GILGIT: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari slammed the government on Sunday saying that it had taken more than a 100 U-turns before the completion of its first 100 days.
Addressing a rally, the PPP chairman said that members of the ruling party did not know anything other than engaging in an altercation with opponents.
“Consultation, tolerance and parliamentary ethics will not work in ‘Naya Pakistan’, rather whatever Khan sahib would say only that would happen,” he lambasted.
Bilawal said that his relationship with this valley spanned over three generations and he inherited the love for Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) from his mother and grandfather.
He vowed to keep struggling for strengthening Pakistan and putting an end to the exploitation of masses.
“My struggle is your struggle. This is a struggle for the rule of the people,” the PPP chairman said, urging the masses to support him the way they supported former prime ministers Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto.
He noted that ZA Bhutto supported oppressed people of GB.
“PPP gifted them Karakoram Highway and subsidy on wheat,” Bilawal said, adding, “Shaheed Benazir Bhutto established Civil Secretariat here and brought judicial reforms.”
Criticising the former and incumbent governments in the centre, he said that the former government continued attacking GB’s autonomy, whereas “a change is being promised nowadays.
“Your fund was reduced at the beginning of this change. Rs4 billion were cut from Gilgit-Baltistan fund and 18 projects were ended,” the PPP chairman told participants.
“The subsidy on wheat was ended and the quantity of flour that previously cost Rs1,200 now costs Rs3,000,” he said.
He said that the current rulers promised 10 million jobs, but they were depriving the masses of employment. “They promised five million houses, but instead they are razing mud houses and shops,” he said.
Bilawal said that the economy is headed towards a collapse, while inflation is at its peak. “What kind of ‘Naya Pakistan’ is this which is taking us to economic downfall,” he asked.