Bi­lawal again urges PM to step down

Crit­i­cises Nawaz for cosy­ness with Modi, jeop­ar­dis­ing Kash­mir is­sue

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BAGH, AZAD KASH­MIR— Pak­istan Peo­ples Party (PPP) chair­man Bi­lawal Bhutto Zar­dari once again urged Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif to step down from his po­si­tion fol­low­ing ac­cu­sa­tions to­wards his role in the ram­pant cor­rup­tion in the coun­try, say­ing he wants a trans­par­ent probe into the Panama Papers leaks.

“I de­mand you [PM Nawaz] to go home and con­duct a trans­par­ent in­quiry into the Panama Papers rev­e­la­tions,” he said while ad­dress­ing a PPP pub­lic gath­er­ing at Bagh, Azad Kash­mir on Tues­day.

Bi­lawal also took the premier to task for “jeop­ar­diz­ing the is­sue of Kash­mir by build­ing his as­so­ci­a­tions with In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi”.

He went on to say that the days of the rulers are num­bered and they will have to step down soon.

“Mr prime min­is­ter [Nawaz] you at­tended PM Modi’s oath-tak­ing cer­e­mony and for­got about the mas­sacre of Mus­lims in Gu­jarat,” the PPP leader said, adding, “The premier tar­nished the for­eign pol­icy of Pak­istan by giv­ing Modi his cer­tifi­cate of friend­ship.” As a re­sult, Saudi Ara­bia then awarded Modi with the high­est civil award, while Pak­istan is at its low­est ebb in re­la­tions with Afghanistan and Iran, Bi­lawal said.

Ac­cord­ing to him, no ruler in the past had inflicted as much dam­age to the Kash­mir cause by stand­ing along­side the In­dian premier while the oc­cu­pied ter­ri­tory wit­nessed the worst atroc­i­ties.

“Even if a pi­geon crosses the bor­der from Pak­istan, it is con­sid­ered an agent but our premier be­comes silent when agents of RAW are nabbed from the coun­try.”

“Sixty-seven years have passed but you [United Na­tions] have also been un­able to im­ple­ment one res­o­lu­tion of plebiscite in Kash­mir just like in south Su­dan and East Ti­mor,” the PPP chair­man added.

He said if peo­ple sup­ported him, he’d be able to stop Modi and Nawaz from in­flict­ing more dam­age to Kash­mir.

“Elec­tions pro­vide a mo­ment of de­ci­sion-mak­ing for you to sup­port me to rid you of the in­cum­bent rulers,” Bi­lawal said while re­fer­ring to the forth­com­ing gen­eral elec­tions in AJK on June 26.

Tak­ing a jibe at PM Nawaz,

Bi­lawal said, “All you care about, Mian Sa­hab, is your busi­ness and have no in­ter­est in the de­vel­op­ment of the peo­ple.”

At the same time he lam­basted the Pun­jab gov­ern­ment, say­ing their claims of good gov­er­nance had fallen flat just be­cause of a ‘Chotu gang’ in the prov­ince.

Ear­lier, Bi­lawal also said he would make the ju­bi­lant an­nounce­ment that Ali Haider Gi­lani has been re­leased.

Dur­ing the speech, Bi­lawal sev­eral times chanted “Modi k yar ko aik dhaka aur do, cor­rup­tion key sar­dar ko aik dhaka aur do [give one more push to the friends of Modi, give one more push to the the leader of cor­rup­tion].”

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