Bilawal Expresses Support For PM Imran’s Offer Of Mediation In Saudi-Iran Conflict
Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari has expressed his support for the prime minister’s offer to act as mediator between Iran and Saudi Arabia to help reduce tensions between the two Middle Eastern states.
The PPP chairman, in his comments to media after the inauguration of an HIV treatment centre in Ratodero, spoke of the disastrous effects of war for Pakistan, adding that the country was facing tensions on both its eastern and western borders. Bilawal added that they would support the no-war policy of the government.
Bilawal said that the move was a welcome step but it was confusing as to who started this initiative, adding that initially it was attributed to the United States, following which it was linked to Saudi Arabia, but later Prime Minister Imran Khan said that it was purely his doing.
Regarding a question about Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam’s refusal to support the PPP candidate in Larkana by-polls, he said that JUI-F still had the support of PPP in its Azadi March but only Maulana Fazl himself could explain his party’s decision to support a PTI-backed candidate against a PPP candidate.
He added, “We want free and fair election and we stand by maulana’s Azadi March and demand prime minister’s resignation.”
Regarding the opening of the HIV centre, he said that another treatment centre was already operating in Larkana and would be converted into a model for others to follow.
He further apprised media that they were working with WHO, UNICEF and other agencies to provide transport facilities to poor patients, adding that health institutions in the country should fight the challenge together.