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Musharraf, not PPP hiding from courts, Sherry

ISLAMABAD, September 21, 2017: Vice-President PPPP, Senator Sherry Rehman speaking to the media outside Lahore High Court, Rawalpindi bench today, appealed for swift justice for Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto.

Today was the first hearing on the pleas submitted by former President Asif Ali Zardari on the Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto murder case.

Rehman said, “It has been 10 years since SMBB’s assassination and we are still fighting for justice. We were not allowed to become party to the case this whole decade. Now in appeal against the verdict that allows the perpetrators and planners to go free the PPP will go on every forum to appeal and fight for justice. We will knock on every door if that’s what it takes”.

“The whole nation anxiously waited for this verdict with us regardless of their political affiliation,” she added.

Responding to the bizarre allegations leveled by Pervez Musharraf against Asif Ali Zardari, Rehman said, “If Musharraf knew about SMBB’s and Murtaza Bhutto’s murderers then why was he quiet until now? Why didn’t Musharraf speak up earlier when the UN Commission came? Musharraf was in power for 10 years in Pakistan so why did he not do anything for Murtaza Bhutto’s case? He is worried now that questions will be asked about his role in her murder. This is a classic case of “chor machaye shor”. We all know that SMBB specifically took Musharraf’s name in her e-mail to Mark Seigel”.

Rehman further added, “It has been 10 years since SMBB died and somehow he just woke up about her murderers now? If Zardari wanted to run from the SMBB cases then he would have never filed three appeals. Whatever Musharraf has to say, he should say it in Pakistan”.

“Why did Musharraf’s own people try to wash away evidence and cover up the crime? Who was involved in this conspiracy? These questions are very serious and should not be forgotten because we will always keep appealing until we achieve justice,” concluded the Senator.

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General Musharraf should be arrested and tried in Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto’s murder

Islamabad, 21 September 2017: Pakistan Peoples Party’s Senator Ajiz Dhamra strongly reacting to General Musharraf’s video statement has said that former Dictator cannot mislead the nation by telling lies. This video statement is admission by the Dictator that he was involved not in the assassination of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto but also was one of the planners of murder of Mir Murtaza Bhutto.

Senator Ajiz Dhamra said that General Musharraf had threatened Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto not to return to Pakistan before the general elections. General Musharraf did not provide security to Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto as she had challenged illegal and unconstitutional rule of General Musharraf.

Time has come that General Musharraf be arrested in Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto’s murder case and tried accordingly.

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General Musharraf should be arrested and tried in Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto’s murder

Islamabad, 21 September 2017: Pakistan Peoples Party’s Senator Ajiz Dhamra strongly reacting to General Musharraf’s video statement has said that former Dictator cannot mislead the nation by telling lies. This video statement is admission by the Dictator that he was involved not in the assassination of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto but also was one of the planners of murder of Mir Murtaza Bhutto.

Senator Ajiz Dhamra said that General Musharraf had threatened Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto not to return to Pakistan before the general elections. General Musharraf did not provide security to Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto as she had challenged illegal and unconstitutional rule of General Musharraf.

Time has come that General Musharraf be arrested in Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto’s murder case and tried accordingly.

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Fact Finding Committee for NA-120 bye-election

Islamabad, 21 September 2017: Canadian High Commissioner to Pakistan Perry John Calderwood, Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong and British High Commissioner to Pakistan Thomas Drew separately called on former President of Pakistan and President Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians Asif Ali Zardari at Zardari House Islamabad on Thursday.

Vice President PPPP Senator Sherry Rehman and Senator Salim Mandviwala were also present on the occasions. Matters of mutual interests were discussed in these meetings.

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Fact Finding Committee for NA-120 bye-election

Islamabad, 21 September 2017: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has formed a fact finding committee with regard to bye-election in NA-120. This committee comprises of Senator Nayyar Hussain Bokhari, Senator Farhatullah Babar and Senator Moula Bakhsh Chandio.

Jamil Soomro, Political Secretary to Chairman PPP has issued a notification in this regard.

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Asif Zardari calls for building narrative to counter the militants

Islamabad September 20, 2017: Former President Asif Ali Zardari has said that promoting peace within Pakistan and the world over we need to build a narrative to counter the narrative of militants and extremists and also inculcate spirit of tolerance and plurality.

 

He said this on the eve of international day of peace being observed worldwide tomorrow Thursday.

 

“To fight militant mindset we need to build intellectual infrastructure that rests on the foundations of free inquiry and free debate not only in academic institutions but as a way of life”.

 

He said that it was unfortunate that militants were penetrating in academic institutions to indoctrinate young minds with their narrative but no effort was underway to counter it and develop an alternative narrative.

 

He said extremist mindset cannot be fought by military means alone. It can be fought by building an intellectual infrastructure based on respect for freedom of expression.

 

International Peace Day is an occasion to rededicate ourselves to the ideal of peace and harmony and also to take concrete steps to build a narrative that helped banish wars and promoted peaceful coexistence, he said.

 

It is also an occasion to increase awareness among people on issues of peace by holding discussions and seminars.

 

Achieving the ideals of peace is a collective responsibility of all–of individuals, of communities and of governments across the world and across all divides. Let us all seek to build genuine harmony and peace, he said

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Imran Khan is living on KP budget

Islamabad, 20 September 2017: Pakistan Peoples Party’s Senator Rubina Khalid has said that it is but natural for Imran Khan to be jittery because PTI is being wiped off from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Senator Rubna Khalid said that people have seen the real face of Imran Khan who has been accused of being a characterless individual by no one but his own party MNA.

Reacting to Imran Khan Gibberish in Hyderabad, Senator Rubina Khalid said that peoples’ hard earned money is being siphoned to Banigala as the amount allocated for health, education and development in KP is being reduced. Imran Khan is afraid of the people of KP and refuses to visit Peshawar. It is ironic that Imran Khan instead of asking for pardon from the people of KP is bad mouthing PPP leadership, she said.

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Former MNA Arbab Saadullah Khan joins PPP

Islamabad, 20 September 2017: Former member National Assembly from NA-5 and former Chairman District Council Peshawar Arbab Saadullah Khan called on the former President of Pakistan and President Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians Asif Ali Zardari at Zardari House Islamabad and announced joining Pakistan Peoples Party.

President PPP Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Humayun Khan, Senator Sardar Ali, Arbab Alamgir, Usman Alamgir and Akhundzada Chattan were also present on the occasion.

Arbab Saadullah Khan on the occasion said that the people of KP value the sacrifices of PPP leadership for the country and its people. PPP is the only Party which has raised its voice loud and clear against terrorists.

Asif Ali Zardari welcoming Saadullah Khan in the Party said that the time has come to support Bilawal Bhutto Zardari so that Party wins next general elections and forms next government in the centre and provinces for the welfare of people.

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Nation is proud of its soldiers fighting terrorism-Asif Ali Zardari

Islamabad, 20 September 2017: Former President of Pakistan and President, Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians Asif Ali Zardari has said that the nation is proud of its sons who are safeguarding every inch of motherland and these jawans are treasured asset of the nation.

He said this while talking to Syed Badshah, father of Tehsildar Fawad Khan who was martyred in Bajour. Asif Ali Zardari sympathized with the bereaved family and said that the thoughts of Bhutto family and Pakistan Peoples Party are with the bereaved family. Sacrifices such as this will never go in vain, he said.

Asif Ali Zardari also telephoned Political Agent of Bajour and sympathized with him over the loss of four valiant jawans who were fighting the terrorists. The entire nation is proud of these brave soldiers, he said.

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Int’l fine concealed on lost rental power case, Sherry Rehman

ISLAMABAD, September 20, 2017: Vice-President PPPP, Senator Sherry Rehman voiced her shock and concern over the undisclosed $700 million fine slapped by the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) on Pakistan.

 

Speaking on the floor of the House, Rehman said, “This was the very case that Khwaja Asif had taken to NAB against Raja Parvez Ashraf as the famous Rental Power case. As a result of PML-N not allowing the PPP to install power, Pakistan is now losing taxpayer money in international arbitration”.

 

“The Turkish company Karkey Karadeniz Elektrik Uretim A.S, had been awarded this contract to provide barges but the Supreme Court under Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry refused to allow even a settlement by the public prosecutor with the Turkish company. The company went to the ICSID for arbitration, and won the award,” she added.

 

“Not only did the government conceal this fact since 2016 it also tried to cover up the fine of $700 million that Pakistan will now have to pay now for the suspension of the contract!” exclaimed Rehman.

 

“When was the government planning to inform the parliament and the people of Pakistan about this Rs. 74 billion award?” questioned Rehman in the Senate.

She further added, “The absence of parliamentary oversight especially in key international arbitration cases is a major reason why Pakistan has been losing several important international cases”.

 

Rehman pointed out that, “Despite spending more than Rs1.3 billion on lawyers’ fees to contest the cases which are recently being adjudicated before the ICJ, Pakistan’s success rate in international arbitration cases stands at a shocking 2%”.

 

“We need to address these issues, especially the importance of parliamentary oversight immediately if we are to have a chance at winning our ongoing international cases,” concluded the Senator.