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    Power imbalance threatens democracy: Bilawal

    ISLAMABAD: Recalling the Charter of Democracy (CoD), Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari said on Sunday that an imbalance of power between elected representatives and the unelected-but-powerful organs of the state, was a threat to democracy.

    Addressing party workers at the Zardari House, he said: “This imbalance of power had been mentioned in the CoD, which unfortunately, could not be implemented in letter and spirit. Over the decades, we have seen un-elected elements systematically encroaching upon the state’s powers,” the PPP chief said.

    Party workers and office-bearers from Peshawar, Mardan and Bannu and Karak divisions met Bilawal on the third day of his ‘Meet The Workers’ programme.

    PPP spokesperson Farhatullah Babar, providing details of the meeting, said the PPP chairman was of the view that the party manifesto was clear; power belonged to the people and the people alone. All other institutions of the state were subservient to the will of the people, he said.

    “Wielding real state power without accountability while holding powerless elected people responsible for the nation’s multiple failures is a crisis of our democracy that must be addressed.” He said great challenge to democracy lay in restoring the imbalance of power between the elected representatives of the people on the one hand and the un-elected but powerful organs of the state on the other.

    “What is worse is that while the elected representatives have been held responsible for all the ills and misfortunes on one pretext or the other, the real wielders of state power have not been held accountable even for the worst crimes committed against the state and society,” he said.

    “This is a challenge [for] all democratic forces in the country. However, the PPP, as an anti-status quo party, has a greater responsibility and must take the lead in correcting this imbalance,” he added.

    Bilawal recalled that the PPP had always borne the brunt of the fallout from such forces, saying, “The party can take the lead only when our workers are united and committed. That is why I ask you to forge unity [among your] ranks,” he said.

    He said that the party’s founder, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, was the victim of a judicial murder, while Benazir Bhutto was dubbed a ‘security risk’ and hounded all her life.

    Sindhi prime ministers, he said, were treated differently from non-PPP, non-Sindhi prime ministers, he said and regretted that countless workers had been executed, lashed, jailed and sent into exile for raising their voice for the cause of democracy and rights.

    Bilawal also announced that he would soon go on the road to mobilise workers across the country.

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    Re: Power imbalance threatens democracy: Bilawal

    Sorry, but if the elected members are like Bilawal and his daddy we are better off with a Fauji.

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    Re: Power imbalance threatens democracy: Bilawal

    I hope this turd never gets close to parliament

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