In the midst of escalating election fervor, Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, Chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), declared on Monday that he sought not four chances but just one opportunity to lead the government and transform the fate of the crisis-stricken nation.
As an aspiring candidate for the prime ministerial role, Bilawal subtly criticized Nawaz Sharif, the leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), who is making a fourth attempt at power after receiving judicial relief.
Addressing a gathering in Sahiwal, Bilawal asserted, “I do not want four but one chance. If you give me a chance, I will change the fate of the country and solve all the problems [being faced by the country].”
Pointing to the surging inflation, unemployment, and poverty, the PPP leader asserted that his party held the exclusive solution to these challenges. He noted that Pakistan was currently undergoing a challenging period marked by defaults, emphasizing a societal division.
Expressing concern, Bilawal warned that external forces could exploit this division to accomplish their malicious objectives. He declared his candidacy to counteract the politics of hatred and division.
Recalling the contributions of his mother, the late Benazir Bhutto, Pakistan’s first female elected prime minister, who was assassinated in 2007, Bilawal stressed the relevance of her philosophy.
Highlighting the services of his grandfather, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, former prime minister and president who was executed in 1979, Bilawal expressed his determination to follow in the footsteps of the “Quaid-e-Awam” (People’s Leader).
If given another opportunity to govern the country, Bilawal pledged that the PPP would provide interest-free loans to women, introduce the Benazir Kissan Card, offer subsidies to farmers, implement the Youth Card initiative, and provide free healthcare facilities to the masses.