PPP won’t go for undemocratic means to oust PM Imran: Bilawal


Our [PDM’s] objective is to end establishment’s role in political affairs, says PPP chief

In the wake of the 11-party opposition alliance’s latest push to oust Prime Minister Imran Khan from power, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has maintained that his party will only use constitutional and democratic means to dislodge the government.

“We want to establish the democratic rule in the country and will only use democratic ways to remove [PM] Imran Khan from power,” he said on Saturday while addressing a press conference in Karachi.

Bilalwa said his party’s objective was to end establishment’s role into political affairs and formation of governments in the country.

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The Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), opposition parties’ alliance headed by JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, has given an ultimatum to PM Imran to resign by January 31 or supporters and workers of nearly a dozen opposition parties will march on Islamabad in a bid to topple his government.

The PPP leader, in today’s media talk, also announced that his party will participate in the PDM’s protest outside the office of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) scheduled for January 19. “We will demand them [ECP] to reveal the details of funding received by [ruling] Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf by foreign donors and take the case to its logical conclusion at the earliest.”

On the government’s attempt to hold upcoming Senate elections via open balloting instead of secret voting, Bilawal said the PTI-led government was making judiciary controversial by seeking its opinion over changing the laws on Senate polls.

“We hope that the court will not interfere and leave this matter to the parliamentarians,” said Bilawal, alleging that the government’s intention behind making amendments in Senate laws is tantamount to rigging.

He also lashed out at the PTI government over its failure to procure Covid-19 vaccine in the country. “I fear that we [Pakistan] might need to wait longer for vaccine due to government’s incompetence,” he added.

The PPP chairman said government was giving priority to private sector to purchase corona vaccine which he said would only allow rich people to afford the antidote. “Other countries in the region including India have rolled out vaccines but we have not yet signed any agreement,” he lamented.

Party sources had earlier in the day revealed that Bilawal himself might not be part of the January 19 protest. They said, a delegation of PPP will attend the protest outside the ECP's office in Islamabad, adding that Bilawal will visit Umer Kot on the day of the protest and will then attend the PDM's rally planned for Sargodha on January 23.

Senior PPP leader Qamar Zaman Kaira, during a media interaction however, said dismissed these reports saying that the leadership and senior members of the party will attend the protest demonstration as planned.

There are currently no clear details regarding the participation of the party chief, he said, adding that Bilawal make the final decision after reviewing his schedule.

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