If elected, Bilawal wishes to form govt with independents
LARKANA: (Web Desk) PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari said that he would prefer to form a Pakistan People’s Party led government with independent politicians.
“I would prefer to form a Pakistan People’s Party led government with independent politicians. You know, lots of independent politicians, probably the highest in our history are taking part in the coming elections. Aside from that, I think unfortunately both the Muslim League and that the Tehreek-e-insaaf have proved that they are two sides of the same coin. The faces change, but the policies stay the same,” Bilawal said in an interview with Reuters in Larkana.
He added, “You know, lots of independent politicians, probably the highest (number) in our history, are taking part in the coming elections.”
The prime minister contender in upcoming general elections said, “We are facing a perfect storm of crises. The economic crisis that we’re facing is one of the worst in our history, the security challenges that we are facing risk pushing Pakistan back to the far more difficult, far more difficult time when we used to have terrorist attacks every other day across the country. And as far as the geopolitical challenges in this part of the world is concerned, they, you know, that poses a whole other set of challenges. And within that context, I don’t think we have time to waste on politics as usual.”
“I haven’t actually counted, but […] I think she was the youngest,” he responded when asked how he rated his chances.
When asked if he thought the military establishment backed former premier and PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif, he replied: “He’s certainly giving the impression that he is relying on something other than the people of Pakistan to become prime minister for the fourth time.”
He called for new ideas and leadership to calm political and economic instability. He noted, “The implications of the decisions taken today are going to be faced by the youth of Pakistan. I think it would be better if they were allowed to make those decisions.”
Bilawal plans to tap into widespread anger, saying he has a concrete plan to provide free electricity and boost social safety programmes, despite fiscal constraints.
In a reflection of his party’s election manifesto, he said, “What we propose is to completely restructure Pakistan’s development model, putting the threat of climate change front and centre.”