Bilawal extends support to Fazl, but won't join 'undemocratic' protests

PPP chairman Bilawal says he extends support to JUI-F chief Fazlur Rehman in all activities except a sit-in

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari has said that his party will withdraw its support for Maulana Fazlur Rehman if it suspects that the JUI-F chief is acting on the behest of some other force.

"I hope that Maulana's long march will be successful," said Bilawal, who was speaking to the media at his father's court hearing into the fake bank accounts case.

"It was the PPP and PML-N's desire to do a joint political gathering or a procession but Maulana has announced a long march. We have called a party meeting to decide how far we can go in supporting him."

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In response to a question about his political strategy, Bilawal said that his party would support Rehman at every level except for his plan to stage a sit-in.

The PPP chairman said his party workers want him to get rid of the incumbent government. He said he would support all political protests but will not take any measures that could hurt the country.

Bilawal predicted that the federal government would try and attack the Sindh government in response to his party's protests, but warned that "they will not be successful."

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Bilawal described the case against his father as a "circus", accusing their detractors of only making up stories regarding "billions of rupees when there is no reference, no evidence and not even a [real] case".

The PPP chair made it clear that he and his party would bear everything but will not compromise on principles, including his party's stand on the 18th Amendment.

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