PPP and MQM-P alliance will benefit PPP in the long run.

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Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, the Chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), said on Friday that he will be able to gain more benefit from the recent “electoral alliance” formed between the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) in the upcoming general election because of this alliance.

The PML-N and MQM-P, the former allies of the PPP at the Centre, have announced this week that they will contend the upcoming general elections together, a move which may impact the voting results for the PPP in Sindh’s urban areas, which are the party’s stronghold.

There has been a heated verbal showdown between the PPP and PML-N following the announcement that they will hold elections on February 8, 2024, as announced by Pakistan’s Election Commission. The development comes during a time when the scathing verbal fight has intensified between the two parties.

As the PDM-led coalition government came to an end in August, the romance between the two former allies dissipated, and the PPP and PML-N locked horns over election-related issues following the end of the PDM-led coalition government.

According to PPP chairman Shehbaz Sharif, he spoke during a press conference at Safari Park and told reporters that an effort was made to make him prime minister. There was no doubt that it was a matter of urgency.”

The Minister of Information clarified to me that the decision was made in an effort to improve the situation as the country was experiencing a political and democratic crisis at the moment. In his speech, the PPP leader said that under the PDM-led government, Sindh benefited from the PPP’s policies.

Similarly, Bilawal claimed that the king’s party will suffer the same fate as the ruling parties’ election losses in 2008, without naming the Istehkam i Pakistan Party (IPP) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Parliamentarians (PTI) as they responded to a question in his reply.

According to the PPP leader, the “king’s party” is fielded in every election, in a bid to throw a spanner in the works of the establishment. He stated that the creation of such parties sends the wrong message to the public and the political realm.

According to Bilawal, the PPP believes in democracy as he spoke about the no-confidence motion against Imran Khan, who was the previous prime minister of the country.

As per his report, Quamar Javed Bajwa, the former army chief, had asked them to withdraw the no-trust motion from the parliament and in return, he would hold early elections in the country in exchange for his request. A rejection of the offer, however, was made by the PPP.

During his address, Bilawal expressed his opposition to the countrywide campaign against illegal immigrants, stating that the state policy on Afghanistan does not seem to be clear to him.

There should be “iron hands” applied to the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and terrorists, he said, adding that if strictness was present in every corner of the country, it would be difficult to strike at the terrorists and their targets.

As a matter of principle, he believed that illegal immigrants should be sent back to Afghanistan with dignity and respect.  

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