Dubbing Prime Minister Imran Khan an ‘animal’ who “wants law of the jungle in Pakistan”, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Wednesday said he would not accept “any kind of rigging” in the upcoming no-trust vote against the premier in the National Assembly.
Addressing a public rally in the Dargai area of Malakand in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Bilawal said Imran knew he could only win through the rigging. “This is his last resort,” he said, adding, “But no selection will take place now. No one is ready to shake hands with you. People have to let this man go.”
He said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief was imposed on Pakistan as the prime minister to destroy its economy, politics and foreign policy. The PPP was combating a “tyrant and a barbarian”. “We called him ‘selected’ in parliament on the very first day, and that is his identity before the world now,” he said.
Bilawal said that the no-confidence motion was a test for the democracy, neutrality, and federation of Pakistan, adding that the PPP would face this “undemocratic person” through democratic means. “I will not use any undemocratic means to drive this puppet out. I cannot attack any institution, nor will I go to the court in a black coat.”
The PPP chief stressed that it was important to oust the prime minister, saying, “We will face him democratically and we will treat the umpire’s finger with our thumb, vote, and democracy.”
He said the PTI government first attacked the Parliament Lodges and Sindh House and had now abrogated the constitution,” he added. “It is, in fact, the PM who is violating the constitution by trapping the speaker [Asad Qaiser] in Article 6,” he said, as he challenged the premier to cut to the chase and hold the no-confidence motion immediately.
He also lashed out at the National Assembly speaker for not summoning the session of the Lower House within the stipulated time. “We submitted the no-confidence motion on March 8 and voting was to take place within seven days, as the session had to take place within 14 days.
The PPP leader remarked that while Urdu indeed is Pakistan’s national language, “Pashtuns, Saraikis, and Sindhis are equally Pakistanis too, just like those who speak Urdu”. “Before teaching me [Urdu], go teach your children,” he hit back at the premier, who had recently mocked Bilawal’s Urdu proficiency.
He accused the prime minister of using the language of a “defeated man”, saying that it did not sound good coming from the prime minister of a country. “You call Maulana Fazlur Rehman diesel but you have forgotten the price of diesel which has skyrocketed. You called Shehbaz boot polisher but you are not left with any more boots. You talk about Madina from the same mouth you hurl abuses.”
The PPP chairman called out the premiere for “sabotaging” the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). “He has been named in so many scandals but refuses to speak on them.”