Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari said on Thursday that the country was moving away from democracy and sliding towards authoritarianism and dictatorship under Pakistan’s Tehreek-e- Insaf (PTI) headed by Imran Khan. government. Addressing a gathering of lawyers organized by the Lahore High Court Bar Association (LHCBA), Bilawal said it was widely perceived that Pakistan was in transition to democracy – a step forward, two steps back and two steps forward, one step back. , he said, it was now clear that under the government of Imran Khan, the country was not in transition towards democracy but was moving away from it, towards dictatorship, the Dawn newspaper reported.
Stressing that Pakistan needs a fair, non-discriminatory, transparent and efficient accountability system, Bilawal said the courts have a responsibility to uphold the values of fundamental rights, fair trial and due process. “Unfortunately, very often the justice system has failed to do this,” he added. Bilawal said the fate of Pakistan’s justice system and democracy is in the hands of the legal community. Telling the lawyers that the PPP had decided to challenge the regime, he urged them, once again, to stand with the party as they had stood shoulder to shoulder with Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and his daughter Benazir Bhutto , the Pakistani newspaper reported. march against the ruling government, the PPP leader said his party decided to march on Islamabad to save democracy and the Constitution, to save the economy and the country. Bilawal said the PPP would wage a campaign against the “selected” government of Imran Khan along with the Pakistani people who have lost faith in the prime minister, the Dawn newspaper reported. “We are going to present a motion of no confidence and democratically challenge this government,” he added.