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Zardari Threatens to March on Islamabad

by Newsweek Pakistan

Aamir Qureshi—AFP

PPP co-chairman warns that ‘the time has come to send them [PTI] home’

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday threatened to lead a march on Islamabad to oust the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf from power.

Addressing an event marking the 40th death anniversary of party founder and former prime minister Zulkfikar Ali Bhutto in Larkana, Zardari said he had informed people during the 2018 general elections that the PTI wanted to repeal the 18th amendment, alleging that this is why corruption cases had been lodged against him.

“The bubble of the ‘selected prime minister’ has burst,” said Zardari. “He doesn’t have funds. If you [Khan] are unable to collect money from the Federal Board of Revenue, then leave.” Going even further, Zardari said the time had come to do something. “To march on Islamabad, to take them [PTI] out of there. I don’t want to do this because I have any interest in ruling. The fact is if we allow him [Khan] to stay he will take Pakistan, which he has already taken 50 years backwards, a 100 years back.”

The PPP leader told the gathering that since the PTI had come into power, the exchange rate for the dollar had gone up by Rs. 40. “Everything has become twice as expensive,” he said, adding that the poor cannot afford to survive under such circumstances but the ruling government does not understand this. “They think the poor have money.”

“The time has come to send them home. There is no other way,” he stated. “It doesn’t make a difference if I’m in prison or not, the PPP will ensure that they [PTI] are kicked out. We can no longer give them more time because they are ruining the country. This is Jihad for the country’s sake,” he added.

Zardari said that PPP’s march, which he assured the gathering would be formally announced, would not be like Khan’s ‘dharna’ where they sat on containers during the day and then went back home at night. “We will keep lying down on the roads,” he promised. “We will return once we have kicked them [PTI] out.”

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