On Tuesday, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari asserted that his party is poised to fulfill its manifesto commitments within six months of assuming government, having already secured finances for the pledged development projects.
Speaking at a public gathering as part of the party’s election campaign, Bilawal emphasized his belief in democracy as the solution to the country’s issues, contrasting it with divisive and vengeful politics, which, he argued, lead to regression.
Highlighting the PPP’s history, Bilawal recalled the tenures of Benazir Bhutto and Asif Ali Zardari, noting their commitment to democratic values rather than retaliatory actions against political opponents.
In a jab at political rivals, Bilawal called upon those using bad weather as an excuse to abstain from campaigning to acknowledge the clear skies and join the electoral process.
Despite threats to the safety of PPP leaders, including himself, Bilawal affirmed their dedication to democracy and public welfare, continuing to hold rallies.
Brandishing the party’s symbol, Bilawal vowed victory for the PPP candidate over Maulana Fazlur Rehman in Dera Ismail Khan, symbolizing the region’s alignment with the PPP’s ideology.
Promising to bolster funding for the Benazir Income Support Programme and other welfare initiatives upon assuming the prime ministership, Bilawal outlined plans to redirect funds from federal departments to development projects as per the 18th Constitutional Amendment.
Critiquing subsidies benefiting the elite under rival governments, Bilawal pledged to construct three million homes for the underprivileged, contrasting his commitment with past unfulfilled promises by other leaders.
Asserting his readiness to assume leadership without blaming an empty treasury, Bilawal pledged to end the politics of vengeance and animosity.
Encouraging voter turnout in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Bilawal urged voters to reject self-serving politicians and emphasized the importance of responsible voting.
Committing to establish a women’s university in Dera Ismail Khan and provide universal healthcare, Bilawal emphasized the contrast between his party’s inclusive agenda and selective healthcare schemes.
Focusing on the electoral battle against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Bilawal cited past governance failures as grounds for PPP’s resurgence.
PPP’s central information secretary, Faisal Karim Kundi, hailed the public turnout in Dera Ismail Khan as a testament to the party’s strength, while criticizing Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s religious rhetoric as deceptive.
Amidst chants against Fazl, PPP candidates reiterated the party’s commitment to development and praised women’s participation in the campaign. They expressed confidence in winning the upcoming election in Dera Ismail Khan.