In an interview with Kamran Shahid on Off the Record, leading Pakistani journalist Mazhar Abbas thinks PTI will win the next elections. He also said it is highly unlikely that PPP or PML-N will come into power.
During the show, Kamran Shahid played Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s recent clip on PPP. He leveled heavy accusations against PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto.
Maulana Fazlur Rehman lashed out at Bilawal Bhutto and accused him of playing into the hands of the Establishment. As a result, he destroyed the PDM’s mission.
“Bilawal bracketed himself with the federal government and the establishment. The option of (en-mass) resignations was a part of the PDM manifesto. Had the PPP leadership agreed to the PDM decision, the federal government would have fallen. Also, elections would have been held by now,” he said while commenting over the failure of the PDM to topple the federal government.
Fazl did not stop and here and went on to accuse the PPP chairman further.
“The offer made to Bilawal was also made to us but Bilawal accepted the offer and we rejected that offer,” he said apparently referring to the backchannel contacts with the establishment.
On this note, anchorperson Kamran Shahid said if that is the case, then there is no point for Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) as the election appears to be rigged.
However, MNA Farrukh Habib, also present, said there is no credibility to Maulana Fazl Rehman’s words since he favors only the ruling party.
Moreover, in response to Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s latest comments on PPP allegedly striking a deal with the Establishment, Mazhar Abbas predicted that PTI will again win the elections of 2023.
پاکستان تحریک انصاف اگلا الیکشن جیتنے جا رہی ہے : مظہر عباس pic.twitter.com/R7rfB8RIOZ
— PTI (@PTIofficial) September 11, 2021
Opposition to see its downfall?
As per Mazhar Abbas, the Opposition is floundering. With the way it is doing politics, PTI will soon see victory. Moreover, he highlighted that PML-N is more confused than PPP. He said PML-N is neither resisting nor reconciling.
“The politics of PML-N is beyond comprehension,” Mazhar Abbas said.
Lately, there is a lot of talk regarding fissures in PML-N leadership. PML-N appears to have split into two factions with Shahbaz Sharif on one end, and Maryam Nawaz on the other. Even though Shahbaz Sharif denied such claims, experts believe that there definitely is confusion and dissent within PML-N.
As for PPP, Mazhar Abbas explained that the party’s popularity is restricted to Sindh only. As a result, PPP is looking for allies outside the province. This is proving to be a tough feat for PPP ever since it quit PDM, the all parties’ coalition against the government.
“As the situation stands now, I don’t see PTI losing the next elections,” Mazhar Abbas asserted.
It is indeed true that the Opposition has not portrayed a united front lately. When PDM formed, the Opposition’s position against the government appeared strong. However, with PPP quitting, and PDM leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman accusing Bilawal Bhutto, it appears as if the Opposition has turned on one another!