Commenting on Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari’s meeting with former prime minister Nawaz Sharif at Kot Lakhpat Jail on Monday, Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said that Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s grandson “shook hands with Zia-ul-Haq’s foster child”.
“Today, Bhutto’s grandson took biggest U-turn of the century… An agreement was reached over Bhutto’s blood,” said the federal minister, adding that the meeting between the two disgruntled parties only bore disappointment.
Fawad said that Bilawal wanted to take political advantage in Punjab by showing himself “a devotee of the political shrine of Nawaz Sharif”.
“Nawaz is unhappy and disappointed with his party leaders and now Bilawal is the only person left to see him in jail,” he said.
He said that Prime Minister Imran Khan had already stated that Nawaz Sharif could get medical treatment from wherever he desired. “But the opposition is using his health as a political project and meeting of two disappointed political persons would only lead to more despondency,” he added.
Reacting to Fawad’s statement, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb said that the wordings of the federal minister do not suite his stature.
“The person who changed four parties in his political career can only criticise others… You (Fawad) should worry about your authority and stop getting concerned about others,” she retorted in a tweet.
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) March 11, 2019
Bilawal met Nawaz at Kot Lakhpat jail earlier in the day. He said that he got no impression that a deal has been made for the incarcerated former premier to leave the country.
“I felt upset when I met Mian Sb, he looked very ill. I request on behalf of the PPP that Mian Sb is given the best medical treatment and whatever treatment he has been demanding. I hope the prime minister and his government think on humanitarian grounds,” he said to media personnel after the meeting. “Keeping a heart patient under pressure and stress is equivalent to torture.”
Later in the day in a joint press conference, Punjab Health Minister Yasmeen Rashid and Punjab CM’s Spokesperson Shahbaz Gill stated that there is no politics being done over the health issue of the former prime minister.