MULTAN: Lashing out at deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif and the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Sunday said the former PM showed no ‘respect for vote’ when he plotted to overthrow Benazir Bhutto’s government on Gen Zia-ul-Haq’s behest.
The PPP chairman said that Nawaz was chanting for the ‘sanctity of vote’ now, but his democratic sensibilities were dull when people colluded to overthrow the party’s government during the former military dictator’s rule.
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has been taking ‘dictation’ through and through, he remarked and questioned when Nawaz Sharif has no respect for parliament and other institutions then how can he rally for respecting the vote?
“Where was ‘respect for vote’ when Nawaz took dictation from General Zia-ul-Haq,” Bilawal questioned while speaking to media in Multan.
“Nawaz has followed ‘orders’ all his life, now he is talking about respecting the vote,” the PPP chairman said, adding that the PML-N has always “taken dictation” from others.
Where was [his slogan] when he removed the slain premier Benazir Bhutto from office in the 1990s, when he was conspiring against Benazir, Junejo and Chaudhries, asked Bilawal.
The PPP chief said he hoped the upcoming transfer of power from one civilian government to another would be peaceful.
The country has weak democracy, he said, adding that the way democracy progressed in the last 10 years has not happened before.
In response to a question, he said he has a lot of expectations from the chief justice.
“I cannot stop someone and only advise,” he said, adding that judges do not speak themselves but through their judgments.