Nawaz's revenge-centric politics will harm country if made PM again: Bilawal

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PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari addressing a political gathering in Chiniot, Punjab, on January 23, 2024. — X/ @MediaCellPPP
PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari addressing a political gathering in Chiniot, Punjab, on January 23, 2024. — X/ @MediaCellPPP
  • Bilawal takes jibe at former ally PML-N's supremo Nawaz Sharif.
  • Says Nawaz-led party has hatred, malice and revenge in hearts.
  • Labels Mian Sahib's first and second terms as the dictatorship.

With political temperature rising due to ongoing election campaigns, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari Tuesday took a fresh jibe at Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif, saying the latter would harm the country via his "habitual revenge politics" if he comes to power once again.

"Mian sahib is habitual of [taking] revenge. He would take revenge which no one can think of if he becomes the [country's] prime minister for the fourth time," Bilawal said while addressing a political gathering in Chiniot, Punjab.

His remarks come as political parties, including former allies such as PML-N and PPP, have been engaged in a verbal showdown in their bid to disseminate their respective narratives ahead of the February 8 polls.

Continuing his tirade against the PML-N supremo, the PPP chairman warned that the former's revenge-centric approach would adversely affect the masses, the country and its economy.

"I know them [PML-N], they have hatred, malice and revenge in their hearts [...] Mian Sahib's first and second term was no less than a dictatorship.

"Their politics is based on violence," he added while warning the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) workers — who according to him are thinking that their difficult days are behind them — of disastrous consequences if Nawaz secures a fourth term as the country's premier.

"The issue is that they [the Sharifs] only think about themselves. He [Nawaz] is [only] worried about how to sit on the prime minister's chair," the former foreign minister said while asking the masses to question the PML-N leadership about what they were doing in their past three tenures.

Continuing with his "new politics" agenda, Bilawal once again lamented the divisive and hateful politics — adopted by "old politicians" — while promising to abstain from such a trend if he is voted into power.

"Instead of [focusing on] personal revenge, [we] think of ways to solve issues faced by the people," the PPP leader said.

Elaborating on his party's election manifesto, Bilawal said that the PPP would increase the salaries by twofold.

"[We] will provide facilities for youth to get employment [...] and will build 3 million houses in Pakistan and give ownership rights to women," he said, adding that his government would also regularise slums.