Bilawal Rules Out Alliance with PML-N, Welcomes Nawaz Sharif’s Return

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari said on Saturday that his party was happy to see former prime minister Nawaz Sharif returning to Pakistan after four years of self-exile in London. He said that PPP had always demanded that Nawaz Sharif should face the cases against him in the courts and work for the development of the country.

Bilawal, who was addressing a press conference in Jacobabad, also ruled out any possibility of an alliance with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) for the upcoming general elections in 2024. He said that PPP would contest the polls on its own symbol and would not join any opposition alliance, including the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM).

He said that PPP had no plans to form an alliance with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) either, unless those involved in the events of May 9, 2022, were removed from power. He was referring to the attacks on state institutions by PTI workers and leaders during a protest against the alleged rigging in the 2018 elections.

Bilawal also took a jibe at PML-N for its preparations to welcome Nawaz Sharif, who is expected to arrive in Lahore on October 21. He said that PML-N should have done more than just wall chalking and banners to show their support for their leader. He said that this was a test for those who were ministers during Nawaz Sharif’s tenure and PDM’s tenure.

Nawaz Sharif, who was convicted in corruption cases by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), has been living in London since 2019 on medical grounds. He has recently submitted a fresh medical report to the Lahore High Court, stating that he has some residual heart problems that require frequent follow-up investigations in London and Pakistan.

His return to Pakistan comes ahead of the general elections in 2024 and is seen as a boost for PML-N, which hopes to regain power by challenging the incumbent PTI government.

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