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Pakistan

Bilawal calls for end to violent protests, says banning any political party should be last resort

  • However, foreign minister adds that it may become necessary to ban PTI if it engages in armed rebellion against state
Published May 11, 2023

Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari called on Thursday for an end to the violent protests taking place across the country, saying that he was not in favour of banning any political party and will be the last person to agree to such a decision.

Speaking to the media, he said declaring Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) a proscribed outfit was the last resort, adding that it was important for it to maintain its status as a political party and not transform into a group that supports terrorism.

“If the PTI decides to engage in an armed rebellion against the state, then it may become necessary for the government to ban the party,” he said.

PTI leaders arrested for ‘inciting violent protests’, says Islamabad police

However, the FM expressed hope that the government would not head in that direction.

His statement comes following violent protests across the country after Imran Khan’s arrest. The former PM was arrested on Tuesday by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in the Al-Qadir Trust case.

Meanwhile, the PPP chief said his party was always against NAB, and believed it should be shut down.

But, he added, the PTI kept defending the NAB for as long as PPP opposed it. He said that Imran’s arrest was carried out in accordance with the law and the Constitution.

He said that he believed the PTI had crossed all boundaries, and it was the responsibility of the state and courts to enforce Pakistan’s laws and the Constitution.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said that the violent protests being led by PTI amounted to “unforgivable crimes” and are “acts of terrorism.”

He warned that strict action would be taken against “state’s enemies” who are ransacking public properties and state installations.

The prime minister said “terrorists and elements who are enemies of the state” should immediately stop their “anti-state activities”, warning that the “miscreants” would otherwise be dealt with a heavy hand.

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Parvez May 11, 2023 01:29pm
Although what Bilawal said makes good sense ... sadly at the end of the day it matters little because it's what his father says that counts.
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TimeToMovveOn May 11, 2023 05:12pm
B is playing both sides of the aisle. If PDM prevails with the Army's support, he will go with PDM. If PDM is booted, he will still have some chance with PTI. This guy is a snake.
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BK May 11, 2023 05:55pm
@TimeToMovveOn, yup! Nobody thinking of Pakistan, about our children begging on the streets, our unemployed youth, our senior citizens and our daughters! Everyone trying to take advantage of the situation. I do agree with peaceful protest and people should come out! If not for IK then for those little hands we find begging at every street light. We owe it to our children, and we owe it to our motherland! We Pakistanis need to take care of each other, no one else ever has and ever will.
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TimeToMovveOn May 11, 2023 06:57pm
@BK, as much as an Indian, I am getting a kick out of the crisis in Pakistan, you are also making me see the humanity angle. Pakistan has not been blessed with good leaders. Maybe what is happening now is a revolution that, over time may bring prosperity to Pakistan.
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AmirSh. May 11, 2023 08:01pm
Why is he even commenting on this-BBZ is FM and not an Internal Minister. For sake of 220 M Pakistanis and Pakistan this madness must end at this point.
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Parvez May 11, 2023 10:11pm
@TimeToMovveOn, Good comment....but he is politically not mature to be called a snake, as he really does not call the shots.
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