QUETTA - Pakistan People’s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, refuted the accusations levelled by political rivals about toppling the Balochistan government, terming them false and unfounded.

Addressing a public gathering Saturday here, Bilawal asserted the PML-N lawmakers ousted the provincial regime of their party, expressing no-trust in Nawaz Sharif and his team. PPP Balochistan President Ali Madad Jattak, Secretary General Syed Iqbal Shah, Sardar Umar Gorgage and other party leaders also spoke.

Bilawal alleged Nawaz Sharif had given Balochistan a colony status and his team along with nationalists had ruthlessly looted the province during their last four and half years’ tenure.

“The mandate of Pakistan People’s Party was snatched in the 2013 general elections,” claimed the PPP chairman, adding the PML-N legislators’ revolt against their party was behind collapse of its government in Balochistan.

The PPP chairman also lashed out at ‘dismal’ performance of PML-N-led federal and provincial regimes in the Punjab and Balochistan. He also strongly criticised the PTI government in Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa.

Bilawal asserted Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf had failed to act against the perpetrators of APS Peshawar and Model Town as well as those who killed lawyers in Quetta. “We can’t leave the country at terrorists’ mercy,” he said, adding the era of injustice and intolerance would end soon.

Lamenting the pathetic state of Balochistan affairs, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said the province had been made a hub of international conspiracies. He added foreigners’ guns were being used by local youth.

The PPP chairman lambasted former dictator Pervez Musharraf not only for the country’s deplorable condition but also for Balochistan’s law and order which greatly deteriorated after he ignited fire of hatred.

He went on to say that Balochistan was replete with huge natural resources, but, ironically, it had always been remained victim of backwardness and injustices.

Bilawal Bhutto appealed to the Baloch dissidents to join the national mainstream to strengthen democracy in the country and wage democratic struggle for their rights.

“PPP won’t allow injustice anymore to Baloch brothers,” he reiterated, adding they had the right over China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), but Nawaz Sharif was claiming credit for this project. The PPP chairman, targeting former premier Nawaz Sharif, blamed he had failed to strengthen the federation.

Bilawal asserted PPP had always faced the dictator who martyred his mother. The party activists never accepted defeat and stood by Pakistan in every testing time. It was the PPP that made Pakistan an atomic power, gave it the constitution and rendered sacrifices for strengthening democracy, he was reported as saying.

“I have shouldered the coffin of my mother and attended the funerals of workers,” he said, adding the history of the party was replete with sacrifices.

Bilawal Bhutto urged the people to support PPP in the next elections and promised his party, after coming to power, would end injustices committed to them in the past.