Infostani International: In anticipation of the upcoming elections, Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, PPP’s chairperson, addressed a crowd in Rawalpindi, vowing to end divisive politics and proposing a ‘truth and reconciliation commission’ if the PPP wins. Meanwhile, in Hub, Asif Ali Zardari emphasized the pivotal role of genuine political forces in resolving Pakistan’s issues. This report provides a concise overview of their key messages and the PPP’s vision for the nation.
PPP Leaders, Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and Asif Ali Zardari, Address Election Gatherings, Emphasizing Unity and Democracy
Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, the young chairperson of the PPP, addressed an election gathering at Liaquat Bagh in Rawalpindi, following PML-N’s election pitch at the same venue a day earlier. He pledged to “bury politics of hate and division” and proposed the establishment of a “truth and reconciliation commission” if his party secured victory.
In Balochistan’s industrial town, Hub, Asif Ali Zardari, Bilawal’s father and former president, emphasized that only political forces, through democratic practices, could effectively address Pakistan’s challenges.
Addressing the Liaquat Bagh gathering, Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari encouraged voters, including PTI supporters, to make a ‘wise’ decision by choosing the ‘arrow’ (PPP’s electoral symbol) on Feb 8. He asserted that with Imran Khan not in the elections and unlikely to become the prime minister, voters should opt for the ‘arrow’ to prevent a fourth term for Nawaz Sharif.
PPP’s Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari Addresses Issues of Electoral Politics, National Unity, and Security Concerns
Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari contended that the PTI’s office-bearers were ‘planted,’ leading to the former ruling party’s failure to secure its electoral symbol. He claimed that the majority of the country opposed Nawaz Sharif’s potential fourth term as PM and urged people to reject him.
The PPP leader acknowledged the prevailing politics of hatred and division in society and asserted that the PPP aimed to eradicate it permanently. He announced the party’s commitment to establish a ‘truth and reconciliation commission’ to foster national unity.
Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, standing in the city where his grandfather and mother were “martyred,” expressed concerns about the economic and societal crises facing the country. He stressed the need to address the resurgence of terrorism and declared that it was time to reject the distinction between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ Taliban, advocating a comprehensive approach against terrorism.
Political Critique and Visionary Pledges: Bhutto-Zardari and Zardari Speak on Charter of Democracy, Genuine Leadership, and Democratic Solutions
In a reference to the PML-N, Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari criticized a political party for adopting an attitude contrary to its commitments in the ‘Charter of Democracy’ and promoting divisive politics. He accused the party of attempting to misguide the people.
Meanwhile, Asif Ali Zardari, speaking at a political rally in Hub, asserted that only “genuine political parties and leadership” could effectively resolve the country’s issues. He pledged that the PPP would ensure the province’s fair share in national resources and dignity. Zardari highlighted the potential of democracy in solving the country’s problems without resorting to war. He mentioned the PPP’s commitment to peaceful protests and democracy promotion globally, despite facing injustices. Zardari pointed out past initiatives during his tenure, such as the Aghaz-i-Haqooq-i-Balochistan Package and the unanimous NFC Award, which contributed to Balochistan’s budget increase.