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari has said that the PPP did not choose to him rather he was brought upon the party.

“I just happened to PPP. I was forced on the party,” said the young leader in an interview with the BBC’s Hardtalk.

“I will not go into the merits or the demerits of me” said Mr Bhutto-Zardari when asked if the PPP was a party only of the Bhutto family. He said while it was true that he had no place in modern democracies, he was a reality in Pakistan.

He said the party — that he co-heads with his father Asif Ali Zardari — was representative of a modern and financially progressive Bhutto-Zardari family.

“Yes, I was forced on PPP, but PPP was also forced on me,” he added. “Don’t you think if I had the option I would have picked the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) or even the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI)? Hell, I’d pick Milli Muslim League over PPP.”

When asked about who really runs the party — his father or Bilawal himself — he said no person was in charge, and it is actually the party that runs them.

To a question whether the PPP had forgotten what it stood for, he said the PPP is committed to its roots.

“PPP always stands for the Bhutto family, and the family tree has strong roots that go all the way down the chart.”

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