Addressing a huge rally in Gilgit, PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari slammed the government saying that it had taken more than a hundred U-turns before the completion of its first hundred days. PPP chairman said members of the ruling party didn’t know anything other than engaging in altercation with opponents. It was his first address in Gilgit as he embarked on a five day long visit to Gilgit-Baltistan. Bilawal said his relationship with this valley spanned over three generations and he inherited the love for Gilgit-Baltistan from his mother and grandfather.
Consultation, tolerance and parliamentary ethics will not work in ‘Naya Pakistan’, rather whatever Khan sb would say only that would happen,” he lambasted. He vowed to keep struggling for strengthening Pakistan and putting an end to exploitation of masses.
He made an emotional speech to a chairing crowd. “My struggle is your struggle. This is a struggle for the rule of the people,” urging the masses to support him the way they supported former prime ministers Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto. He said that ZA Bhutto supported oppressed people of Gilgit-Baltistan. “Peoples Party gifted them Karakoram Highway and subsidy on wheat.”Shaheed Benazir Bhutto established Civil Secretariat here, brought judicial reforms,” he told the charged crowd.
He criticised the former and incumbent governments in the Centre, as the former government of PML-N continued attacking Gilgit-Baltistan’s autonomy, whereas “a change is being promised nowadays by PTI government.“Your fund was reduced in the beginning of this change. Rs4 billion were cut from Gilgit-Baltistan fund and 18 projects were ended,” the PPP chairman told his party workers and supporters.
The subsidy on wheat was ended and the quantity of flour that previously cost Rs1200 now costs Rs3000.” He said 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.”
Bilawal Bhutto said 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.
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18 August, 2019