- Bilawal calls Imran an “outsider in the house” and says the previous govt “removed by PPP, not the US.”
- Shujaat thinks party bickering hurts Pakistan. PTI MNAs will meet the NA speaker upon return.
KHUDA GARHI In BUKHSH and ISLAMABAD:
Two major political party heads asked Imran Khan to return to parliament on Tuesday, saying that doing so would be the best way to save himself and his party.
Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain both cautioned Mr. Khan that if he continued on his current track, they would be powerless to save him, and the country would suffer as a result.
In speeches released on Tuesday, both leaders emphasized the importance of cooperation between all relevant parties to pull Pakistan out of its current economic and political crisis.
“I don’t know you, and you’re a total stranger here. Reappear and resume your seat in the legislature. Let’s talk about reforms, whether it’s the National Accountability Bureau or the elections,” Mr. Bhutto-Zardari said in his address at Garhi Khuda Bukhsh, warning that if the government didn’t make changes, “victimize you” would be inevitable.
“He must serve in parliament as a politician and democrat”
At an event in Islamabad, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain said that residents who had elected Mr. Khan and his party were watching their members, adding that not coming to the parliament and receiving salaries and privileges would not accomplish anything.
The official said Mr. Dogar wanted a formal meeting to discuss the resignations of 124 PTI National Assembly members.
Mr. Dogar informed the NA speaker that PTI leaders Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Pervez Khattak, and others wanted to meet him.
However, PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry told Lahore journalists that Mr. Ashraf was “nowhere to be seen” when party leaders visited him today.
Fawad said the speaker went to Larkana. “He’s heading to Australia after.”
The PTI leader told Mr. Ashraf to “accept the resignations and hold national elections” and that “tendering resignations are our constitutional right.”
Both leaders spoke as Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) MPs sought an audience with the National Assembly speaker to verify their resignations from the lower chamber.
Since Raja Pervaiz Ashraf was in Garhi Khuda Buksh on the 15th death anniversary of slain PPP leader and former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, it was decided that a group of prominent PTI leaders would visit the speaker soon after his return.
The NA Secretariat spokeswoman said that former PTI chief whip Malik Amir Dogar called the speaker on Tuesday. The speaker praised this and said, “the dialogue process should continue.”
‘PPP ousted Imran, not US’
At his mother’s death anniversary, Mr. Bhutto-Zardari addressed many political problems.
He denied Mr. Khan’s “foreign conspiracy” claim, saying his party had democratically overthrown him.
This was the first time parliament removed a prime minister. The “plot against the picked” occurred publicly on the streets and in parliament.
He added that the military had stated that it would not participate in politics. “We are hearing screaming from Bani Gala,” Mr. Bhutto-Zardari remarked.
The PPP leader called this the PTI chief’s “final warning” after his party had been in the legislature for four years. He added, “We will negotiate with you on election and NAB reforms.” They did not want Mr. Khan to go to jail or face the accountability agency.
“If you interfere with the Constitution, something will happen.” He said, citing the arrests of Mayam Nawaz and Faryal Talpur under Mr. Khan.
At a banquet in Islamabad, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain urged working “not for parties, rather for Pakistan.”
He stated the country needs political and economic stability and timely general elections.
We can only save Pakistan by working together. “If we can’t get along, we’ll lose,” he added.
Chaudhry Shujaat also mentioned the country’s economic difficulties. Adding that the IMF would only help if political parties could work together.
“We will act strongly against individuals who are only attempting to boost their prominence in enemy nations.” He warned without elaborating.