This will be the PPP’s second pre-election rally in the city and the PTI’s first.
May 12, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Pakistan Peoples Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari says Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf is the new Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and people of Karachi won’t tolerate another Altaf Hussain in the form of Imran Khan.
The 19-year-old PPP leader while addressing a rally near the Quaid’s Mausoleum in Karachi on Saturday heavily criticized rival MQM for what he termed their plans to bring back “politics of ethnicity” in the mega city.
“PTI tried to create a law and order situation in Karachi, but we foiled their attempt by allowing them to hold their rally at Hakim Saeed Ground, but they ran away,” said Bilawal while addressing his party supporters at Bagh-e-Jinnah.
“PPP’s 14 workers embraced martyrdom on May 12 during the struggle for the restoration of judiciary. To commemorate the day, we announced holding our jalsa in District East, where most of the killings happened on May 12,” the PPP leader said.
Bilawal said PTI also chose the same venue and pelted stones at our workers and burned our vehicles.
The PPP chief said that he wanted to build a university in every district of Karachi, but he was facing hurdles form MQM people.
“Neither MQM people do any work by themselves nor they allow others to do work for the city,” he said.
He lamented that MQM hadn’t done anything to address Karachi’s water and sewerage problems problem during Musharraf’s rule.
“They said that we are from interior Sindh. I was born in Karachi, my family lived in Karachi,” he said.
Bilawal said the quota system was first introduced by slain prime minister Liaqat Ali Khan in 1948. He said MQM was misguiding people of Karachi by claiming that PPP was behind the quota system.
He said many projects could not complete in Karachi due to lack of funds from the federal government. “PML-N government feels that it only rules Islamabad.”
“I am fully aware of the issues of Karachi and I am doing everything to address them,” he said.
He said Imran had failed to build a single hospital in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa during his five years. “Imran Khan has made two Khyber Pakhtunkhwas in the name of naya Khyber Pakhtunkhwa”.
The PTI is holding its rally at the Sunday Bazaar Ground near Aladin Park in Gulshan-e-Iqbal.
PTI Chairperson Imran Khan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Parvez Khattak, Fawad Chaudhry and Shah Mehmood Qureshi will address the gathering and pay tribute to the May 12 martyrs.
This will be the PPP’s second pre-election rally in the city and the PTI’s first. Elections are expected to be held at the end of July.