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Neither Sindh nor Pakistan can progress till PTI is in power: Bilawal

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PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and sister Aseefa Bhutto-Zardari pose for a picture before departing for long march. Photo: Twitter/ @MediaCellPPP
PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and sister Aseefa Bhutto-Zardari pose for a picture before departing for long march. Photo: Twitter/ @MediaCellPPP

  • Bilawal thanks Karachiites for gathering in huge numbers to "wage war" against incumbent govt.
  • Says three years of incumbent govt in power forced Karachiites to protest.
  • Kickstarts long march with slogan “go selected".

KARACHI: PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on Sunday said that neither can Sindh nor Pakistan progress untill the PTI-led incumbent government is in power.

The statement came during the politician's address to a rally at Mazar-e-Quaid before the commencement of PPP's long march.

The party commenced the anti-government long march today after a brief address by Bilawal.

The PPP leader started his speech at the rally with the slogan "go selected".

Earlier, Bilawal thanked the people of Karachi for gathering in huge numbers to "wage war" against the incumbent government on the party's call.

He went on to say that the three years of the incumbent govt in power forced Karachi's people to protest.

"The ineligible and incompetent prime minister has plundered the rights of Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa," Bilawal said.

'Selected must leave now'

Once again calling Prime Minister Imran Khan "selected", the PPP leader accused the premier of violating people's right to vote.

"It has been three years. The selected [PM] must leave now," he said.

He said that the PPP is going to send the "selected government" packing with the help of people's power.

Bilawal further stated that the party has taken to the streets for the rights of Pakistanis and urged more people to join the long march in Islamabad and help them send the "puppet government" home.

The PPP chairman said that whenever the people have got their rights, it was under the PPP's rule.

He said that the PPP has given the provinces their rights in the form of the 18th amendment.

After Bilawal concluded his brief address, the participants and the leaders gathered at Numaish Chowrangi commenced the long march as a convoy.

The long march — led by the PPP chairman — is starting from Karachi and it will reach the capital in 10 days passing through 34 different cities.

The party had announced the long march to protest the inflation, hike in petroleum products prices and other measures taken by Prime Minister Imran Khan-led federal government.

Traffic plan

Keeping the commencement of Bilawal's long march, Karachi traffic police have worked out an alternate traffic plan to maintain the flow of traffic in the city despite the closure of some routes.

The traffic police say that the road leading from Gurumandir to Numaish Chowrangi, the starting point of the march, will be closed for traffic therefore the commuters may use the road leading to Soldier Bazaar from Gurumandir and the to Jail Road flyover using Jamshed Road.

Moreover, the general public will not be allowed to use the route from Society Chowrangi to the starting point. However, they can use the road leading to Jail Chowrangi from Society Chowrangi.

The road leading to New M.A Jinnah Corridor 3 from Regal Chowrangi will also be closed for the general public therefore they may take the road to Shahrah-e-Faisal through Lucky Star from Saddar Dawakhana.

Meanwhile, the flow of traffic coming from University Road will be diverted to Shaheed-e-Millat Road at Jail Chowrangi, while the traffic coming from Jamshed Road will be diverted to Soldier Bazaar.

PPP ready to 'sacrifice' PM's seat for PML-N: Bilawal

PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari said Saturday his party was ready to back PML-N's candidate for the prime minister's slot if the Opposition is able to oust the incumbent government.

In a press conference alongside party leaders in the port city, Bilawal said in a democracy, anyone having the majority can decide who becomes the next prime minister.

"PML-N clearly has the majority; PPP and other Opposition parties are ready to sacrifice the prime minister's seat for them," the PPP chairman said, stressing the major stakeholder should announce its candidate for the office.

"We plan on not repeating the mistakes we did in the past," he added.

PPP to launch 'democratic attack' against government

Bilawal said that his party has decided to launch a "democratic attack" against the government and urged the other Opposition parties to adopt a unified stance of ousting the incumbent PTI-led administration.

The PPP chairman ruled out opting for undemocratic tactics to achieve the goal of dismissing the government.

Bilawal also advised PTI's allies, especially the MQM-P, to join hands with the anti-government movement as the PPP is all set to begin its "awami march" tomorrow — from Karachi to Islamabad.

"However, if Prime Minister Imran Khan decides to resign voluntarily, then there won't be a need to hold the long march," Bilawal said.

PPP has no threats from a group of ‘political orphans’

Speaking about PTI’s Sindh Huqooq March, Bilawal said that the PTI leaders say that they have come out for the rights of the people of the province and hence, kick-started their march from Ghotki; however, they are the ones who did not give the farmers their due share of urea.

“The people of Sindh will respond accordingly,” he said.

Terming the march as a “political circus” he said that PPP has no threat from “a group of political orphans” gathered in Sindh.