KARACHI – Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said his party would’ve been victorious in Thursday’s NA-249 by-election on Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf’s (PTI) seat, had PPP nominated the French ambassador as its candidate.
Talking to The Dependent after the final results declaring PPP’s Qadir Khan Mandokhail victorious in by-poll for the seat vacated by PTI’s Faisal Vawda, Bilawal said his party wasn’t even considering the original vanquisher of the seat in 2018 a competitor.
“We were more concerned about the TLP [Tehrik-e-Labbaik Pakistan] candidate Mufti Nazeer Ahmed Kamalvi than [PTI’s] Amjad Iqbal Afridi. Even the French ambassador would’ve received more votes in NA-249 than PTI’s candidate,” said Bilawal.
The PPP chairperson said his party is confident that it will fare much better in Karachi in 2023 and consolidate its control over Sindh. “Yes, after our recent struggles, I am absolutely confident of an overwhelming triumph in selection, I mean election, in Sindh,” he added.
However, Bilawal confessed he is not getting carried away and is looking to continue the aforementioned recent struggles to ensure triumph for PPP in future polls.
“Truth be told, if there’s democratic transparency the French ambassador could even beat PPP candidates in many of our seats,” he said.