People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari has lashed out at Prime Minister Imran Khan for “backing out” of his commitment to set up Seraiki province.
He was Addressing a workers’ convention in Bahadurpur, Rahim Yar Khan, on Friday.
Bilawal said PM Imran betrayed the people by denying them a right to have their own province – an issue that he has vigorously echoed many times during his anti-government campaign in the south Punjab.
The PPP gave identity to the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and “we will give the people of Waseb their own province. We had a bill passed from the Senate with two thirds majority,” he said.
Bilawal said that the PPP has had a long tradition of challenging tyrants; “from General Yahya, General Zia to General Musharraf”.
“This puppet made his way to power with tall claims of providing 10 million jobs, 5 million houses and eradication of corruption in 90 days, but all his promises have proved to be a lie,” he maintained.
Bilawal claimed that instead of delivering on his campaign promises, the PTI-led government had rendered millions of people jobless and snatched shelter from them in the name of ending encroachments.
The PPP chairman noted that there was a stark difference between the economic policies of the PTI and the PPP, adding that during the latter’s tenure, “regardless of the fact that the entire world had collapsed under the worst recession, we started BISP to empower poor women.”
“We increased salaries by 120 percent and pensions by 100 percent. We increased soldiers’ salaries up to 175 percent because they were fighting the terrorists. Today people of Pakistan cannot buy medicine for their elders.
Today young people have been deprived of employment.”
Chairman Bilawal said that “we had changed Imran’s majority into a minority when Yousuf Raza Gillani won a seat from Imran Khan’s constituency”.
Referring to his political rivals in the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), Bilawal said “we still ask our friends in opposition to bring a no-confidence motion against Usman Buzdar.”
“Our friends do not want to use their votes despite raising slogan of ‘vote ko izzat do’.”
“We were preparing for long-march but our friends linked it with resignations,” he said, adding that, “If they do not want to do this then they should resign as per their own strategy”.
Bilawal boasted that “we will chase out this puppet prime minister with the help of jiyalas.”
“We have to get rid of this government so that people get relief from historic inflation and unemployment. I can see that jiyalas are ready to chase Imran Khan out and establish a true people’s government so that we can fulfil the promises of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto.”