Zardari ‘best choice’ for PM if coalition govt formed: Bilawal

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto said in an interview to a local media outlet that his father, former president and PPP Co-Chairperson Asif Ali Zardari is the “best choice” for the country’s top office if a coalition government is formed as a result of the upcoming general elections.

Bilawal said, “He [Zardari] has experience managing a coalition government and not just managing but he was the first civilian president to complete his term and the coalition government was also the first to complete its full-term.”

Talking about the previous PPP-led coalition government’s achievements, the PPP chairperson explained, “It passed the 18th amendment, changed North West Frontier Province’s (NWFP) name to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), devolved powers, ensured investment in the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and local economies, initiated social protection programmes and gave labour, human and agricultural rights.”

Speaking about forming a coalition government with other political parties, Bilawal said, “PPP has ideological differences with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) but I think that whoever can implement our manifesto, assure us that the National Finance Commission (NFC) award will be implemented and there will be no compromise on the 18th amendment, then we can work with them.”

PPP Chairperson Bilawal also claimed that it would be best for a coalition government to be led by the PPP.