Law of dictatorship and democracy cannot co-exist: Bilawal Bhutto
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto said that the law of the dictatorship and democracy cannot co-exist.
While addressing press conference PPP Chairman Bilawal said that the government needs to review its fiscal policy, adding that it needs to learn from the tenure of his party in 2008.
“Look at what the PPP did during its government,” he said. “Despite global recession, terrorism at its peak, two floods and an environment of war, the PPP fought and gave most jobs than anyone else (6.8m), increased salaries by 150 per cent, and did whatever was possible for the poor. You can do the same as per your promise.”
He further said that despite the recession the PPP government ‘fought with international institutions’ for the sake of people.
Reiterating his stance against the National Accountability Bureau’s functioning as black law, Bilawal said that there exist separate laws for the poor and rich.
Bilawal Bhutto urged the federal government to “provide relief to the poor” and instead go hard on the rich if it has to, in order to “create fiscal space”.
“No one in the history of Pakistan took as much debt as they have taken in just several months of their government. They celebrate upon securing loans. What is there to celebrate when the poor and the common man will have to bear the burden of paying off these loans?
“The way they are running the economy, there will be a reaction from the poor spectrum of the society. If you want to create fiscal space and burden someone than burden the rich like Jahangir Tareen. For the rich you have an amnesty scheme but for the poor you have inflation.
“Ramazan is coming, where is your Ramazan package? I demand that the government review its economic policy, and provide relief to the poor wherever possible.”
“We don’t even know about the IMF programme,” he said. “The public will not agree if you go stealthily and sign the IMF deal. This would be illegal. You will have to bring the IMF deal to the parliament and get it passed from the National Assembly; otherwise we and the public won’t accept it.”
Bilawal criticised PM’s Adviser on Finance Abdul Hafeez Shaik for not addressing the parliament. “Forget that, he has not even faced the camera to shed light on the state of the economy and the stabilisation measures he has in store,” he said.
He branded the government’s accountability drive as “hypocritical”, saying that “NAB and democracy can’t go hand in hand”.
“There was a Prime Minister Junejo who said that martial law and democracy can’t go together. In the same way, NAB’s black law and our democracy can’t be run simultaneously.
“You cannot have a double policy for benami accounts. Jahangir Tareen’s benami accounts are clean but the [other] mill owners’ are thieves if they do the same. Those who use hawala to move their funds, by branding them thieves and thugs their businesses would cease functioning.
Bilawal said that “you can send my entire party to jail but we will not change our principled stance on the 18th Amendment, presidential form of government, military courts, freedom of the press and democracy.”