Pakistan Peoples Party has faced criticism for its rather soft stance when it comes to the ruling Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz. It was Pakistan Peoples Party that stood with the ruling party when the Qadri-Imran sit-in in Islamabad was at its strongest in late August/early September of 2014. Imran Khan has often criticized Pakistan Peoples Party for acting as ‘friendly opposition’, this allegation that has been denied by the Peoples Party; whose leadership claims that they stand with democracy and not with any individual. However, there seems to be a change in stance for the Pakistan Peoples Party, possibly because the party leadership believes that with 2018 elections getting closer the party needs to be more aggressive against the ruling party. This change in stance was visible from the speech of party’s chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, when he addressed the ‘Salam Shuhda Rally’. The party chairman also presented a set of demands and warned that he will announce a long march against the government on December 27 in Garhi Khuda Bakhsh if the demands are not met. Bilawal fired another warning shot at the ruling government by asking Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to accept his party’s bill on the issue of Panama Leaks or else prepare to face slogans of ‘Go Nawaz Go’. Another signal of party’s changing stance came from Opposition Leader Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah who said that the Prime Minister is playing with fire and warned he is harming democracy in the country. The aggressive stance adopted by the Pakistan Peoples Party could make things really difficult for the ruling party.
Pakistan Peoples Party’s aggressive stance will make things difficult for the ruling party.