Bilawal says ‘No room for presidential system in Pakistan’

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that his party would challenge the recently passed State Bank of Pakistan Bill and other ordinances. He also declared that there is no room for presidential system in Pakistan’s law and Constitution.

The PPP chairman was talking to media outside the Parliament House on Tuesday.

He showed his apprehension that the State Bank would now see the country’s defence budget fearing that the SBP Bill could put our nuclear programme in jeopardy.

On presidential system, the PPP leader said that country’s law and constitution did not allow this form of government. “The mindset which has broached the topic of presidential form of government is actually goading people to go after the light of a truck,” Bilawal satirically remarked.

He recalled that when Pakistan cut the NATO supply on the Salala attack, even the superpower gave in and tendered its apology to Pakistan and its parliament. 

Bilawal deplored that the government forcefully railroaded the mini-budget from the parliament. He said his party and other opposition parties had vehemently opposed the bill inside and outside the house.

He lamented that the government vowed to abolish taxes at the time of the passage of the budget but regrettably it backed on its promise. He said the government did not withdraw taxes on solar panel and other articles.

He said the PPP in the past did politics of resistance which dealt a real blow to the government. He bemoaned that hands of parliament, government and judiciary were tied.

The young PPP leader foresaw a ‘historic poverty’ that was going to hit the country. He was of the view that people were holding the burden of government’s inability.

He called upon the people to come out on streets against the government. He said the PPP would launch a long march against the government on Feb 27. He said if the opposition agreed to the PPP point of view, they would rid the people of the government. He confessed that they did not have enough numbers in Senate that they could topple the government.

He said that people were demanding that they wanted to get rid of the current government. He was of the view that two long marches of the opposition would exert more pressure on government and it would be good.

“We are democratic people and we do not believe in undemocratic tactics. We will remove this government through democratic efforts,” he vowed.

Bilawal expressed his resolve that his party workers would go to the constituencies of government members and their allies and would apprise the people. And through people’s power, they will make a people’s government, he added.