PPP to march on Islamabad, announces Zardari


–PPP co-chairman says party cannot give govt more time, it must be ousted

–Bilawal warns ‘puppet’ PM Imran against repealing 18th Amendment

–PPP chairman asks why Bhutto hasn’t been served justice despite lapse of 40 years



GARHI KHUDA BAKHSH: Former president and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday announced that he would march towards Islamabad along with the party workers to oust the incumbent government.

Addressing a ceremony held at Garhi Khuda Bakhsh to commemorate the 40th death anniversary of PPP founder Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Zardari said that Prime Minister Imran Khan has sent the country 50 years back.

“The ‘selected’ prime minister’s bubble has burst. The government does not have funds to run the country. I want to tell him that if he cannot collect funds through the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) then he should leave,” he said, adding that his party cannot give this government any more time as it does not care about the people, therefore, it has decided to march on Islamabad to oust the government.

“Before the elections, I told you that they want to repeal the 18th Amendment but some friends believed me while other people made fun of me,” he said, adding that cases were being lodged against the party leadership for this purpose.


PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari started his speech with a question.

He asked why justice had not been served for Zulfikar Ali Bhutto despite the passing of 40 years after his “judicial murder”.

“Today is the 40th anniversary of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s judicial murder and once again we ask why the protector of the poor people of the country was murdered so unjustly. He ensured the return of 90,000 prisoners and he transformed this country into a nuclear power but to this day we still do not know who signed his death warrant,” Bilawal said.

“The former president submitted a request eight years ago to get answers for the question still lingering about the murder of our party’s founder but I fail to understand why the scales of justice tip one side when it comes to us Bhuttos,” he added.

Bilawal also warned the prime minister against making any efforts for repealing the 18th Amendment. “Do not repeal the 18th Amendment. I am warning you. If you try to repeal it, I will end your government,” he said.

“Those who are sitting in the Prime Minister’s Office have become a symbol of arrogance and they parade about the idea of ‘Naya Pakistan’ without understanding anything about the foundations of the ‘Old Pakistan’,” he said.

“The ‘selected’ prime minister said in Ghotki that it was because of the 18th Amendment that the federation had become bankrupt. He should know that strong provinces are the foundation of a strong nation.

“The prime minister says that he does not want Sindh. He does not want Sindh? Sindh does not need him. He only needs Sindh’s resources and its gas. He wants to take away the rights of the people of Sindh, steal the assets of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and keep Balochistan deprived. He should know that provincial governments make provincial decisions and this is how nations are strengthened but this is beyond a ‘puppet’ prime minister’s understanding,” Bilawal said.

He further lashed out at the PPP government, saying that ever since they came to power, they did nothing but lie to the public. “Look at the country now. There is a tsunami of inflation and everything has become expensive,” he said.

“The finance minister says that their economic policies will make the people scream with agony. He says that he does not know anything about agriculture. Is he a minister or an economic terrorist,” he asked.

“The anti-encroachment drive has rendered people homeless. Someone should tell that that an economy is not run on charity or magic because when we try to show them the mirror, they start NAB-gardi,” he said.

Bilawal added that the government’s tactics cannot scare the grandson of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and the son of Benazir Bhutto. “We will fight together, struggle together and complete the incomplete mission of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto,” he said.

Speaking about the cases against him, he said that they were also based on false allegations. He claimed that he had not given a fair chance to respond in the court.

“I have not been able to record my statement before any court,” he said. ‘All I get are three minutes to speak before the court and then they say ‘this is something we have never heard’. I want to ask the honourable judges to summon old transcripts and recording,” he added.

The PPP leader questioned why the Supreme Court (SC) had taken a suo motu notice of the fake bank accounts case.

“The power of [suo motu] is only exercised in human rights cases or legal complications,” he noted. “Why was it exercised in this fake accounts case?”

“The reason given was that the progress of this case was slow, even though the case was being heard in a banking court and the FIA had even presented an initial challan. By that argument, are the missing persons, Zulfikar and Benazir Bhutto murder cases not proceeding slowly?” Bilawal asked.

“I am not saying that do not hold anyone accountable but do not use accountability to hide your sins or as a revenge tool,” Bilawal added.

Bilawal further said, “When I ask why the National Action Plan (NAP) is not implemented, and why do federal ministers have close ties to militants, a movement to declare me as anti-national is started.”

“I demanded the removal of that trio but PM Khan instead appointed a man who is nominated in cases from Daniel Pearl to Benazir’s murders,” he added.

“They cannot tolerate Benazir, so much so that they want to remove her name from the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP). They actually want to end the programme but Benazir is not a person, she is a mission,” Bilawal concluded.

Earlier on Thursday, Bilawal said that those who killed PPP founder and former premier are now a part of history but he is still alive in the hearts of millions of people.

He took to Twitter and paid tribute to the struggle of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto on the occasion of his 40th death anniversary in Urdu poetry.