Imran wants selected judiciary, selected media, selected opposition: Bilawal

Bilawal

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari Wednesday alleged that Prime Minister Imran Khan wanted to take over all institutions in the country including the judiciary and media.
Addressing a press conference after appearing before the NAB, the PPP chief strongly condemned the use of force against PPP workers and leaders by the Islamabad police. He said that the police used force against elected parliamentarians and workers of the PPP. He said that he would respond to the NAB’s questionnaire.
Bilawal said constructive criticism was not being tolerated in the country. He said, “we reject this selected government which wants selected judiciary, selected media and selected opposition.”
He said that it was the right of every Pakistani to take part in a democracy which ensured freedom to assembly and speech. He added that there were no emergency measures in place in Islamabad and Section 144 had not been imposed.
“I had not given a call but some of my workers and MNAs decided to come. The law does not forbid people coming with me. Despite this, PPP workers and elected members were attacked by the government of Mr Imran Khan.”
According to Bilawal these types of tactics were not something new for PPP and would not scare the party. “We will not compromise on our principles and ideology.”
The PPP chairman demanded the immediate release of arrested PPP workers. “Is this state of Madina where you attack women in Ramzan,” Bilawal said.
He said that the NAB was being used for political revenge and engineering. ” We believe that in our case rule of law, standard precedence is not being used. Our right to a fair trial is being undermined.”
According to Bilawal, it wasn’t a coincidence that the NAB chairman’s audio scandal was aired on a news channel owned by the prime minister’s special assistance. The PPP chairman termed this a tactic to blackmail the NAB chairman.
“I believe there should be an investigation. An investigation should be done into the prime minister and his special assistants,” Bilawal added.
Earlier, he appeared before the NAB. Two PPP MNAs and at least 30 party workers were taken into custody by the police. The PPP workers had gathered at D-Chowk this morning to show support for Bilawal scuffled with police, who used water cannons and tear gas to disperse them

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