Bilawal Slams Nawaz for Seeking Power Through ‘Selection’

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari has criticised Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Nawaz Sharif for his ambition to become the prime minister for the fourth time through “selection” rather than “election”.

Addressing a rally in Lower Dir, Bilawal said that Nawaz had come to power three times with the help of “selectors” and had failed to deliver on his promises. He said that Nawaz had also indulged in “revenge politics” and had clashed with the institutions that had favoured him.

Bilawal said that the people of Pakistan would not accept Nawaz as their leader if he came to power through “selection” again. He said that Nawaz should respect the sanctity of the vote and not insult it.

Bilawal also criticised Nawaz for his history of “revenge politics” and his attempts to become the “amir ul momineen” (leader of the faithful) in his second term. He said that Nawaz had always clashed with the “same people” who had helped him come to power, and had ended up being ousted on all three occasions.

Bilawal mocked Nawaz for his slogan of “mujhay kyun nikala?” (why was I ousted?) after his disqualification by the Supreme Court in 2017. He said that Nawaz had gone to London and lived in his luxurious Avenfield apartments, pretending to bring a revolution. He said that Nawaz had returned to Pakistan with the help of the establishment and had held a massive rally, but had done nothing new.

“Now Mian sahib is asking to be made prime minister with a two-thirds majority,” Bilawal said.

He also took a swipe at Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan, saying that the country could not afford a “player” or a “fourth-timer” in the midst of economic crisis. He said that Imran had also come to power through “selection” and had relied on the “umpire’s finger” for his politics.

He called for “new politics” that would serve the interests of the people and the country.

Bilawal’s speech came as the political temperature in the country rises ahead of the general elections scheduled for February 8, 2023. The PPP and the PML-N, once allies, have been engaged in a verbal spat over the level playing field and the role of the establishment in the electoral process.

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