Published On: Wed, Apr 17th, 2019
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Mainstream victims of terrorism, not banned outfits: Bilawal

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QUETTA:   Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Tuesday said that he wants the “powers in the country to mainstream victims of terrorism, not banned organisations.”

 

Speaking to the media in Quetta while visiting the families of those killed in the Hazarganji blast last week, Bilawal Bhutto said it is unfortunate that even after so much blood has flown, the state cannot decide if it is with the martyrs or the terrorists.

 

“The government has to decide. For how long will they continue with their double standards?” he asked.

 

The PPP chairman continued, “No one can fight extremism alone but we have to decide for the future. We need to fight this extremist mindset. When we ask for justice we are called an enemy of the state. When I speak against banned organisations, I’m branded an enemy of the state.”

 

“Are we the enemy of the state or are those banned organisations that are killing our children?” Bilawal questioned.

 

He added that he has a message for the “powers” in the country that if they want to mainstream anyone, it should be the victims of terrorism, not banned outfits.

 

Bilawal Bhutto further said he is also the son of a martyr and that he will not sit quietly until he has rid the country of terrorism. “My entire political career will be for eradicating terrorism so that we can live peacefully in this country.” “We have to fight terrorism together and we have to protect the oppressed,” he added.

 

The federal government under Prime Minister Imran Khan hasn’t decided so far if it is with the martyrs or assassins despite so many people being killed, said Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.

 

“It is time the government decided if it is with the martyrs or the killers,” said Bilawal. “The government can’t sit with two sides at one time.”

 

How long will the policy of duplicity be allowed to run in the country, he asked. I was called anti-Pakistan when I spoke against proscribed organziations, he remarked.

 

He further questioned as to who are the enemies of the state — those who seek justice or the ones who benefit from banned militant outfits. He also questioned why the National Action Plan (NAP) had not been implemented.

 

“After APS incident, all political parties put their effort for formulating the NAP, however, the government could not arrive at a decision whether it is standing by martyrs’ side or the killers?” Bilawal asked.

 

“They [the government] seem to have confusion. The victims have not been delivered justice and they are not included in the mainstream,” he said.

 

“Has the prime minister called even one meeting of NACTA?” he asked, while adding that the premier has not called a meeting over the NAP.

 

“He is selected, he should have completed his responsibility. Our leadership and workers were martyred,” he added. He said he wanted to see culprits standing in the court of the law. “Even after passage of four days, the prime minister has not visited Quetta,” he concluded.

 

During his visit to the provincial capital, Bilawal condemned the incident and sympathised with the Hazara community, acknowledging that they had ‘suffered enough’.

 

Meanwhile speaking to the media later on, the PPP chairman said the real enemies of the state are those who support militant outfits for their political gains. He lambasted Prime Minister Imran Khan for not having shown up to condole the victims’ families. He further denounced the premier over the non-implementation of the strategy devised by the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA). “Not a single NACTA meeting has been called,” Bilawal commented.

 

Bilawal said that “the PPP is a party of martyrs and that the state has failed in avenging the blood of leaders lost such as Benazir Bhutto”. He further lambasted the federal government over its focus on sending opposition leaders to jail whereas terrorists in the country continue to walk scot-free.

 

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that the law being used for eradicating of corruption is black law and this law has been made by dictators and Parvez Musharraf.

 

He said that the law of dictators could not compete with corruption, adding that this black law has been formed for political engineering and political victimization. He said that in 2002, the NAB had played an important role for forming the selected government.

 

He said that even today for installing the selected government and for running the selected government NAB has an important role.

 

He said that if we want to compete with corruption then first we should have to abolish this law and abolish NAB and should have to introduce the system in which the same law is for all people.

 

He said that there should be same law for any army person, judge or politician. He said that the plea bargain and voluntary return clauses of NAB law are for the favorite thieves of government. He said that after paying 10 or 15 percent money the remaining money becomes clean, adding that which kind of this system is.

 

He said that PPP has the law regarding across the board accountability, adding that senator Farhatullah Babar had drafted this law. He said that PPP in past had tried to present this law but had no votes and now it will try to present this law. Bilawal Bhutto said that one day we have to pass such law which could ensure fair and transparent accountability.

 

Bilawal said that we think the accountability further strengthens democracy, adding that if the political victimization will be done and political engineering will be done then corruption will continue to increase and it will harm the economy of the country.

 

Bilawal Bhutto said that whole opposition is united and it has not happened in the whole history of Pakistan that the whole opposition comes on the same in only one day. He said that the whole opposition is united to ensure the economic, democratic and human rights of people. He said that the government should perform its job and should deliver and if the opposition will fail it will be beneficial for the government. He said that the opposition is not divided, adding that PPP, PML-N, JUI-F, ANP and some independent members are united in the National Assembly.


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