BB denounces state-sponsored defections
ISLAMABAD: Benazir Bhutto, former prime minister and the Chairperson of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), has said that the defection of MNA Zafar Warraich symbolised the brutal face of dictatorship in Pakistan.
In a statement issued by the PPP media cell here on Tuesday, Ms Bhutto said that political parties were facing improper opposition from the state machinery. She said that the politics of the establishment had focused on making and breaking political parties which was damaging national solidarity and integrity. She said that defections had given birth to corruption, nepotism, loot and plunder. “The state apparatus is making and breaking political parties from the time when MPAs were taken to Changa Manga in 1988,” she added.
Ms Bhutto said that while the PPP was unable to prevent the establishment from forcing defections of those that lacked courage, the party viewed the defections as a welcome purge of cowardly individuals who had failed to stand with the party whose ticket they sought and to whom they are morally obligated to stand with.
She said that in a democracy, power should be vested with parliament, but in Pakistan, a serving general has taken power despite losing a vote of confidence. —Staff Report