ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has welcomed the announcement made by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan that his party will field candidates against Asif Ali Zardari and Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari.
“The PPP upholds and welcomes the democratic right of Imran Khan and indeed of anyone to contest elections against its leaders anywhere and at any time in the country and the party looks forward to a healthy democratic electoral contest in a not too distant future,” said PPP spokesperson Senator Farhatullah Babar in a statement here on Sunday.
Addressing a public meeting in Garhi Khuda Bakhsh on the ninth death anniversary of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, Mr Zardari had declared that he and his son would contest the election to enter the present parliament in order to give tough time to the Nawaz Sharif government.
Later, the PTI chairman announced that his party would contest the elections against the two PPP leaders, who are expected to contest by-elections for National Assembly seats of Nawabshah and Larkana.
Mr Babar said: “The PPP hopes and urges Imran Khan to firmly stand by his public pronouncement and not go back on it thereby exposing himself once again to the charge of making U-turns at the drop of the hat.”
Mr Babar said there was an opportunity for Mr Khan to prove that he had jettisoned his past of making frequent U-turns and the PPP was more than happy to provide him this opportunity.
The PPP spokesperson recalled that on the eve of threatened lockdown of the capital recently Mr Khan refused to leave his Banigala residence for, as he himself later said, fear of being arrested.
Mr Babar further said Mr Khan could be sure that he would be able to freely contest elections in Sindh without fear or threat of being arrested.
This should serve as an added incentive to Mr Khan not to make a U-turn and contest elections either in person or through his candidates against the PPP leaders, he said.
courtesy : Dawn News