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Nawaz has failed people of Held Kashmir: Bilawal

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N)-led government has failed the people of Indian-held Kashmir.

“I am not satisfied with the government’s policy on Kashmir as it has betrayed the moral and political support to Kashmir,” the PPP chairman said during an interview to a private television channel on Thursday.

“Nawaz Sharif is interested in personalised realations instead of institutional relations,” the PPP scion said while referring to the Nawaz’s visit to India to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He (Nawaz) went to India not to meet Hurriyet conference but to expand his personal relations,” Bilawal alleged.

He said that the new generation in Indian-held Kashmir had revived the struggle for freedom and Modi had ordered use of pellet guns against to suppress them but it took Nawaz three years to make a statement against Indian brutality in Held Kashmir.

‘Pakistan wrongly linked to terrorism’: To a question, he said that Pakistan was wrongly linked to terrorism. “Unfortunately, Pakistan’s perception is linked to terrorism worldwide, but I tried to present Pakistan’s stance while interacting with the media,” he said while referring to his interviews to Indian and German media.

“Fake News is nothing new for us in Pakistan, especially the PPP has been affected by it in the past,” Bilawal said, when asked about spread of fake news worldwide.

He said that he personally believes there is a need for journalism education in the country.

Senate elections: Setting aside allegations of horse-trading, Bilawal said as to how a party could be accused of horse-trading when it does not have MPAs in the province.

Referring to allegations of branding the PPP a pro-establishment party, the PPP chairman said they (opponents) were giving such excuses to hide their failures.

He also refuted the reports of MNA Faryal Talpur contesting senate elections, saying it was a perfect example of fake news.

Nehal Hashmi’s disqualification: Speaking about Hashmi’s disqualification by the Supreme Court, Bilawal said he respected the court’s decision but in such cases standards should be same across the board.

“As a democrat I am uncomfortable with liberal use of contempt of court,” he said, what would become of the person who detained judges and the other who ordered an attack on the Supreme Court.

“I want the same law for everyone.”

Sindh Police & encounters: When asked about the Sindh police and recent extrajudicial killings, Bilawal said he was concerned about the encounters, which had been ongoing countrywide.

“As soon as this incident happened, I immediately took notice and didn’t wait for investigation report; the government took immediate action,” he said, referring to Naqeebullah killing case.

“No just system in the world justifies encounters.”

PPP performance in Sindh: “We have done enough,” he said, when asked about the past years performance of his party-led government in Sindh.

“Our biggest problem was maternal infant mortality rate and we have reduced this by 50 percent during the past five years.”

The PPP chairman said the PPP government had been focusing on public health and had established several hospitals.

“We have been running anti-poverty programs up to union council level,” he said, explaining that poor masses are being provided interest-free loans under these programs.

Questioned about Karachi garbage dumps, he said the provincial government was also working on that. “We have to develop it and make every district council responsible.”

Published in Daily Times, February 2nd 2018.


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PML-N is sucking the blood of poor people- Former President Zardari

Former Federal Minister Nilofar Bakhtiar joins PPP

Islamabad, 1 February 2018: Former President of Pakistan and President Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians Asif Ali Zardari has said that the Party is following the vision of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto.

He welcomed former Federal Minister Nilofar Bakhtiar in PPP who called on former President at Zardari House Islamabad and announced joining PPP.

Asif Ali Zardari said that PPP respects women, Women should gather on the platform provided by PPP and strengthen Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s efforts so that the dream of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto is realized. Nilofar Bakhtiar said that PPP is like home for her as her parents belonged to this party.

Renowned political and social figure of Rawalpindi Raja Fayyaz Yaqoob also joined PPP after meeting with former President Zardari who said on the occasion that whenever PPP comes to power, it creates job opportunities for youth, initiates programs like Benazir Bhutto Income Support Program to emancipate women and increase salaries of government employees. In contrast when PPP is out of power, poor employees are retrenched on one pretext or the other. He said that PML-N has once again increased the petroleum prices to suck the blood of poor masses. He instructed the PPP Parliamentarians to raise the issue of this cruel increase in the parliament.

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Asif Ali Zardari condoles Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani and Senator Saifullah Bangash death

Islamabad, 1 February 2018: Former President of Pakistan and President Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians Asif Ali Zardari has expressed deep grief and sorrow over the murder of senior Party leader Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani and his wife Fariha Razzaq.

Former President in a condolence message said that he was shocked by the news of murder of Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani and his wife in Karachi. He asked Sindh Government to thoroughly investigate the incident and present a report in this regard.

He said that Mr Hazar Khan Bijarani was a decent and a principled leader who served his constituency with commitment and dedication. He will be remembered by the people for a long time. Former President condoled with his son and member National Assembly Mir Shabbir Bijarani over the death of his father.

Asif Ali Zardari also condoled with the family of late Senator Saifullah Bangash and said that his services for the party are immense and unforgettable. Party lost a dedicated worker.

Former President prayed to Almighty Allah to grant eternal peace to the departed souls and strength and fortitude to the bereaved families to bear this irreparable loss with equanimity.