In a recent statement, former president Asif Ali Zardari expressed strong confidence in the victory of his son, Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, in the upcoming general elections scheduled for February 8, 2024.
The Election Commission of Pakistan and President Arif Alvi finalized this date, stirring activity and anticipation among major political parties in the country. With this announcement, political rivalries, especially between the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), have intensified.
The PPP has alleged a hidden alliance between PML-N and the current caretaker government. In contrast, the PPP has shown its willingness to establish an electoral alliance with the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to ensure a level playing field for all parties.
Zardari’s statement resonates with confidence as he said, “The sun of February 8 will rise with the message of Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari’s victory.” He assured the public that the PPP would resolve their problems in a matter of days, underscoring the party’s commitment to serving the people.
Karachi’s Role in the Victory
Expressing gratitude to the people of Karachi, Zardari highlighted the victory in the municipal by-elections held in Sindh, with the heart of Sindh, Karachi, raising the slogan of “Jiye Bhutto.”
This victory was particularly significant for the PPP, as it secured control over the city’s affairs. Karachi Mayor Barrister Murtaza Wahab and Deputy Mayor Salman Abdullah Murad’s wins were seen as a “special message” to those opposing the city.
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Wahab secured 3,976 votes in the union committee (UC) chairman seat from Karachi’s Saddar Town area, defeating Jamat-e-Islami (JI) candidate Noor-ul-Islam, who garnered only 1,556 votes, according to unofficial results.
Following this triumph, jubilant PPP workers took to the streets to celebrate the victory. Furthermore, Karachi’s deputy Mayor Salman Murad also clinched the chairman’s seat in Karachi’s Malir district.
Preparations for General Elections
With the election date confirmed, the PPP is gearing up for the general elections, and the political landscape in Pakistan is heating up. The Supreme Court facilitated the decision to announce the election date, with President Dr. Arif Alvi and the Election Commission of Pakistan finalizing the schedule on November 3.
As the nation prepares for the upcoming polls, political parties are strategizing and campaigning vigorously to secure their positions in the forthcoming elections. The upcoming general elections will undoubtedly be a significant turning point in Pakistan’s political landscape, with fierce competition and high stakes.