PPP withdraws from all PDM positions, seeks apology

KARACHI: Pakistan People’s Party’s (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has announced on Monday to withdraw from all positions of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM).

He announced that the party’s Central Executive Committee (CEC) has called upon its members to resign from the posts.

Bilawal along with the party’s leaders held a news conference to speak about the matters. He said that the CEC has finally decided that the resignations from the national and provincial assemblies will prove to be “an atom bomb”.

The PPP’s stand that the opposition did not “abandon the Parliament and the Senate battleground” had been vindicated, according to Bilawal.

The Chairman also said that if the PPP had listened to other Opposition parties and boycotted the Senate elections and by-elections, it would have damaged democracy.

“We did not provide the PTI government with an open field to shape a two-thirds majority in the Senate,” he said, adding that the government failed on its “own pitch” when the PDM candidate won the Nowshera by-election.

“We can not undermine the progress made by the PPP after several sacrifices,” he said. “We defended the Parliament while the PML-N was in charge, and we will protect the Parliament today.”

“The PPP seeks an unconditional apology to the ANP and the PPP for this obnoxious conduct,” he stated.

Bilawal stated that the PPP is committed to the ANP and will not desert them under any circumstances. “In political partnerships, there is no definition of show-cause notices,” he added.

Those who wished to withdraw from Parliament, he added, should do so.

“However,” he said, “no one can attempt to enforce their will or dictation on any other political group.” “And the Pakistan Peoples Party will continue its strong, persistent opposition to the selected administration, which has been underway since day one and has not been interrupted for a single day,” the PPP chairperson emphasized.

“The Pakistan Peoples Party strongly opposes the so-called show-cause notice,” he said. “Politics is handled with equality and respect,” he went on to say.

He spoke about the PPP’s involvement in the Movement for the Restoration of Democracy and the Alliance for the Restoration of Democracy.

“We oppose Opposition politics against Opposition representatives,” he said.

The PPP chairperson said that his party’s doors were open to all other parties and that they should have a “working relationship.”

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