Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari Friday said Nawaz Sharif is a democratically elected Prime Minister of Pakistan, “so I never consider him [the PM] a traitor.”
Talking to reporters after a meeting with Maulana Fazlur Rehman, chief of Jamiat Ulema Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), Bilawal said Rehman is his senior as he has also worked with his father for the sake of democracy.
They exchanged their views in relation to the Kashmir issue and overall political situation of the country.
“We want to continue working together with the JUI-F,” he added. The PPP delegation comprised Opposition Leader Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah in the National Assembly, Qamar Zaman Kaira, Faisal Kareem Kundi and Senator Farhatullah Babar. Speaking to reporters, JUI-F chief said that PPP has always played a critical role in national politics and his party will continue contacts on national issues.
“I’ve also requested Fazl-ul-Rehman to convince government to resolve the Panama leaks issue,” Bilawal stated when asked about the purpose behind PPP and JUI-F meeting.
Asked about any secret agenda of the meeting between the two parties, he responded that Fazl is the chairman of parliamentary committee on Kashmir and their meeting focused on the issue.
Bilawal further said he had differences with PM Nawaz Sharif on several issues, but never termed him a ‘traitor’. “Nawaz Sharif is a democratically elected PM and I can’t even think of using such words against him,” he asserted. “I had only said that Modi Kay Yaar Ko Aik Dhakka or Do [Give Modi’s friend a hefty shove], that too, in the context when Premier Sharif himself gave this impression by inviting the Indian PM to a family marriage in Lahore last year,” he explained.
The PPP chairman expressed similar views for the founder of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) saying that he also never described “uncle Altaf” as a traitor. “Uncle Altaf was a political reality in Karachi’s context and he still is,” he said.
Bilawal also reacted to tirade of Imran Khan saying that as a political leader ‘minus-one suggestions’ do not suit the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman. “My grandfather was subtracted, my uncles Shahnawaz and Mir Murtaza Bhutto were also eliminated,” he reminded while replying to a question on ‘minus-one’ suggestion.
Today they are asking to subtract Asif Ali Zardari, he regretted adding that tomorrow they may also ask for eliminating Bilawal. “Such things give a bad name to Pakistan,” Bilawal said.