The politics of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) stood finished as the former premier Nawaz Sharif was sent packing, said Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.
Speaking to journalists in Multan, the PPP chief said that PML-N had now become “Pakistan Muslim League-Shehbaz”.
Emphasising that PPP represented the sole alternative, he said that no change would be brought about if PML-N was merely replaced by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). Referring to the empowerment of Elections Commission of Pakistan (ECP), the PPP chairman said his party had no reservations over the commission being empowered.
Speaking about the accountability of the ruling party, Bilawal termed it a ‘fraud’. He urged equal treatment, saying that PML-N should not be accorded preferential treatment.
“PPP wants equal justice for all,” he said, adding that the Sharif family was going through VIP accountability.
“PML-N often boasts about metro bus projects but what is the point of such initiatives in a country where issues like water scarcity, poverty, educations and jobs remain unsolved?” Bilawal asked.
He questioned whether Nawaz was capable of explaining the prevailing energy crisis. “Just because the load-shedding has decreased in Raiwind, it does not mean that it has ended nationwide,” he said. “PML-N has destroyed Pakistan’s agriculture and textile sectors,” he added.
He said that it was the PPP that laid the foundation of the country’s atomic programme and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Recounting some of the achievements of PPP, he said that the party had always worked for the general public and launched the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP).
He said that the Sindh government had revolutionised the health sector and free treatment was being provided to patients at state-of-the-art hospitals. He said that the PPP had not focused on a single city unlike the PML-N.
The PPP chairman claimed that his party had fought for the rights of farmers and labourers across Pakistan. He claimed that PPP had bailed out 600,000 Sindh families by providing funds to clear dues but had not made a spectacle out of it.