In quite an unexpected statement, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari hailed Imran Khan’s decision to contest the upcoming general elections, saying he is a positive change in the politics.
Addressing the Pakistan Leaders of Tomorrow conference in Islamabad, the PPP chairman expressed his approval of Imran Khan’s decision to take part in the next general elections. He said that he is certain that the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief will be a positive force for politics in the country.
He noted, “I am confident his inclusion will have a positive impact on politics of Pakistan.” Bilawal also spoke about Nawaz Sharif and called him an ally in supporting democracy in Pakistan.
Calling upon all political parties to collectively fight for eradicating terrorism from Pakistan, the PPP chairman highlighted that both the Awami National Party (ANP) and the PPP have suffered from terrorism.
He further stated that despite his party’s past differences with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), they are ready to set aside their differences and unite against a common enemy.
Bilawal added that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has been a part of PPP’s joint efforts to end Taliban rule in Swat. He stated that the political parties must fight to protect Jinnah’s Pakistan from the threat of the Taliban.
During his speech, Bilawal unequivocally stated his opposition to drone strikes. He condemned US, calling the CIA operated programme a violation of international laws.
He said that it has been proved in the Asghar Khan case that the mandate of PPP was sabotaged, adding that that PPP always gave rise to reconciliation despite differences. According to the chairman of PPP, Malala Yousufzai was not a terrorist but a patriotic citizen.
Bilawal also said that Pakistan is against drone attacks as these are against the international law. He demanded the United States to immediately halt drone strikes.
He said that Pakistan is in a state of war and there cannot be two views on this, adding that involvement of Taliban has been proven in Benazir Bhutto’s assassination.