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NAB has become puppet-PTI’s tool for victimization: PPP

Islamabad, December 12: Central leaders of Pakistan Peoples Party have termed the witch-hunt against the PPP and other Opposition leadership as a vicious victimization where National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has become a tool placed in the hands of puppet rulers.

Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari chaired a meeting of Party leaders from the four provinces and Azad Jammu & Kashmir chapters at Bilawal House on Tuesday to discuss current political situation of the country and preparations about the 11th martyrdom day of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto observance programmes.

Those attending the meeting include: Nayyar Hussain Bukhari, Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah, Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Qamaruz Zaman Kaira, Makhdoom Ahmed Mahmood, Humayun Khan, Ali Maddad Jattak, Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, Waqar Mehdi and others.

PPP Chairman endorsed the views of Party leaders that PTI government has unleashed a victimization campaign brazenly targeting PPP and other Opposition parties after a shameless dry-cleaning drive for inducting a puppets’ regime against the will of collective wisdom of the nation.

The meeting noted that PTI government was in fact drumming up cosmetic and hollow projects as its poor and directionless policies together with sky-rocketing inflation were leading the national economy to a disastrous nosedive.

The meeting expressed deep concern over the ruthless anti-encroachment drive by the PTI government where poor segment of the society has been specifically targeted without chalking out any compensation plan thus snatching the livelihood of hundreds of thousand Pakistanis. “Instead of providing employment, the puppet regime was turning thousands into jobless,” the meeting observed.

Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that PPP leadership has suffered at the hands of all the dictators of past and their chosen henchmen but never compromised on its ideology and struggle meant for emancipation of the masses from perpetual exploitation at the hands of undemocratic and pseudo-democratic forces.

The meeting also discussed in details about the preparations of programmes to observe 11th martyrdom day anniversary of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto at Garhi Khuda Bux on December 27.

PPP AJK leader was among those attending the meeting.

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Former President Zardari condemns arrest of Khawaja Saad Rafique

Islamabad, 11 December 2018: Amir Fida Paracha, the spokesman to the former president of Pakistan and President Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians Asif Ali Zardari, has said that the former president has condemned the arrest of PML-N leader Khawaja Saad Rafique and Salman Rafique as it is exposing the brutalities of the government. Former president said that the targeting of political opponents is attributed to dictators and PTI’s leadership is weakening its own government by victimizing the opposition. This is proof enough that the governing party is compromising on the sovereignty of the Parliament, he said.

Amir Fida Paracha said that PPP has always supported the completion of any democratic tenure as it strengthens the country, however the attitude of the PTI leaders is threatening. Considering the fragile economical and political condition of the country, it is very important for the PTI government to focus on solving issues rather than multiplying them, he concluded.

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World cannot afford to ignore HR violations, says Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on #HumanRightsDay

ISLAMABAD, Dec 10, 2018: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that international community cannot afford to ignore violations of human rights anywhere in the world and urged upon them to play their role in protecting inalienable rights of every human being.

In his message on the eve of Human Rights Day being observed worldwide tomorrow, the PPP Chairman said that upholding human rights was the only way this planet can have peace and prosperity in a cohesive environment.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari further said that despotic regimes and their puppet rulers were posing semiring threats to the protection of human rights adding that only democratic order can save societies infested with human inequalities and low respect to human rights. “Today the humanity is in core need of respect and recognition of their rights, which are being violated everywhere in the world, particularly in countries where the people are ruled over by authoritarians and or where the democracy is controlled,” he added.

PPP Chairman pointed out that his Party has always promoted and protected the human rights and its struggle for the cause has no match among any other political parties of the country. Prime Minister Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto established Human Rights Ministry in Pakistan for the first time while Sindh led by PPP set-up Human Rights Department, first-ever in any province of the country. He further recalled that PPP government has also commissioned a powerful Sindh Human Rights Commission for the purpose.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari pledged that his Party will continue to struggle for the basic human rights of every citizen without any discrimination and will vehemently condemn any violations in the country as well as the world over.

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‘We kissed the noose but didn’t take a U-turn’, says Bilawal

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, while referring to late leadership of his party, said on Thursday that “we kissed the noose but did not take a U-turn”, in the face of hardships.

Addressing a ceremony here, the PPP chairman said culture holds enormous importance in any society. “Sindh is a historic part of Pakistan. Mohenjo-Daro tells us that this region was home to one of the oldest civilisations.”
He said they were equally proud to be Pakistanis as they were proud of their rich culture and history.

Taking U-turn is ‘hallmark of great leadership’, says PM Khan.

“We do not take U-turns, rather we chant ‘Marsoon Marsoon Sindh na Desoon (We will die but won’t give Sindh away)’,” Bilawal said, taking a jibe at Prime Minister Imran Khan without naming him.

“We faced dictatorships; we didn’t bow before dictators,” he said. “We kissed the noose, but did not take a U-turn.”

He said they stared the terrorists in their eyes, embraced martyrdom but did not take a U-turn.

The PPP chairman further described democracy as the only way for the country to progress.
“We can move forward walking on the path of democracy,” he maintained. TheGeoNews

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If govt faces any danger, those who brought it into power will save it: Zardari

TANDO ALLAHYAR: Former president Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday said if the government is in any form of danger then those who brought it into power will save it.

Addressing the media in Tando Allahyar, the Pakistan Peoples Party PArliamentarians (PPPP) President criticised Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government and said, “The country is in a complicated situation and the government neither has political thinking nor understanding.”

“The country cannot be run by puppets and we need a leadership which is in touch with ground realities,” the former president said. “We had warned earlier as well that they [PTI] cannot run the government,” he added.

Taking a hit at PM Imran’s chicken plan, the former president said, “Buy chicken and sell their eggs and see if any satisfaction or happiness is achieved.”

Stating that PTI supporters are “trying their best to derail the system”, Zardari upheld, “We will strengthen democracy so no one else can get a chance. The worst democracy is better than dictatorship and owing to this mindset we are sitting in the Parliament today so no one can say that country doesn’t function.”

The former president continued, “They are using the excuse of some clauses of the 18th Amendment to annul the 1973 Constitution and bring back one-unit politics. We had started a struggle against one-unit politics and will continue to oppose it.”

Further, Zardari said, “If the government faces any danger then those who brought it into power will save it. Why should we support them? What Imran Khan is doing is not hidden.”

“He says that he will send the entire opposition to jail but we have the courage and patience to face prison terms. Those who send us to jail will be sent to jail by whoever comes next but will they be able to face prison terms?” he added.

“Mian Sb made accountability courts and laws for us and today he is facing them himself.”

Continuing with his criticism of the incumbent government, Zardari said, “I cannot see any foreign policy of the government and I think they only have one policy and that is to break walls of the governor house.” Questioning why the walls are being broken, the former president said, “Whether you make a library or a museum in the governor house, you will need walls.”

Zardari further lamented, “A joint investigation team (JIT) has sealed sugar mills and it is unfortunate that the poor are having to bear the losses.”

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PPP slams PM’s claim about army support for PTI manifesto

LAHORE: Criticising Prime Minister Imran Khan’s statement that the armed forces support the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) manifesto, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has demanded that the institution must clarify its position on it.

“The army must clarify its position on Imran Khan’s statement that it is standing by his party’s manifesto which contains objectionable things against the opposition,” PPP’s Punjab president Qamar Zaman Kaira said here on Tuesday.

“Whether ISPR (public relations wing of the army) silence on the statement should be taken as an endorsement? Should we construe from it that (the institution) is not standing by the manifestos of other parties?”

Explaining his objection at a joint press conference with Chaudhry Manzoor, the PPP leader said institutions must stand by the decision of a government and not manifesto because manifestos were chalked out by political parties and not governments.

He said they welcomed the (army’s) cooperation with the incumbent government with the question that this kind of cooperation was not extended to past governments. “Are those laying down their lives for the solidarity of the country not Pakistanis?” he asked, regretting that IJI (a political alliance formed against the PPP ahead of the 1988 polls) and Patriots (a splinter group of the PPP parliamentarians formed in 2002) were formed against his party.

Mr Kaira also chided the prime minister for saying that had the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) been under his control, he would have jailed at least 50 opposition leaders.
He dared Mr Khan to move the FIA, the investigation agency under the federal government control, if he had credible corruption evidence. “The prime minister has rather committed dishonesty by not forwarding the corruption evidence to NAB.”

Mr Kaira offered the opposition’s cooperation in reforming NAB to make its investigations and prosecution more result-oriented.

He also challenged Mr Khan to make public the names of those who had stashed over $11 billion in foreign banks.

The PPP leader criticised the premier for vowing to run the government through ordinances. He wondered why the government was afraid of law-making though the opposition had time and again offered its cooperation for it in the larger national interest.

He reminded the rulers that promulgating ordinances had become a temporary solution after the 18th Amendment because an ordinance had to be tabled before the relevant elected assembly in the first session to be convened after its promulgation. “The prime minister is satisfied neither with the judiciary, nor with NAB, opposition parties and assemblies. Which forum would be acceptable to him?” Mr Kaira asked.

Published in Dawn, December 5th, 2018

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PTI regime won’t last long: Zardari

SADIQABAD: Former president and Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarians (PPPP) President Asif Ali Zardari Sunday doubted the ability of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government to complete its five-year term.

“I don’t see the captain [Imran Khan] being able to manage [his government] for long,” Zardari said at a public gathering in Sadiqabad. He said Prime Minister Imran Khan made false promises with the people ahead of the general election but failed to deliver according to the aspirations of the nation. “In today’s world, a government that does not deliver has to step down,” he said. “He [Imran Khan] will not be able to manage the economy, nor will he be able to hold up to the false promises he made with the people,” he added.

The former president said the incumbent prime minister is incapable of understanding the political issues. “Don’t try to be a king after reading two books,” he advised the prime minister.

The PPP supremo also criticised the prime minister for his statement on taking U-turns. “Last month, the prime minister had said that Adolf Hitler and Napoleon Bonaparte failed because they did not change their strategies according to the situation. Why doesn’t history remember Hitler and Napoleon as heroes?” he asked. “It was not just the matter of one war. Hitler led to the murder of 55 million people … the blood of so many human beings was shed. Imran Khan should think about this … do value human beings,” he added.

“The circumstances were the same when we came into power,” Zardari said, adding that he introduced 18th constitutional amendment and transferred presidential powers to the parliament. “Hadn’t I delegated the president’s powers to parliament, today no dentists or pakora sellers would have been able to become president of the country,” he said.

The former president said his party gave rights to the provinces and pulled the country out of the crises it faced during Pervez Musharraf’s rule. “We didn’t implement the 18th amendment for our own good,” he said. “Nor we kept any political prisoners. The world has progressed now. Truth cannot be hidden,” he added.

The former president demanded that the government fulfill its promise of creation of new province in southern Punjab. “Why don’t they announce [a separate province]? Why don’t they divide Punjab’s budget? In fact, they never intended to act [on their promise]. They don’t have any understanding of politics,” he added. TheDailyTimes

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PPP always fought against ‘political ladlas’: Bilawal

SUKKUR: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari Friday said his party has always fought against ‘non-democratic forces’ and the ‘political ladlas’, a private TV channel reported.

“PPP’s fight has always been against non-democratic forces and the ‘political ladlas’ (blue-eyed boys) that have been pampered under the patronage of such forces. First, we were fighting against one ladla and now another has stepped onto the battleground,” the PPP chief told a gathering organised to mark the 51st foundation day of the party. “But this is an ‘anokha ladla’ (rare favourite) who when wanted the moon to play with, was given the whole country. The games he is playing today will lead to consequences no different from those brought about by ladlas of the past,” he added. “This ladla steals first and then also thumps his chest to show off. He says one thing in the morning and another at night, only to turn his back against both later. He takes U-turns upon U-turns and then says ‘without U-turns there can be no leadership,’” Bilawal continued in criticism of Prime Minister Imran Khan. He said people’s faith had never before plummeted the way it had this time around when even before 100 days were up, people were fed up with ‘Naya Pakistan’s doings’.

“[The burden of] inflation has broken the back of the people. There is shortage of gas, electricity, power. Unemployed youth are disappointed with life itself. Economic murder of farmers is being committed. There is no sign of the economy recovering. And this government refuses to get down from containers,” he said, lambasting the government’s performance in first 100 days. “They [the PTI government] took refuge in accountability to further their politics of revenge. They defamed their political opponents and then shut down the accountability commission in KP. Billion-tree tsunami corruption and Peshawar metro bus corruption files were closed. Those faced with legal cases were made ministers,” he added.

“They talked about bringing a revolution in 100 days. Now 100 days have passed but nothing has been done regarding South Punjab,” Bilawal pointed out. “The promise has turned out to be a lie … the golden dream has been sold for a few ministries,” he lamented.

Further censuring the PTI, Bilawal said on the one hand people are being evicted out of their homes and businesses are being destroyed and on the other, the government is glorifying putting up tents for people. “100 days in power have been nothing but 100 days of U-turns … if the prime minister considers U-turns such an integral part of leadership, he should take U-turns on inflation, expensive gas and power and on negative politics,” he suggested.

Speaking about how religion was being infused with politics and how it remained the foremost challenge that Pakistan was up against, Bilawal said, “Despite the fact that a democratic political system is a society-wide matter, history stands witness to the fact that when dictators sought to give some form or shape to their fake politics, they used religion to advance their agenda.” “The repercussions of this are being borne by everyone even today. Today the whole country is burning in a fire that was set by these dictators. This fire is the fire of extremism, terrorism, and intolerance which has engulfed the entire society. We have to extinguish these flames. We have to save Pakistan. We have to fulfil the promise made by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto,” he declared.

In the same breath, he said that the current government will not be able save Pakistan because it does not own up to the issues that stand before them. “We will not be able to extinguish these flames until our prime minister does not consider extremism and terrorism his personal mission. You tell me, when on Martyrs Day the prime minister stands before the heirs of the martyred and says ‘this war is not our war’, then one can only imagine what the families must have gone through,” he said. “Khan sahab I ask you: What was their sacrifice for? Did they not fight this war to protect Pakistan and ensure its safety?”

Former president Asif Ali Zardari, Khursheed Shah, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, Qamar Zaman Kaira, Aitzaz Ahsan, Nisar Khuro also addressed the supporters.

Published in Daily Times, December 1st 2018.

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Chief Justice to take notice of the media trial of the PPP leadership

Honourable SC in its order — while forming a JIT to investigate alleged fake accounts — had clearly directed that to ensure transparent and effective inquiry, no member of the JIT or FIA will divulge any information to the media.

Sadly what we are seeing is that in clear violation of SC orders, sources “within JIT” are openly being quoted on various talk shows and media outlets, to speculate on the ongoing inquiry, said Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar.

“The ongoing speculation is clearly being done with a malafide agenda to twist the facts and to malign the PPP leadership and create confusion in the minds of the general public.”

With such media trial at the behest of the FIA and JIT, Senator Khokhar wondered what options the SC was left with to correct the damage. He also wondered why this media trial is continuously being ignored by the SC.

“This raises a lot of questions on the credibility of the investigators, the conduct of the investigation and seems that the outcome is already pre-determined,” says Senator Khokhar. He hopes the Honourable CJ will take appropriate action in this regard.

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PPP as a single chain of unity

Politics is generally termed as a science or art relating to a social activity, where people form and improve the rules which we all live by. No doubt, politics is the art with the help of which the politicians attain the seemingly-impossible goals without violence, and political parties are the institutions to serve the nation and protect its interests, both at home and abroad.

Pakistan is a federation which requires at least a political party to have representation in all the federal units of the country. It was none other but Zulifqar Ali Bhutto who founded a political party whose contribution in nation building is palpable in all the federal units of our country. It would not be wrong to say that PPP is the only political party which has true representation of the masses across the country. If truth be told, the party has tied the nation in a single chain of unity.

On 30 November 1967, Pakistan People’s Party was founded at a time when the country was divided on ethnic lines and no single party had representation in the areas that form the present day Pakistan. Within years, the Pakistan People’s Party gained popularity and filled the gap. Since then, the party has been playing the role of a federal political party even at the cost of its leaders’ lives. Now the nation’s interests and the party’s goals are so interwoven that you cannot damage the former without hurting the latter.

The history witnesses that most of the parties in arena, nowadays, have either been founded by powers-that-be or work as their extension. Having no genuine vote bank, these parties have to play political gimmicks to attract sub-nationalities. On the other hand, PPP not only respect the voices of such nationalities, also it binds them into Pakistani nationhood since PPP is the only party to do so. On all occasions, PPP has proved itself to be a federal political party. You can find its voters and supporters everywhere from Khyber to Karachi in great number. People’s party is considered the true representative of Pakistan all over the world. That’s the reason, Shaheed Benazir Bhutto used to be invited to deliver lectures on different forums across the globe.

It was Zulifqar Ali Bhutto who presented true picture of Pakistan in the world; Benazir Bhutto amplified his vision and mission and, now, Chairman Bilawal Bhutto is all set to play its part for the betterment of Pakistan. We know that Pakistan People’s Party was created under the dynamic leadership of Shaheed Zulifqar Ali Bhutto who gave hope to the people of Pakistan already pressed under a decade long rule of a dictator. Commemoration of Foundation Day is about uniting the people of Pakistan in general and the workers of PPP in particular, having a sense of belonging with the legacy Shaheed Zulifqar Ali Bhutto bequeathed to the nation.

The foundation day reflect the Pakistani people’s true commitment to PPP due to sacrifices made by the leaders and the workers time and again. With sacrifices they sowed the seeds of tolerance and other democratic virtues in national politics. We know that tolerance breeds tolerance while intolerance begets violence. The national politics of present day Pakistan is a true example of the same. It is PPP that kept its cool throughout in history despite the worst kind of oppression inflicted on it by the rivals. The slogan of ‘Pakistan Khappey’ was raised by the veteran politician Asif Ali Zardari at a time when the whole country was presenting the scene of lawlessness after the martyrdom of Mohatarma Benazir Bhutto. In fact President Zardari has played the same role to get the party as well as the country united after the tragic martyrdom of Benazir Bhutto, which had once been played by Begum Nusrat Bhutto after heartrending assassination of Zulifqar Ali Bhutto. She stood firm against the tyrannical oppression of dictator Zia ul Haq and did not let the party fall apart. True to say, no other woman can claim to be of her stature as far as the sacrifices for the party and the people of Pakistan are concerned.

This is the day which sends us a reminder to engage with our workers while sticking to the values introduced by the founding fathers of the party. We are well aware that the dictators tried their best to depoliticize the society just to reinforce their own agendas. In this way they dug deep the foundations of this country. In such times, the PPP stood tall against the aggression and violence aiming at its leaders and workers. The presence of Pakistan people’s party on national political scene is the evidence that the party is on true path. No lie can be a substitute to the truth and no party can replace PPP.

One can easily judge that there exists no party like PPP as far as its philosophy, sacrifices and legacy is concerned. The nation is indebted to Zulifqar Ali Bhutto who infused a new spirit in the nation and spread political awareness. It was he who realised the nation with the slogan: All Powers to the People. You can find political clowns copying Zulifqar Ali Bhutto’s style but in vain, since his style is the legacy bequeathed to his family alone.

Today the air is abuzz with the slogan of change. The real change, in fact, was introduced by Bhutto who elevated common man and allowed them to enter national assembly and other top forums. It was the change brought by Bhutto alone. With a tweet, you cannot bring about a diplomatic miracle on foreign policy front. Again I would refer the character of Zulifqar Ali Bhutto who refused to yield before the superpower despite threats to his government and life. He dreamed to witness the ummah united under the banner of Islam, brought China in friend’s circle, raised Kashmir issue all over the world, got the 90000 war prisoners released and so on. This is called foreign policy and the real change. Of course, PPP has set a good example of change and never used abusive language in the politics as it has been fashioned today.

People’s party is fortunate enough to provide mature leadership to the nation in the form of Zulifqar Ali Bhutto, Benazir Bhutto and Bilawal Bhutto. Now 51st Foundation Day of PPP is going to be celebrated with a pledge and passion to revive its lost glory in the days to come under the dynamic leadership of Chairman Bilawal Bhutto who is inspired with the vision and mission introduced by Zulifqar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto. He has rekindled the hope among the masses through his commitment, resilience and dedication.

The visible and invisible forces have always been in quest to tamper the history and erase the sacrifices made by the workers and the leaders of the people’s party from the collective conscious of the nation. For this purpose, they hatch conspiracies and toil day and night but in vain. The rivals adopt measures to damage the image of the party and malign the leadership as said by Joseph Goebbels,

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”

But they forget that Abraham Lincoln has already said,

“You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”

No doubt PPP represents the legendry bird phoenix in the history and national politics of Pakistan. The party even rises from the ashes after every effort to wipe out its existence since the rivals can kill a man not an idea.