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Claiming that his party believes establishment should have no role in politics, the Pakistan Peoples' Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto has said the establishment should explain why it allegedly played a role in brokering an alliance between two Karachi-based parties.

He branded failed merger and subsequent tensions between Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQMP) and Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) a freaky game. He, however, added that the politics of mudslinging continued in Karachi and some elements wanted to block the way of PPP, as they realised that it is the only party that possessed political strength and would win the elections on the basis of performance and public service.

In his video message, Musharraf said that such an alliance could take onboard Pir Pagara and other political forces in the province.

Mr Bhutto-Zardari said the PPP had ideological differences with the ruling PML-N, but it didn't mean that the latter's government should go before time.

He said that former president Gen Pervez Musharraf was an absconder and that he must be brought back handcuffed to face court cases filed against him.

On Wednesday, leaders of MQM-P and PSP had announced to forge an alliance for the 2018 general elections under one party, one name and one symbol. "But we are ready to swallow this bitter pill if government agrees to address our reservations", he said, adding that the government had also "played a game" in housing count by declaring average household size of six in Sindh and seven in Punjab.

Flaying Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan for demanding early elections, Bilawal said the forthcoming polls should be held on time. Predicting his party's victory, Bilawal said the PML-N is going to lose the next general elections, whereas Imran would be a defeated dictator. He also said that democracy needed to remain on track at all costs.

Like all the previous puppets in Karachi, these puppets also failed, he remarked.

He said that the PPP was interested in bringing justice, development and clean governance to the metropolis. "The PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif is trying to mix his personal problems with inherent political issues of the country to shun ongoing accountability and it makes no sense for the PPP to enter into any dialogue with the PML-N", he said.

Later, Bilawal visited the residence of late PPP worker Baba Heera Sai and offered condolences with his son over the demise of his father.