Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari has made it clear that the people of Pakistan will no longer tolerate a “Selected Raj” (Selected Government), a term often used to describe the previous Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government. During a public rally in Mithi, Bilawal emphasized the public’s discontent with such governance, stating that any form of ‘selected’ government is now unacceptable to the people.
Without directly naming any parties, Bilawal hinted at those orchestrating election results behind closed doors. He also accused the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) of having a covert alliance with the caretaker government.
Focusing on the upcoming general elections scheduled for February 8, 2024, Bilawal criticized the PTI for its actions on May 9, implying that the public will make their dissatisfaction known in the polls. He further challenged political parties attempting to emulate PTI’s strategies, asserting that such tactics would lead to failure.
PPP’s Commitments and Political Alliances in Sindh
The PPP chairman expressed his determination to continue the legacy of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, calling his execution a “judicial murder”. He recounted his family’s efforts in combating poverty and empowering the marginalized sectors of society, including farmers and peasants. Bilawal also promised to double workers’ salaries and introduce a “hari card” similar to the Benazir Income Support Programme card.
Meanwhile, the PPP’s former allies, PML-N and MQM-P, have announced a joint venture for the upcoming elections, potentially affecting the PPP’s stronghold in urban Sindh. This announcement comes amidst an escalating verbal confrontation between the PPP and PML-N since the Election Commission of Pakistan declared the election schedule for next year, signalling the end of their political alliance.