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Imran Khan can’t win election if institutions remain neutral: Bilawal Bhutto

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  • Bilawal says Imran wants institutions to not play their constitutional roles.
  • Says some elements or ‘puppets’ like Imran Khan present in Sindh.
  • Bilawal claims in next phase of local body election, PPP will again make a clean sweep.
ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister and PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Wednesday said former prime minister Imran Khan knew that he could not win the election if institutions remained neutral and this is why he is running a campaign so the institutions can act controversially as his ‘Tiger Force,’ Geo News reported.

While speaking on the floor of the National Assembly, foreign minister Bilawal Bhutto said this is the reason Imran Khan has been complaining on why the institutions are apolitical and neutral.

“Imran Khan wants institutions to not play their constitutional roles,” he added.

He also responded to the allegations of rigging in the recent local government elections in Sindh in which PPP emerged victorious and led by a clean majority.


Bilawal said there were some elements, parties or ‘puppets’ like Imran Khan present in Sindh, who always supported dictatorship.

“In local government elections, these elements were expecting that the institutions will not be apolitical and they will be controversial but it did not happen,” he added.

Bilawal Bhutto went on to say that such elements were worried during LG polls because institutions like the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and others, who take interest in elections, are now neutral and remained apolitical.

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“Whenever there is a level playing field, PPP always performs well in the elections,” he said, adding that, “all opposition parties are well aware of the fact that in the next phase of the local body election, PPP will again make a clean sweep and opponents will find no place to escape and their bails will be confiscated.”

Bilawal Bhutto further said that PPP had been struggling to strengthen democratic norms in the country for the last three generations.
 

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Baby Bilawal lost Lyaari seat in 2018 which PPP was winning from 1970
True, but PTI performed even worst than PPP to uplift Lyari.
Lost swat seat which BB had always won
PPP was never strong in Swat, I think you meant DIR and Malakand.
In the end he was made to win form larkana
It was a tough contest, but PPP still holds the sway and sentiments there. The Somoro Brothers need to work harder.
 

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In sha Allah as time passes these relics will be a thing of the past.
More education and realization in Pakistan is the only way to defend from corrupt establishment and there goons
 

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In sha Allah as time passes these relics will be a thing of the past.
I do sincerely hope so, the dilemma with Sindh is that even if they don't perform they bring out the Shaheed slogans(thanks to the establishment) and cling on to power.
More education and realization in Pakistan is the only way to defend from corrupt establishment and there goons
The tentacles of PPP in Sindh are much deeper than many assume. Any opponent candidate that gets public support is either bought in to support PPP or coerced into withdrawing.
 

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He may not have won without their help in 2018, but the latest polls show his party in the lead. Yet to be seen whether this is a verified trend, but if accurate, his party could be the largest if an election is held tomorrow.

I know these politicians have no choice but to promote their narrative, but the facts are always different.
 

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Meanwhile ECP is conducting gerrymandering in favour of PDM and disqualifying thousands of voters for no reason in several key seats. Funny how he isn't demanding neutrality on that issue.

Also funny that Bajwa bought these goons in but because they spent years badmouthing the Army, they still have to keep it up even though they are in power now. Excellent 4D chess turning PA into something being criticised across the entire political spectrum now.
 

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He may not have won without their help in 2018
Yep totally agree with you, PMLN was leading on all polls a month before the 2018 elections especially in Punjab. Then came the verdict against their leader's arrest, media went against them, electables coerced into PTI and on the final day, marginal seats were moved around.
but the latest polls show his party in the lead.
These polls are volatile, if IK is jailed the lead will evaporate.
Yet to be seen whether this is a verified trend, but if accurate, his party could be the largest if an election is held tomorrow.
Only in KPK, they are way ahead of their opponents.
I know these politicians have no choice but to promote their narrative, but the facts are always different.
No doubt about that but some are always treading on misleading grounds.
 

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LOL!! All the online media polls are showing like 92-95% people in support of Imran Khan and rest 4-6% divided among the rest of the parties.

So out of 100, it is like 90 votes for Imran Khan and 10 votes for the remaining 13-16 parties.

The Gallup polls are mostly flawed, controlled by the PMLN.
 

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Yep totally agree with you, PMLN was leading on all polls a month before the 2018 elections especially in Punjab. Then came the verdict against their leader's arrest, media went against them, electables coerced into PTI and on the final day, marginal seats were moved around.

These polls are volatile, if IK is jailed the lead will evaporate.

Only in KPK, they are way ahead of their opponents.

No doubt about that but some are always treading on misleading grounds.
Polls are volatile, I agree. But here's the latest, and it's not a KPK poll, it's a national poll:
The latest IPOR poll gives PTI a lead:


How statistically significant is this? Remains to be seen, but it's not a hard stretch to believe that they are indeed in the lead at the moment.

"it's just a poll", "polls are volatile" etc. etc. is cognitive dissonance. Polls aren't infallible but they can tell you about underlying trends. One of the observed trends is that the vast majority of Pakistanis see inflation as the number one economic issue, and they view the current government's legitimacy questionably, the majority support immediate elections.

You ignore these trends and insights at your own peril. PML, PPP, PTI leaders all cook up bs and serve it to their constituents. PML types are in denial and PTI types have tin-foil hats on. Polls aside, my own conjecture is that the longer this government stays in power the less popular it will get within the 1-1.5 year horizon. And it may not last long either, it could be sent packing within a few weeks at most, all it takes is a few allies to switch sides and the parliament can flip.

Lastly, I don't understand why you think jailing IK is a good idea, didn't PML hypocrites complain about this sort of political victimisation when they were getting arrested...? On what legal grounds is he going to be arrested? And please don't cite the corruption allegations. When you tell me that someone is going to be arrested in advance of any trial or conviction, that stinks of the same mentality that saw opposition politicians jailed for no reason in the last government's tenure - it's premediated victimisation and not the due course of the law. Same rubbish, new faces.​
 

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How statistically significant is this? Remains to be seen, but it's not a hard stretch to believe that they are indeed in the lead at the moment.

At the moment, that may be indeed true. It all depends on when the elections are held and the all-important economic conditions right before those elections, that will likely determine the outcomes.
 

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At the moment, that may be indeed true. It all depends on when the elections are held and the all-important economic conditions right before those elections, that will likely determine the outcomes.
Aye, but my whole point here is that BB's assertion is a crock of crap. Election rigging can only be done at a national level by spooks, and if the neutrals stay neutral, the only indication we have thus far is that IK is doing better than they are, and that people do not view this setup as legitimate.

The likely scenario for an early election is almost necessarily if the government becomes deeply unpopular and allies start to waiver as a result. I don't think IK can force anything, his march failed as expected, but there's still reason for him to remain confident. As political commentators liked to say in the recent past, wrt to the wafer thin majority that IK had in place, "bas aik chignari ki dair hai", this applies doubly to the mutant coalition.
 

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The latest IPOR poll gives PTI a lead:
PTI lead is spread all over four provinces. They have a better presence in KPK, Karachi and some pockets of Baluchistan as compared to PMLN. The battleground is Punjab where PMLN has gained its lost grounds in the martial belt of Potohar and the feudal belt of South Punjab.
They seem comfortable in forming the next govt with allies from PDM and PPP in the next elections.
PTI support range varied from 17% to 34 % and currently stands at 29% as per IPOR, not good enough to form the next Govt.
PTI is currently fighting for its life, with threats to its existence lurking around all corners. The month of JULY will be a very interesting one for the political history of Pakistan.
 

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