LAHORE: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Tuesday said the government should learn to take the criticism with an open heart.
Addressing media in Lahore, Bilawal said role of international and local non-governmental organisations had been limited due to the government’s incompetency. “Those NGOs were busy in welfare works,” he said. He said the government wanted to control NGOs and the civil society.
He said Pakistan’s parliament, democracy and civil society had been weakened due to the government’s greed for power.
“The state should tolerate different and opposite voices, they should not be curbed. We should raise voice for those whose pension has not been increased and whose pay raise has not been given,” he said.
The PPP chief said criticism did not make one unpatriotic, “We all are patriotic Pakistanis.” He said the PPP had always welcomed positive criticism. Positive criticism was not rebellion, he maintained.
He said soon Prime Minister Imran Khan would realize that his attempts would not gain him power.
Bilawal Zardari said former president Pervez Musharraf had kept the state hostage before the US and world powers. Pakistan was being run on US aid, he said adding that queues used to be made for getting wheat flour.
He said at the moment, a Pakistani’s biggest problem was inflation.
The PPP chairman said attempts of bringing former prime minister Nawaz Sharif back was hypocrisy of the government.