Not sure why PMLQ sided with PTI: Asif Ali Zardari

–Zardari, Bilawal welcome Aslam Bhootani

–Say Punjab CM will be of the opposition

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman and former President Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday while expressing total puzzlement regarding the PMLQ choice of alliance with the ruling party said that it’s not clear to him that why the PMLQ leadership has sided with PTI.

Talking to the media along with Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, in response to a question about the PMLQ, Asif Ali Zardari said that the political people keep in touch. All parties must work together to save the country.

He mentioned that the PML-Q was ready, adding that at midnight they come to greet and pick me up. But it is not known what happened later on.

“We will bring a change in Punjab as per our will. PTI cannot make Pervaiz Elahi the CM as it does not have the numbers in the Punjab assembly, we do. It is too late now. The opposition will jointly nominate a candidate who will become the CM Punjab. I believe and hope that the establishment is neutral,” President Zardari said.

Both the former President Asif Ali Zardari and party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari were addressing a joint press conference alongside Aslam Bhootani on the eve of the latter announcing his support for the opposition.

The Chairman PPP said that yesterday was a historic day and the united opposition tabled the no-confidence against this selected PM. The BAP too announced to leave this government and support the opposition. A day before that, the JWP announced its support for the opposition. Today, we are grateful to Mr. Bhootani for standing with the opposition and the Pakistani people during this stage. The united opposition welcomes and salutes Mr. Bhootani.

He CM Sindh and the Sindh cabinet are conducting dialogues with the MQM. Insha Allah, good news is expected.

Responding to questions, Chairman PPP challenged Imran Khan to bring the ‘letter’ before the country. He said that it is Imran Khan’s habit to make false allegations. The numbers of the united opposition were sufficient when the no-confidence was submitted and have only increased since then. It was our desire to take along the allies as we believe that consensus is necessary for electoral reforms in the future.

As far as the MQM is concerned, there is not a single demand of theirs that we did not agree to. PPP has decided to find mutual ground with the MQM and form a long-term working relationship for the sake of Karachi and Pakistan.

“We have and always will strive for the provinces to get their rights. People from Balochistan have played the primary role in the no-confidence, as they are coming forward with their decisions courageously,” he said.

The Speaker now cannot even think of doing something unconstitutional. We hope that our judiciary will not let rigging take place. We hope that it fulfils its responsibility.

Imran wanted to weaken the ECP and bring RTS+ through the EVMs to rig the 2023 elections. Ali Wazir’s production orders should be issued by the Speaker. Responding to a question about one of the PPP members, Chairman Bilawal said that it is the right of an individual to be granted bail by the court and the court has done so. I hope that the courts will take contempt action against those who are threatening to go against its orders.

The united opposition has all the numbers and more than they need to defeat Imran Khan. This is Imran’s last week. No matter what threat he hurls, the united opposition will succeed. The ministers and bureaucracy should realise that it’s their last week too.

Responding to a question about the imposition of the Governor’s rule in Sindh, Chairman PPP challenged the government to try to do so.  TF REPORT

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