‘We May Not Agree On Everything, But PPP Supports PTM’s Stance On Democracy, Human Rights’: Bilawal
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Wednesday said that his party might not agree with everything the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) has to say, but it fully supports PTM’s stance on democracy and human rights.
“We may not have the same stance on everything but the PPP’s position on democracy, constitution, and human rights [issues] is before you,” Bilawal said during a meeting between representatives of the PPP and PTM at Parliament House in Islamabad.
Bilawal said that it would be more fruitful if young politicians keep regular contact with one another. PPP co-chief Asif Ali Zardari said that keeping someone away from aggression and bringing them into the mainstream was a democracy.
PPP leaders Bilawal, Asif Ali Zardari, Raja Pervez Ashraf, and Farhatullah Babar met a PTM delegation that included MNAs Mohsin Dawar and Ali Wazir, activist Gulalai Ismail among others.
The meeting comes two days after DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor raised questions over PTM’s ‘foreign funding’.
DG ISPR said that the movement did not aim to solve issues of people of the tribal areas but to use them to its own advantage.
“The security agencies have a few questions that they want PTM to answer. First of all, where does PTM get its funds from? How much money did you (PTM) get from Afghanistan’s intelligence agency NDS? And where did you get funds from for Islamabad Dharna?”
He said that the PTM was accusing the police and army of ‘murdering’ Arman Loni, but reports revealed that he died due to a cardiac arrest. “The PTM leader came in large numbers to attend Arman Loni’s funeral. They could have also attended funeral prayers of 10 security officials who were martyred earlier. They were silent then.”