PPP never needed MQM to form government in Sindh: Bilawal
24 October, 2014
LARKANA: Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Patron-in-Chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said on Thursday that his party did not require MQM's support to stay in power in Sindh.
His remarks came four days after MQM announced to part ways with the PPP-led Sindh government over his public criticism of MQM chief Altaf Hussain.
"The PPP doesn't need alliance with anybody to form government in Sindh, but we took MQM onboard only for the sake of democracy and legislation, as we believe in politics of reconciliation," he said while addressing a gathering in connection with the third death anniversary of his grandmother Nusrat Bhutto.
Bilawal said the alliance with the MQM was for the sake of democracy, adding that the PPP would not need their support in the 2018 general election. He said that people were the source of PPP's power, and the party could use them, but it was not hungry to come into power.
Bilawal, however, said that he was ready to talk to every political party for strengthening democracy. "The PPP will never support [those trying] to derail democracy in the country," he said.
The PPP chairman further said that if his party wanted, even the 'lion' would go running scared. He said that the PPP had sacrificed its two sons and a daughter for democracy.
Meanwhile, Bilawal expressed deep sorrow and grief over the barbaric and inhuman attack on members of the Hazara community.
Holding the government responsible, he said, "How long will the government continue to stand by and watch the cold-blooded persecution of our Hazara brothers and sisters?"
He said that the Hazaras in Pakistan were being systematically targeted and eliminated. "This bloodbath should stop. It is the government's responsibility to provide full protection to the Hazara community rather than giving space and sanctuary to extremist organisations."
He said that the PPP "stands by its Hazara brothers and sisters in this time of grief and resolves to continue its struggle against extremism and terrorism". He also condemned the attack on Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam chief Fazlur Rehman in Quetta.