KARACHI: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto on Sunday asserted that protest against unprecedented inflation, unemployment, and rising corruption under the ‘selected regime’ would continue until Prime Minister Imran Khan was ousted.
The PPP Chairman made these remarks while addressing a massive rally organised to commemorate those who lost their lives in the 2007 Karsaz tragedy in Karachi. The party’s workers and supporters from across Karachi and interior Sindh have been arriving at the venue to attend the gathering since morning.
He was accompanied by several other PPP leaders, including Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, PPP Sindh chapter president Nisar Khuhro, and Bilawal’s sister Aseefa Bhutto-Zardari.
Addressing a huge crowd, the PPP Chairman heavily criticized the incumbent PTI government and said that the people of Pakistan were suffering from historic inflation, which has been unprecedented in the country’s history.
He also recalled that the current premier earlier said that growing inflation indicates that the Prime Minister is a thief. “Pakistan has never seen a bigger thief in power than the current PM. This is the Naya Pakistan of Imran Khan where inflation is skyrocketing,” he added.
Bilawal further said that the Prime Minister has snatched employment opportunities from the people of Pakistan and took a U-turn on all his promises. “Whatever task Imran Khan undertook saw destruction instead of the promised change,” he added.
He also criticized the government’s anti-encroachment drive as well as the introduction of the Single National Curriculum. Bilawal went on to say that Imran Khan wants to turn the entire country into his Corona Relief “Tiger Force.”
During his speech, Bilawal recalled the sacrifices rendered by his late mother — Shaheed Benazir Bhutto — and said that she was a brave woman who returned to Pakistan despite the threats to her life.
“Benazir had returned to Pakistan to rid this country of dictatorship,” Bilawal said, adding that bomb blasts on PPP rallies could not dampen the spirits of the jiyalas (loyalists).
Strict security measures in place
Strict security measures were taken on the occasion to avoid any untoward incident. As many as 4,111 police officers and personnel have been deployed in and around Bagh-e-Jinnah to ensure foolproof security of the party leaders and public.
In addition to this, 102 women police officials have also been deployed at the meeting venue, said the authorities. As many as 31 superintendents of police (SPs) and senior superintendents of police (SSPs) will monitor the security situation at the venue.
In a bid to facilitate the party’s supporters and activists coming from different parts of the metropolis and from other cities, parking has been arranged at four different sites.