Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on Monday vowed to protect provincial autonomy, saying his party would not compromise on the 18th Amendment and the National Finance Commission (NFC) Award for the provinces.
Addressing a rally in Lower Dir, the PPP chief said that PPP is the only party in the history of Pakistan which focused on development projects in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and the adjoining tribal areas. “My grandfather Zulfikar Ali Bhutto built the first hospital in Bajaur when he was the premier,” he added.
“My mother Benazir Bhutto made the Parachinar airport and women’s college during her tenure,” he said, adding that his party had also constructed the grid station in Wana.
Bilawal said that his party had cared for the poor when it was in power as it increased pensions and salaries by 150 per cent. He also criticised the incumbent government for the recent hike in inflation in the country. “The lower classes and the farmers are unhappy with the policies of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government,” he said, adding that the recent hike in prices of sugar, ghee, vegetables, electricity, fuel and medicines has added to the miseries of the common man.
He further criticised the government for getting the budget approved by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) before presenting it in the House.