Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has officially declared co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari as the party’s candidate for the presidential slot. The announcement came following a two-day Central Executive Committee meeting, where Bilawal emphasized that constitutional positions, including the presidency, are the party’s right.
Bilawal Bhutto expressed his endorsement for his father, Asif Ali Zardari, stating that the country is currently facing a significant crisis, and he believes Zardari is well-equipped to address the challenges. He emphasized Zardari’s capability to navigate the country through the existing challenges.
While addressing the media, Bilawal ruled out the possibility of PPP becoming part of any coalition government. Instead, he announced the decision to vote for the prime ministerial candidate of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) but clarified that PPP would sit in the opposition.
The party chairman acknowledged the political reality, stating that PPP does not have the mandate to form a government at the federal level. He explicitly stated that he will not be a candidate for the position of the Prime Minister, recognizing that PML-N and independent candidates have greater numerical strength.
Bilawal Bhutto highlighted the refusal of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to form a coalition with PPP, leaving PML-N as the only party inviting PPP to join the government. In the interest of preventing political instability and chaos, PPP has decided to support PML-N’s candidate for the premiership.
Notably, the PPP Central Executive Committee members had advised Bilawal Bhutto and Asif Ali Zardari against forming a coalition government with PML-N, suggesting that sitting in opposition would be more appropriate. The committee members emphasized respecting the mandate of independent candidates who were leading in the National Assembly (NA) according to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) results.
This strategic decision by PPP outlines the party’s approach to the evolving political landscape, aiming to contribute to stability while acknowledging the current political dynamics in the country.