SHANGLA: As the country prepares for the upcoming general election, Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, the former foreign minister and Chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), has stepped up his campaigning. He asserts that he is not familiar with “Gate No 4 politics” and underscores his complete reliance on the people to lead his party to power.
During his speech at a workers’ convention in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s (KP) Shangla district, Bilawal articulated, “There exists a politics of division while economic conditions are deteriorating.”
“We steer clear of politics steeped in derogation and TikTok. Gate No 4 politics is not our arena. I place my trust in the people; I will not seek assistance elsewhere, but only from the people themselves.”
Asserting that he stands as the lone politician with an unsullied record, Bilawal contended that no other political figure in any party shares the same unblemished reputation as him.
As the February 8, 2024, elections draw near, political parties are actively hosting rallies and meetings, rallying prominent figures to fortify their positions.
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), once an ally but now a rival of the PPP, has nominated Nawaz Sharif as their candidate for premiership, while the PPP remains firm that Bilawal is their preferred choice for the top leadership role.
Despite recent remarks by Asif Ali Zardari, Bilawal’s father, stating his son’s “inexperience,” the party stands by the chairman as their prime ministerial nominee under any circumstance.
“None among the political parties or politicians can claim a spotless record. I served as foreign minister for 18 months with a clean record. I aim to enrich your pockets instead of my own. I assure you that within five years, your earnings will double.”
Bilawal further urged the nation to support him in altering Pakistan’s fate, citing the country’s current state as a “crisis.”
“I have closely observed all politicians; they adhere to old-fashioned politics, marked by a desire for retribution. We must bury such practices,” stated the scion of the Bhutto family.
Bilawal, the country’s youngest former foreign minister, delineated that his battle isn’t against “seasoned politicians” but rather against poverty, unemployment, and inflation. “The PPP has previously navigated Pakistan out of crises, and we intend to do so again.”