Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Nawaz and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on Thursday held a meeting to discuss the strategy ahead of the Senate election.
Addressing a joint press conference in Lahore, Maryam claimed that Prime Minister Imran Khan was increasingly becoming unpopular within the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). Maryam added that she hoped that every pro-democracy would oppose Imran Khan in the Senate elections.
The PML-N vice president also reaffirmed her support for joint opposition candidate Yousaf Raza Gillani, saying the PML-N fully backs Gillani.
“I hope every pro-democracy person will not vote for the PTI [in the Senate elections] because we think the PTI is guilty of crimes against the people and Imran Khan is guilty of crimes against the nation,” added Maryam.
Talking to reporters, PPP chief Bilawal said that the government had suffered defeats in the recent by-elections. “The people have rejected them in every by-election,” he said.
According to the PPP chairman, the PDM’s decision to contest the by-polls and the upcoming Senate elections has made the government anxious about its future.
The PPP leader said that the PDM was not bringing about a no-confidence movement against the government at the moment and was only contesting the Senate elections.
Speaking about the Senate elections, the PPP head said his party would ask every lawmaker for a vote in the Senate election.
Bilawal said that the PDM believed in the constitution and in the principal that each democratic government should complete its constitutional tenure. However, he said that the current system was an unjust one where political allies of the incumbent government were “tied together” to it by force.