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Senator Ajiz Dhamra’s rejoinder to Shahbaz Sharif

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.

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Zardari condoles passing away of Dr Ishfaq Ahmad

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.

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Nawaz a serious threat to country’s integrity: Zardari

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.

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Former President Zardari condemns Indian aggression

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.

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Zardari advises govt to revisit foreign policy, improve ties with US

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

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PPP won’t aid any move to dislodge PML-N govt

NAWABSHAH/ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarians (PPPP) President, Asif Ali Zardari Thursday said that his party would not become part of any non-democratic move to dislodge the ruling PML-N government.

“PPP is the founder of 1973 constitution … we will neither take any unconstitutional step nor will support any non-democratic move,” Zardari told a press conference in Nawabshah. “The constitution does not mention any technocrat government in country,” he maintained.

To a question, the PPPP chief hoped that Senate elections will not be delayed. “I think that the elections for Upper House will be held on time,” he said. “I will contest election from Nawabshah if the party awards me a ticket,” Zardari said in response to a question about himself contesting the election.

On alliance with Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahirul Qadri, Zardari said his party will join the protest announced by the former, demanding resignations of Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Law Minister Rana Sanaullah.

Meanwhile, Leader of Opposition in National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah said Shehbaz Sharif and Rana Sanaullah must step down in the wake of a minor’s death in Kasur as they had failed to keep law and order in the province.

“If a deputy superintended of police can be suspended for the death of a peacock in Jati Umra, some big head must also roll in this case too,” he maintained, adding that everybody knows that a chief minister is always responsible for the entire province.

On Kasur incident, Shah said it was not the first such incident to occur in Punjab. “It only got highlighted while the previous incidents were not properly looked into by the Punjab government,” he said, adding that the same issue had been raised in parliament again and again. “If one looks at police performance and court response on law and order situation in provinces, Punjab’s situation is the worst,” he said. The PPP lawmaker said that the incident highlighted the incompetence of the Punjab government and the local administration. He said the culprits involved in the incident should immediately be arrested and punished. “If they are not penalised as soon as possible, the frequency of such incidents will soar,” he feared.

Reacting to comments made by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif against the judiciary and security institutions, Shah said that Sharif wanted to destroy the credibility of state institutions, adding that his actual purpose was something other than what he was saying in the public addresses. “His aggressive attitude will only create chaos in the country … this is very dangerous trend,” Shah maintained.

He said that Nawaz Sharif’s main aim to weaken the state institutions. “This is not an encouraging sign as it will allow everyone to stand up and tarnish the image of institutions,” he stated.

Published in Daily Times, January 12th 2018.

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Former President Zardari strongly condemns murder of innocent girl in Kasur

Islamabad, 10 January 2018: Former President of Pakistan and President Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians Asif Ali Zardari strongly condemning the kidnapping, rape and murder of an innocent seven years old girl has demanded arrest of the killer and stringent possible punishment. He said that this heinous crime is an unpardonable crime.

In a statement Asif Ali Zardari expressing sympathies with the victim’s family instructed local party leaders and workers to provide every moral and legal assistance to the family.

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Amir Fida Paracha appointed member CEC

Islamabad, 6 January 2018: President Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarian Asif Ali Zardari has appointed Mr. Amir Fida Paracha as Member Central Executive Committee of party with immediate effect.

Mr. Amir Fida Paracha is a former Member Punjab Assembly and Incharge Central Secretariat Islamabad. A notification of his appointment has been issued by the Political Secretary of President PPPP, Ms. Rukhsana Bangish.

 

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Removing Shaheed Benazir Bhutto’s picture from BISP logo condemned

Islamabad January 7, 2018: Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians Secretary Information and member of the National Assembly Doctor Nafisa Shah has condemned the act of removing Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto’s picture from Benazir Income Support Program logo. She said that this act of PML-N is malevolent and it proves that usurper dictator Zia’s endeared still have bitter feelings for Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto.

Issuing this statement from Media Office Islamabad, Doctor Nafisa Shah has said that Benazir Income Support Program was passed by the parliament to pay tribute to the services, sacrifices and struggles of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto for constitution and democracy.

Furthermore she said that Nawaz Sharif wanted to end the program but due to the protest of international donor agencies he could not. Doctor Nafisa Shah said that strong protests will be held against this decision in the National Assembly and Senate. Doctor Shah said that Nawaz Sharif was dictator Zia’s blue eyed boy so he appointed former dictator Pervez Musharraf’s near and dear one as the chairperson of Benzair Income Support Program. The ones who are trying to erase Benzair Bhutto’s name will soon be erased themselves from the pages of history, she concluded.

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Former President Zardari condoles the death of Asghar Khan

Islamabad, 05 January 2018: Former President of Pakistan and President Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians Asif Ali Zardari has expressed his profound sorrow and grief over the death of former Air Chief Asghar Khan.

 Asif Ali Zardari in a message condoled with the bereaved family. He prayed to Almighty Allah to grant eternal peace to the departed soul and strength and fortitude to the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss with equanimity.