PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari reacted to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s ‘insult’ to him by speaking the same language as him.
He used the gendered term of ‘samajhna’ [your understanding of something] to refer to the premier. “Khan sahib samajhti hai..” he said while speaking to media on Thursday. ‘Samajhti’ is used for women while ‘samajhta’ for men.
He was responding to PM Khan calling him ‘sahiba’[ma’am] during a rally in Wana on Wednesday. “I, unlike Bilawal Bhutto sahiba, didn’t come to power become of nepotism. I wasn’t handed over a party because of my mother. I worked my way to the top,” he said.
The PPP scion remarked if PM Khan thought he is insulting someone, then it was only himself. “We all know how he came to power. He should respect his seat.”
He said that if any person refers to a man as a woman, then nothing will happen to the man. “But what message does it give to the women of the country? Our PM thinks that being a woman in an insult,” he added.
Women have worked alongside men for Pakistan’s independence. “Pakistani women are very brave. We are very proud of our women.”
‘IMF bailout package is illegal’
Bilawal remarked that PM Khan’s deal with the International Monetary Fund will be illegal as he did not take the Senate on board with his plan.
“The representatives of the people have no approved the deal.” He said that since the issue was not discussed in the National Assembly, it will not be acceptable.
Imran Khan had earlier claimed that he would commit suicide before signing a deal with the IMF, he said.
The PPP leader said that the government should work to provide relief to the people rather than taking more loans. “The government does not talk about the suffering of the people,” he said.
Bilawal said that there will be a reaction if the next budget does not provide relief to the people.”What is the point of taking loans when all the government does is increase the prices of gas and electricity?”
The PPP provided over 6.8 million jobs to people in Pakistan in its tenure, he said. He compared the figure with that of the PML-N’s government which created over 2.8 million jobs for people in their five-year tenure.
He added that there was a 150% rise in income during the PPP’s government, along with increased pensions and the introduction of the Benazir Income Support fund. Bilawal said his government was able to achieve all that, despite world recession, terrorist attacks, and two floods.
He said the current government cannot work. “Unemployment and inflation are making people’s lives uncomfortable,” he said. It is the government’s job to bring relief to its people.