Reacting to the arrest of Sindh Assembly Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani on Wednesday, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari called Rawalpindi “Karbala for the Bhutto family”, demanding that all trials against his party be shifted back to Sindh.
Addressing a press conference in London, he said, “PPP workers say that Karbala is created for PPP in Pindi every time and there is history to it but we are not scared of Pindi; I demand that shift all other trials to Sindh and I am ready to face trial in Pindi; there cannot be two laws in Pakistan. If I can be tried in Rawalpindi than others should be tried in Sindh.”
He said that the fake accounts case, involving his father Asif Ali Zardari and his aunt, should not have been transferred from Sindh to Rawalpindi. He said that the alleged crime scene is in Sindh and the case should have been heard in Sindh but the Supreme Court rejected his petition asking the NAB to hold an inquiry into the fake accounts case in the twin cities.
The PPP leader, while quoting his party workers, said that Rawalpindi has never offered justice to his family. “As in the case of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, who was hanged in the same city, and Shaheed Benazir Bhutto, who was killed in Rawalpindi in a bomb attack. And now the fake accounts case,” Bilawal said.
Bilawal alleged that double standards of justice were on full display as his family was being victimized while Imran Khan, his sister Aleema Khan and PTI leaders Jahangir Tareen and PTI’s allies were outside of the remit of accountability. He said that the transfer of fake accounts cases to Rawalpindi was violation of his rights as a citizen of Pakistan.
The PPP chairperson strongly condemned the arrest of Durrani, saying that the attack on the speaker is unacceptable and it is an undemocratic attempt to dislodge Sindh government.