Selected PM cannot hide his inability by dismissing ministers: Bilawal

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said on Monday the “selected Prime Minister” cannot hide his inability by dismissing ministers and he should be relieved from his position.”


Speaking in a National Assembly session, the PPP Chairperson called the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) administration a “puppet govt” and declared Prime Minister Imran Khan to be “incapable and unworthy”.

Bilawal reiterated to the members of the NA, “they have realised very late that I have been using the word ‘selected’, “why are they objecting now?”

“I was called a traitor [in this house] when I was not here. Shaheed Benazir Bhutto, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Fatima Bhutto were also called traitors. Allegations such as these are nothing new for us. The government thinks we will get scared with such threats. They are mistaken. When we were not deterred by dictators such as Zia and Musharraf, why would these puppets scare us?” he recalled.

Bilawal called for “sacking of those ministers who have ties with proscribed organisations and terrorists”.

“I, as my party’s parliamentary leader, am not allowed to speak, then your prime minister will also not be allowed to speak [in this house],” Bilawal lashed out, “we will not even let him enter [the building].”

Raising objection over the appointment of Brig Ijaz Shah as a new interior minister, Bilawal said, “when there are allegations that he was involved in Daniel Pearl’s murder.” “Are you trying to send a message to the world that we have terrorists and terrorists’ abettors in our cabinet? this cannot happen,” he said.

Calling the reshuffled cabinet a combination of Pervez Musharraf and PPP’s teams, Bilawal said why appoint Hafeez Shaikh, “a Zardari-era finance minister” to replace “PTI’s own an educated but illiterate Asad Umar”. He also questioned the change of Fawad Chaudhry’s post as an information minister.

Bilawal’s remarks caused a ruckus in the assembly, several PTI MNAs including Umar Ayub who, in a rebuttal, tore down the copies of the agenda, saying he will not let anyone disrespect PM who is elected not selected.

Following the uproar, The Speaker NA Asad Qaiser adjourned the session until 11 am on Tuesday.


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