As the general election approaches, Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, Chairman of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), made a bold commitment on Tuesday, pledging to double the salaries of all government employees if his party regains power.
Speaking at a public rally in Upper Dir, Bilawal highlighted the PPP’s track record of increasing government employee salaries during their previous tenures.
In June 2010, the PPP-led federal government initiated a 50% increase in public servants’ basic pay on an ad hoc basis.
The party also claims credit for contributing to a 35% salary hike for public servants during the previous government led by the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM).
Aiming for the caretaker government, Bilawal criticized the unprecedented inflation levels, emphasizing the rising challenges of unemployment and poverty.
He accused the current rulers of neglecting the people’s hardships and condemned the divisive politics causing harm to the nation.
In a scathing critique of “politics of hatred and division,” Bilawal called on politicians to abandon such practices to navigate the country out of the crisis.
He squarely blamed “ego” as the root cause of the problems associated with veteran politicians, accusing them of prioritizing personal enmity over political opposition.
Specifically targeting the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Bilawal clarified that the PPP supported the PDM-led government in addressing the country’s economic issues.
He juxtaposed his party’s vision with that of the PML-N and PTI, referring to them as the “mehangai league” and emphasizing that the PPP deserved a chance to lead the nation.
Bilawal criticized the shared objectives of PML-N and PTI, suggesting that the former sought revenge upon gaining power.
He expressed surprise at the PML-N’s vengeful stance, given their past coalition partnership.
Bilawal called for unity in combating terrorism and inflation, urging collective efforts to address these pressing issues.