ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Monday endorsed the demand of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Ali Amin Gandapur to form a judicial commission to investigate the May 9’s violent incidents.

Speaking in the National Assembly, Bilawal requested the PM-elect to plead to Chief Justice of Pakistan Qazi Faez Isa to constitute an investigation commission headed by the top judge himself in the May 9 incidents. And, he said, the PTI and the other parties would also have to accept the findings of the commission.

Bilawal urged all the political parties including the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to sit together for a charter of national reconciliation and rescue the nation out of inflation.

He appealed to his “friends” on the opposition benches to become part of the national political process. He said the people of Pakistan through their votes announced such a verdict following which they would be coerced to make decisions jointly.

“The masses of Pakistan are sending this message that they are fatigued by our infighting. If the people wanted, they would have given one political party a majority,” he said adding that they all should work on national reconciliation and hold talks on the issues of national interest.

He said judicial and electoral reforms would have to be introduced and he would like the opposition to participate in bringing reforms so that no party would have to feel remorse over the next elections. So that, he said, the next time nobody could raise a finger whether Shehbaz won the election or “prisoner number 804”.

“You know how difficult it is to contest an election. Every day is a battle and the biggest battle is on the election day,” he said.

Bilawal endorsed the invitation extended by PM-elect Shehbaz Sharif for the charter of reconciliation and said the opposition should respond positively to the offer and sit with the government to find a solution to the economic difficulties.

He emphasised that the political parties needed to hold a dialogue on the Charter of Reconciliation and the Charter of Economy.

The PPP chairman said the people were looking towards their elected representatives to lead the country out of the multidimensional challenges faced by the country including those on the economic front.

Bilawal requested the house members to protect the people from economic crisis as commodity prices were multiplying but income was not. He invited all the stakeholders to sit together and get Pakistan out of difficulty.

The former foreign minister said he differed with the leader of the opposition’s statement that their ideology was different. He claimed that Ayub would not know his party’s mandate as much as he did.

He said about nine years ago a family could buy edible commodities for Rs4,000 but now it required at least Rs17,000.

The PPP chairman said it would be great if the opposition gave their opinion on PM Shehbaz’s policy, but if they did not opine on the policy then they did not have the right to object to it.

He reiterated that there were 18 such ministries that should have dissolved in 2015.

The PPP chief said those were his party’s points, while the SIC and other parties would also have their points to make.

Lamenting the protests by members of the House during the speeches of the PM-elect and leader of the opposition in Sunday’s session, Bilawal said that the people were disappointed of seeing lawmakers hurl allegations and abuses at each other in the parliament.

Recalling Ayub’s complaint that the opposition members’ speeches were not being broadcast on the state-run PTV, Bilawal said: “We should not continue this tradition [of censorship] set by Khan sahib.”

“We have to make decisions that strengthen this House and brighten the country’s future,” the PPP chairman said while stressing that the people have voted in the February 8 polls to bring themselves out of poverty.

“Our colleagues would have been able to listen to the prime minister’s speech if they had not been protesting,” he noted.


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