Federal government wants to occupy Karachi: says Bilawal

HYDERABAD: The Chairman of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari criticized the federal government on Thursday for “trying to occupy Karachi” following the statement of Federal Law Minister Farogh Naseem that the Centre was considering to take over the administrative affairs of the metropolis by the help of a little-known constitutional provision.

Naseem said on Wednesday that Prime Minister Imran Khan was recommended by a strategic committee on Karachi to invoke Article 149 for the uplift of Karachi.

The Federal Law Minister Farogh Naseem had told news channels that it was his personal view that the Centre should take over the affairs of Karachi. He added that any decision was likely to be taken by the Prime Minister during his visit to the metropolis on September 14.

Bilawal said in a press conference that “You try to build a narrative against [Prime Minister of India Narendra] Modi, saying that he captured occupied Kashmir unconstitutionally, and at the same time you try to occupy Karachi. This is bizzare.”

He added that the Prime Minister Imran Khan, “who has vowed to protect human rights in [occupied] Kashmir, has ripped apart democratic rights of the people of Pakistan.

The Chairman of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari further asked “You want to run Karachi from Islamabad?”

Bilawal added that PPP is the ruling party in Sindh and therefore, it “will never accept any conspiracy” against the province.

The PPP chief said “According to the Constitution, the province that produces a resource is entitled to utilise it before providing it to the rest of the country,” referring to Sindh government’s longstanding complaint that the province, despite producing natural gas, was not receiving its due share.

Bilawal further said if the federal government “continues to weaken the democratic powers in the country, oppresses its people, steals their human rights and on top of that, tries to occupy their land and city, do you think that your country will survive?” Bilawal said.

He further warned that “This country has already been broken in the past when Islamabad has tried to control the state. It’s not like those people were less patriotic than you or me […] If PPP and other like-minded parties don’t stand up, tomorrow, separate Sindhi and Pashtun states might be formed.”

The Chairman of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari said “Come to your senses! The Islamic democratic system is what has kept this country together.”

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