Bilawal vows to resist efforts to rollback 18th Amendment


KANDHKOT: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari Friday vowed that the PPP would resist efforts to rollback the 18th Amendment, saying that the PPP protest against delay in provision funds to Sindh under NFC award.
He was talking to newsmen after addressing a function to commemorate the death anniversary of Mir Hazar Khan Bijrani here.
He said that the federal ministers were talking against 18th Amendment, while the prime minister was fond of Ayub Khan’s regime like presidential form of government. He said that the federal government has not paid about Rs90 billion to Sindh as its share in NFC award. He said that they would take up the issue with the federal government, besides raising it in the parliament. He also threatened of protest on roads, if the federal government failed to provide the funds to Sindh.
To a question about PM’s visit to Sindh, the PPP chief said that the prime minister was most welcome to the province and should announce development projects for the province as he was the prime minister of the whole country.
He questioned why Prime Minister Imran Khan ardently supports Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar. He said, “In cricket matches, it’s the umpire’s will and in politics, it is the will of the nation that decides the outcome.”
Criticising the Punjab chief minister, Bilawal said, “A first-class team was prepared for Pakistan’s biggest province and what was that? Buzdar?”
“There were a lot of hopefuls for the seat of Punjab chief minister but in the last minute Buzdar Sb turned up,” he continued. “What is it about Buzdar that the prime minister supports him ardently?” the PPP chairman questioned.
Regarding the premier’s likening of Buzdar with ace cricketer Wasim Akram, Bilawal said, “Even Akram asks what is his fault.”
During his address, Bilawal lamented, “The federal government is not implementing the 18th Amendment. There are attempts to snatch the institutions that were established by the Sindh government.”
“We will not only explore legal and political options to protect the 18th Amendment but will also raise the matter inside and outside the Parliament,” he added.
The PPP chairman further said, “We have seen a lot of difficult times and this puppet prime minister cannot create any hurdles in our way.”


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