Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman and Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari called the by-elections in various constituencies of the country, including Karachi city, important and appealed to the people to support PPP and the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) candidates.
Addressing a press conference at Bilawal House Karachi, the PPP chairman said that due to the flood, he could not focus on the by-elections, because since the flood situation had arisen in the country, this issue had been his priority. He said that many districts are under water even today, and he was trying to collect maximum support for the rehabilitation of the victims. “We will work for the reconstruction of devastated houses, agriculture, irrigation systems and other infrastructure as well as rehabilitation of the affected population.”
Bilawal said that he hopes that during the by-elections, the people would take revenge for stealing their votes in 2018 and cast their votes on Teer. He said that if opponent wins he will resign the next day, while PPP candidate Ali Musa and Abdul Hakeem Baloch will serve the people from the next day.
The PPP chairman said that an ‘old man’ had arrived in Karachi and said that he would bring freedom to Sindh after a long march, and stressed that people should not be deceived by Imran Khan because this person was telling lies before and was still telling lies. He said that Imran Khan had made irresponsible statements regarding the country’s nuclear assets in the past, causing the greatest damage to the democratic and economic existence of the people as well as Pakistan’s foreign policy.
He pointed out that Imran Khan kept chanting “same page, same page” for three-and-a-half years before 2022, but everything has been forgotten after he was ousted from the government through democratic means. He said that Imran Khan does not want to give freedom to the nation but to take away their rights, and wants to impose restrictions on journalism and run institutions like his so-called tiger force.
Bilawal said that the effects of undemocratic experiments in the country had been reversed forever. “Now it is important to trust the decision of the people and not to repeat the experiment with selected puppets.”
He said that whenever the people of Pakistan get a chance, the false narrative would lose and the truth would win ultimately.
In response to a question asked during the press conference, the foreign minister expressed surprise at President Joe Biden’s statement regarding Pakistan’s nuclear assets and said that after consulting with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, US Ambassador to Pakistan Donald Bloom has been issued an official demarche.
It was decided to summon him to office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He further clarified that all international standards laid down by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) were being followed regarding the safety and security of Pakistan’s nuclear assets.
Bilawal pointed out that if there were questions regarding the security and safety of nuclear assets, such questions should be asked from India, which recently accidentally fired a missile on Pakistani soil, which is not only irresponsible but the move is highly risky and also raises questions about India’s ability to safeguard its nuclear arsenal.
Meanwhile, the Sindh Police announced the deployment of more than 5,000 policemen to maintain law and order in the city amid the by-polls in two constituencies today (Sunday).
According to police sources, over 5,000 security personnel would be deployed to maintain law and order in polling stations amid by-polls in the two national assembly constituencies. By-polls would be held on Karachi’s NA-237 Malir and NA-239 Korangi. The seats were declared vacant by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) after the NA Speaker Raja Perviaz Ashraf accepted the resignations of 11 PTI MNAs. The police told that over 1,669 policemen would be deployed in Malir and 2,780 policemen would be deployed in Korangi. Additionally, 103 female police personnel would also be deployed at the polling stations. They added that 554 CIA and CSU personnel would also be deployed in the constituencies.
The SSPs would be responsible to maintain law and order on the district level, they added. Earlier on Friday, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) notified the deployment of armed forces and civil armed forces for security duties during upcoming by-polls on the NA and provincial assembly seats on October 16.The deployment of military and paramilitary troops was notified for the security duties as a quick response force (QRF) during October 16 by-polls in eight NA and three PA constituencies.