Continuing his tirade against the government, Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has warned Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of severe consequences if the latter fails to meet his four demands by December 27.
His demands are formation of a parliamentary committee on national security, adopting the PPP-drafted bill on Panama Papers leaks probe, implementing the decision of the multi-party conference chaired by Asif Zardari on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and appointing a full-time foreign minister.
Speaking to media representatives at Bilawal House in Karachi on Tuesday, the PPP chairman said that if the prime minister fails to respond to the PPP’s demand for a bill to probe Panama Papers leaks by December 27, then that will spell consequences for him and his government.
“If he is not willing to respond to our demand for a bill to probe Panama Papers leaks, if he is conceding that he is not the country’s democratically elected prime minister but an Amirul Momineen who is answerable to no one, then after December 27, we will teach him how to do opposition and will demand answers from him,” Bilawal said.
Chiding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif further, Bilawal said “the premier had jeopardised his children’s political future by buying properties overseas in their name…he is shameless”.
About CPEC, Bilawal said the project was Asif Ali Zardari’s brainchild and when it was becoming controversial, the then government had called an All Parties Conference (APC) to dispel misgivings and develop consensus.
“It is our simple demand to implement the decisions taken in the APC on CPEC so we can ensure democratic accountability of the country’s economy,” the PPP chairman said.
He said the PPP also wanted democratic accountability of the country’s foreign policy. “We want that accountability, and the first step for this is for us to get a foreign minister,” he said.
“Our demands will go a long way in carrying out democratic accountability of all the institutions and to curb corruption of every kind,” he said.
“I know you are tired of listening to the things I have been saying for months now but we too have reached the end of our tether,” the PPP chairman said.
He added that after December 27, the PPP’s Central Executive Committee (CEC) and its federal council will hold their first joint meeting since the assassination of Benazir Bhutto and decide on the party’s future course of action.