LAHORE: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has thanked vice-president of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) over supporting Yosuf Raza Gillani in Senate elections.
The PPP Chairman and the Vice-President of PML-N addressed the news conference after their meet-up at Jati Umra.
PML-N vice president Maryam Nawaz lashed out at PM Imran Khan on Thursday, claiming that his support was dwindling within the PTI.
Maryam spoke highly of the PDM’s joint candidate from Islamabad, former prime minister Gillani. “Yousaf Raza Gillani is not only the PDM’s candidate but he has an affable personality,” she said, adding that the PML-N fully backs him as its joint candidate for the Senate seat.
“I hope every pro-democracy person will not vote for the PTI [in the Senate elections] because we think the PTI is guilty of crimes against the people and Imran Khan is guilty of crimes against the nation,” added Maryam.
The PPP chairperson said that the government had suffered defeats in the recent by-elections, from Pishin to Sialkot. “The people have rejected them in every by-election,” he said. “I believe two decisions taken by the PDM — one to contest the by-elections and the other to partake in the Senate polls — have completely changed the political situation and has made the government anxious,” added Bilawal.
“We [PDM] took the decisions to contest the by-elections and the Senate elections together. When it comes to sending this government home, we will also decide as to when we will do that, through consensus,” he added.
In response to a question, the PPP chairperson said that the PDM was contesting an election and its constituency was the parliament.
“Yes, we are in contact with every member of the parliament and are trying to get them to vote for our candidates,” he said.
Bilawal said that the PDM believed in the Constitution and in the principal that each democratic government should complete its constitutional tenure. However, he said that the current system was an unjust one where political allies of the incumbent government were “tied together” to it by force.
The PPP leader condemned the arrest of Khursheed Shah and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, Shehbaz Sharif.
Earlier, PPP chairperson Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and the PML-N vice president had met to discuss political developments as the Senate elections loom near and the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) gears up to give the government a tough time in the polls.