Bilawal calls for dialogue among political forces to steer country out of crisis

“Our political landscape is plagued by animosity, transforming politics into personal vendettas,” states the PPP leader.

  • Political negotiations are the PPP’s way forward, asserts Bilawal.
  • PPP holds the keys to solving public woes, he proclaims.
  • Bilawal notes that both federal and regional governments are enacting elements of the PPP’s platform.

LAHORE: As Pakistan grapples with challenges including inflation, joblessness, poverty, and terrorism, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, on a recent Sunday, emphasized the need for political discourse among the nation’s forces to tackle these pressing matters.

Speaking at a seminar titled “Bhutto Reference and History” in Lahore, Bilawal highlighted that the populace is struggling with escalating costs, lack of employment, and poverty, in addition to the looming threat of terrorism.

“Without political conversations, how can we hope to address these issues?” he questioned.

Bilawal recalled that former President Asif Ali Zardari had extended an olive branch of peace through his parliamentary address, lamenting that those opposed to such reconciliatory efforts voiced significant opposition.

“Such conduct has no place in Parliament,” he contended.

Highlighting his party’s principles, he stated that PPP’s philosophies are guided by former Prime Ministers Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto.

“We must emulate their teachings and truly represent these revered figures,” he urged.

Expressing concern over the current state of politics in the country, Bilawal criticized the pervasive culture of hostility. “The societal norm now is to equate political disagreement with personal hostility; differences in opinion are no longer respected,” he remarked.

“Despite these challenges, the PPP staunchly promotes political negotiation and amity. The creation of the 1973 constitution and the subsequent 18th Amendment during Asif Ali Zardari’s presidency were fruits of such consensus, achieved by bringing together all political forces in Parliament,” he explained.

Turning to the Supreme Court’s decision on the Zulfikar Ali Bhutto case, he said that the ruling was a culmination of decades of dedication by the party’s advocates and his own mother, the late Benazir Bhutto.

“Sent to the Supreme Court by President Zardari, this case aimed to seek justice for the nation’s beloved leader, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto,” he continued, noting the court acknowledged the trial was flawed.

“With the court recognizing the mishandling of Bhutto’s case, we now view judicial reform as imperative. While the judiciary can introduce its reforms, this is primarily Parliament’s duty.” He cited the unfinished agenda of judicial reform outlined in the Charter of Democracy needing attention, including the establishment of a constitutional court and procedures for appointing judges.

Bilawal emphasized that the PPP aims to push these reforms forward to ensure a robust judiciary, preventing the injustices experienced by their party’s founder from recurring.

Discussing the party’s recent election strategy, he shared, “The PPP came forward with a clear ideology, a manifesto, and a focused campaign. We offer the solutions to the nation’s ailments. Now, post-elections, government bodies at all levels are integrating aspects of our manifesto into their work.”

He elaborated on particular successes, such as the adoption of solar energy in Punjab, a proposal originating from the PPP’s platform, calling for celebration of such progressive moves.

“We at the PPP are committed to playing a constructive role in society, resolving the issues faced by our citizens. It is this positive political engagement that will propel our nation forward,” concluded the PPP chief.

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