Bilawal demands issuance of production orders for Asif Ali Zardari

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Monday demanded the issuance of production orders for his father and party co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari hours after former president’s arrest by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in fake accounts case.

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Speaking in a press conference, Bilawal asserted the National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser and the deputy speaker Qasim Suri did not give him time to address the assembly for a second time and demanded that the aforementioned speakers resign over the matter.

Bilawal said the NAB is specifically targeting the assembly members, harassing them as the Speaker of Sindh Assembly Agha Siraj Durrani was arrested on the streets of Islamabad, his house was raided by the NAB.

Bilawal said such behavior of silencing those “who don’t toe the line” by the government of “Naya Pakistan” was earlier seen during the tenures of former presidents Ziaul Haq and Pervez Musharraf as in an independent democracy, no such attacks on the judiciary take place.

He said in “Naya Pakistan”, a National Assembly member is being censored; this is not “Naya Pakistan” it is “censored Pakistan”.

Bilawal alleged that the government is banning freedom of speech, he further alleged that the media only says what the government wants it to say. He said democratic, humane and economic rights of citizens are being attacked by the “selected” organizations of the government.

Bilawal said the upcoming federal budget will bring a tsunami of the inflation and the public is crying in this “Naya Pakistan.”

He said the public should have the right to toppling and forming the government.

“Every citizen has the right to a fair trial, they deserve to know if a reference is being filed against them, not from a ticker on the television but from those filing it,” said Bilawal, hinting at the reference against Justice Qazi Faez Isa. “If the government was filing references [against sitting judges], they should have told the National Assembly,” he added.

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