The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman, Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, has accused individuals in the judiciary of “doing politics” following the Supreme Court’s decision to hold snap elections in Pakistan. Speaking at the foundation ceremony of the first “health city” in Gambat, Sindh, he accused members of the judiciary of taking sides, stating that “these institutions have become puppets.” He also alleged that the same plan through which the “selected” was imposed in 2018 is being put into play even today, with unworthy and incompetent leaders imposed on the country. The PPP leader further lamented that he had failed to get justice for both his grandfather and his mother, adding that he was ready to protect the rights of the people.
Bilawal went on to criticise the judiciary and said that the institution had failed to do its duty at various points in Pakistan’s history, including the hanging of his grandfather, Zulfiqar Bhutto. He said that some judges colluded with Musharraf and allowed 11 years of dictatorship and that, when Benazir was martyred, the judges did not give her justice. The PPP leader also criticised Imran Khan and the former establishment for admitting to “cheating on the Constitution” and alleged that members of the judiciary wanted to do politics. He stated that if they wanted to do politics, they should prepare themselves, as they would compete with them in politics. He further said that if the country did politics like that, nothing could stop Pakistan from growing and developing a strong economy.
The foreign minister praised both his mother and his father, Asif Ali Zardari, for their services to the country. Speaking about the health city being initiated, Bilawal praised his party’s efforts to improve healthcare in the country, saying that people would no longer have to go to India for kidney operations. He added that there was free treatment for lingus and cancer at this hospital and that the Gambat Hospital was ready to compete with any hospital in the world for free. Bilawal expressed concern that the Sindh government’s reputation had been tarnished so much that people could not believe how much work was being done. He heaped praise on the hard work of the doctors at the Gambat University, saying that Gambit University is their response to those who try to smear their reputation. He then instructed the Sindh Chief Minister to keep doing their work, stating that they would answer those he called “puppets.”
Bilawal also urged the superior judiciary to avoid repeating the history of pronouncing controversial orders, which were motivated by politics rather than justice. Addressing an event to observe the 44th martyrdom anniversary of his maternal grandfather, PPP founder, and former premier Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in Larkana, he dedicated an overwhelming part of his speech to convincing the top court judges to form a larger bench to take up the matter of holding elections in Punjab. He demanded that the Supreme Court should form a larger bench of all the judges, except those two who were caught talking to the opposition, to stop this constitutional crisis and preserve democracy. He argued that the country, which stood divided, would accept the larger bench’s verdict, stating that if the proposed bench decided to hold the elections even after a day’s gap, his party would accept that decision.