PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on Sunday said a probe must take place into the “controversy” surrounding the vote of confidence held in the National Assembly a day earlier, which Opposition members boycotted, but have claimed that there “weren’t enough people present” for the 178 votes obtained.
Speaking to the media following a meeting with Leader of the Opposition in the Punjab Assembly Hamza Shahbaz, Bilawal claimed: “Imran Khan was neither voluntarily voted as the prime minister by the Members of the Assembly, nor was he voluntarily voted for in this vote of confidence.”
He termed the move to seek a trust vote “a joke”.
“He ran a race alone and declared himself the winner,” the PPP chairman said, adding: “But even this was rigged.”
“This allegation raised by a member of the opposition present in the Assembly, that the number of votes announced do not match the number of people in attendance, must be investigated,” said Bilawal.
Bilawal, in his briefing, also heaped scorn on the Punjab government, criticising it for incarcerating the leader of the opposition in the provincial assembly.
“Lahore’s progress used to be a shining example for the rest of the country, but now it is an example of a wholly other kind,” the PPP chairman said.
“Do you not wish for us all to be rid of the Wasim Akram Plus government?” he asked.
The PPP chairman said that PML-N has “the greatest strength” in the number of Punjab. He said it was now the opposition party’s turn to decide when and where to vote of no confidence.
“We stand together and will InshaAllah remain united. We will strike together and win as well,” he said, adding: “Had we not learnt from the past, we would not be here together.”
Bilaval said the opposition hopes to use “democratic forces” to compete with the government. He said: “The power of the people and parliament is our weapon.”
Speaking of the upcoming Senate chairman and deputy chairman elections, he said: “We will establish contact with every senator. The Chaudhrys have been our allies during Yousuf Raza Gilani’s premiership.”
“I will go visit them myself and ask for their support,” Bilawal said.