Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that if the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) tried to rig elections of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, the Prime Minister would forget the sit-in of 2014.
“I have a message for the Prime Minister of Pakistan, if this is your strategy for Kashmir then what message you are giving to the world.
If you rig these elections, if there is bloodshed in Azad Jammu and Kashmir then such a sit-in would be observed that you will forget the sit-in of 2014.
You know how we fought against General Zia-ul-Haq and General Musharraf,” the PPP Chairman said this in his press conference here on Tuesday.
The PPP Chairman said, “PPP’s reconciliation policy is not only with the PML-N but it is open for all political parties. It is not my policy while it was adopted by former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.
She had also written a book on it and that it not only pertained to the PML-N but to other opposition parties also. Alliance for the Restoration of Democracy (ARD) and Movement for the Restoration of Democracy (MRD) were formed under the reconciliation policy.”
Answering another question, Bilawal disagreed with the statement of Imran Khan about unconstitutional action and said that the PPP had supported Martial Law neither in past, nor in future.
The PPP is a democratic party and democracy is its best revenge, he maintained. “I oppose illegal demands of Imran Khan but I endorse him against Mian Sahib (Nawaz Sharif),” Bilawal said.
When asked what would be the strategy of the PPP if the AJK election were rigged, Bilawal said that he would not expose it at this time, however, he said that his party would use every constitutional and democratic forum for this purpose.
While criticising the PML-N government, Bilawal said, “How many times have you heard the word Kashmir from the Prime Minister’s lips? The Prime Minister went to India and he didn’t even meet with the Hurriyat leaders. But he did manage to meet some steel tycoons. Mian Nawaz Sharif should act as the Premier and not as a Businessman.”
The PPP Chairman also lambasted the government for failing to appoint Foreign Minister, saying it is a high time to work on Pakistan’s foreign policy as it is the only democratic country in the Muslim World.
He said that in India, they were setting my pictures on fire and hacked our party website at that time obviously our party people defended me but the people of other parties did not come to defend me.
“Kashmir is the juggler vain of Pakistan. People of Azad Kashmir are watching the foreign policy of the Sharif Government, “he added.
The PPP Chairman said that there is a need to find a peaceful solution to the dispute. He questioned the government’s approach to address the escalation of violence in India Held Kashmir.
He also asked world leaders to take notice of the issue which is a serious Human Rights violation.
“Kashmir is of strategic importance to Pakistan. innocent people are dying in Kashmir every day. The issue has caught global attention but the Government of Pakistan is silent on the matter.”
“Nawaz Sharif is enjoying the premiership for the third time and there is no excuse of lack of experience, the PML-N does not have a Foreign Minister and foreign policy, which is at its least priority. The government is responsible for the persisting tensions on the borders,” he said.
He said that the PPP would continue to raise its voice on each constitutional forum for the accountability of the government. “It is our democratic right to demand accountability of the government,” he added.
He said that Kashmir had the highest literacy rate among all the provinces of Pakistan. He said that the PPP had worked for education in the province and established universities for Kashmiris.
The PPP Chairman said that Panama Leaks are the largest issue of corruption in the world. He said that the Prime Minister presented himself for accountability.
But on the other hand, the PML-N government is trying to protect the offshore companies. He said that good government is not established with media cells. -Business Recorder