Pakistan Peoples Party nominates Bilawal Bhutto Zardari as its PM candidate

Bilawal, the son of slain former prime minister Benazir Bhutto and Asif Ali Zardari, is contesting from the Lahore (NA-127) constituency, where he would compete with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Shaista Pervaiz Malik and a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI)-backed candidate.

PPP leaders including secretary general Taj Haider, Syed Khursheed Shah, Rana Farooq Saeed Khan, Qamar Zaman Kaira, Samina Khalid Ghurki, Murad Ali Shah, Chaudhry Aslam Gill, and Ali Badr were present at the meeting.

The CEC meeting discussed in detail the party’s campaign for the general election. The meeting also discussed the party election manifesto, which decided to give priority to youth and women empowerment, employment, health, and education, The News International reported.

The newspaper report further quoted Bilawal, as talking to the media after the meeting: “The law-and-order situation in 2024 is worse than that of 2018. Terrorism has created a law-and-order situation in the country,” Bilawal said as he condemned the incidents of terrorism in the country, and said that to steer the country out of crises, crucial decisions would have to be taken.

“Military dictator Ziaul Haq had tried to hinder the PPP’s success by imposing Nawaz Sharif and Shehbaz Sharif in Punjab. Then, former ISI chiefs — Gen Pasha and Gen Faiz Hamid — imposed the PTI and tried to keep the PPP away from Punjab. These efforts have been made because the PPP is a party of the people and represents the common man, while the PML-N and PTI both represent the elite,” Bilawal said.

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