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PPP demands Prime Minister’s resignation

Bilawal Bhutto says decision delayed by the PM is not problem avoided but a crisis invited

 

Islamabad July 10, 2017: The Pakistan People’s Party believes that the JIT report submitted before the Supreme Court today starkly concluding that the Prime Minister has failed to justify assets and the means of income is a stinging indictment after which Nawaz Sharif has totally lost moral and political authority to continue in office and must therefore resign.

 

In a statement today Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that two honorable judges of the initially formed 5-member bench of the SC has already pronounced guilty verdict against the Prime Minister. The remaining three honorable judges did not disagree with the findings of the two honorable judges but only called for further investigations through a JIT, he said.

 

As a result of the JIT’s confirmation of a vast and inexplicable gap between known sources of income and the wealth accumulated by the Sharifs there is no other option for the PM but to resign before he is formally convicted by the Supreme Court.

 

The PPP also rejects the notion that the current situation poses any threat to the democratic system, he said.

 

Demanding the Prime Minister to resign as a result of serious questions of propriety of conduct having been established beyond doubt does not pose any threat to the system. If anything, it indicates that the system has the strength and resilience to demand and withstand change of guard in accordance with democratic traditions and principles, he said.

 

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that the time for taking correct political decisions is short and advised Mian Nawaz Sharif to resign forthwith. “Decision delayed is not a problem avoided; it is a crisis invited”, he said.

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PPP’s Saeed Ghani wins PS-114 seat

KARACHI: In the race for Karachi’s PS-114, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) candidate Saeed Ghani emerged victorious as per the unofficial results from the polling stations. Muttahida Quami Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) candidate Kamran Tessori lost the seat by a margin of around 5,734 votes.

As per the unofficial results, Saeed Ghani secured around 23,840 votes against MQM-P’s candidate, who secured around 18,106 votes. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Ali Akbar Gujjar secured the third place with around 5,353 votes, while Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate Najeeb Haroon won around 5,098 votes, according to unofficial results.

Saeed Ghani was termed the ‘favourite’ in this contest for being a native of the constituency and for belonging to the ruling political party of the province. Keeping in view the next year’s general elections in the country, this by-election was contested by candidates of all major political parties to make this electoral contest a litmus test for Karachi’s electoral leanings and choices.

Another important feature of this by-poll was that all major linguistic and ethnic groups of the country live in areas of this constituency. The provincial administration, law-enforcement agencies and election authorities beefed-up security arrangements to ensure free, fair and peaceful contest. Around 2,000 policemen and Rangers personnel performed security duties at 92 polling stations of the constituency.

Throughout the polling time, the contesting candidates and rival political parties levelled allegations against each other for using unfair means. On various occasions, supporters and activists of rival political parties came face-to-face, in and around areas of the polling stations.

Registered voters in this constituency were approximately 193,802: of which 112,203 were male voters and 81,689 female voters. Some 879 electoral staff supervised and conducted the by-poll.

This was second major electoral victory for PPP in Karachi since winning the PS-127 seat in September last year. This victory has also marked the second salient electoral defeat for Dr Farooq Sattar-led MQM-P since its decision in August last year to part ways with and completely disown the London-based leadership of the party.

The election was hotly-contested by candidates of all major political parties in the country including Pakistan People’s Party, Muttahida Qaumi Movement, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, and Jamaat-e-Islami.

These candidates actively conducted campaign in the constituency throughout Ramazan, during Eidul Fitr, and post-Eid days. During the campaign, the candidates of major political parties sought alliances and withdrawal of like-minded candidates in their favour to increase their chances to win the by-poll.

Meanwhile, Pakistan People’s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has congratulated PPP’s Saeed Ghani for winning PS-114 seat and Javed Hussain for clinching Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly-4 seat in Hunza-Nagar.

“We won mini-Pakistan (PS-114) today and we will, Inshallah, win in the whole of Pakistan in the 2018 general elections,” the PPP chairman stated referring to the constituency in the provincial capital, comprising people from every province of Pakistan, Azad Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and Fata including Muslims, Christians, Hindus and Parsis.

He said that the victories of PPP candidates from Karachi to Gilgit-Baltistan were the real change that the people of Pakistan were yearning for. “By-elections in Karachi and GB are just an indicator of the entire country’s aspirations,” he added.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that it was the power of Bhuttoism with which son of labour leader defeated rich capitalists having support of every corner except the people. He said that PPP is the chain for whole of Pakistan and those who dream breaking this chain would themselves crumble into pieces.

The PPP chairman thanked the party workers and the voters from PS-114 and GB LA-4 Hunza-Nagar.  He said that PPP, Pakistan and ‘the People’ are three names of one truth.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah also congratulated Saeed Ghani for winning the PS-114 seat. The CM also congratulated leadership of the party and people of the PS-114 constituency. He also thanked the people of Karachi for reposing their confidence in the PPP. Murad termed it an important ‘electoral victory’.

Sindh PPP President Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, in his message, said that the people of PS-114 had elected a ‘jiyala’ to reject those who had done their politics in the past on dead bodies. He said that the PPP would emerge victorious from everywhere in Karachi in the next general elections. It had been proven that masses of Karachi were with the PPP, he said.

Karachi would again be made the stronghold of Pakistan People’s Party under the leadership of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, he said. Later, the Sindh CM went to the residence of Saeed Ghani to congratulate him for the victory.

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PPP denounces threats of rejecting the JIT

Says producing defence witness before court is responsibility of respondents

Islamabad July 9, 2017: Pakistan People’s Party has denounced the threat by the PML-N ministers to reject the JIT report if it failed to record the evidence of the Qatari prince in the Panama Leaks case.

“From the very start the ruling family sought to run away from the JIT. The latest outbursts in unison by some federal ministers rejecting JIT even before it has finalized its report strengthens the perception the PML-N is hell bent to reject JIT report regardless of whether the Qatari prince appeared before the JIT or not”.

This has been stated by Senator Farhatullah Babar Spokesperson of the Pakistan People Party in a statement today responding to the press talk by four federal ministers on the subject on Saturday.

He said that as defence witness it was the responsibility of the respondents, in this case the ruling family, to produce the Qatari prince before the JIT and the Court.

The burden of not producing its witness before the investigation team or court will have to be borne by the ruling family and no one else, he said. The same principle was applied when the former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gillani appeared before the Supreme Court in the case of writing letter to Swiss authorities against the President of the country.

The fuming and fulminating ministers of PML-N have made much of the JIT quizzing former military dictator General Pervez Musharaf at his residence in the treason case and that of Mark Seigal in Washington through video conferencing in the Shaheed Benazir murder case.

This comparison however misses a fundamental point; Technically Musharraf was quizzed in jail as his residence was declared sub jail. Mark Seigal, on the other hand, recorded his statement through video conferences from the Pakistan Embassy in Washington and not from his home, the Spokesperson said.

If the Qatari prince wishes to record statement through video conference he has to do so from Pakistan embassy in Doha and it is the responsibility of the respondents to ensure that he does so, the Spokesperson said.

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Former President Zardari condoled the death of Shaikh Muhammad Iqbal

Islamabad, 9 July 2017: Former President of Pakistan and President Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians Asif Ali Zardari has condoled the death of General Secretary PPP Gujranwala city Shaikh Muhammad Iqbal who died on Sunday.

Former President in his condolence message said that Shaikh Muhammad Iqbal was a brave worker of the Party who suffered immensely during Zia-ul-Haq’s dictatorship. He paid rich tributes to Shaikh Muhammad Iqbal for his sacrifices and struggle for democracy and loyalty to Bhutto family. He will be remembered for a long time by his friends and party workers and leadership, former President said.

Asif Ali Zardari also prayed to Almighty Allah for grant of eternal peace to the departed soul and strength and fortitude to the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss with equanimity.