PESHAWAR: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on Tuesday promised to 100 percent increase the salaries of all government employees if his party is elected to power in the upcoming general elections.
Speaking at a public rally in Upper Dir, Bilawal Bhutto backed his promise by highlighting the PPP’s track record of raising government employee salaries when in power.
Referring to past instances, Bilawal mentioned the PPP-led federal government’s ad hoc increase of 50% in public servants’ basic pay in June 2010. The party claims to have played a role in achieving up to a 35% increase in public servants’ salaries during the previous PDM-led government.
Critiquing the current caretaker government, Bilawal criticized the surge in inflation, labeling it as historic, and expressed concern over rising unemployment and poverty. He accused the incumbent rulers of neglecting the people’s hardships.
Bilawal Bhutto Criticizes Divisive Politics
Criticizing the divisive nature of politics, Bilawal urged politicians to rise above “politics of hatred and division” to guide the country through the crisis. He took a swipe at “old politicians,” blaming their egos for various problems and emphasizing the need for unity to address national challenges.
In a fresh critique of the PML-N, Bilawal clarified his party’s support for the PDM-led government to tackle the country’s economic issues. He accused the PML-N and PTI of sharing the same goals and highlighted the PPP’s commitment to addressing the public’s needs.
Bilawal recalled his party’s achievements, including the introduction of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution by his father, Asif Ali Zardari. He pledged to implement the 18th Amendment and NFC Award fully if the PPP wins the election, asserting that these measures were not entirely implemented. Bilawal called for unity in addressing challenges related to terrorism and inflation.