Bilawal tears apart PDM's show-cause notice in CEC meeting

Bilawal tears apart PDM’s show-cause notice in CEC meeting


Amid the reports of tearing apart show-cause notice of Pakistan Democratic Alliance (PDM), the six-hour-long Central Executive Committee (CEC) of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) on Sunday remained “indecisive” on decision to remain with the anti-government alliance or part its ways.

The second session of the meeting will be held today (Monday) at Bilawal House,  Karachi where a final decision about future line of action about the association with PDM will be announced.

A statement of the party said that the CEC meeting has been adjourned till morning and a press briefing will be held in the afternoon soon after the session is concluded.

It said that the issue of resignations from assemblies, PTI-IMF deal and its effects on the economy, state bank ordinance, PTI’s confused policy on Kashmir, and opposition to PTI government on various fronts will be among the agenda of the meeting.

The meeting, co-chaired by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Asif Ali Zardari, expressed serious concerns over the show-cause notice served to the party by PDM.

Reportedly, the notice was torn to pieces by Bilawal, a move applauded by almost all CEC members.

At this stage, the CEC stood by its earlier decision to not resign from the assemblies, calling it the “last option”.

Out of the 50 participants, many —including Asif Ali Zardari — joined the session virtually and discussed the pros and cons to remain or leave the alliance.

Raja Parvez Ashraf, Sherry Rehman, Qamar Zaman Kaira, Aitzaz Ahsan, Nayyar Bukhari, Chaudhry Manzoor, former chief minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, chief minister Murad Ali Shah, MNA Naveed Qamar, Makhdoom Ahmed Mehmood, Nawab Yousaf Talpur, Faisal Kareem Kundi, Raza Rabbani, Madad Ali Jatak were among others who attended the meeting.

The show-cause notice — served to PPP by PDM’s secretary-general Shahid Khaqan Abbasi —was given as PPP nominated Yousaf Raza Gilani for the position of opposition leader in Senate and sought the support from Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) which is the coalition partner of PTI-led government.

“Bilawal read the content of the show-cause and tore up with remarks that nothing is important than honour, dignity and principle stand in politics. We can’t get dictation,” a PPP leader quoting Bilawal said.

Though no one from PPP publicly confirmed it nor any of its leader talked to the media about the incident. However, off the record tickers were released by the party’s media cell to some TV journalists to break the story on the issue.

Sources privy to the development told The Express Tribune that a few PPP leaders also talked about the role of Maulana Fazlur Rehman who, according to them, play a biased role by tilting towards PML-N.

“We did not protest with Maulana sahib when his party contested against us in Larkana by-election nor did we when PML-N joined hands with PTI while electing members from Punjab during Senate elections,” some participants asserted while endorsing Bilawal’s remarks in the meeting.

During the meeting, sources said, Yousaf Raza Gilani offered the party to surrender his post of opposition leader in the wake of rift with PDM over it. However, Gilani was asked to continue as it was believed that the allegations levelled by PML-N and JUI-F leaders in the show-cause notice are baseless.

The meeting discussed at length the politically motivated cases against PPP, bad governance, inflation and public sentiment against the incumbent government and vowed to continue the struggle. 

Insiders from Bilawal House suggested that the strong opinion also came from senior leaders of the party to continue the struggle at the platform of PDM.

“ANP which voted PPP in Senate has already quit the PDM while protesting over show-cause notice served to it. We have discussed both the option.  Now, the party leadership has sought some time for serious consultation within its own ranks on what to do about it. Should we remain with PDM or say goodbye to it,” a senior PPP leader, who is also a CEC member, said.

PPP leader also said that some members, especially from Punjab, also stressed the need to continue with the alliance and negotiate with PDM leaders again in order to send the PTI government packing. “All should wait till today. We can give surprise too,” the leader added.

On the other hand, PML N leaders, however, expressed a harsh reaction over tearing the show-cause notice and attributed it to PPP’s decision of leaving PDM.

“The way Bilawal Bhutto has behaved with show-cause notice shows that the party has principally decided to leave the alliance,” PML-N leader Ahsan Iqbal told the media.

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