KARACHI - Chairman Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari yesterday criticised government for putting the names of two former prime ministers - Yousuf Raza Gilani and Raja Pervez Ashraf - on Exit Control List (ECL).

In a press statement issued by PPP media cell, Bilawal asked the ruling PML-N to desist from taking up the victimisation tools, which he said, never worked on ‘Jiyalas’.

The PPP chairman said that Nawaz Sharif and his team was well aware that police torture, lashes, imprisonments and even gallows could not deter the Jiyalas during dictatorial and their handpicked puppet regimes. “Yet they are trying to compel the rusted weapons of victimisations against the time-tested Jiyala leaders and workers of the PPP,” he said.

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He said it was a matter of shame for the Nawaz government to put the former elected prime ministers on ECL while facilitating a tin-pot dictator to go abroad on fake and fabricated medical certificates.

Bilawal said both these former prime ministers were flanked by him during his speech in Kashmir’s Kotli area when he had reminded the PM of his words about resignation demand.

“Nawaz is unsuccessfully trying to intimidate the PPP leaders,” Bilawal said. He made it clear to the PML-N government that these prime ministers were Jiyalas and they would again stand with him during his another speech in Kashmir next week.

PPP chairman further said that the attempts to blackmail PPP away from its principled stance won't succeed and the party will stand united against all odds.