Zardari says PPP ready for elections
NAUDERO / GARHI KHUDA BUKHSH: Asif Ali Zardari, president of the Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians, has said that his party is ready for elections and people will elect a PPP prime minister next time.
Addressing a public meeting held in Garhi Khuda Bukhsh Bhutto on Tuesday to observe the 38th death anniversary of former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, he said despite having no majority in the Senate “we had won the chairmanship of the Senate”.
He said the PPP had survived against all ups and downs and excesses. Z.A. Bhutto talked of Pakistan and fought for the rights of people. Despite knowing the threats to her life, Benazir Bhutto had returned to Pakistan and was determined to continue her journey for democracy.
He said with his stay in Punjab only for 15 days, the condition of “paper lions” had worsened and the situation would deteriorate for them when he toured divisions and districts of the province amid slogans of Jeay Bhutto.
Mr Zardari said the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor was the PPP’s achievement. He said Z.A. Bhutto had given the nation the nuclear programme but the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leadership was taking credit for it. The current rulers, he said, were only capable of giving the yellow cab scheme.
Bilawal warns rulers against weakening the federation
Due to inefficiency of the present rulers, the nation was facing paucity of water and prolonged power outages. He said the PPP was waiting for the Supreme Court verdict in the Panama Papers case.
Addressing the gathering, chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari warned rulers against playing the dangerous game of weakening the federation and said the PPP being the party of the federation would not permit it.
He said by dishing out Rs33 billion schemes of natural gas to Punjab the PML-N was generating a sense of deprivation in smaller provinces.
Mr Bhutto-Zardari declared the next year as the year of elections and said his party was ready for it.
The party, he said, was working on its manifesto and it would be in consonance with the vision of Z.A Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto. It would focus on tapping new employment avenues, opportunities for education, and health provisions for all coupled with a comprehensive programme for peasants and workers, he said.
The PPP chairman said his party believed in pro-people politics which always served the masses. He said he want to see a progressive Pakistan and asked youths to support him because “the country needs you”.
Amidst slogans of ‘go Nawaz go’, Mr Bhutto-Zardari said time had come to get rid of inefficient, coward and corrupt rulers and urged women to side with him as progress without their participation was incomplete and referred to her mother’s plan of empowering women in all segments of society.
Calling April 4 the darkest day in history when a democracy-loving third-world leader who gave a unanimous constitution was hanged, he posed a question why Mr Bhutto was hanged and what his crime was.
He said Mr Bhutto was hanged because he really loved people, made the country a nuclear state and gave an independent foreign policy.
He said Mr Bhutto sacrificed his life for democracy, peace, strong defence. “Bhutto is the name of a philosophy and struggle, but 40 years ago a dictator came and sowed the seeds of extremism and we are still facing that menace,” he added.
Talking about terrorism, he said the nation was still standing at a juncture where it was some two years ago. He alleged that the rulers did not listen to his demands of implementing the National Action Plan, judicial reforms and taking stiff action against terrorists in Punjab.
He said the rulers were least bothered about national security. The PML-N was spending a huge amount of money on advertisements but they could not befool people because they could not deceive 200 million people of Pakistan.
“If the kind of development you are trying to portray in advertisements then why foreign loans continue to swell, exports had nosedived while imports were on the increase, the gas and electricity loadshedding kept on increasing, why profit-earning industries were being privatised?”
Talking about the Prime Minister’s visits to Sindh, Mr Bhutto-Zardari said “people know you well and the hollow promises you made in Hyderabad and Thatta”. He reminded Mr Sharif of his commitment of giving a grant of Rs2 billion in Mithi two years ago.