Opposition Parties Discuss Political and Economic Situation At Bilawal’s Iftar Dinner
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari hosted an Iftar dinner in honor of leading opposition political parties in Islamabad on Sunday.
Leaders of ten political parties appeared at the Iftar dinner.
Opposition parties unite against a common enemy
It was a grand show as leaders of all the opposition parties were seen united to discuss the strategy to run a political campaign against the government of Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
The participants of the dinner offered fatiha for the deceased son of PPP leader Qamar Zaman Kaira who died in a road accident at his hometown LalaMusa Punjab on Friday.
Maryam Nawaz And Maulana Fazlur Rehman were prominent guests
Maryam Nawaz was leading the delegation of PML-N leaders including former premier Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Punjab Assembly opposition Leader Hamza Shahbaz, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and Pervaiz Rashid.
PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) leader Liaquat Baloch, Qaumi Watan Party Chairman Aftab Sherpao, JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) leadership among other prominent politicians attended the dinner.
Different leaders of PPP including Yousaf Raza Gilani, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and Nayyar Hussain Bukhari, along with Farhatullah Babar, Qamar Zaman Kaira and Rehman Malik attended the iftar-dinner. Also present on the occasion – Chaudhry Manzoor, Naveed Qamar, and Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar, along with Humayun Khan and Pulwasha Khan.
Opposition parties express reservations
The opposition expressed reservation over the National Accountability Bureau (NAB)’s raids, inflation, and devaluation of Pakistani rupee.
The opposition rejected an increase in petrol and gas prices. They said the government’s flawed policies had put the country into a crisis situation.
All opposition parties have expressed their willingness to hold separate protests across the country after Ramzan.
Bilawal’s iftar-dinner stirred debate on social media
With leaders of major opposition parties coming together for an Iftar-dinner, Twitterati went into a frenzy with certain quarters heralding the event while others castigating it.
Some were clearly not pleased.
While @ImranKhanPTI was at fund raiser to raise money for his cancer hospital todat. The duopoly of ppp and pmln were together at luxurious grand iftaar today. Keeping in mind 400+ HIV cases in Sindh, wheat stolen and kids starving to death in Thar.
— – (@OnlyMessiHasMor) May 19, 2019
While the corrupt forces of status quo unite to save their sinking ships, PM Imran Khan stands tall with the future of Pakistan, those whose future and lives he has committed to serve.#ابو_بچاؤ_افطار_پارٹی pic.twitter.com/6UayRnGeCv
— PTI (@PTIofficial) May 19, 2019
Sitting Prime Minister has Iftar dinner to raise funds for a cancer hospital that treats poor for free, while thieves who looted the country for decades arrange a lavish Iftar dinner together while there handful supporters have a combined orgasm on twitter. Lagay raho! Don’t @ me
— Khushal (@Khushal) May 19, 2019
Others didn’t see anything wrong with such an event.
Why such a storm in a teacup over our iftar? Dinner has barely been served and Govt reps are losing sleep? #IftarDiaries
— SenatorSherryRehman (@sherryrehman) May 19, 2019
— Nafisa Shah (@ShahNafisa) May 19, 2019
While the opposition seems to be unifying under the guise of commonality of purpose, the government is seen accusing the opposition of coming together in order to protect their corruption.
In this entire squabble, social media seems to be siding with the government, for now.