Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said on Monday that the next prime minister will not be from Lahore, a pointed reference to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), one of the strongest parties in the city.

The former foreign minister told members of the media that PPP will take part in elections “on its own” and on the basis of its manifesto.

“We won’t look towards anyone [else] and [will rely] on public’s [support] for [success in elections],” Bilawal said, adding: “[Although] anyone can be a candidate for the prime minister, the final decision is that of the people.”


Terming PPP’s win in Sunday’s local government by-polls “a trailer”, Bilawal said that, “The people proved [by voting] that they are with the PPP.”

“February 8 will be the day of victory for the manifesto of [Zulfikar Ali] Bhutto Shaheed and Benazir Bhutto,” he added.

Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) announced last week that general elections will take place on February 8, 2024.

The ECP announced polls date after consulting with President Arif Alvi.