Former President and PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari has announced that he and his son Bilawal Bhutto will contest elections and get to the sitting parliament in 2017.
He made this announcement in a public gathering on the occasion of 9th death anniversary of his slain wife and the first women Prime Minister of the Islamic world
“As I had promised, Iwant to share the good news, Bilawal and I will contest the election now, right now and sit in the parliament”, he told the crowd in Garhi Khuda Bux.
Zardari said, he will contest elections from nawabshah on the seat of her sister and sitting member of the national assembly Azra Pechuho and Bilawal will contest from Larkana on the seat of sitting MNA Ayaz soomro
Zardari’s announcement is being interpreted as a strategy to enter parliament through by-elections in the two constituencies. Fresh polls will have to be called if Azra Pechuho and Ayaz Soomro give up their seats in Parliament in line with the party’s directives.
“We have sacrificed much for the sake of democracy and politics to save Pakistan. We will not leave this Mughal emperor (Nawaz Sharif) to rule,” Zardari said.
“Mian Sahab we gave you this democracy as a sacred trust. We made every decision with your input. We made decisions in Parliament through consensus. It is a pity that you seem to have forgotten all your promises today,” the former president accused.
Zardari also demanded that the Supreme Court decision on Panamagate be brought to the floor of the Parliament and be vetted by all political parties.
We would like to see you and your judges to go down in history as respectable individuals, not as people who twist the law for their own gains, he added.
“This is our right. We will protest, exercise our democratic right and go to the parliament. Go to the courts and the bar councils, and talk about what is happening and should be happening,” Zardari said.