Chairman of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that no negotiations can be held at gunpoint, dialogue is the work of political parties.
While holding a press conference in Islamabad, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that if the elections are held first in one province, then the effect will be in the remaining three provinces. There is a conspiracy to implement One Unit policy.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that we are of the opinion that elections should be held on time, at this time less than half of the National Assembly has resigned, PTI members have taken stay order from Peshawar, Sindh, and Lahore High Courts.
The PP Chairman said that despite the court order during Imran Khan’s tenure, local body elections were not held, an assembly has also been dissolved in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. And two elections have been done. There is a conspiracy to hold elections in Punjab under the guise of 90 days, we were against one unit yesterday and we are still against it today.
Bilawal Bhutto said that if the elections are held in Punjab first, it will affect Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Balochistan. It is necessary, we stand with the Parliament, we were supposed to have a summit after Eid.
Defense Minister Khawaja Asif has said that funds will not be released for Punjab elections on the order of the Supreme Court.
Speaking in Geo News’ program ‘Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Ke Saath’, Khawaja Asif said that the case of contempt of court will be seen when it comes.
Talks on court’s dictation not acceptable
The Defense Minister said that he will not accept the court’s dictation on the negotiations, he will negotiate on his own accord and the talks will be started from 2018.
The Supreme Court of Pakistan hearing of the case of holding the elections simultaneously across the country adjourned it till April 27 while directing the political parties to negotiate today during the hearing on the petitions.
A 3-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial is conducting the hearing, Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Muneeb Akhtar are included in the bench.
The court adjourned the hearing of the case till April 27, giving the political parties time to negotiate till 4 pm.