PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has likened threats to the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to attack on the Supreme Court.

“Intimidating the JIT is like assaulting the Supreme Court, and I wonder why they (the intimidators) have not been issued contempt of court notices yet,” the PPP leader said while talking to reporters here on Sunday. “We would receive contempt of court notices every five minutes when the PPP was in power.”

He said Shahbaz Sharif would directly speak against the apex court, but the judiciary did not take notice and “I’m at a loss to understand why this discrimination is in vogue” (a reference to the chief minister’s speech the previous week in which he had stated that the Sharifs were being singled out for accountability at gunpoint).

Bilawal promised to surprise the ruling PML-N in the Senate elections to be held in March 2018. “The Nawaz League will get a surprise in the Senate polls too as the ruling party does not have the numbers to get as much success as it is expecting.”

He claimed that even PML-N parliamentarians would not side with their party during those polls.

Replying to a query, he said that he did not know whether the Sharifs would help their Qatri friends or Saudis.

Meanwhile, former Punjab president of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and former MNA, Mian Sajid Pervaiz, joined the PPP.

Pervaiz made the announcement after meeting Bilawal. Former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani was also preset in the meeting.