Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, Chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), on Wednesday claimed that his party severed ties with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) due to the latter’s shift in stance regarding the “Vote Ko Izzat Do.” In Karachi, Bilawal referenced the change in PML-N’s narrative from respecting the vote to a different approach, leading to the split.
Bilawal reiterated the PPP’s longstanding grievance about not receiving equal election opportunities. Despite acknowledging the uneven playing field, he expressed confidence in the PPP’s victory in the upcoming election, emphasizing the party’s strong connection with the nation, in contrast to others’ reliance on “special selection teams.”
Pre-Election Dynamics and Alliances
The PPP leader also commented on the recent alliance between PML-N and Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P), predicting it would result in losses for both parties. This alliance comes ahead of the general elections scheduled for February 8, 2024.
Bilawal pointed out the widening rift between the former allies, particularly over equal opportunities issues in the electoral process. He highlighted the perceived preferential treatment of PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif, who recently returned from self-imposed exile.
Bilawal’s remarks, including a jibe at PML-N’s election date announcement, underscore the intensifying political competition and the PPP’s concerns about fairness in the upcoming elections.