Bilawal Bhutto urges MQM-P to join PDM ahead of Senate polls


Islamabad – Staff Reporter:

PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has invited MQM-P to join the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM).

He was addressing a joint press conference with PDM and JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman.

Bilawal made his offer three days before the Senate polls. “Let us raise the voice for the rights of Karachi together,” he said. The PPP leader said MQM-P should fight against the government by becoming a part of PDM.

In addition, Bilawal said the PDM had challenged the PTI regime “on every front” and wished to send a message through the upcoming Senate election 2021 that “even the government’s lawmakers are not with the government”.

“We will be successful in our mission,” he stressed. “We have prepared for both the open ballot and secret ballot method” in the Senate elections, he added, observing that the democratic lawmakers would support the PDM.

Bilawal vowed to go to the PTI government’s home base and challenge it there. “We will also give a tough time to the government in KP,” he added.

“The formula that has been worked out for Pakhtunkhwa will unite and challenge the government. On the one hand, there’s [PPP candidate and former premier] Yusuf Raza Gillani and, on the other, is PTIMF candidate”, he explained, referring to Finance Minister Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh.

“The PML-N seats won from Punjab will benefit us in electing the Senate chairperson and these votes will be very important,” he added.

“The MQM-P was elected from Karachi but the federal government left Karachi orphaned. We have talked to the MQM-P, members of the PTI government, and other allies of the regime.

“We hope that the Supreme Court will rule in accordance with the Constitution and the law,” Bilawal added.

PDM fully united for Senate elections 2021

Fazl ur Rehman

PDM is “fully united” for the upcoming Senate elections 2021, said the JUI-F chief.

He said leadership meetings would be held immediately after the Senate elections and a new strategy would be worked out and clarified.

“The PDM is the only voice of the people across the country and getting rid of such rulers [incumbent government] will be a service to the people of Pakistan,” the PDM and JUI-F chief said.

Clarifying that the PDM was just the name of the movement and not an electoral alliance, he said the Opposition parties were trying not to cut each other’s votes in the election from a moral perspective.

“They thought that the PDM parties would damage each other’s votes themselves but the PDM is united in all four provinces as well as the centre and is contesting the Senate elections.

“God willing, successful results will come out of the Senate elections,” he added, noting that there was “an atmosphere of hopelessness in the ranks of the PTI government.”

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