Islamabad, 30 January, 2018: The President, Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians Mr. Asif Ali Zardari and Chairman, Pakistan Peoples Party, Mr. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has constituted the following Parliamentary Board for Senate Elections – 2018. The Members are Mr. Asif Ali Zardari, Mr. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Mrs. Faryal Talpu, Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Raja Pervez Ashraf, Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani, Mr. Farhatullah Babar, Syed Nayyer Hussain Bukhari and Mr. Sabir Baloch.
Islamabad 27 January 2017: A meeting of Pakistan Peoples Party Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was held at Zardari House Islamabad presided by former President of Pakistan and President Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians Asif Ali Zardari.
The current political situation of KP was discussed in detail in the meeting. Asif Ali Zardari was briefed about bad governance in KP.
Former President said that Party’s principled stand is that FATA should be merged in KP. He said that the writ of Peshawar High Court should be extended in FATA as soon as possible.
He also directed Party office bearers to extend all help to the family of innocent child Aasma who was raped and killed in Peshawar.
President Women’s Wing of the Party Mrs. Faryal Talpur, Secretary General PPPP Senator Farhatullah Babar, President PPP KP Humayun Khan and General Secretary PPP KP Faisal Karim Kumdi were also present on the occasion.
KARACHI: President PPPP Asif Ali Zardari has said that the change in Balochistan government through a democratic process was the manifestation of political maturity of people of Balochistan and their elected representatives.
This he said while talking to the Chief Minister of Balochistan and his cabinet member in the reception the Sindh Chief Minister, Syed Murad Ali Shah hosted for them here at the CM House this evening.
He said that the Balochistan assembly brought a change in their government through a proper democratic process and did not allow the democratic system derailed. “I congratulate the chief minister and his cabinet and also congratulate the people of Balochistan for supporting democratic system,” he said.
The former President said that it has been the tradition of PPP to support the rights of people of smaller province. Giving reference of his tenure as President of Pakistan, he said that he launched Aghaz-e-Hukooke Balochistan programme, gave NFC award with multiple criteria which provided substantial benefit to the people of Balochistan in terms of their share in the divisible pool. He went on saying he gave identification to Pakhtun brothers by renaming their province as Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa and worked to create Southern Province for the people of Siraiki belt of the Punjab. “I used to meet all of you, listened to your problems of and tried to solve them,” he said.
He said that the province of Balochistan is rich in mineral resources. The people of Balochistan are sensible, politically awaken and are keen to reap the fruits of democracy. “We have to work together for the prosperity of Balochistan and its people,” he said.
The chief minister of Balochistan, Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo thanked Sindh chief minister Syed Murad Ali Shah for hosting a reception for him and his cabinet and he provided them n opportunity to meet PPPP President Asif Ali Zardari.
He said that he was thankful to the former President, Asif Ali Zardari, Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto and Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah for welcoming the democratic change in the Balochistan government and also congratulated him as a new chief minister of Balochistan and his cabinet members on taking oath as provincial ministers.
“You are politically sagacious and a true democratic leader in the country who knows the art how to keep the democracy on the track though whatever situation there may be,” he said addressing Asif Ali Zardari.
He appreciated the PPP leadership and people of Sindh for their moral support and good wishes for the new Balochistan government.
The chief minister appreciated Sindh Industries Minister Manzoor Hussain Wassan for seeing a true dream of change in Balochistan government.
Published in Daily Times, January 26th 2018.
Islamabad, 25 January 2018: Secretary General Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians has asked for applications from candidates desirous to contest Senate elections i.e. for the general seats, technocrats seats, minority and seats reserved for women by 30th January 2018.
According to a statement released by Secretary General candidates are required to send their applications to PPPP, President, Mr. Asif Ali Zardari along with a bank draft of Rs. 50000/- in the name of “Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians” and should reach PPPP Central Secretariat Islamabad. Address of PPPP Central Secretariat is as follows:
House No. 604, Main Double Road, National Police Foundation, E-11/4, Islamabad. Telephone: 051-2375118.
Islamabad, 21 January 2018: Pakistan Peoples Party’s Senator Ajiz Dhamra in a reaction to the badmouthing of Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif against PPP leader Asif Ali Zardari has said that Shahbaz Sharif should be in prison for murder of over a dozen innocent people in Model Town Lahore instead he is roaming free and leveling false accusations against popular leader of masses.
Senator Ajiz Dhamra said that Shahbaz Sharif is spending funds of South Punjab on Raiwind. Asif Ali Zardari has gone through every kind of accountability and has come out clean whereas Sharif brothers have been caught red handed stealing from the national kitty, Dhamra said.
Senator Dhamra said that Sharif brothers and Imran Niazi are favorites of some quarters and have been nurtured by them. They are “Ladlas”. Soon PPP will win the elections and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will be country’s Prime Minister, Senator Ajiz Dhamra concluded.
Pays glowing tributes to former Chairman PAEC
Islamabad January 19, 2018: Former President Asif Ali Zardari has expressed profound grief over the passing away of Dr Ishfaq Ahmad former Chairman Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission. Dr Ishfaq who headed the PAEC during the last decade of the last century died in Islamabad.
In a condolence message the former President said that late Dr Ishfaq will be remember for his pioneering work in making Pakistan self sufficient in critical nuclear technologies.
Late Dr Ishfaq joined the team of scientists in the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission as a young scientist, worked in various capacities for over four decades and rose to become its Chairman, he said.
The rise of late Dr Ishfaq indeed is a measure of his personal competence and integrity, he said. His well deserved rise was also a measure of the system of meritocracy for which the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission had been known ever since its affairs were looked after directly by the then Prime Minister Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, he said.
The trust reposed in the community of scientists by late Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and the atmosphere of intellectual freedom in which they worked helped create a generation of high quality scientists, engineers and technologists who built structures that made Pakistan’s nuclear program independent of individuals, he said.
Shaheed Bhutto’s relationship with the country’s scientists was that of friends and benefactors of the nation and not that of masters and servants. A product of that environment late Dr Ishfaq fully repaid the debt he believed owed to the country, the former President said.
A great patriot as he was late Dr Ishfaq never advertised his personal accomplishments nor brandished the country’s nuclear capability, Zardari said adding “in was on such solid foundations that the reputation of Dr Ishfaq rested”.
May Allah rest the soul of late Dr Ishfaq in eternal peace and grant courage to all bereaved the to bear the loss with patience and equanimity, the former President prayed.
LAHORE: Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarians (PPPP) President Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday said that the only danger to the country was from Jati Umra — the residence of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif. “They do not care about Pakistan, they only care about Jati Umra,” Zardari said, while addressing a joint opposition protest rally to seek justice for the Model Town victims in Lahore. He said that only the PPP cared about Pakistan, its soil, and the people of its soil. The PPPP President also thanked the attendees for showing solidarity with the Model Town victims and promised to get justice for the families of the deceased. “My brothers and sisters, I thank you for coming to this protest here. We will get justice for Model Town victims, and Zainab,” he said, referring to the seven-year-old child brutally raped and murdered in Kasur. Zardri said that the PPP had received several dead bodies and court decisions against its leaders, but never spoke against the integrity of Pakistan or the institutions, unlike the Sharifs. The former president also lashed out at military dictators taking over the country and denounced martial law administrator Ziaul Haq’s decisions of the past. “Dictators do not build countries, they only destroy them.”
Published in Daily Times, January 18th 2018.
Islamabad, 15 January 2018: Former President of Pakistan and President Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians Asif Ali Zardari has strongly condemned Indian aggression at the line of control and expressed his profound grief and sorrow over the martyrdom of three Pakistani soldiers.
Asif Ali Zardari in a statement said that the nation is proud of these soldiers who defend Pakistani borders and are fighting the menace of terrorism in the country. He sympathized with the bereaved families of martyrs and prayed to Almighty Allah for grant of eternal peace to the departed souls.
NAWABSHAH: Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians, President, Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday advised the federal government to revisit its foreign policy and improve ties with the United States.
Speaking at a reception hosted at Zardari House in Nawabshah for elite of the Shaheed Benazirabad district and later to local reporters, he said recent statements of US President Donald Trump against Pakistan reflected flaws in the foreign policy.
Improving the policy and relations with the world community especially the US was all the more important as the country was going through a crucial phase, he said. However, he added that US move to stop trade with Pakistan would have little effect on Pakistan. Commenting on the political situation and a future government in the country, Mr Zardari said: “I see PML-N [Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz] on the opposition benches after the next general election though it is premature to say anything as to who would form the government at the Centre”.
He said if his Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) come to power, it would be able to restore good relations with the US, European and countires of the world.
Regarding chances of an interim dispensation, he said it was the PPP that had prepared the Constitution and evolved a consensus of all parties on it. It could better understand it, he said, and added that there was no provision for a “technocrat government” in the Constitution. “The general election and senate election may still be held on time but if the poor policies being pursued by the incumbent government at the Centre remained in force, they could be held before time,” he said.
In reply to a question, he dispelled the impression that all sugar mills in Sindh were owned by him.
He reiterated that the issue of sugar cane rate the result of the policy being pursued by the federal government.
He argued that the Sindh government had even granted a subsidy to cane growers last year and the money had been deposited in Sindh Bank this year but the federal government did not give any subsidy to them.
He said Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi appeared well aware of Air Blue and LNG issues but not about the issues of growers of Sindh.
Mr Zardari said that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would definitely bring about prosperity in the country and, as such, it must be fully executed.
He also condemned the criminal assault on a small girl and her murder in Kasur and said recurrence of such incidents was a failure of the Khadim-i-Aala of Punjab.
The PPP leader reaffirmed his party’s support to Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) leader Dr Tahirul Qadri on the issue of Model Town tragedy and said the reason was very clear that 14 innocents people were killed and about 100 others were injured in that tragedy. They must get justice at the earliest, he added.
Mr Zardari also refuted the allegation of his party’s involvement in the political crisis in Balochistan.
Turning to the issues of agriculture in Sindh, he noted that some 2.6 million acres of land had been lying dry due to the closure of the main Rohri canal before the scheduled time on a court order. He said he would make efforts to get the canal reopened as soon as possible.
Replying to another question, Mr Zardari said he wished to contest from Nawabshah in the next general election.
Published in Dawn, January 12th, 2018